Life's Fulfillment

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“Life-fulfilling work is never about the money. When you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it.” - Eileen Fisher

Have you ever felt there must be something more? Something beyond merely existing?  Who among us hasn’t yearned for something even faintly resembling fulfillment in the demanding world we live in today? The truth is that a fulfilled life is well within the reach of anyone.  According to Max Lucado, if you want fulfillment, and your heart cries out for deep satisfaction take these steps to help you along your way:

Find Joy in the Ordinary

An eternal instant. What was it?

An instant in time that had no time. A picture that froze in mid-frame, demanding to be savored. A minute that refused to die after sixty seconds. A moment that was lifted off the time line and amplified into a forever so all the angels could witness its majesty.

An eternal instant.

A moment that reminds you of the treasures surrounding you. Your home. Your peace of mind. Your health. A moment that tenderly rebukes you for spending so much time on temporal preoccupations such as savings accounts, houses, and punctuality. A moment that can bring a mist to the manliest of eyes and perspective to the darkest life.

Eternal instants have dotted history.

It was an eternal instant when the Creator smiled and said, “It is good.” It was a timeless moment when Abraham pleaded for mercy from the God of mercy, “But if there are just ten faithful.” It was a moment without time when Noah pushed open the rain-soaked hatch and breathed in the clean air. And it was a moment in the “fullness of time” when a carpenter, some smelly shepherds, and an exhausted young mother stood in silent awe at the sight of the infant in the manger.

Eternal instants. You’ve had them. We all have.

Sharing a porch swing on a summer evening with your grandchild.

Seeing her face in the glow of a candle.

Putting your arm into your husband’s as you stroll through the golden leaves and breathe the brisk autumn air.

Listening to your six-year-old thank God for everything from goldfish to Grandma.

Such moments are necessary because they remind us that everything is okay.

Count Your Blessings
Ahhh… an hour of contentment. A precious moment of peace. A few minutes of relaxation. Each of us has a setting in which contentment pays a visit.

Accept Forgiveness
It is a fact of life -- you are not perfect. You will hurt someone, let them down, betray their trust or otherwise create a problem that requires someone to forgive you for an error or weakness. In like manner, others will hurt you and require you to forgive. Accepting forgiveness is sometimes the more difficult side of the coin because you must acknowledge -- at least to yourself -- that you've done something that requires it, but learning how to effectively and graciously accept forgiveness for your transgressions is part of being a whole, healthy person.

Finish the Race
Those who can remain like the boxer are a rare breed. I don’t necessarily mean win, I just mean remain. Hang in there. Finish. Stick to it until it is done. But unfortunately; very few of us do that. Our human tendency is to quit too soon. Our human tendency is to stop before we cross the finish line. Our inability to finish what we start is seen in the smallest of things:A partly mowed lawn.

A half-read book.
Letters begun but never completed.
An abandoned diet.
A car up on blocks.

Or, it shows up in life’s most painful areas:
An abandoned child.
A cold faith.
A job hopper.
A wrecked marriage.
An unevangelized world.

Am I touching some painful sores? Any chance I’m addressing someone who is considering giving up? If I am, I want to encourage you to remain.

I have always thought that life should be meaningful. Not necessarily every moment of every day, but a daily commitment of fulfillment. Its about turning your desires and wants into your goals, turning your goals into your habits, tracking your progress and celebrating your accomplishments, watching out for the negatives, and keeping your mind open to change. 

When we talk about living a complete life, what do we mean? Are we talking about simply achieving goals as a way to show accomplishments? Not exactly – a complete life means that you live a life that is fulfilled and full of happiness.

Goals are an important part of it, but so are personal and professional relations, passions and desires. For almost everyone, living a complete life is an ongoing process – every day we take steps or perform tasks that help us achieve the goals and desires we have set forth in our life.

It’s very easy to live life – to go through the motions – without living fulfilled. Far too many of us are getting up every day and we don’t have a passion or purpose in what we do. We’ve lost track of our life goals and are not sure how to get back on the path towards living a fulfilled life.

Real life is a life filled with fulfillment, acceptance and purpose. We find it in a life ships we develop along our journey. We should just keep it simple and uncomplicated.  Its hard, but practice being satisfied, be cheerful, live and let live.  Don't take yourself so serious, maintain a sense of humor, and remember adversity teaches us.  It's okay to make mistakes, get up brush yourself off and keep it moving. This is something I've had to practice in my own life. 

Everyone may not get you-But really, are they suppose to? Stay an individual.

Make this year a year of finding, of fulfillment, peace, and purpose.

Let’s endure the fulfillment.

The Next Best You

Live Life in Color
xoxo
Andrea

Key Lime Cheesecake Pancake's

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Ingredients

  • Buttermilk Pancakes:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 oz melted unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • Zest from 1.5 key limes
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  • Cheesecake Topping:
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Zest from 1.5 key limes
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs sugar
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  • Coconut is optional

Instructions

  1. Pancakes: Whisk together the wet pancake ingredients until combined.
  2. Whisk in the dry ingredients, including key lime zest and let the batter stand for about 10 minutes. (This is a good time to preheat your cooking pan on medium heat and start the topping.)
  3. Cook the pancakes, in the preheated pan, for about a minute or two on each side. Check the pancakes by pressing lightly in the center, if its firm the pancakes are done.
  4. Topping: In a small sauce pot, (on medium heat,) combine butter, cream cheese and key lime zest. Using a silicone covered whisk, whisk the ingredients together until smooth.
  5. Slowly pour in the heavy cream while stirring. Add vanilla and sugar. Keep stirring until smooth.
  6. Bring to a low boil and take off heat.
  7. Top of the pancakes with sauce when serving. You can sprinkle with some coconut flakes if you'd like.

Notes

Article Resource: Max Lucado Recipe from Lyuba willcookforsmiles.com