Give yourself a gift
Project Fit Families
Monday, December 10, 2012 6:56 AM
The greatest gift you can give yourself this holiday season is the gift of self-fulfillment. Material possessions don't make us happy and complete. We must find our own peace and harmony from within. It starts with an understanding of yourself and a willingness to be the best that you can be, in all situations.
Italian Sausage Soup
1 pound Italian sausage
1 clove garlic, minced
2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
1 cup sliced carrots
1 (14.5 ounce) can great Northern beans, undrained
2 small zucchini, cubed
2 cups spinach - packed, rinsed and torn
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a stockpot or Dutch oven, brown sausage with garlic. Stir in broth, tomatoes and carrots, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
Stir in beans with liquid and zucchini. Cover and simmer another 15 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
Remove from heat and add spinach. Replace lid allowing the heat from the soup to cook the spinach leaves.
Soup is ready to serve after 5 minutes.
The most arduous activity is pretending to be something you aren't. Wearing a mask will only wear you out. Trying to fit some idealistic mold of perfection is unrealistic and will only make you discouraged. It's much wiser to just be yourself... faults and all. Take off your mask and start being the real you.
Remember, imperfection is beauty and madness is genius. It is better to be ridiculously you, than ridiculously boring by trying to be the same as everyone else.
You are simply the product of what you know, so develop a passion for acquiring knowledge. Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't and they can teach you something new. The purpose of keeping an open mind isn't just to change your mind. It's to expand your mind to understand the true potential in each moment of your life. You will discover more possibilities and expanded points of view. Even when others disagree with your ideas, it will allow you to see situations in a new light. And being able to see situations from different perspectives allows you to choose more creatively and intuitively going forward.
A stable home becomes the foundation on which you build the rest of your success. Subconsciously, we all need to know we have a family core that we can trust, and who is going to be there for us through thick and thin.
Faithfulness to your partner is a big part of this. Faithfulness in any intimate relationship includes more than just your body. It also includes your eyes, mind, heart and soul. Being devoted and true to your partner will allow you to connect with them mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. True love is sacred and will only make you stronger and more fulfilled. So guard your sexuality daily and devote it entirely to the one you love.
Life is short, so enjoy every bit of it. Think positive, be positive and positive things will happen. Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you don't. Enjoy your blessings right now. Remember what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. Celebrate this. Work on being so appreciative and happy that when others look at you, they become a little happier too.
Happiness, freedom and peace of mind are always attained by giving them without expectation. The only way to raise yourself up, is to raise others up. And when you to raise your world up, you raise all of life just a little higher. Joy comes to you when you give it. Happiness becomes yours when you live it. It's a choice. Everything you need, you are already capable of being. So smile from the heart and fulfill the destiny that is yours in this priceless moment.
No matter what your circumstances may be, it's always darkest just before the dawn. Never underestimate the strength of your will to live after a loss, to love after heartache, or to rise after a fall. For although your troubles may be too dense and dark right now for you to see the light, that doesn't mean there isn't a strong spirit within them, or a beautiful sunrise just beyond the horizon.
Remember, the holidays are a joyous time to celebrate your blessings and spread kindness and benevolence. Don't just remind people of the holiday spirit, live it!
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