Yep, done that, joined a cult thinking it was the way to a peaceful, loving and fulfilling life, left and here I am not wearing a burning scroll above my head saying “Going to Hell!” LOL or should that read “mwahahahaaar”. Idiots to think and then act in such unkind, cruel and shaming ways to a child of the universe (a friendly place once you get used to checking out and questioning all the negative perceptions thrown at us).
Today am I telling you two things I hope you find helpful:
- Try not to forget your humble packed lunch, but if you do forget, you can be like many others on this planet and go without that meal. You do not NEED to buy expensive take away. Going without food occasionally won’t kill you, in fact it is scientifically proven it does you good.
- Against all the odds, be at peace with yourself and your life. Maybe start to be the one that enjoys washing up for it’s meditative quality, during the “Don’t worry about the financial strain, let’s buy with money we can’t spare, to be like everyone else onMASS!”
‘A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track … an inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity’ —Henry Ward Beecher
Others will ignore advice and that is their business. Others will misunderstand and that is their business. I don’t like this pressure people are putting on themselves this stupid time of year. Don’t buy anything unnecessary. Don’t buy for others, especially things you have no idea what they need. If you have spare cash, look to the family member that might NEED it. All this avarice isn’t necessary, please don’t be pulled into it, because you are all beautiful, kind, loving and loved, sentient beings, so job’s done and no need to give a brass monkey’s ponsey yetta hat!
An item to include in the shopping list for those that forget things, is the 60 minute timer you can just plug in a socket, then plug an electrical item into it. You can twist the dial to set it and when you forget the item it will switch off when the timer is up (say 10 mins). I’ve recently bought a couple for £3 a pop, from B&Q in Llanelli, called the DAILL 1 Hour Mechanical Timer. So if you have someone or are someone with a little bit of forgetfulness occasionally or kids that leave things on, these can be reassuring and can save on the leccy bill.
As for online onscreen stopwatches
We all have habits. I have a few great ones, but I wonder what ones aren’t doing any good and how I can dump that limited time wasteful shit. I wonder what new ones I could start. Apparently habits are really powerful, like magical spells that lead us to do the same shit at the ring of a silent bell. I remember Pavlov and his dogs, but seriously, maybe there’s something in this habit forming thing. If I could just harness that power.
Notes to self:
- Get out that pretty bangle with the little bells on and create a new improved habit when hearing them jingle.
- Get new more powerful silent magical bells to create great new improved habits that create a kinder work.
- Start using said bells often.
Maybe some of the habits can include clothes. I might only keep those I can wear comfortably anywhere and stick to wearing them (habitual don’t you think).
Beloved reading this, when you get stressed out big time and all you can know is that you are still breathing.
I found helpful to make myself physically as comfortable as possible or accept what~is, then imagine that in each breath going out that the love of the universe is flowing out and as I breathed in the love from other sentient beings and of the universe was flowing in. I have invited friends (some I have only just met) to do the same and whether stressed or not, maybe you can too? I think maybe it is sort a like meditation?
Going to start making a batch of these chickpea snacks this morning. These are easy enough, but you do have to add a little time between the start and finish processes. Panelle pronounced “P’nelly”, is a Sicilian snack of chickpea polenta, cut and made into fritters, using very few ingredients:
- Chickpea flour
- Salt (not much)
- Herb of choice (I used dry sage and garlic granules, others use fresh chopped parsley…)
- Oil for frying
I add the flour, dry sage, garlic and a pinch of salt to boiling water in a saucepan, stiring over a low to medium heat. I don’t stop mixing and I do NOT let it re-boil until it resembles a very thick paste ball. At this point I take it off the heat and place it into an icing bag to cool, then in the “frigo” (French for fridge). When I want the snack, I thinly slice the dough and cook in hot oil until golden brown. Uncooked, uncut dough keeps well in the frigo for a couple of days and you can then just cut slices off from the wide end, as and when. I find it’s best to make the dough in the morning ready to cook later. If you want to make a meal of panelle crisps, serve with a wedge of lemon on the side of the plate, some watercress and a roll.
Oh wow, I just found a better blog about how to make them properly, with photos in French: Panelle siciliennes
p.s. The wacky scientist in me wonders if prior to cooking, I put some vegan cheese and peas on one and covering with another, brushing them with oil, whether I could cook them in the sandwich toaster?
p.p.s. Placing this recipe onto my verb vegan blog
If you find yourself devaluing what a friend is sharing, belittling them, being unsupportive of their moral stances, undermining their efforts, giving false dress codes to a function, are non-compliant of previously set boundaries and basically being a draining one~way street, you’re being a frienemy. Please stop that shit or you will have no real friends left and will not be able to keep new ones for long. Start by listening and valuing the ethics of others, support their stance, keep shtum about things the other person has entrusted to you, respect boundaries and FFS did I mention NOT to tittle~tattle.
Also if you recognise some of these traits in your friends, then you’ve got an infestation of frienemies. I suggest you be grateful for the discernment and make a choice:
- One is to end the relationship soon, before they tell someone something that can land you in the dangerously deep, hard to get out of, slimy, stinking shit!
- Another more gracious approach is to keep the frienemy by careful management e.g. never passing on information, giving them a taste of mercy by remaining in their life (but I’m not personally sure at this present time how that is achievable, I might need to work on that).
A strange yet enlightening time is had, when you ask the universe to protect you from your enemies and you start losing friends.
Post Script: Inoculation boosters against pain from a frienemy are friends.
Does anyone actually believe that when dropping a pebble into a pond, the ripple will be just as strong onto the banks as it was in the centre? Surely it dissipates and most words do the same, but what about online?
Do some words online seem to grow like tidal waves that crash into our many innocent online minds? Without ethics towards others and our environment, what I will phrase the network tidal wave phenomenon could be being used at this very moment as a weapon to manipulate us. Bexy for one, does not intend to be driven by the profit-driven few and the megalomaniacs.
My advise is to interconnect with reality as much as possible on a regular. It’s like putting up levys against any network tidal wave phenomenon. Don’t you think our realities need to be ready, so we really can LOL! For the online world is just (‘insubstantial and disconnected glamour’ Borgmann) compared to kneading dough and baking bread, planting an acorn in a pot, washing up whilst looking out at the clouds in the sky, taking a walk just to listen to bird song, smiling for no apparent reason… and the list of positive things to do in life goes on…
Note: Sorry, but for the life of me, I just cannot remember where I read the Borgmann quote.