Live each day to the fullest
Monday, August 05, 2013 3:45 AM
Do you feel like you are going through life on autopilot? Do you feel each day seems to be a repeat of the last, where you are going through the motions, accepting what is and settling for a mere existence?
So many people live within the confines of unhappy situations and yet refuse to take the initiative to change their circumstances. They are conditioned to believe that the only choice is the current choice because it's the life they know. Their comfort zone blinds them from the truth.
There is nothing more damaging to the human spirit than a mind that resists progress and change. It's time to break free from the mold and truly live more of your life and experience it and enjoy it to the fullest.
First, start noticing and appreciating all of the great people in your life. Sometimes we don't notice the things others do for us until they stop doing them. Be grateful for what you have, who loves you and who cares for you. You'll never know how much they mean to you until they are no longer beside you.
Be spontaneous. When was the last time you did something completely out of character? You have to open yourself to trying new things, especially those that you may previously never have thought of doing, or had been too hesitant to attempt. This is how you open doors of opportunity for positive growth. When we try new experiences, we allow ourselves to feel again. Everything in life can't be planned. Sometimes you just need to let your hair down and live in the moment. Being spontaneous will keep your life interesting and exciting. So instead of saying no, start saying yes!
Never let your life become so filled with work, your mind become so crammed with worry, or your heart become so jammed with old hurts or anger, that there's no room left in them for fun and happiness. Living a fulfilling life means allowing yourself to feel and experience all that life hands you.
The best things in life are free. There is absolute joy and wonder to be had in the simplest of moments. Watching the sunset over the horizon or spending time with a friend or family member is priceless. Have you taken the time today to tell someone how much you care for them?
Make a pact with yourself and do the thing you once thought you couldn't do. Take another step, even when you feel too worn out or tired. Find a reason to laugh, even when you're trying not to cry. Trust yourself, even when your mind second-guesses your heart. Dance, even when others refuse to hear the music. Dream, even if you're afraid of what it might bring.
Open the door of opportunity in front of you, even when you have no idea what's behind it. Good days give you happiness, bad days give you experience and the worst days give you the best lessons. But each day is a gift and meant to be appreciated and experienced every day to the fullest!
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Chicken and Fruit Salad
From Eating Well, July/August 2008
Chicken, melon, walnuts and feta top mixed salad greens for a refreshing summer salad. Use one's favorite summer fruit in place of the melon if desired.
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
3 tablespoons fruit-flavored vinegar
4 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
8 cups mixed salad greens
2 cups sliced cooked chicken breast, (see tip below)
2 cups chopped melon, such as cantaloupe and/or honeydew
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see tip below)
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
Whisk sour cream, vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, salt and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup of the dressing in a small bowl. Add the mixed greens to the large bowl and toss to coat. Divide among four plates and top with chicken, melon, walnuts and feta. Drizzle each portion with 1 tablespoon of the reserved dressing.
To poach chicken breast: Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan and add lightly salted water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes.
To toast chopped or sliced nuts, heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add nuts and cook, stirring, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
Nutrition per serving: 248 calories; 11 g fat (4 g sat , 2 g mono); 55 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein; 4 g fiber; 346 mg sodium; 371 mg potassium.