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Friday, July 20, 2012

"Last Meal" Mentality

From Wikipedia -- The last meal is a customary part of a condemned prisoner's last day. Often, the day of or before the appointed time of execution, the prisoner receives a last meal and religious rites, if they desire. In the United States, inmates generally may not ask for an alcoholic drink. Other countries have different traditions, such as the "little glass of rum" granted to the condemned in historical France in the minutes before execution; but no formal last meal as they were told of the impending executions only on the fatal morning, generally minutes before the actual event.

Brian Price is my good friend.  He is well acquainted with "last meal" requests because he was the Death Row Chef at the Walls Unit in Huntsville Texas.



Brian and I played in a praise band together for almost 9 years.  He is a great guy and has a restaurant called The Way Station at the Crockett Marina in Crockett, Texas.  He cooks great burgers and awesome salads, served with a side of hugs and a pitcher of smiles.

Here is the link to his book, MEALS TO DIE FOR (There is a sound bar about halfway down the page you can stop if you need to.  It is also available on Amazon.com)

So.......I'm sitting in Waikiki, on the beach and my mind wanders to food.



I am facing surgery next week that is going to be pretty rough from what I have heard.  I'm tough though, so figure it will be bad, but not intolerable.  SO... back to the food.

I started thinking about what foods I should eat before I have surgery.  I started thinking about comfort foods before I have surgery.  I started thinking about ... before I have surgery.

THE LAST MEAL


I started thinking about all those food I have given up.  I started thinking about all the sweets I used to eat.  The mind was reliving all those bakery moments.

Then I got a cold, chilling realization that I was planning my LAST MEAL!

WHAT THE HECK IS THAT ABOUT??!!?!?!!

Wanna know?  It is so simple.  It is typical.

It was .................................

ANY OLD EXCUSE TO EAT CRAP.

Really?

yeah.

So.... that was just so weird and so stupid and so crazeeeee.

I turned it around and went on a liquid fast instead (not to worry, a healthy one).  I'll show me what for!!  Take that, Evil Thoughts!  Clean Heart wins every time! (Also want to be "empty" before surgery)

My heart wants to feel good.  My heart and emotions want to live long.  My heart, emotions, and body want to enjoy life.

People -- YOU WILL NOT DIE IF YOU NEVER EAT _______ AGAIN!  (fill in the food of your choice!)

Now HERE'S some meals to "die" for -- (ok.. NOT really, but some really good food!)



DO NOT LET YOUR THOUGHTS DICTATE YOUR ACTIONS.

DO NOT LET THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS OVERLOAD YOUR THOUGHTS.

DO NOT LET STRESS BE AN EXCUSE.

DO NOT LET ANYTHING KEEP YOU FROM YOUR DREAMS.

1 comment:

suzan said...

Great post, Becky! So true, so true.