I am blessed with many good people in my life. And, it is in those wonderful relationships that I find both life’s meaning and an incredible generation of good and expanding energy.
Each of our lives seems to take on a particular focus, or two, or three. I would have to say that my central focus has been my relationships with people. My work and life satisfaction come from having many varied relationships, where there is warm regard, connection, humor, meaningful sharing, and enjoyment of each other.
Armed with that information, I know where I want to spend time and energy, and that in turn I will be powerfully energized and fulfilled. When contemplating professional changes, I know to focus on the relationship side of the position and responsibilities that lend themselves to developing strong productive relationships. When making choices about my personal time, I lean toward spending time with family and friends to enjoy and celebrate life.
You may have developed a similar focus in life, or you may have found other key areas of focus, that stimulate you and provide good energy and fulfillment. Whatever path of focus attracts you; the critical element is the time and commitment you give it. If you feed and experience it, you create positive energy and life satisfaction. And, as you grow and mature in that aspect of your life, you know more and more of what you want and what brings you happiness.
Even when we know all of this, there can be the tendency to allow ourselves to be swept in other directions and commitments. It is up to you to claim your life, your happiness, and where you spend your time. And, if not now, when?
So, as you head into these autumn months, take some time to think about what you want to focus on in your life. Commit some time to plan about how you can build time into your day for what is most fulfilling. If you already have a positive and energizing focus, then I encourage you to take it deeper. Or, identify another powerful aspect to give attention. Sometimes by layering two or three areas of fulfillment, you can expand all of them, (i.e. friends, travel, and music).
In that vein, Mark and I have future plans to travel with friends to Nashville, where we can lay back and hear some great music. I’ve never been there, and I’ve heard so many good things about the city and the music scene there. Mark has talked about a place called the Blue Bird Caf•, which is definitely on our itinerary.
This weekend, I am planning to make some barbeque chicken. Rather than using chicken breasts (which is the usual chicken fare at our house), I am branching out with chicken thighs. I actually prefer the dark meat, which is more tender and I believe, more flavorful. This recipe has a tropical flare to it, with juices and ginger.
Tropical Barbecued Chicken
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Skinned chicken thighs (8) or you can use chicken breasts, legs, etc.
• cup of orange juice
• cup of pineapple juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup of soy sauce
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger, optional
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons ketchup
• teaspoon dried crushed red pepper, optional
2 minced garlic cloves
Prepare white or brown rice to serve w/ the chicken.
• cup sliced green onions to garnish the chicken
Heat the oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and saut• for 6 minutes, turning once. Combine juices in large bowl. Extract one tablespoon of the juices and mix with cornstarch until smooth, set aside. Stir soy sauce and next six ingredients into large bowl of juice. Pour over chicken in pan and top with a lid. Reduce heat to simmer about 35 minutes, turning chicken after 20 minutes.
Prepare rice to package directions and keep warm. Uncover chicken and stir in cornstarch mixture. Continue stirring for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Spoon the rice onto serving platter, and top with chicken and sauce. Sprinkle green onions on top.
Coaching Inquiries: What fulfills you? Where would you like to focus more time in order to energize your days? What do you really enjoy that you have been putting off? If you planned and built this activity into your week, would it be beneficial to you? Would you have more zest for life and a happier outlook to bring to family and colleagues? If you were to pick one or two specific activities (who, what, when, where) to find time for in the next ten days, what would they be?
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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
Kate Kriynovich (Kate@LifeTrekCoaching.com)
LifeTrek Coaching International
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