Thursday 18 February 2010

Finding Joy in the Journey . . .

Life, believe, is not a dream
So dark, as sages say.
Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day.
~Charlotte Bronte, "Life," 1846

I am sure you have often heard the phrase said that, "If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all!" If you are like me, you have probably even said it on occasion! Sometimes life really does seem like that. It moves along like the ocean beating it's waves against the shore, with ebbs and flows . . . sometimes the waves crashing in tumultuously . . . and at others, gently lapping against the edge of the sand.

It's a lot like climbing up Mount Everest, only to be knocked down to the bottom again, after reaching the top . . . and then having to climb up it all over again. This can be discouraging . . . the monotonous pattern of taking three steps forward and two steps back . . .

I guess though . . . it's all in how you look at it. If you make the destination the whole journey, then . . . of course . . . we will always sadly be lacking. If, however, you make the fun in the climbing, well then . . . you've given the journey a whole new outlook.

It doesn't really matter then if we reach the top of the mountain or not . . . or even if we fall back down again once we get there . . . it only matters that we keep trying and that we enjoy ourselves along the way.

For every mountain we climb . . . there is always another one, just waiting for us to conquer it too. We must always remember to stop and smell the flowers, and to enjoy the sunshine on our faces along the way. That is the way to find joy in the journey . . .

I finally finished my painting yesterday. I think she turned out really sweet. Todd just loved it at any rate. I fell in love with the quote. I saw it on Julie's page the other day, and it struck a chord with me. Of course, as always, you can see the whole painting over HERE. Let me know what you think!

I made us a delicious and simple soup for our dinner yesterday. I love this soup. It uses the simplest of ingredients, and yet always tastes just wonderful. Just goes to show you that food doesn't have to be complicated to taste really good!!

*A Simple Soup of Onions*
Serves 3 to 4
Printable Recipe

This very simple, yet very tasty soup is one that I make often in the winter months. It's quick, easy, delicious and I always have the ingredients on hand. Don't let the simplicity of it fool you into thinking that it can't be very good. This soup is a real winner.

1 1/2 cups chopped, or sliced, onions (peel first)
2 cups boiling salted water
2 cups whole milk
2 TBS butter
1 cup grated strong cheddar cheese
salt and black pepper to taste
4 slices of buttered toast

Put the onions in a saucepan and cover with the boiling water. Bring back to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until the onions are very tender.

Once the onions are tender, add the milk and simmer the mixture for at least another ten minutes, without boiling. Add the butter and freshly ground black pepper to taste. You probably won't need more salt, but taste just to make sure and adjust as necessary.

Put a slice of buttered toast in each of four heated soup bowls. Heap grated cheese on top of the toast and then ladle the hot soup over top. Serve hot.

Over on The English Kitchen today, a delicious Grilled Steak with Bearnaise Butter.


  1. love your post - very well said :)
    i also enjoy french onion soup its very comfy, filling food! thankyou for reminding me about it - i might just go make some :)

  2. The journey is the reward... I so agree! It's the journey, not the destination. :o) Your illustration is wonderful, Marie--I love all the purple too! Scrumptious comfy food today... It's snowing again here, so much comfort food this week--LOL! So great to chat with you yesterday--always such a treat. Happy Day, dear friend--LOVE YOU HEAPS ((HUGS))

  3. Lovely post Marie...really puts it in perspective. I'm going to try and relax and enjoy the journey today. So often I just fous on the end result and forget to enjoy the little day-to-day moments.

    Your painting is very pretty. I love her purple dress! Three cheers for being just who God made us to be. :)

  4. You really inspired me today. I just read a Bronte book and I love the quote.
    Thanks for putting things in perspective.

  5. Well put, Marie. Love the perspective.

  6. The soup sounds so wonderful. I love onions just about any way you can fix 'em up!

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  8. In response to your comment on my Daybook...

    I am behind too on my reading and comments...I'll be back later today!

    Bathroom photos are coming soon. I just have to have Jim put up the towel bars and Steve needs to finish one part of the window framing. I LOVE it is beyond the ugly stage now. The linen closet won't be quite done but I am willing to share photos...probably this weekend or next week at the latest.

    Marie, you should be a great decorator...just take that art talent and apply it in 3-D. I bet you can and just don't know it yet.
    :-) XOXO

  9. It's true, sometimes I feel like I have taken 2 steps forward and 6 back! But we must find joy in the journey and I think I find it by giving and doing for others. Thanks for the point to my blog, very kind of you. Your recipes look delicious as always...come say hi :D

  10. Beautiful Marie! I love your thoughts on life. It is so great to have that perspective.

    Love you my friend! Your soup looks scrumptious!


  11. Oh my Marie - I've just visited your 'Blossom' page for the first time and I'm blown away. I love your creativity be it in the home, the studio or the kitchen, it's a wonderful testament to positive living.

  12. I love reading your blog. I just wanted to say hi, and that I miss you! I am going to start frequenting the blogs I have missed so much in the past...oh say 9 months of absence from the world if internet blogging. But yours is at the top of the list. :) Love you!

  13. Lovely post Marie - I am sure you are my blogging fairy godmother sometimes! These are always so timely for me when I am worrying or moaning about something! Love Kitty x


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