“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Brody trick/tip of the day
With a nod to the cooks who’s secret ingredient is love and to the lunch ladies of the 80’s, you can take your bagel to heavenly heights. Instead of toasting, butter one half and place the buttered side down to cook on a griddle. Lay 3 or 4 bowls or plates on top of the bagel to weigh it down. Check it every minute, it’s ready when the top side is golden brown. Top it off with you favorite toppings.
You have no doubt heard someone say light is associated with that which is good. When something is exposed is said to be brought to light. In the same manner darkness is said to be associated with that which is bad or concealed.
Perhaps the idea comes from the Bible, where light and darkness are compared and contrasted from its opening verses all the way through to the closing chapter. The fourth verse of the very first book reads:
“God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:4 NIV
I unknowingly participated in an experiment the other day contrasting the difference between light and darkness. I noticed the direction I am walking matters (towards the light or away from it) in a darkened room. When walking away from the light in a large room filled with obstacles, I noticed those pitfalls became harder to see and navigate around the further I got from a source of light. I also learned the opposite is true when I walked towards the source of light. The closer I got the light the more defined obstacles became and easier to avoid.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 NLT
I put the contrast between light and darkness to the test every time venture out for an evening workout. Carrying a light and wearing reflective clothing when I’m walking in the dark lights my path, but it also keeps me safe.
For those of you familiar with Jerry Jenkins of The LeftBehind series fame, you are in for a treat should you decide to read, The Last Operative. According to the author, “The Last Operative is a thorough retelling of my very first standalone novel, which marked what I considered a major step in my writing journey.”
This novel begins with a revelation. Jordan Kirkwood, an NSA undercover operative, is given secret information from another trusted member of the intelligence community. Someone in one of the intelligence agencies appears to have gone rogue, but which agency? Who can be trusted? Is the information credible? Is the rogue agent really enabling terrorists? If so, a catastrophic event is about to unfold on U.S. soil far worse than 9/11. Will Kirkwood be able to unravel this mystery and eliminate the threat in time? I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this story.
In an earlier post, I stated I was trying not to snack After 6 P.M. I feel as though I should preface that statement by saying I can eat supper as early as 3:30 in the afternoon. Yes, I’m an older person but I also eat breakfast before 5:00 in the morning so I can make it to work before 5:45 A.M.
So, as the 6:00 p.m. hour nears I begin bargaining with myself as to what would make an honorable (for the lack of a better word) snack given my commitment to controlling my weight. I’ve had reasonable success with food that warms my stomach such as a Homemade applesauce snack.
Another favorite of mine is making a bowl of one minute oatmeal. The trick here is to control what you’re going to add to the oatmeal to flavor it. My wife reminds me brown sugar or maple flavored syrup are things on the naughty list. So I avoid these. Instead, I opt for fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries or apples. Dried fruit such as raisins or apricots also works. Add a few nuts for a protein crunch. Soften the consistency of the oatmeal with a splash of fat free or 2% milk.
Here is a suggestion anyone attempting to eliminate snacks from your diet after 6 p.m. on the days leading up to the Christmas holiday. One common decoration found in many homes is a nativity set featuring Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus lying in a manger, and a host of other figures that were drawn to the place of our Savior’s birth. Instead of grabbing a handful of Christmas cookies and washing them down with a glass of eggnog, why not abstain from munching and add a figurine to the manger scene each day instead. As you are adding the figurine, reflect on something you are thankful for. Perhaps you will feel inspired to pray for someone also.
For those who do not consider themselves people of faith, you could substitute adding an ornament to your Christmas tree. Make a deliberate ritual out of it. While you’re adding the ornament, could set your mind to recall a song such as The twelve days of Christmas and add an ornament each day while reflecting on family or friends. Additionally, you can try to come up with a good deed you could do for someone else in keeping with the spirit of giving.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5