Friday, June 10, 2011

Is Your Grass Green?

If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence,
it's because they take better care of it.
Cecil Selig

If only.  If only I had more money, if only my husband was more attentive, if only my life went according to plan, then my life would be wonderful.  Really?  I don't think so.

God gave you life choices, and you can go wherever you want.  It's called free will.  No matter what the situation, you can decide how you react.  You, and only you, can choose to be happy, content, at peace..., OR you can choose to be sad, angry, frustrated...  And, please, it's not the people around you.  It's how you react to them.

God gave us rules to follow.  He gave us the 10 Commandments, and the most important Commandments - “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:36-40 

Does the path you have taken reflect your belief?  Does it take the Commandments at face value or with added ifs or unlesses at the end.  Honor thy mother and father if they give you anything you want.  Thou shall not commit adultery unless he treats you like a queen, or she cooks like a chef.   Love your neighbor as yourself if they in turn love you back.

Are we still playing the blame game?  If only..., my life would be so much better. 

Some people think that I am too laid back, that I let things happen around me without showing anger or frustration, that I am too passive.  My answer to them is that's my choice.  I choose not to let my life's situations tear me down.  I choose not to be in tears, but to distract myself with something positive or to simple laugh.  True - I cannot do this 100% of the time, but I know I live this way more often than not because who wants to be crying all the time.  Not me.  So, I am not passive.  I am making an active decision on how to react.

We chose the path - now make the most of it.  If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, it's probably because your neighbors take better care of their grass.  Go ahead and tend to yours.

Easy Recipe

Strawberries are here.  My husband loves strawberry jam and making it, but I'm not that fond of it.  This year, I looked for a recipe that I would like and could enjoy for the next couple of months.  This recipe is definitely a winner.  It is so cool, refreshing, and delicious!!!

Strawberry Ice

1 cup hot water
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 cups sliced strawberries, plus additional berries for garnish

Mix hot water, sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until sugar dissolves. Blend 3 cups strawberries in processor or blender until smooth. Add sugar syrup and blend until combined. Pour mixture into 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Freeze for about 25 minutes or until icy around edges. Using fork, pull icy portions into middle of pan. Repeat this step every 20 minutes until all the liquid is frozen into flaky, loose crystals. Cover and freeze. When ready to serve, use fork again to scrape crystals into bowls and garnish with berries. Serves about 6.

Aunt Janet

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