Friendly Fuel

It’s not always what is at the end of the fork that fuels our lives.

I had the good fortune of having my childhood friend come to visit me, along with her teenage son, on a Boston-area college tour this week.  It was like finding my missing puzzle piece.  Having known each other since the age of four, we were able to catch up about ourselves and the people in our lives at a depth that is so rare, a relationship like a complex woven tapestry.  It was fuel for my soul.

Think about the energy you get from your relationships.  Surrounding oneself with friends and family that boost you up is like adding fuel to a depleted tank.  I am grateful for my friend’s visit, a living reminder of the truth in the “make new friends, but keep the old” verse, for old friends are truly gold.

You can eat healthfully, exercise regularly and still get sick, especially if your relationships aren’t in balance.  As we enter into spring, consider a “spring cleaning” of sorts, reconnecting with people who cheer you and cheer for you, and perhaps spending less time with people who don’t.  Every choice we make fuels our lives.

My “nephew” insisted his mom’s overnight oatmeal rocked it, so I am including what appears to be the easiest recipe on the planet.  Just water, oats, and a crock pot.  Enjoy!

Cynthia’s Overnight Oatmeal
1 cup oats (slow cooking oats of any kind)4 cups water
Place the two ingredients in your slow cooker and put on low for 8 hours and enjoy in the morning!  Try it alone or with your favorite fruit or nut topping.

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