Special Needs Dad 365

The Art of Giving
Last night, Hailey and I cooked a four course meal. Even Livy got in on the tasting. It would have been five courses but we were both too full for dessert. There's a running joke in our house that when I go on a trip, Allison cooks frozen pizza and when she travels, I cook gourmet. We say that in jest. Allison does the cooking during the week and does a great job even though she is not a big fan of the kitchen. I'm in charge of the weekends.

While Hailey and I were prepping, we watched the movie Ratatouille. We wanted to get in the culinary mood. One of the main themes of the movie is that, "Anyone can cook." That's something we believe as well. The special part of cooking for us is when we can bring people together to enjoy a meal. There's something transcendant when good food and good people come together.

What we also believe is that anyone can make a difference. Ego, a food critic from the movie, states that, "Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere." That is the same with impacting the lives of others. Not everyone will help millions or even thousands. But helping one peson makes the world a better place. And people who help others can come from anywhere.

So the next time you have an opportunity to affect someone's life, choose to make a difference. The art of giving is the beauty that lies in the eye of the receiver.