We had a sermon this morning on the Beatitudes. I have heard several over the years as have we all, but this one was very special. We were asked to pause sit in a quiet spot and reflect on the differences between the words of Christ, and the forbidding “Thou shall not” tone of the Ten Commandments. I actually did this and it was quite an experience. Try it. Really think about it with your heart, not your mind.
Jesus says blessed, heaven, comfort, mercy, peace, righteous, pure in heart, and on and on. What a world if we were all mindful of these thoughts.
I love to read and I read from both books and Kendle. One of my Facebook book sharing sites recently had a member complaining about the price of books and he got several good answers that I would like to share. First, go to the library. All the books are free at the library, you guys. Next I go to thrift shops. They always have a huge book section and even big books are seldom more than a couple of dollars. People in my neighborhood have a book trading group. Try to find something like that and your library may give you a clue. Shop on line for bargains. Try places like Barnes and Noble for sales. Second and Charles and Books A Million have thrift tables and even free tables. Look around and remember to read as widely as you possibly can!
Can we agree to make 2023 a clean slate-Let’s Hope So!
I get that blog comments stay up forever and become not so timely, and I also get that Happy New Year is a bit corny, but 2022 was not a particularly great time for many people in many places and so I am putting this wish out there for all of us to give a bit of thought. What can we do to make things better? Okay, so here is my take on it.
In order to do better, you have to BE better.
Be kind to others-Golden Rule time: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Communicate Better Say what you really mean.
Remember that you are nice to people not because they are nice, but because YOU are nice.
A little kindness goes a long way so try “paying it forward” a couple of times and see how it makes you feel. I bought the guy behind me at Wendy’s the other day a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich and he followed me out to the parking lot to thank me and said he could only afford one sandwich and was going to give it to his little boy but with the extra $$$ he bought two. Yes, if you think that made my day, you are right! Do this sometime, please. It is such a feel good sensation. So go forward with JOY into 2023 and pass it around!!!
I make smoothies regularly and I just love the fact that they can count as your fruits for the day, your veggies for the day, and with a few simple additions a smoothie can fill in the blanks for things you may be missing in your diet even though it is healthy.
I start with berries for a fruit smoothie and then add any kind of fruit yogurt, some 5 Calories Cranberry juice, ice cubes, and a flavorless protein powder. Don’t forget the banana. I am a vegetarian and the protein powder helps me.
For a veggie smoothie I like to use squashes raw, and for the liquid I use V8. Add a couple of ice cubes and drink up. I use pretty much any raw vegetable that I like and this is very good for fiber too.
If either one of these sound not so good to you, I challenge you to make up your own versions. Remember, life is like a smoothie-it is exactly what you make it and you get out only what you put it.
PS Be sure you have a good blender, there are many types out there and most are good, but you want to be sure the one you buy is heavy duty enough for all on your ingredients.
I love to cook and be in my kitchen as you know if you read this BLOG. Stop and think for just a bit about how much of value there is in a kitchen. Sure there is food prep, nurture, creativity and so on, but also think about a recipe being many diverse things coming together to make a really good thing. Think about cleaning up after yourself. Think about doing something to make you and others happy. I could go on and pon. Can you think of a few???
This fabulous dragon is the logo for a children’s website that I have maintained for many years. I love to use him because of the way he seems to invite you into his world-the world of wonderful stories. He shares that “dragons” that is our imagined fears, are not really so bad after all. Loose yourself in a good book!
Yes, I know that Thanksgiving is no longer politically correct, but can we not gather with loved ones and share a meal? Can we enjoy each other’s company and forgive and forget past wrongs, think about the future not the past, and just talk about anything good that we all feel? Don’t look back, you are not going that way!
Eating 5 1/2 cup servings of fruit and veg per day has been proved time and time again to be of real benefit. So, why not just do it. Imagine the variety you have to select from too. Eat the rainbow. Apples, pears, oranges, grapes and on and on. Broccoli, corn, green beans, and my personal favorite pickled beets… This is not even to mention all of the salad greens out there just for you. Try it. Just measure out the amounts at first and BTW when you do that, you will see how easy it really is! Good luck!