Spiritual Growth

Chocolate – Breaking is hard

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Wow. It’s been a month since I posted. I’ve been my broken wrist to heal and get some use back. This is my first day back at typing two-handed. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is. I lost total use of my left hand. It is my assist hand, and it couldn’t assist me in any way, shape or form for many weeks. I’m in my ninth week of physical therapy, and have regained some use, but not all – but ENOUGH to type two-handed again. Feels good.

Where are you in the process? The first part of any process is brokenness. My wrist was broken in three places. I broke this block up into many pieces – so I could melt it, temper it, then use it however I wanted. Continue reading “Chocolate – Breaking is hard”

Spiritual Growth

Progress is a Process

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For all you chocolate lovers out there, this melted mass is not quite in temper, but it’s close. Depending on the chocolate manufacturer, it could be in temper, but generally speaking 91 degrees is still a bit warm for dark chocolate. How do I know? I was a chocolatier for the last seven years and I learned a lot about process. Now I’m learning a lot of other processes.

Chocolate, real chocolate, and not the candy melts. must be in a certain temperature range in order for it to set correctly, with gloss and snap. The tempering process, when done right, assures that the chocolate will set without what is called “bloom” (discolored streaks in the chocolate).

The writing process and the road to publication is long, with many revisions and rewrites. My novel is still in that process before I even try to find a publisher. I want my novel to have the greatest chance to be published by a royalty publisher.

Life is a process. From before we are born, we are constantly changing and growing. If we don’t continue to grow, we drift, then begin to die. Eventually we will all die. But for now – what stage of life are you in? What challenges have you overcome? Where are in the process (changing) and the progress (growth) of life are you? Continue reading “Progress is a Process”