Difficult morning at work? A croissant might do just fine. Dinner burned on the stove? Nothing an Italian loaf and a jar of sauce won’t fix. Need to patch up a friendship? A seeded baguette and two lattes, perfect!
When I heard this quote from Ishai Golan, “All sorrows are less with bread,” it certainly got me thinking. Bread is comfort food, possibly the most important of all comfort foods. It’s simply a way of telling our soul “all is right with the world.” In a similar way, during the time when our family was experiencing cancer and subsequently death, cake was the way told ourselves that everything was going to be OK. Of course, it was not. But somehow eating cake helped us know that the simple pleasures of life still existed and will continue to exist.
Food in this way is a gift. Emotion is also a gift. It is a way of processing life with all depth and sincerity. Emotion is defined as “a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.” Imagine if we never responded to the hard things in life and went on our way robot like? We need our emotions. We cannot lock them up and throw away the key, they are an important part of us.
Creativity is also a gift. When suffering loss we can use our creative abilities to help us process our emotions and once again make sense of the world. Our conscious self may say, “How can I take pictures of beautiful things when I am in pain and suffering loss?” But it is for that very reason that you should. It is a way of comprehending that beauty will continue to exist. That you actually have some control over this. And that wonderful experiences will again be a part of your life.