When setback leads to success

๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™™ ๐™›๐™–๐™ž๐™ก๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™จ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™ ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™š ๐™จ๐™ช๐™˜๐™˜๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™—๐™ก๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™จ?

I’m betting you have. And this is exactly what happened to me a few days ago.

As I was preparing and setting up and cooking for a house full of people, the mess-ups presented themselves:

Mess-ups and mindset

The first thing to go awry was the bread-making. Challah dough was sticky, and I proceeded to add bits of flour to it as I tried to shape it and get it to feel how I know it should. Even as I worked it I knew I was handling it too much and it was going to be dense and touch. Challah is supposed to be light and fluffy, and as this was for our Rosh Hashanah dinner, I was hoping for it to come out as it’s supposed to and as it usually does. Yet as I suspected, it never rose in the oven and it came out dense.

Then there was the coffee debacle. Thinking I was smart, I decided to brew it ahead of time and fill up the large thermal coffee dispenser I have for when we have a lot of people over. My reliable coffee maker chose this as its time to break. First pot began to overflow and spill all over our counter and down the cabinets onto the floor. I took a deep breath and cleaned it all up and tried again. Without belaboring this, suffice it to say that this happened two more times before I gave up. I did salvage enough coffee (it brewed into the pot with grounds making their way through the filter) to serve some people and I just hoped that it would taste ok. 

Lessons Learned

I was frazzled and frustrated and sadly I didn’t hide it well. But I rallied and here are the lessons learned and blessings embraced:

Frustration was dissolved and replaced with the joy of soaking up time with precious family. We shared memories and celebrated the holiday. Several people even asked about the bread and said it was the best they’d ever had! My failure became an unexpected success. But what mattered most was getting to enjoy time together, and the rest just faded away. I made a mental note to try to not get derailed by mistakes and bumps in the road the next time we host a gathering.

And I hope you’re able to do this, too.

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