Don't regret another moment
Monday, February 03, 2014 2:21 AM
We all want pretty much the same thing in life. We want to be happy. But sadly, so many of us think it lies outside ourselves. When we're young we think our happiness lies somewhere in the future, tied to future relationships and activities. When we're old, we believe our happiness rests in the past, tied to memories of what is already gone. Both of these beliefs are false. Happiness can only ever be found right where you are now.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Makes 6 servings
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups beef broth
3 potatoes, diced
4 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, salt and pepper; pour over meat and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots and celery.
Cover, and cook on low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on high setting for four to six hours.
Letting go of illusions of the past and future is your greatest step to happiness and a life free of regret. In this moment, there is plenty to smile about. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, infinite possibility awaits. Don't waste it worrying about what isn't.
Even if things aren't perfect, today is filled with little opportunities. Everywhere you look, there are small ways for you to make a positive difference. In little bits of time that might otherwise be wasted, there is a piece of something larger waiting to be created. String enough of these pieces together and absolutely anything is within your reach. You just need to decide what it is you want to achieve. Then, put forth your best effort and make sure you laugh often and your time will never be wasted!
Share your love openly and honestly with those you love. No matter what, you're going to lose people in your life. Realize that no matter how much time you spend with someone, or how much you appreciate them, sometimes it will never seem like you had enough time together. Don't learn this lesson the hard way. Express your love. Tell people what you need to tell them. Don't shy away from important conversations because you feel awkward or uncomfortable. You never know when you might lose your opportunity.
And when certain people walk away from you, and certain opportunities close their doors on you, there is no need to hold on to them or pray to keep them present in your life. If they close you out, take it as a direct indication that these people, circumstances and opportunities are not part of the plan for the next step of your life. It's a hint that your personal growth requires someone different and something more and life is simply making room.
So, embrace your goodbyes, because every "goodbye" you receive sets you up for an even better "hello.
Look at what you have, instead of what you have lost. Life is too short to spend at war with yourself. The primary cause of unhappiness is never your situation, but your thoughts about it. And the primary cause of regret is looking back at everything negative thoughts prevented you from doing.
Just because things didn't turn out like you expected, doesn't mean you can't make them better than you imagined. Every second provides you with another chance to get it right.
If you want more ideas on how to live with no regrets, I encourage you to read "The Angel Affect." Read the book and join the mission on facebook.