December 27, 2009
It’s impossible to think of clever/relevant titles everyday. But I try.
This weekend, I finally watched Julie & Julia… um, why did it take me so long? Any movie that combines both food and blogging is golden to me. I’m sure most of you have seen it, but if you haven’t, you must.
This morning started off swell, with a bowl of ‘gingerbread‘ oats topped with banana, apple, & almond butter spoon.
Delicious.. however, I would have preferred dried fruit and nuts as toppings instead.
Yesterday, I had a successful first attempt at Butternut Squash Oats!
(1/2c oats, water, 1/2c bnut squash puree, 1/2 banana cooked in, topped with pistachios and the other 1/2 banana)
So let’s talk New Years…. it’s right around the corner!
Of course, there are the resolutions, hopes, and desires for the new year… The most two most common seem to be:
1. Lose Weight.
Now let’s have a moment to ponder… First off, no one likes losing or being lost. Lose has such a negative connotation. To lose is to deprive, to fail to sustain, to wander or go astray from… However, society has shown a positive light on losing. There’s no glamour in dissatisfaction with yourself, nor is there glamour in insecurity. There’s no pride in wanting to be like someone else, nor is there pride in muting your body’s signals. You want to be a strong, secure, beautiful person, don’t you? Instead, change your mindset and transform weight loss into health gain. You can gain health, by whatever means appropriate for YOU, but they must not and CANNOT harm your mental health. It WILL NOT be the same for everyone, it all depends each individual situation. Don’t think that just because someone else decides to lose/gain several pounds for their heath, that you should. Know thyself, trust thyself. If you see yourself as beautiful, then everyone else will be smitten.
2. Become a better person.
Who’s to say you’re not already a fantastic person? Why have the notion that a new year is the perfect opportunity to change yourself? Realistically, it only means a new number at the top of your day planner. Personally, ‘becoming a better person’ tastes a little bitter in my mouth. It feels a little selfish. I believe that to better ones spirit, one must become selfless. Better someone else through sincere care and concern, not through your own agenda. Don’t volunteer and participate in community service to make yourself feel better, do it for them. For the people who are facing a struggle. Not for your inner struggle. And the whole concept of ‘becoming a better person’ as a resolution confuses me. How will you know when you’ve reached that goal? You won’t. Because strengthening your soul cannot be perceived by the senses, it’s beyond our minds as well. You just live and let the good grow inside you. You don’t think about it. You live it.
Now, I’m just thinking out loud. You can take it or leave it, either way, life is a progression, not a set or intervals which allow you to restart at each beginning. It’s a free run. Not a relay.