April 25, 2007

Gratitude.

Filed under: Words of Inspiration — bryna @ 7:19 am

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation,
you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
Rabbi Harold Kushner

April 18, 2007

Think about this…

Filed under: Words of Inspiration — bryna @ 12:20 pm

“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”
— Arthur Miller, American playwright, 1915-2005

April 13, 2007

Simply stated…

Filed under: Words of Inspiration — bryna @ 6:08 am

Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all…
Ernest Schackleton

April 12, 2007

It feels good to cry…

Filed under: Important To Know — bryna @ 9:30 am

Some of us were taught that
it’s bad to express our feelings
directly—crying, wailing, jumping
up and down for joy—that it’s
good manners to talk softly,
slowly, and politely and to sit still.

But what happens to our feelings
when we sit still? If they don’t
get expressed, they must be
caught inside our bodies. Trapped
feelings are like birds in a cage,
or a rabbit in a trap—they try to
get out any way they can. They
peck on our heads and give us
headaches. They scratch at
our stomachs and make us hurt.

We must let them out. We must
laugh and cry. Then our bodies
will be happy, and our feelings
will curl up in our laps like happy
puppies.

From the book “Today’s Gift” by Anonymous

April 5, 2007

For my darling Bill…

Filed under: Cookbook — bryna @ 4:18 pm

1 1/2 lbs. mild Italian sausage (or mix with hot if preferred) Cut into inch chunks.
2 cloves garlic mashed
2 large onions, chopped
l large can Italian style tomatoes - 28 oz.
3 cans (14 oz. each) beef broth
1 1/2 cups dry red wine
1/2 tsp crumbled basil (or several leaves fresh chopped)
3 Tblsp. chopped parsley
2 medium zucchini, sliced
1 or 2 cups spinach noodles ( or macaroni or lentil)
1 medium green pepper, chopped
In large soup pan or Dutch oven, cook sausages. Drain off fat. Add garlic and onion and cook till limp. Stir in tomatoes and liquid and break up with spoon. Add broth, wine and basil. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

Add parsley, pepper, zucchini, noodles and cook 25 minutes.

You may add more wine, broth, or fillings as you wish to make a larger a batch. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

This is served as a main course so you could have sour dough bread or similar with it.

Good Quote

Filed under: Words of Inspiration — bryna @ 6:50 am

IT only gets better when YOU get better.

Anonymous

April 3, 2007

YOU KNOW YOU ARE GETTING BETTER WHEN…

Filed under: Articles — bryna @ 10:19 am

By Helen Fitzgerald, CT
Training Director, American Hospice Foundation
August 2, 2002

The progress through grief is so slow and so often of a “one-step forward and two-steps backwards” motion, that it is difficult to see signs of improvement. The following are clues that will help you to see that you are beginning to work through your grief:

  • You are in touch with the finality of the death. You now know in your heart that your loved one is truly gone and will never return to this earth.
  • You can review both pleasant and unpleasant memories. In early grief, memories are painful because they remind you of how much you have lost. Now it feels good to remember, and you look for people to share memories with.
  • You can enjoy time alone and feel comfortable. You no longer need to have someone with you all the time or look for activities to keep you distracted.
  • You can drive somewhere by yourself without crying the whole time. Driving seems to be a place where many people cry, which can be dangerous for you and other drivers.
  • You are less sensitive to some of the comments people make. You realize that painful comments made by family or friends are made in ignorance.
  • You look forward to holidays. Once dreaded occasions can now be anticipated with excitement, perhaps through returning to old traditions or creating new ones.
  • You can reach out to help someone else in a similar situation. It is healing to be able to use your experience to help others.
  • The music you shared with the one you lost is no longer painful to hear. Now, you may even find it comforting.
  • You can sit through a church service without crying.
  • Some time passes in which you have not thought of your loved one. When this first happens, you may panic, thinking, “I am forgetting.” This is not true. You will never forget. You are giving yourself permission to go on with your life and your loved one would want you to do this.
  • You can enjoy a good joke and have a good laugh without feeling guilty.
  • Your eating, sleeping, and exercise patterns return to what they were beforehand.
  • You no longer feel tired all the time.
  • You have developed a routine or a new schedule in your daily life that does not include your loved one.
  • You can concentrate on a book or favorite television program. You can even retain information you have just read or viewed.
  • You no longer have to make daily or weekly trips to the cemetery. You now feel comfortable going once a month or only on holidays or other special occasions.
  • You can find something to be thankful for. You always knew there were good things going on in your life, but they didn’t matter much before.
  • You can establish new and healthy relationships. New friends are now part of your life and you enjoy participating in activities with them.
  • You feel confident again. You are in touch with your new identity and have a stronger sense of what you are going to do with the rest of your life.
  • You can organize and plan your future.
  • You can accept things as they are and not keep trying to return things to what they were.
  • You have patience with yourself through “grief attacks.” You know they are becoming further apart and less frightening and painful.
  • You look forward to getting up in the morning.
  • You stop to smell the flowers along the way and enjoy experiences in life that are meant to be enjoyed.
  • The vacated roles that your loved one filled in your life are now being filled by yourself or others. When a loved one dies he or she leaves many “holes” in your life. Now those holes are being filled with other people and activities, although some will remain empty. You are more at ease with these changes.
  • You can take the energy and time spent thinking about your loss and put those energies elsewhere, perhaps by helping others in similar situations or making concrete plans with your own life.
  • You acknowledge your new life and even discover personal growth from experiencing grief.

This information and so much more is available at www.americanhospice.org

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