When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Rick Warren
This is absolutely right. Whether it be an email that has been written and thought out over several hours, a simple text just to say hi, or a voicemail left when someone doesn’t answer—it’s a gift.
As the presidential debates are taking center stage, and will continue over the next year, I think the nation should consider some name changes on the stances revolving abortion and life.
In one camp we have pro-choice, which simply means they believe in the choice of having an abortion or not.
In the other camp we have pro-life, which you would think means for life. But this isn’t as clear cut as it should be. They are for life when it relates to the not-yet born.
I would like to propose a renaming of the second camp’s stance, and introducing a new one, which happens to be radically hard to fathom to most.
My proposal would have pro-choice, anti-abortion and pro-life. Anti-abortion would be the new named stance of today’s Conservatives, and Pro-Life would be used by those that are for life no matter the age, for the unborn and those that are alive today. Meaning those that are against war and realize that the greatest loss in all wars is human life. My proposal would clean up the misleading names used today and help make things clean, cut and to the point. Because let’s be truthful, beating the war-drums every chance you get to quench your thirst for blood through needless war is about as far from pro-life as you can be.
It’s amazing how quickly time seems to be passing these days. One day it’s August and the next moment it’s going on mid-September. It’s crazy how so much can change in that short amount of time, and yet it’s just as crazy how much so little can change in that time. That’s life, right? Sometimes all we can do is do our best, be our best, and be there, and the rest is up to everyone else to do their part. You’ve got to give your best every single day without taking a day off if you don’t want another block of time to pass with maybe everything yet nothing changing. I guess that’s the beauty to life—we never know what the next day, the next phone call, the next email, or the next breath will bring.
The great moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do; they’ll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life, you have to take action, and you will. But never forget that on any day, you can step out the front door and your whole life can change forever. You see, the universe has a plan kids, and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings, and it starts to rain. It’s a scary thought but it’s also kind of wonderful. All these little parts of the machine constantly working, making sure that you end up exactly where you’re supposed to be, exactly when you’re supposed to be there. The right place at the right time.Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother
I am hooked on the motivational videos that people have online, primarily the ones with Les Brown speaking. I can listen to them on repeat all day long.
Wanting to experiment with more canning, we took a stab at pears today. They turned out what looks to be very nice in the jars. The next time we do some we will try packing more into the jars before pressure canning them, since they did end up cooking down slightly and leaving some a decent amount of space in the bottom when they float. They turned a beautiful color as usual with canning fruits!
I’m really wanting to try to make some pear jelly now that I’ve read that you can use the peelings and core to make that from. It seems like a very useful way to use the scraps other than just throwing them directly into the worm bin.
Sometimes you’ll be completely surprised when someone opens the doors for you to come back into their life. Sometimes, you just go. You forget about the past and look only to the future—to the possibilities of nothing, and of everything.
Sometimes you’ll find yourself at the fork of a road of hurt and of caring. Something you never expected, but should have. Sometimes, you just go. You go for a walk to weigh each option and choose the one that you will find better to live with. You choose the option that is better not only for yourself, but for the others involved.
Sometimes you’ll be hurt and the decision from that walk is the decision that you just go. You’ll probably think about the things that were said, the whys and the how comes a million times and they’ll never make sense. It may even take a while for it to sink it. But with the hindsight gained, in the future you’ll always take a walk before the first go.
It is my belief that both the human body and spirit can endure and overcome most everything that is thrown at it. The body’s ability to endure is it’s natural purpose, wanting to stay alive. Overcoming starts when the mind is made up that you want to overcome a particular situation or circumstance. Sometimes it takes waking up, telling yourself that you deserve better than what you’re doing, and with every action of every day, making sure you stand by that decision to do better for yourself. Doing better makes you become better. Becoming better makes the world you have dreamed about become your own.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.Ayn Rand
As many horror stories as we’ve heard about pressure canning, we gave it a try today. The benefits of pressure canning over hot bath canning, at least in my mind, make it the better choice if you aren’t afraid to do it.
We ran into a guy that was picking up jars to do some canning as well, and he was nice enough to give us some pointers and show us where they hid the pressure canners in the store.
We ended up doing cold packing on our first batch, and they turned out very well. We successfully had all 5 quarts of green beans seal properly. We are thinking next time we will do hot packing so that we can get more in each jar.
After doing it once, and knowing how the regulator is supposed to sound and rock, we will definitely be doing a lot more of it in the future.
Justice is getting what you deserve, mercy is not getting what you deserve, and grace is getting what you don’t deserve.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.