If you make tortillas or, at least, warm tortillas on the comal, the best tasting ones are usually the ones that puff up, light, hot, so good you can eat them plain without butter, salt or anything, right off of the griddle, fresh. Tortilla perfection before you rip it in half to use as utensils as you eat, before the tortilla is filled with food to make a taco; or topped with anything tostada-style, or cut and deep-fried as chips. Living at the Ranch has me warming tortillas constantly but I never saw the analogy, the power of la tortilla until I saw this photo.
So maybe we’ve got to be the ones that puff up, proud to be who we are, light: meaning our baggage is not weighing us down thus allowing us to be light-hearted, sangre-liviana, effective, efficient; hot: we are confident, powerful, not afraid to be who we are and yes, for some, that’s hot. So good that we don’t need any frills to get what we want, to be as authentic as possible, to work it anytime, anywhere and in front of anyone.
Let’s try to remember that puffed-up sensation when someone wants to fill us with information or judgements that make us feel heavy, not satisfied but brought down by drama, stress, or life. Let’s work at not letting ourselves be topped with someone else’s issues so that we are not covered in their mess. Avoid situations where we may be cut-up and deep-fried: and become burned-out, spiritually and physically.
Tortillas are the ultimate comfort food and the ultimate journey of loving ourselves starts by taking care of ourselves. Sometimes taking care of ourselves feels like we are on top of that comal – especially when we struggle with seeing ourselves through another’s eyes and we forget how great and capable we are. Let’s not forget to puff up ESPECIALLY when the heat is on. Be light, be hot, be great.