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Day 120 – Kitchen Failures — Scripting Happiness

Day 120 – Kitchen Failures

Be committed to the process, not the end result.

As a lawyer, I’m always focused on the end result. The verdict. The win. What often gets lost is the process – the stuff that happens on your way to the end result. This week, I had lunch with my friend Karen Gifford who suggested that we should focus on the process because that’s the only piece we have any control over. The end result is out of our control.

I’ve been thinking about her message for the last few days and how it translates into everything, even cooking.

I got a huge bag of tangerines yesterday and I was eager to make marmalade that would get rave reviews. The process seemed so simple. Chop up fruit, boil, add sugar and get clear, bright colored marmalade that’s spoon licking good.

Here’s what the end result should have looked like:

Here’s what I ended up with:

After all that chopping, cooking and 2 lbs of sugar, I ended up with something that looked more like orange soup than marmalade.

But here’s the thing. I still enjoyed the process – the smell of fresh citrus, the sound of it simmering on the stove, and just the simple act of cooking. Don’t get me wrong, I am still determined to make good marmalade but focusing on the process made the entire experience much more enjoyable.

So, here are some pictures of what the process looked like.



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