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30 Things To Appreciate About You

 

Do you ever feel unappreciated?

After today’s post you probably will not feel this way any longer. 

Today’s post by Lori Deschene, from tinybuddha.com,  lists 30 Things to Appreciate About Yourself. I am willing to bet that you find at least one thing that you agree with from Lori’s list. Actually, I am betting there are far more things to appreciate about yourself than you ever thought.

So go ahead. Appreciate yourself today. I am designating February 11th National Appreciate Yourself Day!!!! And after that, every day is Appreciate Yoyrself Day. You are worth it. And you deserve it!!!!!

The post is used here with written permission of the author.

30 Things To Appreciate About You

by Lori Deschene

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” -Buddha

Depending on where you’re from, you may celebrate Thanksgiving today. You might get together with your family over a massive gravy-drenched feast. You might celebrate with a chosen family of friends, with traditional food, vegan fare, or a nontraditional fast food spread.

Regardless of who surrounds you today or what meal you all share together, you’ll likely reflect upon your blessings as we tend to do at this time of year.

You might announce them elocution style as you all take turns at the table; or you might blog about them, tweet them, or simply acknowledge them mentally in a moment of silent gratitude.

There are lots of ways to do this whole appreciation thing, and just as many wonderful things to be grateful for in life.

Today as you take time to acknowledge all the fortunate parts of your circumstances—your health, the food you eat, the freedoms you enjoy, the job that provides for you, and the people you love—I recommend taking some time to appreciate something that often goes unrecognized.

Take some time today to appreciate yourself.

Now I’m not talking about appreciating the miracle of life—although it’s obviously an awesome thing. I’m talking about actually appreciating all the good things you’ve done for you and the world.

This may seem somewhat ego-driven, and out of place for a person who runs a site called Tiny Buddha. But take a minute to think about how valuable your actions are, both for you and other people.

All of our relationships depend upon our relationship with ourselves. If you don’t love yourself, you can’t possibly love someone else. If you don’t respect yourself, you likely won’t make respectable choices. If you don’t value your time, you probably won’t use your time in a way you might deem valuable.

The way you treat yourself dictates how you’ll treat the world around you. So today I say we should all recognize all the good we each do each day. While rattling off physical things and conditions that we deem to be positive, we should take a moment to celebrate the person who also weathers the negative.

Here are a few things to appreciate about yourself today:

The Good Things You Do for You:

  1. You let yourself learn new things, which helps you grow and contribute to the world.
  2. You do good things for your body, like exercising and eating healthy foods (even if not always).
  3. You honor your life by making healthcare a priority.
  4. You take time away from work to simply be, which allows you to feel balanced.
  5. You bounce back from bad days and disappointments.
  6. You do what’s right for you, even if it’s not easy to say no to other people (and even if you occasionally people please).
  7. You choose to be around people who make you feel good about yourself.
  8. You work toward goals that make you feel passionate and purposeful.
  9. You smile, which benefits both you and the people around you.
  10. You give yourself the sleep you need to feel energized and balanced each day (even you sometimes need to get better sleep).

The Good Things You Do for Other People:

  1. You have good intentions.
  2. You accept people for who they are and try to keep an open mind.
  3. You make people laugh, whether you have a dry humor, an acerbic wit, or a caricature-like personality.
  4. You listen to the people when they need an ear.
  5. You’re compassionate toward other people.
  6. You make selfless decisions to look out for the people you love, even if not always.
  7. You forgive people when they make mistakes, even if sometimes it’s hard.
  8. You vocalize it when you notice something you value, admire, or appreciate in someone else.
  9. You help other people reach their potential.
  10. You’re honest with people, even if sometimes vulnerability feels scary.

The Good Things You Do for the World:

  1. You care about your work, or something you do outside it, and you do it passionately.
  2. You want to make a difference.
  3. You vote to create positive change.
  4. You recycle to preserve our natural resources.
  5. You choose not to litter.
  6. If you’re a parent, you’re shaping the next generation.
  7. You give back, whether that means volunteering, donating old clothes, or simply helping a stranger in need.
  8. You call for help when you see something potentially hazardous.
  9. You teach something valuable to someone every day, whether you realize it or not.
  10. You make positive changes in yourself—and being the change you want to see is the best way to change the world.

And one last one: You’re great, you’re wonderful, and everybody likes you. (OK, so that one was Rodney Dangerfield, but it felt apropos!)

These ideas might not all resonate with you, but I’m sure the majority of them are true. Today as you take inventory of all the things you appreciate, remember that you play a prominent role on many other people’s lists.

One final request: because you are that valuable person who does so many good things in the world, I would appreciate knowing you. It’s a funny thing running a blog. I know there are thousands of people reading, and yet there are so many people who have never commented.

I do this to connect with you. Knowing you makes it all worthwhile.

Say hello in the comments if you get a chance, and share a little something about you. I’d be grateful to make your acquaintance!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

This post by Lori Deschene is republished from:  tinybuddha.com. Read the original post here.

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Featured Recipe           Seasoned Ground Pork

Most of us are so used to buying ground pork in expensive store bought packages we probably do not know how easy and budget friendly it is to make our own.

And I don’t mean killing your pigs and grinding your pork. Although my 90+ year old neighbor remembers doing that when he was a young boy living on a farm. And my mother often ground her own ham when making Hungarian cabbage rolls.

No. I am talking something a lot simpler than that. I am talking about fresh ground pork from the butcher counter or store and then seasoning it yourself. As I said above, it is a lot cheaper than buying packaged sausage at the store. Plus the fresh ground pork you buy and season yourself will have no preservative, or artificial colorings in it. Thus it is a lot healthier too.

If you have never tasted fresh ground pork you are in for a real treat. It is much better than even the very best commercial pork out there.

By the way, Valentine’s Day is coming up. Nothing says loving more than making your own Seasoned Ground Pork sausage patties for a Valentine’s Breakfast or Midnight Snack!!!

 This is what you will need:

1 pound of fresh ground pork

¼ teaspoon sage

¼ teaspoon thyme

1/8 teaspoon allspice

Salt & pepper to taste

NOTE: You can add any spices or seasonings you like. Make this your own.

Here is what you do:

Place the room temperature ground pork in a bowl. Add your seasonings.

Mix very well by hand to make sure the seasonings are evenly distributed throughout the pork.

That’s it. That’s all you need to do.

Next I am going to share two recipes using your Seasoned Ground Pork.

Breakfast: Served Any Time of Day

Make a couple of sausage patties and place on a grill or in a skillet and cook until browned on both sides and cooked through.

Serve with some eggs with parsley and broiled tomato. I love the English broiled tomato for breakfast. It is a lovely British tradition. Plus it is a wonderful way to use up extra tomatoes.

Just another reminder. Now wouldn’t this be a wonderful breakfast on Valentine’s Day?

Lunch or Dinner Sandwich

I think most of you know I live in Ohio where the Ohio Bob Evans farm sausage is a big enterprise. In their restaurants they used to serve a simple sausage sandwich. It was just a sausage patty on a bun with a slice of sweet onion and sweet pickles. I loved it.

The following recipe is a take off on that sandwich. This sandwich would be a wonderful quick supper on busy nights where you have to be three places at the same time. You could make the sausage the night before and then cook it and assemble the sandwiches in under 15 minutes.

And with a pound of ground pork you could make 4 quarter-pounder sandwiches.

Divide the pound of seasoned pork into four equal parts. Shape into patties. Fry in a skillet till browned on both sides.

Place on a bun, add a slice of sweet onion and sweet pickles.

Oh, Yummy Yum Yum Yum!!!!

Bon Appetit!!!

Cost

1 lb.fresh ground pork             $2.29

¼ teaspoon sage                    $0.25

¼ teaspoon thyme                  $0.06

¼ teaspoon allspice                $0.15

Salt & pepper to taste

Total cost = $2.75
Cost per person for 4 = $0.69*

BUDGET FRIENDLY

Compare that cost to a packaged roll of ground pork. Here in Columbus that ranged from a low of $3.99-$5.99. So this is quite a bargain. This is a budget friendly recipe.

The cost analysis above is only for the Seasoned Ground Pork Recipe,  not for any of the other items pictured above.

But just to give you an idea, 1 bun cost me $0.15, 1 slice onion $0.29, and the sweet pickles $0.07. So one sandwich would cost $1.20. Again, much less expensive than any fast food sandwich. And much healthier too!

Quote of the Day

If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.

Mother Teresa 

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