Life Lessons from a Slow Cooker

If you know me well, you know that I love my slow cooker.  I make everything from brisket to steel-cut oats in it, however, I never thought that I would be able to pull life lessons from the slow cooker.


You heard me right – life lessons from the slow cooker!  You see lately I have been feeling as if I am inside a pressure cooker.  Life is running at a speed that I cannot control (yet I am pushing the gas pedal), and I definitely feel as though the pressure is intense.


My determination and goal-driven attitude are both my biggest assets and my hugest liabilities.  This relates directly to my work style, which at times becomes like a hurricane or tornado.  What is in the middle of a hurricane or tornado? A pressure system.


I set ginormous goals for myself, my business, my family, and my own expectations for me as a parent.  At the time, it all seems very realistic and doable until the tornado swells up or the hurricane hits.  This is when disaster strikes.


Over the last few weeks, I have been suffering from a sore neck and shoulder that has landed me on the couch for a whole day, one too many grumpy moods, and my house has experienced some serious neglect.  I caused all of this.  Yep – ME.


I drove myself at such a high-speed that the pressure burst!  I stuck myself inside a pressure cooker.


This morning as I thought about making meatballs in the slow cooker, I reflected how the meatballs would slowly simmer all day to excellence!  They would be juicy and tender, piping hot, and scrumptious!


Isn’t that what we want for our businesses?  The HOT choice?  The SCRUMPTIOUS option?


These qualities do not happen when I rush the meatballs.   If I bake them, they are dry. If I fry them, they are too greasy.  If I slow cook them, they come out right.  Enough said.


I thought ‘WOW!’  Maybe I need to apply the same idea to my business.  Turn the cooker on high for an hour and then slowly simmer the rest of the way there.


The beginning of business requires a bit of pressure when situating ideas and plans.  After that, haste makes waste.  There is life, business, and new frontiers all on the horizon.  A little bit of time will lead to a beautiful sunset, but pressure will create a bad front.


Today I begin my 30 day blogging challenge.  That means you will be hearing from my heart and mind for the next 30 days in a row.  Each day I will share something new.  A challenge, a stumbling block overcome, real stories collected from real moms, and maybe a dash of goodies that I love (of course).


Today’s challenge is to SLOW DOWN and simmer in biz and life.  There is no school tomorrow, and I am going to enjoy some quiet time with my kids and not set the bar too high for work.


Will report back tomorrow….Rachel


Do you simmer or pressure cook?  Leave your thoughts below…..

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  • Pat Zahn October 31, 2011, 12:37 PM

    Sometimes it’s the simple, small things that give us the biggest truths… If we don’t slow down and take care of ourselves, our bodies will see to it that we do. I learned this lesson from my maternal grandmother – she saw EVERYTHING, because she walked slowly.

  • Rachel Blaufeld October 31, 2011, 2:30 PM

    Pat – your grandmother sounds like mine! Our generation needs to SLOW down!! RB

  • Mika Castro November 1, 2011, 1:54 AM

    On my own opinion, You need to have your own life, your own happiness, your own irritations and anger, and be true to them fully, before you can really be true to someone else. Small things has a very important role in our life. Taking it slow will enjoy the ride of all beauty in the world.
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  • Jen Sako November 1, 2011, 1:10 PM

    I like to simmer, but sometimes others will turn up the dial!
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    • Rachel Blaufeld November 4, 2011, 6:39 AM

      Jen – I always turn up the dial too high! RB

  • Geoff November 2, 2011, 7:56 PM

    Truly occasionally it is the easy, little things that give us the greatest truths. You need to have your personal existence, your own happiness, your personal irritations and anger, and be accurate to them totally, prior to you can really be true to somebody else. Little issues has a extremely essential function in our life. Taking it sluggish will enjoy the ride of all beauty in the globe.
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