Cheesy Italian Grilled Zucchini Boats, and Floating Along On The Waters of Life

Cheesy Italian Zucchini Boats |

The waters of life constantly ebb and flow.

There are times that we float around in the calm stillness, where barely a ripple can be found as the sun shines down on the surface, sparkling and twinkling a mesmerizing tranquility that almost lulls us into dreaminess; and then there are times when our little boat—our being-ness—finds its way into more turbulent waters, where the waves lap and come up over the edge, a bit too close for comfort, and the clouds move in casting a cool, windy greyness that sends a slight shiver down the back.

Cheesy Italian Zucchini Boats |

Cheesy Italian Zucchini Boats |

Truly, the only constant in life is that nothing stays the same; and so we endeavor on each day with the hope that we can be present and alert, and left intact, no matter where the waters bring us. We only long for our little boats to stay upright and not overturn, as we navigate these living waters of life that we float along on.

As much as I think that I’d prefer to have control over all the things that go on in my life, I find the most peace when that golden realization dawns on me that I actually have very little of it.

And that’s the best thing.

Cheesy Italian Zucchini Boats |

Cheesy Italian Zucchini Boats |

Not knowing where the waters will slowly cause me to drift in any moment in life is opportunity for me to stay present in the current moment; to stay conscious not of yesterday, or what I think may come tomorrow, but of today, for today is all that I have.

Now is all that any of us have. And the only question that seems to be fitting to ask, in that case, is, “what do I do with now, then?”

Cheesy Italian Zucchini Boats |

Staying conscious of the current moment—staying present with eyes, ears, and mind open to what is before us in the here and now, is how one keeps the boat afloat and upright, no matter what kind of waters we find ourselves in.

A mind that is present, that is observing, is one that can be comfortable with the unknown and even finds excitement in the mystery of what’s to come.

Cheesy Italian Zucchini Boats |

Cheesy Italian Zucchini Boats |

The only focus of a present mind is to keep that vessel—the boat—upright and bobbing on the water, whether on glass-like stillness or treacherous thrashing waves, so that it may eventually be brought into newer waters once again for a fresh experience to be had.

Cheesy Italian Zucchini Boats |

It seems that keeping our boat afloat—keeping our presence of mind and our awareness of now and today—is what the goal is. And where our boat takes us, and what the waters will be like when we arrive, is something we’ll find out sooner or later, without any effort on our part.

To stay upright and present in today, in what we do have before us and around us, floating over top of the water, is all that need be of any concern to us. And the rest will surely be revealed in due time; today—now— is enough.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche July 28, 2014, 3:45 pm

    this looks incredibly delicious, glad i’m not the only zucchini fan around. definitely recreating the recipe for my vegetarian household. thanks for sharing!

  • Emily August 4, 2014, 11:04 am

    This was AMAZING, even though I completely cheated. I grilled the zucchini on my panini press, used a boxed rosemary quinoa pilaf, venison sausage, and tomato sauce from a jar and it was still SO yummy. Can’t wait to make it again.

    • The Cozy Apron August 4, 2014, 2:26 pm

      Hi Emily! Cheating or no cheating, you got the point of the finished product, and you enjoyed it! That’s all that matters! :-) Thanks for sharing.

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