So, here's the thing...
I have a great life.
Do you ever really sit back and think about that? I mean, really, really think about it?
I have enough food to eat every single day (who's kidding who...I have WAY too much food to eat every day, which is sometimes a problem). I have never had to worry about being warm when I go to bed at night and, for the most part, most of the people around me are healthy and happy too.
It's pretty awesome and I'm really lucky. But I have done enough volunteer and philanthropic work in my lifetime to know that many people out there struggle everyday with a multitude of things (financial problems, health crisis', relationship issues). Sometimes, families I meet astound me with their strength and how they deal with day to day problems...things I'm not sure I could handle with the same grace. That's why I sometimes feel guilty for having this great life...a roof over my head, food to eat everyday and a pretty awesome family, among other things.
That's where the guilt comes in. How does it make sense that some people are dealt a crazy hand of cards in life (sometimes dealing with sadness and overwhelming grief over and over and over again), while others (aka: me) go through life pretty much unscathed. It makes a girl wonder...what's up with this imbalance?
Maybe, just maybe, I'm part of a master plan where I have a teeny part in balancing this "imbalance". Maybe, I'm supposed to do what I do best to help "fix" this.
What if I bake ('cause I'm pretty sure that's what I do best) to make people feel better? What if I surprise them with goodies say, every Friday (because isn't that the best way to start each weekend)? What if I pick random people that have amazed me with their strength and tell them how their awesomeness is changing the world?
Hence, Bake it Forward Friday was born.
I just got back from this week's delivery to a friend of mine who has been an awesome mom to her beautiful kids all while going back and forth to hospitals and clinics because of her husband's health....for many, many years. Yet, through all of this, she is always smiling...it's truly amazing! She got these cookies (which are my version of the infamous Compost Cookie from NYC Momofuko and Milk Bar - recipe posted here on the site). I felt like a flower delivery person today...people are always happy to see them, right?
So, now the next step. Like "paying it forward", I'm hoping that others that have been graced with a wonderful life like me, will bake it forward too (even if you bake it forward with stuff from the local bakery!). Or maybe you'll think of something that you do best that will change the world....
While you're at it, why don't you join me on Instagram every Friday to get some inspiration? I will share stories on how I'm thanking people for being totally awesome! Maybe you'll be inspired too...to change the world one cookie at a time!