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“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” Paul Prudhomme
What I’ve enjoyed most, though, is meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn – I love it! Jamie Oliver
Buenos Aires is not only a top tourist destination city but, it is also known for many wonderful experiences; it has the 3rd best quality of life in Latin America, it is an alpha city with a rich culture, great food, beautiful art and architecture, music dancing/tango, top notch cattle and farm products and people who really know how to enjoy life. This month’s box from Try The World is coming to us as Mother’s Day awaits around the corner and it would be the perfect gift to give to your mom. You can sign her up to receive a box of delectable gourmet food items for the next 6-12 months. So why wait? Sign up and watch her beam with joy every two months!
The only think I like better than talking about Food is eating.” John Walters
What is in the Buenos Aires Box? The Buenos Aires box comes with a very generous selection of seven well loved items that would make you the belle of that next fiesta gathering with friends. While there might be a few differences in each box, mine came with seven to salivate over: A full size brick of delicious dulce de membrillo which is a gelatinous fruit spread that you can eat with toast or on ice cream or in a pie. The Malbec wine Marinade can be beautifully paired with meats, seafood or grilled vegetables, Do you love cookies? The Bake Loo Koo Butter cookies will give you something to remember as they melt in your mouth and taste heavenly. Dona Magdalena dulce de leche is a delicious milky, caramel marmalade that is a national favorite in Argentina. Drizzle it over everything and enjoy.
The MQA green olive paste is an Argentine version of the classic tapenade and it can be used for those divine canapes you planned for your spring party with Mom and friends. What’s not to love about sauces? The ARYTZA chimichurri sauce will make your heart sing. It has parsley, garlic, oregano, red pepper and olive oil in am exquisite flavor combo. Try it! To wash this all down after an evening of gastronomic delights, you need some tea. Yes, you need some Chamana and Inti Zen tea – they have included some popular Argentine teas like Don Juan and Yerba mate to help you end you evening relaxed and blissful… Dd I tell you May is Mother’s Day Month? Sign up at Try The World and reserve your box and come back in May for my Mother’s Day giveaway of a surprise gourmet box.
“So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.”Franz Kafka
Sign up today for your first journey into Try The World’s gourmet items to enjoy. As an Ambassador for this extraordinary brand, I’d like to remind everyone about our special deep discount.SPECIAL OFFER: Try The World has made a special offer of 30% discount off the first subscription box to all my readers. As a reader of this blog, you can use the 30% discount code on purchasing your first $39/box subscription option. Use the coupon code MIRTHANDMOTIVATIONTRAVELS during your checkout to get your awesome discount.
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A year tour subscription is $33/box charged every year
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“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean giving up familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, and relationships that have lost their meaning. John C. Maxwell
What does growth mean to you? Everything in life goes through a period of growth and ebb/flow. Every form of plant, mammal, animal and other life forms go through a progression of changes as they grow; to reach maturity takes effort, challenges and even failures. From the time a baby is conceived in his mother’s womb, the battle for survival begins. When we are born, we take our first gasp of air and let out a scream because we have entered unfamiliar territory. It takes a while to adjust to our new environment and, like other lifeforms depicted above, we need guidance and help from our mothers or from others that have been through the process. Our security and survival isn’t always assured but our growth demands a temporary surrender of security. The process doesn’t always work; there are times of failure but to keep growing, we must keep performing actions that support our survival.
Why focus on growth? The point here is that growth is lifelong and occurs in stages that are not always linear. Each day, we get up with hope and anticipation for what the day will bring. We perform our routines to get us going and, if all the chips fall into place, we leave our homes and head into the world to interact with other people who are also going through their version of growth. Monday is a particularly anticipatory day because it starts the school and work week for millions of people around the world. The process of rebirth and renewal is still the same. We go through continuous effort and struggle to reach each goal we set for ourselves and once accomplished, we start the process all over again to accomplish/complete other goals. When we fail to complete a task or a goal, we revert to our original steps and retrace them. All of these actions add to our body of knowledge, our experiences, and our confidence level. If something doesn’t work out, instead of abandoning hope, try a different approach, change directions and try something else or new and stay open to that form of growth.
“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” Lao Tzu
People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. Plato
What comes to mind when you look at the blackbirds in the collage above? If nothing else, I hope it reminds you that the cliche – growing pains – has validity for all of life. From the time the blackbirds peck through their egg shells and begin to grow, there are countless opportunities for failure and danger. Because they are unable to fly from the nest, they remain dependent on their mother to fly around and find warms and other food to feed them daily. The baby blackbirds must also fight for space in the nest and learn to cooperate with each other. If a predator finds the nest, they won’t be able to fight it off and so their situation will remain tenuous until they are strong and bold enough to take that first flight to freedom. Even after they learn to fly, other challenges await them because the natural progression of life and growth includes struggle, danger and failure.
What about human growth? The same explanation, as above, can be said of human growth. Growing pains are part of our life experiences and they happen to all of us. We must first learn to walk before we can run and fly the proverbial coop. If we miss a few steps along the way, we find that gaps will appear in our learning curve, and we must go back and repeat the process till we truly imbibe the lessons deep inside of our being. Of course, we don’t walk around every day thinking about the gaps, misses, and failures in our lives because they are part of our natural progression through life; they fit seamlessly into the daily travails of living in the world. When we fail at a task, instead of beating ourselves up, we should contemplate what lessons are being taught and how we can improve our lot. Some people don’t take leaps of faith because they are afraid to fail or think failure will make them less valuable in the eyes of XYZ. On the contrary, it takes great courage and strength of character to stay true to who we are and to face our successes and failures with the same degree of introspection and gratitude. Where are you in your growth?
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for April and May are:
04/06 – PERFECTION
04/13 – MISTAKES
04/20 – GROWTH
04/27 – MINDFULNESS
05/30 – APPRECIATION
05/13 – COMFORT
05/20 – FITNESS
05/27 – SERVICE
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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. Confucius
What are we feeding our children? Are we feeding them a diet of good or evil? Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, committed a heinous crime that left 168 people dead and 680 injured in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City bombing claimed the lives of 19 children; 15 of them were kids at the America’s Kids Day Care Center. The kids were dropped off by their parents on that fateful morning, and the next bit of news they got was heartbreaking. I don’t know how those two men were raised but, something in their life experiences contributed to their disregard for human life. When we start early in life teaching our kids to hate or exposing them to situations that highlight disregard for others, we are slowly but surely creating kids without a conscience. What are we feeding our children? Are we feeding them a healthy world view where equity and compassion rules? Or are we feeding them a negative world view where anyone who doesn’t look like them is considered the enemy?
Some folks are so casual with spewing hateful words around their kids; they think they are too young to understand or that they are not paying attention, but that is not always the case. Kids watch and emulate and, one day, they might even harm us and others. We might come from different backgrounds, religions and races but, we are all human first. If we don’t put that thought in front of our minds in every interaction, we are not working to build global unity, just adding to the potential for conflict. Let’s feed our kids healthy thoughts and actions. There is a price to pay if we don’t.
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” James A. Baldwin
It is my goal to love everyone. I hate no one. Regardless of their race, religion, their proclivities, the desire of their heart and how they want to live their life and the decisions that they make. I can even respect people’s decisions and lifestyle choices just as I hope they have the courtesy to respect my decisions and my choices. Kirk Cameron
When we commit prejudicial or discriminatory acts around our kids, even if they are very young, we are planting seeds of hate in their hearts. Just because someone is different from us doesn’t justify abuse or petty acts of hatred. If we continue to spout hate and do mean things to people different from us, eventually, it seeps into our psyche and emboldens us to believe we are doing the right thing. Wrong action is never justifiable. We can pretend all we want, sooner or later, it will surface and cause us great pain. The baby above, lost her life in that terrible bombing. What was she guilty of? NOTHING. Hate spreads like debris tossed in a river, it travels and taints/pollutes everything in its path. The poison spreads and hurts more people than its original intent. A careless word of hate, like a careless act of pollution, reverberates and causes more harm than good. It can lead to wars, acts of terrorism, genocide, and the dissolution of relationships. What can you do today to bury old wounds and petty hatreds?
Some of us have had experiences with cyber-bullies and/or mean girls online. I’ve never understood why they are called “mean girls” because the ones I’ve encountered are not girls but women. But I get it: When we act in a thoughtless and mean-spirited way, we are not acting like adults who ought to have self-control over our actions and emotions, we are acting like bratty kids. If you had a miserable childhood or unhappy circumstances in your life, don’t you think that healing yourself should mean not exhibiting the same behavior towards others? When people are rigid, racist, and hurtful towards others, their actions are a cry for inner healing. Think about it. If you go around hurting others, what are you crying for? Where are you hurting? Please seek professional help and heal your inner wounded child… your life depends on it.
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” Elie Wiesel
This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Above is a memorial for one of the headmistresses of the International school I attended in England. She was a visionary who believed that all of us could learn something valuable from each other. Children from around the world attended my school and we were educated in each others “cultures, creeds and religions, and out of that understanding came lifelong respect.” One of the highlights of my school was our United Nations Day when we got to share more about our traditions, and celebrate our differences. Did we have arguments at school? Sure, but they were focused on individual behavior not generalized to culture, religion, or the color of a person’s skin.
Today, I’m connected to many of my former classmates/friends on Facebook, and we are truly a global group of women. My parents sent me to that school because they had the same philosophy about life. My kids are global minded and I’m grateful that my upbringing and many of my experiences reinforced my belief that we are all inherently good. But, it takes effort. There is evil in the world and we can rise above it or become part of it. If we remain insular and refuse to teach our kids to respect people and cultures from other parts of the global community, we are performing a disservice. The internet has created a global village that gets smaller every day. We can sit at home and connect with people around the world and get to appreciate what each of us adds to the whole. Yes, it takes work. How are you preparing your kids for the global community?