Are you able to see the beauty and truth in someone else’s culture?
I am thankful for the diverse cultures that we have and so much truth and value in what others practice. I believe that there is so much to learn from other cultures instead of belittling and discriminating groups of people because they do not practice what you practice, how you practice it, and when you practice it. I am still hopeful that as we evolve, more and more individuals will come to the realization that just because others are different does not mean that they are inferior. We were not made to war against each other based on culture. Our differences were meant to serve a higher purpose. We can either let our differences be necessary groundwork in evolving to our higher selves or continue to stay stagnant in old beliefs and practices that do not serve humanity.
It is such a waste of energy and time to focus on our differences. We are more alike than we are different.
Gratitude filled my heart yesterday (family, friends, job, roof over our head, food in our refrigerator, safe travels, and much more to be grateful for). I was happily sated with good food, family, and just life period. However, it did not take long for this mother of two to find my sanctuary. The combination of peacefulness and gratitude put me at ease, so much so that I was sleep before 7pm. I thought I would sit journal, reflect, and write. My body had other plans.
I am participating in National Writing Month (http://nanowrimo.org), to write a minimal of a 50, 000-word novel in 30 days. I have known about National Writing Month for a couple of years and decided to participate this year because I wanted to see if I could rise to the challenge. Am I disciplined and creative enough? What will I learn about myself? Really, what have I got to lose?
Yesterday, I was at around 35,000 words. Currently, I am at a little over 38,000 words, so I need to make the best of my weekend. I love 4-day weekends, and usually the first day is mellowing out, which I still did yesterday even with all the cooking and family time. I want to achieve my goals and spend time just relaxing.
I know I need to take care of my health and listen to my body. There are so many negative effects of not getting enough rest. If your body does not get the rest it needs, then you are more susceptible to mental and physical stress. Plus, in my experience, when you do what you are supposed to do things have a way of working out.
How can I fully be there for others when I am not there for myself? I know many mothers have felt that there is very little time to pamper themselves. We must make time for us. Even if that time is split up (15 minutes am, 20 minutes in afternoon, etc.) Think ahead about what it is you want to accomplish for the day. When that window of time opens, use it. Don’t just wait for a different window of time. You may not get the time you think you will get. For example, the kids may not take that 2pm nap today. So use the time you get or lose it.
I have seen mothers put their dreams and passions on hold to raise their children, and some mothers would be full of resentment and bitterness, because they never did what they wanted to do. When I turn 80, I would like to say that yes, I took care of our children, and I took care of myself, too. I believe we can still pursue those things that we love and feed our soul, while caring for our children. I don’t want to live with resentment and trying to live life when our children are in their 20’s. I want a win-win in both my personal and professional life.
I am still trying to stay focused this weekend. One of my priorities is to write another 7-10,000 words this weekend.
Chaotic at times, I was still able to finish my portion of Thanksgiving dinner by noon. Last year, our children were younger and slept in later. Then, I was able to complete Thanksgiving dinner by 9am. The link for the three recipes are included at the bottom of my blog😄. Our children wanted to help out today especially when it came to using flour to make the sweet potato-gnocchi. I will cut gnocchi in smaller sizes next time. I am not a big fan of dumplings; however, sweet potato gnocchi is pretty good. I did add brown sugar to butter sauce.
Our son found a dessert recipe on Hobby Kids T. V. Got a glimpse of it yesterday and was pretty simple for our children to make. The dessert is made up of cool whip and your favorite flavor of yogurt. Our son’s favorite yogurt is cherry.
So, I am not a big fan of peas, yet, I do like trying different recipes. I used Guy Fieri’s Prosciutto and peas recipe as noted in previous posts. Great taste ..Another option instead of just peas. I will definitely try it again. I left out the lemon zest and may add it tomorrow.
I purchased lamb chops and cooked the chops in a slow cooker. The lamb is so tender and falling off the bones. Next time, I will probably add vegetables last. I did add red bell pepper last. I like my veggies somewhat fresh and a bit of a crunch, and I was trying to follow the original recipe as much as possible .
I had my doubts about making the three recipes for Thanksgiving and thought about fixing the recipes at a later date. Glad I followed through. We ate with family and friends at another house. It took me one time to crave Turkey and dressing and not have any at home. So, ever since then, I cook a little something at home at every major holiday. Our daughter wanted a piece of lamb before our travels, and she said it was good. I also cooked greens, dressing, and other traditional items. Here is the link to all three recipes
Hope your Thanksgiving was full of love and good food!