This post is part of the 2016 A to Z Challenge. I am looking forward to having a new post up every day in April. I look forward to reading everyone else’s posts, too!
I was, of course, tempted to say that C is for cookie (that’s good enough for me), but I opted for cake instead.
I cannot resist cake.* Usually when I bake something, I don’t feel compelled to eat it. I make great cookies but I can leave them on the plate forever.
Cake is not safe with me. I will slice off sliver by sliver of a cake I have baked and eat standing up at the counter.
Is this evidence of an appalling lack of self control? Probably, but I’m not sweating it.
The other thing I can’t resist is a good turn of phrase.**
I hate the situation but I love the fact that the phrase ‘wanting to have my cake and eat it too’ exists. It so perfectly sums up that kind of situation where you really want to keep all your options open even though you know that you can really only choose one thing.
A lot of the time that phrase is used to criticize people for wanting too much but I can’t help but wonder what would happen if we decided to expand that phrase a bit. What if we expanded our view so the phrase became ‘How can you change things so you can have your cake and eat it too?’
I’m intrigued by the possibilities there. What would it mean to give yourself more choices in the kinds of situations where that phrase comes up? What would it feel like to tell yourself that it isn’t either/or? How can you make it possible to keep the things that are important to you while having the freedom to let parts of them going?
So, what would YOU do to try and have your cake and eat it too?
*I mean, obviously, I *can* resist cake sometimes but I usually don’t and it is more fun to pretend to be swept along in a cake frenzy. Meanwhile, Cake Frenzy should be a band name. What kind of music would Cake Frenzy play?
** maybe I should have used a SEGUE WARNING there? Sorry!