Archive | August 2015

ENCOUNTER

I saw a heart today,
Its love poured out in passion;
It’s melody was sweet
And played in quiet fashion.
I touched a color today,
Its warmth and beauty flowing;
Its fragrance like the sun;
Twas like a flower growing.
I heard a birth today,
Like deafening silence crying;
It sang in harmony,
Crescendoing and dying.
I knew a life today,
Sweet intercourse divine;
I knew it, but it changed,
So encountered this life of mine.

 

ROASTED VEGIES

Do you ever create a meal that turns out especially good, to the point that you want to share it?
I did that for lunch today:
Get out a cookie sheet; set the oven to 325.
Now, peel beets and cut them into 1/4-inch slices.  (I call these “beet steaks,” especially if they are large ones.)
Next, cut onions  into slightly thicker pieces.
Then, summer squash – zuchini, crook-neck… About 1/4-inches thick is good.
Now for roma tomatoes:  Cut them in half.
Add any other vegies you want – garlic cloves (peeled, of course) peppers, Kohlrabi…
Rub everything but the tomatoes with a bit of oil.  I used olive; coconut would be interesting.
Sprinkle a little salt on everything.  Some garlic-herb seasoning is good on the summer squash.
Pop the cookie sheet into the oven and go do something else for about 25 minutes.
Then, put a thin slice of cheese on each tomato half.  I used smoked butterkase – YUMMM!

Give things another 15 minutes.  By then, all of the vegies should be tender.  Load up your plate; enjoy!

Variation:  I get this really good sausage.  Today, it was roasted red pepper and garlic.  I put it on the cooki sheet with everything else.

Now, for dessert, you can start apples  about 20 minutes before the other things.  Cut them in half, core them, brush a little butter on them; sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar and let them bake until tender.  I think a little vanilla yogurt or ice cream would go nicely on top.

 

As I considered writing this, I thought it would be fun to share a little of my philosophy when it comes to food, especially dieting.
When I was in college, I wrote an essay called, “Dieting; America’s Eating Habit.”  We get it from all sides!  Take weight off fast with this pill or plan; try this cleansing diet; give up…name it – carbs, cooked foods, proteins, fats… We have calorie counters, carb counters, charts of every size and kind… and so it goes.

 

Let me start by asking you a question:  Are you managing your weight because you love and appreciate yourself; or are you thinking you’ll like yourself better once you reach that goal?

 

Take a little friendly advice from me:  Learn to love and appreciate yourself first.  Trust me, I know:  I lived with Anorexia for a number of years.  It’s hard to imagine how someone who doesn’t quite weigh 100 pounds can think she’ll be better at 90… At the risk of over siplifying things a bit, self rejection and hatred are often at the root of this sort of belief.  I have been well for 25 years now.  During that time, I have followed plans to lose weight and have kept it off without relapsing.  The keys to my healing are God first; then, the development of real love for myself.  If you are hoping to like yourself better, once you are slimmer, take some time to find some acceptance and appreciation before you make your food and exercise plans.

 

Step #2 in this process is to choose an approach that responds to your unique needs.  I, for example, eat more frequently and significantly reduce the amount of sugar, since that is the thing that causes me to gain weight.  I have a real need for protein, so I start my day with a good breakfast that includes some form of this much-needed ingredient.

 

I do the same kind of planning with exercise.  The areas that need the most attention are stamina and flexibility.  I don’t do well with a lot of weight lifting; besides, I get that in my daily routine.  I also need exercise to be enjoyable and easy for me to do.

 

You might want to talk with your doctor or health care provider as you develop your plan, especially if you have some sort of medical condition and take meds.

 

If you want some ideas for food and exercise, check out my mood management plan on the page called, “Practical Tools.”

 

Whatever you do, make sure you take good, loving care of yourself without punishment.
Step #3:  Do it!  Set a “start date” and make sure you begin.  If you mess up one day, get up and back on your plan the next.  Don’t try to make up for your mistakes and mishaps; just start where you are and proceed from there.

 

An overlying attitude needs to be respect:  For yourself and for the process.  When you see progress, take time to enjoy it; when you have setbacks, step away for a moment, make adjustments, take a deep breath and move on.  Lay down any perfectionistic ideals or notions you have.  All aspects of self care are part of a life-long journey, including diet and exercise.

 

Enlist people who will encourage and support you.  Coach them if necessary.  You might have to set some boundaries with people who aren’t so helpful.  That’s okay.

 

In short, make all physical care part of loving yourself.  Live “from the inside out,” recognizing that you are a whole person – spirit, soul and body.  If you start with this, keep it central to your planning and activity; then end with this, you will find success!

 

SALUTE TO CHOCOLATE

cioccolato

I’m a chocolate lover; dark, please.  Here is my musing about it:

 

Chocolate
Holds me close,
Overcoming tensions;
Comforting distress;
Offering solace
Like a blanket that is wrapped
Around the shoulders of my soul;
Tasty, sweet
Elation.

very good…and true

A couple of days ago,  NgobesingRomanus posted this on

http://yoursuccessinspirer.com/2015/08/07/believe-in-your-abilities/
and asked what people thought.
It’s really quite intriguing and thought provoking:

“If you are going to be successful in creating the life of your dreams, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen.
You have to believe you have the stuff, that you are able to pull it off.
You have to believe in your self,  whether you call it self-esteem, self-confidence, or self-assurance,
it is a deep-seated belief that you have what it takes the abilities, inner resources, talents, and skills to create your desired results.”
– Jack Canfield.

Thank you for this gem, Ngobesing Romanus;  I went and considered it for a while; now I have some quotes in return:

 

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
Theodore Roosevelt

 

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you’re a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation.”
Joel Osteen

 

“We are what we believe we are.”
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
CS Lewis

 

…and just for fun…
“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
Also by CS Lewis

 

One thing that catches my attention is the tremendous struggle we have when it comes to believing in God and ourselves.  We can all think of scams and advertisements that are “too good to be true.”
When it comes to God’s goodness, all that HE puts into us and the wonderful possibilities we each have, however, it is very good…  AND true!

NEW DAY; FRESH EXPECTATIONS

The morning is clear;
It’s a new day.
I set fresh expectationts
And try a different way
To view the world and live;
Express new hope and dreams;
For the old thing I thought
Is not quite like it seems.

 

I’ll sort through the stones
Of yesterday;
Some I will gladly treasure;
Others I’ll throw away.
There are some stones to keep
With some transformation
That brings out their beauty;
That builds inspiration.

 

I’ll start with fresh hope;
I’ll sing and pray,
Until my expectations
Chase any gloom away.
I’ll set my gaze forward;
Press into all that’s right.
The dawn of this new day
Is wonderful and bright!

HOW TO WALK

One step at a time;
Keep a steady pace
We’re in it for the long haul;

This is no sprint or race.

 

Look ahead not back
Eyes set on the goal
Of greater things before you;
That lift and feed your soul.

 

This is how to walk
On the path called Life;
With tenacity and hope;
In peace and without strife.
Steady as you go;
Grow along the way,
Until you arrive at last
To the Eternal Day.