I slowly lost 12 pounds this summer and I am happy about getting rid of that unhealthy “middle ground.” In order to do so, I had to just about eliminate all the unhealthy sugars and carbs I had grown to love. Now slim and trim once again, I noticed the other day that I was craving a piece of bread, one of those carbs I disallowed myself for the past four months of dieting. The heavy rainfall today made it a good day to stay home and bake bread. I like to cook and usually enjoy recreating a dish featured in a magazine or served in a local restaurant, but today, I just wanted the comfy-ness that only home-made bread can provide. I browsed through my cookbooks and found an old favorite recipe of cheese and onion bread, the answer to my craving. I hoped that I would only eat one slice, lest I have to begin dieting all over again!
I gathered the ingredients, found I was lacking the yeast, and made a quick trip to Publix to solve that small hurdle. After all, you really couldn’t make bread without the yeast. The yeast makes it “rise to the occasion.” I had to laugh to myself when I found the yeast on the store shelf–it is in the same red and yellow packets of three as it has been since I made bread with my grandma in the 50’s!!!!. Some good things never change, nor should they.
And so I began mixing all the ingredients and covering the bowl with a hot towel letting it rise, just the way I always did. An hour later, as planned, the dough had risen, I punched it down and covered it again. I knew in another hour, it would rise again, as it was meant to do. Yeast has that incredible ability to make something rise to the heights it was destined to reach. And even after the dough is punched down, it rises again.
And that made me wonder. The yeast is the catalyst that makes the ingredients become all that they can be. Without the yeast the bread would be just flat and dull. But with it, the ingredients bonded and blended with one another, resulting in a wonderful loaf of cheese-onion bread.
In a similar way, there are many things in my life that raise my spirits, rising me to a whole new “happy level”. The yeast is often provided by others: a call from a former client to thank me for value I brought to her organization, a text from a grandchild, and the discrete wink I receive from that special someone when we are in a public place. These experiences are the yeast in my life, the things that raise my already high spirits even higher. When I am raised up, “flying high”, there is little that can get in my way. I welcome those boosts daily and thank those that provide them.
Women with high SUCCESSTROGEN are fully aware of those who boost their spirits. They are also aware of when they themselves raise others to new heights. Women managers develop others so they, too, can achieve. Moms raise their children up by their love and support. I, along with the other mentors and professors at USF, provide the yeast to our students, providing them skills to raise their self-awareness and ability to communicate more effectively.
Consider those in your life who provide the yeast and remember to pay that forward as you become that significant ingredient for someone else. Surely, that is our role as parents, teachers, friends, and lovers, to be at our best and to help others achieve and develop to their fullest potential.