“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”
- Audrey Hepburn
This morning I hit the treadmill just as the Ellen show was coming on. How convenient…great entertainment for an entire 45 minutes. My goal was 4 miles, no matter how I got there. And with a little bit of walking and a lot of jogging, I made it.
Today Ellen featured Michelle Obama on the show, and they talked about a plethora of topics. But one thing in particular that interested me was what Michelle had to say about the culture of bullying in our country (you can see the video here).
I think it is safe to say that bullying has gotten worse in many ways in America. Not only are our children experiencing more bullying in schools than ever before, but also in other areas, such as politics. How many times a day do we see a commercial where one politician is slandering his/her opponent? How many times a day do we hear our President bashed in some way? For as long as I can remember it has bothered me that people rally behind someone running for office, and then the second that person gets voted in, suddenly they’re being attacked in one way or another. It seems that many people (not all) have a lack of awareness or sensitivity when it comes to the way they treat other people.
Michelle’s main point was that if we as adults are treating our peers this way, what can we expect from our children? What kind of example are we really setting for them? She made a call to action for all of us to start being kinder to one another, recognizing that we don’t all have to agree, but we can still respect each other. We can respect the fact that we’re all different, and we all have different values and ideals. And just because someone sees things differently than we do, doesn’t mean they’re a bad person or that they have bad intentions.
Honestly, I really appreciated the way she handled this topic, and I agree so much with what she had to say. I did not vote for Obama in the election, but I think it is so important to still respect him as a person and as our president. Even if I don’t necessarily agree with his stance on certain issues.
Anyway, this just really got me thinking this morning about how we really can make a difference for ourselves, for those we know, and for future generations if we let go of the judgment and animosity toward people who are different than we are and love each other simply because we’re all human. We obviously have a long way to go as a culture and as a country, but I really believe that every little thing we can do makes a difference. Amen?!
Heavy stuff for a morning run.
And then I came home and ate oatmeal:)
Thick n Creamy Pumpkin Oats
- 1/2 banana, mashed and melted in the microwave
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 water
- 1/3 almond/soy milk
- 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- a dash of cinnamon
- dried cranberries
- Mash half a banana in a bowl and heat in microwave for 45 seconds – 1 minute
- Mix together oats, water, soy milk, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and microwave for 2 minutes, stirring after one minute
- Add banana to oat mixture and mix well.
- Sprinkle with dried cranberries and enjoy!
You could also use maple syrup or molasses to sweeten instead of mashed banana, and it would be really delish I think. And you could add chopped walnuts for some extra crunch – the possibilities are endless!
And lunch was so simple it’s not even funny.
This times two! Ezekiel bread with a layer of Trader Joe’s flax almond butter and a thin spread of TJ’s pumpkin butter. I figured out that if I think of the pumpkin butter as more of a jam than a butter I actually really like it. Score!
Today was a busy day, and although it started off pretty swell, the afternoon was not so dandy:( It was just one of those days where you just want to crawl into bed and have a good cry. And I may or may not have done so…and then driven straight to Starbucks for a little comfort (aka decaf soy pumpkin spice latte with no whipped cream and half the syrup). If you follow me on twitter, you may have sensed some tension in my tweets. But tomorrow is a new day!
And for one of my favorite phrases: onward and upward!
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