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Let gratitude be the pillow

The door is closing on 2020 ~ we’ll soon be packing up Christmas décor. What a year this has been! There will be “2020 in review” shows on TV shortly, but I’m not watching. I’d rather reflect on my own ~ my year in review involves one word: gratitude. I’m not tone-deaf to the struggles others have/are facing in the pandemic, rather sharing that I chose to be grateful where-ever possible.

  • I’m grateful to be well employed in year of chaos and uncertainty and that my employer allowed for and supports working from home.
  • I’m grateful our boys, girls & grands are healthy, happy, and employed.
  • I’m grateful that what started as daily walks for stress relief morphed into a habit I look forward to & enjoy.
  • I’m grateful I can cook; Hubbs and I have enjoyed more home-made goodness than ever, and his oohs and ahhs sustain me. We’re still working our way through his “pandemic groceries.”
  • I’m grateful I can read: my regular reading habit relaxes and comforts me.
  • I’m grateful I found Intermittent Fasting ~ the health plan with a side effect of weight loss. The clarity, energy and peace I enjoy is indescribable. And it’s free, even better.
  • I’m grateful to have enough – I can, and do, help others.
  • I’m grateful that last New Year’s Day, when I declared, “If you want to take the island, burn the boats” that the Island is now mine. I’ve found gifts while being home ~ using the time to improve my health, mind, spiritual journey, body, sleep and work product.

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ~ Maya Angelou

This weekend, I’ll create my 2021 vision board & hang it where I can see it. I’m enjoying thinking about themes and ideas to explore. I’m mixing it up.

Your turn: What does your year in review say? Do you set intentions for the coming year?

  • Here’s to 2021!

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Corn Casserole

Turns out a post I wrote last year has had visitors recently. Namely me!

That’s right, peeps, with the holiday season approaching, I do believe it is time to revisit the relationship filing system.

What’s that you ask?

It’s an effective way of “coping” with the idiosyncrasies of interpersonal relationships. You know .. ones that cause you to stop and say … hmm.

File # 1:    The “Now you know” (NYK) file. If someone disappoints you, hurts you, slights you, double-crosses you, steals from you, cheats on you, or lies to you… file them in the NYK file.  It’s up to you to decide if and when to let them out.

NOTE: The NYK can be filled with positives, too.   My NYK is also filled up with friends who’ve been there when we’ve suffered a loss, lent a hand, or simply stayed close by when we were struggling.

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. – Maya Angelou

File 2:  The “Jimmy Cracked Corn” (JCC) file. (from the childhood song, “Jimmy Cracked Corn and I don’t care…”) This is the “I don’t care, I’m done worrying about it/feeling responsible for it/can’t fix it anyways” file.  The JCC file is perfect for situations involving a lot of drama, detrimental for you to be in (lose: lose situation) and are often operated by “energy vampires.” What’s powerful about using this system is that it always ABSOLVES you of someone else’s bad behavior.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou

Example 1:   Someone you work with steals your cost-savings idea, becomes the company hero and gets all the credit. Your credit.  File: NYK.  Resolve to never give them the same opportunity again; unless it’s not a big deal to you and, if that’s the case, move them to the JCC file.

Example 2:  The snarpy relative who only calls when she wants something and then, in the process, makes derogatory comments .. about you .. to you.  File?  JCC.

I have had my share of Jimmy Cracked Corn contenders – enough make me a corn casserole. On that note … here’s a simple but yummy recipe for a (cold) Corn Casserole containing several unexpected ingredients:

  • 2 cans of kernel corn, drained

    image from google.images.com

  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar
  • 3 green onions, chopped including greens
  • about 1/4 cup of chopped red onion
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of of mayonnaise (enough to hold the above  ingredients together).

Fold ingredients together, top with crushed BBQ flavored Corn Chips (Hey! I didn’t say this was healthy, I said it was yum-my) and serve.

You’ll have yourself a crunchy, creamy side-dish to enjoy and when you serve it, be sure to smile covertly and repeat after me, “Now you know!”

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