Life Lessons from Jiffy Cornbread

I’ll resume my series “Changing Your Focus: Learning to Look at the World Through a Lens of Thankfulness” tomorrow.  Today, I’ve got to tell you about how thankful I am for The Jiffy company and their cornbread mix.

Yeah, I know.  “You’re thankful for cornbread?!”  Why, yes.  Yes, I am.

I made a pot of chili yesterday and decided that it wouldn’t be complete without some cornbread.  So I grabbed a couple of boxes of Jiffy and went to work.


My grandma uses Jiffy.  My mom uses Jiffy.  I don’t know if my sister makes cornbread, but if she does, I’m certain she uses Jiffy.  As far as I’m concerned, there is no other cornbread mix in existence.  But I digress.

On this particular day, I got a little curious about the Jiffy company.  I knew that they make other muffin mixes, but that’s about it.  So I pulled out my phone and googled them.

The first thing I learned was that the name of the company is actually the Chelsea Milling Company.  It’s a family company that was started by the Holmes family in 1901 as a traditional flour mill.  They didn’t start selling baking mix until the early 30’s.  That got me to thinking.  You never know what your life is preparing you for.  I’m sure the Holmes family thought they were doing just fine as a flour mill.  They couldn’t have known that they were being prepared for something bigger.  The story also underscored my strong belief that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself.  The Chelsea Milling Company was strictly a flour mill for 30 years before they became a baking mix company.

It turns out that I have a little in common with this company.  I decided to go to law school when I was 30 years old.  I had no intention of practicing law in the traditional sense, but that’s exactly what I’m doing now.  I love what I do, but I get the sense that something else is coming my way soon.  I can’t wait to see what the universe has in store for me.

My cornbread came out great.  It filled my belly and gave me lots to think about.

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