Today is the day. No matter what we have to do, whether work
or play, we have a choice to enjoy it. Don't like your job? Decide
that you will like it today. Make up your mind to enjoy the people
you work with. Typing to do? Enjoy how fast your fingers run over
the keys and the screen fills with words. Answering the phone?
Mention the weather, or something good to those you talk to. Work
at a check out? Don't be thinking about what to make for dinner
but give your full attention to your customers. Smile and let them
know you are having a good day. Driving? Notice the changing
colors and scenery.
What usually makes someone not enjoy their work is feeling
rushed. Do your best to go at a good pace, but listen to the radio
or hum a tune. There is something anyone can enjoy about just about
Kids? Look into their little faces and give `em a great big
hug! They are not the cause of your stress! It's the rushing, the
pressures that WE as parents have made for our families the
outside stress that is the source, not them. They are just little
kids trying to make it through the day just like we are, and they do
a better job of it. They don't care about schedules they just want
to have fun. Maybe there's a lesson there!
Simple living means living consciously and deliberately, no
matter what the task. It means enjoying watering each plant in the
garden, not thinking about hurrying so that you can get the clothes
off the line or wash the dishes. It means making decisions about
what is really important at the end of the day, when all is said and
done. This is why frenzied families that are so typical today are so
stressed. We rush through our day, so busy thinking about the next
task pick up the kids, get dinner, fold laundry, mow the lawn
that we forget to enjoy the moment.
We can learn to relax our minds and enjoy the moment whatever
comes. Eliminate what adds stress to your lives, watch a sunset,
take a walk.
Keep track for a month of your activities. What did you have
to do? What was great for your family? What was unnecessary? What
Next time you have to pick up the kids, take a detour! Stop at
the park for a walk. Talk. Get an ice cream or bring them a
cookie. Next time you tell your kids to "hurry up we'll be late",
ask yourself, does it really matter? If it does get ready a half
hour earlier next time. Leave space for a lost book or a flat tire
or a small child accident such as spilling the dog food and laugh
while you clean it up.
I know I have spent many a day stressed out when it wasn't
necessary. I just started a new job where being fast means happy
customers. You know what? I'd rather be a happy person than have
to rush around and be nervous I might forget something. Giving
myself a break and realizing that I'm human will make me better at
my job. I also have to ask, why are my customers in such a rush?
They are not at McDonald's. They are here to have a nice relaxed
I made a mistake last week and waited on the wrong table first!
Oops. The other waitress told me our guests were really upset
because they had come in `first'. I felt terrible but then I
realized it was their problem, not mine. I'm just getting used to a
new job, and I am not going to be perfect maybe not ever! I so
enjoy the guests who come in and actually taste the great
homecooking at our restaurant. They love to talk for a few moments
and we actually get to know each other alittle bit. We take time to
talk about the weather, and what is in the news. I have learned to
really enjoy my new job much better this way.
Does being in a hurry and trying to do three things at once
really help us do anything better?
Let's slow down and enjoy the sunset, give the kids an extra
story, or play in the bathtub for a few extra minutes tonight.
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"Perhaps it would be a good idea some day, fantastic as it
sounds, to muffle every telephone, quiet every motor, and stop all
activity just to five people a chance to ponder and reflect on
what life is about, why they are living, and what they really
want." ~~James Truslow Adams
"Simplicity is the first step we can take to quiet that loud,
outer voice. We can't hear the inner pleas when we work 40 to 60
hours a week at a job we'd rather leave, when we're busy maintaining
our expensive cars and houses, when we spend countless hours
shopping for more outer trappings, when we zoom from one appointment
and commitment to another, and when we drop, exhausted, at night in
front of the TV because we have nothing left. We can't hear
anything then." Janet Luhrs (The Simple Living Guide)
"When a child is ill or a close friend dies or an all-important
relationship is in trouble, there are no gray areas anymore. It
suddenly becomes easy to see what is primary and what is merely
peripheral. But what a shame that we must wait for a crisis to get
our priorities in order. Our lives would be so much easier if we
would take the time to look closely at our lives and begin focusing
on the important things before a crisis comes."~~Claire Cloninger
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Simple Chicken Hot Dip
3 c. shredded chicken
12 oz. bottle hot sauce
2 - 8 oz. packages cream cheese
1 c. chopped celery
1 bottle of blue cheese dressing
shredded cheddar cheese
Simmer chicken and hot sauce, then add cream cheese, celery and blue
cheese. Mix together and simmer for another 5 minutes. Pour into a
13 x 9 baking dish and sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake
at 350 for 30 minutes. Good with crackers, nachos, or celery sticks!
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Don't hold the Salt!
Before wearing pantyhose, soak them in cold salt water. Use about a
fourth of a cup of salt. Let them soak for at least a half an hour,
and then rinse them very well and place them in a towel. When they
are no longer dripping, hang them to dry. This has been known to
make pantyhose last six months or more. Always hand-wash them in
cold water. Never use a machine.
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Keeping it Simple,