Recipes are an instructional guideline mostly associated with cooking. You probably have some favorite recipes that you use over and over. A good recipe is cherished and often shared -- it may have been passed down through the generations. But, I think that idea – a reference point filled with simple to follow steps – is applicable to many of life’s situations and activities.
Potters who mix their own glazes follow recipes to concoct the right balance of chemicals to create specific colors and effects on their pots. It’s science and art mixed into one. Tweaking one ingredient can lead to success or failure of the end result. I mixed my own glazes for many years, but now use pre-mixed versions to achieve the colors I like on my pots.
Figuring out the right recipe for living and working is an ongoing activity for me (and probably you too). Each blueprint of ingredients and instructions are a starting point for exploration. These guidelines can propel you to achieve good results -- and as your confidence builds, allow room for additions or subtractions that are meaningful to you.