Lebanese Food and Culinary Traditions & Thoughts

Lebanese Food and Culinary Traditions & Thoughts
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Things Happen for a Reason

Today something very bizarre happened to me, as it always does. From the very start of my culinary path, things have happened to me for a specific reason, I've received an e-mail on the subject. I will enclose it. I have met many people for a reason, I have visited a place for another reason, I have experienced an adventure for the sake of learning a valuable lesson, etc... Some of you may say, "this happens to all of us!" and I agree.

I was writing about soap making today for my Mouneh book. Two recipes will be included: The first is on how to make olive oil soap and the second one will give a detailed description on how to make laurel soap. It took me all morning to "decrypt" my findings.... OK, this is me being dramatic... I viewed a cd I had purchased a year ago in Saida concerning soap making, then I stopped and called my girlfriend to ask her about the founder of the Foundation. One hour later, THE FOUNDER called me to ask me about my project. It was really a weird coincidence. So I hope that this streak of telepathy will continue and that all goes smoothly until I find a way to print my 550 page book, full of photos - recipes - and stories. I have faith. It needed to be done, it's done - now the business side (which I absolutely despise). Oh and guess what, I have an idea for my next project, actually 3 ideas ... if only there were 24 hours in a day... I have the rest of my life to write about food, and that is what I shall be doing... What is the worst thing that can happen to a food writer? The food writer goes on a DIET!!! Wish me luck!

Here enclosed is the nice words I received through an e-mail from my friend Diva which make perfect sense to me...


People come into your life for a reason, 
a season or a lifetime. 

When you know which one it is, 
you will know what to do for that person... 

When someone is in your life for a REASON, 
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. 

They have come to assist you through a difficulty, 
to provide you with guidance and support, 

To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. 

They may seem like a godsend and they are. 

They are there for the reason you need them to be. 

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at 
an inconvenient time, this person will say or do 
something to bring the relationship to an end. 

Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. 

Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. 

What we must realize is that our need has been met, 
our desire fulfilled, their work is done. 

The prayer you sent up has been answered and 
now it is time to move on. 

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, 
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. 

They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. 

They may teach you something you have never done. 

They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. 

Believe it, it is real. But only for a season. 

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, 
things you must build upon in order to have a 
solid emotional foundation. 

Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person 
and put what you have learned to use in all other
relationships and areas of your life. 

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. 



2 comments:

leelou said...

i love that text! i read it many years ago and it stuck to me and i truly believe that this is how things work and that you must be open to it for it to happen...
lovely...
by the way it is impressive to write 500+ pages on Mouneh.. bravo! can't wait to read it and give it to some people as a gift!!!

Barbara Abdeni Massaad said...

Yallah, soon I am now correcting the text and layout... adrenaline at its highest... thanks for posting Leelou