Gratitude in a hat

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

I began a gratitude habit several years ago. In fact I have always been an optomist and in a way grateful for everything going on around me. Life is a journey and I have learnt to be grateful for that journey.

The only thing I wasn't particularly grateful for as a child were school reports, fish and brussel sprouts.

School for me was a place to have fun, meet friends and generally enjoy myself. Unfortunately teachers thought it entailed something else called learning and that could only be done if you were quiet and studious, very hard for me, it still is.

I always wanted to understand how what I was being taught could be applied. Teachers did not always know how to explain that. As a result, I never really enjoyed learning. However, as I grew, I discovered self improvement books and things that interested me. I found that reading, and as the internet developed watching videos or listening to speakers was a fine way to learn about just about anything. So, I learnt to enjoy learning and being curious and improving my skills. So, I am grateful for those new teaching/learning methods.

Fish and brussel sprouts were the only two things I did not like eating, in fact just the smell of fish was known to have dramatic results that entialed runs for the bathroom. However, I have grown to be grateful for both of these, I love cooking and fish on the grill is a favourite. Next to this paragraph is a plate of shrimp and octopus I ate last year on my Camino and it was delcious, grateful I did not miss it.

Brussel sprouts less so, but in a casserole with plenty of apples, onions and bacon, or raw in a salad are fine ways to enjoy them. So, I am grateful for discovering that things that aren't good when you are young change and maybe with some additional ingredients can become wonderful.

As I finish up I think also of cabbage, when I was young, not so great, as I have grown, I love it in so many ways, red cabbage, cabbage soup, sauerkraut, it is endless.

Times change and with them we can be grateful we also change out attitude to things too.

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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for sharing some of your personal experience. 

When I was a kid, I did not like spinach!

Times change and with them we can be grateful we also change our attitude to things too.

Nov 05, 2019 09:02 AM #18
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Roy Kelley I think peas were my favourite vegetable growing up, thank goodness we change as you say.

Nov 05, 2019 11:24 AM #19
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Diana Dahlberg
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Enjoyed your post and can identify with some of the same foods ... that today are still not my favorites.  As we grow older we try more things and our attitude and gratitude become more refined.  Your story is a good example Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

Nov 05, 2019 05:54 PM #20
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Diana Dahlberg I am still not a big lover of brussel sprouts, but will try small amounts, whilst I do like them raw in a salad, and fried with bacon and onions, but plain, no thanks.

Nov 06, 2019 06:16 AM #21
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OH boy! Brussels sprouts was one that I hated too, Nick. In fact, I didn't grow to enjoy them until about 3-4 years ago. The funny thing, now I REALLY love them! Ray & I discovered them together and we have found that cooking them with lots of pepper, Balsamic vinegar and a little bacon...we can eat as a meal! LOL

Good to get to know a little more about you, Nick and thanks for participating in this month's challenge!

Nov 06, 2019 06:23 PM #22
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Love your entry.  In school, you wanted to have fun  and  I'm glad to hear that learning is now fun for you.

This is what learning should be about:

''I always wanted to understand how what I was being taught could be applied.''

Nov 07, 2019 07:32 AM #23
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As we grow older we often see things in a different light hence "The Change"

Wishing I had studied more as well but Thank Goodness my ability to learn is still in tact and I am more willing, plus You tube makes it easy.  

The foods-I find myself liking peas now but still not onions although I do like them fried or onion rings. 

Grateful for the small things and bigger fish will come your way.

Nov 07, 2019 08:01 AM #24
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Debe Maxwell, CRS that sunds good, will have to try that.

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland I just completed my continuing education and thoroughly enjoyed it and seeing what I can apply to my real estate life. Part of what I like about AR is the tips and things I learn every day

I am enjoying all the changes, I tend to embrace change and bigger fish will be welcome Rose Mary Justice 

Nov 07, 2019 09:07 AM #25
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Fun post and great attitude Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 . So have you tried Lutefisk yet? Minot ND is home to the largest Scandinavian festival in North America and Lutefisk is the big "thing" to eat at this festival. Most of us can't smell it or even the sight of it.

Nov 10, 2019 07:21 PM #26
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Carol Williams
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Hi Nick,
Your last sentence is so powerful if we consider it's absolute power:
Times change and with them we can be grateful we also change our attitude to things too.

Nov 29, 2019 10:26 AM #27
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Loved the title!  A positve attitude can even make brussel sprouts a good thing.

Nov 29, 2019 12:50 PM #28
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I was never fond of brussel sprouts but funny thing - I just made them for the first time ever - for a thanksgiving dinner we went to. I trimmed, cut each in half, mixed with olive oil, salt, pepper, pecans, and roasted for about a half hour. They were delicious (at least I thought so). I also used to hate beets because I thought those slimy things in a can were beets. Real beets are actually quite good!

Positive attitude really helps our lives become enjoyable.

Nov 30, 2019 06:20 AM #29
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A wonderful thing for which to be grateful - that our attitudes can change.

Nov 30, 2019 07:03 AM #30
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Bob "RealMan" Timm if that is the case for you, I think it would make me feel very queasy.

Carol Williams with age comes some wisdom.

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 they have grown on me and dare I say it I may even order tham without prompting, especially if any bacon is used in their preparation.

Kat Palmiotti that sounds like a wonderful way to prepare them, yes beets I like too.

Lottie Kendall yes it is, and gives hope for all of us that we might one day all be able to live in peace and see each other equally.

Nov 30, 2019 07:15 AM #31
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Happy to see this featured in Carol Williams Second chance series. Enjoyed reading the comments too. And yes, with age comes wisdom. D

Nov 30, 2019 08:09 AM #32
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD sometimes with age comes wisdom I think. Thank you for your compliment and appreciate you taking time to read it.

Nov 30, 2019 08:12 AM #33
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If I did not like something, my dad would always say, you just haven't had it done right yet.  It is mostly true.  I am still looking for someone that can cook calf liver right, but brussel sprouts I love!  I enjoyed your post, thank you.

Nov 30, 2019 12:20 PM #34
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Nick:

Being able to change your attitude, and perhaps opinion, is certainly something to be grateful for! Whether it's about food, a person, or something else!

I think that wanting to know why you are learning something is a reasonable thing to ponder, or to ask about.

Jeff

Nov 30, 2019 05:08 PM #35
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Good morning Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ,

I'm glad that Carol Williams featured your post in her Second Chance Saturday series because I missed it! Thank you for sharing I really enjoyed it as well as the comments.

Dec 01, 2019 04:57 AM #36
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Raymond Henson I love calves liver, growing up not so much, then learnt to eat it with bacon, like brussel sprouts anything tastes better with bacon, but the trick is not to overcook it and use lots of butter.

Jeff Dowler, CRS I thought so in school, not my teachers though, so that was a little tricky. Being able to cope with change and changing your attitude is always a good thing to cultivate.

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR thank you for reading it and for your comment. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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