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2/1/11 6:37 A

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There always has to be one who misses the beginning of the new month. I'll repost on the February thread! LOL

This morning I am thankful for ...

* rain not ice, like north of us. You all have my prayers.
* spending the afternoon with a friend I haven't seen in 10 years
* GETTING CABLE INTERNET TODAY
* in case you didn't hear, I'm getting cable internet today and I'm so, so excited
* I'm getting 18 TV channels -- an added perk
* said no to an invitation -- working on setting healthy boundaries
* the sound of rain pouring out of the down spout
* as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

Shine,
Sandra

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FEBRUARY 2011 THREAD IS UP AND RUNNING, BUT DO NOT POST THERE UNTIL TOMORROW!
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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1/31/11 10:14 P

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Well look at all I have missed! LESSBIGBOB trying to slip out the back door, and all! ha!

I can see why it would be easy to think that there may not be an acknowledgement of darkness in the giving of gratitudes, but in fact, on closer inspection, I do believe a number of folks have certainly commented on this aspect of all of us, whether it is our shadow-darkness or our soul-darkness.

Indeed, I believe that darkness is often the spawning ground of what I call Hidden Gifts.......

And it is up to each of us to decide what we need and must do, and it is up to all of us to acknowledge and I think we do.

Each person adds a dimension and richness to our experience, and their leaving or absence is always felt.

I am thankful for the variety of expression shared here
-for the Light that shines much brighter after the storms of Life
-for each day I am allowed to come to terms with who I am, and what I need, and how to best align myself with my Higher Power
-for all of you, equally


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1/31/11 8:40 P

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Tonight, my gratitudes include:

-Watching everybody give LessBigBob a hard time!! :-)
-Making it home safe and sound on main roads that were fine, but especially up the slight include on our cul-de-sac (and our driveway) which was pretty much a small, but pure, sheet of ice
-My company and how they care for their employees (I was told to pack it up and take 2 days worth of work with me to work at home in the event of the predictions of snowstorms coming true)
-Doing work that, by nature, allows me to work from home (some do not have that option)
-Enough firewood to get through 24 hours of no electricity
-The knowledge that exercise equipment can provide body heat and joking with my partner that it might come down to exercise or freeze
-Chai tea lattes, always!!

Everybody please stay safe and warm, especially if you're in one of the potential blizzard zones!

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1/31/11 7:30 P

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Oh, PULEEEZE Bob...NO more talk of leaving this team!

Just like you, I have a hard time with the word "concise". There are a BUNCH of us wordy ones here...as well as those who are able to sum up their gratitudes in a word or two.

That is what makes us COMMUNITY! Each of us being different....a tapestry of personalities, professions, life styles, family / relationship status, health issues, financial status and so on. As "mayor" (she says tongue in cheek and with a grin, knowing it is not true) I will send the Spark cops after you and throw you in the clink if you try to leave town!

Now, enough said. And on with my personal (not in one word, either) gratitudes.
* Fog - The way it has been embracing me each morning as I leave for work. It's silence and gentleness.
* MY dark side. Without my struggles, my personal demons and trials, I would not know the sense of appreciation for the many good things in my life. The yin/yang, the balance of life.
* That my dad is doing GREAT post op, and will be leaving the hospital today
* For a great gathering with friends last night
* For being at the lowest weight I have been at in 23 years!
* For all of you...AND for Michelles quirky new profile pic. LOVE that playful side of you!

~~~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:

All the guys named Bob on this team!

Perserverance (how do you spell that word, go away red spelling line!) last night when I would much rather have given in and I received a small reward for my work.

Time to 'pute with no boys in the house. Two went to town and one went to skate with pals.

Many little children at our church school yesterday afternoon.

Time to chat with three friends this afternoon.

Able to convince my unconvincable child (ah, there's that red line again) to go with his brother by bus to town.

All the dishes in my sink (alright, I'm not too thankful for that.)

Bye!

Michele

p.s. I'm working harder to make my posts longer like Bob's.

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Bob- For me, this team is about always looking for SOMETHING good or SOME bright spot to even bad/dark situations.

So on days, where my gratitudes are few and seem uninspired, it's really the best that I can do that day. But at least I tried! And that's what counts:)

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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Morning all
- arrival safely @ work through icy streets
- warm food, home and office (sending loving thoughts to the homeless and unemployed)
- time over lunch to spark
- no plans for this evening

"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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1/31/11 12:56 P

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Oy vey, I should have just quietly slipped out the back door!

My deepest thanks to all of you for your wonderful supportive thoughts, also, thanks I think, to those of you who have been brow beating me…….uh, I mean giving me tough love to come back. I certainly hope to be back soon, I just needed to focus on another thread for a short time to learn the names, the stories, and get the “feel” of the group.

I don’t doubt we all have our dark sides and I certainly don’t think I am different from anyone else. It's great that even with what folks are going through they can come on and express the gifts and joys they find in life to be thankful for, which is what I loved / love about it. But, the posts are not about the struggle and the dark, and others struggles, nor should it be here. I feel out of balance in my little time to post, my thing to fix, in no way the group, I don't want it to change one bit. I hope I can do both very soon, and not cause such a ruckus.

I am so fortunate to have my sponsorship buddy, we are finishing our third month- yes Trace, the women is indeed a saint, and I feel so blessed to have been tricked into this group- thanks Sister Maha! I am feeling really at home in the new group dealing with some really bad quano hitting the proverbial fan now, and some old wounds that won’t let go.

I’ll “darken” your door soon! Ha! Even down he still has it! ttfn. more less big bob soon


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Today I'm grateful for...

-The Bob's of the world... warts and all.
-All that's RIGHT in my life and HERE.
-The good health my family and I enjoy.
-An early morning walk.
-My gratitude practice.
-Peace.
-Forgiveness.


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1/31/11 9:13 A

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Monday, Monday thanksgivings...

~that it is the last of January
~that the forecast (up to 12") let's me know I have to get my errands run this AM before more snow comes
~the delightful PBS series "Downton Abbey"
~eyeglasses to help me see
~enjoyable sermon and service yesterday
~another day to try and get it right

Wishing a wonderful week to this thankful team!
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Bob! We LOVE you to bits... if these good people let ME show up and be thankful that I have kept from twisting my idiot boss' head off for one more day... for remembering to actually PUT the birdseed into the feeder after I ran out and then finally remembered to get some more so the sparrows of Mooville have a snack to tide them over through the cold and snow... for getting my bizzywork report written even though it took up most of my weekend... for finding it in myself to drink those 14 bajillion glasses of water to flush out the sins of the chili and lime skinless almonds that were SO good for me at a quarter cup that I thought it must surely be better to eat... erm... more than that... for laundry detergent and a mop and glass cleaner that helped me to clean up the wreckage of a house that fell into disarray ALL BY ITSELF while I was out going to work so I could buy mops and laundry detergent... and thankful for the ability to scream my head off in joy at the prospect of bringing another ring back to my Shining City of Steel as the heart-attack-inducing Stillrz descend upon the people of Texas for the rumble in Arlington SUPER BOWL!!!!

Wait. What was I saying?

Oh, yeah... if they let ME hang around... then YOU are duty-bound to show up to give some balance to my yap...

When you can. If you have a mind to. You know.

Just so yinz know, I'm going to be OFF-SCALE thankful when I come back here tonight and find I don't have to write this fool end-of-month report any more...

And... of course... I am SO thankful for YOU!!!!

Happy Almost February to yinz ALL!!!
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1/31/11 8:12 A

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ok, Bob. One more thing. Hope you do not feel more pressure because we want YOU to stay. Hah! We just like YOU and would love it if you do stay around. If you decide to go another way, that´s okay and we understand. Speaking collective,if ya know what I mean.
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My grats this morning

~I woke
~altho still fighting with fatigue, I am glad I have another day to live on Terran
~I saw my little BUG friend one more time! He must´ave been on the underside of the table. I took him outside and placed him on the hibiscus closest to the front door. I am, of course, assuming that he is a good bug.
~yikes! Ev´rywhere I look I find more ants are taking over! Must put something out to get them away from my new flowers. The marigold and zinnia seedlings are proliferating
~reading through Christiane Northrup´s excellent book about menopause and finding some thought-provoking material
~exercises planned for the week
~discovery that the maltitol (an alcohol sugar) in a protein bar I found here does not upset my tummy (wish mfg would not use these things or artificial sweeteners cuz my body rejects them!) (bars are so helpful when I am away from the nest)
~lots of bird chatter in the backyard today
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1/31/11 7:49 A

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"One can't believe impossible things," Alice said. "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
-- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, Chapter V

Good morning! Giving thanks today for~~

~ the power of believing

~ the brilliant creativity and "outside the box" ideas writers like Lewis Carroll offer us

~ the way my soul has been warmed by Mother Nature

~ the joy of spontaneous meetings

~ on track with my schedule this morning

Blessed be!
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1/30/11 11:49 P

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Bob- Don't leave us! We all struggle. Right now I'm dealing with some serious SAD.

Tonight I'm grateful for...

~ Falling asleep before 2am last night.

~ Green tea.

~ Getting a call that our son will be coming back to the Burgh for the Superbowl next weekend:-)

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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Bob - Sandra is right - we ALL struggle. I personally think you're right where you should be here with us, but then I don't walk in your shoes.

Tonight, my gratitude includes:

-An opportunity to help, despite my own personal sacrifice in missing my favorite weekly yoga class by doing so (which I did not tell them about, of course)
-Finally remembering to write the check out for my oldesth nephew's upcoming jog-a-thon, now just to get it in an envelope, address it, and then mail it. Why do such small things seem so difficult at times?
-Getting an e-mail at least letting me know that the two kitties I'm interested in adopting are still available, just a computer crash, so they can't yet get to the right forms
-Beth and I both falling in love with these two adorable little kitty faces on the screen, sisters no less, and one who looks very much like my Lady Gwendolyn used to look. It's been a long time now and we're both ready for some new 4-legged kids around to laugh at.
-Sunday night to just chill out now after getting two things off my list this weekend that seemed large and looming (and felt very stressful)

Geez ... I've been hanging around Bob too long - this post is very long!!! :-) (just messing with ya, Bob!!!) - Hope to hear from you soon!!

Goodnight all ...

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1/30/11 4:34 P

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Afternoon all
- flaxseed, whole wheat, oat bran muffins
- great workout with the pups
- fire in the fireplace
- sparking with 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

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1/30/11 9:53 A

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BigBob my friend. I will miss you deeply if you in fact decide to abandon us girls (which I hope you do not). You bring a refreshing honesty to this thread that I think all of us feel but lack the courage to share. Perhaps we are the ones who need to find the courage to share our dark sides more freely. Believe me, I think I can speak for most everyone, we struggle also. As for brevity, I love your longer posts.

With that, I am thankful this morning for ...

* getting glimpses of joy in the midst of my darker leanings

* finding this thread to remind me that I have things to be thankful about even as I struggle. Before I started posting here, I rarely thought in terms of giving thanks.

* feeling torn between two worlds ... but giving thanks for possibilities & the freedom to choose. Have to make more conscious decisions about how to spend my time, what's important.

* dreams that have the potential to inform -- I've had those vivid dreams two nights in a row. Now,if I only knew what they are trying to tell me.

* Missing my friend Chris while taking pleasure in the memories. Wondering if it's possible to meet two soulmates in one lifetime.

* Exhausted and overwhelmed -- my body and mind are telling me to slow down and set priorities

* as always, a life worth living (and I mean this literally after years of suicidal thinking), possibilities (the recognition that I have real alternatives) and freedom to choose (if I exercise that freedom consciously).

Shining through the dark moments,
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1/30/11 9:06 A

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And then there crept a little noiseless noise among the leaves,
Born of the very sigh that silence heaves.
– John Keats

Today I was walking with some friends in Armstrong Redwoods Park and I was astonished at those trees. The more I looked at them, the more I came to appreciate them. It was completely still, unlike our tropical forests in India, where elephants trumpet, tigers roar, and there is a constant symphony of sound.

Here everything was still, and I enjoyed the silence so much that I remembered these lines of John Keats. It is a perfect simile for the silence of the mind, when all personal conflicts are resolved, when all selfish desires come to rest. All of us are looking for this absolute peace, this inward, healing silence in the redwood forest of the mind. When we find it, we will become small forces for peace wherever we go.
-- Eknath Easwaran

~ in my sadness this morning, I am grateful for the Wisdom Teachers that point the Way

~ I am grateful for hope

~ I am grateful for lessons

~ I am grateful for a loving heart

~ I am grateful for health of body and mind

Blessed be,
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Can we come to where you are going to post your down-to-earth thoughts, Bob? I will miss them too much! We all have a dark side and sharing grats does not mean that we have forgotten. I reeeallly reeallly reeeally appreciate the friends I have that accept my darkside - to me, it means they understand. I am not talking about my evil side, which unfortunately I cannot get rid of even as hard as I try! That part of me, I work very hard to squelch and not allow audience. Hope you guys understand what I am trying to say here.

and now a few grats

~caught up with thank yous
~went through the double stack of mail on me desk
~had a whole entire day of only two tiny interruptions
~had a pet bug for 3 days! It was an odd critter, size of a ladybug, back covered like the bark of an old gray tree, wandered around and around the kitchen table. I put different things out to see if it would eat - and a few drops of water. Ate all the sugar, left everything else. Yesterday I put out a couple of hibiscus leaves (our deer loved them) and a flower bud sprinkled with water. Bug hopped right on the leaves. Later in the day he was gone. I wonder if I reminded him of his home and he flew outside?! It was fun while it lasted, I guess!

~forgot to mention that I phoned my friend recently diagnosed with RRMM (cancer). It is in her hip and backbone - not good. She started radiation on M and will be getting it M-F indefinitely. I was plzd to hear that her hubby is helping lots and many friends have been helping out. We cried, we laughed, and we cried some more together.

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This Saturday I am thankful for...

~DH running errands with me
~finding some needed items on sale
~feeling almost back to normal
~pretty good 88 calorie brownie recipe from the DoctorOz.com website
~all your posts including the long ones by LessBigBob

Wishing a peaceful and blessed Sunday to each of you!
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Tonight I'm grateful for...

~ A 1 hour pedicure. Heaven!

~ A lazy night at home eating pizza and watching "The Producers."

~ Laughing out loud:D

~ Getting my last song on Walk It Out:-)

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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Bob - I got no problem with the length of your posts and am wondering why you're being so hard on yourself about it ... ??? !!! I ALWAYS enjoy reading your posts.

Tonight, before I go rest for the duration, my gratitudes include:

-A most excellent 90-minute massage today
-USING MY NEW GYMBOSS ... interval training for 30 minutes today with my high-intensity intervals being stairs and STEEP HILLS
-The INCREDIBLE and AMAZING Habitat for Humanity house blessing reception that I attended today - what a fine organization and great people
-The GymBoss first experiment happening in one of my favorite walking areas
-Sunshine on my face today, I could almost feel the Vitamin D being quickly soaked into my body!! :-)
-Seeing my front lawn again, the snow finally melting enough to allow me to do so
-This community and its incredible diversity and amazing team members

Heading to a comfy bed and a Netflix of some sort ...

Goodnight -

Stephanie

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Thankful for Spark People and all I've learned over the years from this great place.

I had a rough last two weeks in my home, but I've regrouped my mind and looked for the positives and gotten me-self back on track.

Glad for SP friends all - close and just acquaintances.

Thankful for an almost "perfect day" today.

Take care!

Michele

p.s. I am super glad to have LESSBIGBOB on this team and to read his lengthy posts!

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Steph so glad Beth is doing better, what a blessing. Luvvvvvv Monet! Lynn I can not believe 40,000 steps. I struggle to get 5,000!

Today I am grateful for:

*sunshine!!!
*joking with folks at the breakfast place I went- though I have to stop going there- food not healthy enough.
*kick butt work-out yesterday at PT. Did 2:45 hrs. and really worked hard, and hey didn’t hurt anything.
*The movie version of the Red Badge of Courage on this morning with Audie Murphy.
*downloading a great Korn album.
*my accountability buddy having a great race today!
*my wives fever breaking, and her feeling better, though still sounding terrible- terrible in it’s most beautiful sense of course.
*finding a new place to post where I feel like I might fit. I plan to do more on it, for a while.

As I review posts on this feed others are always so brief and so positive- which is super- that when I look at my long ones, frequently with a dark edge I feel like I don’t really fit. I have tried a few short ones the last few days, but they don't feel right for me. I certainly feel appreciated, supported, welcome amundo, but still out of place. I am under so much intense physical, and fiscal stress, so I am so often down, that though it does help to think of positives, I need to work through more- as the length of my posts show. I do hope to feel thankful and pop on to post, but didn’t want people wondering where is the less big guy. ttfn bob


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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.
-An early morning walk.
-Being present and seeing the beauty around me.
-Breakfast out with DH.
-A healthy appetite.
-Fresh herbs.

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This morning I am thankful for ...

* a decision made
* re-commitment to keeping up with homework
* desire to spend more time at home
* watched an honest, thought-provoking movie last night
* anticipating a good cup of coffee (hopefully soon)
* a surprisingly good night sleep last night
* as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

Shine,
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Morning all
- wonderful winter day in the 30s
- time to spark and share with DH
- new recipes to try in the renovated kitchen
- no weekend responsibilities

"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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~decent sleep
~research completed yesterday for program I am needing
~hubby is happy with his bday celebration
~herbal teas
~mangoes
~plenty of good healthy food choices
~the news that Barbie and Ken may be making up!
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Only gratefulness, in the form of limitless openness for surprise, lays hold of the fullness of life in hope.
-- David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer

Good morning! So nice to see Kathy back among us after the roller coaster ride she's been on! Giving thanks~~

~ for Brother David and the above book in 1982 that introduced me to him

~ garbanzo beans soaked overnight now simmering on the stove

~ yoga class ahead this morning,AFTER...

~ meditation practice AND strength training

~ paying attention to how I was feeling yesterday and acting accordingly, canceling my plans, and quietly taking care instead last night

Blessed be!
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Friday night...and what a week. I feel like I am returning from a LONG journey...

Gratitudes this foggy eve...
* DIL's sucessful hip replacement surgery this week
* A glorious week caring for the grandkids.
* My dad came through HIS back surgery with flying colors this afternoon.
* A husband who supported me through all the emotional ups and downs dealing with family health issues
* The comfort of fog
* The glistening of diamonds
* Sixty three more days....

~~~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 all of this, yet so very much more:

-I really like having an attitude of gratitude
-Apologies
-Acceptance
-Sharing
-Warmth
-My cozy bed on a tired Friday night!!

Goodnight all ...

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-All that's RIGHT in my life and HERE.
-The good health my family and I enjoy.
-An early morning walk.
-DH
-DD

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On this Friday afternoon I am thankful for many blessings and especially for...

~lentil soup simmering on the stove
~beautiful red-tailed hawk in the tree right outside the window
~bright red cardinals at the feeders
~new blooms on the Christmas cactus
~feeling nearly back to normal
~it's Friday! Saturday and Sunday with DH

Wishing each of you very special sparklers wonderful blessings this weekend!

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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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Today I give thanks to all you share
-your thanks
-your thoughts

Today I give thanks to all I have
-my home
-my family
-my pets
-my friends
-my gardens
-my sacred space

Today I give thanks to all our dreams
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You, and you, and YOU!

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Thankful today

*For the chance to visit with my parents once more time before they go away for a month

*Quiet nephews while I try to get some work done (very out of character for them!)

*The bravery to own up to a series of missteps I have made

*Finding rewards instead of punishments at the end of that owning up

*Kindnesses from a people who barely know me but are reaching out. Wow! Sometimes this world amazes me.

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Today I am grateful for my friends:
friends who come to visit
friends who share their thoughts and ideas and dreams
friends who share their problems and their problem
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friends who have been in my life for decades
friends who have just been discovered

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Morning all
Gratitudes
- beautiful warm winter day
- finding flaxseed
- sis and niece on their way to CA to give a shower for niece #1's first baby
- open evening WooHoo!
- new mittens for my grand-niece's valentine's day present
- good thoughts to all for a great day

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

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Excellence is the result of caring more than others think wise, risking more than others think safe, dreaming more than others think practical, and expecting more than others think possible.
-- Anonymous

Good morning! Here we are again, gathered together to give praise for what's right...and it's "better than a hallelujah"!

~ bowing in gratitude to Vicki for the inspirations, and I know you don't mind me recycling them!

~ Sandra's back in the early morning shift!

~ lunch ahead with SparkFriend GenkiWarrior and another buddy at local community center La Lucha

~ hoping for a bike ride after meditation practice on this beautiful sunny morning

~ the sensation of the mystical tinyurl.com/69drm8r

Blessed be!
xox
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It comes from an indomitable will.
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~good night sleep
~grapefruit for breakfast
~"Excellence is the result of caring more than others think wise, risking more than others think safe, dreaming more than others think practical, and expecting more than others think possible." - Anonymous
~a wonderful, encouraging song to my heart
Better than a Hallelujah (lyrics) Amy Grant
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This morning I am thankful for ...

* waking up refreshed
* a cup of coffee
* anticipation
* my first client today
* instructive dreams
* a wonderful Thai salad for dinner last night
* plans to see an old out-of-town friend next week
* as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

Shine,
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Tonight I am grateful for...

~ A run on the dreadmill. And my leg felt ok.

~ Lots of Walk It Out while it was snowing

~ A nice, warm shower:-)

~ Beef stew in the crockpot

~ 40,000 steps today!

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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Tonight I come to focus on gratitude, and there is much of it:

-New possibilities
-Excitement (the pins and needles kind) - or maybe that is anticipation (you're just gonna have to wait 'cause I'm not talkin' about it yet)
-Good friends who know you well and are ready to provide options when the timing is right
-Friday is very, very near!!! Woooo Hoooo
-Getting a membership at our main local art museum, the Nelson-Atkins
-My company being community minded enough to pay for half of said membership
-On April 1st, the exact day of my upcoming 10-year anniversary, for the first time in over 30 years, the trifecta "Water Lillies" (yes, Monet, live) will be together again in Kansas City, and my membership will get me a sneak preview of the exhibition before it opens to the general public, with fewer crowds making it easier for my partner to deal with (Maha ... ssshh ... it's a secret, a sweet, sweet secret). I last saw them when my mother was living in Manhattan and I sat in the middle of a room on a bench surrounded completely by live water lillies (like in 3D almost) ... it took my breath away ... so this is deja vu, but in my home town!!!
-For the first time in over a month, my partner's liver enzyme levels are back within normal range

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie



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This evening I am thankful for ...

* another productive day
* my supervisor's generosity with his time and insight
* sun shine and 58 degrees today
* a pleasant conversation with my friend Leslie over dinner
* back into the rhythm of school & internship
* Maha checking in on me
* laundry and dishes washed
* a short road trip this weekend
* as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

Shine,
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Today I am thankful for:

*shins holding up with long recumbent bike ride yesterday. Also figuring why they got so bad.
*beautiful non-sticking snow yesterday.
*doing ok on pressure we raised the bi-pap up to yesterday. Getting closer to fine.
*Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. What a voice!!!
*the sun being back!

have a great day! bob.


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Good read - Star Trek book - Kobayashi Maru
Luxury time on the computer today
Got my housework done as well
Full cupboards
New broom for my ceramic floored house
Mostly happy boys
Cooler day

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~glad to be glad with all of you
~took care of an email that needed a lot of time to answer
~woke up before the alarm went off
~salon visit this morning
~a good break coming up
~nice conversation with two friends that encourage me
~cool morning
~birds singing outside my office window
~clouds
~cuppa - time to get another one

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On this cold, white, winter morning I am thankful for an abundance of blessings, to be here amidst like minded souls and especially for...

~Maha's "good and beautiful" postings
~nature, art and music-food for the soul
~choices
~that this nasty flu/cold I've had for four days will eventually be over
~not getting sick until after our wonderful weekend away
~my sister advising us to see "Jersey Boys" and loving it

Peace and blessings to each of you this day and always!

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Good morning!

Today I am thankful for:
*The library at the Cancer Center offering such a wide array of resources about what can be a scary journey

*A Stress Management workbook I found that's been a big help to me so far

*Yoga

*My sister's bravery

*A strength that keeps surprising me

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


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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! I lolly-gagged about yesterday, reading for pleasure instead of doing my homework, so now it's *nose to the grindstone* to pick up the pieces and move forward. But first, thanks giving~~

~ that my first class, when the quiz and translation assignment is due isn't until until 12:15pm, so I have some slack to use efficiently

~ there is still time to spend 1/2 hr. on the cushion

~ for making a big pot of a tasty dish yesterday, with lots of veggies and tofu and whole grain pasta, one less chore to complete

~ for Sandra's awareness of a sweetening in her day and sharing it here with yet more gratitudes!

~ for battling the vicissitudes of life, and mostly not giving in to the negativity

~ for the existence of the Good and the Beautiful

~ for REBCCA sending me a link to some classic Ecuador photos yesterday that she had put into an album for me, which took me down memory lane
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Blessed be!
xox
Maha

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Tonight, I really appreciate:

-Unusual and enjoyable dinner with Beth
-Sense of accomplishment, feels really good
-My favorite spinach/garlic pizza at lunch with a healthy side salad
-My comfy bed
-An upcoming blessing for some of the Habitat homeowners that I helped build their house
-Chill out time right about now!

Goodnight all ...

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Evening all
Gratitudes
- contemplation on Genesis Chapters 1-11
- pasta dinner in anticipation of good nights sleep
- Chopra meditation
- wassail and dark chocolate
- sparking

"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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Today I'm grateful for...

-All that's RIGHT in my life and HERE.
-The good health my family and I enjoy.
-An early morning walk.
-Seeing the beauty all around me.
-My gratitude practice.
-Forgiving myself for over indulging.

Mazzy


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Feeling more thankful so a second post. This afternoon, I am thankful for ...

* the sun shining
* a productive day
* helping a co-worker with a project
* my supervisor handling a tricky situation flawlessly
* a fun conversation with a co-worker
* getting home earlier tonight than expected
* as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

Shine,
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~when I look at the sky I know that black clouds are temporary, as is fog, total cloud cover, and sunny days. I cannot maintain any of them - it is a relief to now live it!
~slept well last night
~did great on eating yesterday
~good chat with Michele
~love this song; makes me wish...; thought of my DD and DIL -
Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are [Remix] ft. Lupe Fiasco
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Ooo, I consider it a special privilege to follow certain ones posts! Glad to be right here after Bob and Taz! Loved reading the quote from Maha about finding that quiet place of prayer.

Looking for all that I can find that is good and happy and positive around me today. Let you know what I discover later tonight if able!

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Thanks be to this day!
-warmer than it has been, to where it SMELLS like spring is in the air!
-my imagination that lets me pretend spring is in the air, LOL!
-the persistant positive efforts when we are having a hard time feeling positive!
-the hope I hold out that I will find Sparky!
-plans and the ability to take time to LOOK
-that I know what I need to do today and I am on my way to do it
-aquarobics!
YOU, YOU, YOU!
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Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child.
-- The Buddha via Thought for the Day

Good morning! Life is relentless and like Sandra, giving thanks doesn't come easy this morning, but here goes~~

~ preparing myself a delicious nutritious breakfast of eggs, scrambled with spinach, avocado, feta and sprouted grain toast

~ a bright idea to share The Compassion Box with another friend (instead of the friend who currently has it sending it to me, I'm having her send it to the second friend)

~ meditation practice ahead

~ intention to live life on-purpose today, completing all the important items on my To Do list

~ an early morning conversation with a dear Sufi friend

Blessed be!
xox
Maha

Commentary, Thought for the Day:

My grandmother could not read or write, and she was a woman of few words, but by her example, by the very power of her presence, she taught me that we are all children of God, no matter what our country, religion, race, or sex. To use the language of traditional Hinduism, she was aware of the unity of life that binds us all together, and she was able, gradually, to transmit her awareness to me.

A favorite expression of my granny's was, "Life cannot make a selfish person happy." It has taken me half a lifetime to understand the profundity of her simple words, warning that happiness cannot come from possessing another person, or from any selfish attachment. But she would also always add, "Life cannot help but make a selfless person happy." Like spiritual teachers of all the world’s religions, she taught that happiness is to be found in learning how to love others more than I love myself.
-- Eknath Easwaran


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
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Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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1/26/11 8:44 A

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This morning I am struggling to give thanks ... but will try to turn the negatives into positives ..

* this too shall pass
* tiredness makes me appreciate the days when I'm alert
* an internship I love even if I don't want to get up and go today
* recognizing that over-scheduling leads to exhaustion
* looking forward to downtime on Sunday
* knowing that once I start my day it will get better
* appreciating all of you
* as always, a life worth living, possibilities and freedom to choose

Shine,
Sandra

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1/25/11 10:41 P

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thanks be to this day for:
-getting my errands done!
-having leftovers free me from meal making a day
-libraries!
-books!
-free periodical browsing!
-my purdy Purrdita
-my vet, who can handle my cantankerous SMOKEY!
-medicine to help Smokes get back on track!
-my TEAM, and its great support!
-THIS team, and its great support!
-a movie shared with Hugs
-a warm bed and snuggy Hugs awaiting me!
-dreams of coff-WEEEEEEEEEE!
thee, and thee, and THEEEEEEEE!

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


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SLASALLE's Photo SLASALLE SparkPoints: (286,234)
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1/25/11 10:37 P

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Tonight, just a few of my gratitudes before I end my day:

-An excellent and meaningful conversation with dear friend at our favorite coffee hangout
-Music and the amazing artists who open their hearts and minds to us, sharing of themselves
-Sharing new music with new friends
-A really good day at work
-Leftovers, making dinner nice and easy

Goodnight all ... sleep well ...

Stephanie

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1/25/11 8:59 P

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thankful this day
~for feet firmly planted
~for companions with broader perspective
~to experience expanding flexibility, however minute
~for moments of optimism
~to be maintaining weight lost

peace
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.
~Martha Graham




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