This post has been compensated by the National Pork Board. All opinions are mine alone.
No matter what kind of meat you like to eat, there is a pork product for you. I have served my family ground pork, pork chops, ribs, loins and brats. Pork tastes great and is easy to cook even for amateurs like me. During the summer, everyone’s mind turns to putting food on the grill. “No matter what you celebrate this grilling season . . . pork’s got your grill covered.” Keep in mind pork works well year. I know my indoor grill gets a workout all year-long.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I shall share some easy recipes for grilling pork. These recipes will be easy to make and taste great. My family of foodies finds them delicious. I am amazed at how easy the pork is to cook in a way that makes my family smile and think I can cook. If you are a regular cook like me and want to make food that will make your family happy, go to http://grillpork.org for some great recipes and meal ideas. Not only can you get great ideas, you can also share recipes of your own.
The story of the Velveteen Rabbit is one of the most popular stories in American literature. Most people encounter it as children. It is one of those books that has a lot to teach adults also. One of the best lessons for adults, is that sometimes, being achieving your goals is hard and you may get hurt along the way.
“When you are Real, you don’t mind being hurt.”
Often when a person has been close to achieving her goals or reaching major milestones, she gets tired, she gets hurt and she gives up. This is sad, because often this is just the time she should not give up, but instead should push forward because success and the finish line are just ahead. Many of the most worthwhile things we do in life are hard, they involve sacrifice and pain. At the same time, these things are often the most worthwhile, rewarding and treasured experiences in our lives. Check out the following examples of things that require hard work, sacrifice and may change a person.
- obtaining a college degree
- making a marriage work
- raising children
- starting and growing a business
- caring for a sick loved one
When you are doing things like those listed just above, even if things are hard, painful or scary, you must continue to move forward and fight in order to succeed. The fact that things are hard, hurtful or scary does not matter in the grand scheme of things. You must find a way to power past the difficulty, pain and fear to do what needs to be done. When you are working to do important things, like those listed above you will fail and succeed many times along the way. Achievement often is partnered with sacrifice, pain and hard work. When you are trying to accomplish great things, or trying to do important things, you must remember that the result is worth the work required.
Early in the story of the Velveteen Rabbit the bunny hears from another toy that, “When you are Real, you don’t mind being hurt.” When it comes to us working towards our goals and trying to achieve our dreams, sometimes we will get hurt. While we may never get to a point where we do not mind being hurt, we do come to realize that being hurt is part of the game, part of the journey. Perhaps it is more accurate to say, “when you are real, when you accomplish your mission you have been hurt many times along the way and have learned to work with the pain, through the pain and in spite of the pain.” Just as people learn to live and prosper with bad vision, bad hearing or damaged limbs, you can learn to live and prosper despite the hard work, sacrifice and fear you will encounter along the way.
Be prepared that one you reach your goals, some who knew you along the way, may no longer recognize you.
The last line of the Velveteen Rabbit is “But he never knew that it really was his own Bunny, come back to look at the child who had first helped him to be Real.” This is a feeling that many who lose friends along the way can easily understand. Sometimes the friends and family members we lost along the way from dream to reality forget what we look like. Other times, we no longer recognize them. Do not let these things keep you from going to achieve your dreams and reach your goals.
Stop believing the myth that you are one of those people who worķs better under pressure without a plan.
People often say they are at their best when working with a looming deadline, under pressure and without a plan. There are two possible responses to that idea. The first response is, stress raises our blood pressure and negatively impacts our breathing, heart rate and ability to think and recover. The second response is, take your best and make it better. Working with a SMART plan, is making things better and striving for optimal performance and results. Even if you think you work better under pressure and without a plan, if you look at the situation objectively, you will probably notice several things:
- you are more stressed than usual
- the work itself is not as enjoyable
- you are more prone to make simple errors
- things around you are more irritating
- the quality of the finished product is not as good