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12/31/12 7:03 P

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My gratitude to 2012
Goodbye to breast cancer and my dear friend, Ripley.
Hello to the love of my friends and family, especially my husband, partner, friend, Scott.
I'm way less angry and way more grateful and I owe a piece of that to each of you Spark Friends.

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
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Thank you ...

- for all of my blessings big and small and my ability to recognize them
- for looking forward to going to see a movie with my son and his friend tonight
- for getting through a day at the office today
- for my new flashing LED light arm bands for running in the dark
- for not being sad at the marking of another year gone by, but looking forward to another one
- for my mom who went and picked up a cabinet I wanted on sale, while I had to go to work
- for Daisey, my best friend's new puppy
-for having 3 pairs of glasses tucked about, where they're handy
- for discovering my trail racing shoes make excellent winter running shoes
- for exploring and finding more little goodies and videos on Sparkpeople that help to motivate me
- for being strong and healthy, as are my loved ones
- for the good and kind and loving people in my life
- for all the wonderful things continuing to come my way in 2013

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"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
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On this last day of 2012, it would simply not be right if I didn't end my year right here. I have so much to be grateful for, but I'll try to limit it so I don't take up too much of anybody's time!

I am grateful for:

-The many wonderful things that happened to me in the year 2012, far too numerous to list here, let's just say it has been a great year in many ways
-The absolutely beautiful snow fall that is coming down today, the kind that makes my back yard a winter wonderland (Gina, did you send it a bit south?)
-Friends, friends, friends; I cannot say that word enough. I am eternally blessed with wonderful friends, new and old
-Three wonderful, funny, healthy, loving, amazing kitties that enrich my daily life in more ways than I could ever express
-That December 21, 2012 came and went and the world still seems to be here
-My job and the wonderful company I work for. It is one of my biggest blessings because not only do I love what I do, but the founder of my company, and the guiding principles this company operates under, inspire me each and every day that I walk in these doors. I have to have a job to pay my bills, but this one makes it seems not so much like a job!!
-The incredible staff at our health facility downstairs, all of the programs they have already put into place for 2013 and the way they always perform their jobs with excellence, helping me stay healthy and having fun while I do it
-Always, always, always, my health and the many ways that I can work my body to try and stay healthy, as I see so many around me with disabilities making it difficult or impossible for them to do so
-Last, but certainly not least, my beautiful partner, whose heart, soul, attitude and spirit touch a sense of amazement in me on a regular basis; if I had to cope with the chronic symptoms and pain of MS that she deals with on a daily basis, I could only HOPE to be half as incredible

May each of you who share in this wonderful practice be blessed with a wonderful 2013. I bow in gratitude to each of you for all that you share, as it enriches my own life in ways you will never know.

Happy New Year!!

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12/31/12 10:45 A

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Grateful for
-all the blessings of 2012
-looking forward to a new year and all the many blessings of this wonderful life.

"Do you have the courage to be who you truly are? " -Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


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12/31/12 8:29 A

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Today I'm grateful for...

2012!
All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.

Happy New Year!
Here's to good health and happiness in 2013!
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This Monday morning, I give thanks for ....

~ leftover homemade soup on a cold day
~ no reason at all ... just because
~ this time of self-reflection
~ meeting with my supervisor this morning ... I love our time together
~ Maha's safe arrival and good times almost immediately
~ 2012 has been a momentous year ... I met the love of my life
~ all is well

Shine,
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12/31/12 12:44 A

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Grateful today
* For acknowledging my stage of grief...and knowing it will pass...
* For the Moscow Ballet's lovely production of the Nutcracker, and the honor of working at their last performance of this year's US tour.
* For date night dinner out
* For another mass with hubby at my side
* For seeing the star filled sky and glistening lights of the city below as we left the church
* For new friendships...started by mushroom talk at Whole Foods
* For central heat - it is COLD when it's 45 with wind chill bringing it to 34, and it's only 54 inside! (Yes, California does have winter!)

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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12/30/12 4:42 P

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Today I am grateful for:
~ moments of peace & quiet while everyone else is out and about
~ the crews eventual return filling of the house with commotion
~ experiments
~ daughter hosting NYE party, taking responsibility for getting house ready
~ sleep
~ more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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12/30/12 10:37 A

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Lovely day to all! Today I am very grateful. Here are a few of the reasons:

~ R and I chose to do our outdoor hike in the snow yesterday in the sunny, calm day -- today it is cloudy and windy, not predicted, but there it is!
~ Gorgeous hazy moon and glorious multicolored sunrise at the same time (see my blog post for pictures if interested).
~ Rs kindness and compassion.
~ Weekend morning ritual with R -- reading, discussing events, making coffee and breakfast for each other...making plans for the day...
~ Calm, restful morning.
~ Staying in touch with my siblings...despite our geographical distance.
~ Seed catalogs that arrived the day after Christmas turning our thoughts to the Spring planting!
~ Calming presence of kitties on our laps and in our hearts!
~ Music filling our home...

Blessings and joy to all!

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I am Thankful -

-for finally picking up a book on my night table, lent to me by a friend, about small business ...which I was avoiding reading, but having read one chapter, I am feeling re-enthused and excited
- for an exccellent run this morning and the calming effect that routine has on me
- Sunshine! Sunshine! Sunshine!
- a whole bunch of new underwear...sorry if thats "too much information", but I love getting new socks and underwear!
- friends arriving home safely after 2 day drive in stormy weather
- looking forward to moving Jones to winter training facility on Jan 1
- quiet strength coming to me

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
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12/30/12 8:00 A

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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
My gratitude practice.
The willingness to review my health goals.
The willingness to make lifestyle changes.
Choices.
A healthy appetite.
The telephone number of a handyman.
The willingness to let go of procrastination and start taking a just do it attitude.
Family and friends.
An early morning walking date with DH.
Feeling loved.


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This Sunday morning, I give thanks for ....
~ a relaxing day yesterday
~ loving what is
~ wondering if I should go back to sleep
~ dishwasher, washer, dryier
~ hot water, electric lights, stove , refrigerator
~ a beautiful day yesterday
~ problem solving - how to create more storage space in my small apartment
~ all is well

Shine,
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12/30/12 12:35 A

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Grateful tonight, for
* An aha moment in bed this morning...changed my whole perspective on the day.
* My sister, who knows I need a break and is picking up "the advocacy battle" where I left off...
* Les Miserables. Not just the story of values: love, forgiveness, faith, social justice, mercy but also the music. Ah. PBS special tonight celebrating the 25th anniversary AND we're going to see the movie on Monday!
* Les Mis and the cleansing tears that flow every time I see it or even hear the music. (Can I really sit through the movie without sobbing? My hubby is putting money on it!)
* My name was drawn for a free lunch at a GREAT restaurant!
* Hubby willing to go to church once again tomorrow....

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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This Saturday afternoon, I give thanks for ...

~ a new winter coat ... I lost my favorite coat at O'Hare
~ snow boots for a trip north over MLK weekend
~ relaxing time with my partner this morning
~ anticipating dinner with a friend tomorrow night
~ thinking about inviting friends for New Years Day brunch
~ haircut this afternoon ... thankfully it will grow out quickly
~ loving what is

Shine,
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12/29/12 12:08 P

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Thankful for a full moon last night on my birthday!
Thankful that Maha is on her way south.
Thankful for the first day of my new year.
Blessing to each of you.
Rachel

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
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12/29/12 11:14 A

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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
Pushing myself to take an early morning walk.
The desire to make healthy choices.
Choices.
A healthy appetite.
The gift of today and not taking it for granted.

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Happy Saturday everyone! Today I am especially grateful for:

~ Wonderful full moon and waking at the right time to watch it for a few hours before the sunrise.
~ Fun day of shopping and eating out with R yesterday.
~ Dinner and a movie date at home -- we watched Hugo (highly recommended).
~ Time to reflect and cleanse in preparation for 2013.
~ A blessed life.
~ Friends and family who love and care for me.
~ The gift of empathy.
~ Music to soothe and rejuvenate me!

Blessings and joy to all!

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12/29/12 8:03 A

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Grateful for
-the fifth day of Christmas
-a beautiful sunrise this morning with a big full moon shining through the pines
-family ties
-furnaces against this north Florida cold, 34 yesterday morning!
-as well as the gas fireplace
-winning a video program from my favorite meditation music composer:Source Vibrations
-playing with my new jewelry making tools
-continuing to upgrade my skills
-recipients' delight at the homemade gifts they were given
-granddaughters' gift to me of a bracelet that she made
-all the many blessings of this life.


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So incredibly grateful tonight,
* For several days of extended family time... taking it all in and feeling so blessed that, although as dysfunctional as others, we get along, can share and laugh on holidays without drama (or at least too much of it!) and the kids are all healthy, intellegent and beautiful!
* For bittersweet moments spent with my mom
* For another session of goodbyes and letting goes
* Long (with flight delays) but safe travel home
* Cancellation of New Year's Eve party to allow more introspective time...
* All of you here, the touchstone of good things, the grounding place in cyberspace...

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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12/28/12 7:17 P

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Today I am grateful for:
~ leftovers
~ daughters who regularly donate blood
~ game night with good friends tonight
~ my washing machine
~ movement
~ more blessings than I could ever list
namaste, sherrie

p.s. glad Sandra was able to help Maha with her departure snafus and that she's finally off on her journey

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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This Friday, I am thankful for ...

~ waiting out weather and mechanical difficulties with Maha for 2 days
~ putting Maha on a plane this morning to Ecuador - third time is a charm
~ developing new Christmas traditions with our newly blended family
~ thorougly enjoying friends and family near and far over Christmas weekend
~ getting two snow days to relax after Christmas before going back to work
~ skyping with my daughter twice over Christmas
~ spending lots of time with my honey over the holiday
~ getting back to this community, which brings to mind all you mean to me.

Shine,
Sandra

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On the last Friday of 2012, I am soo grateful for all of the awakenings that I have experienced with sparkpeople this year. Especially with this spectacular community of friends that have opened their hearts and their lives to me in such a gracious way. I am humbled in your presence and am truly grateful that I was able to not only awaken to all of the beauty in my life but to all of the beauty in yours. Thank you all for sharing with me in this enlightening experience. My soul is incredibly blessed by all of you. Have a blessed new year full of immeasurable gifts that this amazing community can be thankful for...I am grateful to be a part of this team.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12/28/12 3:14 A

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Tonight I am deeply grateful for:
~ a full house of happy people + a very satisfied pup
~ games and puzzles
~ giving homemade certificate for a donation to the charity of recipients' choice illiciting interesting conversations
~ appointment to give blood with my girls, followed by lunch & plan for mani/pedi
~ hubby making progress figuring out our new sound system
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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I am grateful

- for sparkling fresh white snow
- for Christmas card from my aunt with her beautiful water color and news of the family
- for my epiphany while I was running this morning
- my book which I am totally sucked into
- using the new slicer/shredder attachment for my stand mixer successfully
- anticipation of friends coming tomorrow
- crockpot to make veggie chili
- understanding and helping customer service
- for an incredible gathering on the 25th
- for love and kindness
- becoming once again true to myself

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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Today, I am grateful for:

-Continued work on finding the balance between words and actions
-No serious injury to my partner when falling in our garage on Christmas Day headed to our friends' house
-My heartfelt search on what I really want to focus on in 2013
-An excellent full body strength training workout at lunch yesterday, followed by an hour on the elliptical today; my goal was Sun/Wed/Thurs/Friday/Saturday this week because I took Monday and Tuesday off (not entirely by my own choice)
-Turning Point and other non-profits that are doing such great work
-My commitment to myself to continue solid work on living a healthy lifestyle in many different areas

Hope everybody is enjoying the holidays!

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On this peaceful evening I am thankful for many blessings...

~family arrived safely and helped put up the tree and shovel snow
~lovely Christmas Eve and Day together and they are all here for extended visits 4 days to two weeks
~interesting family conversations
~DD making kolaches with me today (her idea) they taste just like my Mom used to make
~Christmas and Christ in my life

Wishing happiness and blessings to each of you on this grateful, sparkling team!

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Grateful my family made it home safe.
Grateful for wonderful friends.
Grateful for my extraordinary life.

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Grateful for a beautiful Christmas day yesterday, and the second day of Christmas today,
and all the many blessings of this life.

"Do you have the courage to be who you truly are? " -Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


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Merry Christmas Everyone!

So grateful for:
~ Peaceful and comfortable home life and family
~ Work that I love (and a vacation from it)
~ My body and the ability to move
~ My brain and the ability to think
~ My heart and the ability to feel
Namaste,
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Grateful this Christmas morning for the birth of Jesus Christ.

"Do you have the courage to be who you truly are? " -Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


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Early morning gratitude
all my children are with me
I am so blessed by
the abudance of it all.

peace to each of you and safe travels to Maha.
Rachel

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
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Grateful

- Amen to Gina's "...just being"
- enough ingredients on hand and time enough to re-do a batch of lemon squares
- sharing them with a kind neighbour
- holiday cocktails adorned with cranberry and oranges
-home made hummus
- reading in bed
- friends dropping in for coffee

~S

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-Sogyal Rinpoche
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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
Your beautiful posts.
My gratitude practice.
Friends and family.
Choices.
Love.

Wishing you all a happy healthy holiday and new year.


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Today I am deeply grateful for:
~ this wonderful community and all that is shared here
~ memories of meeting Maha in 3D form 1 year ago (and a few days) hope for future meetings
~ knowledge that 3D meetings with anyone in this community will be fantastic because of our shared perspective on gratitude and all the other things we've shared over time
~hope that I get to meet more of you in the future
~ feeling content and calm in the midst of an overwhelming list, keeping perspective on what's most important
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

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Gratitudes today for:

~ The lovely notes from Steph and Maha below -- my first SparkFriends who continue to be my teachers and friends!
~ The solitude and joy of my home.
~ Kitty sisters who comfort me and bring peace and love to our home.
~ The scent of cinnamon candles (pine is nice, too!).
~ Sunshine streaming in my living room window and onto kitty Gracie who is basking with eyes closed in the glow.
~ Just being...
~ Friends who will fill our house with joy and laughter this evening as we share our home and food for a celebration of friendship!
~ Gentle holiday tunes filling my home!

Blessings and joy to all!

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friends coming tomorrow

successful Christmas program at our church last night - working to leave the details to others, still had a lot of "details" and mega steps on my new fitbit!

coffee with cinnamon

finding Philly cream cheese in my little town, powdered sugar and fresh cherries to make Christmas danishes - good finds!

I have three Christmas prayers. Would you think of me tomorrow and say a little wishful word for my nonselfish requests. Sweet holidays to all. I'll be away for a bit with retreats out on our island. Back soon!

"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." {Kahlil}
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There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.
-- John Muir

Good morning,

As I offer this thanks for the last time prior to my journey, I am deeply grateful for the harmonious whole, in the midst of the seeming relative fragments~~

~ today is a new day...rife with promise and possibilities

~ this perfectly imperfect country that allows a life full of potential...I'm so aware of this as I prepare to immerse myself in a developing country that variably tries to offer the best to its citizens

~ a clearer perspective this morning

~ the love and support of friends

~ 3-D friends Stephanie and her amazing partner and Sherrie below her (as well as her wonderful family, including Lula with her boundless energy); another meet-up with Stephanie and B. is due in order to get acquainted with the trio of kitty cats!

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


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It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Dear FRIENDS, near and far
-Maha, my very first Spark friend meet-up, that left me with such an awesome impression, I had to continue to meet more!!! Each meeting has been very special
-A wonderful impromptu evening with dear friends that make me laugh and laugh
-Being of some help and comfort (the big sisterly type) for my little sister over the phone today after her losing a friend to tragic self-consequences
-My incredible partner, who pushed me to go have fun with friends today even when she wasn't feeling up to it
-Here's to laughter, some of the best medicine!
-My warm and comfortable bed
-My kitties

Goodnight all ...

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Today I am grateful for:
~ successful and pleasurable shopping
~ an evening of peace and quiet before it gets busy again
~ hubby working hard to mount our new tv on our concrete wall
~ communications
~ relatively dry weather during my walk today
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

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Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
-- Anais Nin

Good morning,

I'm grateful for so much, not the least of which being~~

~ FRIENDS! A, shall we say, "challenging" weather front will likely be blowing on the day of my flight; my transportation source called to say she may not be able to go in the day of my flight...sooooooooooooo I already have a back-up plan in place (going in with her the night before and spending the night at a friend's house, then taking a taxi to the airiport)

~ FRIENDS! A new friend's immediate generous offer of her home overnight

~ FRIENDS! A beautiful heart-shaped pink-and-white striated glass paper-weight that arrived from a dear San Francisco friend yesterday with the note, "To the one-&-only Maha: A token to wish you a bon voyage and a coming year that brings you, Mahalakshmi, through your barriers to the liberation of your true nature!"

~ FRIENDS! My near-and-dear soul sister Adelaida in Ecuador, with whom I spoke yesterday, who is doing so much to make my arrival easeful and peaceful

~ FRIENDS! From Stephanie's post, "This being FOUR gratitudin buddies that I have seen in the flesh!!!! It's such an interesting meet-up because you really already know somebody's heart; it's simply seeing each other in person" What a wonderful gratitude, and I'm deeply thankful that I've made the heart AND physical connection with Gina and Stephanie and their terrific partners as well, among the SparkFriends dear to my heart

Blessed be,
xox
Maha




Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
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Never eat more than you can lift.
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I am so very grateful for

Smiles
Hot chocolate
This community
Christmas smells
Not craving fat and sugar
A lovely supper with friends
Christmas villages
Good wine
Hugs
Good tea
Loving family and friends
Good stories
Laughter
Children's innocence

Namaste




"In greater terms positive and negative have little meaning, for the physical experience is meant as a learning one. " The Nature Of Personal Reality: Seth by Jane Roberts


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Tonight, I am so grateful for:

-An incredible weekend thus far, with intentions of the remainder going the same ...
-The opportunity to meet Gina and Randy in real time!! (they just MADE it happen, and I am eternally grateful)
-An excellent meal together at Cafe Gratitude, where the discussion question of the day was, "What do you cherish?" Gina's prompt and resounding reply, "Friends!" Indeed.
-A really nifty ride through some amazing Christmas lights at the Country Club Plaza, in the City of Fountains (second only to Rome) and down Ward Parkway Blvd. - a treat to show a small peace of beauty to friends
-Holiday tea with friends, sharing music and souls
-A pretty decent fresh fruit salad with breakfast including fruit yummies of all kinds - apples, oranges, kiwi, banana and just a touch of honey to meld it all together and get it flowing
-This being FOUR gratitudin buddies that I have seen in the flesh!!!! It's such an interesting meet-up because you really already know somebody's heart; it's simply seeing each other in person
-A comfortable home to keep us warm in the winter
-Anticipation of our first fire in the fireplace with three kitties!

Goodnight ...

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Grateful for safe travel today
for spending time with baby grandson's
good food and warm compaionship
makeing peanut brittle for mom
and getting the book I wanted

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Today I am deeply grateful for:
~ daughter's assistance making our traditional popcorn cranberry strand for our tree
~ how said strand "finishes" the tree (along with mini candy canes)
~ glorious sunshine
~ smiles watching Lula play in the park
~ daughter making dinner last night
~ converting other daughter's boyfriend to KALE!
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

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Gratitudes on this Friday night....
* That we are almost back to normal....and can celebrate Christmas with the family.
* Central heat that keeps our house toasty in this cold, damp weather
* For a brainstorm last minute gift for son and DIL that I could do online!
* For being packed and only having to make one quick run to the store for wrapping supplies.
* For having a place to take a nap tomorrow after a hideously early morning flight
* For all of you, celebrating this season with a spirit of gratitude... how interconnected we all are!


~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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I am tremendously grateful -

- to have full cupboards, and gifts under my tree and a family to share with and hug
- for William Blake...always a treat
- wearing my tightest fitting pants today, and although they are a little tighter than normal due to festive nibbling recently....I am still comfortable lol!
- the snowflakes falling - hoping for a white Christmas
- being the bigger person a worry feeling lighter
- anticipation of upcoming activities and gatherings

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to us as it is -- infinite. --William Blake

Good morning,

Looking out at the bright light crisp morning, I sing praises for much, including~~

~ Blake's cogent reminder of my most important work for this lifetime

~ an emoticon Ann emoticon sighting

~ gathering of the light

~ last night's gathering of friends and sharing of healthy treats

~ Sandra's beau's sharing of this short historic video which reduces me to tears every time, and which I in turn shared on Facebook
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur
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~ a HIGHLY entertaining concert and documentary...LOVED IT!
https://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/L
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Blessed be,
xox
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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grateful this morning for
-the shortest day of the year is here
--the days will start getting longer now, we're here!
-gathering with friends
-new insights
-little treats
-making decisions
-all the many blessings of this life

"Do you have the courage to be who you truly are? " -Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


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Grateful this LATE night
* For the miracle of antibiotics when needed them
* My body's amazing restorative abilities
* That Christmas won't have to be "cancelled" due to illness
* Another day of soup, classic movies and couch naps
* Caring phone calls and emails


~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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happy boys

happy dogs

happy hubbie

"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." {Kahlil}
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grateful
~for warmth and shelter in our new home
~for light at the end of a long tunnel
~growing pains are exactly that
~for great fitness gain, though it's brought weight too
~to be shifting self image comfort slowly
~for family gathering from around the world for Christmas
~for Sparkfriends that wonder what's up
~for the warm hope this steady practice brings

Thanks for being here.
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ann

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It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
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Grateful this morning for:
-finishing up some packages and shipping them off
-the VISA card computer that caught someone using our card to buy over $500 worth of postage stamps in Canada, jeeesh!
-choices of holiday celebrations
-understanding DS's that we will not travel this year to be with them
-an opportunity to present at a solstice celebration
-all the many blessings of this life.

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Grateful tonight
* That my DIL had her port removed this afternoon....that means NO MORE CHEMO!
* That antibiotics were readily available for acute onset of respiratory infection/asthma
* For my fuzzy pink bathrobe.
* For old movies and hot soup
* For a day of almost-silence....

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Learning more often as I age that it's simply a waste of energy to worry or stress about things that are out of my control; doesn't mean it still doesn't happen sometimes, but it's less often ... forward progress
-Weather holding for my drive home; we'll see what comes of the predicted snow tonight/tomorrow
-A wonderful holiday party at work this afternoon
-Eating healthfully, but allowing myself two smaller treats
-More FitBit fun today
-My electric bill finally seeing the change (meaning lower bill) after installing a new furnace/heat pump last December
-My warm and comfortable bed

Goodnight all ...

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Grateful for a sweet smile first thing in the morning.
Grateful for sweet purrs from my cat.
Grateful for wonderful food in the house.
Grateful Grateful Grateful!

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"A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise." A.A. Milne

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If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
-- Eleanora Duse

Good early afternoon,

Gratitude~~

~ Gail Tsukiyama's The Samurai's Garden, tomorrow evening's book club discussion

~ two days to the beginning of the gathering of the Light

~ joy in the possible coming-together of dear friends Stephanie and Gina

~ resignation and sadness...but also acceptance about the $160(!!!) ticket (not coming to a complete stop)

~ a lovely exchange with SP'er, TC member and traveling musician, YOUGOLALA, admidst the enjoyment of her rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah
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Blessed be,
xox
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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Expressing gratitude for...

- positive effects from giving myself a "rest night"
- found tennis balls in the park for Gracie to play with on our walk, and leave for the next dog who forgot their toys : )
- the bond that sweet Gracie has with my son, and what it means to him
- lovely present from client
- getting to know myself a little better
- being able to re-use piles of beautiful wrapping materials saved from prior holiday seasons
- having things to look forward
~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
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This Wednesday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ up at 3:30 am playing Christmas carols
~ wrapping presents
~ feeling comfortable communicating complex emotions
~ chatting with my daughter
~ getting excited about Christmas
~ no crises yesterday ... a good day
~ time to get busy ....
~ all is well

Shine,
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Grateful tonight
* For hubby's staples being removed without difficulty. NO infection. Healing nicely.
* For getting visa pics taken tonight, and now ready to finish application.
* For great conversation with my dad tonight.
* For funny email exchange with granddaughter (Has anyone seen the "We will get along" tee shirt? It is threatened to be their Christmas present....and it is hysterical listening them to express concern about it....)
* For grace and mercy
* For finishing an excellent book by one of my favorite authors (Gail Tsukiyama), One Hundred Flowers.


~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Tonight, I focus on being grateful for:

-Posting after Maha - a tough act to follow!!!!
-Surprise crisis bomb waiting on my chair upon arrival this morning; my lunch hour strength training appointment with myself (on my calendar even) it didn't happen; work has to come first when you're at work; it happens rarely ... I moved on the Plan B and went down for strength training near the end of my day ... and I even had a Plan C waiting, if needed
-Having great fun with my FitBit; it really is a very cool little gadget and an awesome gift from my partner; got my first 10,000-step day in; walked up 11 flights, just carry this thing on me and it syncs right up for SP for fitness and food tracking ... I'm in awe of technology once again
-Play time with kitties tonight, they needed it
-Realizing that healthy living is my favorite hobby and THAT is a GOOD thing; I like to play with numbers, and that is not a bad thing either!!
-Eating the last of the leftovers for dinner, along with some awesome TJ's grilled asparagus spears
-My warm bed in my comfortable home ...

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.
-- Noam Chomsky

Good morning,

Thankfulness~~

~ good night's sleep, which helps with focus on the day's enormous "To Do" list

~ LessBigBob's BIG HEART, which will, I'm certain, NEVER be Less...in fact it keeps getting bigger and bigger!

~ packages postage-ready (and under 13 oz.), so I can drop them off, instead of facing out-the-door post office lines

~ clothes hung out on this beautiful pre-solstice day

~ not groaning or worried about the extra $150 I must pay for important baggage

~ noon meditation in the county court house chambers!!!!!!

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 12/18/2012 (12:18)

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-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
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Mindful of my blessings -

- friends and family
- pillows and blankets
- laptop and the internet
- candy and nuts during the holidays
- hot water

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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Grateful this morning for:
-sunshine and clear skies
-all of you here,I love reading your postings every morning
-the possibilities of a new day
-freedom to choose my activities for the day
-all the many blessings of this life.

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Although still somewhat numbed by the events of last week, I remain thankful for my MANY many ongoing blessings.
* HEALTHY grandkids...one of whom often declares at bedtime, "This has been the BEST day of my life!"
* A husband who agreed to give me what I wanted for Christmas...a year of treating me with kindness! (We certainly need nothing else in our lives!)
* Getting all the token gifts for the family today (We really all only give to the kids. Just stocking stuffers for sibs and "adult" relatives)
* Personal trainer skillfully providing alternative exercises to promote mobiliy and strength, yet prevent further injury
* A comfortable home that feels safe despite the chaotic world we live in.
* The peace of God, which goes beyond all human understanding....

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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This Monday evening, I give thanks for ...

~ my sweetie in the next room reading
~ a paperwork catch up day at work
~ a healthy, tasty dinner -- polenta, shrimp & spinach
~ making a list of tasks for the cleaning lady ... oh how nice it will be
~ Christmas day grocery shopping almost done
~ last of the Christmas shopping done
~ countdown to Friday departure started
~ all is well

Shine,
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Most of us look at our ideals, say how far we are from them, and get depressed. But it is heroic simply to say, "Here are my ideals," state them before the world, and then spend your life trying to live up to them.
-- Keshavan Nair, New Dimensions Radio interview

Good evening,

Here to remember some of the good~~

~ with a friend's help made a delicious pecan pumpkin pie for my housemate (but the two piemakers had generous samples as well)

~ enjoyed the company and help of my friend...getting three suitcases, 150 lbs, packed. (Now to think about what I need to pack for myself in terms of toiletries and clothing -- in my carry-on piece, I guess)!

~ the laptop a dear SP friend facilitated for me (for my goddaughter's 13th birthday) at an incredible price arrived today -- HIP HIP HOORAY!

~ happy space with housemate...actually cooking together (unhead of in recent years!)

~ enlivening, soul-touching conversations with two dear friends, one in Marin County, one in Hawaii

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 12/17/2012 (21:35)

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Never eat more than you can lift.
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On this chilly day I am grateful for many blessings in my life. Some of them are:

-my health because even though I deal with a great deal of pain, it could be worse
-my son and all of my nieces and nephews being alive
-a warm home during the cold, rainy weather
-my dh and his daily reminders to appreciate my parents while they are living
-starting to feel a bit of normalcy since my dads' two week visit..crazy scheduling and some bad news about some distant family members
-hopeful that all will turn out well
-this wonderful community that always makes me feel right at home..
-Gods love and all of my daily blessings both seen and unseen


Have a blessed week!!! emoticon emoticon

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Grateful this morning for
-somebody prayed for me, had me on their mind, I could feel it
-feeling better after my deposition ordeal, it broke my heart that a conflict at a social service agency doing God's work would come to that
- www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/moments-that
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, ---the little girl and the rugby star made me smile
-our church family
-enough food, warmth, shelter, we are blessed
-the outpouring of concern during tragedy, I pray the some good will come of it
-all the many blessings of this life.


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Sunday night gratitude
* sleep in morning after late night reading
* cozy pants on a drizzly day
* motrin helping control joint pain
* unexpected, but delightful phone call from east coast friend
* participation in first official Hallelujah Chorus sing along (not nearly as easy as I expected it to be!)
* hubby accompanying me to a very moving church service
* constant reminders of all the goodness and kindness still present on our planet.


~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Sunday thanks for the blessings of this life...

~Christmas and all the love it brings
~youngest home safely and his help with setting up a new printer
~cards written and sent
~DH letting me choose a pretty landscape for the computer screen saver
~this faithful team

Peace and blessings to each of you!

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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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Tonight, as I wind down, I want to focus again on all that I have to be grateful for, a bit of which includes:

-AT's wonderful link (thanks, I think we all need something like that right now)
-Leftovers for an easy, yet healthy, dinner
-A nice visit with my dearest friend/second mother/sister today
-Starting my day with 80 minutes of exercise and it making a real difference in being able to handle a day where I didn't get much time to myself
-My incredible partner and her understanding of the above, sending me off for a hot chai tea at my favorite hangout, to read for a bit
-All kitties back to normal after yesterday's scare, everybody doing fine
-My sister and I having a helpful conversation yesterday
-Looking forward to meeting Gina in real-time this weekend!!!!
-My warm, soft, comfortable bed that gave me such a wonderful night of rest last night

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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Today I am grateful for:
~ Caroling with both my daughters, one of their boyfriends and one of my dear friends along Peacock Lane (1 block where EVERY house is decorated on both sides of the street.)
~ Girls involvement in tree decorating, and cookie and fudge making
~ Fun with annual family photo. Will hopefully be posting the results soon
~ long yoga class this morning
~ a nice haircut from a wonderful friend.
~ more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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This Sunday afternoon, I give thanks for ...

~ shopping for a woman living in a domestic violence shelter
~ looking forward to a Christmas holiday with family
~ my first Christmas with my sweetie
~ a new queen size bed ... finding someone who can use my old bed
~ deep cleaning done by someone else on Wednesday .... what luxury
~ all's well

Shine
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Loving thanks and gratitude for so many things. Among them:

~ Patience...with myself and others.
~ Recognizing that a LONG process is still progress.
~ Furry felines who bring me such joy!
~The juxtaposition of celebrations and sadness we are all engaged in...reminding us of the middle way.
~ Love
~ Peace
~ Music

Blessings and joy to all.

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Grateful tonight
* For events that force us to confront our mortalty and to appreciate the fragility of our lives
* For a link that counters the sadness of yesterday's horrific massacre of innocents
www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/moments-that
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PLEASE WATCH IT.... IT WILL TRULY REMIND YOU OF THE GOODNES IN THIS WORLD
* For an amazing few days with the grandkids
* For hot soup after a wet freezing day....
* For Posada Natividad, and a very special dancer....and the life altering interchange after the show

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-That our littlest kitty is OK
-Cutting myself some slack today because the morning was emotionally exhausting (close call with one of our kitties getting out in the garage in the middle of the night and getting up under the hood of my car)
-My wonderful vet's office who checked her out for us on short notice
-Getting 30 bags of leaves into my Camry (three trips) and to the dump as I had no other options as the bags were sitting on our front porch, so that was physically tiring on top of the emotionality of the morning
-Super grateful that we had/have no plans for the weekend and truly hoping that tomorrow is a day of rest
-My car getting washed and vacuumed after its multiple trips to the smelly dump
-Easy dinner, mostly leftovers from last night
-My warm, comfortable home
-Hot chai tea

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
-- Alice Walker

Good morning,

Lovely to be here~~

~ the daily blessing-in-words from www.gratefulness.org , Brother David's offering to us

~ beloved friend Robin (GENKIWARRIOR) arrives this morning for a weekend jammies party -- YIPPEE! fun ahead!

~ Robin and I will head to morning yoga and then holidays potluck at Cedar Rock Yoga, to be joined by another friend who's been *going through it* after ending an engagement to the man she is madly in love with

~ the three of us will check my dear friend Ellen's great warehouse sale afterwards www.pomegranatemoon.com/

~ I'm deeply grateful that Robin will accompany me to a rest home to visit a special friend on Sunday

~ we hope to rendezvous with mutual friends while Robin's here, including Sandra(!), and if not this weekend I will certainly aim for next week (my last before departure)

~ taking mindful measures to not let yesterday's horrible, horrible day (personally [ARGH!], country-wide, globally) "rain on my parade" today

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 12/15/2012 (08:56)

Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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Grateful this morning for:
-yesterday's ordeal of giving a deposition is over
-I have resources to use to get my equilibrium back
-DH was allowed to sit in
-today can be a quiet day
-all the many blessings of this life.

"Do you have the courage to be who you truly are? " -Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


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life and peace and happiness

"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." {Kahlil}
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a day to spend ringing the bell with my JNHS kids

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Tonight, as I end my day, I am so very grateful for many things, a few of which include:

-One hour of full body strength training at lunch (switched from yesterday, as I promised myself I would do)
-45 minutes of cardio after work today (way behind on cardio this week, so lots more planned for tomorrow)
-Completing my fifth week of 2x weekly strength training, the best ST streak I've had in a long time
-It's FRIDAY!!! Time for some much-needed R&R
-No social plans for this weekend and trying to keep it that way as I need some recharge
-Sending e-mails to two people that I'm trying to keep in better touch with, although one of them is usually non-responsive
-Finding out we're having "hot pot" for Christmas day dinner - Asian food by my host's wife who is Asian - very exciting and sounds wonderful
-Kitten routines
-My soft, warm, comfortable bed!!!!

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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Having all of your posts to read

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Grateful!

- to wake up after a few weeks of stress, fatigue and rotten germs and my body WANTED to go for a run
- having gloves stuffed in every coat pocket I have - never without!
- the glorious sunrise on my drive this morning
- local bulk food shopping store - fun,handy, economical for my baking needs
-my dying television rallied for my fave show last night....maybe santa is reading this lol
- having a perfect jacket and earrings to loan last night in a pinch
- feeling happy and good and sleeping well

~S

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