For years when were doing paycheck to paycheck (we still are but there's been some wiggle room) I would get in the habit of mapping out my driving time for gas savings, and in the last four or five really cutting back on the process foods and going more healthy.
I've been trying to do a garden by using what we had and even this year saving seeds from vegetables I got from the farmers market which this year I went overboard and had get another container.
A couple of years ago I bought a pressure canner to process my vegetables and meats and soups. Granted my canning results are organized in boxes but are all over the house.
I realized that we are in a processing stage spiritually as well. Things are changing as we get older and there things that may have worked 26 years ago but don't work now.
I look back at who I was about 6 years ago and I can't believe I felt like I did then. It was a process to get here and I'm still growing. Like the pressure canner there are things that have to pressurize in our lives before we can see through the steam and see clearly.
When we make judgements on people from other experiences we've gone through we limit not only the event but the people involved. Steam builds up and we can't see the hearts of the people.
Sometimes when I take the jars out of the pressure canner it's still boiling and and when you hear the seal pop then it's ready to be stored for several months.
When it's time to open the jar and pop the seal open is when you know what happened in the pressure time. If what you made stinks to high heavens you know that it was not processed properly. Maybe the produce was bad to begin with and how you put it together made it worse. Maybe it didn't seal properly and bacteria got in it or the jar and lid weren't cleaned like it should be.
The above statement can work with us as well. We deal with so much on a daily basis it's amazingly that we don't want to go bury ourselves in the sand and call it quits.
But it's how we process the events that makes the difference. Or what we putting into our day(jar) good and fresh? Is our jar clean with positive thoughts to hold the freshness of the day? Sometimes the things we say or the things we do along the day can damage the produce.
It may be that the things you go through today may not be used until weeks later. You want to make sure that it's sealed properly so when you need it it will be fresh to use.
My musing thoughts this morning.