Sharing my cake – and eating it too

sharing-my-cake“If you get a piece of cake and eat the whole thing, you will feel empty. If you get a piece of cake and share half of it, you will feel both full and fulfilled.” —Haitian saying, as told by Lynne Twist in The Soul of Money.

When Lynne Twist referred to the Haitian wisdom above, she did so in a book about money. She used it as her way of saying that a person who hoards surplus wealth—money that, like cake, is not necessary for survival—will never feel like he has enough, and his days will echo with lonely dissatisfaction. But a person who enjoys the benefits of surplus wealth and shares some with others who might not have any “cake,” will remember that she has more than enough, and her days will ring with shared joy.

I believe that to be true, but today I’m talking about actual cake. I don’t eat sweets often. I don’t care for them, really. Instead of dessert, give me another piece of pizza or an extra helping of steak and I’m a happy girl.

Of all the sweets there are in the world, the kind I can most easily pass up without a blink of regret is cake. In fact, I usually eat it reluctantly (people are often insulted if you don’t eat their celebratory cake) and I don’t find it satisfying.  In my opinion, cake is wasted calories. What is so darned appealing about a rather tasteless foundation topped with sugary goo? I don’t get it.

But it’s my birthday this weekend. Like it or not, there is extreme societal pressure to have cake at a birthday, even if the person celebrating the occasion doesn’t care for it much.

So, cake I will have. I will eat it, I will happily share it. (Please, take as much as you want!) I will feel both full and fulfilled because I know that cake makes the people I love happy, and that’s the best birthday present I could have. 

 

 

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About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on September 25, 2015, in Arlene Smith, Arlene Somerton Smith, Gratitude, How do you define success?, Inspiration, Just for Fun, life and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. You know, it’s also ok NOT to have cake on your birthday! I feel the same way you do about it, so I have fancy donuts on mine. 🙂

    Happy birthday!

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  2. Happy Birthday! Why don’t you request a birthday pie–or birthday pizza? Whatever you have, I hope you enjoy and share.

    • You know, I have done birthday pizza and birthday steak in the past, but the problem is, other people really like cake, and they miss it when it’s not there! That makes the people with me not enjoy the celebration, so then I don’t enjoy it as much. I have reconciled myself to the idea that birthdays just need cake, and then everyone’s happy, and I’m happy to.

  3. Happy cakeless birthday, Arlene. Hope your candle burns brightly whether it’s in a cake, a pizza pie or your heart.

  4. Have a wonder-filled birthday Arlene. You’re sweet enough, you don’t need cake!

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