Tag: happiness

Bacon, Bacon, Where Is The Bacon?

picture of a slice of bacon
The Epicurean Delight

Ah, yes. Bacon. My five year old grandson’s favorite vegetable, the favorite garnish of salad lovers, the historic common man’s breakfast, and the most savory meat in history. That’s bacon.

Bacon is made from many meats, but I am talking about pork. Pig. Hog. Porcine. Forget that turkey bacon stuff. It’s for wusses. Sometimes you will see vegetarian  bacon on the shelf at the store. Forget it. Veggie-bacon is a sin against nature and our self-awareness. Once you go over to the dark side of vegetarianism, you have lost your humanity and zest for life.

Bacon defines our internal drive for life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Bacon may be forbidden in Jewish and Biblical laws, but there is no hiding the fact that everybody loves bacon as part of their morning meal, breaking their night-long fast with a food that is  zesty, tasty, and full-of-energy.

So, what in the world brings me to write about bacon? I was born into a poor family with a seemingly unlimited number of siblings with whom to share meals. The bacon at home was of the paper-thin sliced variety. This was an economic necessity, and we all viewed bacon as a tasty treat.  Mom’s biscuits, eggs, and homemade preserves made up the bulk of our morning meal. That was the traditional Southern Breakfast. But, we were left wanting with the life-long rationing of bacon at the breakfast table by an economizing mother.

If you were lucky enough to live in the country, you could get homemade, farm cured, smokehouse country bacon. Oh, my! What a treat! You almost had to know somebody to get that kind of bacon.

Cheer up, friends. The Internet has come to our rescue. One of my favorite blogs to read everyday is Instapundit. A University of Tennessee law professor, Glenn Reynolds writes this blog, which is a daily collection of links to interesting articles and blogs on the internet. I will be forever appreciative of Professor Reynolds for the mention and link to one of the best sources of country bacon and ham in the Volunteer State, Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams in Madisonville, Tennessee.

butcher's diagram of a pig
Pig Bacon Is The Best

Being a native Tennessean, and lover of bacon, I could not help but place an online order for a sample of country ham, and four pounds of possibly the best country bacon in the world. WOW!

The country ham, served with biscuits and red-eye gravy, makes some of the best eating in the world.

The country bacon is so good it will make you slap-your-pappy, plow the back-forty, and kiss your neighbor’s hound dog. It’s that good.

I am not employed by the Benton folks, nor do I expect any remuneration for my reference. It is from the goodness of my heart, and the certain knowledge that additional business to the store will increase the product availability that I do this good deed.

Maybe I’ll get some of that karma stuff, or maybe some free bacon for my unabashed praise.

 

What World Do You Live In?

Picture of a duck in the water.
Duck picture from Wikipedia

“She is like a duck. She gets up in a new world, everyday.”

This is what my Dad said about one of my cousins. My Dad was right. My cousin never lets the bad things in life get her down, and is always in a good mood. It is like she shakes off her worries every night, and gets up the next morning  with a whole new attitude.

There are people who spend their days worrying about the basics of life, and we need to recognize this and help them.

There are also people who spend their days worrying about all the little things that can affect them. These people can avoid a lot of their worry.

I think most of us are caught in between, having times of depression and worry, interspersed with times of security and happiness. Maybe that is a good definition of happiness, not worrying about things.

Having spent a career as a salesman, I know that one’s fundamental attitude about life will determine whether you are happy and successful. Life is all about attitude, and you can choose how you see things. Sometimes, we encounter defeats and losses, but your attitude determines how you are ultimately affected.

Life is also about perception, how we perceive ourselves, and how others perceive us. If we encounter life each day with a positive attitude and a willingness to work our problems, others will perceive us as happy, successful people. Success breeds success, and you will find yourself going from one successful encounter to the next, all because you started the day with a good, positive attitude.

What can you do to get yourself into that positive attitude each day? There are many ways to do this.

You can think positive thoughts. That’s a good start.

Dale Carnegie classes have an exercise that will get you going. Just repeat the words, “Act enthusiastic and you’ll be enthusiastic…” while performing vigorous exercise, and you can achieve two things. Your pulse rate is physically quickened, and because your blood is flowing a little faster, your mental processes are kicking into a higher gear. Try it.

Another piece of wisdom from Dale Carnegie, and countless others, is to pray. Ask God each day to shoulder your worries, and give you the confidence to fight and win the countless little battles you will encounter. By the time you run into a big problem, you will be way ahead of the game. Prayer can work miracles.

Dale Carnegie was a tremendously successful person, and his career was spent making others understand how to be happy and successful. This was due in no small part to Carnegie’s Christianity. Therein lay the source of his success.

I choose to live in a world figuratively full of sunshine and happiness. I love each day, and enjoy the blessings that inevitably come my way. I pray that I am not a worry to others, for healing the sick, and  I pray for competency in our political leaders. Yep! Since they are in office it would be nice if they did the right thing, occasionally. God has a lot more influence in those cases than I.

What kind of world are you living in? I believe most people are happy most of the time. Maybe that is because I don’t like to hang around people who gripe and complain about their situation.

Life is too short to spend your days worrying about things you cannot control. That’s God’s job.