You Are Right

Sep 30, 2013 by

I was sad and thinking negative thoughts one day last week.  Don’t even remember about what right now, but what I do remember is what came out of it.

I was on a walk and this came to mind.  The negative thoughts I have are just as real as the positive ones, so why not just have the positive ones?  Either they are real or they are bullshit, but either way, why not just have the positive ones?  So I stopped with the negative thoughts and proceeded to feel much better.

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The good news is you are right.  Whatever you think.  That’s what you will agree with and that’s where you are going.   As the quote says above, if you think you can, you can and thus the inverse is also true.

My realization that my negative thoughts were just as real as my positive thoughts led me to ditch the former.  Why have them?  Why think them?  Why give them power?  Why not choose to throw them away and go in the other direction?

Your attitude will set the course for this day.  Your thoughts will prove you correct no matter what they are.  Since you are right either way, choose to go the way you want to go.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week is to catch yourself thinking negative thoughts.  Each time you do, realize that they are just as valid as your positive thoughts and make a choice.  Choose to throw them out and replace them with good ones.

Either way you are right.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s: 

 

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Stop and Be Amazed

Sep 26, 2013 by

Sorry this post is a little late. I usually post these on Mondays but this time I have a good excuse.

Everyone meet Jackson.

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He was born on this past weekend and has been keeping us busy both looking after him and falling in love with him.  He’s a beautiful baby boy with brilliant grey eyes and causes me to stop and be amazed at all the beautiful things in this world every time I look at him.

We often run around, busying ourselves with this and that, and often overlook everything beautiful around us.  So your Truly Simple Action for this week is to stop, even if just for a few seconds and be amazed at all the beauty around you.   Look around you.  It’s there.  Seek it out.  Stare at it and be amazed at what a great place this is and can be.

Now I’m going to try to take a nap.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s: 

 

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Do Not Tolerate Assholes

Sep 16, 2013 by

This TSA sprung from some thoughts I was having recently on forgiveness and prayer, and I’ll get to all that in another post in more detail, but I wanted to call this part out.

I have no recent inspiration or story that prompted this thought, except that it’s been in the back of my mind lately.

Do not tolerate assholes.

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Life is way too short.   Get those people out of your life.

Now I’m not talking about your good friend you just pissed you off lately.  I’m talking about the people who are constantly pissing you off.  Those around you that are constantly creating drama and causing negativity all around them.   Let those ones go by the wayside.  Stop calling them.  Stop talking to them.  Stop interacting with them.  Even if they are related to you.  Being related or being family does not give them a pass to act that way.   They can still be related and you don’t need to choose to be around them.

Stand up for yourself and stop tolerating bad behavior from those around.  Choose to be around great people and great friends who improve who you are and the world around you.

The nice thing about this TSA is that its so simple its almost no work to do.  When you started reading this post, did someone pop into your head who is just consistently bad around you?  Do you have someone in your life who makes you not like who you are when you are around them?   Then just stop being around them.  That’s all you have to.  Don’t explain anything to anyone, just stop being around those people.  It’s your choice of who you spend your time with.

Choose wisely

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Ben…

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Backpacking S’mores Pizza

Sep 14, 2013 by

Here’s something fun I can say now.  TrulySimple has been featured in Outside magazine.  They reached out to me and wanted a new simple backpacking recipe and here is the result of that request plus some inspiration from a pizza party.

We were invited over to a friends house for a pizz-off the other night.  This is a pizza cook-off where everyone brings their own favorite toppings and creates imaginative pizzas that were cooked to perfection in their outdoor pizza oven.  In an unrelated note, I now have an intense need for a pizza oven in my backyard. We all ate WAY too much pizza, but it was so hard not to want to try them all.  Pizza after pizza kept coming out of this oven and each one was so tasty. The competition was stiff, but my Truly Memorial Buffalo Chicken Pizza was a huge hit and won the top prize.  Everyone loved it and I forgot how good it was. That said, one of my favorite pizzas of the night was the S’more pizza.  This one was made later in the evening as a dessert and it was a big hit with everyone.   That same night I got an email from Outside Magazine asking to feature me in their magazine and wanted a backpacking/camping dessert recipe, so I thought I’d take a swing at taking the S’more pizza from the big pizza oven to a backpacking campfire recipe and the results were delicious. This recipe is perfect for camping as its only a few ingredients and all can fit nicely within a backpack without the worry of things getting smushed. What you’ll need:

  • Crescent roll dough
  • Chocolate sauce – you can never go wrong with Nutella
  • baby marshmallows
  • graham crackers

To make this recipe easy to pack in the backpack take some of the Nutella and put it in a zip lock back.  You’ll snip the corner and squeeze it out like frosting when you are ready to use it.  Also throw the graham cracker and marshmallows into a separate bag.  Don’t worry if the graham crackers gets crushed, that is part of the recipe. IMG_2527 The other reason I wanted to try this recipe was to get to use my new grill accessory I got for my Bio-lite stove.  I picked this up at the REI garage sale as it had a broken leg and I fixed it. IMG_2538 Take the crescent roll dough out and throw it on the grill. IMG_2544 Flip it over after a minute and spread on the chocolate from the snipped corner of the zip lock bag. IMG_2560 Next crumble the graham cracker in your hands and sprinkle it over the chocolate sauce.  Finally top it all of with several mini marshmallows. IMG_2570 Now we want to brown the marshmallows so we’ll cover the stove top with some tin foil.  Be careful as fire is hot. IMG_2585 Cook for another 30 seconds to a minute and voila, you end up with these magical slices of S’more heaven.  The gooey marshmallows mix with the warm chocolate sauce and the graham cracker brings in a nice crunch texture. I will be packing these in my backpack for the next several hiking trips.

Ben…

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Guard Your Reputation

Sep 10, 2013 by

There aren’t many things in life that you truly have control over.  Your reputation is one of the rare things that you control and it should be guarded.

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I recently asked a friend to do something for us.  After they accepted, I knew deep down that it wasn’t going to happen, but was still sadly disappointed when in fact it did not happen.  What made it worse was the fact that this was becoming a pattern in their life.   They used to have a great reputation of someone I could count on, but now I can almost expect that they won’t follow through with things they said they would do.

This really bothered me and prompted me to think about reputations.

The simple truth of reputations is that you can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.  You can only build it on what you do.  It’s all about follow through and doing what you said you would do.

So that is your TSA for this week.

Have you said you would do something?  Then go do it.  It’s just that simple

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