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Fruit

1 Jan

On the eve of 2016, I won’t go to a glamorous party.  I am not heading out to a swanky dinner.  No, New Years Eve, for me, is about quiet gratitude, thoughtful prayer, and personal peace.  This post is a couple of years old, but I am posting it again.  It still feels relevant to life.  Thanks for reading it.  Happy New Year!

It is now 2013. I don’t really make New Years Resolutions, but I do make some goals. I also reflect on the past, and think about how to improve my future. My journey to love, loyalty, forgiveness, and appreciation continues, as does the journey to discover myself. A goal for my journey is to make it a joyful one. So as I do that this year, I want to say thank you.

Thank you to those who told me I couldn’t. From you I learned that I can.

Thank you to those who gossiped. From you I learned how to hold my friends dear, and how important it is to keep my mouth shut.

Thank you to those with no faith. From you I learned that God is central in my life, and that my faith runs deep.

Thank you to those who told me that I am weak. From you I learned fierce inner strength and confidence. For you allowed me to dig down and discover that I am stronger than I ever imagined.

Thank you to those that told me I was ugly. From you I found my inner beauty.

Thank you to those that put up barriers in my life. From you, I learned how to tear down walls and fight for what I want.

Thank you to those who told me that I am not a good mother. From you I learned that my commitment to motherhood is beautifully imperfect, and perfectly loving.

Thank you to those that put me second (or more accurately third, fourth or fifth) . From you I learn to put myself first.

Thank you to those who are loud and demand attention. From you I learned to be quiet.

Thank you to those who created drama in my life. From you I am learning to truly appreciate peace.

Thank you to those who have an overpowering sense of entitlement. From you I am learning to appreciate everything that I have.

Thank you to those who told me to quit. From you I am learning perseverance.

Thank you to those who brag. From you I learn humility.

Thank you to those that lied to me. From you I am learning the importance of the truth.

Thank you to those who are false and phony. From you I am learning the importance of being genuine.

Thank you to the people who showed me kindness not because I am needy but because you are good.

Thank you to those who extended generosity, for you have enabled me to more openly give to others.

Thank you for those of you that protected me not because I am weak but because you are loyal.

Thank you to those that shared their strength with me during times when I wavered. For you give me the power to be a pillar of strength to someone else.

I am no different from anyone else. I have been hurt. I have felt pain of deceit, the heart break of divorce, cruel disloyalty, and the sting of failure. From that I rise up. Push forward. Continue on. I give thanks to those by my side, and for those that, it seems, turned against me. From everyone whose life has touched mine, I learn. It is easy to be thankful for the great people in your life and to love them. The challenge lies in loving and learning from every body else.

This blog addresses mostly food. Today it is about fruits. The fruits of the spirit.  So I enter this year with gratitude, an open spirit, and prepared to learn more lessons!  I am grateful to everyone that has touched my life and continues to shape the person I am, and the person I am becoming.  So to you I say thank you!

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Thank you

3 Jan

It is now 2013.  I don’t really make New Years Resolutions, but I do make some goals.  I also reflect on the past, and think about how to improve my future.  My journey to love, loyalty, forgiveness, and appreciation continues, as does the journey to discover myself.  A goal for my journey is to make it a joyful one.  So as I do that this year, I want to say thank you.

Thank you to those who told me I couldn’t.  From you I learned that I can.

Thank you to those who gossiped.  From you I learned how to hold my friends dear, and how important it is to keep my mouth shut.

Thank you to those with no faith.  From you I learned that God is central in my life, and that my faith runs deep.

Thank you to those who told me that I am weak.  From you I learned inner strength and confidence.  For you allowed me to dig down and discover that I am stronger than I ever imagined.

Thank you to those that told me I was ugly.  From you I found my inner beauty.

Thank you to those that put up barriers in my life.  From you, I learned how to tear down walls and fight for what I want.

Thank you to those who told me that I am not a good mother.  From you I learned that my commitment to motherhood is beautifully imperfect, and perfectly loving.

Thank you to those that put me second (or more accurately third, fourth or fifth) .  From you I learn to put myself first.

Thank you to those who are loud and demand attention.  From you I learned to be quiet.

Thank you to those who created drama in my life.  From you I am learning to truly appreciate peace.

Thank you to those who have that overpowering sense of entitlement.  From you I am learning to appreciate everything that I have.

Thank you to those who told me to quit.  From you I am learning perseverance.

Thank you to those who brag.  From you I learn humility.

Thank you to those that lied to me.  From you I am learning the importance of the truth.

Thank you to those who are false and phony.  From you I am learning the importance of being truthful and genuine.

Thank you to the people who showed me kindness not because I am needy but because you are good.  Thank you to those who extended generosity, for you have enabled me to more openly give to others.  Thank you for those with whom I share friendship, prayerful faith, and comforting touch not only in times of need, but in all times.  Thank you for those of you that protected me not because I am weak but because you are loyal.  Thank you to those that shared their strength with me during times when I wavered.  For you give me the power to be a pillar of strength to someone else.  Because of you I enter 2013 ready to extend the generous love you have shown me.  After all, it is in giving that we receive.

I have really great friends.  My big crazy family is second to none.  When need be, we close ranks and take care of our own in a heart beat.  I have wonderful people surrounding me.  I am grateful for them everyday.  In fact, I say a prayer of thanks before my feet hit the floor in the morning.

As I take my dog out for the first morning stroll and poo poo (hers, not mine!) , it is still early and dark.  It is before daybreak.  I look up to the sky, marvel at the stars, and take a moment to thank God for my many blessings, for my family, and for the loyal beautiful people in my life.

I am no different from anyone else.  I have been hurt.  I have felt pain of deceit, the heart break of divorce, cruel disloyalty, and the sting of failure.  From that I rise up.  Push forward.  Continue on.  I give thanks to those by my side, and for those that, it seems, turned against me.  From everyone whose life has touched mine, I learn.  I learn loyalty.  And I continue to learn to love.  It is easy to be thankful for the great people in your life and to love them.  The challenge lies in loving and learning from every body else.

I try to appreciate everyone that comes into my life…the good, the bad and the ugly.  Not only do I have something to learn from them, maybe they have something to learn from me.

This blog addresses mostly food.  Today it is about fruits.  The fruits of the spirit.  I harken back to the words of Abraham Lincoln to ponder:  “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”  So I enter this year with gratitude, an open spirit, and prepared to learn more lessons!

New Traditions

28 Nov

Yes, it is holiday time.  It has individual or singular meaning to each and every person.  Is it time for crazy family get togethers?  Favorite foods?  Family politics in play?  Long drive to Aunt Gladys’ house?  Holidays mean different things to everyone, but no matter what, it evokes nostalgia.  Holidays of the past.  Traditions.  But I think everyone has holiday food traditions.

Traditional holiday food, for some, may be tied to religion or faith.  For others, it may mean sticking to what grannie made.  For me, it seems to be a mix of things.  I certainly have some expectations of getting together with family, friends and neighbors.  I also expect to have certain foods and treats around.  But does overeating and rich calorie laden foods have to do us in during our special holiday celebrations?  Absolutely not!

Start a new tradition!  Incorporate increased activity into your holiday plans!  There are a couple of ways to accomplish this new tradition.  Get creative.  Consider the ages of the folks getting together.  There are ways to every one into the fun.

Family football on Thanksgiving morning!

Have a family football game.  Go to a neighborhood park or some ones back yard.  Put everyone on a team, get some brief rules in order, and let the fun begin!  Get the grandparents a seat on the side lines and some pom poms to cheer the game on!

SCORE! And the football crowd goes wild!

Organize a family or a neighborhood Turkey Trot.  It doesn’t have to be far.  Getting together and walking/running anywhere from a few blocks to a mile or two is a blast!  Set up a little healthy snack and water stop at the turn.

Take a family walk after the big meal.  It is a wonderful time to continue the happy chatter that began at the meal.  That will keep the food moving through your system too.  It is a healthy and energizing way to end a meal, and perhaps a nice break before the desserts come out!

Have a night time bon fire.  It is such a blast to have every one gathered around a fire, the chill of the evening on your back and the heat from the fire warming the

My dad by the back yard bonfire. Drink in one hand, marshmallow in the other! Gotta love it!

front!  Grab some flashlights and let the kids have a rousing game of flashlight tag to work off that big meal!

There are so many ways to add activity to your holiday and keep your body moving!  So start a new tradition.  Add some physical activity to your holiday plans.  If your family is like mine, it will become the most talked about and cherished part of the holidays!