- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
When you are content to simply be yourself and don't compare or
compete, everyone will respect you.~~ Lao Tzu
"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to
a worthy purpose."~~Helen Keller
You probably have noticed, as I have, that there are some
very rich people out there who are not happy at all. One young woman
I know is the manager of a big business. She makes a great salary,
drives a couple nice cars- one a cute little sports car that almost
anyone would envy. One Sunday she wasn't at work. I asked where she
was. "She's home sleeping". That was how she spent her days off?
Sleeping? Her family was downstate, she wasn't married, didn't even
have a dog! Rich- maybe. Wealthy? I don't think so. But for me
there's always been a distinction between rich, and wealthy. Anyone
can be wealthy, but not everyone can be rich, or would even want to
Seems so many strive to be rich. They throw money away at
casinos trying to get more money. Or some spend money they don't
even have trying to look rich, while they are not. But Thanksgiving
Day is a great chance to think about how rich/wealthy you are. Are
you sitting around a table loaded with food -then you might be rich?
Do you have loved ones to share that dinner with? Then you are
wealthy. Do you have a warm house, a job, a vehicle to get you
there? Then you are rich. Do you have kids to drop off at school and
a happy spouse that you come home to at night? Then you are wealthy.
That doesn't mean you can't be single and wealthy! I know
some single people who just reek of wealth. They come into a room
and everyone just feels it! They are loving and caring and always
smiling. A smile has a lot to do with being wealthy. They are
always cheering everyone else up. Now that is a wealthy person who
has enough cheer to spread around! Grumpy people are not wealthy.
They might be rich, but definitely not wealthy. Anyway, how can
someone who is rich be grumpy?
But then I know some families who struggle to put together a
nice Thanksgiving dinner. They have been through some hard times,
but the sun still shines in their world. They pull together. They
gather their resources. They don't take out their fears and
frustrations on those they love. They may be having macaroni and
cheese for Thanksgiving Dinner, but Thanksgiving Dinner it will be!
These families are living proof that it doesn't take riches to be
happy. They really are wealthy. And, the only difference between
these people and the poor people down the street? Attitude. May you
have a wealthy Thanksgiving Day! It's up to you.
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"We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are." ~~Anais Nin
"Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality."
~~ Les Brown
Simple Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes
8 average size sweet potatoes baked, peeled and cubled - or 1 large
can sweet potatoes
1 t vanilla
3-5 T brown sugar (to taste)
1/2 stick butter or marg.
1/4 t cinnamon to taste
1/4 - 1t nutmeg to taste
1/4 c orange juice to taste
Mix all ingredients with some marshmallows and spoon into greased
casserole pan. Bake 30-45 minutes until heated. Cover with Large
marshmallows and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (opt.). Return to oven
until marshmallows are golden brown. Note may also add ½ c crushed
pineapple before baking.
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