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2/11/10 1:20 P

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Today.. I am grateful for:

- My roommate to be a fit fanatic, so when i don't have time to hit the gym I can use her elliptical for a quickie work out

- The Nor'Easter that never hit, so I don't have to shovel out my car

- One of the best friends I could ever have planning the most spectacular birthday celebrations ever! A Penguin Feeding at the NE Aquarium! Suuuuuper Excited!

- The ambition to do the 40 crunches this morning.


What lies behind us and lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us ~ R. W. Emerson


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2/1/10 10:19 P

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******** THIS THREAD IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE GO TO FEBRUARY 2010 AND START POSTING! **********

~~~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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2/1/10 4:26 P

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Today I am grateful for:
~ progress made and acknowledged
~ getting in workout before yoga class
~ freshly washed, even softer than before Lula
~ both daughters doing well
~ kind hubby
~ 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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2/1/10 11:49 A

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Gratitudes:

for the compliment from my daughter; when we hugged she said "You feel skinnier!"

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for getting a lot of paperwork done yesterday

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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2/1/10 11:30 A

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Moved this to the February thread!

As a one week sparknewbie, I am thankful for:

1) coming home to wonderful messages of support and loving kindness from sparkfriends.

2) A trip back "home" to visit family and the safe return back home in spite of all the snow.

3) and in spite of being away for the weekend, I managed to make deliberate healthy choices.

4) Sunshine!

Counting my blessings!!!
Metta
Tammy

Edited by: JUSTMETTA at: 2/1/2010 (11:54)
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world. ~ Buddha

~~~ February Goal - 244 ~~~~

March Goal ~~~ 235

One day, one step at a time. Mindfully eating. Mindfully living.


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Here's where the February Forum is:

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YAY TEE! I'm SO happy you're *home!* We're all in this together my dear, dear friend!!! See ya' *next door!*

xox
Maha

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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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As a new member to this team, and new to sharing my gratitude, here goes:

Today I am thankful for:

-My family who, over the past week has given such unconditional love and support to my 20-year old daughter who is facing a new challenge in her life.

-My yoga teacher, who graciously taught my Daisy troop today. What a joy to see 12 6-year old learning some basic yoga stuff!

-The Sparkpeople community, and this team in particular, for motivating me and keeping me focused (mostly) during a stressful week -- and reminding me to take care of myself and to be GRATEFUL!

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It is going on nine-thirty, and I'm still working on a complicated estimate for what could be lucrative but VERY challenging project. I must email it tonight so the potential client will have it first thing tomorrow. I'm tired both physically and mentally and looking forward to my lovely bed and good sleep. Still I feel happy and give thanks for:

being able to treat my painful knee this morning so I could walk enough to make going to church possible

an excellent sermon, if delivered a bit ponderously (relief priest, nice fellow) that stressed tolerance for all in a fresh way
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a lovely church service and seeing my writing buddy after he's been incommunicado during a week's writing seminar at Big Sur

good parking karma

leftover vegetable melange and basmati rice for lunch

the gift of learning to be more and more patient with myself, others, traffic...

all my graces.

Peace and blessings,

Michelle
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Soon, I hope.

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Whatever befalls the earth befalls the son of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
--Chief Seattle-

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
-e.e. cummings-

Every second is a door to eternity. The door is opened by perception.
-Rumi-

Fire is the test of gold, adversity of brave hearts.
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WooooHOOOoooo!!!! TEEEEEE!!!! xoxoxox

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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Ok guys! Missed a few days!

This one is for you Norlana!

Tonight's gratitude's include...

~The last 5 days clean! (since I haven't posted in 5 days)

~A really GREAT and entertaining day at work with my little bro

~E bringing dinner over after work so I didn't have to cook and having a nice sit down with the kids

~The kind and loving support that I received on my blog today! Thank you SOOOO much guys!

~Feeling resparked at work and doing random acts of fitness all day!

~An awesome meeting tonight at my homegroup

~That E is FINALLY starting to get the recovery concept

~A loving and caring God who loves me uncondionally

Live simply
Love generously
Care deeply
Speak kindly


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Tonight on this last day of January, my gratitudes include...

~ It may have been cold, but the sun was shining and it was still light at 5:30 this evening:)

~ Finding a new picture for above our sofa to make hubby happy that it doesn't have a bunch of "stuff" hanging over it any more

~ Getting in my last workout of Week 2 of Coach to 5K and my P90X Kenpo workout today:D

~ Eating healthy all weekend

~ That Bon Jovi played tonight on the Grammys! (I've LOVED them since High School:)

~~~ 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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On this last Sunday night of January, a few of my gratitudes:

- Sauteed spinach and garlic
- Dijon chicken
- Sunday dinners
- A gentle fire in the fireplace
- Nearby grocery store expanding organic selection of fruits and vegetables - SCORE!
- Healthy fruits and vegetables for the week ahead

Have a wonderful sleep everybody!

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On this last set of gratitudes for this last day of January I am thankful for ...
-Recalling "The Saffron Robe" T.Lobsang Rampa, and invoking the principles on warming up when I under estimated the coolness of the day on awesome bike ride
-Endorphin high, making my goal, the appreciation of being fit, whatever, it felt like bliss
-Warm shower after cold ride
-Some re-arranging and deep cleaning lifting feel of living room nicely
-Sweatsuit for relaxing at home

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Tonight's Attitude of Gratitude ...

~ Today was my mother's birthday 97 years ago. For the wonderful, caring and gentle person she was, I give thanks

~ Taking EXCELLENT care of ME today with a great workout, delicious food choices and plenty of hydration

~ That my man has been working ever so slowly to unpack from his trip and put everything away and that I am having patience

~ For the continued ability to be a creator of my own life and a challenger and coach to others, living free of the dreaded drama triangle. This shift creates a profound change in my relationships and it is surreal to watch the old interactions not working on me anymore

~ music and lots of it

~ a warm fire to sit by

~ briefly meeting my oldest son at the entrance to the interstate for a big hug right before he jumped on to go home

~ all of you here who continue to inspire me each and every day

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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Today I am grateful for:

* Honesty!

* Loyalty!

* Integrity!

* Fairness!

* Certainty!




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On this bright Sunday afternoon, my gratitudes include:

* friends who radiate warmth and light.

* insight

* V

* looking forward to a walk with V later

* a bath, hot water.

Wishing you all well, a happy, peaceful Sunday,
Usha.

My name is Usha,
from California
Pacific Time Zone.

Onward! When you go forward an inch, the Universe moves miles.



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1/31/10 12:41 P

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********* REMINDER **************

Today is the last day of January. New thread will be up and running. Start posting there 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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Good Sunday morning everyone! Like Michele, I like to reserve Sundays for deeper spiritual thoughts, but today, I awakened full of energy, and decided to share it early on!

Gratitudes abound...and some of them are
* Second consecutive day of gorgeous sunshine, billowy clouds and green bursting out everywhere!
* Reconnecting with neighbors, who are also feeling the springlike conditions
* Great night's sleep with silly dreams
* Travel plans made to celebrate my dad's 88th birthday
* A deep and gentle calm related to hubby's upcoming medical procedure
* Identifying with so many of your gratitudes...and feeling blessed by reading them.

~~~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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grateful
~to recognize exhaustion as a reminder of intention
~for the JOYS and challenges of the 2 year old in my life
~to be shown that I, too, can feel and act like a 2 year old
~for the mystery that pushes us to evolve
~to know love and compassion

peace
~ann

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now I can see the moon."
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Today I am thankful for:
-reminders that it is OK to be vulnerable!
-recognizing that I need the support I give to others and.....
-realizing I need to let them know!
-the sunshine outside that I can turn my face to
-the sacred space that I can enter and be embraced by Grace, too!
-a new day to gift and to receive!
-compassion, that grants me a reprieve!
Have a wondermost day!


"The only way out is through." -Robert Frost


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1/31/10 9:59 A

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Gratitudes:

that working with my scholarship team partner was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be!

that through sparkmailing a fellow sparker I was able to release some tears

that the beautiful sunshine will help to melt the beautiful snow

that I haven't had to cook dinner in 2 weeks (because of once-a-month cooking, or in my case, bi-weekly cooking)

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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Thankful for opportunities in life, for the chance to go to a service, for the joy of puppy girl in getting up each morning (which inspires me too), and for the happiness in my home.

Thankful also for my doctor, who is a wonderful person & a good friend.

Kim and Rosy, a heart team


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I usually avoid Sunday Internet temptations as a day to just focus on spiritual things. The computer is on for my dh and I'm just passing through...

Thankful that the rat that run through my bedroom seems to be gone.
Thankful for our new afternoon Sunday School hour giving me the whole day to prepare and enjoy being at home.
Thankful for a good week in spite of my lingering cold.

Have a great Sunday!

Michele

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
-- Leo Buscaglia

Good morning! I wasn't going to sign on to SP AT ALL today (because of the accompanying temptations), but I decided to sign on to post gratitudes and then head to the meditation cushion.

I'm grateful ~~

~ for Noreen's wisdom and guidance
~ for friends along the journey
~ for the grace of each new day
~ for this beautiful, quiet morning
~ for my indomitable spirit

Blessed be!
xox
Maha



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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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This incredible morning I am grateful for ...

-- Tee who reached out for help
--My Thanksgiving cactus that has just now decided to bloom
-- My Christmas Poinsettia that just keeps putting out red bracts
-- Friends who listen and share
-- Moving day for my son and daughter (different places)
-- A good week for eating healthy (not so good for exercise but not quitting)

Shalom,
Sandra

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Today my gratitudes include...

-The good health my family and I enjoy.
-My family and friends who are HERE today.
-My DH, for his love and friendship.
-My DD, just because.
-Recognizing anger and sadness in me with mindfulness and acceptance.
-Being willing to embrace the anger and sadness in me, and be willing to treat myself and these feelings with compassion.
-Cups of green tea.
-A small serving of a chocolate chip scone.
-Beautiful blooms on my orchid plants.
-So many blessings.

Edited by: MAZZYR at: 1/31/2010 (07:39)
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This Saturday night i give thanks for:

a lazy day with no guilt

meditation, then breakfast--a toasted whole-wheat mini bagel spread with non-fat Greek yogurt, then filled with a scant ounce of smoked salmon and thinly sliced sweet onion (total about 160 calories)--plus an orange--altogether a very satisfying first meal of the day

a tasty dinner using a recent Spark Editor's Pick Recipe Arabian Vegetable Medley and accompanying it with brown basmati rice (If anyone wants to see my notes on the recipe that tell how I adapted it to my taste plus some helpful hints, please visit my biog.

finding that smaller portion than I used to eat have become the norm

my old, improved shower massage (Thanks, Gail) and hot water that help reduce severe pain in my left knee

not letting the pain, causing me limp up and down my long hallway, affect my upbeat mood

the grace of emotional well being--one day at a time

the life I have been granted; may I used each moment as best I can.

Peace and blessings,

Michelle



Edited by: STRAWBERRY*MOON at: 1/31/2010 (02:08)


Whatever befalls the earth befalls the son of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
--Chief Seattle-

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
-e.e. cummings-

Every second is a door to eternity. The door is opened by perception.
-Rumi-

Fire is the test of gold, adversity of brave hearts.
-Seneca-



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On this Saturday night, some of my gratitudes include:

* good books to read. Shri Swami Satchidananda's Kailash Journal. Thanks, Mahalakshmi. And Parmahansa Yogananda's "How to be happy all the time." So blessed.

* making good choices at lunch when we ate out today.

* the Spark People quote today, worth repeating, "On the mountains of truth, you can never climb in vain; either you reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will climb higher tomorrow." Nietzche.

* invitation to be a pilgrim. Researching.

* Grace

* Sharing with V today.

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Usha.

My name is Usha,
from California
Pacific Time Zone.

Onward! When you go forward an inch, the Universe moves miles.



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Norlana - the waltz is my all-time favorite dance - so smooth and flowing ... I can see you dancing!

On this Saturday night, I'm grateful for all of this, yet so much more:

- A sweet phone conversation with my soon-to-be 8-year-old nephew this morning
- The sunshine today - it was magnificent
- My rechargeable batteries (the Vitamin D did the trick!!)
- Getting lots of overdue errands run today
- GREAT DAY OF EXERCISE!!

Goodnight all -

Stephanie

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Today I am grateful for:

* Rest!

* Sleep!

* Quiet!

* Darkness!

* Comfort!




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Tonight's Attitude of Gratitude ...

~ safe arrival of loved ones who were traveling today

~ deciding that a short group dance class was just the thing I needed

~ getting the house clean and orderly

~ still feeling elated from last night's ball and receiving lots of compliments not only on my dancing but my weight loss

~ continued healthy choices and listening to my body

~ the resources to allocate for self care

~ peace and quite

~~~ my oldest arrived in the city today to get some much needed things done. Only here for 24 hours. Was supposed to come home for dinner but looks like he's a no show. I'm ok with it and happy that he is happily connecting with his friends. I'm sure he'll flop here tonight. ~~~

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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 today include:
-Handling yucky situation with grace and accurately predicting cause of issue
-Issue being minor broken belt and not having to deal with any of it except via phone
-Walk with dogs to/for labyrinth walk with awesome wide views and peaceful meditation
-Roast veggie lunch easy and yummy
-Amazing Biggest Brightest Full Moon of the year viewed many times as it traveled through the sky

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Good morning, all my dear friends...I've MISSED you! But, I am finally home from all my travels, rested, and ready to get busy catching up with everyone once again.

Blessings this morning are many.
* Recall of the amazing sunrises and sunsets I saw earlier this week - through the fog, over the ocean and above the clouds from the window of a plane.
* Knowing a HUGE training project at work is behind me.
* The sense of "being home" when I walk through the doors of our house.
* Yesterday - a day off with no pressure. Time for healing and restoration and date night sushi dinner with hubby.
* Organic dark roast Bat Magic coffee
* I'm finally reading (not quite through, however) Barbara Kingsolver's wonderful book Pigs in Heaven.
* My dad has bounced back from what could have been a deadly virus


~~~Kathy~~~

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


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My beautiful daughter, sleeping peacefully.

A lovely soreness in my muscles from yesterday's workout.

A chance to enjoy decaf vanilla chai tea - oh yum! - while listening to quiet morning sounds.

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Grateful for: having lots of gratitude. For the opportunity to take another fun class, that some new books came in which I get to read, and that the sun is out, even though it is cold outside. Grateful for Rosy too, who makes me laugh everyday.

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This morning I am grateful for:
-- a beautiful white wonderworld of ice and snow (rare for us)
-- a cup of rich, dark coffee
-- two days in a row of posting gratitudes
-- a more positive attitude this morning
-- Rob, who makes me laugh

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Gratitudes:

for another day to take care of business

that I'm losing inches

that the family is sleeping peacefully


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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After watching a "what-if" on the effect of a true Pandemic on our social fabric, I am grateful for:
-water
-sanitation
-food
-shelter
-awareness that we are priviledged to have the comfort to think beyond those levels!

"The only way out is through." -Robert Frost


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It is never too late to become what you might have been.
-- George Eliot

Good morning! Well, since she posted at five minutes after midnight, the belle of the ball (one of us who has become what she "might have been!") definitely didn't turn into a pumpkin!

I'm thankful~~

~ for a very cold, snowy, icy day to be devoted to study
~ for the opportunity to be born again and yet again during this dynamic life
~ my invincible spirit
~ the wonderful concerts I'm privvy to via Netflix
~ Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Live at Radio City Music Hall

Blessed be!
xox
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It comes from an indomitable will.
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A good kind of tired as I sit by the fire to reflect on my Attitude of Gratitude this evening ...

~ Fantastic coaching sessions with my teams and being blessed to work with such articulate, hard working, enthusiastic individuals

~ Leaving work a little early to get a deep tissue massage

~ Beautiful evening and the feeling of waltzing around the room at tonight's Snowflake ball ... yes, I was the bell :)

~ Laughter with my daughter

~ A few minutes on the phone with G-man. Keeping my fingers crossed that he makes his flight home.

~ The ease at which I take EXCELLENT care of ME through judicious eating, hydration and exercise.

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 Friday night, just a few things to be grateful -

- A wonderful dinner with my sweetie
- Making the drive home with no problems (got snow and ice on the windows while having dinner)
- Good wine
- A weekend!!!!
- Great literature (still thinking of "Catcher in the Rye" and our loss of J.D. Salinger)
- Wonderful and diverse choices of music

Have a great sleep all -

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Tonight my gratitudes include...

~ Feeling pretty bad all day, but a 30 minute yoga really helped late this afternoon

~ My daughter coming home late this afternoon for a day

~ Soup & grilled cheese on a cold winter night

~ Realizing that I wore jammies all day, but being ok with it:)

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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Today I am grateful for:
~ this community and all you share and all your support
~ having some here who notice when I'm absent for a few days
~ getting more exercise this week
~ feeling hopeful (especially in the morning) I can remember so well when I almost never felt that way and even though I'm often tired and have to force myself to get moving, I usually feel optimistic most mornings. SUCH a blessing!
~ realizing now at the end of the day that even though I didn't "accomplish" many of the things I wanted to do, that my life is still full of blessings large and small and that all is well
~ making a good dent in a few projects
~ more blessings than I could ever list
namaste, sherrie

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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 rainy California evening, I'm happy to follow dear Strawberry Moon in posting my gratitudes, some of which include:

* an evening walk looking for the full moon, obscured by clouds tonight, but a quiet joy in just knowing it was there.

* a book in the mail that I've been expecting for several days. Woo hoo! It's here!

* chana masala with flax oil drizzled on it.

* memories of my grandfather's farm.

* cows

* choices.

Have a blessed weekend!
Usha

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This wet, chilly evening I give thanks for:

my new friend Metta who just joined this community

Rebecca reminding me the full moon is nigh

a bowl of home-made chicken stock dense with egg noodles and bits of chicken, carrot, and celery

my Lucky Bamboo plant (sold during the Chinese New Year season), which I bought for my desk to cheer me and and bring me good luck :-)

the fact that the content of an email I sent to the wrong person wasn't embarrassing--I'm usually sooooo careful

chatting with an old friend I haven't seen in eons and making plans to get together for lunch

another free evening to stay warm and cozy in my flat

sweatshirts

the joy of joy.

Peace and blessings,

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Today I am thankful for clear skies and sunshine, full moon rising and my son home this afternoon from a two week hospital stay.

Thankful for all the thoughts and prayers.
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This grey day I am grateful for:
-a chance to finally get my H1N1 vaccine!
-a chance to talk with my Pastor about Liturgical Art and to come away with some readings for ideas
-a chance to go by the cell phone stores and compare prices for similar packages for my son!
-a chance to exercise FIRST thing to get me going, loosen up my joints, increase blood jflow and reduce pain!
-a chance to wear my NEW second hand outfit; top,pants, jacket! LOL!
-a chance to lay down and rest before going into Chiro
-a chance to try another exercise regimen for pain to see if it helps
-the finding of a 50% off workout journal that is perfect for me and all laid out ready to go!
-YOU!

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Today I am thankful for:

Finding SparkPeople, and in particular - StrawberryMoon, Cassie, Sue, Tish

Getting to finally see my Sis and family after two long years

And that I have refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.

Metta,
Tammi

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We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world. ~ Buddha

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Thankful that I finally got to sleep last night!

Thankful that my thoughts stayed positive all night.

Thankful for my furry friends and their warmth.

Thankful for warm snuggly blankets.

Thankful for my hands when I am creative (and when I am working.

Thankful for all my new friends. Sooo thankful for the Sparkguy!!!

Reading everyone elses Gratitudes makes me feel good after reading my daily prayer requests. We have so much to be thankful for, so much taken for granted.

Thankful for honest, kind people who share with strangers.

Lord, I love thee
For the music of the waters, For the wild wind's melody, For the arch of heaven's splendor, For the secrets of the sea. For the wonders of the night-time, For the glory of the day, For the blessed joy of living, Lord I love thee. For the pearly flush of rose leaves, For the flower scented air, For the trembling hush of dawning, For all the beauty of everywhere, For the joy of friendly faces, For the graces of each day, For the hope of winning heaven, Lord I love thee.
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Gratitudes:

that I'm now part of the university's Gamer Symphony Orchestra along with my DH and DD (how cool is that)

for this job and especially that it gives me access to so many cool things

that even though I have to deal with furloughs, I still have a job AND that the DH's cola increase kicked in

that we're refinancing our house and that the reduction in mortgage payments will almost cover the car payments

that we bought the new car AHEAD of the rain, snow and other unpleasant winter elements

that Aunt Flow is almost gone

that I'm losing inches

for all my spark friends


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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The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep.
-- Jalaluddin Rumi

Good morning! With SO MUCH to give thanks for, I'm so glad I didn't go back to sleep~~

~ snow carpeting the ground and coming down steadily as I write (NOT the norm here in the mid-south)

~ a "snow day" to use wisely with a promise to myself of limited online activity

~ my friends here, who encourage me, buoy me up, and make me laugh

~ a lovely evening with a simply delicious supper with girlfriends

~ The Man Who Sued God with Billy Connolly and Judy Davis -- seriously one of the best movies I can remember seeing...I want to get up on the highest SPeople building and shout it out:

"Comedian Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, a lawyer turned fisherman whose life goes topsy-turvy when lightning destroys his boat. Citing the event as "an act of God," Steve's insurance company denies his claim for damages. Then he hits upon the notion of suing the Almighty, or rather a group of churches professing to represent the deity -- putting them in the awkward position of refuting God's existence or taking the blame in this lively comedy."

It's BRILLIANT and beautifully choreographed!

Blessed be!
xox
Maha


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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:

* Quiet!

* Privacy!

* Solitude!

* Reverence!

* Meditation!




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It's been a while since I've posted gratitudes. If I'm honest with myself, I've been more grumpy than grateful. But today is the day ....

-- the scale has moved the right direction this week
-- my daughter arrived safely in Cape Town and found a house to live
-- my son found good roommates and a house to share
-- my classes are keeping me busy but not making me crazy
-- my husband and I have a date night Saturday night -- dinner & a play

Peace to all,

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Tonight my gratitudes include...

~ Watching it snow

~ Eating out at Wendy's for lunch with my oldest (and still eating within my calorie range)

~ Getting some shopping done in between the snow

~ My violet's in bloom right now:D

~ Working out before my stupid MS shot tonight

~ Giving myself my shot consistently for a month now

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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On this very cold winter evening, a few things I am grateful for:

- Great conversation with my mother this evening
- Hearing the question bell every 15 seconds from the online Jeopardy quiz my sweetie is taking
- My favorite Szechuan green beans leftover tonight
- Restaurant week in KC to benefit Harvesters
- Ordering my cap and gown has me totally psyched this week, love this feeling
- This amazing place

Goodnight all -

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thankful late in this twilight passing into night:
-for this day
-for this night
-for the darkness
-and the light
-for the dawning of insight

"The only way out is through." -Robert Frost


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Home aid soup
Mom having a safe procedure done on her foot
Meeting a friend at a job interview that made it easier (took a test and got 16 out of 28 so I feel totally dumb
Hubby having supper waiting (what a surprise
haveing a please to sleep out of the bitter air even if it is cold in here.
All my spark firends

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I think if Usha AND Michelle are going to keep posting their yummy creations, a recipe MUST be attached! LOL

Edited by: NORLANA at: 1/28/2010 (21:03)
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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Usha, can you email me some leftovers? emoticon
If not, how about a recipe?

This evening I give thanks for:

the pleasure of J.D. Salinger's writing-- what gifts he gave to this world

the way my teeth feel after getting them cleaned this morning

driving myself to the East Bay on all those confusing freeways whirling around, over, and under each other--I'm a city mouse and don't drive myself out of San Francisco more than a couple of times a year, seriously

navigating a Home Depot store--my first ever--which was a bit overwhelming because I shop in neighborhoods not malls

the helpful and pleasant sales people there, who were patient with my questions, some of which even I thought were silly

new houseplants--thanks Gail

home-made vegetarian chile seasoned similarly to mole sauce--yum

another night to curl up and read

being so lucky to keep learning new things no matter how old I get.

Peace and blessings to all,

Michelle

Edited by: STRAWBERRY*MOON at: 1/28/2010 (20:50)


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So glad to visit here with you all ... I really NEED that! LOL Weird, weird day and then look up when I got home and realized the full moon is almost here ... dah - an aha moment!

Tonight's Attitude of Gratitude...

~ glad to be home and snuggled in as "baby it's cold outside!"

~ productive and very busy, exhausting day at work but glad I have a job and that my roles make an impact

~ my fantastic team members and all their exuberance and diligence in making our business great

~ calling the studio and getting my dance lesson moved up so I could get home

~ lesson going well and feeling my whole body relax after about 5 minutes

~ my articulate, young, energetic instructor and the talents he possesses. I am really amazed at this kid and I'm not just talking his dancing. Really bright and really a good kid.

~ getting my youngest to finally answer the phone for a brief 3 minute talk. Grateful that he is here, working to "figure it out" and grateful that I was judicious in my words

~ chinese take out - a cheat meal tonight. Not sure yet whether that was a good idea for me after eating clean for the past 90 days.

Edited by: NORLANA at: 1/28/2010 (20:22)
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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"The divine manifestation is ubiquitous." I LOVE that. Thank you Joseph Campbell and thank YOU, Mahalakshmi!

On this Thursday, I am thankful for many many things, including Maha gently prodding me to write something yesterday, when I didn't have much time to ponder and think. A good thing. You are a dear blessing in my life!

* the legacy of great minds and hearts who have blessed us with their lives.

* a quiet day with Duke as my companion.

* for last night's women's circle.

* basmati rice with urad daal, the kind they make at Sikh temples across Northern India, right here in my fridge. Leftovers anyone?

* a back rub and shoulder massage from V, just when I needed it.

* the many manifestations of love in my life.

* prioritized time for a walk and self care.

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Usha.

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The divine manifestation is ubiquitous, only our eyes are not open to it....Awe is what moves us forward.
-- Joseph Campbell

Good early evening! It has been a full day and I'm full of thanksgiving for, among the myriad things~~

~ a challenging day in all three classes...with feelings of insufficiency and negativity surfacing, giving me yet another opportunity to work with the tricks of the mind and grow -- in SO MANY WAYS

~ an opportunity to see my hero Joseph Campbell in action during a multi-media program at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts many moons ago

~ the exquisite literary legacy left to us by J.D. Salinger, who left the body last night at 91 years old

~ the important socio-political legacy of Howard Zinn, illustrious historian/professor/author and progressive social activist, who left the body last night at 87 years old

~ the fullness of heart and spirit that Usha's post on my SparkPage gave me...gotta' share the joy with you!

"In workshop, David Whyte (a poet who appears in my blogs frequently) has the allure of Krishna, the Divine Beloved, about him. He stands with one foot crooked and I had the idea that he really ought to be holding a flute! He is enchanting.

"Last year, he came to Mt. Madonna directly from the memorial service for the passing of his friend John O' Donohue (another poet who frequently appears in my blogs, e.g., yesterday), so we had candles and celtic symbols laid out. For three days, we were saturated in the love these two magnificent poets shared, for life and for each other. I was left with a strong sense of legacy and responsibility at being part of that, a blessing from the Way of Beauty and Self Expression."

Blessed be!
xox
Maha

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Gratitudes:

that spark is taking a suggestion that I (and probably many others) made and will soon be adding a TAPE MEASURE or inch tracker to the lb tracker so that we can show our inch goals, too!

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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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Abundant appreciation this midday for:
-Breakfast date with my love guy
-Back into great nights' sleep streak (with sweet dreams too)
-Dancing in KangooJumps fun and energizing (great on days like this when walking trail is icy)
-Bouquet of organic veggies to roast next
-Love 'letter' (email) from 1st former husband on what would have been our wedding anniversary



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Hi, Asherah and Michelle (some of my favorite Sparkers)and all dear T'giving community:

This morning I am grateful for...

* The opportunity to "start again" (as my meditation teacher says).
* Hot chicken soup for breakfast.
* An eating plan for the day.
* Being ready to teach tonight.
* All of YOU in the Spark community!

Namaste.
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~ a new day
~ nowhere to go
~ quiet
~ sunshine
~ a good book

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Rushing to get to bed at a more a less reasonable hour (for me!) tonight, but stopping by for inspiration from all my Spark friends first...grateful to find you all here! Also grateful for a relatively productive day, fresh green peas and mint, a hearty pot of stew, and the relative comfort and safety enjoyed by my family.

Thankful for the presence also of my mediation buddies, and for the presence of mind to stick with some key intentions this week -- so far -- including daily nutrition tracking, catching up on some reading, reduced computer time and gentle reminders to myself to be mindful of where my thoughts are taking me (or not!).

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone!

/Gail

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Today I am grateful for:

* Commitment!

* Persistence!

* Hope!

* Desire!

* Attitude!




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I also am in thoughts & prayers about the 3 young men that died in our area as NORLANA. My kids all graduated from the school district that they attended and my husband knew the one boy from baseball.

Tonight I am grateful for...

~ My family being safe & sound

~ My neuropathy feeling much better today

~ Meds for both neuropathy & migraines

~ Being able to get my workouts in today

~ The stranger that found my son's 2 dogs and called the vet listed on the rabies tag to find their owners and then taking care of them until my daughter in law could pick them up.

~~~ 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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Today I am grateful for:

* Verizon!

* Texting!

* Messenger!

* AIM!

* Facebook!




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On this Wednesday evening, a few of my gratitudes:

- Working out for a short while today, despite feeling tired and not up to it
- Wonderful Chinese food this evening, including my favorite sauteed fresh green beans
- Sharing the Spark
- So many healthy opportunities for me at work
- My team members and I motivating each other via the Olympic torch relay incentive program at work
- Finding new and innovative inside opportunities for workouts during the winter

Have a great evening -

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Norlana, My heart goes out to the families of the young men, to all who love them, and to the community.

Tonight I give thanks for:

a "clean" mammogram today--seven years cancer free

making a lovely, little half sandwich and taking it with an apple to eat between appointments, because I wouldn't have had time for a restaurant lunch--luckily I just don't like the taste of fast food

the luxury of sitting on a bench in the sun for my mini picnic

an excellent session with my wise and witty therapist, who can take a joke--even about doctors

another morning of meditation, then breakfast

feeling much more impulse control

treating myself kindly

the support of friends wherever I find them

all my many graces, especially the inspiration I find in your gratitudes

the wonderful support we give each other.

Peace be with you,

Michelle

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-e.e. cummings-

Every second is a door to eternity. The door is opened by perception.
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Oh yes! The white window appeared tonight in record time. That's my first thankful thing for tonight. (I live in the middle of nowhere with super slow net.)

2. My eldest son helped me with some yard work today.

3. Same son joined me when I decided to walk to church inside of riding in the car. 25 minute walk!

4. It's super hot tonight, but I have a good fan.

5. A crazy funny picture of one of my nephews that my sis-in-law sent me today made me laugh.

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Sending well wishes to Norlana and her town...

Today I am thankful:
*That just as the last of my winter reserve is waning, a festival is coming to town to renew me and give me a brief respite

*for my sweeties, who work very hard each year to make the festival a reality

* that the horrible mistake I thought I'd made at work, turned out not to have happened

* for my decision NOT to eat a whole lot of cookies, just to get them out of my way

* for some free time tonight to do history for the joy of it (instead of for a pay check)


I'm Sue, and I won't let fear hold me back.


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Norlana, I join you in prayers for your community. May it be filled with loving-kindness, may it be well, may it be peaceful and at ease.

This Wednesday afternoon, my gratitudes include:

Dr. Jean's intuitive insights this morning.

Anticipation for an evening with women friends at my house this evening.

Libraries.

Mutual support.

This quote from the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, in San Jose, CA.
"We find the stream of divine grace with gratitude as our compass." --Ellen Grace O'Brian

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My name is Usha,
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What a crazy, sad, mixed up day!! It is these times when it is even more important for me to have an Attitude of Gratitude and Positives!

~ hearing sad news about a tragic event in our community as 3 teenage firelighters were killed on the way to practice drill. I am grateful for all of our firefighters and that these fine young men who volunteered to serve. I am grateful that our tiny community as they come together. I am grateful that my children are alive and well and that my dear man, also a volunteer firelighter, has been returned safely to me each time. I am praying for the families tonight.

~ for this place, this space in which to jot my gratitude's down

~ Skype

~ for the continued ability to take EXCELLENT care of ME today through healthy food choices, hydration and exercise - which happens to be next.

Edited by: NORLANA at: 1/27/2010 (18:35)
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 afternoon gratitudes include:
-Strategy for full night of uninterrupted sleep WORKED
-Feeling healthy and robust today
-Peeking in at wonderful painting exhibit half way through dog walk
-Dear dogs
-Most amusing and funny email

"'Enough' is a feast. Buddhist proverb


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Gratitudes:

I got a quote in the mail today from the great thinker Albert Einstein which reminds me that I am grateful for:

all those who came before me who taught me directly or indirectly and shaped me into the person I am today.

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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My amazing husband who has taught me through example that love is an action verb :)

My super-cool mom-in-law, who made a beautiful, springlike wreath. It is such a joy to see beauty right when you come home!

The great feelings that come with finally starting a long-delayed project!

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Households, cities, countries, and nations have enjoyed great happiness when a single individual has taken heed of the Good and Beautiful. . . . Such people not only liberate themselves; they fill those they meet with a free mind.
-- Philo

Good morning! Today I bow in thanks giving~~

~ for John O'Donohue, who took heed of the Good and Beautiful
~ that I have all the means to stay warm and comfortable as the Artic push moves in
~ tempeh, a wonderful accompaniment to roasted beets, with braised greens and brown rice
~ getting my first big assignment in and feeling at least ok about it
~ having the day ahead to choreograph with grace and beauty

Blessed be!
xox
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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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Tonight I am so happy and grateful for..

- my spark tools keeping me on track

- another Terrific Tuesday with my spark buddy and our DH's...lunch and a walk

- sunshine, flowers and hummingbirds

- Mango...my marvelous mutt who always teaches me about living in the present moment

Namaste,
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People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. ~Dalai Lama


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DOLLYBABE, my heart goes out to you.

Tonight my gratitudes include...

~ Getting through & over with urodynamics with 4 recaths today. At least the RN was nice.

~ Some quality bonding time with baby sis. Both of us being poor sorta made it more fun. (OK, not TEE's fall at Target, but the rest:D I hope you're feeling ok, tee!)

~ Realizing the pain in my hand is not from a pinched nerve, but my neuropathy acting up again.

~ The lyrica making my dizzy, but making the pain go down to a dull roar

~ Getting a little ST & gazelle in fairly late tonight

~ Finding out my son's dogs have both returned after being missing for a day. They may have been hit by cars and are limping pretty bad, but they're alive!

~ Almost forgot! Finding my new debit card after digging for an hour. (Today the old cards are not good any longer!)

Edited by: LYNNANN43 at: 1/26/2010 (23:52)
~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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Today I am grateful for:

* Conversation!

* Sharing!

* Listening!

* Honesty!

* Experience!




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I'm so sorry Dollybabe for going through such a rough time...Good for you for finding some good in the day:-)

Tonight's gratitude's include...

~Another day clean

~A day off today

~Lots of bonding time via the phone with Little bro and Jeff today

~An unexpected afternoon with my sister! Was truly the highlight of my WEEK!

~Being more productive than I had imagined I would have been today

~A relaxing evening at home and some BL!

~A loving and caring God who loves me unconditionally

Live simply
Love generously
Care deeply
Speak kindly


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Although I went to my 6 funeral since Nov today and was treated beyond cruel by my husband I have some gratitude
I am so thankful for a grand daughter that has a great sense of humor and loves me so much. Thankful for a great neighbor that played games and fed my coffee for 2 whole hours. And for a pleasant visit with my cousin

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I swiped this quote from my mentor's page -

"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."


Tonight's Attitude of Gratitude ...

~ super productive day cleaning the house and getting errands done

~ endless laughter with our daughter

~ her Dr. appt going well and him telling her she's on the right track

~ warm fire and plenty of wood courtesy of my Sweetie and my daughter

~ hearing from him twice on Skype today and that he decided to take today easy to recover from fall

~ technical/computer help from our son who is a great IT type guy

~ taking EXCELLENT care of ME today through great food choices, hydration and deciding to take today off from exercise and dance

~ daughter thanking me for delicious, healthy dinner :)

Edited by: NORLANA at: 1/26/2010 (21:41)
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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Today I give thanks for:

seeing the sun for a while after a gray and foggy morning

getting errands done in a timely fashion

finding something online my father's wife wanted and having it sent to her as a little gift (trying to help keep her spirits up since my father died)

eating all the foods I love and staying within my calorie count, plus eating healthfully

seeing to some much needed small household maintenance tasks--more to go

Gail telling me how to unclog the holes in my shower massage

new members joining the "Thich Nhat Hanh....and others team" and some long-time members starting to post again

my sweet, little branch library only a few blocks from my flat

another day of meditation and eating breakfast

feeling so alive

this lovely community and all its caring members.

Peace and blessings,

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-e.e. cummings-

Every second is a door to eternity. The door is opened by perception.
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Tonight I am grateful for scattered showers and warming sun.
For Friends and family with their prayers for my sons recovery.
For warm bath, jammies and a cozy bed when it is time. Quickly approaching.





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On this quiet Tuesday evening, I am grateful for many things including:
a quiet day, for a walk, a phone call from hubs, my sister sharing her good news about a job, leftovers from a dinner party, healthy and delicious and no cooking today.
Love and peace.

My name is Usha,
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On this dark Tuesday evening, a few of my gratitudes include:

- The first week of my new class (International Management in a Global Marketplace) off with a bang and looking like another great instructor (long overdue and my last one was awesome)
- Turning in my "Intent to Graduate" form and ordering my cap and gown today!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Did I say ordering my cap and gown?
- Good jumpstart on fundraising for Walk MS - I wanted to get moving early because of my class schedule (the walk is the day before I finish school)
- My sweet nephew
- My continued exercise roll
- Our Olympic Torch Relay team incentive program at work going strong!!

Have a great evening everybody-

Stephanie

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Gratitudes:

for having plenty of sick leave at work to take the day off now I need to

that the daughter drove herself safely back and forth to school

that despite being under the weather I got a few things done

for BP readings being low despite that fact that Aunt Flow arrived today

that the dentist gave me a good report the other day and it's the first time in YEARS I've been able to get my teeth cleaned without any anesthetic
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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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Mid day greetings to all! On this quiet, overcast, San Diego afternoon...I express gratitude
* For the kindness of the airport employees who have so graciously and lovingly pushed me and "Thud" (my immobilizer boot) through one airport after another in a wheelchair these past couple of weeks.
* For clean hotels, courteous desk clerks, and complimentary breakfasts...all make the travel SO much nicer.
* For another opportunity to drop in and check on my folks today
* For our dull gray hills now covered with bright green, and the mountains covered with snow...oh California needs this SO badly!
* For finding a radio station playing folk music...and catching a wonderful interview with Peter Yarrow during a long drive.

~~~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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-for my sister deciding to join sparkpeople
-for a cold, yeah, I just rested and read "Water for Elephants"
-for paperbackbookswap.com, cheapest books around
-for the music of Philip Glass
-for progress on a work project, thanks to co-workers
-for pansies
-for spring cleaning
-for friends deciding to trek to Florida for visits


Edited by: AZIMAT at: 1/26/2010 (15:41)
"Do you have the courage to be who you truly are? " -Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


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