I had oatmeal for breakfast. No, not ordinary oatmeal that looks at you and says, “Is that the best you can do?” Oh no. The box says a half-cup is one serving. I’m a growing boy, so I made it healthy, spilling over the edges, half-cup. I added a handful of goji berries, sprinkled in some dried tart cherries, and a handful of frozen cranberries. I added two cups of water, put the pot on with cover and turned the stove on to medium heat. I had time to floss, brush, and shave. I wasn’t wasting a minute. When I checked out my oatmeal it was starting to bubble to the beat of the music I had playing in the background (I’m in south Texas so it had a Tejano beat). I took the top off and began to stir my oatmeal. I didn’t want it to burn. I like my oatmeal thick, so I cooked it down. When the oatmeal reached the perfect consistency (thick enough to be used for cementing bricks), I took it off the burner and let it sit while I showered. When I finished showering and dressing I was ready for breakfast. My coffee was waiting for. I took a cup of strawberry yogurt and a cup of blueberries out of the fridge. wI added cinnamon to the top of my oatmeal. It was a great meal. I’m fired up and feel like dancing through the day. I think it was the goji berries that brought about this great mood.

Ray Calabrese

By Ray Calabrese

I am an optimistic, can do, and never quit guy. The spirit of hope indelibly marks my DNA. My research at The Ohio State University helped people discover the best in themselves and change their personal lives, public organizations, and whole communities. I bring the same spirit and enthusiasm to my blog to help those who grieve who find themselves suddenly alone, navigate their grieving. Join my more than 24,300Twitter (@alwaysgoodstuff). I promise my tweets are always good stuff. Please feel free to email me at ray.brese@gmail.com.

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