It seems that people either like to cook or bake. It’s rarely both. I fall into the middle category. I do like to cook but I really like to bake. The difficulty a lot of people have with baking is that it demands a lot more precision than cooking.
The key is consistency.
If you don’t use the right ingredients or the right ratio of ingredients, if you substitute the wrong ingredient – or in the wrong amount – if you don’t measure accurately, if you don’t closely follow the recommended baking times, you will get the wrong consistency. And the wrong consistency practically guarantees a poor result.
I was thinking about that in relation to consistency in my life. How every aspect of my life determines what kind of result I will get.
I recently moved, and just spent the past week or so dealing with a lot of the minutiae that goes along with that. Unpacking, sorting, unstoring, re-storing, changing my address with a seemingly endless list of businesses and people, dealing with government bureaucracy, reading manuals, etc., etc. So tedious.
I also recently started a new job and, with that, came the biggest manual of all. It’s seriously huge. And I’m manual phobic.
So, with just those things, have I been unfailingly nice, patient, thorough, disciplined, kind, outward focused, positive, caring? Have I been the same person when I’m by myself that I’ve been in public and vice versa? Have I handled interruptions, unexpected events, and unexpected outcomes with grace?
That doesn’t mean I didn’t try, it just means I wasn’t as successful as I would have hoped.
Which brings me back to baking.
When I bake, I don’t just throw everything into a bowl without thinking, and then hope after the fact that I got it right.
That would be a recipe for disaster.
I plan for a good result from the very first moment, and then everything I do from that point on is intentional toward getting the right consistency and the best possible outcome.
That’s how I want to live and that’s who I want to be. My life lived consistently can make a big difference in my range of influence. Which may be larger than I realize. But, whether big or small, all I know is this…
The last thing I want is to be half-baked.