Keep your 'life' road map handy

Do you continue moving forward? Think about it.

If we are not moving forward, then we are stagnate or slipping backward. Size up your situation and make adjustments. If you wait for someone else to make the first move nothing will be accomplished. Trust your instincts and do what needs to be done. Embrace new experiences with enthusiasm and confidence.

We need to let go of what isn’t working for us and let ourselves shine. We need to put negativity behind us and be open to trying something new. Prepare to launch the new you, an excited new you. Success begins with a positive attitude.

The best way to move forward is to refuse to let someone — anyone — ruin your day. If we trust our own good judgment, we will avoid being led astray. A personal gain will depend on how hard we work. Dedication is the key.

Emotions often stand in the way of our moving forward. Don’t let that happen. Be in charge of our feelings and emotions and keep our goals in mind. If something arises that interests us, then jump in, move forward, broaden our horizons and live life the way we mapped it out. Set high standards and make that position in our mind and the minds of others.

Self-improvement projects will help us recognize our potential. Everything we have learned in our life helps us attain our goals. No education is wasted and no failure is wasted if we have learned from the experience. Discipline and hard work will be necessary to overcome obstacles. Don’t lose sight of that long-term goal.

Make changes conductive to moving ahead, and put a stop to situations that are holding us where we are or bringing us down. Hey, we are in charge of ourselves! Participate in an event or conference that will introduce us to new ideas and people who can help stimulate our thinking. Many things can awaken our skills and propel us into something exciting that will move us forward.

I can’t begin to imagine how our pioneer grandparents and great-grandparents felt making the trip by covered wagon to Oklahoma Territory and/or Indian Territory. They had to continue day after day over rocks and ruts and stumps, and cross streams they were not familiar with. Yet for the sake of their future families they continued to move onward and upward to their “promised land.” Grandma always talked so positively about their long trip but I know she must have forgotten how terribly difficult it was. Especially since her mother died in childbirth shortly after arriving in Indian Territory, leaving Grandma to raise two younger brothers and a tiny baby sister while Great-grandpa made a living for their survival. Anytime I find myself complaining about my lot in life, I remember what they must have endured to make life better for my parents and me. They kept moving forward!!

In some clippings and notes of my grandmother’s, I found this little poem that is handwritten (but I don’t think original) and difficult to decipher. It says:

Thank God! There is always a Land of Beyond

For us who are true to the trail;

A vision to seek, a beckoning peak,

A farness that never will fail.

We can only pray, thanking God that in all ages there have been men and women who have dared to launch out on faith into new and untried areas of life. We are awed at the faith of scientists, explorers and prophets who have paved the way for us to move forward. We pray that a flame from the torch that burned in their lives will encourage all of us to develop courage to follow the paths of high adventure and moving forward. May we have faith in our ideas and attempts that may in the future become realities.

This is my opinion only, but I believe more people fail in life through fear than for any other reason or cause. Therefore, we must school ourselves to believe that we can succeed and move forward. That is the secret of all triumphs. It is the story of every successful man or woman. It is the fear to fail that make so many actually fail. If we have inward faith and are full of new beginnings, we will not fail.

We can move forward with our chins in the air, and with every confidence when we dismiss our fears from our minds. If we are doing the will of God, we will know peace and contentment. Fear causes damage to us mentally, physically and spiritually. Fear itself causes more harm than what is feared. It is impossible to defeat a person who is unafraid and walks with the Lord.

Self-assurance and confidence are the most successful ingredients for moving forward.

Fear has a difficult time getting a foothold in a happy and healthy mind. People do not fail when they stay undisturbed and positive. They learn every step of their journey. Success or failure is our own choice.

I started cooking making simple biscuits and yeast breads. They never fail. Then I moved on to cookies, then candies and cakes and finally to complete meals. I am happiest when I am puttering in the kitchen making a “mess of something” (as Mother used to say). Here is a fall recipe to keep on hand if company drops by.

Apple Bread

4 cups peeled and chopped apples

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons apple pie spice

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

3 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter

2 eggs

Combine apples, nuts and sugar and allow to stand one hour, stirring often. Do not drain. Combine dry ingredients. Add apple mixture and stir well. Stir in softened butter, eggs and vanilla. Then add nuts. (I also sometimes add golden raisins.) Mix all well and pour into two well- greased, lined loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees about one hour until loaves test done.

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Goodrich writes a weekly column for the Enid News & Eagle​. Send your comments to: Peggy Goodrich, Food For Thought, P.O. Box 1192, Enid, OK 73702.
 

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