September Twenty-second; Ingredients For Better

Welcome Autumn, I guess.


The day is overcast, the temperature comfortable. Earlier in the day, my dogs were acting edgy, like there was something I needed to check on. When I went to the door I looked the way they were and heard my nephew’s chickens. It is the first time I have ever really heard them. They didn’t sound panicked though, still, I called mom to make sure that she was inside and okay and if my nephew was home. He was, so her thoughts were that he was out with the chickens or in the least would hear if something was bothering them. They have since grown quiet as have my dogs.Mom has called me several times today already. Most were vaguely important, but one was the reminder when I got a moment to move her large Christmas Cactus back inside the house. Her cactus is huge, I am doing well to keep mine alive.


I had hoped that when the windows in this room were replaced that there would be enough light in this room to have house plants that would live and hopefully thrive. It kind of works, though for some reason it seems that one must remember to water and feed those plants as well.

We can survive when given the basic needs, but to thrive, more is required. Food and water keeps us alive, but nutritious food helps the body to function more as it was designed. Exercising the body in the ways we are able, gives it better strength and functionality. Knowing how to read, write, count, allows us to function. Furthering that education, even in small steps, helps us to attain more out of life. It gives an understanding of what is going on and how we can make our way through. The basics are good, but like that cable service, more is better.


Similar to a recipe. Fried chicken is good, chicken cordon bleu is better. Shrimp for many is good, a low country broil takes it to a different level. Take the basic and add to that to increase in flavor. Take the basic in life and add to it to make it better.

There is also the fact that if we take away the ingredients that make the flavor off or bad, the meal is better. Chocolate added to milk is good.Mustard added to milk would not be good. (At least in my humble opinion)


If we gaze down at a newborn in our arms and make a decision to help this child grow to be good, we would add the ingredients of love, compassion, hope, respect for self and others, desire to learn, desire to work, a walk of faith. All while removing the bad, racism, hate, ignorance, entitlement, anger. Both lists can continue on, but the idea is there. For life to be good, we should attempt to put good things into ourselves and into life around us. My hope, is that as I go through each day, I manage to share some good. Like a ripple in a pond, hope and encouragement spreading outward.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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6 Responses to September Twenty-second; Ingredients For Better

  1. John says:

    Mmmm fried chicken. So good, not always good for you!

  2. Webb Blogs says:

    I love Christmas cactus. I have one, its very small because it came off my moms plant, which use to be my grandmas. My grandmother passed away over 20 years ago and my mom has kept that plant looking beautiful. Mine is alot smaller but it does bloom every Christmas. 😁

    • I went down today and carried mom’s inside. It wasn’t heavy,just oversized and awkward. If it keeps growing as it is, we’re going to need to figure out a different way to move it outside come spring.

  3. Joanne A says:

    A really beautiful one. I love the metaphor here, with ingredients and nutrition, and the progression of the story. Food is something we can all relate to.
    Great post.

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