I was on the phone with a dear friend the other day. We were talking about mean people and how many we’d noticed on the planet lately. I must admit I don’t always feel nice. I get moody and frustrated and upset just like everyone else. We have a rule in the house, a step beyond, “Think before you speak,” it’s this…”is what your about to say kind, loving, supportive or encouraging? Because if its not then maybe you shouldn’t say it.” Most days, I’m a rock star at this rule but other days….wow, look out!
I had one of those “look out” mornings the day I was on the phone with my friend. I was really aggravated about how my weekend had gone. Nothing had worked out like I had planned. It looked like something exploded in the laundry room. The dishwasher was empty yet there were dirty dishes in the sink. I felt pressured to get the projects that I had in the pipe completed even though my creative tank was low. Everything sort of piled up all at once and I forgot about the family rule. I honestly hadn’t been kind, loving, supportive or encouraging…all morning.
Something about being on the phone with my friend changed my attitude. The weekend hadn’t gone as planned because being a caregiver is more important than my to do list. The laundry will get done. The dishes were in the sink because it’s hard to load the dishwasher with a hurt back. I’m a blogger and bloggers always have projects in the pipe. Those will all get completed in a reasonable amount of time as well.
We all get stressed out and frustrated from time to time. We take it out on those closest to us when we don’t mean to. Yet even in these circumstances we have an opportunity to change our attitudes and remember to be kind, loving, supportive and encouraging. I’m not saying it’s easy. I’m saying it’s possible. You never know what someone else may be going through. Your uplifting words could make the difference in their entire day.
If you need further encouragement to be sweet, Taylor Swift will be happy to help you out…
Hearty Vegetable Soup
5 Cups Vegetable Stock
1 Cup Frozen Summer Blend Vegetables (Squash, Carrots, Zucchini)
½ Cup Frozen Corn
½ Cup Frozen Green Beans
½ Cup Baby Limas
1 Can Stewed Tomatoes with Juice
1 Can Cannellini Beans drained
1 tsp Dried Oregano
1 tsp Dried Parsley
1 tsp Garlic Powder
½ tsp Dried Basil
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Black Pepper
¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Bay Leaf
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. You can grab a pumpkin spiced scone from Starbucks. Share with a friend.