The Need to Be Right

If you look into the not to distant future, you can see Christmas and New Years. Hope your plans are coming along, and you are looking forward to spending the Holidays with friends, family or maybe with both! No matter how it looks may you be looking forward to it.

I in no way claim to be perfect at anything other than at being me. While I do several things very well, there is always room for improvement and may I always remain open to learning new and other ways of accomplishing tasks.

Earlier in my life I was caught up in being right. Even if you were accomplishing a task if my way to accomplishing it was different from yours, then you were doing it wrong. I would then inject the proper way to do it and often this was met with some or an equal amount of resistance. Needless to say, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

What I finally learned along the way was that there are almost always several ways to meet an objective and mine will not always be the most effective or only way to do it. While I will stand behind my methods, I m often open to learning new perspectives and processes.

I grew up thinking us guys need to have all the answers, and while today I have many of life’s answers I know I will realize again and again that I still have much to learn. And that is perfect!

May the holidays bring you much joy and a copy of Nutritional Truths makes a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift for the ones you love! May your days be merry and bright, feel free to share this as you wish and Be Well!

My mother made this nativity in the early 70's

My mother made this nativity in the early 70’s

Thanksgiving & Mother

One of my early childhood Thanksgivings was held at my maternal Grandparents home in Missouri. I recall catching a well-deserved scolding from a couple of my Aunts before dinner for walking around the long table and sticking my finger into each glass of tea, and no, I have no idea why. The fun parts of that memory include all the snow that fell and the sledding that we did.

Growing up my mother always made the turkey and standard sides delivering to the family a wonderful meal each and every year. The morning would start with watching the parades on TV while things got underway in the kitchen. To this day my favorite stuffing remains the one she always made. As the years passed and I moved away some years would be with her and dad while others were at friends or girlfriends parents houses etc.

The first year I spent Thanksgiving at the family home after mom had died I finally realized that it wasn’t the turkey and standard cultural norms with our family that made up Thanksgiving, but rather it was her. Who she was, and all she did was Thanksgiving and Christmas for me.

It’s like both holidays have taken on a bit less meaning for me without her presence. I enjoy spending these days with my wife and either family or friends. I have even cooked non-traditional meals for both. And if turkey and ham are so awesome why then don’t we cook them all year round? We tend to love and follow traditions without much thought and that’s perfect.

No matter who or where you spend your Thanksgiving may you enjoy yourself immensely and more than anything may you feel grateful for your life and all that is in it. If you’re having trouble finding gratitude for your life and everything in it, try being grateful for all the things you don’t have that you don’t want.

Till next week may yours be an enjoyable weekend and Thanksgiving week ahead. Feel free to share this on Facebook or elsewhere. Be well!

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think!

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think!