The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"Spiritual values transcend the material artifacts that we can touch
and see. They take us into the realm of beauty, inspiration and
love." ~~ Nido Qubein
"The greatest composer does not sit down to work because he is
inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working." ~~ Ernest
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When I was a young girl, one of my uncles came for a visit. I rarely
saw him, and he was very happy to see us. When he greeted us, he
reached in his pocket and took out several quarters and gave them to
me. Wow! Real money. I was young enough, maybe 5, so that I didn't
often have money to spend. He really made an impression on me. I
never forgot that. I always looked forward to seeing him.
A young man was recently telling me of being in a situation where an
adult really lost his temper. He heard the man yelling at another
man. He was a young boy at the time but even though he is now grown,
he still clearly remembered his feelings from that day, even when it
happened nearly 20 years earlier. He said he was very embarrassed
and wanted to leave the room, even though he was not the object of
the man's temper. I realized how long that young man had been
carrying that memory around! And he will carry it until the end of
his life. I wonder what that man would think if he knew the memory
the young man had of him.
Sometimes, we only get one opportunity to make an impression on
someone. It may be a lasting impression. Or, what if we have a bad
temper and our kids have memory upon memory of our flashes of anger?
Once those memories are written, they can't be erased.
A man once told me he couldn't work for anyone, he just never got
along with anyone for very long. As soon as he ran into a
disagreement, he'd quit or get fired. He always had a hard time
earning a living, instead of learning how to get along with others.
A girlfriend of mine had a father who was an alcoholic. She could
never have friends over. And when he came home drunk, she would just
hide if she could. What a memory of her own father!
I read that our lives are like empty envelopes. When people do
something kind, it's like making a deposit in a bank account. When
people do hurtful things, they are taking away from the envelope,
like a withdrawal from the bank. What kind of memories do we leave?
Deposits of good, or withdrawals in red?
Baby geese will follow whatever they first see that moves after
hatching. Whatever it is, they think it's their mother, and they try
to imitate it. People are like that, too. Sometimes we wish we
could forget, but we can't.
Kind of scary, isn't it? Remember that bully from school? Or, what
about something really nice that someone did for you? Some memories
others have of us cannot be erased. Make `em good ones.
Make Stromboli from frozen bread dough, cold cuts, cheese and fresh
veggies like broccoli, onion, cheese and red peppers to please those
vegetarian guests. Allow dough to rise according to package
directions. Roll into rectangle. Layer meats and cheeses. Roll as you
would a jellyroll. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a
light, golden brown. Freeze in foil. Thaw and heat before serving.
(You can slice and heat in the microwave or heat in a 350 degree oven
for about 10 to 15 minutes.)
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