Day 8…discipline

by anthony

I realize the title of this submission is day 8 when, in reality, it is 20 days after I began.  All I have to say in my defense is that…I Made It To Day 8!!

You see, part of the reason I want to put this thing together is not for my love of blogging (I find it self-indulgent, which, now, surprisingly, I am taking a slight liking to).  I am at a point in my life where I have let things get a little too chaotic, too scattered and too endless.  I am looking to rein all of the treasures in a little and begin to discipline myself to direct my focus more succinctly.

Whether or not people actually read this, its goal is to be a tool for me to break out of the cyclic funk I’ve easily been slipping into lately.  I know everyone looks for a purpose in their life.  It’s why we dream, why we keep up (what seems too often to be) the hopeless fight.  I also know, however, that a search is only as good as the ability of the searcher to think outside the box.    The product of my lack of discipline in life is my lack of long-term commitment to any one thing, whether it be a project, a person or a dream.  I understand all too well that this world and everything in it is far too vast for anyone to see, to experience in one lifetime.  That enormity of life makes me very anxious.

I go to sleep

I wake up

I go to sleep

I wake up

I go to sleep

I wake up

It all always happens in the same place, the same day, the same time.  Always the same.  Everything always the same.  So, I repeat it, over and over, unconsciously, like a mantra…

I go to sleep

I wake up

I go to sleep

I wake up

I go to sleep

I wake up

Everything all the same

And the reason, I am discovering, is because I am in the exact place I have always wanted to be, and I am not accepting it, and I am not setting my sights on a new place.  Sure, I have been saying it, but, I have not really motivated myself to move forward to anywhere.

I figured, to move again, the way I want it, it is going to take some patience but it’s also going to take that energy and drive that got me here.  I’m not the same person I was back then.  I have evolved, devolved and skated across the pond.  To do it right, to learn the lesson, I am going to need some discipline.  Having a project, an assignment, to me, is a good way to start…

 

 

A Salad To Bite

2 good handfuls of baby spinach (rinsed and patted dry)

1 half of orange bell pepper, chopped large (any color except green will do)

1 half red apple, chopped large with skin on (Honeycrisp is best)

2 roasted eggs, chopped in 1/8’s  (see cooking instructions below)

6 spears of asparagus, left whole

6-8 brussel sprouts, halved

S&P

1 tbls caraway seeds

3-4 tbls Goddess Dressing

 

Heat a skillet with a glug of olive oil over medium-high heat.  Rinse sprouts (pulling any unsavory leaves off) and asparagus and pat dry.  When pan is ready, toss in, throw a pinch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper and the caraway seeds.  Toss all together (using tongs are the best) until veggies get browned and cooked ½ way through.

While that’s cooking, prep, rinse and pat dry all other ingredients and toss together, with tongs, in a large bowl.

*** To make the eggs…SUPER SIMPLE (and amazing)!!!  A friend told me about these the other day and the eggs get cooked hard-boiled, have a delicious “roasted” flavor to them and then turn a really cool shade of brown.  All you do is fill either a crock-pot or a stove pot a little more than halfway with water.  If using a crock-pot, let it sit on high for while to heat the water up, knock it down to low, add eggs and let sit overnight.  For the stove pot, just put the eggs in with the water, set the oven to 200-225 degrees, pop the pot in and let sit overnight.  SO GOOD!!!

Once the asparagus and sprouts are done, shut the heat off and remove from burner (let sit).  Throw the dressing into the salad mixture, using the same pair of tongs to toss the salad.  Bowl it up then place the grill asparagus and sprouts around the top of the bowl/salad.

Enjoy!!!