Simplicity, according to Plato, is its own virtue. In his own example, Plato demonstrated through Socrates that lessons are best conveyed in as few words as possible, and that simplicity and skillful swiftness of action was the mark of an expert craftsman. In our modern era, where life, both professional and at home, seem to be moving at an ever more rapid and hectic pace, ‘simplicity’ has become more or less synonymous with ‘slowing down,’ or ‘keeping things easy.’
Needless to say, as is so often the case, ‘slowing down,’ or trying to simply ‘soak in’ the days often takes copious amounts of conscience effort. I’m reminded of the old adage “To relax takes great planning and work. To vacation is an exercise in exhaustion.” After all, there’s a reason a veritable industry has grown up around the idea of telling people ‘how to’ relax and make time for themselves, and how best to enjoy themselves when they finally manage to do so.
In precisely that vein, I’ve spoken a lot here on Living the Gourmet about my morning rituals, and how I try to use them to set the tone for the day, and ‘recharge’ for whatever I have set on the agenda. Whether it’s through clearing time to read a bit in the morning, or making sure to sit down for a relaxed breakfast and coffee, this has become the most essential part of my day.
However, as is the human condition, you never quite know what’s going to greet you when you wake up in morning. As Tolkien remarked, “It’s a dangerous business going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
I had a similar experience a few nights ago, that happened to bleed over into the morning. I was wrapping up my day, and a second glance at my calendar revealed that I had back-to-back assignments waiting for me over the course of the next twenty-four hours.
Yet, even on hectic mornings, or when something unexpected finds its way into the day, I still like to make sure I have time for a decent, relaxing breakfast. After all, good mornings tend to lead to good days, or so I’ve found. On such mornings, a quick cup of coffee and a Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwich is perfect – being savory, protein rich, and ready in less than three minutes. It’s for precisely these sorts of occasions that I make sure I have these on hand every time I go to Stop & Shop.
That following morning, I made sure to start my day off right, since the schedule was leaving precious little space for error. To start things off, I popped a pair of Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches in the toaster oven, and while they cooked, I prepared myself a quick Summer Fruit salad, as shown below. By the time I was done slicing the fruit, the Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches were done, and my morning was good to go, and set the tone for the rest of the day.
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
- 2 large ripe peaches, sliced
- 2 ripe plums, sliced
- 2 kiwis, sliced
- 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 3 basil leaves, finely chopped
- Sprig of fresh mint, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Orange rind
- Honey, for drizzling
- Combine all the fruit, herbs and orange rind in a serving bowl.
- Drizzle with honey and serve alongside breakfast.
What are some of the ways you make sure to always be able to start your mornings off right? We would love to hear from you.
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Enjoy with Love!