It is really miraculous how E can always believe the best will happen in any scenario. Whether it’s getting a job, or a good price for something, or making it on time for a dinner reservation, he always believes it will happen before he sees the possibility it won’t. I am the opposite. I always am paranoid of the failure ahead of me. I always see danger or grief or the potential for both before I see the potential victory. I’ll be honest, I am jealous of E’s ability to think positively. Only because I want to be more like him.
Recently, E and I were getting on the subway after food shopping in the city. Just as we started to descend two flights of stairs, we heard the train rolling into the station. “C’mon, we’ll make it,” he said, running to the train down the stairs. I hustled down the stairs but was a few paces behind E. “We’ll never make it,” I said, breathlessly trying to keep up. “Dude, it’s not happening. It’s not…” But then I looked up and he was already on the train, holding the door for me. “Let’s go!” he yelled. I jumped in as the doors slid shut behind me, and we took off. “Now, see? We made it. Doesn’t saying ‘yes, we’ll make it’ yield better results than believing you won’t?”
That incident encouraged me to work harder on changing my thought process. No matter what it is—making a deadline, saving money for a vacation, or finding time to make a sandwich—it’s always possible. As E would say, “we’ll make the train.”
I had a super bad day today. Along with digesting some tough personal news, I ended up at work much later than expected, which pushed back my whole schedule for the evening. I came home and thought dinner was going to be ruined. It would be late, and then I would be eating right before bed, and then I won’t be able to fall asleep, and then I won’t wake up in time tomorrow, and then I’ll miss yoga, and then I’ll be grouchy…..
“Hey,” E said. “Start cooking. Remember, you’ll make the train.”
Sure enough, dinner was served within a reasonable time. The salmon sandwich with a spicy sweet rub was just the perfect amount of food. We were in bed by 11:30 PM. “We made our train again, honey,” I said as I drifted off to sleep.
1 pound salmon
2 rolls (I used rosemary buns)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp honey
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp butter
1/2 lemon, squeeze
1/4 cup lettuce or greens, like mesclun
pepper to taste
1 cedar plank
Preheat oven to about 350 degrees. Dunk cedar plank in water for about 20 minutes and remove. Then wipe dry and place in oven for about 5 minutes to warm the plank. Then, mix the cumin, brown sugar, salt, paprika, cumin, cayenne, brown sugar and chili power together. Rub spice mixture on the salmon. Then drizzle honey over the coated salmon, and place salmon on cedar plank. Place in oven for about 20-25 minutes, cooking until desired temperature. Meanwhile, cook onions in skillet on medium heat until browned, about 3 minutes.
Melt butter. Toast rolls and butter each side, and dress greens in light olive oil. Mix mayonnaise, lemon juice and pepper in a small bowl and set aside. Remove salmon from oven, and cut into sandwich sized steaks. Lightly coat one side of bread with mayonnaise, then place greens, then onion, then salmon on one side of bread. Top with other side. Makes 2 hearty sandwiches.