Sunday, November 30, 2008

Comfort Food

Where I work we sell chocolates and books. You can imagine there are a lot of female clientele at this little bookstore because, let's face it, guys aren't usually as big into chocolates and books as women are. Excuse me for stereotyping, but it might please you to know that I am a guy and I do love chocolate and books. I guess I just disproved my whole theory there. At any rate, this has nothing to do with what I am going to talk about.

I have been thinking a lot about comfort food today. This could possibly be one of the reasons our nation is so...obese. Then again, that could be another hasty assumption like the one I previously made (Man, I'm being hasty all over the place today...).

We all want to be comforted. Some of us find our comfort in exercise (those people are crazy) while others find comfort in a good movie or a great book (I'm in this category). I don't think we find comfort in just one thing. It just depends on our mood. I have had a rough year. That could be an understatement. Case in point, I've made a lot of "comfort trips" to Barnes and Noble. These little getaways have left me anything but comforted. I walk away with a little green baggy and a lighter wallet both of which leave me feeling guilty and disappointed. However, I still continue to go back to that beautiful mecca of books when I'm feeling down. Don't get me wrong, it does its job for a little while, say, when I'm in the store...possibly for a few minutes more...

My point comfort trips to Barnes and Noble...not so comforting when I really think about it. This doesn't mean I'll stop going. I might just go less. Yeah. I'll keep telling myself that. We'll just stop calling them comfort trips.

Everyone has different ways of destressing and relaxing, finding comfort in activities or things. I feel confident in saying that everyone also has a comfort food. If not just one food that makes them feel great, it's multiple things.

Off the top of my head my comfort foods are:

Cookies and milk
Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
Mom's ham
Funeral potatoes I'm getting hungry.

How about I just cut to the chase since you're probably salivating just as much as me.

I was thinking today about a different kind of comfort food. It is the Sabbath today, the Lord's day. Christ called Himself the living water and the bread of life. This, my friend, is the ultimate comfort food. While all the other things, activities, and food we run to for comfort are great, they will never live up to what Christ can do for you and me.

So the next time you're feeling down so you feel you have to go out and buy a bigscreen tv, or exercise for twenty hours, or buy $200 worth of books...take a moment...grab your scriptures...and partake of the ultimate comfort food.

Think about it.


Thursday, November 27, 2008


It is quite fitting that I would start my blog on a day dedicated to gratitude. I am grateful for several things in my life, and I was able to reflect on them a lot today.

As befitting the season, instead of going on some diatribe about what we did and what I ate, I am going to list just a few of the things I am grateful for.

I am thankful for (in no particular order):

My family
Good friends
Random hugs from friends
The restored gospel of Jesus Christ
Warm slippers
Beautiful beaches
Trying times
Florence's Chocolates
Pumpkin pie
Great movies
Inspiring music
Teachers I can call Mentors
Rough times that make you appreciate Good times
Emily Dickinson
Annie Dillard
Great writing & good books

That is all I could think of at this point. Stay tuned for more, kids!