Compromise: A Key Virtue in Getting Things Done

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Our society can be so hostile. Everybody seems to take sides; us against them, democrats against republicans, organic agriculture against conventional agriculture, Christians against atheists. Standing for an extreme is not a good way to solve problems because the world is not black and white. It creates more problems than it solves.

Great things really happen when people come together and compromise.

Organic agriculturists say conventional agriculture is evil because it causes erosion and produces nutritionally inferior crops. Conventional agriculturists say organic agriculturists are illogical because organic agriculture cannot sustain the large population we have today. The two sides debate. They have been debating for decades.

It is okay for people to disagree. But if truly great things are going to happen, we need to compromise in the face of that disagreement.

Our agricultural situation will only produce nutritionally superior crops without the costs of erosion and environmental damage, while maintaining its ability to feed such a large population, when the people who disagree with one another can work together.

Fortunately, compromise is happening in the world of agriculture. Most people haven’t heard of the movement because it doesn’t make an attention sucking news story, and the ones who do great things are often quietly working away. The movement is called conservative agriculture. It focuses on cutting down on synthetic fertilizers and replacing chemical pesticides with more natural means of controlling pests.

Those who see past the extremes, and instead aim for the ideal – maintaining healthier land and yielding the highest possible amounts of crops – must be willing to compromise. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet. It is a slow, hard process. That doesn’t matter to the good people though. What matters is building and keeping a beautiful world.

The issue with extremes is not just an agricultural issue. Extremism runs rampant. So many people only want that emotional rush. From politics to medicine to relationships, extremism turns people into religious zealots for whatever it is they idolize.

Extremism has its place in the world, but the good stuff really happens when we compromise.

Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal Recipe

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Oatmeal falls somewhere among my top ten favorite foods; maybe even top five. It is so diverse. It’s delicious plain, but it can also be tweaked with all kinds of different flavors. Today, I want to share one of my favorite oatmeal flavors for breakfasts during autumn: pumpkin cranberry.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup rolled oats (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of cloves
  • 1/4 cup cranberries (dried or cooked)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • Plant milk to desired consistency

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Stir all the ingredients together
  2. And enjoy!

Review of Dr. Greger’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Dr. Michael Greger, creator NutritionFacts.org and whole food plant based diet advocate, posted a whole food plant based pumpkin pie recipe on the NutritionFacts.org YouTube channel a few years ago. The recipe is very easy to make, and it only contains pumpkin, dates, tofu, and spices.

Last week, in the mood for fall, I followed Dr. Greger’s recipe. I made his pumpkin pie and shared it with my family. Here’s the consensus… Continue reading

DIY Hygge Kit or Gift Basket

My sister’s birthday is in September. What better time of year to start hygging? So I picked up a few small comfort items and built a wooden box to put them in.

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What is Hygge?

According to Wikipedia

Hygge (/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or /ˈhuːɡə/ HOO-gə) is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. As a cultural category with its sets of associated practices hygge has more or less the same meanings in Danish and Norwegian, but the notion is more central in Denmark than Norway.[1] The emphasis on hygge as a part of Danish culture is a recent phenomenon, dating to the late 20th century.

Hygge is fireplaces, warm blankets, wood grain, family, friends, quiet, peace, flickering candles, comfort, laughter, reading a book, watching a rain storm. Continue reading

Pudding Made from Beans?

If nutritional science is right, this pudding, while sweet and scrumptious, is super healthy. Dr Michael Greger suggests, with solid nutritional research to back him up, eating three servings of beans per day. This pudding makes getting those servings easy and delicious.

I eat this pudding almost every day for lunch. It is satisfying, only takes two minutes to make, and doesn’t cause that after lunch sleepy feeling like regular pudding does.

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