This year, I decided to K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid) I need more sweetness and sugar in my life, so I made shortbread cookies to bring in the New Year. It’s really not about the recipe, but more about the cookies themselves and decorating them with love and attention. I used Martha Stewarts short bread cookie recipe; (recipe here) . It’s a simple and quick one. The fun and exciting part was using my new Golreezan Iran shaped cookie cutter.
As I cut into the dough with my country in hand, I thought about the people of Iran. I thought about the richness and colors of Iran and then I thought about the richness and colors of my own life. I decorated the cookies using only the colors of the Iranian flag; green, white and red. According to Wikipedia, green on the flag “in the Iranian Culture symbolizes Growth, Happiness, Unity, Nature, Vitality”. I love that so much! So as I used the green icing, I thought about the areas in my life where I wanted to grow. I want to grow in my personal relationships and decide to be ultimately happy. White “Stands for Peace as in many other Cultures. In the Iranian Culture it also symbolizes Chasteness, Equality, Freedom, Honesty, and Power.” The white sugar crystals I used to decorate the cookies, made me think, that I could definitely add some honesty and power in all aspects of my life. Starting with being honest with myself. Once I can be honest with myself, it will make me feel so powerful and sure of myself. Red “In the Iranian Culture symbolizes Bravery, Fire, Life, Love, Warmth, and Sophistication.” The red icing I was using was actually quite difficult to use cause it was runny and hard to manage. Ironically, the same can be said about life and love; so beautiful yet so hard to manage and understand. Love has no set pattern, it runs freely. I do believe that with the bravery and fire within, unconditional love can be so warm and soothing.
I don’t always put so much thought into everything I do… lol. I guess when it’s the New Year, it just forces you to be more self reflecting. I’ve got my work cut out for me this year. But I’m excited and I can’t wait to get to work and see what the New Year has in store for me. What about you? How will you be adding some green, white and red into your life?