how are you!! excited? stressed? overwhelmed? feeling festive?
holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but these times aren’t always so wonderful. with high expectations, emotions can run high and disappointment can flourish. most of the time we don’t choose the people around us. we encounter them by chance and people become a constant in our lives because of circumstance. coworkers, creepy uncles, parents that ~just don’t understand~ and even friends. and yes, people also become a constant purely because of intentionality and love, and there are people within the middle of this venn diagram of relationships. does that mean we should treat people of circumstance and chance differently? or should we shower them with the same love and intentionality that we bathe the people we adore in?
we don’t like to admit it, but from our disappointments with people in our lives that we didn’t choose, we are sometimes the problem. we shouldn’t be sour about our circumstantial relationships because then we become part of the sour. when we mistreat people, the core problem most likely isn’t that person but something churning within our own hearts. something we don’t like internally or wish we could change. what is mistreating that person going to do about it? be kinder than necessary even when people don’t deserve it. everyone is fighting an internal battle just like us, and additionally fighting an outward battle.
surround yourself with people who flood positivity and love into your soul, you know this; but, don’t cast out those people of chance that are difficult. don’t mistreat them in return. don’t become the sour. they are difficult because of a battle they are fighting. what is an exclusive shower of our kindness going to do? create a division in our lives? we don’t need to open our souls to everyone and let people pour in negativity, but casting people out isn’t the answer. even though people come into our lives through chance and circumstance, there is a reason they are in our lives. they are here with us for a reason.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
but, nobody ain’t neva said dis (living by words of MT) was ez. if they did, they’s a liar.
you can start following Mother Teresa’s words by making these boozy treats. I can only imagine they will help. right? wait what?
I know you already pictured yourself swimming in the chopped chocolate, so here is some bubbling caramel for more food swimming daydreams:
bourbon and dark chocolate sound like a good combo to me. especially if I’m going to try my earnest to shower people with love. I have to fill myself with love……. and boozy truffles..duh. watch out uncle larry, I’m going to kill you with my kindness. pow pow.
this is what truffles look like at the club,
they were so nice all day to the people in their lives they didn’t choose to be around and it was tiring. sitting pretty on a plate. so they had to recharge. in their time with the Lord, He filled them with an overflow. they then decided to go to ‘the drunken unicorn’ club in dt ATL for some wild fellowship to get their groove on. the main reason being recharging, so they could continue to shower people with kindness, of course.
bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles
- 9 oz. 60% dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (or coconut milk for dairy free)
- 2 tbsp bourbon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/8 cup water
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbsp butter
- combine sugar and water for caramel in small saucepan on med. heat for 10 min (1/4 cup sugar + 1/8 cup water)
- add 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- simmer 2 min, then add butter and remove caramel from heat
- chop chocolate into small bits
- in a small saucepan heat 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream to simmer, remove from heat, pour over chopped chocolate in heat safe bowl
- stir until smooth
- you may use the microwave in 15 second increments for additional melting help if necessary
- let cool for 2 min and pour in bourbon, mix
- swirl in about 2/3 of the caramel, marble style. eat the rest by hand jk, use it for dipping or something
- cover and place in fridge to chill for 1 hr
- scoop out chocolate using a melon baller, roll gently between hands until round, be gentle and patient
- coat in cacao or sprinkles by rolling ball on plate
- I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate chips
- I did not mis-spell cocoa, I meant cacao. its more rich in flavor and adds a nice tartness. but you can use cocoa if you waaaaant 🙂
breaking bread xo, brynn http://www.breakingbreadxo.com/