I reflect a lot on how my life is going, mainly so I can be sure to give course corrections when needed. And often in the media today, I see a person’s journey framed as a balancing act.

balancing tight rope walking drawing

I have even written about it in such terms myself.

But today I wanted to reframe this discussion: less about how a person moves through life, and more about what makes up that person.

People as Soup

How do you describe yourself, i.e. on a dating profile? Or how do you think your friends describe you to others?


How do you feel fully yourself? What goes into the mix?

For me, it’s:

  • a gallon of quiet time alone
  • a quart and a dollop of quiet writing time (alone)
  • 1 medium hunk social engagement (a social job or personal friend time may be substituted), chopped
  • 2 c exercise, when other ingredients fully absorbed, roughly chopped
  • 1 T travel, preferably to a foreign country, freshly grated
  • 3 1/4 c consuming (reading is best, but up to 3/4 c can be substituted by video, theatre, and music)
  • 2 medium hunks self care, in the form of cooking healthy foods for myself, sliced thinly
  • 1 T something new and unexpected (check your freezer)
  • dashes of appreciation, validation, and hugs really make this recipe sing
  • don’t forget to let mixture rest for 8 hours each time after cooking

Simmer together and season to taste.

Maybe I turn out more of a baked good than a soup??

But what’s in your recipe for feeling fully yourself? This might be a fun party idea…


Images via Wikimedia Commons and Crushable