Friday, September 17, 2010

Wait to Worry

"Wait to Worry"
An Excerpt from
Attitude is Everything
by Vicki Hitzges

I used to worry. A lot. The more I fretted, the more proficient I became at it. Anxiety begets anxiety. I even worried that I worried too much! Ulcers might develop. My health could fail. My finances could deplete to pay the hospital bills.
A comedian once said, "I tried to drown my worries with gin, but my worries are equipped with flotation devices." While not a drinker, I certainly could identify! My worries could swim, jump and pole vault!
To get some perspective, I visited a well known, Dallas businessman, Fred Smith. Fred mentored such luminaries as motivational whiz Zig Ziglar, business guru Ken Blanchard and leadership expert John Maxwell. Fred listened as I poured out my concerns and then said, "Vicki, you need to learn to wait to worry."
As the words sank in, I asked Fred if he ever spent time fretting. (I was quite certain he wouldn't admit it if he did. He was pretty full of testosterone-even at age 90.) To my surprise, he confessed that in years gone by he had been a top-notch worrier!
"I decided that I would wait to worry!" he explained. "I decided that I'd wait until I actually had a reason to worry-something that was happening, not just something that might happen-before I worried."
"When I'm tempted to get alarmed," he confided, "I tell myself, 'Fred, you've got to wait to worry! Until you know differently, don't worry.' And I don't. Waiting to worry helps me develop the habit of not worrying and that helps me not be tempted to worry."
Fred possessed a quick mind and a gift for gab. As such, he became a captivating public speaker. "I frequently ask audiences what they were worried about this time last year. I get a lot of laughs," he said, "because most people can't remember. Then I ask if they have a current worry - you see nods from everybody. Then I remind them that the average worrier is 92% inefficient - only 8% of what we worry about ever comes true."
Charles Spurgeon said it best. "Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength."

 I loved reading this excerpt. I have a big problem with worrying too much about things that haven't happened yet. I know I do it but sometimes I can't help it. I really liked the part that says the average worrier is 92% inefficient. WOW! What a waste of time to worry. I am really going to try not to worry as much. But I think being a Mom and Wife we have that worry mode built in and it's kind of like second nature to worry.

Bo's Pictures

On Wednesday Mom and I took Bo to get his 2 year old pictures taken. We went to Kiddie Kandids in Provo. I was so glad they opened back up but they have changed some things like they don't print them off anymore in the store you have to wait 2 weeks before you get them. Oh well. I did get the CD so I can put them on here.

Bo did so good. He was starting to get fussy and not wanting to sit there, then Grandma told him if he was good she would buy him a toy. After that he was good and we got some good shots.

He looks so much like his Daddy in the pictures it's not fair! It would be nice if he looked like me too. I think he does but most people just see his dad in him. In fact, our Bishop saw Tracy at a football game and came up to him and said, " Aren't you Bo's dad?" Tracy said, "Yes I am!" I thought it was cute.

He is getting so big and tall. I think where did my baby go. But I am loving his different stages. I am so glad I get to stay home and be with him all day long. He is such a smart little boy too. He knows all his colors and he talks up a storm.

This is my favorite

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fall is in the air

I love Fall. It is my favorite season. Tracy's, Bo's and my birthdays are all in the fall as well as hunting season. Also in the Fall I get the urge to cook a lot more. I have bought 5 new cookbook magazines at the check-out counter at the grocery store. I have made a couple of really good recipes too. One is a fruit dip and the other is for a chicken sandwich. Both are really yummy and very easy to make. I will add the recipes for them.

The only problem with Fall is it doesn't last long enough and winter follows too closely.

BBQ Chicken Sandwich from the Taste of Home
1/2 cup chopped onion ( I hate onions so I left this out)
1/2 cup diced celery
1 garlic clove minced
1 Tablespoon Butter
1/2 cup Salsa
1/2 cup Ketchup
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Pepper
2 cups Shredded Chicken
6 Hamburger Buns

In a large sauce pan, saute the onion, celery and garlic in butter until tender. Stir in the salsa, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir in chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat: cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve about 1/3 of a cup on each bun.
 I put sliced cheese on as well.

The Best Peanut Butter Dip from Fun Family Cooking Book
1/2 cup Peanut Butter ( I used chunky and it worked too)
1 cup nonfat Vanilla yogurt

Mix the 2 together and dip fruit in it.
I used Strawberries, Apples and Peaches.