- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes
It seems we can't get away from the stories of unhappy celebrities
when we watch the news. Its as bad as just before an election while
opponents are trashing each other. We hear it over and over. And
why do we even care what is going on with these spoiled brats of the
media? Does anyone get it that most of these people, who may be
millionaires are NOT HAPPY?
The more attention they get, the more they seem to want.
It's really sad. Britney, Anna Nicole, the list goes on and on. How
many marriages, how many suicides, do they think we want to hear
about? It's interesting how Anna Nicole wanted to model her life
after Marilyn Monroe, and it ended just as sadly. But the question
in my mind is why would anyone want to model herself after someone
who was so obviously unhappy? Was there anything fulfilling in any
of their lives? Certainly not worth emulating. Dollars do not seem
to represent functioning brain cells! So many celebrities seem to be
acting like hungry dogs just escaped from the kennel. They rush from
one garbage can to another, looking to be loved and fed and actually
thinking that the more attention they get, the greater they are. But
they just can't seem to keep from heaping more and more hurt and
abuse on themselves, and unfortunately, their children.
Its so very sad. But even sadder still are the kids who
watch these icons of maturity and wish to be just like them. Aren't
they proof that money and fame are just not what makes a person
happy? No matter how alone a person is, doesn't make a person
lonely. Finding happiness in ourself is really the only answer.
Finding something that you do well - your greatest gift from God, or
learning to do something well, and finding pride in your own
abilities is what helps a person find happiness. Being a giving,
instead of a taking person is how a person fills up their soul. Look
around you at the people of the community many who are retired -
who give of themselves to the needs of their community, and you will
find a happy person. That's what makes a person feel good. To help
tutor a child to read, to cook a meal for someone in need, to help a
neighbor not partying the night away, and finding yourself with a
headache in the morning.
I was amazed at a celebrity marriage that took place recently
in which millions and millions were just poured down the drain to
have "the best" of "the best" when it comes to a wedding. I cringe
to think of all the good that could have come from spending that
money from just the 2million dollar dress alone (I could get by
with a100 grand wedding dress, couldn't you?). Fortunately there are
some celebrities, like Bono who is very giving when it comes to
humanitarian efforts, or Oprah, who funnels her money into wholesome
causes, like the girls academy she recently opened in Africa. Or,
Patricia Heaton, (Debra, from Everybody Loves Raymond) who with her
husband has opened a movie studio committed to uplifting family
friendly movies. Its nice to know there are some people who haven't
been ruined by the glitter of Hollywood.
But maybe the media isn't really all to blame. We turn on
the radios, televisions, and internet in our own homes. Would you
tune into a news station that told good wholesome news from around
the world, or do you choose the latest gossip? Do you write letters
to let the media know what you want to hear? If you don't have a
choice, you still have the choice to simply turn it off. Every time
we listen, and let our kids listen to Hollywood garbage, or attend
movies that are not wholesome, we are teaching our values. One young
mother was telling me that her son loved horror movies. Anything
done with a chainsaw and a video camera in Texas or anywhere else, is
not fit for human eyes, especially not the eyes of a child. We are
what we eat, and we are what we choose to watch.
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"When we carve out a niche for ourselves in our imagined future, and
decide that we won't be happy until we achieve it, we can only feel
threatened and anxious over anything that stands in our way." -- Nido
Every kid needs parents, not friends someone who can say no. ~~
"Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do -- can
love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be
used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do."
"The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of
dearer stuff than the one who stays away. " ~Barbara Kingsolver
SIMPLE CHICKEN MEALS
2 chicken breasts uncooked, fat removed
Veggies of your choice such as mushrooms, sliced potatoes, carrots,
green beans, onions, zucchini and summer squash slices. Seasoning of
Place 1 chicken breast on a square of foil. Add veggies. Double
wrap, and bake @ 350` for one hour. Or cook on the grill `til done.
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