“Remember to always be grateful for everyone in your life, not because you are afraid you will lose them one day, but because you are lucky enough to have them in your life now, and you don’t want a day to go by where you don’t realize how blessed you truly are.” -unknown
I saw this quote on Instagram the other day and it occurred to me just how much I worry about things not in my control. I worry about not accomplishing things, I worry about losing the people I love, I worry about the unexpected, I worry about …a lot. Let’s face it, I think it’s a pretty common feeling to be afraid of the unknown. As I’ve talked about before, the unknown is a scary place and rightfully so. I mean, it’s basically saying anything is possible and we just have to wait it out and see how it all goes. Sounds fun lacking control of certain aspects of your life right? In my opinion, the unknown could be best described as bearing horns, piercing eyes and a grimace.
More specifically, one of the things many of us find concern with is loss. Anytime something or someone is taken from our life it’s usually a devastating occurrence. It can even be quite traumatic in its own way so it’s no wonder we take it upon ourselves to worry about the things we don’t necessarily have any say over. It’s been imprinted in us to associate loss with sorrow.
Well, when I came across this quote it occurred to me just how much of my present moment is consumed by relentless worrying. I probably spend more hours than I’d like to admit practically pulling my hair out when in reality I haven’t really lost anything at all. In fact, everything and everyone that I need is in my life, right now, in this very moment. Yet, still, here I sit, afraid when this very moment passes it’ll all be gone. Subsequently we are just wasting this valuable time letting that horned beast sink its teeth into our moment of joy. We are allowing the “idea” of what could be destroy a moment when we should be happy, grateful, feeling love and being content for all the things we currently have both physically and emotionally. We are doing ourselves an injustice by letting our demons get the better of us.
I can’t say it’s easy nor am I not just as much at fault but I’m slowly learning to accept things as they are. I’m working on living more in the moment, taking in those around me and accepting this very second for all that it is. I’m challenging myself to believe in what life is able to offer me without expecting more and with the understanding that every moment is fleeting. Within each and every moment lies the opportunity to see that you are lucky, you are blessed, you have everything you need in life right now. The present shouldn’t be overtaken by worry of what’s to come but rather appreciated for all that it is and that is something to be grateful for.
Superfood Chocolate Nut Butter Cups
Makes: 12 mini cups/ Prep time: 5 minutes/ Total set time: 1 hr 30 minutes
- 1 c Enjoy Life chocolate chips (or sub other dairy and soy free alternative)
- 1/4 c coconut oil
- 1/2 c NuttZo Powerfuel 7 Nut and Seed Butter (or sub any nut butter of choice)
- 1 tbsp honey
- In a microwave-safe bowl melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil on high for one minute (or until no lumps remain) stirring halfway through.
- Place mini cupcake papers in the cavities of muffin pan. If you don’t have a mini muffin pan no worries a regular sized one will work fine this is to just prevent the cups from sliding around.
- Pour about 2 teaspoons worth of melted chocolate into each paper liner and place the pan in the fridge to set for 15 minutes.
- In a separate microwave-safe bowl combine the nut butter and honey and heat to soften slightly for 30 seconds.
- Once the chocolate has set, pour about 1 tablespoon worth of nut butter onto the center of each chocolate cup. Spread gently to smooth. Repeat for all 12 cups. Place the pan back in the fridge for another 15 minutes.
- Once they’ve set again, pour another 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate onto each cup and place back in the fridge to set for at least one hour.
- Enjoy immediately and/or store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer.