One common form of resentment that I see in people my age is of expectation. People do things for others and then resent them for not returning that kindness. If you try to (over time, of course) take on a more selfless role, you will be able to slowly let go of those feelings. That pure selflessness will be both freeing and rewarding.
This principle leads me into my feelings about the second part of the verse, about being "firm as a high pillar and as pure as a deep pool free from mud." This encourages us to not let anything - praise, blame, insults, etc. - lead us into committing "unwise acts." I like this concept because it reminds me to remain selfless and loving, no matter what other people say. It helps me to stay on track in times of uncertainty and doubt.
My thoughts for this week are definitely easier said than done (and perhaps a little obscure), but they are good principles to try to adopt, even if takes time. I have in no way perfected any of these practices - I'm just starting out - but I feel like sharing these words and meanings will help others begin, like I am. It all starts by having the will to try!
Loving yourself is not just bubble baths and face masks. It's giving yourself the ability to feel ready to take on every day with a clear mind and an energized body. Do yourself a favor, and make healthy choices that will benefit you, not only now, but for the rest of your life.
I was born on July 10th, 1997, which means that yesterday, I turned 20! For the big day, my parents invited my friends and family over for a sushi party. We spent all afternoon preparing sushi, sashimi, and Asian-style chicken wings. It was our first time making sushi at home, and I thought the experience was so fun (not to mention, the sushi was delicious). I'm so thankful for times like these, when I get to make memories with the people I love. I am blessed!
I hope you all enjoy some of the photos from our day down below. We made our sushi and sashimi with variations of cucumbers, avocados, shrimp, salmon, scallions, and tuna. We also prepared Sriracha mayo, wasabi mayo, wasabi paste, ginger, and soy sauce to garnish with. I would give you all exact recipes, but honestly, we kind of winged it! :)