Did everyone get the cravings for corned beef and cabbage satisfied yesterday? I would have liked some, but I just couldn’t afford the fattiness of it. All of the pictures all over Facebook didn’t help with the cravings, let me tell you! It all looked delicious. As for today, it’ll be a busy one at the office, which is nice – makes the day go faster doesn’t it? My question to myself and everyone today . . . what makes you feel content? Are you happy with how your life is going? Or do you always reach for something different, never quite finding the place where you feel the sweetness of being content? Maybe I am too simplistic, but after many years of mental, emotional and physical pain, I love the fact that I feel contentment with my life. I am not making a lot of money, and though that would be nice I suppose, it’s not all about money to me. Never has been. My bills are paid, there is food on the table, but the things that are important have nothing to do with money. I have a family that I love, and when I get home at night, the comfort of being there surrounds me. I am content. When my dog greets me at the door for hugs and pets, I am content because she is there. When my hubby walks in the door after his long day, I see his face across the room and I feel the warmth of his presence and am content. We may never have the ideal job, the most money, the best of everything, but that isn’t what life is all about. Not really. Life is about smiling on the way to work because you see a beautiful view, not grinding your teeth because of a traffic jam. Contentment is not about being angry if things aren’t stacking up the way you want, but more about just accepting and being happy in that moment, that day, that week . . . etc. It is about the people you love, and who love you back. It’s about knowing God has blessed you with what you NEED, not what you want. There’s a difference you know. It’s not that I feel we shouldn’t strive for better in our lives, it’s that while we are getting there we need to be content right then, without being angry, without being frustrated, just be happy NOW while working towards whatever it is we are working towards. I don’t care if I ever have a surplus of money – as nice as it would be, money doesn’t improve a bad personality, a cranky attitude towards life, or a tendency to be a mean spirited individual. I’ve had too many of those people in my life and I’ve escaped from them . . . I love my life. It is simple, it is quiet, it is comfortable . . . and that’s OK! I don’t need a wild ride through this world . . . I have the blessings I have been given . . . and with those blessings I can smile and be content.
Supreme Sacrifice Day – Today we recognize and thank those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of others. If you look back over time, we find countless examples of people who have offered the supreme sacrifice for the good of others. Here are a few examples:
- Jesus Christ gave the supreme sacrifice when he died on the cross for us.
- Soldiers in battle gave their lives to protect our freedom, our way of life, and to keep us safe.
- Fireman and police officers have given their lives in the line of duty, while saving and/or protecting people.
I’m sure we all know someone who has died in the line of duty so that someone else could live. To those people, we give our gratitude, our respect and we are humbled by your service.
Awkward Moments Day – I know that every single one of us has had at least one of those truly awkward moments that we just wish we could forget. Well, today is a day to laugh at ourselves and find humor in those moments, because they are a part of life and are just going to happen once in awhile! So what is the exact definition of “awkwardness”?
- “Awkwardness or embarrassment, an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself”
It doesn’t even have to be a big deal, and sometimes other people may not even notice when we’ve had them and we feel them deeply. Have you ever called someone by the wrong name? Tripped over nothing? Walked into a door? Had the wrong words come tumbling out of your mouth? Forget what you were doing? Wandered all over the parking lot with your shopping cart looking for the car . . . only to realize you were in your husband’s car that day? Yep, the list goes on and on, and in those moments we just want to hide. Today is a day to find the ability to laugh at ourselves . . .may as well since the world is already laughing!
Forgive Mom and Dad Day – This is a big one. Parenting is tough stuff and not for the faint of heart. The task of taking a perfectly tiny, innocent little baby and raising it to be a fully functioning, productive, moral and upstanding adult is not easy and presents challenges that take strength and determination to complete. Some parents are better than others, but let’s be honest, none are perfect. I don’t know any adult who doesn’t have an occasional gripe about something their parents did to them (or THINK they did to them) growing up that causes some sort of issue. It’s part of the society of today to blame someone, anyone, other than ourselves, for everything that could ever go wrong in our lives. Unfortunately parents are an easy grouping to pick on, after all, we got the child when they were untainted by life and look what we did to them! Forgive Mom & Dad Day is the perfect opportunity to let those past hurts and frustrations go, and seriously, let our well-meaning but possibly disappointing parents off the hook, find the freedom from those nagging resentments. Accept that parents are humans, babies don’t pop out with a guidebook for their particular foibles and personalities and seriously, grow up people! Let it go! Honestly, even with a few mistakes I’ve discussed with my parents, I think they did a great job with me! They raised me to be independent thinking, responsible, hard working, ethical and honest, trustworthy and loyal! Not sure where I got the opinionated and outspokenness because to be honest, neither of my parents are “out there” parents. They are pretty publicly quiet. My brother and I, on the other hand, are very verbal. He may be louder than I am, but we both are not afraid to say how we feel. Of course, I’m the kid that turned out best . . . 🙂 . . . but that’s a personal opinion. (Just teasing you Mom and Dad)
National Biodiesel Day – Happy birthday Rudolph Diesel! This is the guy who invented the diesel engine and unveiled it at the World Fair in 1900! This engine was originally designed to run on peanut oil, and Diesel was a big believer in the role that oils from plants would have in the future of fueling America. In a speech he made in 1912 he said ” . . . the use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal tar products of the present time.” I remember when some friends of mine converted one of their farm vehicles to use recycled cooking oil. I was out visiting them one hot summer day when the all pervading, stomach growl inducing, aroma of French fries wafted out over the fields. Oh my goodness! He was using fry oil! It smelled AWESOME! I’m betting donut oil would smell even better. Biodiesel is a cleaner burning, petroleum free alternative to diesel that can be made from animal fat, vegetable oil and recycled cooking oil. Seems like a great thing to do with all of that cooking oil from all of those fast food restaurants across this land.
This Day In History –
1965 – Soviet Union cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov becomes the first person to take a space walk.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day – It’s all about texture (crisp!) and appearance (lace-like holes!) for lacy cookie lovers. These crunchy cookies are perfect teatime companions. Though oatmeal cookies are my favorites, and I usually can bake just about anything, I have had a horrible time with lace cookies. Of course I haven’t tried them since getting my silicone baking mats for my cookie sheets. I may need to try again!
I hope you can find your happy place today – those lacy oatmeal cookies may go along way for helping with that! They sure are pretty, aren’t they? Sometimes its a matter of putting away the big stuff and focusing on the little stuff . . . and celebrating every day! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!