Weekend Meditation: Waiting for the Perfect Time...

...is a big mistake. And not the kind of mistake I've been encouraging you to make. No, I'm referring to waiting until your life (and your household) is in perfect shape before you invite people over to have a meal, or even a cup of tea. I know this is a mistake because I've been stuck in this trap for several weeks now, much to my surprise.

I love to have people over for dinner. It's one of my top five favorite things to do. (The other four items are secret to all but a select few.) So I've been puzzled as to why this trend is taking hold in my life. There are, of course, plenty of excuses: work is outrageously busy, the budget is outrageously tight, my apartment is beyond outrageous in its messiness.

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But the truth is, the most important thing in my life are my friends and family. When I consider what a perfect moment for me would be, it almost always includes a long table packed with people, bottles of wine, platters of food, babies and children and dogs running around underfoot, candles, music, flowers and the tingly feeling of a soft breeze penetrating the thin cotton of my blouse.

So this post today is a reminder to me to not let that picture be just a daydream. Life is far too short to let a few dust bunnies stop the party. And I know that most of the people in my life would be more than happy with a platter of spaghetti and tomato sauce, a simple salad and maybe a few cookies or chucks of chocolate for dessert. So for a few pennies and a swift kick to my house-pride, my perfect moment can be a frequent reality.

So as the old saying goes: The perfect time is always now, the perfect place is always here, the perfect teaching is whatever is right in front of you.

What is your perfect moment and what stops you from making it happen? What perfect moment is in front of you right now?

(Images: Dana)

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Dana Velden is a freelance food writer. She lives, eats, plays, and gets lost in Oakland, California where she is in the throes of raising her first tomato plant.

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