No Error in Your Trying

Many people speak of a specific method of learning, loosely, yet widely identified as “trial and error.”  As it is worded, the concept seems to suggest that through a process of trying different techniques, ideas, formulas, recipes or the like, one will eventually discover a successful way of achieving the desired result.  Such result will usually, only be realized after first encountering erroneous, faulty and failed attempts at such success.

The Art of Thrival dares to suggest that inherent in this view is the despondent, discordant melody that has been rehearsed in the ears of countless children coming forth into their physical reality.  What has been practiced … has been perfected.  Each path down which we travel is perceptibly the perfect path.  The experiences that unfold along the path are not errors, each path has an intrinsically priceless and unique “lesson” to be unveiled.  The discovery of a lesson that does not immediately appear to “be” the desired result, certainly reveals clarity and contrast to that result, which hastens the tangible reality of such ‘ultimate’ resut.  However, too often we teach and are taught with a glass-half-empty view of LIFE.  We expect error … so …  it shows up!

The Art of Thrival offers for your consideration the intinsic nature of your perfection.  You have called unto yourself “ultimate desires.”  These desires are manifest from the moment of your thought.  Your arrival to them is the journey (the thrill, the living, the joy) which you have summoned for your discovery.  In that, there are NO errors.  There exists only divine perfection, even if it is imperceptible by the clouded eye.  Keep moving, change your angle of perception and in the gratitude that flows from your wonder, you will discover there was never any trying in your learning nor error in your trying … simply the doing of LIFE, which brought you to the “ultimate desire.”   You have chosen the successful way.  The true success lies in the journey … be aware … don’t follow the way … be the way!!

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Snack Healthy

Woman_Eating_Clean_BreakfastWhen it comes to snack time, I know that many would prefer that piece of chocolate cake or a couple of Twinkies, but there is a down side to downing them, unfortunately.  They are primarily made with white sugar that has been refined from its natural state.  By choosing fruits or veggies rather than candy or cake, you will boost your energy level naturally while regulating your digestive system.  Also you can try a fruit-powered smoothie as a meal replacement or as a snack.  If you must feed your sweet tooth, you can find soy or rice ice cream at the health food stores and most major grocery chains (they also come in ice cream sandwiches and bars).  Even something as simple as a couple graham crackers will feed your craving.  The Alternative Baking Company (www.alternativebaking.com) makes a line of delicious cookies that are large enough for 2 snack portions.  They are vegan, but you would never know it.  If you must have a chocolate fix, it is not outsude the realm of possibility.  Eating dark chocolate made with at least 62% cacao is an excellent way to get some much needed antioxidants and sterols (the good kind).

There are so many different ways to feed your snack craving.  Ultimately, the foods that you choose will be an aid or detriment to your decision to live a healthier life.  You don’t have to give up your favorite snack foods for a sedentary life of plain rice cakes.  Taking the road less traveled can be FUN and good for you, too.

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MIND THIS MATTER

It is all Mind Over Matter! MindBOdysize1Time to choose to mind the matter.

Time to make up in my mind, to place the things that matter to me at the top; of my list of matter of factual differentials. High time it matters to me that which is good, pure, honest, happy, healthy, loving, wealth, growth filled, ever lasting forward progressive truth. Minding matters that are trivial are the destructive time wasters; which take up most of the monumental moments that you never get back.

No thing taken for granted or over looked shall be replaced regardless of the lack of thought or intent. A failed attempt, a disregarded request or a moment not appreciated will not deem itself worthy of recognition, appreciation, affordability, or notice; it shall only flee in the manner in which it came… passing you by. It is what we do in the moments given to us by the present, called today, that really matters. No thing taken to mind in hind-site shall matter in the moments passed. Sometimes you are not afforded the come-around. Yet we count ourselves mindful.

Today I am intentional in the mind over this matter. I am minding on purpose the matters of this heart, body and soul: mine.

Smile often

Happiness is found often in a smile.

Big_SmilesIn even our most difficult times, we find that a smile is the source to catapult us out. It is the element that helps us find that seed to sprout forth change, from difficulty to possibility. In a mere smile you may find an ocean of bliss filled reality.

In a smile; I find a reason to rise above, to jump for joy, to reach for the stars and to move beyond that which I call, limitations.

Today, I celebrate the simplicity of a smile.

I encourage you to smile often!

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Soup it down

cabbage-whiteCabbage is a sturdy, strong and abundant vegetable and easy to grow. Cabbage is rich in nutrition and fiber, cabbage is an absolutely phenomenal source of Vitamin C.

There is no limitation as to how much of the cabbage soup you can eat. You may eat it as often as you want at any time.

CABBAGE SOUP

1 fair-sized cabbage

1 large Spanish onion

1/2 yellow bell pepper

1 large carrot

1-1/2 oz. of butter

½ tsp Mrs. Dash

1/2 tsp nutmeg,

1-1/2 pints of soy milk,

2 tablespoonfuls of fine wheat flour

After preparing and washing the cabbage, shred up very fine

Chop up the onion

Slice carrot thin

Set these two in a saucepan over the fire with 1 quart of water, the butter and seasoning, and let all cook gently for 1 hour, or longer it the vegetables are not quite tender to your taste.

Add the milk and flour for thickening when the vegetables are thoroughly tender, and let all simmer gently for 10 minutes;

Serve with little squares of toasted garlic bread

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The Different Difference

apple-orangeDIF•FER•ENT*

1.        not alike in character or quality; differing; dissimilar

2. not identical; separate or distinct
3. various; several
4. not ordinary; unusual.

*definition according to Dictionary.com

Today I choose to be different.  Not better, different.  There is no measurable ruler that says that i have attained different.  The concept of whether you are doing or have done different is all about self-policing.  No one can say that you have not done enough different to say that you have not achieved it.  Some things can be visibly seen by others and other things cannot.  If you feel different about yourself, then you have done different.  If you feel different about another being, then you have done different.  If you decided to eat a salad at the restaurant rather than fries, you have done different.   No one can tell you when you have succeeded or failed to be different.

So, do or be something different today than you did or were, yesterday.  The quest for different is a journey that is uniquely yours.

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Blueberry Coffeecake

Here is a quick and easy recipe that is great for breakfast. lunch, brunch, dessert or as a midnight snack. This is also a kid friendly recipe. They would enjoy being a part of creating this dish.

Blueberry Coffeecake

dsc03561 1 pint fresh blueberries*
2 cups frozen blueberries*
1 – 8 count can of Grand’sTM Homestyle biscuits
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup Smart BalanceTM spread, melted
1 ½ cups turbinado sugar (Sugar in the RawTM)
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350o. Lightly butter the bottom of a 9 ½ x 13 ½ baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and stir until mixed. Cut each biscuit into quarters. Dip each quartered biscuit in the melted Smart BalanceTM then roll in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place in the baking dish. Add the fresh and frozen blueberries to any remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture. Top the biscuits with one cup of the rolled oats. Evenly toss the blueberries over the dough. Add the remaining oats. Drizzle the coffeecake with any remaining melted butter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until biscuits are cooked through and blueberries bubble. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Refrigerate any remaining coffeecake in a covered plastic container.

*Can be substituted with raspberries or blackberries

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