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Today I am grateful for:
~ this community and everything everyone shares - cyber hugs to all of you!
~ my lower body showing some improvement today
~ quiet
~ calm
~ rest
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

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If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
-- Socrates

Good morning,

A great beginning to my perusal of our forum, searching for and finding Kathy's gratitudes among the many other wondrful entries! It's another very hot, very humid day in central AR. Here is some of what I'm thankful for~~

~ getting a late start on the morning bike ride, but STARTING, in any case

~ watching Bernie last night, dark docu-comedy at its best with Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matt McConaughey and directed by Jack Linklater

~ enjoying Stephanie's and BILLBOOO's blog and their effort in self-care

~ conversations with Sandra and R yesterday, confirming that all is well in their travels -- and here on the homefront increasing connection with the two wonderful, spoiled kitties

~ happy for air conditioning with the heat index to reach 104 today and 108 tomorrow, amidst humidity "thick enough to cut through"

Blessed be,
xox
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This Sunday morning, I give thanks for ....

~ looking at apartments today
~ some down time this morning after back to back socializing for 10 days
~ letting go of hurt feelings
~ understanding when "it's not about me."
~ time to breathe
~ all is well ... life is good

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Kathy - continued thoughts and prayers

On this Tuesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- the new Chopra meditation series and the peace it brings me
- the things I take for granted like a wonderful hot shower....
- time to Spark
- my first emoticon (and the many to follow) emoticon
- a productive and fruitful day

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!


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I am going to give you the bad news, good news reel this morning. emoticon
~still sick, BUT a tiny little bit better
~did not sleep enough, BUT my attitude is positive
~watched stupid movies yesterday, BUT read half a chapter for studies
~not much computer time for the paper, in fact, didn't even open that one, BUT watched two stupid movies that made me chuckle
~did not get my new plants in the ground that I bought myself on Sunday that I strongly suggested and would'ave preferred DH buy for me as he gave me nothing on my birthday, Mother's Day, and our 40th anniversary, BUT I watered the beautiful plants and admired them and moved them out to the shade house
Are you depressed yet?! emoticon
~I saw no one except DH who passed in the hall and in the kitchen and in the frontroom saying nothing, BUT I got to encourage several people online and did my Bible reading and a page or two in another book I'm reading to help me better understand other people's needs (and mine)
~Well, now I am smiling and you cannot even see me! emoticon
~my pillows are so comfortable at any hour, day or night
~my dogs love me and are always happy to greet me
~the birds in my yard surprise me and react adorably to my whistles and chirps
~I think a sparrow likes to sit outside my office bathroom window and chirp loudly to hear itself echo back, anyway, that's how it seems to me because I can hear it several times during the day esp. late afternoon
~my computer mouse was acting up and I still have the old one so got back to business with it
~I read a few things posted online by people who understand certain things and these clarified some issues for me
~when I get scoffed at, I now know exactly what to do! Well, I have been doing this but did not know it was the right thing until yesterday. Proverbs 22:10, ESV: "Drive out a scoffer and strife will go out and quarreling and abuse will cease."
emoticon for putting up with a little ranting to bring me back to sanity!!! Life is more challenging when I don't feel well.

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Thankful...

- for those quiet messages from the universe when I question

- for a sleeping house

- for an early FB message from my love

- for a small display of generosity that serendipitously became an opportunity to do even greater good for a family in need

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Thankful today
* For the kindness of strangers
* For the young man at the bank who provided tremendous comfort when he told me his story...
* For a dear friend who made an endowment contribution to the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra in my husband's memory. His name will appear in EVERY playbill for EVERY concert for as long as the symphony continues to play. May his face shine down on every musician and bless all who attend these performances....
* For getting some bills cleared up
* For not screaming at a certain person when that person showed up 45 minutes late without letting me know, after I'd changed my plans to accommodate her.

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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Today I am grateful for:
~ my parents' visit being mostly enjoyable
~ doing a better job of accepting what is
~ getting to spend a day by myself at the beach
~ receiving the recordings of my concert - will watch them tomorrow
~ calories burned loading and unloading, going up and down stairs etc.
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

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If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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grateful
~for unusually high energy
~for progress made as a result
~to have followed through on an inner nudge to call on a neighbor
~to be in a "neighborhood" (new to me)
~for a shower and nice wine

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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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-The opportunity to stuff 24 backpacks for kids to get back to school with needed supplies
-A healthy dinner out with friends
-Getting through a day totally filled with one technological struggle after another (four different projects; none of which were completed today) without losing my cool ... (it was tough)
-Start of a new program at work for taking the stairs, while they replace our elevators one at a time over the next 3 months (I'm going to get paid for taking the steps, plus opportunities to win other prizes) - doesn't get much better than that
-Successfully turning down TWO offers during dinner for sugary desserts
-My warm and comfortable bed with a pillow for my head

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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Grateful for

Freedom

Vision

Joy

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forgiveness

happiness

health

Home

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grateful
~for a free and productive day
~to love alone time
~a job came through for a friend
~people care
~for happy kids

peace
ann

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Grateful...

- for brilliant perfect weather, eating outside
-skipping run/walk this morning in favor of tea and a book on the porch with shining morning sun, and church-like quiet morning - no people, no cars(holiday in Ontario)
- corn on the cob, shopping at farm down the street for produce, potatos,honey
- memories of my very little son and treasured family friend and farmer (recently deceased), collecting missed potatos from harvest, son thinking he was stealing
- getting more and more in sync with Jones
- feeling strong
- taking/making time to work on my project and forgeing ahead and doing my best not to listen to drone of self doubt
- ability to leave work 20 min early tomorrow to work with my riding coach

~S


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Blessings Kathy....

On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- a fabulous, full weekend - good for the body, mind and soul
- emoticon in - sound asleep when the alarm went off...
- starting the morning with a hot emoticon
- good week ahead
- emoticon with the girls tonight (hope to play better than yesterday...) emoticon

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

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Thankful...

- for perspective

- for a household of munchkins even though half of them are "too sick" (translation wanted a Mommy day) to go to camp.

- early morning burst of productivity

- quick call from hubby who's away on orders again

- an office full of stuffed backpacks to distribute to military kids (and the awesome local Girl Scout chapter that made it happen).

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~yesterday is over
~had a comfortable time at friends' for lunch and I found something I could eat lightly
~that I have Puffs, olive leaf extract, some essential oils, aspirin, and echinacea tea for this horrid cold/flu that I was suspecting was just allergies flaring
~that I slept okay after receiving the news last evening that friends' little girl died
~prayers and tears offered for many who are in need of them
~up and exercised in spite of sick to maintain my streak
~saw the dove's TWO eggs when she momentarily stepped off her nest
~that I bought a few flowers for my patch before I became too sick to do anything
~that I don't need to go anywhere today

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True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
-- Leo Tolstoy

Good evening,

Ready to dive into bed, but the computer is minimally misbehaving, allowing me to share some of my thankfulness first~~

~ love reading about Kathy's tiny changes

~ such a wonderful day with girlfriends

~ 90 minute hike and brunch with two girlfriends

~ spent the afternoon with them at the house of two other friends, sisters

~ had some seriously cuddling time with Poco and Nermie...almost unheard of

Blessed be,
xox
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Thank you all for posting....and reminding me that there are so many things to be grateful for, even when it doesn't feel like it. Today has been the worst day yet, well, except the horrific day of my husband's accident. And I really just wanted to stay in bed and cry all day.... Instead, I kept my word and got up, got dressed and brushed my teeth. I fear the stress and pain of the past few weeks is taking a toll on my appearance. I look like hell, and feel even worse. But...I am looking at small things. Which are really BIG things.
* My home, my safe place, that I will not have to give up, thanks to the way we set up our retirement.
* My friends, which have been so amazingly supportive.
* The black notebook that my son gave me to take notes (which I need to do right now to remember ANY thing...)
* Mindless TV shows (Can't concentrate enough to read...and music mostly depresses me more, bringing back too many memories)
* Daylight, because the nights are so long
* Plans made to get the dog
* Frequent flyer miles
* I can see
* I am still breathing
* A friend hauled off an old TV today.

~~~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'm thankful...

- for time
- my son's humor
- taking charge of my self
- sleeping well
- hot showers
- my comfortable thick rubbery deck shoes that keep me comfortable on my feet in the kitchen

~S

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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Hot chai tea with almond milk on a rainy day - the best
-More rain and we need it, so this is very good
-Moderate 20-minute cardio workout today
-Moderate strength training done (double yay!!!!)
-Edward Abbey's "Desert Solitude," such great reading to get lost in and imagine myself back at Arches National Park
-A lazy day at home
-Every single one of you who come here, whether daily, often or infrequently, and share in this wonderful practice, for your practice enriches my own

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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.
Taking an early morning walk.
Seeing the beauty all around me.
Sitting on my patio, feeling peaceful and enjoying the view of the lake.
The willingness to make small changes and form new habits to encourage mindful behavior.
The willingness to plan ahead and monitor what I eat.
My iPod.
My iPad.
Internet service.
Google.
TV
Books
Fresh produce.


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On this beautiful, sunny, not too hot Sunday I am thankful...

~time to work in the yard
~perennials and annuals blooming
~continuing with good choices of healthy foods
~that I made the effort to drive 3 hours yesterday to be at the funeral of the mother of a good friend
~that another friend went with me

Make it a great week everyone!



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Sunday!
A four day streak of meditation each morning
an old friend who surprised me with a visit
and two great hikes.

Always grateful for each of you in this community,
sharing your joys and sorrows.
Love,
Rachel

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
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This Sunday morning, I give thanks for ....

~ my niece's delightful wedding last night
~ and the festivities continue this morning
~ watching my son enjoy the company of his sister and cousins
~ my daughter asking for a family picture with my partner, son & daughter
~ basking in the joy of spending time with my son and daughter .... so rare
~ drinking coffee on the deck overlooking the Smoky Mountains
~ getting to know my partner's friends in Nashville & St Louis
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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Thankful...

- for a wake up call - ugly but necessary

- for a "reset"

- for teens that still climb into the bed to talk and share

- for DH able to change travel times/dates to get one day home before he's gone again for another three weeks (and letting the kids play hooky from camp so we could spend the time together).

- that DH moves mountains for the time we can have

- that if I view what's "wrong" as within my control to change/accept/let go of, then I'm in the driver's seat

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~glad to hear that Kathy is finding relief in sleep
~love reading all of your grats
~a good sleep for me
~turned in my rough draft
~up and exercised first thing
~tears relieve sometimes
~resolve to go get something I want (underline the I)
~keeping my cool when yet another decision, which I can do but if not I will look bad to others, is made without asking me (now praying I continue to keep it and resolve it within)
~the little dove in the backyard that nearly got eaten by dog - hoping it stays in the back so the dogs can't reach it
~the little black and white birdie that sits on my sill while I exercise

An experienced dragon slayer-tamer taming the dragons within in 2018!
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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-An incredible tour today at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, but behind the scenes; the tour was given by a friend who is a professor there and we saw parts of their collection that is not open to the public - amazing stuff
-A nice day for a drive to Lawrence
-An easy night at home with Sunday being totally for R&R ... aaaahh ...
-Perfect peaches - yum!!
-Doing a Qi Dong DVD with my partner; first time trying it and we both loved it
-My comfortable bed that is calling me again ...

Goodnight (and Kathy, I hope you ARE getting that good night of sleep you want) -

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Thankful tonight
* For frequent flyer miles that enabled me to book flights to Chicago for my niece and me to pick up my new puppy in two weeks...
* For friends who convinced me traveling with them next March will be a GOOD thing. They all knew my hubby, and we have traveled together before, so I bit the bullet and booked a cheap trip to Morocco (Am I trying to run away from reality? Yes....if I can...)
* For my best friend bring her grandkids over to swim today...joy in the pool helps.
* For DVR'd old movies.
* My dad's wise advice
* For sleep, glorious sleep...and dreams, glorious dreams. The only place I am pain free..

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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Good afternoon.

Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
Love.
Fresh produce.
The willingness to change habits that do not serve me.
A sunny Saturday.
My gratitude practice, this community and your posts.

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The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
-- Socrates

Good morning,

Happy Saturday! All is well and there is much to be thankful for~~

~ lovely day yesterday, in spite of taking a fall on my bike which was a little scary at the time, though luckily I was riding with a friend, who made sure nothing was seriously amiss

~ "Unfinished Song," a poignant film with Vanessa Redgrave, enjoyed with three friends

~ ready to take off for another morning bike ride on the AR River Trail, having clocked 17 miles yesterday

~ tasty, delicious brekkie of Fage Yogurt with fresh organic strawberries, toasted pumpkin seeds, and Berry Conserve to sweeten it, along with hearty brew

~ Kathy's indomitable spirit through the inferno

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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nails done by my fav lady

feeling back to better and fine after long week of stomach flu

happy, quiet boys

sick boys feeling better

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


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~waking up feeling good all over
~up and exercised first thing
~consistency in so many areas of my life
~reading all of your grats and feeling so grateful for them and for you
~some particular floorplans for a particular pastor's house that I drew up many years ago have been found and perhaps will be used
~that in spite of feeling useless so much of the time I know that my life is lived on purpose for God's glory and for the encouragement of those who do not find it anywhere else
~that my paper is coming along
~for the birds who come 'round to cheer me
~that I have been at my window at just the right moments to watch the lovely little dove family - this morning one of them was fluffing and pulling out feathers to soften the nest around their new egg!
~homemade organic grape dairyfree tapioca with creamy cashew sauce

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 KJV
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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Kathy - My heart aches for you. I wish I was there with you to give you big hugs. emoticon I lost my first husband. emoticon emoticon The father of my children when they were younger.

Namaste,

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Thankful for our leader, Kathy, this community and this practice.
Hiking with a long time friend through clouds and mountains.
Home to dinner from the garden.
Ahhh, August.

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
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On a Friday night three weeks ago, at approximately this very time...I went out to the pool... and my life, my heart was shattered. But still, gratitude is found
* For mockingbirds, my and my hubby's favorites, that sang to me as I left the house this morning.
* Keeping my promise to get dressed and brush my teeth every day before I leave the bedroom.
* Having dear friends, who are attorneys, and are helping me through this ugly process
* The tears that keep flowing, so much today that not only was snot coming out my nose, I was actually drooling (sorry if that is TMI)
* Friends who tell me it is ok to cry.
* Cards that keep on coming...
* Total exhaustion, both physical and emotional, that should enable me to sleep tonight.


~~~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 grateful...

- stopping to talk to a lady when I walked to get my mail tonight, and enjoying a chit chat about our dogs ( she trained her dogs herself for her and her daughter)
- discovering that not only will a financial relief not be occurring, but I will need to start paying more property taxes...and working out a budget, that will be uncomfortably tight for a while, but doable, which allows my mind to relax
- being able to roll with the afternoon not going to plan
- being able to sit in my armchair with a laptop to do budgeting and pay bills, and go online to acess statements etc
- reminder that small extra bits of exercise have an enormous effect mentally, as well as physical benefits
- getting on scale for 1st time in awhile and seeing that the backsliding I've been doing is not quite as awful as I'd envisioned
- my temperamental TV continuing to show up for work
- a bottle of red wine I had that was part of a gift basket, and not one of my tried and true faves, turning out to be very nice
- giving myself permission to skip some "to-do's" tonight
- reminder that the simple fixes are often the most effective
- my health and ableness, and that of my loved ones. Amen.

~S

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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Not hurting anybody else in bed last night (my partner or kitties) as I had bad dreams that had me kicking (guess I got my partner in the shin 3 times - yikes!!); this is not typical for me (another thing I'm grateful for)
-Being guilted into going to lunch today with my manager and a few teammates; I tried to beg off saying it was BBQ and the only thing green there was coleslaw and pickles and was then informed they had salads now (ended up, the place was too long of a line so we had to go elsewhere and landed at my favorite salad place)!!!! Yay!
-Things usually turning out the way they are supposed to, albeit often not the way that was planned!!!
-Music, for so many reasons
-Seeing one of our favorite musicians live tonight www.kelleyhunt.com (but she's with her full band tonight; we've had the rare treat of having her solo at house concerts in our home)
-The weekend!! I REALLY need it this time!

Have a great night all ...

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On this sunny, summer Friday I am thankful for many blessings in my life and yours...

~the lovely essay Kathy posted on gratitude which reminded me of
"I was sad because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet."
~refrigerator stocked with fresh fruits and veggies
~feeling well on my "no sugar, no wheat, no processed foods" diet
~older son here for a few days while in moving transition
~he mowed the yard this AM
~fresh tomatoes and zucchini from the garden

Have a wonderful weekend thankful friends!

Edited by: PEACEFULONE at: 8/2/2013 (13:55)
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and
not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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~sleep
~altho I woke too many times, I went right back to sleep
~quiet morning
~exercised
~memories of the Falls - thx MAHA
~some good progress on my paper (really stretching me and it hurts a bit)
~my good helper is here today
~our children seem content with where they are
~the dove couple are back and I gotto watch some of their nesting skills, now they are waiting
~a new recipe to try

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 KJV
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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Blessings Kathy
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On this Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- almost 3" of emoticon with more in the forecast
- emoticon in
- a quiet day @ work
- pictures from our girlfriends' trip
- dinner with friends this evening

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

"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

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Grateful for so many things during this difficult time of my life...
* Compassionate, quiet friends
* My dearest friend who stayed with me last night, and actually being able to laugh with her this morning... My husband WAS pretty darn quirky.
* FINALLY, settling on the music for my beloved hubby's service...and knowing now, that it is right
* An on the spot meeting with the pastor doing the service, and recognizing a kindred spirit...
*Authentic Indian food...bringing back such amazing memories


~~~Kathy~~~

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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 quiet space and fallow time
~for brief respite from an angry-at-life friend
~to have weekly family dinners...happy fun
~5yo S loves to sleepover here...more happy fun
~for reminders to breathe and appreciate these moments

peace
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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Today I am grateful for:
~ heading to the beach
~ heading to the ocean
~ heading to the sand
~ heading to the sky
~ heading to the sound of waves and seagulls
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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emoticon Kathy - your strength continue to serve as a beacon

On this Thursday afternoon, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- a late lunch following an all morning meeting
- time with a colleague as we drove to and from the meeting
- time to spark over lunch
- packed breakfast and lunch
- emoticon with the girls tonight

Life is GOOD - here's to living it!


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

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emoticon Kathy & everyone!

Thankful today for:

Cool rain emoticon
Fresh water emoticon
Enough money to pay the bills emoticon
My doctor's emoticon
Happiness emoticon
Healthy food emoticon emoticon
Fur babies emoticon emoticon

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Namaste,

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Good habits are worth being fanatical about.
-- John Irving

Good afternoon,

This Community feels like a portal to a magical realm at times, extrapolating upon what SAVOY said. Loving the "food for thought" here already this month! Also immensely enjoyed Stephanie's story about the humpback's gratitude in July gratitudes~~

~ happy to be pulling eveything together for an early afternoon drive to my week long house/cat sit since change is always good

~ I really appreciate John Irving quote above, which seems especially relevant with university beginning soon, and two of the classes will be especially challenging and demanding

~ a vigorous 55 min. bike ride this morning, and a weigh-in which continues to be under 140, even after my 325 calories baked cheese puff transgression a couple days ago!

~ TWO wonderful yoga classes yesterday, and intention to practice regularly during the house sit

~ YIPPEE! just got word that a Wish List book I wanted, Isabel Allende's Island Beneath the Sea, has posted and is on the way to me

Blessed be,
xox
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It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
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Excellent thoughts to ponder, thank you Kathy and TazMom...I love how this community gives us a little port in which to re-center ourselves with gratitude, in order to proceed onward with a little more serentiy and grace, a lightness....at least that's my experience

Today I am thankful,....

- Stephanie sharing a story about her special encounter with a crow (after my post about loving crows)
- the enthusiasm and optimism I am feeling which replaces the rather defeatist and melancholoy way I felt 36 hrs ago
- happiness from putting together a fun little birthday bag for a friend
- digital cameras
- starting a fresh book, like a soothing drug for me
- Gracie encountering a friend to play with on our walk this morning - she went all day yesterday without a dog to play with...this is very rare, and unacceptable to Gracie!

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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Wondrous thoughts, Kathy. Thank you.

I sometimes must go a round about sortof way to get to gratitude. I read a long time ago that with music therapy, start where you are - with music that mirrors how you are feeling. Then move to a piece that is a bit more lifting. So I say a kind of hello to my feelings and may admit to God that I am not pleased with where I am but need help to move out of it and into something better or maybe just different. Then I rest quietly for several minutes breathing slowly and deeply. This seems to move me away from my selfcentered pain to His presence where I find calm and peace. Only then can I feel gratitude.

And today...
~up early after a restful sleep
~exercised first thing
~although struggling with my research and paper for school, I am learning much
~a green drink for supper yesterday
~memory of being with my oldest for a special time just the two of us
~ginger tea
~the quiet as I watered my flowers this morning, hearing only birds chirping
~hearing the excitement from our pastor's wife about being accepted to study for a teaching degree
~knowing that Michele is feeling better
~the cool morning

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

By Traci L. Gaffney

As we know, many people are going through tough times right now. It can be a real challenge to be grateful for what we have, when we have less than we may have had before. It is difficult to be grateful when we feel something has been lost.

If you are up to a challenge, try looking at the circumstances around you from this perspective: When you think of what you have compared to what you had, it may feel like a loss. However, when you think of what you have, compared to what some others have (or don’t have), you may just see how rich you truly are.

When I give thanks for the health of my family, the food that we have available to us every day (some people do not have food every day), the comfortable beds that we sleep in (some people live in cardboard boxes on the street), the friends and family that shower us in love and connection, the ability to water our lawn, watch the roses grow, read a book, pray, watch my daughter get excited about getting better and better at reading, riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline, being in love, having opportunities before me for work and contribution to others, a car, hair, clothing, music, a beautiful tree in our front yard, great neighbors, and the list goes on and on and on ... I suddenly find a way to feel grateful, even on a seemingly difficult day.

What about hugs from our children? The relationship and warmth we receive from our pets? The support of a spouse when we don’t think we can take any more? The hope of a brighter tomorrow? The satisfaction that we found the resources we needed to make something happen?

•What are you going through?
•What are your challenges?

Write those down on a piece of paper. Now, take a moment to think of the things that you have that someone else may not have, and write those down. Evaluate your list. How do you feel about things now?

When you are feeling down and are not sure you can make it through what is in front of you, think of just ONE thing that you have that someone else might not. Is it food? Is it hearing the laughter of children? Is it school? A tree? Money? A job? There is something that you have, that another would be grateful for. The KEY is to be grateful for THAT thing. Start there. This is not always easy. However, when I have done this, it puts things into perspective and helps me get through the bumps, and with much more joy, productivity and success.


~~~Kathy~~~

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


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