Last night my family and I went to one of our favorite restaurants. Normally we have an excellent meal without any kind of hassles or disappointments. But not last night. When we arrived there were only two other tables of people. Soon after we sat, another three tables filled up and soon after that, a table of 10 came in! It’s a very small place with only one waitress usually, so a packed dining room was a bad omen.

We ordered our usual, mac-n-cheese and salads, and then we waited. And we waited. And we waited some more. Mouths watering and blood sugar low, we debated whether we should just give up and cancel our order. But we didn’t. We didn’t because we knew the mac-n-cheese was worth the wait.

Here are three things the mac-n-cheese has that I think every life’s pursuit should have, if it doesn’t, it may not be worth the time or the effort:

I don’t know how many cheeses this restaurant uses, it seems like dozens, but the mac-n-cheese is so incredibly creamy and satisfying. Your life’s pursuit should be satisfying as well. Only you can know what would make a pursuit satisfying, but generally speaking it would have deep meaning and purpose for you; it should allow you to express your values and standards of integrity and use your full potential.

The mac-n-cheese has little chewy bits of pancetta all throughout and you never know when you’re going to get a piece, so when you do, you’re happily surprised – if not thrilled. Your pursuit should also be one that allows for surprises. Boredom in one’s pursuits, career, or personal relationships is devastating. As the writer and filmmaker Susan Sontag brilliantly summarized, “The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.”

The mac-n-cheese has a nice crunchy top which makes your teeth have to work a little bit harder. Your pursuit should also be challenging and give you the opportunity to learn and try new things. Challenges not only allow you to demonstrate your skillset, they provide tremendous opportunity for development and growth.

When you take a look at your pursuit, does it have these 3 key ingredients?

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Pam Didner

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May 10, 2013

Personal Journal