Three Little Words


During this Never-Ending Recession we need as much inspiration as we can get. And we all need encouragement from time to time. These phrases are made up of small words. But these small words can make all the difference in the world to someone who needs encouragement while trying to find a job,  who doesn’t have money to put food on the table at the end of the month, or anyone who needs encouragement for any reason.

I found out a long time ago I did not need to throw money at a problem to help out a friend. And I discovered I did not have to say a lot either. Some times just silence and a hug is all that is needed. My support, my being there, a shoulder to cry or lean on, or just an ear to listen, and kind words were often all a person needs.

I found the following at a wonderful web site:  With written permission to share it with you I present:

Three Little Words

Sometimes we can say too much, and often not enough. However, I came across a collection of words that can add value, fun and meaning to your life and relationships. The source of these great thoughts remains a mystery to me but these three-word phrases can enrich every relationship.

So, I challenge you to put to use, as often as you can, these three little but very powerful words:

I’ll Be There

If you have ever had to call a friend in the middle of the night, to take a sick child to hospital, or when your car has broken down some miles from home, you will know how good it feels to hear the phrase ” I’ll be there. ” Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give. When we’re truly present for other people, important things happen to them & us. We are renewed in love and friendship. We are restored emotionally and spiritually.

Being there is at the very core of civility.

I Miss You

Perhaps more marriages could be saved & strengthened if couples simply & sincerely say to each other “I miss you.” This powerful affirmation tells partners they are wanted, needed, desired & loved.

Consider how ecstatic you would feel, if you received an unexpected phone call from your spouse in the middle of your workday, just to say “I miss you.”

I Respect You / I Trust You

Respect and trust is another way of showing love. Its conveys the feeling that another person is a true equal. If you talk to your children as if they were adults you will strengthen the bonds & become close friends.

This applies to all interpersonal relationships

Maybe You’re Right

This phrase is highly effective in diffusing an argument and restoring frayed emotions. The flip side to “maybe you’re right” is the humility of admitting maybe “I’m wrong”. Let’s face it. When you have a heated argument with someone, all you do is cement the other person’s point of view. They, or you, will not change their stance and you run the risk of seriously damaging the relationship between you.

Saying “maybe you’re right” can open the door to further explore the subject, in which you may then have the opportunity to get your view across in a more rational manner.

Please Forgive Me

Many broken relationships could be restored and healed if people would admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. All of us are vulnerable to faults and failures.

A man should never be ashamed to own up that he has been in the wrong, which is saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

I Thank You

Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy. People who enjoy the companionship of good, close friends are those who don’t take daily courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank their friends for their many expressions of kindness.

On the other hand, people whose circle of friends is severely constricted often do not have the attitude of gratitude.

Count On Me

A friend is one who walks in when others walk out. Loyalty is an essential ingredient for true friendship; it is the emotional glue that bonds people. Those that are rich in their relationships tend to be steady and true friends.

When troubles come, a good friend is there indicating “you can count on me.”

Let Me Help

The best of friends see a need and try to fill it. When they spot a hurt they do what they can to heal it. Without being asked, they pitch in and help.

I Understand You

People become closer and enjoy each other more if they feel the other person accepts and understands them. Letting your spouse know in so many little ways that you understand them, is one of the most powerful tools for healing relationship.

This applies to any relationship.

Go For It

We are all unique individuals. Don’t try to get your friends to conform to your ideals. Support them in pursuing their interests, no matter how weird they seem to you. Everyone has dreams, dreams that are unique to that person only. Support and encourage your friends to follow their dreams. Tell them to “go for it.”

I Love You

Perhaps the most important three words that you can say. Telling someone that you truly love them satisfies a person’s deepest emotional needs. The need to belong, to feel appreciated and to be wanted.

Your spouse, your children, your friends and you, all need to hear those
three little words “I love you.” 

Source ~ Maverick Spirit  Twitter @WayneMansfiel

Featured Recipe        Mushroom Toast

This recipe is another in this week’s series of meatless meals. Since meat prices are going way up eating meatless meals once or twice a week will help you save some money.

A meatless meal is not synonymous with tasteless or boring. I am hoping the meatless meals I share with you this week show you this is true.

This is what you will need for 3 people: 

8 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced

4 tablespoons butter

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 medium shallot minced

1 squirt lemon juice

Pinch ground nutmeg

¼ cup cream

Some chopped fresh tarragon

3 slices of bread

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do: 

Mince the shallot, chop the garlic, and chop about a tablespoon of tarragon.

Using a damp paper towel and a mushroom brush clean the mushrooms.

Then slice the mushrooms.

I don’t have ground nutmeg in my cupboard. I have whole. So I just use a zester to get a pinch of nutmeg. You really don’t need very much at all. If you have ground nutmeg in your cupboard, that is the same thing already done for you. Use it.

A Pinch

I line everything up next to the stove so that I can add the ingredient when needed.

Yes. I have a touch of MONK (the TV show) in me. I am not COD (Compulsive Obsessive) like MONK  is. I think I am CDO, because I put the letters in the correct order. Just like I put recipe ingredients next to where I am going to dump them.

Melt the butter in a large skillet.

Add the shallots and garlic and sauté until soft over medium heat. This will take about 2-3 minutes.

Add the mushrooms and cook until soft and starting to brown.

While mushrooms are cooking start to toast your bread.

When the bread is toasted cut it into points. Just cut on the diaganol; from top left corner to bottom tight corner. The  cut each half on the diaganol again.

Add the salt and pepper and the nutmeg and mix well into the mushrooms.

 Add the cream……………. 

………………and cook and stir until sauce is thickened.

Spoon mushroom sauce over the toast points. Sprinkle some of the chopped tarragon on top.  Serve with a salad or fresh fruit.

Bon Appetit!!!


8 ounces fresh mushrooms            $2.99

4 tablespoons butter                      $0.60

2 cloves garlic chopped                  $010

1 medium shallot minced               $0.24

1 squirt lemon juice                      $0.12

Pinch ground nutmeg                    $0.05

Chopped fresh tarragon                $0.10

3 slices bread                              $0.27

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $4.47
Cost per person = $1.49

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A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.

 William Arthur Ward

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