Imagine Going There Travel - August 2022


“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” –PROVERBS 17:22

We can learn two things from the wheat penny: First, find new ways to appreciate things commonly taken for granted.

Recently, I took a brilliant fall down the last half of the basement steps. Thankfully (miraculously!),

I didn’t break anything, but it did result a badly twisted, swollen knee for about a week. Obviously, it impacted my ability to move about, and I thought, “I’ll be really glad when I can walk without pain and exercise again. I’ve been taking that for granted!” Or when I’ve been sick with the flu and say to myself, “I’ll remember to enjoy feeling well when I get better!” Nothing like not having something to make you better appreciate it when you get it back. But don’t wait for something bad to happen — just imagine for a moment what it would be like to not be able to read, and then give an extra prayer of thanks for your eyes. Second thing: We’re often so busy trying to hide our imperfections that we don’t realize the value and uniqueness they bring to our lives. No one wants to be a moving train wreck, but as my middle daughter who was in modeling once said, “Perfection is really unattractive.” Case in point: Early in her career, model Lauren Hutton had difficulty hiding the gap in her front teeth and finally refused to try. Yet, she graced the cover of Vogue magazine 40 times, the most in the magazine’s history. Giving yourself permission to be human and pausing to learn from and appreciate the value of those mistakes adds dimension to your story and a dose of humility and relatability, too.

Hawaiian Ham and Provolone Sliders

Ingredients • 1 12-oz package

• 2 tbsp brown sugar • 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard • 2 tsp poppy seeds • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Hawaiian sweet rolls • 1/2 cup horseradish sauce • 3/4 lb deli ham, sliced • 6 slices provolone cheese • 1/2 cup butter, cubed • 2 tbsp onion, finely chopped

Directions 1. Arrange bottom halves of rolls in a greased 9x9-inch baking pan. Spread the cut side of roll bottoms with horseradish sauce. Layer with ham and cheese and replace tops. 2. In a small skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat, add onion, and cook and stir until tender (1–2 minutes.) Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour over rolls. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. 3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake, covered, for 25 minutes. Then remove foil and bake 5–10 minutes longer or until golden brown.

In fact, I bet you have some treasures hiding in your change drawer just waiting to be noticed!

—Carol Shaddix

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