Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. - Lao Tzu
A wise and much-needed reminder that there is rarely anything so important that it should be rushed.
In a way, it feels as if we have lost all sense of time as we have become more efficient. It begs the question: are our efficiencies really efficient, or are we just trying to keep up with the pace around us? If indeed we are being efficient with our time, then why does it seem that there is an endless list of things to do with no time to do them? The simple fact remains that we all have the same hours in a day and whether we are using our time “efficiently” or not, we should be less focused on measuring our days by how productive they are and instead begin measuring them by how present we are.
The ability to be patient is a powerful yet difficult skill to master. Some of us are naturally patient; taking our time with each task and conversation, while the rest of us rush around "too busy" to accomplish all of the things we'd like to do. The irony is that lack of patience is what is actually making us ineffective in our work and personal lives.
As the world continues to shift, being productive is no longer about doing more, it’s about doing better and most of us would find our days far less stressful if we took a moment to pause and slow down.
While the idea of slowing down might seem foreign to those used to and fond of a faster pace of life, we must remember that life is a marathon, not a race. Even when there are small or big tasks to complete, there is always an opportunity to be more mindful. It is often the act of patience and living presently that gives us the insight, and energy to complete the tasks that we want to.
Just like with most things in life, this same approach holds true when making pancakes. Cooking pancakes requires patience (believe us, rushing them will never yield the same results) and ours are no exception.
To create The Perfect Stac(s), science plays a big part, but patience is ultimately the key. If you allow the oil in the pan to heat up, letting the bubbles form not just on the outer layers, but also in the centre of the pancake, without pressing down on the pancake and allowing it to rise on its own, you'll be rewarded with a perfectly fluffy pancake with just the right amount of crisp around the edges.
In this marathon we call life you can apply the same steps as you would for something as simple as making pancakes; take your time, be present and put one foot in front of another. By doing these things you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.
Even if it's just a little, we hope our pancakes inspire you to slow down and enjoy the world around you and all of its simple pleasures.