Thankful for What You Have

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Last night I blew a fuse, of course it was the fuse that powered my stove, refrigerator and microwave.  Basically, the entire kitchen.  The building that I live in is a little old and I had to wait until this morning before they could come and change the fuse.  At first I started to panic, because that is what I would normally do.  However I had to take a moment and be thankful for what I had.

While there was no power in one room of the house.  There was power in every other room of the house.  And since it was below zero outside, the loss of power did not affect my heat in any way.  Because it was below zero, I was able to put some of my items from the freezer on my balcony (the ice cream of course!) because priorities.  To make a long story short, the blown fuse in one room did not affect anything else.

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What I had to stop and remember was that I was warm.  A blessing.  I had power and lights in all of the other rooms of the house.  A blessing.  I had already eaten and it was late, so there really was nothing left to do but go to bed.  Blessed with food and a bed, double blessing.  I am also in a position to replace anything that went bad in the refrigerator or freezer.  Another blessing.

I had to think of my priorities.  In a city where I frequently see people living under the bridges and where I know people are living exposed to these deadly elements, I had to check myself about being frustrated about a blown fuse.  In this life, one thing is for sure and that is that you will have some uncertainties and things will happen both good and bad.  The key to navigating this life is being thankful for what you have.

The lesson I learned was a powerful one.  Well I would say that there are multiple lessons learned.  The first and most important one was to be thankful for what I have.  Food, shelter, health, strength, activity of my limbs.  I have a great deal to be thankful for.  I also learned to not take anything for granted.  I almost short circuited over a fuse, while it was not worth, the frustration it would have caused me.  I had to be reminded to roll with the punches and to allow the cards to fall as the may.

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I didn’t lose anything.  All of the food was spared.  Nothing spoiled or was ruined in the process.  The ice cream survived a night on the balcony.  I still have more than enough food, I have a place called home and everything is in working order.  There are times when I too, lose focus on what is really important and have to readjust my thinking to understand that I have so many things to be thankful for.

During this season of giving and during this time of perpetual hope, it is the things that we often take for granted that offer us the biggest blessings.  Let me, no let us never forget to be thankful for the things we have no matter how big or how small.  In our over commercialized society, it is the little things that matter, not the things we can buy or purchase.  The greatest gifts we can offer are normally our time and attention as opposed to something you can buy.  Remember over all to be thankful for what you have.

Be Blessed!  Be Fabulous!  Be Thankful!

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My New Favorite Drink

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Where has iced caramel macchiato been all of my life?  Since the summer it has been at the top of my purchased drink list. An iced caramel macchiato is made with vanilla syrup, frothed milk, milk foam, a shot of espresso and of course caramel and ice.  I have tried it pretty much anywhere, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds and of course at Starbucks.  While I am no drink connoisseur, I can break down the best and the… well I wont say worse but not the best.

  1. Dunkin Donuts is my favorite, which shocks me because I am not really a huge fan of their coffee.  Depending on the location, they can go overboard with the caramel, but for the most part I like theirs the best.
  2. Starbucks would be my second choice.  I do not consider myself a real coffee drinker, so I think Starbucks has a bit stronger coffee than Dunkin Donuts.  It is still good.  I have had a regular hot caramel macchiato at Starbucks but didn’t like it too much.  For hot drinks I will stick to the White Chocolate Mocha
  3. McDonalds would be the least favorite.  Their version is too sweet.  They always put more caramel into the drink than anything else and essentially that is all you taste.  This version will send you to the dentist in a hurry.

I am not sure what drink you are enjoying.  This is the holiday season and there are plenty holiday versions of drinks available, and I don’t get caught up in that.  I am sticking to what I know and what I have come to love which is the Iced Caramel Macchiato.  If you have never tried this drink then give it a try the next time you find yourself in one of these locations or even your local coffee shop.   I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Be Blessed!  Be Fabulous!

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