Enjoy your challenges
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:24 AM
Every move you make matters. Your thoughts and behaviors are creating your reality. You are in charge of your thinking, which also means you are in charge of your actions and results. What you focus on and put energy into every day will determine the results you produce in life.
Green peppers, stuffed with ground beef and rice, are topped with a seasoned tomato sauce. Makes six servings.
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice
1 cup water
6 green bell peppers
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook 20 minutes. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the beef until evenly browned.
Remove and discard the tops, seeds and membranes of the bell peppers. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward. (Slice the bottoms of the peppers if necessary so that they will stand upright.)
In a bowl, mix the browned beef, cooked rice, one can tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each hollowed pepper. Mix the remaining tomato sauce and Italian seasoning in a bowl, and pour over the stuffed peppers.
Bake one hour in the preheated oven, basting with sauce every 15 minutes, until the peppers are tender.
You can control a great deal in your life, but sometimes finding true freedom means knowing what you absolutely can't change, or understanding what constraints you have to work within to build the life you want. Being an innovator of your life is about finding creative ways to burst through constraints. When this happens, it appears as though the impossible becomes possible. Embracing this philosophy is the secret to being in control of your destiny.
You need to decide what standards you are going to set for yourself. Then, you need to enforce them. If you settle for just anything, you will never know what you're truly worthy of. Love and respect yourself enough to never lower your standards for the wrong reasons.
Understand when you listen to your intuition and commit to a life path that is unique to your desires, you're likely choosing the path less traveled. This means there are going to be substantial obstacles in your way at times, and sometimes it may seem almost impossible to continue.
Some things will happen outside of your control. But if you learn to roll with it, rather than against it, you will produce the best possible results. It is not always what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens to you that matters most.
When things go wrong, instead of blaming the world, ask yourself, "What can I learn from this?" and "What's the next best step I can take from here?"
Always persevere! Be sure to always take that next step because life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment. Life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to stay the course and push forward even when times are tough.
What you do when the going gets tough matters far more than what you do when everything is going smoothly. It's how you respond to the hard times that results in true, untethered freedom and happiness. So keep your head up and remember, your soul is "unconquerable."
No matter what happens to you, be intentional and always do your best. You won't enjoy your life if you don't enjoy your challenges. Think this way and your personal growth is guaranteed.
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