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********** THIS THREAD IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE JOIN US ON THE DECEMBER 2010 THREAD *************

~~~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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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! December's thread is up and running. PLEASE start posting there on DECEMBER FIRST.

This thread will be closed in the morning! Thanks!

~~~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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Weary but thankful tonight
* For my God given abilities
* That my dear friend has been blessed with time to say everything she needs to
* For the fact that she is surrounded by so much love
* For the husband I have, who has not abandoned me in my times of illness or need
* For squeezing in time to work on my big volunteer project and getting that burdon lifted.

~~~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
~for disciplines
~for daily practices
~to realize a change in focus
~to see the fruit of hard work
~to feel my feet firmly on the ground

peace this night
ann

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
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Tonight, I once again get the privilege of ending my day by focusing on gratitude:

-The glee I have over learning all of my new toys - AC, furnace AND HEAT PUMP, especially with them benefiting the environment by reducing my footprint
-My wonderful partner, a true joy in my life at least 99% of the time (ROFLOL - and she would be too)
-A great dinner with a good friend, although it was a bit of a splurge, but not an all bad splurge!! :-0
-The incredible people that share in this practice and while I don't always do anything about it, know that I do so appreciate the presence of each and every one of you
-Maha, and the time that she takes every day (well, except for when she puts herself in "time out") to share a piece of herself with all of us, whether it is in the form of a new author, a poet, a teacher, a song or a story, a phone call, an e-mail, a SparkGoodie, just ever-present and supportive
-My seven senses that allow me to "be" in such a world - the good, the bad and the ugly
-A supportive and loving phone call last night from my little sister, despite my having already talked to her at lunch

Goodnight all ...

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*Attitude shift* Well, trying...
~ I have a job
~ I choose to eat healthy foods.
~ I manage to treat myself well - I exercise, rest, takecare of my skin, my body, my clothes, my shoes ~ and therefore I KNOW I LOOK GOOD. Whereever I am, whatever I'm doing, however I'm feeling I know I look good.
~ I love my mother, my family, my cat
~I have a home
~I have a bathroom with a shower, a bath
~I have a bed
~ I will go home now and take a hot shower and go to bed
~ tomorrow is another day


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~It's 9pm where I am and I'm still at work and it sucks, but I am thankful I have work, because somepeople don't have work, and I need to work because I need the money for shelter, to pay for debts, and to live.
~I hate my boss, because he bad mouths me behind my back, even though I do a GREAT job, although infront of me he is always politically correct, acting nice. I guess I am thankful he is nice in front of me at least. I have had bosses who have had short temper and yelled at me before.
~To have a job means I'm making money, every work is important.
`Maybe it's time to go home.
I am thankful I have home.

I may just delete this entry later....I'm sorry for this entry...



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Evening all
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- this phenomenal place to remember our blessings
- members of the team who lovingly allow those of us who are time constricted to post our own blessings without responding to the blessings of others (no excuse mind you..)
- a great day, lots of work accomplished and the first snowfall of the season - OH NO - 30 days of snow?
- work on the kitchen, dinner on my DH, puppies in for a cuddle and wonderful life

Hope all is well with my other team members!

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


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~almost slipped away from here, but stayed
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~loved conversation with a friend this morning
~super walk with hubby
~DDs Christmas and birthday gifts ordered
~Christmas and Dec. birthday cards ordered and should be on their way today
~raw almonds
~happy chat with my elderly mom
~looking forward more than looking back

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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Where did the year go? I look back and see all that I have to be thankful for including...

~health of self and family
~employment
~several major projects completed
~visits with relatives and getting to see new areas of the country
~weight loss and feeling more fit than a year ago
~today's snow is melting and no accumulation is forecast

Holidays are coming!
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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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I'm thankful for:
-the floor people that are working on refinishing my hardwood floors right now.
-getting in a 4 mile Walk Away the Pounds this morning
-being able to use the internet today

Kay from Tennessee



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Oh, Taz... plz not to be too thankful for the peanut butter... every teaspoon you eat will go straight to MY bum!!! LOL...

I am popping in to tell you all how thankful I am to find you all here...

to let Maha know that my mother often said, "If you don't know where you're going... how will you know when you get there?"

I am thankful for a wonderful holiday spent with dear friends... lots of food... WAY too much sodium for which I am now paying by drinking water until I swim... memories of so many happy holidays past...

tears and laughter... knowing that the stream always rushes forward and I am happiest when I am swimming with it not against it... ever onwards in the continuous now...
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Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.
-- HL Mencken, author, critic and newspaperman (via Healthy Reflections)

Good morning! Like Sandra, I slept in until 7:00am (after getting to bed close to 2:00am!), but I'm here now to give thanks~~

~ Healthy Reflections -- again! Such a well done snippet of wisdom for me

~ good practice session yesterday

~ got cardio and strength training done per my challenge

~ looking forward to time-out to get some stuff reshuffled in my life/world (I'm between semesters Dec 16-Jan 13 -- YAY!)

~ not one, but TWO Spanish classes next semester from my favorite prof

Blessed be!
xox
Maha

Healthy Reflections:
WHAT DOES YOUR CONSCIENCE TELL YOU?

Ever get the feeling that you should be doing something other than what you are? Not just in the area of good vs. evil, but in your exercise and nutrition choices. Do you ever feel guilty about doing a half-hearted job on a project or neglecting your duty to family? Listen to your conscience. It's telling you that you're getting off track. It knows what you're capable of and where your priorities are. If you neglect those standards--if you get your priorities mixed up--your conscience is going to let you know about it. When you work, turn out a product that would make you proud--even if you think nobody notices. When you plan your day, make sure it agrees with the healthy direction you want to head. That'll keep that nagging inner voice from reminding you that "something is not quite right here." You may think no one is looking, but somebody is--you are.


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

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

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This morning I am thankful for ...

* sleeping in
* finishing my last statistics class EVER; just the final & I'll be done
* losing two pounds (the same two pounds I've lost before)
* anticipating five weeks with no school responsibilities
* closer to finding a date that works for our family Christmas
* Advent series @ church
* opportunity to take care of a friend having surgery Friday
* as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

Shine,
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Today I am grateful for...

* another day lived the best way I knew how
* crossing things of my to-do list
* practicing compassionate caring towards myself as well as others
* the 'best-est blessings' in my life - those who love me and who I get to learn to love better and better every day
* anticipation of a good night's sleep
* how my heart feels when I am grateful

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Sheila

"THE BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN THE WORLD CANNOT BE SEEN OR EVEN TOUCHED. THEY MUST BE FELT WITHIN THE HEART." Helen Keller

"NO FOOD HAS THE POWER TO MAKE YOU EAT IT."
Coach Dean Anderson

MY TRANSFORMATION: I'm slimming myself physically. I'm strengthening myself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually...and I'm ENJOYING my process of Becoming!

And so... my Magical Little Fairy (below) is happlily moving forward...


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Evening all
Gratitudes
- warm soup
- warm puppies
- no precipitation with dropping temperature
- red wine and dark chocolate
- catching up with spark friends

"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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This evening, I'm thankful for:
-I found out that they are going to be able to refinish our hardwood floors tomorrow.
-I got out for a 3 mile walk this afternoon even though it was dreary out and I didn't want to go...it ended up lifting my spirits.
-DH finish grouting the backsplash this morning.

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Thankful for a super turnout for a special meeting on Saturday
Grateful for the support of a Spark Friend that same night in person
Glad for a multitude of gifts and greetings for my birthday this weekend
Happy to be healthy in mind and body at this stage of my life
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Thankful for:
-the careful eye exam I was able to afford!
-the wonderful massage and consultation too!
-the sunshine and the warmer weather which will take me on my walk.
-sushi!
-learning and enjoying the process for my artmaking and sparks of ideas coming to mind
-my family!
All of YOU!

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grateful
~for the chance to celebrate 35 years of marriage
~for the gift of dinner out tonight from friends
~that M is feeling up to it and interested
~to look forward to a date with my granddaughter tomorrow to make fruitcake for Oma und Opa
~for the joy, so contagious, of our children and grandchild

peace to each
ann

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It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
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~Christmas music
~peanut butter
~getting my strength exercises today
~yesterday is over, today has begun, tomorrow will take care of that tomorrow
~my computer and a great internet connection
~completely overcast sky with a few fluffy clouds
~the hope of rain
~that my mom was in a great mood when I talked with her last night
~that I wasn´t her only "child" to send her Christmas money (there are 6 of us)

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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The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
-- Malcolm X, American spokesman for the Nation of Islam (via Healthy Reflections)

Good morning! I' giving thanks today because~~

~ I completed Day One successfully toward my end-of-year goal www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=3809798


~ instead of berating myself for lack of consistency I'm celebrating being back on-track

~ seeing, from reading blogs of friends who have lost 100+ lbs. that the process is the same, 15 lbs. or 115 lbs., and deciding once again that I'm worth it

~ three others spontaneously deciding to participate together in this challenge, and Stephanie volunteering to be my ACCOUNTABILITY sponsor

~ happy I resubscribed to Healthy Reflections and feeling that the commentary is speaking directly to ME this morning

Blessed be!
xox
Maha

HEALTHY REFLECTIONS:

Do you know where you're going?

Who tries to put together a puzzle without seeing a picture of the finished product? Who shoots an arrow without knowing exactly where they want it to hit? Your goals--particularly your health and family goals--are likely more important to you than puzzles and archery. So why trust them to luck or a fuzzy idea of what success is? If you can clearly state and see what your vision is, you're well on your way to seeing it come to life. From the beginning, world leaders with a strong, clear vision have been able to energize people with the possibility of greatness. In the same way, a vision can motivate you and keep you fired up. Instead of stumbling around, hoping to reach your goals, you'll know success when you see it, and know what needs to be done to get there. The clearer your vision, the more targeted your plan will be. What do you see?



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

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

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Thankful
-I have a reason to get up!
-I have a very good job
-a family who loves me

~Liz ~
From Ontario Canada EST


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This morning I am grateful for ....

* Sunday lunch with friends
* going to sleep reading Pema Chodron
* feeling centered/grounded
* firing up my motivation for the last week of semester
* looking forward to semester break & holidays
* living into awkwardness of changed circumstances
* as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

Shine,
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Very thankful for...

~family time this holiday
~warm house
~quiet time and ready for sleep
~good left overs
~found a nice tree

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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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Tonight, I am grateful for all of this, yet so much more:

-Smoothies, healthy and feeling good on the throat
-Hot chai tea (I'm turning into a tea barrista), also soothing on the throat
-Leftovers
-A really great R&R weekend
-My overall good health, despite some recent inconveniences
-My amazing and lovely partner
-This thread and the people who share in it

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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Grateful on Sunday...
* That I had the entire day to spend with my dear friend in the hospital
* For the magnificant light she has been in my life.
* That my hubby tidied up the kitchen while I was gone
* That our TREE IS UP!!! AND DECORATED!
* For Frasier reruns - great diversion and a half hour to diffuse


~~~Kathy~~~

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


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Today, I'm grateful for:
-Fantastic weather here
-Great husband who has been really handy in doing our kitchen remodel
-Sundays.

Kay from Tennessee



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Grateful for a Heavenly Father who:
- requires no words from me, for He already knows...
- knows my needs before I speak them
- provides me with all of my NEEDS and so much more
- who places the right people in my life at the right time
- who loves me PERIOD


~Liz ~
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~simple aspirin relieved my pains this morning
~was able to help DH with today´s study w a book I´m reading
~had a great time at Michele´s party last night
~enjoyed the brownie with ice cream even though off of choco
~enjoyed a half cup of coffee with whipped cream on Thanksgiving even though I´m off coffee and most caffeine
~I did not feel that I was making a bad choice on either occasion
~DS is coming next week for 2 days!
~I´m hungry and it´s lunchtime

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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All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spines crumble.
-- William S. Halsey, WWII U.S. Admiral
(via SP Healthy Reflections)

Happy Sunday! Rising after 8:00am after ANOTHER after midnight bedtime. With my second cup of coffee in-hand and thanks in-heart~~

~ SparkPeople Healthy Reflections and commentaries, spot-on (pasted in at the end)!

~ fun with women friends last night

~ the beauty and wildness of a friend's wolf, and the fascination of shared wolf stories and information

~ friend Jean's can-do and upbeat attitude, in spite of being blind

~ LiveLightEnFree's TWENTY SIX lbs. loss and all she's learning in the process!!!

Blessed be!
xox
Maha

Healthy Reflections: Facing Your Worst Fears

Your worst fears are usually the ones that never happen. Unfortunately, they're also the ones that keep you from trusting yourself and your abilities. Doesn't it seem silly to give up in the face of an anxiety that may be no more real than the fairy tale troll that lives under the bridge? If you approach a possible roadblock with hesitation, it might resist and break your resolve. But if you step forward with confidence, you can climb that wall, even one inch at a time, and pull yourself over the top. It's all about confidence, which you build by facing problems. Then you know that you can take on anything that comes along. The unknown monster under the bed is always scarier than the dust bunny reality.






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

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

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Morning all
- grateful for a safe return from a joyous family holiday and a day of rest before returning to work

Have a blessed day!

"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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This morning I am grateful for ...

* dinner & a movie with Maha, Jean and Camille last night
* actually enjoying a football game all the way through
* the soothing experience of cooking with friends
* Renee will fly in on December 7
* Semester ends December 6
* only one final/papers done -- thank goodness
* another beautiful day
* squirrels in the back yard
* as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

Shine,
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Today I'm grateful for...

-All that's RIGHT in my life and HERE.
-The good health my family and I enjoy.
-Spending time with DD.
-A walking date with DH.
-My gratitude practice.


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On this late Saturday evening I am thankful for...

~life
~my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and the other wonderful relatives who blessed my life
~DH and our kids who bless my life
~friends, in town, out of town and on Sparkpeople
~the coming holiday season
~our service men and women, may they be safely home soon

Best wishes to each of you for a very happy, healthy and successful week!

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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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I am grateful for...

* what I'm learning about myself and my capabilities
* I have lost 26 pounds
* I have been a non-smoker for 7 years
* I am learning to give myself credit for my accomplishments - to actually enjoy them and allow myself to gain a sense of satisfaction (yay for me!)
* golden sunsets
* the myriad gifts of nature that feed my heart
* all the love I get to give and receive
* that I'm learning to love better and better all the time
* how my heart feels when I am grateful

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"NO FOOD HAS THE POWER TO MAKE YOU EAT IT."
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MY TRANSFORMATION: I'm slimming myself physically. I'm strengthening myself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually...and I'm ENJOYING my process of Becoming!

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On this Saturday evening, just a few of my gratitudes included here:

-Strawberries smoothies, quite healthy and very pleasing to the taste buds
-SparkPeople recipes - I've found MANY great ones
-Trying a new SP recipe tonight for lowfat banana bread made with whole wheat flour (thereby effectively ridding our counter of 3 black bananas!!) LOL (yet to be determined how great this recipe is, I'll find out in about 30 minutes!)
-SLEEPING UNTIL ALMOST 11 A.M. today - TOTALLY out of character for me as I can rarely sleep past 8 a.m.
-Sleeping so late making me sorely realize how much rest my body is still needing (and I'm still listening)
-A dear friend who was willing to drive to my house to pick up house concert tickets instead of our original plan of meeting in the middle for a bite
-Netflix movies (now we're all done and have none for tomorrow though)

Goodnight all ... think I'll have a slice of banana bread and glass of milk before bed shortly

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Grateful today for
* The resilient human spirit
* Inner strength that is provided when *we* think we have run out
* Friends coming for dinner who won't care that the house is a mess, Christmas boxes are everywhere, and nothing is finished.
* Sisterhood of friends
* Rainy weather befitting of mood

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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Quick thank you to Maha for the Simple Gifts youtube link! Love it!

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grateful
~to be walking
~for heat to balance the cold
~to have gifts to share
~for peace in our house
~to be comfortable with the process of healthy weight loss, after all that's gone before

peace
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Good Frosty Day, to all of YOU, givings thanks of all kinds, touching others of all kinds, through situations of all kinds!

Thanks for the day!
Thanks for the ability and willingness to make the most of it!
Thanks for the unfolding of the rich experience of creative processes over production!
-and the rejuvenation and relighting of the soul on yet another path of exploring!
Thanks for the daily acts of setting my house in order...and for a house to do it in!
Thanks for my ever growing culinary gifts, that now can shine their beam on creating tasty but appropriate foods for Hugs since his near fatal hospital visit!
...and the enlightenment it has brought him as the vast possibilities of culinary choices perhaps not favored before!
Thanks for his embracing and acting to develop his own dishes to share with us all! He is quite talented!
Thanks for my Family and as always,
Thanks for all of YOU! emoticon

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Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.
-- Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Good morning! Now THAT'S luxury, Mazzy: "Pomegranate arils already seeded!"

I'm dragging a little this morning, having bedded down after 1:00am with a 7:00am rising, but my hearty brew topped with manually frothed LF chocolate milk is helping, and I give thanks~~

~ for friends who help rekindle the flame

~ for a friend's simple but profound (simply profound maybe?) wisdom

~ for the stunning group of 21 inmate friends last night with, yes, simply profound wisdom oozing out of their pores!

~ for yoga ahead with an immensely competent teacher

~ for a gathering of friends this evening, and the joy of getting better acquainted with one that I'm giving a ride to

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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This Saturday monring I am thankful for ...

* being a mostly continuous work in progress
* pondering choices
* unexpected dinner with a friend last night
* accepting when it's time to let go
* my mother's emails
* time to do homework today
* a crisp, sunny fall day
* pizza and a movie tonight with friends
* as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

Shine,
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Happy 4-5 Michele!!! emoticon
~Christmas cards are addressed
~research for next newsletter underway
~perfect gifts selected for sweet DD´s bday and Christmas
~fun looking for 3 more special gifts (always takes too long, in my opinion)
~party tonight
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And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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Today I'm grateful for...

-All that's RIGHT in my life and HERE.
-The good health my family and I enjoy.
-A walking date with DH.
-Spending time with DD.
-My gratitude practice.
-The rosemary and basil plants on my windowsill.
-Pomegranates arils purchased in a container and already seeded.
-A healthy appetite and the joys of eating mindfully.


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On this late Friday evening I am grateful for many blessings including...

~all of your inspirational gratitude posts
~family, especially that our DD and SIL were here for two days and our two sons will be here for another day
~needs met abundantly with enough to share
~friends, looking forward to hearing from many in their Christmas letters
~spark people, this team and the very many special people here

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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Tonight I am ever grateful for...

~ Most of all, Family

~ Food on our table

~ A roof over our heads

~ Clothing to help keep us warm

~ Pets to warm our hearts

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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On this Friday evening, I am thankful for so many organizations in this world trying to help others, just of few of which include:

-www.kiva.org
-www.vittana.org
-www.harvesters.org
-Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, www.cfcausa.org
-National Multiple Sclerosis Society
-Literacy KC
-Ronald McDonald House
-Heart to Heart International

Unfortunately, there are far too many worthy causes; fortunately, there are lots of people out there who try to help.

Goodnight all -

Stephanie

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Today, I am grateful for
~ this moment
~ dear bro feeling better each day
~ our daily conversations with family half way across the world
~ quiet
~ time spent hanging out with my sis
~ feeling re-oriented again
~ nostalgia
~ radio

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Gratitudes tonight
* Our Christmas tree is up WITHOUT an arguement for the first time in over 20 years!
* Centerpiece on dining table still holding on to autumn colors
* Tearful but incredibly honest phone call from a friend
* Again, the health of my family
* Angels
* Intimate memories that are locked in my heart...

~~~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 son won two awards tonight at the football dinner - MVP for Offense, and the prestigious "Bear Paw" Award. The Bear Paw is for leadership, dedication, hard work, and basically all the stuff that a mommy can be very proud of when they call her son's name.

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Gratee-tudes:

Thankful that I got to eat some of TAZ's very own scalloped potatoes on T-Day
Thankful for time well spent with Mrs. TAZ and wonderful,uplifting conversation
Thankful for the courage to take care of a little thing that will help keep me out of seeing emails from a disturbed person
Thankful for a nice day to do little as tomorrow will be long with a big event in the evening
Thankful to be hitting the big 4-5 in the morning and feeling good, healthy and fairly happy!

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Thx for the compliment, MAHA!

YES,STLRZGRRL, Puffs Plus are the BEST! I was most grateful that a friend (from WI) brought me (in Brazil) like 8 pkgs in Jan. that I needed desperately for 3 awful colds this year!

Sorry to hear the plans chgd for you and your delightful SPfriends, Sandra! I was looking fwd to hearing all about the fun! Glad you managed to have a peaceful break anyhoo.

KAT - that article is great and I´m so glad for the reinforcement that our grats habit is good for our health!

Hey, SIMPLELIFE, that is wonderful. I love babies as long as I can send them back to their parents - hah! Wonderful that you got to be with your adult kids! And the death thing is an ever-looming unwanted visitor to all of us. I reeeaallly missed a few special people yesterday - the ones far away and the ones who I´m still struggling to find a place for the love I carry for them.

AT, how nice you have a new pillow! I have been thinking about getting a new one, but will put it off a bit longer. I think the one I have is like 10 yrs old - glad I paid a pretty price for it cuz it has held up better than any I´ve ever had! Good that your nephew is out of Korea and he probably should at least write an article for some mag. or website - bet he´d get big bucks for it right now!

PEACEFUL- you must be so at ease having your kids with you! What a blessing! Just like a momma cat snuggled up with her kits!

So Bob, the fuzz was getting in the way?!
Mazzy, our good health is worth tons of grats!!!

Ann, plzd to hear that your hubby is accepting life - the embracing will come. Reluctance is the fear that still resides within. It may take a long time to learn to detach from that fear. Sweet girl, YOU have learned a huge lesson that I am still learning and that is that YOU can survive, have, and will!

CASSIOEPIA your positivity in perceiving such blessings in your life always boost me!

Stephanie - what? A WHOLE entire day in pj´s! WOWZA! I have not done that since childhood. Gonna consider that as a reward for something!

Super happy that our day yesterday was blessed with the presence of AmGirl and her fam, plus SIL AND BIL (hubby´s brother). We had a great time and laughed a few times at and with each other - so good for the soul! And, besides that - the food was wonderful. I saved the rest of SIL´s salad for today and a piece of punkin pie, too! Gonna go have some of the scalloped potatoes for my lunch right now!

It was too funny that I searched and printed a scalloped potato recipe from SparkRecipes.com and as I was making it noticed that it was my very own!!!
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Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good morning! I'm happy to be here to give thanks~~

~ for the incredible beings I've encountered on SparkPeople

~ for the ripple effect of small acts of kindness
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~ for the opportunity to reach out to women in prison via a dear friend's service project

~ my intention to bike to campus to practice voice and piano for an hour or two

~ wonderful phone conversations with dear friends

Blessed be!
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This morning after I am thankful for ...

* Ann's husband is going to survive and he accepts it
* families who always have room at the table for one more
* not having to cook, clean or deal with leftovers but still enjoying a feast
* going to bed early last night exhausted
* avoiding all retail stores today
* homemade granola
* breakfast with a friend this morning
* reading the NYT with a perfect cup of coffee
* reconciliation
* as always, a life worth living, possibilities and freedom to choose

Shine,
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Incredibly thankful this evening
* For the Turkey Trot being held on such an incredibly beautiful morning
* For doing the 5K in about 55 minutes. Great walking pace for me.
* For the joy that my dear friend Barbara has brought into my life
* For the health of all my family
* For a delightful day with son and grandkids; love, laughter, and great food.

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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Tonight, my gratitudes include, but are by no means limited to:

-Not having to get out of PJs all day long
-A small, but delicious, high quality Thanksgiving meal
-Extra special fresh organic cranberry sauce (Chef Meg's recipe, it's great)
-One of my Aussie friend's mashed potato recipe (red potatoes (with skin), sweet potatoes, soy milk and butter - something about the red and sweet potato mix is divine)
-Cooking dinner in small spurts, starting last night (we finally ate at 7:30 tonight)
-Clean sheets, compliments of my partner
-Hot water for a nice steamy shower before bed

Goodnight all ...

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Today, I'm grateful that I got to spend the afternoon with my grown children.

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Today I am grateful for the holiday that my American friends are sharing with their friends and families.

I am grateful for the love and companionship of my husband, and how he takes care of me.

I am grateful for my place of work, with it's varied challenges.

I am grateful for the clear blue skies, so beautiful at this time of year.

I am grateful for technology, and the advantages that have come with it (ultrasound machine).

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giving thanks today
~for our amazingly diverse faith community under one roof this morning
~to feel recharged for a quiet day of giving care
~my husband will survive and now believes it
~for family dropping off food later
~to have a warm and cozy home/nest

peace to you
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Today I'm grateful for...

-All that RIGHT in my life and HERE.
-The good health my family and I enjoy.
-My gratitude practice.
-Good luck.
-Family, friends, and SparkPeople.

Warmest wishes for a happy Thanksgiving.
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“Happy Thanksgiving to you, Happy Thanksgiving to you, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving to you, and many morrrree!”

Great tune! I really like the words and tune, but it's bothering me as to what song it sounds like????? Have a great Thanksgiving day!!!! bob

ps. sorry I didn't do a Thanksgiving px. I do look absolutely fab in feathers, but I recently had to shave my beard to get a mask seal at the high bi-pap pressure, and the whole waddle thing didn't go down well.


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On this Thanksgiving morning, I am thankful for many things ...

* family and friends
* learning I must love myself to give & receive love
* my prodigal son returned home as a maturing adult
* learning to relate to my adult children as adults
* learning (with difficulty) to state my preferences
* hoping your day of thanks is all you desire
* thankful for a life worth living, possibilities and freedom to choose

Shine,
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Thankful today for having a great place to spend the holiday with good friends!
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On this cold, wet Wednesday night I am very thankful for many blessings including...

~reading all your gratitudes and sharing all of your joys-especially glad your nephew is out of harms way Kathy
~all of our children and SIL made it here safely even though their travel time was lengthened by sleet and ice for two drivers and heavy rain for the third
~wonderful family visiting and catching up at dinner and this evening
~forecast for the rest of the holiday is much better
~my head cold is nearly done
~DH for taking the day off to help clean so I could cook
~DD for bringing the pie

May each of you have a very special day celebrating all that is good in your life!
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This food is the gift of the whole universe – the earth the sky, and much hard work.
May we eat in mindfulness so as to be worthy to receive it.
May we transform our unskillful states of mind and learn to eat with moderation.
May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness.
We accept this food to realize the path of understanding and love and joy.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh, Meal Prayer

On Thanksgiving Thursday (just!), this day set aside to give thanks, as we do here together EVERYday I offer deep gratitude~~

~ the great teachers, like Thich Nhat Hanh, who point the way

~ that I'm my own best friend (I'm learning this, really I am!)

~ a short (5 miles) but refreshing bike ride on a beautiful fall day yesterday, followed by an energizing yoga class

~ courage to stay the course

~ fond remembrance of Thanksgivings past with nuclear family

Blessed be!
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