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Recipe From Paradise: Flash Fiction - a Humble Offering to Linda Lum!

Updated on May 25, 2019
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Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.

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Love is the mother of all virtues, therefore, give Love, and you will acquire all the virtues.

— Sean Dragon

About Linda Lum (Carb Diva)

The name Agatha is a feminine given name derived from the Ancient Greek word ἀγαθός (agathos), meaning good, virtuous and honest. I think that is the most suitable name for the idea I have in my mind and heart for Linda Lum. I have never met her in person, but the light of her golden Heart has embraced many times my Heart, making me sure that angels do live among us! This story is a small expression of my gratitude for her, a beam of the Light of my Heart returning to hers. My dear Linda, I am grateful to call you Sister, and I hope my story to stand worthy of the beauty of your Soul and Spirit!

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The Story

Agatha had two great talents that played a significant role in shaping her character and helping her become an exceptional person, one of those who change the world around them and make it better.

First was her talent in cooking. One friend of hers had told once that even if she had cooked stones, she would have made them so delicious that you would say that it is the best food you have ever eaten. She really had the gift of giving a divine taste to whatever she was cooking! If you had tasted any of her recipes, it would be hard to forget that tastiness, and it would be even harder to find and eat something more delicious.

Agatha always claimed that there was the same primary ingredient she was using in every recipe, and that was Love. It could not be more exact! Every time she was cooking, you could hear her singing beautiful words to express her appreciation and gratitude for every material she used and her wishes to the people who would taste her food. Therefore the whole process became a powerful prayer, and the result had a correspondingly beneficial effect on the one who would try it. Agatha had a massive heart filled with Love, and this Love also infilled everything she was cooking!

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This vast heart was also the source of her second talent, her ability to make people fill up with positive energy and optimism, even if they had the worst mood. She always had some kind words to say about everyone, a gentle deed to support those in need, and a unique way to help people overcome their fears and concerns. If there are angels who have taken human form and live among us, then surely Agatha was one of them.

Among many other actions of love, she used to cook three times a week at a shelter for homeless people. But apart from the food, which all adored, she supported in many other ways those people who lived on the fringes of life. Her great heart gave food to both the body and the Soul of these people. It is logical that everyone loved her, and that love also nurtured her Soul. She was happy because she was creating happiness around her.

At this shelter, she has met George, a kind man over fifty who had lost his wife and son ten years ago in a car accident and at the same time he had lost the power to continue living without them. He had ended up an alcoholic, and so he had lost his job and all his possessions. His life changed again when someone brought him to the shelter and met Agatha and her longing to help those in need. He found meaning in life again, managed to quit drinking and began to participate actively in the activities of the shelter, helping the rest of the homeless people. Recently, he had found an occasional job, and with his payments, he supported the purchase of medicines for other people in the shelter who needed them. He had found his old smile, and having Agatha as an example, he had started feeling happiness again, through the offer.

Agatha was happy with the change she had seen in George because she appreciated his great heart and could understand the inner pain which consumed him from within because she had also experienced the loss of loved ones, early in her life. She knew that this is a pain you cannot cure, you can only enclose it in Love and turn it to acts of goodness and offer so that to transform it into an inner shrine of Love. Then this pain ceases to cause suffering.

But unfortunately for George, this pain has already evolved into something far more severe. He had diagnosed with stomach cancer at a stage that survival hopes were almost zero and were based on costly chemotherapy that George had not the ability to pay, and no hospital was accepting the treatment of a homeless and destitute middle-aged man.

George did not take it very badly, on the contrary. He saw it as an opportunity to find again his wife and son, who he had missed them so much. But when he confided it to Agatha, she explained to him that by his recent actions he had become significant help of many people in the shelter –and not only– who until then lived in abandonment, he had become their guardian angel, and she urged him to fight for his healing for the sake of all of them.

"My sweet Agatha, how will I do that? You know there's no money for therapy," he replied with a smile.

Then she asked him:

"Do you trust the power of Love and me?"

"Of course, I trust you both, but..."

"There is no but! You need chemotherapy, don't you? So there is no better chemotherapy than proper food. Trust me, I know an ancient recipe that can cure everything. I just want you to come to my house, every day, to eat the soup that I'll prepare only for you. Do you promise to do this for me?"

He hugged her tightly and said,

"Of course, I will, but what recipe is that?"

"Oh! No, I cannot tell you this now, maybe when you'll be cured." She responded with a conspiratorial tone. "I just want you to trust my love for you and the miraculous power that every act of love has!"

"We have a deal! My treatment is in your hands!" George replied with a wide smile.

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One noon, three months later, a well-dressed gentleman entered the shelter and asked to see Agatha. When she greeted him with her unique smile, he said:

"My name is Luke Apostolou, and I am a doctor, oncologist. I am the one who has dealt with George's therapy. He spoke to me about you; he told me that you are responsible for the miracle of his recovery. I really can't believe what has happened. In my twenty-five years of being a doctor, no patient, at this stage of cancer that was George, has been able to recover, even with the most advanced therapies. And now we have a case in which the tumour has completely disappeared! How did you do that? George told me about an ancient recipe that you know. You understand how important it would be to give it to me. It could save the lives of thousands of people! Please tell me what the secret ingredients you used when you cook this soup that cured him were!"

Agatha laughed and said to him:

"My dear doctor, the truth is that I was not completely honest with George. The ingredients I use are always the same, every time I cook, and while they are really ancient, they are not secret at all."

The doctor looked at her with apparent puzzled.

"And... what... are they?" He said with the same confusion in the voice.

The smile of Agatha became even broader and perhaps a bit cunning.

"The miraculous ingredients are Love, Faith and Prayer!"

Live to love and love to live.

© 2019 Ioannis Arvanitis

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    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      15 hours ago from Greece, Almyros

      I am so grateful for these candles on the hills that you, Linda, Bill, Eric, John, Dora and many others are, my dear teacher, Manatita!

      Gratitude renews my Heart!

      Sean

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      manatita44 

      2 days ago from london

      Born to inspire through food and great writing, is our Linda. A soft, charming and unassuming woman, she hides more than she knows, but shines like a candle on a hill … a flower in a garden of fragment scents.

      Her research and writing skills, are an epitome of selflessness, goodness and Love and I dare say that she is, most importantly, progressing with godlike speed in her quest for inner beauty … the Light of the Supreme.

      Your rose and greens are so significant of her ever-increasing vibrancy, growth, newness and sacrifice. Hari Om, my brother. God continue to bless your life of decency and a Heart of service and charm.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Yes, my dear sister, Audrey, we are all works of art coming from the Great Artist! You are living proof! Thank you for the beauty you create and your magic comment!

      Your smile always makes my day!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear sister, Dora, thank you for this kind approach to my story and the blessings!

      I owe you more than a thank you!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Yes, indeed, my dear Genna, if we only had... Thank you for your Light in my comment section!

      Blessings to your luminous Heart!

      Sean

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is a lovely tribute to a lovely lady - Linda Lum. She deserves this recognition.

      Love is like the wind - you can't see it but you can feel it. Your story leaves us with a powerful message: "The miraculous ingredients are love, faith and prayer".

      God doesn't make mistakes. He created us. We are all works of art.

      Thank you, my brother.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful tribute in which love and miracles are synonyms. Blessings on both you and Linda.

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      Genna East 

      3 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Cooking" with love while singing beautiful words...this is a true gift from the heart, and so is this inspiring story and tribute for Linda. We have such possibilities...if we only had more faith in ourselves and the joy we could realize and share, each and every day. Thank you for my tears, Iannois.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Oh, my brother Eric, beauty creates beauty! When you start to write about such a beautiful human being beautiful story comes by itself!

      A big tight hug to my Eric the Great!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you, my dear brother, John! All this time I have taken so many great messages and beauty from your work, so I am learning to give back! You are a great teacher for me!

      My Love embraces you all!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Doris, my joy is double! I am glad to know that you liked my story and to be the reason for you to follow Linda! You are a person that always gives me so positive energy with your comments, and I am grateful for your noble Heart!

      A beam of Light from my Heart to yours!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Yes, my brother, Tim, everything is God, so everything we eat is His Blood and Body, and it could be a cure for any bodily problem! Thank you for your kind words. Your comments always give me strength! Gratitude!

      Prayers and Love to you and your family!

      Sean

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Of course I came back. I try to read first for understanding and then repeat for beauty. Beautiful works for a beautiful lady.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful dedication to someone truly deserving. Linda is a wonderful person. Great message too, love and faith can be the miracles that cure many ills.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      3 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      What a beautiful story, and a beautiful tribute to a deserving angel. I'm so glad you did this for her. I thought I was following her, but apparently I wasn't. Now I am, and I feel blessed for the opportunity.

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      Tim Truzy 

      3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Love is the ingredient that turns a bit of food into a feast. Wonderful story, Sean. I loved your dedication to Linda. Fed on the food of love, everything is possible through Him. God bless your talents.

      Respectfully, Tim

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      A family tradition of ours too, my dear sister, Dana! A family dinner with our loved ones is a great way to raise children! It's an opportunity for thanksgiving and gratitude. Thank you for your beautiful comment and your kind words for Linda!

      Love is the food of Soul!

      Sean

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      Dana Tate 

      3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      A family tradition of ours is to gather every Sunday at a relative's house and enjoy a big dinner. Family and, friends we consider family, are all welcome..

      As a child I couldn't wait to eat those mouth watering meals. Now, I know they were so delicious because the main ingredient is love.

      Linda is so deserving of this recognition. Healthy meals are food for the soul.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Sister, Linda, I'll be honest with you. This story was ready last night, about midnight (here in Greece). I finished it after returning home from work, at about 11 am. Then I did the maths, and I saw that it was noon for you. So I decided to publish it today noon, in Greece, so that you can see it first thing in the morning! I love surprises, so I am happy I managed it!

      Time is a humble servant of Love, so it is never a problem when you work with Love in your Heart and have patience, plus my family loved the story --I am always trying to teach my boys through the stories I write.

      I am so glad you liked it because this community --a brotherhood for me too-- it is not an idea, it has many names like Linda, Bill, Eric, Manatita, Tim, Jodah, Chris, Dora and many many others (I am sorry that I can't mention all!). Therefore, I thank you for giving this world the invaluable evidence that angels do live among us!

      I wish Love always feed your Soul!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      I need you back here, my Brother Eric! I need the Light of your Heart in my comments!

      You give existence to the word Αγαθός!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      I am so glad to hear it from you, my brother Bill, that I have captured Linda's spirit because I know your connection. This is my perspective for Linda-Agatha! Thank you for being, always, so supportive of me! Gratitude!

      Peace and Love to your beautiful family, always!

      Sean

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Indeed, my Brother, Manatita! Food is God! Everything we eat and drink is Blood and Body of the One Supreme, the Ultimate Chef, as you wisely said! This is the symbolism of the sacred mystery of the Sacrament, the Holy Communion of Christ's Body and Blood! Thank you for your insightful comment and your kind words!

      Grateful to the Master for the Food for the Soul!

      Sean

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      Linda Lum 

      3 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Sean, I awoke early this morning, and even before taking my first cup of coffee, I opened my phone. The first thing I saw was the page that had been open the night before—my Facebook and there was your lovely offering to me.

      I have tears in my eyes, tears of joy and gratitude. I am humbled that you would take the time out of your so-busy life to create this for me. I am happy beyond words and I thank you sincerely from deep within my heart.

      This community on Hub Pages (may I call it a brotherhood?) is such a blessing. The love and caring, the support and encouragement are priceless. Blessings to you and your family today and always. With love and gratitude.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I will be back. I can hardly see through my tears of beauty here.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I have met her in person, and this wonderful offering has captured her spirit. Trust in the power of love...indeed, my friend. Linda is love and love is Linda.

      Peace and love always

      bill

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      manatita44 

      3 weeks ago from london

      Extremely beautiful, light-hearted and very Linda-like, if you ask me.

      You even got the ingredients correct

      I don't know if Linda knows that food is God ( Annam Brahma) and her labour of selfless Love through feeding our body and souls, is very much in demand in heaven.

      A beautiful piece told with sweet simplicity and much Love. Jai Linda! Jai Ioannis! Victory to the ultimate Chef!

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