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Topic: DELICIOUS (02/04/16)
- TITLE: Twelve Steps
By Pat Small
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My name is Macy Johnson, and I am a Facebook recipe addict. Every time someone posts a new recipe, I must check it out; drool over the picture, study the list of ingredients, and determine the steps required to mimic the result in my own kitchen. There are meat dishes, economical main meals, party treats , and desserts that make me salivate just visualizing them. Any ideas that require sweetened condensed milk, chocolate or whipped cream (separately or in combination) are special triggers to knock me off the wagon instantaneously.
Strangely enough, I have never prepared one of these yummy looking dishes, even though I am diligent in sharing them to my wall. Just to give you an idea, I scrolled through my timeline. Here are some of the many recipes recorded therein. Seriously, if I do not conquer this addiction, my computer will soon exhaust its memory capacity unless Facebook shuts me down beforehand.
Man Bars, Cracker Barrel’s Hash brown Casserole, Dreamsicle Salad, Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, General Tso’s Chicken, Brazilian Mousse, Amish Broccoli Salad, Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge Ever and a variety of Dump Cakes, to name a few. Some were so calorie laden I managed to resist the temptation to copy and paste, but they lay hibernating in the corner of my memory. I’m sure I could locate them with a few clicks of a mouse. All of these options have “delicious” written all over their mutinous pages. The Dreamsicle Salad manages to sound virtuous since it uses sugar free Jell-O and sugar free instant pudding, light whipped topping and mandarin oranges. Oh, my! My mouth is watering.
I was looking over the famous Twelve Steps in my quest to kick the habit. The first one – easy. I have admitted in front of God and all of you that I am powerless over Facebook recipes. This despicable compulsion controls many hours. Normal people surely do not copy and paste or share to their timeline nearly every recipe that pops up. Number two also is simple for me. I believe there is a power greater than myself. Furthermore, I know unflinchingly that the power is God Almighty, the Savior of my soul. Numbers three and four are true in my life as well. I long ago decided to turn my will and my life over to God. I will renew that vow this very moment, just to seal it. Searching my heart is a natural accompaniment. On second thought, my will is perhaps part of the problem. How badly do I want to overcome? I might need to do some work here.
Scanning the list, I have admitted to God and myself exactly what my core sin is, and I am ready for Him to remove this defect in my character; I am asking Him to do that as I write. That takes care of five and six.
I don’t really think that number eight is pertinent, i.e. listing those who have been harmed by my addiction. I think I’m the only one harmed, and I do certainly cop to that. How shall I make amends as step nine requires? Well, I guess I could actually try making one of these fabulous concoctions. Oh, wait, that would be more like rewarding my addiction. I guess I need to give this some more thought before I move on to the last three steps.
I just took a break to ponder the matter further, and decided to check Facebook to see what’s going on with the grandchildren as well. That’s how I keep up with their latest doings.
What did I focus on instead? Guacamole Onion Rings. I can see right now that I am fooling myself. I am not fully committed to the Twelve Steps. Oh, yes, in principle I am 100% gung-ho, but when it gets down to where the rubber meets the road, my tires have lost their tread.
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