Won’t You Be My Neighbor

The home office is so hot….imagine the hell fire depths of hades.  Whatever the reason, the a/c just doesn’t seem to work in this room.  I was joking that we need to change our clothes in order to work in the office, and then change back whenever we want to go anywhere else in the house.  It made me think of Mr Rogers.  Remember?  He changed his sweater and shoes and always sang that song….”won’t you be my neighbor.”  (You’re welcome!  Admit it.  You’re singing the song now, aren’t you?)

The website, business, facebook groups, and pages were all recently launched.  I’ve taken enough marketing classes and seminars to know that you are supposed to build an audience and always tie in the product somehow.  I’ve also spent enough time surfing social media hating the people who “friend requested” me only to push their business or sell their marketing scheme to me.  I DO NOT want to be that person, or that business!  I joined the companies to improve my health and that of my family, with the hope that I could improve some lives along the way.  Sales was not…is not…my primary focus.  I will put the work into it, and if it happens, it happens.  (I fell in love with the cbd oil line, though and want to shout it from the rooftops).   My real goal was extra spending money.  Truth be told, if I could do anything I want and make a comfortable living at it, it would be writing….books, articles, blogs….ads for cereal boxes…you name it.

I have always loved books.  When you immerse yourself in a good book, you can imagine yourself to be anyone and to live anywhere. As I read the stories, the characters come to life.  I imagine their looks, the sound of their voices…everything.  You can understand why it would be so disappointing to read a book and then watch the movie.  They’re not MY characters. So,  my love of writing naturally falls in synch with my love of reading.  My father was always a huge proponent of learning.  From him I learned, you can lose everything in life: the fancy house, the cars, the extravagant clothes and jewelry.  Knowledge and education can never be taken away, and knowledge is  power.  There is nothing like the smile on a chid’s face when he or she “gets it”…when they truly understand what you have been trying to teach them.

What are my other likes?  I’ll tell a few to you (walks on the beach, sweet tea on the porch, time spent with family, dogs, tacos, unicorns, a good glass of wine and coffee). After all, becoming friends is like eating an artichoke. You have to go through many layers to get to the meat of it.  I want all of you to be my artichokes…,my friends….my neighbors.  I want to get to know one another so I am going to write about whatever issue impressed or had an impact on me that day.  Really,  from weight loss and health to jewelry and fashion to what is tugging on my heart strings in the world to what the Queen wore to  tea. I want to hear what you have to say….what interests you….what you care about….what you are dreaming about.  You can always comment here, or email me at iamchasingcomfort@gmail.com.

Comfort Food

There are days that I want to crawl back into bed, pull the covers over my head and forget about adulting.  On those days, nothing would make me happier than it would to build a blanket fort and take refuge under it with a flashlight, a good book, and a big bowl of mashed potatoes with bisto gravy. When everything seems to be going wrong and crashing down, that is the precise moment that you need some good comfort food….soul food.  I don’t mean “soul” food as in chicken, greens, and mashed potatoes (although, that’s mighty yummy….MmmmMmmm).  Soul food….words and teachings that build you up, give you hope and wrap you in the love of God.

In today’s busy world, we rarely have time to stop and smell the flowers, let alone to cook healthy meals, do the shopping, shuttle the kids around, exercise, clean the house, do the laundry, all while meeting the demands put on us by our jobs, spouses, family and friends.  An area that often goes overlooked is our daily time in devotion with God.  If you want a strong body, you have to exercise, get enough sleep, and eat healthy foods daily.  If you want a strong mind, you have to surround yourself with positive people and teachers.  You need to read books, attend seminars, and be open to a lifetime of continued learning.  The spirit is no different.  If you want a strong, healthy spirit, you need to immerse yourself in the word of God, meditate on scripture, and in prayer.

I know that mashed potatoes and bisto gravy are not a healthy choice for my body.  Neither are my other comfort favorites: cocoa and buttered toast, homemade macaroni and cheese, stuffed cabbage, Kvass, and Russian apple pastry.  Just as I need to make a conscious effort to find “healthy comfort foods” to nourish my body, I have to overcome the urge to sit and fill my mind with reruns on the telly. It is much too easy to sit and “veg out” on reruns of old sitcoms.  I have to make a conscious choice to open my Bible or some other daily devotion.

Every morning,  I pray and plead the blood of Jesus over my family.  I pick a song to praise and worship God with throughout the day, and I soldier on. There’s something satisfying about belting out (in my head, of course)  DC Talk’s song, “Jesus Freak” while making sales calls.  But, these are quick fixes.  It is important to find the time to immerse yourself in relaxation and worship.  Sometimes, I can only accomplish this through corporate worship at church on a weekend.  Other times, I can grab a cup of coffee and journal my Bible meditations while I sit on my patio and watch the turtles and herons.  Lately, my comfort food…my soul food….has been found in the Psalms.

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:26 (King James version)

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9 (KJV)

What is nourishing your soul?