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Putting life in perspective

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I had a wonderful day. It started with a visit to the dentist with the diagnosis that my dry socket was healing and I have been relatively pain free today. This afternoon I got to teach yoga at the Montessori school to 3-5 year olds and 6-9 year olds. Tonight I got to teach laughter yoga to a group at a church, having been invited by the mother of a former student. Then i came home to a delicious dinner with a lovely bottle of wine as a thank-you from Andrew, DD's friend who is staying with us as he starts his first professional job and looks for his own place. Wow, what a glorious and fulfilling day, filled with love, joy and children.
Then I logged into Spark to complete my nutrition tracker and check on posts where I read that one of our members had lost her husband of over 40 years in a car accident. In the midst of her grief, she choose to post on Spark. One of our team (DWD) leaders saw the post and directed me to response by another member that was very moving about what we mean to each other on this site. I don't believe in virtual friends anymore, I believe in friends of the heart and soul.

  
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 5/1/2013 11:14AM

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Confirms what I believe!

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JCORYCMA 11/21/2010 10:28PM

    Such a true statement and I love it - friends of the heart and soul! Thank you for sharing that with us!

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HELENSMALL 11/20/2010 10:17PM

    Hi, loved your comments today and was so sorry to hear about someone's terrible loss. I was intrigued by you talking about laughter yoga.... that sounds like fun. I live in the UK so dont know how to find out much about courses near me, I live near Birmingham in the centre of the UK. Thanks for your encouraging words. Helen

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SUNNY332 11/17/2010 8:55AM

    Awe, so sorry about your friend loosing her husband. I agree 100% that this does put all of life into perspective.

I also agree about that our friends here are friends of the heart & soul. I worry when I don't see someone post for a while.

Take care and thanks for a great post today.

Sunny



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Surprising Happiness

Monday, November 15, 2010

I never thought at this stage in my life (65) that I would be finding new, wonderful close friends, especially friends my DD's age. Instead I have been blessed by my DD's friends from law school. She finally found those people who will be your friends no matter how often you see them. She introduced them to us and last year, she and her housemates cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the house and all the parents that could get there. This year, the same cream minus one set of parents who can't make it, have been invited to Fakesgiving this Friday. The menu has been divided up, everyone now lives with 4 hours or closer, especially Andrew.
Andrew was the first friend DD made in law school. He is from Florida and just got a job in our town. He arrived today and is staying with us until he can find a place of his own. We don't care how long that takes. He is a dear and it is wonderful to have his energy in the house.
Thanksgiving is going to be a celebration of the joys of friendship, whenever it surprises you.

  
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SUNNY332 11/16/2010 8:12AM

    I just ran across your page today while looking for something else. Serendipitous? I would like to think so. I just retired at age 64 and feel like I am entering the best time of my life. Because of Spark and people like you, I am doing things I only dreamed of doing before. Nice to meet you and nice to see we have a mutual friend - Barb.

Best wishes on your Spark Journey.

Hugs, Sunny


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ONEKIDSMOM 11/15/2010 7:26PM

    Fakesgiving? Have a great time... sounds like a wonderful bunch!

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ROLLINAT 11/15/2010 5:59PM

    That's lovely to read. I don't think our capacity to make, or need, new friends diminishes but perhaps our opportunities do. I have loved meeting new people since moving here, and having friends who aren't at the same life stage as me has been particularly refreshing.

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Holidays on the way!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I saw my first Christmas commercial today and I realize that Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away, then the left-overs and the holiday parties. We just finished planning with DS about spending Christmas with he and his family in D.C. It turns out we will do Christmas eve with his in-laws and Christmas day at his home. I know i will want to cook some traditional foods and that my son's MIL loves to create simple but lavish dinners. I also know there will be lots of wine, champagne and port. So, I know. That means I can plan. I can be polite and take what my mother used to call "no thank you" helpings. I don't want to draw attention to my choices and that is the issue that worries me the most. I know it is ego centric to think others are noticing what you eat, but since it is known that I make an effort to keep my weight in check, I think there might be some pressure. I just need to remember to form my mouth in a circle and my tongue against the roof of my mouth and expel air to say "no" thank you.

  
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SCHARFRED 11/15/2010 1:14PM

    I dread every holiday with the food/weight thing. I am not doing that this year. We are not cooking @ home for either holiday, so that's a plus. Eating with other people, most of whom I don't know very well will keep me from pigging out. I will take my kool aid and splenda to drink. And I will enjoy whatever is served in small portions. But I refuse to worry about my weight during the holiday seasons. It's suppose to be enjoyable and for once I'm going to enjoy it! If they get the best of me, it's not like it hasn't happened before. No depression, no anxiety, no beat ups, I'll pick my self up, dust off, and get back on track. My #1 goal is to LEARN HOW TO ENJOY LIFE. I am a work in progress
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FLAMENM 11/14/2010 7:57PM

    I find that my best defense is a strong offense. So I make sure to get in some extra workouts during the holidays so that I can have a taste of all the wonderful foods people have made. But a taste is only a taste. That, and nursing a potion for ever! I savor every bite.

I'm sure you will have a very gracious no.

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Remember, it's just a game

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Our children both attended one of our state universities for law school and I earned my library certification at the same school. Somehow without meaning to, DH and I have become enthusiastic fans of the football team. In fact we manage our Sat. schedule by game time. Sad, but true. It's great when your team is winning and awful when they lose... which they did today. I need to remind myself it is just a game and I can still have a happy day. I need to remember we are going to see a comedy at the community playhouse tonight. I still wish they had won.

  
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SCHARFRED 11/14/2010 5:32PM

    I was never a football fan until I moved to Oregon, to live with my daughter and her husband. I AM A FAN NOW. QUACK! OUACK! I LOVE OUR DUCKS! I have enjoyed every game, especially now that I'm learning the game. My son-in-law explains every flag to me. It's great to be 10-0.

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LADYIRISH317 11/14/2010 12:28PM

    I hear ya -- I'm a football fan myself.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 11/13/2010 6:24PM

    My team lost too. Need to check on my others. Have to be careful because DH and I went to rival schools!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/13/2010 5:22PM

    I hear you... coming from where the University's football stadium becomes the third largest city in the state every home game. emoticon Hang in there... I know it's sacrilege around here, but it's not the end of the world.

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VXWALL1942 11/13/2010 5:20PM

    So whine a little now and laugh later. Sounds like a plan!

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Finding your heart's desire

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

When I retired from teaching at risk teenagers 2 1/2 years ago, I figured I has used up my allotment of being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. I loved teaching, I loved helping kids believe in themselves and sometimes i would be astonished to realize I also got paid to fulfill my heart's desire. I would tell every student that I hope at least at one time in their lives that they would have the chance they were giving me to do what I loved and thrived on. (I know some of you are wondering why I retired. New administration, school changed and I felt blocked at every turn ... and I had enough years to get the early retirement package.)
Shortly before I left teaching, I started attending yoga classes. It was the first physical activity I had ever really enjoyed; it was not competitive, it made me feel good and graceful. After retirement, I decided to train as a yoga instructor... mostly to improve my own practice. Now 2 years later I find myself back in that same place... of being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. Today was a classic example. This AM I took a class from a truly gifted teacher, this afternoon, I taught a class of 8 year old girls and tonight I taught a class of six mentally challenged adult women. I am fulfilled. I am lucky, I am blessed.

  
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MRS_TOAD 11/17/2010 10:55AM

    Isn't it wonderful when life takes turns and twists and puts you right where you belong! You certainly have a passion to teach and what a difference you are making in the world.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 11/12/2010 3:31PM

    Isn't wonderful when one's work is not a 'job' but a PASSION? I know exactly how your feel, and that is why and how I do what I do. Now...my 'moonlighting' is entirely something different. It is a 'job' but sometimes it takes a 'job' so that one can fulfill his/her PASSION!
HUGS
Pam

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JONESISHERE 11/10/2010 9:26PM

    That's wonderful. I've been thinking about trying yoga to improve my flexibility. Maybe I'll give it a try!

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