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4/3/10 1:14 P

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What am I thankful for today?
1. will go to Farmers Market in a short while.
2. its not raining
3. these strong legs will carry me there
4. though I feel alone right now, my social life really is expanding lately. Progress.
5. this housesit will enable me to take more astrology classes (trade)
6. Back on track with my diet
7. improving in tai qi/qi gong class
8. I have friends
9. I have shelter with plenty of heat and hot water
10. 10 days of no chocolate so far


Strength is the capacity to break a Chocolate bar into 4 pieces with your bare hands and then Eat just 1 of the pieces."
Judith Viorst

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Thankful today for
*a chance to visit my aging parents
*the wacky opportunity to spend Easter with relatives I haven't seen in at least 15 years
*my sister, who is sooooo different from me, and yet, in some ways, so eerily like me
*a date for coffee this afternoon with my favorite aunt
*the chance to visit the church I grew up in, on one of my favorite services of the year

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


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4/3/10 10:32 A

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So grateful for another day of sunshine
For restful sleep and arising refreshed
For lunch with my aunt yesterday and getting up to date with her.
For a rainy afternoon watching videos with a friend,
Red pears and popcorn.
Farmers market today
Exciting email from friend in Jakarta




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Computer fixed after a week mostly offline!
Pulled muscle - Yes, I'm thankful cause it means I've been getting out there this week and moving!
My quiet Saturday morning time!

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"God demonstrates his own love for us in this... Christ died for us."


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4/3/10 9:22 A

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~getting up and going when I feel so tired
~fresh papaya
~herbal teas
~my dogs who whined for more attention; one even preferring affection over food
~good humored exchanges
~plans for the day


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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I am SO thankful for INCREDIBLE weather...

Vets who, even if they aren't VERY bright, still can dispense the medicine you need to help your animal pals feel better...

An Aunt who is willing to let me balance her checkbook for her so she doesn't bankrupt herself while buying up all the inventory at Wal-Mart whether she needs it or not... (DON'T get me started!)...

A call from an old neighbor back home who I was hoping to visit with in person but will make it up to her soon...

A call to a SP pal who is also in the general area this weekend but not close enough for us to hook up this time... one day... not too far off...

For a kitchen counter FULL of hyacinths and tulips... filling the room with the scent of Spring!!







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Good morning all! Happy to be expressing my gratitudes here and honored to be following Maha's jublilant expressions of joy (I've used that word twice today already, "jubliant!" Must be a pattern for my day!)

~ for bright sunshine and uplifted spirits
~ for continued progress on my personal spiritual and healthy body journey
~ for the love and support of friends and family
~ for wise, intelligent students
~ for the task of starting up my lovely pond today! A lot of messy work, but a task I relish as the pond is my summer refuge (see my SparkPage for a pic)
~ for all of who share your gratitudes and encourage me to do the same!
~ for music, my constant companion

Blessings, all and Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!

GinaBug

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Good morning. Today my gratitudes include...

-The good health my family and I enjoy.
-My family and friends who are HERE today.
-DH and DD, just because.
-A walking date with DH.
-Releasing 2 pounds! Yippeeeeee!!
-Willingness to focus on solutions.
-OUR ThanksGiving Community and YOU.
-So many blessings.

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4/3/10 8:14 A

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When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh (from SparkPeople Healthy Reflections, commentary below)***

Good morning! In this world of duality -- light-dark, joy-suffering, life-death, vitality-sluggishness, peace-anxiety -- I am deeply grateful to have encountered spiritual practices as signposts on the journey. I'm also thankful~~

~ the incredibly loving, selfless service JERSEYGIRL1950 is offering her spouse during the profoundly difficult journey they are on...such a contrast to my easeful, peaceful path, which is what led me to ponder the duality of this life

~ for the LARGE exuberant presence of *LESS* Bob!

~ for the laughs of "Mad Money" with two of my favorite actresses (Queen Latifah and Diane Keaton)

~ for the prison gathering last night, and almost being reduced to tears hearing how profoundly important the time together is to them

~ teachers like Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, and Sharon Salzberg who provide us with signposts on the Path

~ the support and love I feel among us in the "sacred space" of this Thanksgiving Community

Blessed be!
xox
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***SparkPeople Healthy Reflections:

EXPRESSING EVERYDAY GRATITUDE

How often do you remember the people that have made little things possible for you? It's easy to take our privileges for granted. Today, be more aware of your surroundings--everything from your shirt, house, food, and car--and who has made them possible for you. Who has made it possible for you to experience such wonderful things? One way to let someone know that you truly appreciate their efforts is to send them a quick note or return the kindness in your own way.

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 4/3/2010 (09:39)

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It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

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

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4/3/10 7:19 A

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This morning I am especially grateful for ...

-- woke up breathing deeply without coughing
-- recognizing a dead end before getting emotionally involved
-- the primrose are in full bud -- can't wait for the abundance of color
-- a note from Renee in Cape Town, needs here mama fix
-- a life worth living
-- the possibilities of pleasure
-- the freedom of choices
-- friends -- Spark friends, near and distant friends
-- the silence before the dawn

Blessings during this time of renewal and transformation,
Sandra


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4/3/10 5:42 A

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Today I am giving thanks (already) for:

Waking up thinking of what I am thankful for. I don't know if I have ever done that, especially in the last 30 years.

Groups and challenges that are making me so mindful of gratitude and the positives in life- it is water to a person dieing of thirst.

That it is Saturday and I still have two days of weekend. I spent all day yesterday thinking it was Saturday because my wife was off and we were doing "Saturday" things. I knew it was Good Friday, but kept thinking it was Saturday- better up my meds.

My precious wife.

Lowfat Greek Yogurt, even though I pronounce most of their names wrong.

My wonderful, faithful, dear, dear friend TIVO!!! How did I live before you?

Have a wonderful Easter Weekend Group!!!

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Welcome back Inceperson and congratulations on the new little one!

On this late Friday night I am mindful of an abundance of blessings in my life and especially for...

~so many wonderful Thanksgiving posts
~tickets to a benefit for the local women's breast health center celebrating the 5 year survival of a talented local lady
~brunch plans with friends for Sunday
~DH for hanging the new wren house and keeping the bird feeders filled
~bright yellow daffodils blooming in today's needed rain
~Easter Holy Day

Have a wonderful and special weekend all!

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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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Tonight my gratitudes include...

~ Having a bad day after my stupid shot last night, but finally feeling better tonight

~ The beautiful sunshine

~ Both the spinach & lettuce poking up through the dirt:D

~ Getting some new bird feeders

~ Our cat having a much better vet visit

~~~ 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

"The world's just not as sparkly as you want it to be. We should all carry some glitter and add a little bit along the way." via SleepTalkinMan on Facebook


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4/2/10 10:00 P

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Today I am thankful for:

an amazing coming together of different threads that have been coming up lately all related to events around the death of my mother. They are coming from postings, a talk with my therapist, time of year, my injury, a dream of her last night, and they are weaving together clarifying the way to free me from a deep darkness that I have had for over 30 years.

being able to drive today! It was so freeing.

appreciating things so much more since my eye has been hurt- driving, going outside, exercising, seeing, etc.

Being able to go to work! I am so glad I can get out of the house. Also my Ilyama CRT monitor. It is old, but I have kept it for designing and photo editing and it was soooooo easy to look at today, and allowed me to work longer on the computer!

The sweet soft fragrance of the Narcissus 'Bridal Crown, as I came in from work.

the gift of my good eye. Not my left, but my design eye- my good eye for beauty. The placement of the bulb masses and companion plants with regards to patterning, color transiton, referencing of elements, and flow coming together into a beautiful whole was quite gratifying this evening.




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God, if I can't have what I want, let me want what I have.

--anonymous--


On this Good Friday I give thanks for:

my spiritual community and how much it offers me in so many ways

not letting the high, high pollen counts deter me from activities--with a little help from my good friends, nasal spray and acetaminophen

almond milk

discovering accrued airline miles that I must take advantage of by the end of this month--hummmm

so many cultural events and learning opportunities available to me

a lovely Easter card I received from my father's wife

feeling much, much more in tune with my body since I started Feldenkrais

having this place that helps me remember just how fortunate I am.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it

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and peace, joy, love, and blessings to all.

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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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Today I am grateful for re-connecting with my SP friends!

Kristine

I matter and so do all of you!



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4/2/10 9:26 P

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Good Friday gratitudes....
* Safe travels
* Southwest airlines, whose prices enable me to visit my folks regularly
* The beauty of seeing water in the California reservoirs...2% above "normal" rainfall...first time in four years!
* My mom actually recognizing me, and "introducing me" to every one at the facility as her "best friend"
* Seeing what a remarkable, tasteful job my dad is doing...remodling his house, and decorating HIS way for the first time in his life.
* That my horrible spell of anxiety this week has passed
* For reinforcement of the concept of staying in the present


~~~Kathy~~~

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


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Tonight's Attitude of Gratitude ....

~ super day working with awesome team members serving our wonderful customers

~ fun, relaxing evening with G-man

~ putting (making) Sammy dog spend some time outside this morning and finding Titan curled with him purring away.

~ more beautiful sunshine to enjoy and soak in

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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4/2/10 6:08 P

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~a great l-o-n-g walk with my sweet SparkFriend, girlfriend, co-worker yesterday
~altho miserably hot here yesterday - 103F, got lots accomplished
~time to do as I plz today and tomorrow - a little work, a little relaxation, and some great exercisin´
~my everpresent critter company
~watching a silly DVD with my niece

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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4/2/10 5:26 P

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My gratitudes today? -- my husband has sprung an unexpected get-away on me, off in a moment to a nice little B&B near Victoria. Packed in a hurry and out the door in a minute or two; back Sunday for a family gathering.

However, first this quick check in to wish everyone a very happy Easter weekend...I hope you all enjoy, no matter what you do.

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4/2/10 4:32 P

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Late afternoon gratitudes:
-gorgeous sunny day!
-cold medicines!
-coffee!
-new patio door letting more sun in the house and opening out the view.
-time to rest today
-time to make up a list of TO DOs for the weekend and upcoming
-EASTER is near upon us
-All of you and all your thoughts and illuminations as we struggle into becoming who we ARE.
OH YES! VALERIEMAHA's shared quote on the HIDDEN GIFTS of our misfortunes!

Edited by: KAT573 at: 4/2/2010 (16:35)
"The only way out is through." -Robert Frost


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4/2/10 12:10 P

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Early in the day gratitudes include:

Journal time and writing that is free and bold!

Laptop, pen, paper, creator supplies!

Eyes and spectacles!

Norlana's blog about renewal this weekend!

Azimat's suggestions for music!

May my cup overflow with gratitude as I live this day.

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



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I am REALLY thankful for the end of this week... HOW many flaming hoops CAN I jump through in a single 5 day period? Imma headin' for the record, peeps!!!

And yet... and yet...

the sun is shining SO bright!

The temperatures are headed to the 80's...

My tomato seeds have sprouted and I have 14 so far... most looking for homes... much less trouble than a Parker.. .. just sayin' y'all...

Happy WONDERFUL weekend to you ALL!!!!
XO,
Trace

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4/2/10 11:10 A

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Good morning all.
Gratitudes on Good Friday 2010:
* thankful for the bike path behind my office
* thankful for the shower and lockers in my office allowing me to walk @ lunch
* thankful for my colleagues who walk with me
* thankful for land line repair and working phones
* thankful for the TV installer who just arrived

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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4/2/10 10:28 A

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For the gift of an inner life.
For all my blessed teachers along the way who gave of thier hearts and souls so freely.
For my Sparkfriends' gratitudes.
Lovely fog snuggling the lawn this morning early.
Good Friday, I'm going to listen to J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion today, so beautiful.
My iPOD, what a wonderful invention.
Looking forward to an Easter Egg Hunt celebration for the children at the women's shelter tomorrow.
Clearing out usable clothes for the women: win-win.
Starting back to the work that I'm doing on a meditation module.
Continued good mouth healing, antibiotics almost gone.
Especially grateful for my DH.



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


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I pause a moment for a cheer:

2 bits, 4 bits, 6 bits, a dollar
ALL APRIL BABIES, STAND UP AND HOLLER!!!!

Gratitudes:

that Kathy's nephew was born the same day as my husband - belated happy birthday to him!

for a sunny, beautiful, HOT day; I'm definitely walking around campus sometime today

that I REACHED A GOAL and am 1 inch less all around!

that I didn't fall down skating last night EITHER

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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

-- OA Member


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Thanking heaven even for our difficulties and misfortunes is the best way to transform them. You will see your difficulties in a different light, as if you had wrapped them in a film of pure gold.
-- Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Good morning! I'm so happy to follow my dear friend Sandra and bear witness to the wonderful blessings in her life! I'm giving thanks this morning for~~

~ a very clean living space
~ motivation to organize and streamline the space
~ organizing my study to the end of the semester, with many important assignments coming due
~ a very interesting class possibility from a loved and respected prof next semester, in Literature of the Americas (American Indian, Hispanic American, and Latin American)
~ a potentially serious computer problem easily resolved by by local techs (bad memory card) -- and my computer's under warranty!

Blessed be!
xox
Maha
OOPS! My Smashy Buddy snuck in between me'n Sandra while I was posting! Hi sweets!!!

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 4/2/2010 (09:28)

Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
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Never eat more than you can lift.
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Today I am grateful for
power of concentration.
beautiful weather.
walking with friends.
dinner out with extended family.
Health and safety of my family and friends.
progress.



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Today I have much to be grateful for ...

-- internship worked out
-- incredible dogwoods, red buds, tulips, forsythia, etc.
-- improvements in pneumonia although still a long way to go
-- worked ahead on homework so not behind after week off
-- a dear, attentive husband

Blessings,
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On this record breaking warm day I am mindful of very many blessings and especially for...

~Spring and all the green and the promise of flowers
~needs met, so aware of this after watching the movie "Angela's Ashes", an autobiographical story of a boy growing up in terrible poverty during the depression in Ireland
~the safe neighborhood I live in and for the new campaign of Avaaz to help women and girls who are not safe

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/fight_rape_t
rade/?vl

~Good Friday and Easter to celebrate God's gift of Jesus

Have a blessed day everyone!



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Tonight I give thanks for:

sleeping in a bit this morning

cleaning out my pantry closet

shirataki noodles

Gail emailing me splendid images of the flora and fauna surrounding her cozy abode

ginger tea

the privilege of living in lovely, little city neighborhood within walking distance of so many charming places

the good fortune to count Robert as a friend and as a mentor

learning to pace myself both physically and emotionally

the fellowship that comes when spiritual sharing takes place on many levels simultaneously.

Peace and blessings,

Michelle







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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Gratitudes tonight:

- a mostly sunny day
- a four day weekend
- most members of our extended family being able to be with us for Easter
- playful, affectionate cats
- husband managing to adjust his attitude after a difficult day
- broccoli and cauliflower and a 'light' cheese sauce
- the first hummingbirds of the season
- that cats are usually slower than hummingbirds
- a single creamy white rose, magenta pink spray roses and baby's breath

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!

/Gail

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Today's gratitudes include:

concentration

a sunny quilt

a flower from my hubs

strong legs

fun

reminder from my dog that cuddles are precious

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My name is Usha,
from California
Pacific Time Zone.

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



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Tonight I'm grateful for...

~ The sun

~ The warmth

~~~ 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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Grateful that I get a week off with pay
That my grandson can spend some of his vacation with me
That I get to go the Easter Sunday breakfast with my family
For the sunny day we had

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Tonight's Attitude of Gratitude ...

~ funny annual visit with my "female" Dr.

~ dogwoods or cherry trees blooming on her lawn (not sure)

~ player piano and the beautiful music it was producing

~ parking karma

~ busy, busy day at work :)

~ many hands helping out

~ one problem not being a serious as it could have been --- Whew!!

~ getting a little cleaning done

~ vivid dream/conversation with my mother and happy to have just a few seconds with her

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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Grateful tonight
* For the incredible solitary white cloud, backlit by the moon, which glowed to a pure white against a black, heavily clouded early morning sky.
* For the view from my seventh floor cubicle at work (see my blog)
* For the emotions that are surging through me as I prepare for a trip south for Easter
* That my son has been faithful in emailing me every few days from their vacation in Thailand.
* For my funny granddaughter, who just loves anything to do with pirates (that is for you, Bob) and makes me grin every time she says ARGGGH!
* And for the interconnectedness I feel with all of you...what an amazing community.

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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I am thankful for:

starting posting to this group on April fools day- somehow it seems appropriate!

Valerie, for tricking me in to coming to this site! (sorry about Monday, as you can imagine this day seemed right)

my left eye. I am recovering from an eye problem and have a patch on my right eye.

just walking out the door and seeing all the incredible beauty. I was moving so slow I really noticed things, and was so grateful to be outside again, I really drank it all in, instead of just dashing off.

a wonderful call to my teacher, who has his own cell phone now- yeh! I could tell he had been very worried about me, and was so joyous I was improving.

the sparkers, who have supported me so much, and read and commented on my very wordy musings.

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AT: THANK YOU! I think more people need to understand what a comedian the Buddha is! And funny... BECAUSE IT'S TRUE!

Carli: Which is worth more? Your money or your life?! THIS way... you get to have BOTH!!!! (I can't remember the last time I quit but it's been a long time... and I think I'm done this time... I could be thankful for THAT!)

April: I am thankful for the gorgeous weather you have brought to Mooville.

Office: Thank you for giving me something to distract me from the nutball dogs in my house...

Dogs: Thank you for distracting me from my nutball office and the people in it who surely could use having their heads twisted off PARTICULARLY TODAY!

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~computer problems this week, but almost resolved!
~day with a Spark Pal - we walked, we talked, we enjoyed life!
~new hair do!
~great life!

"God demonstrates his own love for us in this... Christ died for us."


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Only 2 months shy of my emoticon SMOBERversary ... dig these stats ...

Your Quit Date: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 2:00:00 AM
Time Smoke-Free: 1765 days, 3 hours, 5 minutes and 47 seconds
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�Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.� ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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It IS a beautiful morning!

Gratitudes:
* my new SparkFriend AZIMAT
* fascinating Gnosticism class discussion including Platonic Greek philosophy
* nutritional report - great fruit and veggies, needing a few more carbs and protiens
* opportunity to give Thanks!

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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Oh, what a beautiful morning! it's April!

Grateful for Sat Kirin Khalsa's album "Lightness of Being" available on eMusic, it rocks and is soooo joyful.

My new Sparkfriend Kaligirl.

This fast healing process that I'm having from my oral surgeries. And the way admittedly beautiful way my smile is lookin' already. Praise to the One!

This feeling of having a rebirth now that my dental worries, shame, embarrassment are behind me.

A beautiful day yesterday working in my gardens, things sprouting, burgeoning.... with 89 yr. old mother loving watering.

Plans for a new work project.

Blessed friends that I can both laugh and explore the depths of Being with.

Dangling participles and dirt still under my fingernails.

Possibilities........opportunities.

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”







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


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Gratitudes:

that today is Thursday!

that today is my husband's Birthday!! (no joke)

that it's a totally gorgeous day today with temps expected in the Mid to Upper 70s!!!

that I'm wearing my spring clothes AND THEY FIT BETTER THAN LAST SPRING!!!!

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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Today I am grateful for another day of sunshine
For flowers and fresh spring air on the walk I will be taking with a friend.
For the health of my family and friends
For little successes that are sure to grow as I do.
For lessons learned knowing that more will follow. emoticon



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-Today my gratitudes include...

-The good health my family and I enjoy.
-My family and friends who are HERE today.
-DH and DD, just because.
-Focus on gratitudes instead of the alternative.
-The idea of moving with life instead of against it. Maha, thanks for the reminder.
-Each moment...

Mazzy


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This morning I'm thankful for Notes from the Universe:

For simply giving thanks, Mahalakshmi, when you lay down to sleep each night, or, from time to time, for no reason or rhyme, you'll begin to move with life instead of against it.

You'll be shown that life could not possibly be more beautiful than it is now. You'll see that you are the fountainhead of your experience. You'll remember that you transcend all things time and space, and thus are their very master. And you'll find that you live in a paradise where the only thing that truly seems impossible is how powerful you really are and how much you are loved.

What else would you think about, anyway?

Phew!
The Universe

BTW, Mahalakshmi, your life is not like anyone else's who has lived, or will ever live, in time and space... or anywhere else.
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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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No April Fools Day gratitude? Oh well, tonight/this morning I am grateful for ... the nice shower I just had ...
and no Easter invitations yet from the cousins (that may sound sad, but you don't know my family ... they all look like this all the time emoticon . so I can call my big bro long distance instead and we can have a nice Sunday chat ... YAY!

♫ Carli

�Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.� ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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I'm going to have trouble with my gratitudes on this late night/early morning, but here goes...

~ The sunshine & warm weather

~ the occasional Mountain Dew

~ Spending the night with our son before he moves to South Carolina in the morning:(

~ Trying to keep busy as my anxiety is taking over about my surgery next week

~~~ 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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Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. ~Buddha~


~~~Kathy~~~

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