I’ve been thinking about perspective a lot here lately. Heather’s family was all called in to the hospital this past weekend, for fear that her great-grandmother wouldn’t make it much longer. She’s been diagnosed with a medical condition that requires surgery, but the doctors fear that at her ripe old age of 95, she might not make it through it. The family has made the difficult decision to not do the surgery. Heather is obviously devastated, but during their visit last weekend, Big Mama said something to her that just made me think. “I’m ready to go see Big Daddy now. You be good,” she told her. While the family is dealing with the startling idea that she might not be here much longer, she’s rejoicing in the idea that soon she’ll be reunited with the love of her life. She’s lived a long, amazing life. In fact, until just over a year ago she still lived by herself and was completely independent. She’s ready and rather than fear death, she can see Big Daddy just over the hill waiting for her with his arms outstretched.
What a gift it would be if we each could change our perspective so easily. From one point of view today is just another day – a number in a long line of months and years. But tweak your perspective a touch and today can be seen as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something good, or great even. You will never ever get a second chance at today. Ever. I say it a lot, but it bears repeating here. You’ve got to squeeze all the goodness out of this day, so you need to put on your work clothes and get to going. Each day is a gift and not a single one of us is guaranteed tomorrow. Today, think of Heather’s Big Mama and change your perspective. It might change your whole life.
We’re about to close the book on this summer, but if you’re planning one last get-together this Labor Day weekend, I’ve got a great, easy side dish for you. This Greek Pasta Salad can actually be made with any bottle dressing or cheese. Feel free to swap out the veggies, too. It’s just a great basic recipe that you can adapt to make it your own. Y’all enjoy!!
Greek Pasta Salad
- 1 (16-ounce) package tricolor or garden rotini pasta
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 2 small summer squash, chopped
- 1 (2.25-ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
- 1 (4-ounce) package feta cheese crumbles
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 (14-ounce) bottle Greek vinaigrette dressing
- Cook the pasta according to the package instructions and drain well.
- Pour the pasta into a large bowl and add the other ingredients. Toss well and refrigerate until serving. If you're going to be serving this the next day, I would wait until a few hours before the meal to add the dressing. If it sits in the refrigerator for too long the pasta absorbs all of the dressing and the salad may become a little dry.
* If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. The values do not include optional ingredients or when ingredients are added to taste. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.