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***** DON'T FORGET - Start posting on JULY 2009 tomorrow! *****

~~~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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And closing June down....I express gratitude
* For making it through another day
* For our buyers FINALLY getting their loan approved
* For our new home inspection going SO well, and hearing the inspector tell the realtor, "This is a GREAT house!"
* For the discovery of a new restaurant with amazing light fare.
* For my bed which is calling my name....


~~~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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6/30/09 8:41 P

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~guests came and gone
~wonderful bbq
~the salad was the best I´ve had in ages cuz DH found spinach and pok choi!
~I said goodbye to our guests before bed, made a thermos of coffee and left it out for them knowing hubby would get up to see them off, and slept 8 blissful hours in a row!
~had to wait to see the eye dr. from 9 - 2:30! So, we left the office to do a few errands. Found lovely young Swiss Chard, sprouts, AND pea pods!
~also found beautiful sweet potatoes (white ones - don´t have yams here) for making chips
~my sweet helper had the house cleaned by the time we returned
~we were able to present her with a used microwave that we had found and she is just delighted!
~cooler weather today
~I did the most ever on the Elliptical Trainer this evening - 40 whole minutes!!!

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 KJV
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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Tuesday Blessings ~ last day of the month:

~ For my DGD who drove in the pouring rain to get me to the dentist.
~ For the permanent crowns ~ that make me feel good again.
~ For the help given me by my DD and DSIL, what would I do without them in my corner. They are the best. I ask the Lord to give them favor in every way.
~ For the meal we enjoyed together this evening.
~ Love shared with each other and the Lord. Enjoying our lives as the Lord gives.

God Bless you all.
Momma Dot

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Wow, this month just zoomed right by!
Today I am grateful for:
~ Beauty EVERYWHERE, even in the most hediously ugly
~ discovering new bike happy routes and my gorgeous city
~ that the yoga class I thought I was going to was canceled leading me to:
~ a substitute yoga studio and class that I enjoyed immensely
~ being very productive yesterday and burning lots of calories
~ 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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Gratitudes:

for McDonald's coffee (I know, sounds weird, but I LOVE it)

for Ryoho, the manager of the apt in Japan, who has melted my fears away, one by one

for all the people who have given me tips on how to manage a 14 hour plane trip***

for 'light' days at work, so far

for a shortened work week

for a beautiful, pleasant day today

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ASK FOR HELP WHEN NEEDED
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Short term goal: Lunch
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On this final day of June 2009, my gratitudes include all of this, yet so much more:
1. Most AWESOME bike ride - straight from my driveway to Trolley Track Trail and almost to where I work - then back - all in 90 minutes!!!;
2. Exercise buddy telling me about renting kayaks at a local park and willingness to go again with me - something new and exciting for me (and my body);
3. Pictures received from my mother of me with BOTH nephews in my lap last Thanksgiving!;
4. Compliments received on new blouse I'm wearing today; and
5. Life - the good, the bad & the ugly - it's all part of the package with so much to see and do.

Make it an awesome day, my friends!

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I'm grateful this morning for:

- getting to think together with L about important decisions.
- trying some new things in class last night with success.
- a good strength workout yesterday and feeling it this morning.
- fresh blueberries in season.
- again, the cool, beautiful weather... windows open, birds singing, sunlight streaming...

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People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.
-- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Good quiet morning! Today I am reminded of the abundance in my life ~~

~ Christopher, our constant link to Sparkle and FUN! and a Happy Destiny!
~ my sweet, bright young techie friend, here yesterday evening, who helps me with my computer
~ insight meditation, a way of plumbing the far reaches of the soul
~ metta meditation, a special practice to develop, among other things, serenity...as the force of lovingkindness develops
~ my innate willingness to keep searching

Blessed be!
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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Never eat more than you can lift.
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Today I am grateful for:

* Service!

* Compassion!

* Understanding!

* Altruism!

* Gratitude!




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ATRANSFORMATION's Photo ATRANSFORMATION Posts: 9,769
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Exhausted, but home safe, and I express tremendous gratitude
* For the young folks at airports...they seem to be my angels
* For allowing tears to flow
* For self compassion
* For the opportunity to share grief experiences with my ancestors and with the generations to come
* For a sense of humor, when least expected
* For Cassieopia, who brought a smile to my face tonight.

~~~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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Posting quickly before I will be away for a couple of days:
- the glorious sunrise this morning

- prayers to Tara

- the shower

- yoga

- chinese herbs

- clarity in a dream

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My Attitude of Gratitude this night ...

~ early morning productive meetings with my teams

~ splitting lunch with my niece which satisfied both of our cravings and kept us healthy, healthy

~ getting home and having time to do a much needed yoga session

~ exciting tango lesson tonight and feeling confident in my abilities

~ refusing to give up when I hit a glitch and insisting that we will work on it until I can do the step correctly

~ getting some time at the YMCA to lift weights and a short soak in the whirlpool

~ realizing that a person's meanness was simply because they had not taken care of them self

~ taking care of me and removing myself from the situation and using releasing method to strengthen and steady myself

~ glorious gold sunlight streaming through thick cloud cover today reminding me that the Universe is awesome and powerful and I have everything I need :) Besides, it was just plain beautiful.

Edited by: NORLANA at: 6/29/2009 (23:31)
Today, may I make good decisions that create positive outcomes and may I have wonderful, loving people in my life to share this awesome journey with.

"As Aristotle said, “We become what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” The same can be said of enthusiasm, excitement, and passion. It is a habit, and a choice we make, moment by moment. "- Teresa Easler


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My gratitudes for today include:

~ that my MS symptoms yesterday were an exacerbation, not a relapse!

~ i feel much, much better today

~ a walk with my sister & son

~ my older son is back home from watching my other son's dogs for the past week

~ my younger son is back safe from his trip to the west

~ arizona iced tea sugar free drink mix

~ my 12 hour keep-it-cold water bottle

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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This evening my gratitudes include:
-a lady vendor offering really good quality chocolate to me and saying she was looking for me and was happy to see me and lots of other complimentary things when she knew I had never been a customer and was not a potential one either
-being thoroughly happy with my own company
-not freaking out enough to fall off my bike or anything destructive when a snake slithered across my path
-chilling out in the very shady cool of our backyard with friends on a hot day
-Vietnamese dinner with my man and enough leftovers for another meal, yummy nice!

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6/29/09 6:41 P

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Sunday and Monday combined Thanks:

~ Sorry I missed yesterday ~ So very thankful for the Lords Day.
~ For His fellowship and the fellowship of other believers.
~ For Praise music written for Him that awakens the spirit to worship.
~ For today ~ volunteering at the church. Being of service and giving back just a little of what he gives.
~ For my helper Ruthie and the love she extends to me.
~ For finishing all the flower arrangements for DGD wedding reception on the 11th.
~ For the last Dental appointment tomorrow to get the permanent crowns.
Hugs and Love,
Momma Dot

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Grateful for

- Extremely invigorating, and adventurous swim in a waterfall

- Relaxing picnic in the shade on the river bank

- Not resisting... and so

- Things falling into place

- My yoga mat!

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On this Monday, my gratitudes include, but are by no means limited to:
1. Phone call from my execise buddy setting up plans for tonight;
2. The array of healthy options in my fridge all ready to go for breakfast/lunch due to my work yesterday - just had to choose what bags/containers I wanted to throw in my lunch carrier;
3. A restful weekend, low key, just what I needed and I could tell the diference this morning;
4. Projects at work coming along nicely; and
5. A short work week this week!

Make it a wonderful day!

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OOOOPS! I set it up a day early!

JULY 2009 is ready to go...but now we all have to wait an extra day! Please keep posting here until July 1.

~~~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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Today I am deeply grateful for:
~ my mentor and friend being home when I called her before an audition last night and her being able to work me through my panic
~ the audition going extremely well, have to wait for results, but happy that I went through with it
~ My precious first born turning 21 today!
~ Her calling me early this AM excited and happy and grateful for the presents she had received from us
~ Having caller id so I could answer by singing Happy Birthday to her (I was waiting to call her till I knew she would be up, but she beat me to the punch)
~ 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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~slept 11 hours last night! I needed it!
~bread machine died. So nice of Hubby to go out looking for another.
~guests coming for overnight - will be fun
~great breakfast fruit salad
Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey-Yogurt Dressing
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And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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Gratitudes:

for being another day closer to Japan and more questions being answered - positively

for the internet and the friends I have made using it

To make this work for the long term

LET IT TAKE TIME
ONE DAY AT A TIME
ASK FOR HELP WHEN NEEDED
WHEN YOU CAN'T FOCUS ANYMORE, EAT.

-- kinch417

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

--Michael Pollan

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Long term goal: Dinner

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Good morning my precious sparklers...

Today's blessings....

a chat with a warm soul last night right before bed who wanted to help ME out..I am blessed to be surrounded by such caring people.

that I can still "spark" today.

a gentle breeze today, which gives me music from my windchimes.

a quiet morning and a good cup of coffee.

unconditional love.

Peace and Love to all of you....Carolyn


Remember to smile more, to laugh more, to think before we speak, to love like there is no tomorrow, to not be afraid to be honest, to reach out and hug someone that needs it!


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Today I am grateful for...

good friends - both in the real world and our cyber world,

a peaceful morning following a stormy night,

the love and forgiveness of Christ,

the ability to work and play,

the joy of praise and movement.

My ticker represents 12 years of learning and losing and regaining and regrouping - I'm NOT going back! I *AM* and *WILL BE* fit 4 life!!


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6/29/09 1:48 A

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Sunday gratitudes
* That I was able to go to church with my dad this morning
* For finding significant momentos for the window box outside my mom's room...and having her notice.
* For having her choose her "new family" over me today. Heart wrenching, but I am thrilled and thankful that she is adjusting so well.
* Seeing a spring in my dad's step after sleeping well for two consecutive nights
* Having a cell phone with free long distance to stay in frequent contact with my hubby, my rock.
* A great visit with my brother, with whom I am growing close to once again.

~~~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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Today I am grateful for:

* Pencils!

* Puzzles!

* Mind Challenges!

* Strategies!

* Sudoku!




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My gratitutes today...

~ my migraine is only at level 1 pain right now

~ my hanging basket got hung in it's new spot and planted

~ our kitten, Rosie

~ my eye/brain coordination has returned for now

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


The Secret of Health for both mind & body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or not to anticipate trouble, but to live in the present moment wisely & earnestly. ~ The Buddha

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My Attitude of Gratitude this evening...

~ sleeping in!

~ house cleaned today including laundry and fresh sheets awaiting me

~ short shopping trip with youngest to get a few items for his apartment and him insisting on paying

~ chinese food from my favorite restaurant and catching up with owner and employees being fun

~ the flowers in my window boxes full and beautiful

~ lots of music to listen to while I work

~ anticipation of trip to beach with my sisters and their families

~ short phone call from our oldest

~ three boxes of discards in my car and ready for delivery tomorrow including one box of books for the library


Today, may I make good decisions that create positive outcomes and may I have wonderful, loving people in my life to share this awesome journey with.

"As Aristotle said, “We become what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” The same can be said of enthusiasm, excitement, and passion. It is a habit, and a choice we make, moment by moment. "- Teresa Easler


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Afternoon appreciations include:
-My man home safe and happy
-Early cool walk with dogs
-Afternoon biking around the neighborhood
-Clean cool air of swamp cooler adding negative ions
-Herbal advise from expert for my ailing friend

"'Enough' is a feast. Buddhist proverb


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Congratulations to Kathy for buying a new home!

Today I am grateful for:
~ my 45 minute bike ride with "the hill" at the end
~ experiencing a profound sense of the divine essence in EVERYTHING, even inantimate objects
~ sweating
~ noticing a very important instruction before it was too late
~ the zen of picking raspberries
~ 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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Grateful for gratitudes
for plants that show us how to survive and bloom even if are a bit tattered by storm.

Grateful for the love of my children and my love for them. The glue that keeps us stuck with and to one another.

Grateful for yoga for strength in my neck and spine and the understanding to keep them aligned and gently stretched while waiting for police response to being rear ended.

Grateful for those who "protect and serve" and the remembrance to thank them personally. They don't get enough and I firmly believe that more everyday thanks would shore up corruption's temptation (yeah I know, I'm walking the line here)

Grateful for finding an acupuncturist who is good and kind.

Grateful when "Paranoid, Punished or Cutoff??" turns out to be Paranoid.

Happy day of rest.



If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer. ~ Dag Hammarskjold


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today i give thanx for a cozy day of rest.
i had a lovely early morning visit from my new boss/friend who is a delicious spirit to be around. her grace and wisdom are breathtaking.

i have been enjoying curling up on the couch watching 'becoming jane' and crocheting.
then i took a wee break to work on my novel and i just wrote another page and a bit! so thrilling and it came out easily.
i love that.

now back to the couch, jane austen and yarn.

blessed be and namaste all!
may your day be bright and beautiful.

'let the beauty you love, be what you do. there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.'
~rumi~

'wake up and live!'
~bob marley~

'be the change you wish to see in the world.'
~ghandi~

'if nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. ~author unknown~



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Good Morning Beautiful Friends,

Today's Blessings....

that my lines of communication are still open...

taking the kids to fireworks over Lake Erie last night and having fond memories of going with my Mother who loved fireworks!(even if it was just her and I)..

having a good start on my chores today..

thankful that my children and all their friends enjoy being here and never wanting to leave...(I have 3 children of my own, but always have at least 6 kids here)....

a beautiful day to enjoy

Hopefully I will be back tomorrow..if not I will be thinking of all of you and counting my blessings.

Peace, Carolyn




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Gratitudes today include ...

* Snuggle time with Brandy last night

* Sunshine & plenty of time to have FUN!

* Inner Peace

* Fresh Peaches & Strawberries mmmm mmmmmm goooooooood!

* TAZ's smile -- that is infectious happiness!

PEACE
KEITH

If you let go a little you will have a little happiness.
If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness.
If you let go completely you will be free. - Ajahn Chah

I won't be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. (The Prisoner)

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
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~plants arrived to add to our oasis
~will go plant them
~it´s cloudy
~more exercise today
~news from the kids
~hubby made it home from his long strenuous trip

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And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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Grateful to witness a most profound conversation between a friend from Israel and a young Tibetan teacher, and their honest reflections on the realities of war.

Grateful for sharing insights with a kindred artist over an early morning coffee

Grateful for the life of Jamyang Khysente Chökyi Lodrö who passed into Paranirvana 50 years ago today, and whose anniversary we are celebrating with a day of prayers. rigpanews.blogspot.com/

Grateful for local Brebis ice cream with fig and walnuts!

Congratulations AT on buying your next home!
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Gratitudes:

for a very good conversation with my friend yesterday

that I gave her a birthday card, signed by my family and she told me it was only the second card she'd received (so I'm grateful I gave her the card)

that I was able to explain how I feel to my husband and he actually heard me out and re-worded what he'd said earlier

that the Daughter and I set up the application for phone rental while in Japan

that I organized my file for Japan

that I found a $20 bill laying on the ground (I had used the method in the book "The Secret" to ask for 20 tax free dollars - the 'order' came in)

To make this work for the long term

LET IT TAKE TIME
ONE DAY AT A TIME
ASK FOR HELP WHEN NEEDED
WHEN YOU CAN'T FOCUS ANYMORE, EAT.

-- kinch417

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

--Michael Pollan

Short term goal: Lunch
Long term goal: Dinner

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Really! I'm NOT obsessed with John O'Donohue. I'm just in love....
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This is my prayer for all of us today --

A BLESSING FOR EQUILIBRIUM.
-- John O'Donohue
(Benedictus: A Book of Blessings)

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the music of laughter break through your soul.

As the wind wants to make everything dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.

Like the freedom of the monastery bell,
May clarity of mind make your eyes smile.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May a sense of irony give you perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May fear or worry never put you in chains.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
To hear in the distance the laughter of God.

P.S. Hahahaha -- I'm just noticing this. The reference to "obsession" makes no sense, because this post was *mistakenly* placed here...and was SUPPOSED to have been made on the Thich Nhat Hanh & Others Team, where I had been posting O'Donohue *stuff!*

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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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On this cool, clear early morning I am truly grateful for LIFE and today especially for:

~last night's rain
~this morning's sunshine
~this team and all who contribute here
~the opportunity to visit my 94 y/o uncle today
~the opportunity to have dinner with our older son
~an interesting CD to listen to on the trip
~DH for being an all around great guy


Have a wonderful day everyone!

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"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and
not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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You have given me Your love, filling the world with Your gifts.
-- Rabindranath Tagore
(The Heart of God)

Good morning! Up early and giving thanks ~~

~ early morning bike ride to beat the insuferable heat
~ Kathy's infectious joy in the new home
~ having a healthy body that moves well
~ lots of delicious fruit and veggies at my fingertips
~ the amazing resources of SparkPeople

Blessed be!
xox
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Today I am grateful for:

* Visions!

* Plans!

* Goals!

* Ideals!

* Faith!




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My Attitude of Gratitude this night ...

~ Dancing lessons today including high energy session with national champion from Chicago who enhanced our Tango routine

~ Much laughter and ease during dance

~ Taking risks, pushing myself and enjoying the sensation

~ Afternoon nap

~ Lovely dinner with friends and Sweetheart with play production following

~ Beautiful, cool weather with eerie moon tonight

Today, may I make good decisions that create positive outcomes and may I have wonderful, loving people in my life to share this awesome journey with.

"As Aristotle said, “We become what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” The same can be said of enthusiasm, excitement, and passion. It is a habit, and a choice we make, moment by moment. "- Teresa Easler


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On this Saturday night, my gratitudes include:
1. Organic farmer's market this morning to find what I could local AND organic;
2. Whole Foods shopping completed for the remainder;
3. YUMMY Bing cherries (on sale, no less);
4. The first tomatoes and new potatoes of the season;
5. A day of rest. Wasn't exactly planned that way, but I was listening to my body; and
6. My kitty's kidney levels being lower - a good thing!!

Goodnight!

Stephanie

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Greetings from Leucadia CA....lovely, lovely, former home of mine, and current home of my parents.

Gratitudes tonight:
* My dad looks happier and healthier than I have seen him in months.
* My mom seems to be resigned to her placement...the look in her eyes reflects her sadness and acceptance.
* Sharing a great dinner with old family friends
* The ebb and flow of the ocean waves, and the events in our lives
* And finally....

* WE BOUGHT A HOUSE TODAY!!!
* WE BOUGHT A HOUSE TODAY!!!
* WE BOUGHT A HOUSE TODAY!!!

One more time...
* WE BOUGHT A HOUSE TODAY!!!

~~~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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Today I am grateful for
*summer weather
*fruits
*fresh veges
*friends and family
*health

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Today I am grateful for:

* Text messages!

* Meebo!

* SparkMail!

* E-mails!

* Connections!




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Afternoon appreciations include:
-ease of typing on regular size keyboard
-compliments on "being in great shape" from friends and newly met people at awesome New Age Show
-walk with dogs while it was breezy and cool
-surprisingly nice mineral finds
-tasty veggie wrap with interesting people at communal table

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Carolyn, you have a great attitude about the week w/out phone and internet. I´d prob´ly be grumbling! Anyway, we´ll miss you and look fwd to your return.

~dog´s barking woke me after I had slept 8 1/2 hours!
~burned over 600 calories today
~how wonderful the cool shower feels after all that sweating
~did 35 minutes on the elliptical trainer, the most I´ve ever done at once
~plans for a movie and frozen yogurt in a bit
~three beautiful birds bathing in the sprinkler on the back lawn

Edited by: TAMINGDRAGONS at: 6/27/2009 (15:00)
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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 KJV
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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First off I will probably be missing in action for a week..Had unexpected car repair and now I can't pay my phone/internet bill, so I am sure after today I will lose both...

Today's blessings......

my van (better than public transportation, did that for 2 years)
sunshine outside (could have been stuck in the rain)
that all my NEEDS are met
that I know everything will be ok
my happy, healthy family..

Peace to all of you...I will miss you and I will try to check in at the library...Have a blissfully blessed week.....


Remember to smile more, to laugh more, to think before we speak, to love like there is no tomorrow, to not be afraid to be honest, to reach out and hug someone that needs it!


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Welcome to our newbies!
This morning my gratitudes include:
~ peaches!
~ having one less mouth to feed this week, costs less and simplifies life
~ beautiful weather
~ making music
~ divine spirit
~ 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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Saturdays Thanks:

~ Waking up with a positive alive feeling.
~ Happy and looking forward to accomplishing a lot.
~ Black breakfast tea to sip and enjoy.
~ A cleaned out closet with everything back where it should be.
~ Creative desire to do the Flower arrangements today.

Off to do just that, have a wonderful God blessed day.
Momma Dot

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Today I'm grateful for...

-The good health my family and I enjoy!
-My sister, because she's HERE and feeling better.
-Beck, aka Run2ride, because she found this community and her husband has no more chest pain.
-All my SparkFriends.
-My cups of green tea.
-Flax seed tea, 1 TBL ground flax seed, add hot water, seep for 6 minutes, stir and enjoy!

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for getting more purging and filing done emoticon

that it's a sunny day so far

that I'm meeting a dear friend for lunch

that the husband took the car in for it's emissions test today so I didn't have to

that we went out dancing last night



To make this work for the long term

LET IT TAKE TIME
ONE DAY AT A TIME
ASK FOR HELP WHEN NEEDED
WHEN YOU CAN'T FOCUS ANYMORE, EAT.

-- kinch417

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

--Michael Pollan

Short term goal: Lunch
Long term goal: Dinner

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I'm grateful this morning for:

- Sheba wanting attention while I do sun salutations in the living room.
- more weight loss this week.
- morning runs this week using new interval timer watch.
- L's sage advice when I got discouraged this week.
- connections with training participants this week.

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Grateful for receiving an old photo from my sister - simple her foot and my foot resting next to each other on the end of my bed. Sisterhood is such a strong and loving bond.

- For an emotional purge

- For the kindness and freshness of a teacher who is visiting our community for a couple of days

- For magic gardens that have inspired me through out my life!
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- For exercise

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Gosh, you guys are so wonderful, the positive energy in this team and thread is AMAZING.

I am grateful for:

~Summer
~Productive day at work
~I moved today (yes, I did it after work!), and all went well.
~Just a good full day, and now I am looking forward to the weekend :)


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My Attitude of Gratitude this evening ...

~ productive and exhilarating meetings with my teams today to get on track for July

~ rain holding off

~ great fund raiser tonight for our local YMCA

~ fun evening with my sweetie

~ apology sent to my sister - I've hurt her feelings - hoping for the best as she's my best friend

~ exciting dance lessons planned for tomorrow

Today, may I make good decisions that create positive outcomes and may I have wonderful, loving people in my life to share this awesome journey with.

"As Aristotle said, “We become what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” The same can be said of enthusiasm, excitement, and passion. It is a habit, and a choice we make, moment by moment. "- Teresa Easler


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Gratitudes today include...

~ Finally feeling better after this morning's killer migraine

~ Driving over an hour to the mines to get out my husband's 1975 Nova and being told they closed 5 minutes before, but then a very kind employee finding someone to drive my husband into the mines to get his car.

~ Shopping with my baby sister

~ Going to the car show with our car tonight:-)

~ Hearing my daughter sound so much better today!

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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Today I am grateful for:

The start of my summer vacation!

A beautiful sunny day with a nice breeze!

A short commute home...what a nice surprise!

Bathing suit shopping was okay after all!



Kristine

I matter and so do all of you!



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Gratitudes this aftenoon include:
-Sun coming out again after heavy rain
-Laundry done and clean sheets on bed
-Walk with dogs in sunshine
-Check in the mail
-Errands easily done

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What color do you have? They come in the prettiest colors. I wish I could grow them.

Enjoy them and your strawberries ~

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Okay, this is funny, I look up Canterbury bells and find out that they are also called Campanula. I have them growing in my yard. Strawberries too... Neither are wild though both have volunteered to grow in places where I did not plant them as well as where I planted them...

cheers!

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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Friday Thanks:

~ For the lives of the three celebrities that died this week ~ for the joy their talent bought into our lives.
~ For old movies. I watched "Great Expectations" today ~ dear Pip played by John Mills ~ part of my youth!
~ For relaxation.
~ For friends and phone calls.
~ For each and everyone that takes the time to be grateful for this life we have been given.

God Bless,
Dot

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Today I am grateful for:
~ getting everything done and daughter registered at the Bach fest
~ getting to observe a wonderful rehearsal and two amazing workshops at the festival before driving home
~ the life-changing (affirmatively) event that my daughter is about to go through for the next 12 days
~ that I was able to get gifts and card purchased wrapped and delivered to my older daughter's home in anticipation of her 21st b'day
~ student returning to yoga class this am
~ that I have the rest of today to recover from the intensity of the last few weeks
~ a wonderful mentor
~ 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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~enjoying all these gratitudes and the lovely people behind them
~wishing death would stay away
~I watched the movie Amistad yesterday and cried. Near the end a particular statement took my breath away.

Sengbe Pieh, renamed Joseph Cinque, facing the U.S. Supreme Court with ex-president John Quincy Adams and Lawyer Roger Baldwin representing him, said - "We won´t be going in there alone." Adams mentions some of whom will be with them, including God. Cinque says, "I meant my ancestors. I will call into the past, far back to the beginning of time, and beg them to come and help me at the judgment. I will reach back and draw them into me. And they must come, for at this moment, I am the whole reason they have existed at all."

Although my beliefs differ somewhat, the idea struck me deeply that I am the culmination, in THIS moment of time, of the efforts and sacrifices of MY ancestors! It gives even more meaning to my determination and persistence to be successful in reaching my goals.

An experienced dragon slayer-tamer taming the dragons within in 2018!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 KJV
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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On this Friday, I am grateful for:
1. A letter from my beautiful godson in Chile;
2. Seeing his smiling face with a new picture!;
3. Being able to watch both my godson (with his dark Chilean features) and my nephew (blond hair, blue eyes) grow up together as they are six months apart in age (he will turn 7 in October);
4. Having the opportunity to help this beautiful, young boy and his family (we are only able to share via letters and pictures) and dreams of making the journey to Chile in a few years to meet him; and
5. Continuing awareness of how my good choices have such a HUGE impact on other areas of my life!!!

Make it a great Friday!

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today i am thankful for:
this life.


'let the beauty you love, be what you do. there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.'
~rumi~

'wake up and live!'
~bob marley~

'be the change you wish to see in the world.'
~ghandi~

'if nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. ~author unknown~



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Grateful on this Friday
* To return to this lovely community
* For life's transitions
* For the strength and courage of my father
* For my baby sister, who has grown into such a lovely woman
* For my husband being right there when I got off the plane last evening
* For knowing how important it is for me to travel again tomorrow.

**** I'll be out of town again for another couple of days. Will try to check in while I'm gone, but may not have the opportunity. Lots going on, but all is and will be well. However, I would really appreciate prayers and positive thoughts for my family this week ****

~~~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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In honor of Michael Jackson's incredible musical legacy and in acknowledging all that needs to change.."if you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and MAKE A CHANGE!"

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=264

A must see!

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 6/26/2009 (13:28)

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

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

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3026


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6/26/09 9:14 A

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Today's blessings include.....

my window a/c working like a charm
my loving husband who is working like a dog in a REALLY hot barn for his family (I hope he knows how loved he is)
being able to be at home everyday with my children
splashing in the water (hose) with my kids
giggles
my love of life
my precious dog (bam bam) who shares so much love with me everyday..
my life
my past experiences that have brought me to the place i am today

I have to tell all of you that I have been feeling so happy, everyday I am so blessed to be able to laugh, love and live..I know this happiness comes from being here with all of you. Being grateful everyday for what I have in my life has brought me to a place I don't want to leave. I Love You All!

Peace, Carolyn


Edited by: CAROLYN4033 at: 6/26/2009 (09:15)

Remember to smile more, to laugh more, to think before we speak, to love like there is no tomorrow, to not be afraid to be honest, to reach out and hug someone that needs it!


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Today I am grateful for:

* Darkness!

* Silence!

* Pillows!

* Comforter!

* Rest!




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THANKS MAHA for that colorful and thoughtful post ... what a great greeting to wake up and see.

TODAY I'M SO GRATEFUL

* for 7 hours of sleep - almost unheard of in my world!

* for the memories of Michael Jackson's talents.

* that all my needs are met and most of my selfish "wants" are in remission.

* for this tasty hot java on a cool morning

* for the love of Brandy

* that I feel at ease

PEACE
KEITH

If you let go a little you will have a little happiness.
If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness.
If you let go completely you will be free. - Ajahn Chah

I won't be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. (The Prisoner)

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
-- Aeschylus


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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
-- Margaret Mead

Goo'day mates! So happy to be here among this fine community of friends far and near. Some of what makes this day good ~~

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~ concerned friends like Elaine, raising our awareness of critical issues with our brothers and sisters of the planet
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~ the gift of our great good karma (so far) here in the western world, with not only our basic needs met, but with so many luxuries
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~ a short, sweet call from the coast of Ecuador, letting me know I'm loved and missed
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~ being back on Facebook, for what THAT'S worth (I kept getting email notices but I couldn't access my Page, because my password wasn't working)
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~ a bike ride just ahead, and then yoga and cardio...and my goal today: strength training!

Blessed be!
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Maha


Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 6/26/2009 (08:30)

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

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

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3026


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My gratitudes include

- Really sleeping in today (after a very late night)

- semi lazy/semi productive day ahead

- Creating a new path through my garden, and the satisfying ache in my thigh muscles from the work

- All the ways that we can use to stimulate our brain, and finding joy in one of them; study. Also finding joy in just looking at vivid and beautiful scenery.

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This warm, quiet evening I am thankful for an abundance of blessings and reminded of the phrase "blessed to be a blessing". I am especially grateful for:

~aspirin
~evening walks
~letters and photos from a dear Aunt
~crock pot dinners
~clean water and plumbing-3 billion people (1/2 the world population) do not have these necessities. 5000 children die each day from water born illness.

For more information and ways to help-check out: http://www.cleanwaterfortheworld.org

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Edited by: PEACEFULONE at: 6/26/2009 (08:21)
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and
not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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My Attitude of Gratitude on this blissful night...

~ for getting up early and out the door with plenty of time to spare

~ for productive meetings with my team and setting strategies for July

~ for my dear man who made the bed and took out the garbage among other small chores before he left for an overnight with friends

~ for 2.5 hours of high intensity, fun dancing lessons tonight - whew!!

~ for continued releasing of emotions and the light airy feeling that remains after doing so

~ for the light show I am being treated with by Mother Nature at this very minute ... oh how I love T-storms!!

Today, may I make good decisions that create positive outcomes and may I have wonderful, loving people in my life to share this awesome journey with.

"As Aristotle said, “We become what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” The same can be said of enthusiasm, excitement, and passion. It is a habit, and a choice we make, moment by moment. "- Teresa Easler


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