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Stuff I Love or At Least Really Really Like

Saturday, September 05, 2009

1. Husband -- 30 years later, what I still know for sure is that the smartest, luckiest thing I ever did was marrying Mike.

2. Kids -- works in progress (as all we are) but both terrific human beings who make me proud. And of course number one above had quite a bit to do with this item as well!

3. Sister: would never never have survived without her. What an amazing woman, and my admiration for her has only increased as I've watched her dealing with recent serious health problems with grace, dignity, courage.

4. Dog Charlie -- what a sweetie! I've loved all my dogs, heaven will be the place where I'm reunited with every one of them eventually; Fritz, Pepper, Skippy, Kabul, Ambrose, Sabrina and Rufus will also be just inside the Pearly Gates, wagging and smiling! But Charlie is the Platonic Ideal of dogs; loving, companionable, never obsequious, just understanding there is no loss of self in wanting to please others. I have learned a lot from Charlie about how to get along with people! "What would Charlie do?" Greet everyone at the door wagging and with a carefully selected toy!! Wonder what he'll have for me at those Pearly Gates?? (And nope, this isn't irreverent at all).

4. Friends. Understanding, kind, supportive and delivering kicks in the rear end as required!

5. Work colleagues. What a great group of people to share a big chunk of time with every day! And the work itself: keeps the brain ticking over and some days feels like I've been useful to someone . . .

6. Nature: sunshine in its ever-changing manifestations from sunrise to sunset throughout all of the seasons; big skies and distant vistas; birds; flowers; trees; forests; rippling fields of grass; oceans; beaches; tiny northern lakes ringed by white pines; dewy mornings; hoar frost sparkling after sleet storms . . . all of these sights plus the scents of lilac and mown lawn; the sounds of cicadas and howling winds; the textures of bark, fur, powder sand, squishy spring mud. The world is an infinitely beautiful place with the power to sustain and to console us through its sheer loveliness.

7. Food! especially fresh fruits, vegetables -- yup, really really do like these best -- and oatmeal. And dark 85% cocoa chocolate! Which is or should be a food group all its own.

8. Exercise: it makes me feel great right then, and the cumulative effect of exercise keeps me feeling great all day long. Can't buy that feeling, can't achieve it any other way than by sweating it out -- may never want to roll out of bed at 5 a.m. to go to the gym but I'm always glad that I did when it's over and I'm heading for the showers.

9. Anticipation. What's coming next? What am I planning -- what treats are on the horizon to give zest to my days? What great things will happen that I never even dreamed of? Postive anticipation is the reverse of negative worry . . . worry about stuff that may never happen -- and when it doesn't happen I never wish that I'd worried more! So the deliberate cultivation of anticipation helps me manage worry.

10. SparkPeople. This is an amazing site with remarkable resources. Yup, I really really like this virtual community of like minded people!
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    Thank you, you show us all what a wonder our friends, family, animals, experiences in this life are while hinting at the joy that awaits us in the hereafter.
    3142 days ago
    What a great list! It's a nice way to get to know you.
    3146 days ago
    This blog speaks about your wonderful personality and outlook on life. It brightens my day to read this makes me prioritize the things that are important and rejoice in them. Beautiful sentiment.

    3146 days ago
    Reading this was very uplifting! I am really happy for you having such wonderful people in your life and for appreciating your surroundings. :) It's a good reminder ... :). Yep..kids are a work in progress but we love ours too endlessly! The sunny days...wow they really do make a difference in my days as well! and doggies...awe, I know these feelings. I too, have a hubby Mike in my life - hope someday he and I will be 30 years later! emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing your fabulous thoughts!
    3148 days ago
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    Two thumbs up, emoticon

    You have inspired me, more than once. Now I want to put together not only the things I love (makes you cherish them all the more, eh?) and the things I want to do before I meet my maker. I hope your sis is doing well, and what a wonderful thing it is to have you by her side.

    I guess my #1 thing would be having a sense of humor and being able to laugh,,,especially at myself. You've got it, too. emoticon

    And I wish you many more laughs down the road of life.
    3150 days ago
    Thanks! Though of course I got all excited about the section leader gig, then today I got a letter from the U.S. Army Field Band that was like, thanks for sending your audition CD, but we're not advancing you to the next round. Boo. Every silver lining has its cloud?

    BTW, love the post. This just made me happy to read. emoticon
    3150 days ago
    Great blog. So many things to be thankful for. we are truly blessed. I agree with your whole list and I would have to add my grandsons to the list. They are all 4 wonderful young human beings, each with a joy all there own. Have a great weekend. Star emoticon
    3151 days ago
    Best Blog ever!!! emoticon
    It expresses so many things i also feel and am thankful for.. .. emoticon so much for posting this..I am happy for you..you are truly blessed...there is a lot of Love and Joy in your Life.... emoticon emoticon
    3151 days ago
    I really enjoyed reading your blog. It's such a sunny outlook on life.
    3151 days ago
    I really liked this! emoticon
    3151 days ago
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