Creation stories

Researching into different religions and cultures, makes it possible to draw parallels between each.

One parallel is the abundance of Creation Stories.

These are stories that hold a people together.

Christians know they’re Christian, because of the story of Adam and Eve. The Romans knew they were Roman because of the story of the twins being suckled by a wolf, and other peoples are not much different.

Now, I’d like to make this a little more personal.

Everyone has an individual Creation Story. This tells us who we are in society and the larger world. It often has information like who our parents are, where we grew up, and our history, told through our eyes.

This creates a filter of how we interpret everything in life.
So, by acknowledging our own Creation Story and its influence, and by understanding how it impacts upon our decisions and perception, we can set ourselves free.

Don’t ignore it, don’t deny it. Embrace it because it is important and unique…

But don’t let it shut down the imagination and the ability to write more stories.

This is my challenge also.

As 2018 wraps up.

It’s the end of the year. December already. How did that happen?

Well, this year, I’ve started the Blog and climbed a part of my own personal Everest.

This has involved several events.

I’ve been lucky enough to have changed positions within the Charity I work for, have some training coming up for another casual position I’ve picked up (I work part time at my primary job) and I even have an idea of what I’d like to achieve in 2019.

Presents have been wrapped and are underneath the Christmas tree. And this weekend my Christmas gift to myself is the neatest and best presented house in the neighborhood.

Life is good.

Are you organised for the Christmas season?

What’s your gift to yourself this Christmas?

Budgets and food.

Recently, while hunting down recipes that were nutritious and budget friendly, I searched many different websites.

Much advice was given on growing one’s own herbs and vegetables, mixed in with different recipes.

Two comments I’d like to make to those of us who believe that food can be healthy and affordable are these…

When growing your own, an easy way to choose what to plant, is choose anything that works well in salad. Salad vegetables are always better fresh.

Then my second comment is to grow what goes well with eggs. This means, with the humble and yes, cheap egg in the fridge, a quick, easy and healthy meal can be whipped up with anything growing in the garden.

A side salad, also from that same garden, would make this little meal complete.

Life is a grindstone…

Whether it wears you down or polishes you up is up to you.

The above quote is by Cavett Robert.

This quote has been on my fridge door ever since I moved from Sydney to my home town. Recently, it has been giving me much comfort.

My last post was about giving yourself a voice.

Well. I did. And I roared. And the CEO of my company gave me a new job. It’s a steep learning curve…but so are all the best lessons in life.

So, I have a choice. I can stress over how much I don’t know. I can get angry with myself for taking the plunge into this unknown territory.

Or I can use this as a way of polishing myself up.

And I’ll let you into a little secret. Deep down, beyond the fear, is a true love for an honest challenge. I’m actually quite excited.

What fears and challenges are you facing?

What can you do to polish yourself up?

The power of the mind

This piece is by my dear friend, Hilda Oakley. She’s given me permission to share it with you.

Please note that this is copyrighted.

“One of the most important organs of the body is the brain. The brain is where the mind is situated. It sends messages to the rest of the body.

I have learnt many lessons and I would like to share them with you.

Strategies:

When feeling anxious or depressed, it is good to use strategies.

It’s like rearranging one’s mind.

Reading

Listening to classical music

Listening to music on the iPod.

Listening to gentle music on the radio

Listening to talking books from the library

A healthy body leads to a healthy mind

It is good to repeat this ofyen: It’s a brand new wonderful day.

The environment

It is good to work in the garden, even if it’s only for 10 – 15 minutes a day.

Don’t forget to take time to smell the roses.

Look at all the beautiful flowers.

Be free from worry

Be careful what books you read

Be careful what you watch on telly

Listen to classical music

Replace negativity with positivity

When feeling anxious, take deep breaths.

Make love a part of your life

Add caring and kindness into your life

Mix with positive friends

Watch your daily caffeine intake. Watch your coffee and tea intake.

Have a proper dress code to lift your spirits.

Laughter is always the best medicine!

We have all been given a free Will, be careful how you use it.

Life is a challenge, but we have been given the equipment to overcome, just use it

For my spirituality I turn to my Christian beliefs and my faith in God.

Set your aims high.

Be proud of yourself and your achievements

Do regular exercise

Eat organic food”

Cauliflower Soup

This week, you, my faithful follower, would have noticed I’m a little late in posting.

It’s for a good reason.

Friends have spent the past ten weeks outside of Australia, travelling abroad, and they only returned home over the weekend. So, last night, instead of slaving over the keyboard, developing a post for this week, I was having dinner at their place and being regaled with lots of tales from their adventures.

From buying discounted clothing in Dubai to having a pub lunch in Cornwall, they entertained me.

But not only that, they also made the most scrumptious meal from a cauliflower.

My friend is a brilliant cook, and this is what she whipped up:

Ingredients:

1 brown onion, diced

1 large garlic clove, finely chopped

5 medium potatoes

1 cauliflower

2L vegetable stock

salt and pepper

nutmeg

cream

butter

Method:

  1. fry onion in melted butter until soft

  2. Add garlic. Cook further 1-2 mins.

  3. Chop cauliflower roughly. Chop 5 medium sized white fleshed potatoes roughly.

  4. Add potatoes to pan and boil 15 mins. Add cauliflower and 2 litres of vegetable stock salt pepper and nutmeg.

  5. Bring back to boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer for. about 2 hrs. May need to add more water.

  6. Season to taste. Allow to cool. Blend until smooth.

  7. Stir in 1 carton of cream and heat gently.

It’s a lovely way to use cauliflower. Since they’re in season at the moment, they can be picked up in my home town for as little as $1 per head. This makes this particular recipe incredibly cheap to make, and the quantities, last night, fed three people with enough for left overs. Especially with a bread roll, this is hard to beat on a cold Winter’s night.

The lost art of laziness

In much of our culture, laziness is frowned upon. Calling someone lazy is meant to mean they don’t do enough and are flawed in some way. I’d like to change this. For me, I’m putting laziness on my weekly goal list. And I’m even doing this without feeling guilty!

Being truly proactively lazy is a lost art, in an era of rushing around, being busy and working on being productive. But for me, being busy makes me tired and stressed. Don’t get me wrong. I love being on the go. Except to be proactive and healthy, laziness is a must.

In Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the seventh habit says that self care is important to being proactive and is pivotal on whether someone can be effective in keeping to the other habits. Covey calls this seventh habit, “Sharpening the saw.” I’d like to give a shorter title – laziness!

So, my goal list now sports a new task. I’m aiming on keeping one day every weekend free for being seriously lazy. On this day, changing out of pyjamas is optional. I can turn off the phone, listen to my fave radio show, talk with my neighbour (the one who keeps me alive with homemade jam drops and cups of tea), and when ugg boots in Winter are mandatory.

I’ve done this because I am busy. And because I’d like to continue to be busy and be relaxed at the same time. I’m aware that being too busy can disconnect me from my values, and from those who mean the most to me. In order to achieve all that is important and to keep participating in life in a way that is meaningful, one lazy day a week is not wasted time. It’s as equally important to my being busy on all the other days.

So, put on your pyjamas, and if it’s cold weather, your uggies. Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and park yourself in your favourite chair. Read that book you’ve been putting off, turn on the telly, and chill-ax. Start being lazy right now, and get some practice in for your lazy day.