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Thankful for...

- working on letting go of perfectionism

- pulling off an overly scheduled day

- forgiveness

- a tea party with my little one

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grateful
~it's not necessary to jump for joy
~it sneaks in
~babies bring it
~sometimes friends and family hold it for us
~it expands inside, making room for more

peace and joy
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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Grateful for the days that it's easy to express gratitude
on days like today when I'm tired.

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."
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama
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9/5/13 10:28 P

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Tonight, as I end a long day, I am grateful for:

-Kitty antics
-Well-behaved kitties tonight too ... amazing
-My partner putting together a meal that will keep us going for 2-3 days now, with lots of great side options from ...
- ... our CSA bag this week ...yum
-A squash blossom recipe I'm planning to try this weekend (what I love about CSA, you get to try new things)
-A short work week
-A brief, frank and constructive chat with my manager about current issues

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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Good to see your post Michele. I am keeping up prayers for your family. This too shall pass.

On this late summer evening I am thankful for many blessings in my life and yours...

~plans made to go to a niece's wedding
~abundance of tomatoes to eat and share
~a long phone visit with a neighbor from years ago-we still make each other laugh
~keeping the flowers watered and they keep blooming
~garbage pickup tomorrow (we missed it last week when out of town)

TGIF to every one!

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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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Good evening!

Tonight I'm thankful for my oldest serenading me with his guitar as I type,

For a friend of my middle boy who came to visit him,

For friends who came to my family's aid yesterday during a time of crisis,

For a very BIG Creator God who will answer my simple, small mother's prayers...



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


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Extend the boundaries of the glowing kingdom of your love, gradually including your family, your neighbors, your community, your country, all countries -- all living sentient creatures.
-- Paramahansa Yogananda

Good afternoon,

Here in gratitude~~

~ almost 19 miles clocked today on my bike

~ a glitch has been resolved in the submitting of an application for the Spanish Oral Proficiency Exam administered by Language Testing International which resulted in wasting $8.50 on faxing the application to NYC, since they now do it all online (university prof didn't know this)

~ immensely enjoying the WW Giant Fudgecicles (100 cal. ea) even though I'm gonna' "let go" of them when I've eaten the rest of the remaining box ('cause of the HFCS ingredient)

~ heading in with friends for a screening of the documentary "The House I Live In" and looking forward to the post-film discussion as well
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~ LOVED reading SparkPal DDOORN's blog about his Labor Day Adventure
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Blessed be,
xox
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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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Thankful for...

- a new year (and L'shana Tova to anyone celebrating)

- adversity which is "helping" me (smiles) prioritize

- imminent Fall, one of my favorite seasons with it's crackling of leaves, smell in the air, cooler temps and football!

- renewed resolve...may it "stick"

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Namaste Kathy emoticon

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

- Wispy's quote of the day - perfect prep before a potentially confrontational meeting
- rescheduling my teammate meeting until tomorrow
- packed breakfast and lunch
- wonderful cool ride in
- emoticon with the girls

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

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


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MAHA - TWELVE Spanish classes - WOWZA!!! You are immersed, girlfriend!!! I am in awe!
Kathy - Tiger Lily is perfect and so lovely! Sweet paradox.

~worked hard yesterday to get my assignment turned in
~colleagues from another town in the valley were with Michele and family all day
~after DH got the car back together (it broke during his weekend long trip, so he had it apart and was back and forth with parts and dealer), we ventured over to visit Michele and family. It was so good to hug, get the facts, share pizza, talk, see some of the photos her oldest took and hear a little about the exciting trip, and be a part of this family's life.
~up and exercised before the sun!
~I WILL get a nap or two today
~sweet potato for breakfast with some granola on top
~watching and smiling when 7 or so sparrows flew into my bush, arguing like banshees
~walnuts

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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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Grateful tonight
* For a surprise visit from an out of town friend. She lost her husband 7 years ago, at the age of 50, also with no warning. She gets it. Wonderful to see her, and to know that her daughter now lives only 3 miles from me, so I will see her often!
* For the fabulous Indian restaurants we have here in town
* For the unexpected kindness of young men that have been popping into my life lately.
* For my new dog FINALLY teaching me her name....Tiger Lily.
* For this precious community of cyber friends. The concern, support, prayers and heartfelt words expressed when a member is in need is indeed something to be thankful for...

~~~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, I am grateful for:

-Exercise going well for the past week; love being on track there because I simply feel the difference
-My CSA bag of goodies today, with some good recipes for squash blossoms and patty pan squash
-A treat of local apple cider (in real moderation), yum!
-Flexibility, in more ways than one
-Beth, Cassie, Cleo and Rosie, they make this household a warm and wonderful place to be
-A very comfortable bed, calling me ...

Goodnight,
Stephanie

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9/4/13 9:57 P

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Kale from the garden
the smell of morning rain
a new month.

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."
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama
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9/4/13 9:39 P

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Today I am Thankful For:

*the work day being over!
*finally getting a Workman's Comp. audit done, with all supporting documents scanned, and without losing my religion.
*Sandra taking me to New Zealand with her to carry her bags. (thought I'd try to sneak that in, in case she didn't notice and I get to go).
*my wife having a fun time with her sister shopping and walking around our downtown area. I was still too sore to go, but I'm planning to go around with them tomorrow and do some of the stops and stay in the truck on the iPad on the others and hopefully make my back last.
*my wife suggesting we watch 'My Cousin Vinny' tonight.
*finally getting a new prescription for pain killers. I of course ran out Friday night of a 3 day weekend.

take care, bob

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Today I am grateful for:
~ having a light schedule today
~ getting some items crossed off the list
~ ideas
~ breath
~ beauty
~ 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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This Wednesday evening, I give thanks for ....

~ ready or not tomorrow we leave for St. Louis & Sunday I fly to New Zealand
~ a productive day mixed with goodbyes to a friend and lunch with my son
~ my insightful therapist calling my number
~ laughter, tears and toasts last night with friends
~ staying sane in spite of boxes and furniture everywhere
~ keeping a good sense of humor
~ prayers for Michele and family ... teens are difficult to raise up
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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I am thankful...

- looking straight up and over my computer out of a full wall window during my work day
- successful baking session last night in prep for fall fair competition
- feelings of optimism and assuredness
- my dear son pitching in and giving my vehicle a cleaning, makes you feel so much better as you go about your travels!
- strength of the human spirit and the vast array of ways this is shown
- people who live outside "the box"

~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."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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The next time you lose heart and you can't bear to experience what you're feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves. This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering - yours, mine, and that of all living beings.
-- Pema Chodron, from Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

Good morning,

Send loving thoughts and prayer to our member-in-need, Michelle, and her family and I'm so fortunate on this day to be relatively content and suffering minimal anxiety (lol)~~

~ some anxiety only because I'm struggling with one of my classes...though this too shall pass, I'm sure

~ feeling so fortunate to be sharing the planet with great souls like Swami Satchidananda, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Anam Thubten, HH the Dalai Lama, etc., who freely offer great and practical wisdom Teachings, a finger pointing to Truth

~ getting folders made for the 12 Spanish classes from which I will have to submit completed projects and papers to the national university accreditation board as part of the degree-approval process

~ not letting my no-exercise done today get me down...sometimes it bees that way!

~ happy that the scales are holding steady (for the moment) at 136 (17 lbs. down since getting serious this spring!), and fully planning to complete the process to 130

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


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

Never eat more than you can lift.
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On this Wednesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- cool mornings (they soon may fade into Indian Summer)
- a fabulous sunrise
- my fast day
- Teaposy; a gift from my sis, Lady Fairy tea delighting the senses and reminding me of her
- my zero balance massage @ noon

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

Edited by: KALIGIRL at: 9/4/2013 (09:11)
"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 my heart is pulled in many directions.
Plz pray for Michele's family.
Good to read your grats.

~email interaction with my prof.
~good sleep
~exercised
~hearing a report and knowing more than I did and praying still
~got a bit more reading done yesterday; it is overwhelming me and I'm finding it hard to focus but I will keep at it
~the birds keep singing, building their nests, feeding their young, and singing
~

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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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On this dark, early morning I am thankful for many blessings in my life and yours...

~this team of amazing, thankful sparkers
~Kathy for many reasons including her courage
~the miracle being alive at this time and place
~6 hours of sleep
~as Kathleen says "having enough"

Peace and blessings to each of you today and in the future.


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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:

-Getting a worrisome and overdue project handled
-Knowing that I can have two kinds of feelings at the same time, and both are valid
-My incredible, rock-steady amazing partner
-The wonderful kitties that bring us so much joy
-Lessons learned; what a great way to improve a bit at a time
-Our warm and comfortable home

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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Today I am grateful for:
~ following Bob! Yay!!
~ petting Lula
~ biking 4 days in a row
~ nice pace kept on my walk
~ water
~ 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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9/3/13 10:16 P

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Today I am thankful for:

*Sparkers howdies!
*my wife having a grrrrrreat time with her sister on their Labor Day Trip.
*some videos from the Ole Timers Festival on Labor Day at the park she was at. I got to see some old friends performin'
*more work on invoices
*my back getting better. It has really been slow and painful this time.

take care, bob

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Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

Good afternoon,

Happy to be here in-community~~

~ the miracle of the reality of the coming retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh is beginning to descend

~ three days later the clothes are dry and ready to come in (after being rained on various times LOL)

~ got LOTS of things from my "To do" list handled today

~ indulged in a "cookie hit" which I entered into the tracker

~ acknowledging that simple carbs are NOT my friend (e.g., Genisoy Soy Crisps, 2 servings eaten and duly tracked) and that my safest bet is NOT to let this sort of thing darken the door step lol!

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


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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~reading a little more
~yesterday had a hard time staying focused but continued moving in a forward motion with things
~because only managed to sleep 3 hours last night, napped for a solid one this afternoon
~reminded just now to come by and share my grats.
~reading yours always encourages me
~confusing thoughts about my place in this world of mine and still knowing that for now I am in the right place
~wishing I did not spend so much time alone, yet I know that I am a friend to quiet and it is for a reason
~recognizing that I am continuing to work through a lot of stuff (may take the rest of my life) and one of those things is that I feel I did not have a choice in many matters and I gave up the reins of my life to others
~surprised and grateful to find that some of my reactions that I was lead to believe were correct actually were not
~plants watered
~house cleaned
~did I tell you I ordered flowers for my mother (Sunday was her wedding anniversary and Daddy died 3 yrs ago); she was thrilled and called me to describe every flower! Have you ever seen an orange rose? I am most grateful that I could do this for her.
~figuring out and resolving (I hope) a problem with my Kindle
~more contact with my niece and photos of her grandchild
~potable water

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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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I am grateful...

- R is home from hospital
- S&A are engaged!
- C learned how to use a machine at work that had been intimidating
- T will be travelling to a big event I will be at in Oct and we'll get to have a drink and hang out
- H had an amazing personal and competition victory this past weekend
- the sun is shining and I am healthy, with a full belly and a home and employment

~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."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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Continued Blessings Kathy.

On this Tuesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- emoticon in following a long, wonderful weekend
- my first tai chi fitness class
- cool temperatures - my favorite season is on the way emoticon
- a short work week
- time to catch up on Spark

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

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


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This Tuesday morning, I give thanks for ....

~ talking briefly to my son last night
~ ironing out a misunderstanding with my daughter
~ up early to apply for a job
~ getting things done in spite of chaos around me
~ my kitty has perked up since she was treated
~ as always .... all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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Grateful tonight
* For thunder and rainstorms sneaking in, cleansing the air, and clearing the smoke out of the California skies, and creating beautiful sunsets
* For giggling grandkids and the joy that they don't even know they bring into our lives
* For NOT eating when I went out to dinner with a friend
* For FINALLY thinking I have a name for the dog (will let you all know when it is settled...)
* For my niece and her boyfriend visiting my dad this weekend
* For my son taking 15 minutes to fix two things that would have taken me hours, if not forever, just to figure out where to start.
* For recognition that I am not only grieving the loss of my dear hubby, but also grieving the loss of who I was, when I was with him...

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Minor inconvenience of flat tire on what should have been a 34-mile bike ride for me, instead being 29 miles; not ruining the ride as it happened very near the end
-My incredible, supportive, understanding and amazing partner who stepped up today and helped me through a really rough time
-Good memories of an old friend that I found out today ended her own life yesterday due to the pain of a disease
-The comfort of being able to talk to other old friends who knew this woman
-Hot chai tea and its comforting impact on me
-Always, always, always - my health, and the many options available to me to do things to try and stay healthy, as I see many around me unable to do so due to debilitating diseases
-This strong body that carries me through so much in life
-This practice, and each of you who share in it with me - thank you!

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Once again I can be thankful that all my boys are at home and looks like all will sleep in their own beds tonight.

After three days of walking out the front door and running off, my 16 y.o. has been home all day. It was not a perfect day, but he's here.

I found an incredible new book while searching Kindle today that is opening my eyes to teen age struggles.

My old fav psych text about families and self-esteem is still valid and has been my faithful companion over the last week.

A chat with a friend last night that made me cry but gave me hope.

Church friends here we have come to our aid physically and spiritually.

Hope

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Today I am grateful for:
~ THIS COMMUNITY, I wish I had time to make comments on each of your entries - so important to me!
~ staying focused on moving my body more
~ hubby taking out broken window so I can take it in to get fixed
~ transitions
~ decisions
~ 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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This Monday morning of Labor Day, I give thanks for ....

~ a productive, fun day yesterday working alongside my sweetie
~ celebrating my labors over the years
~ appreciating a few months of unemployment, call it a sabbatical
~ excited about moving to St. Louis ... the next big adventure
~ excited about my trip to New Zealand
~ excited about life
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good morning,

I LOVE having pals Kathleen and Bob among us, and the presence of our fearless leader...well that goes without saying. .After storming all night, and the electricity going off (I wondered why I was so warm in bed with just a sheet covering me) it is a quiet morning with birds singing and the immediate world, at least, at peace~~

~ a bike ride soon, since the heat index is expected to soar to 102 degrees today

~ stocking up on Fage Greek Yogurt, which I had for breakfast with chopped walnuts and banana and coffee!

~ organic red grapes -- natural sweetness at its finest

~ so looking forward to tea and then a movie with Sandra and R, since Sandra leaves for NZ Thursday and they're both moving to St. Louis soon after her return -- EEK!

~ speaking of movies, I truly enjoyed and was lifted up by Invictus -- the true story of South Africa's World Cup rugby team -- directed by Clint Eastwood, with Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Rugby Captain Francois Pienaar; a wonderful special feature with Francois Piennaar and Damon (as well as beloved black rugby player Chester Williams); I don't care if some would call it cinematic cliché -- I thought it well-done and inspirational
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~following a wonderful grat. list from Kathy
~seeing so many lists from all of you
~getting to rest extra yesterday when I was not feeling very energetic
~will be doing my exercises throughout the day, a few at a time; do not want to break my streak of 232 days so far!
~so glad I only have a bit of reading to do today, altho I did feed dogs, move sprinklers, make bed, cut up to dehydrate 7 pineapples, write a post for school, FB, & SP spin!!!
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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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Greetings, Kathy, Bob, and all --

Today I am grateful to know that right now, I have enough: I have enough time, I have enough money, enough food, shelter, friends, food, and health.

Kathleen

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. - A. DeMille

No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptab


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Grateful tonight
* For my sister...my amazing sister...who spent the day with me, despite her cat allergies, and helped clean and organize so much of my junk. I realized I hadn't folded clothes in seven weeks, despite the fact that I had been doing laundry. The bed is now empty of the pile of clean clothes, towels, rugs, etc...
* Clean sheets on the bed!
* Grandkids giggling in the guest room.
* Son helping with some heavier work around the house today
* A phone call from a friend who lost her husband in a car accident a year and a week ago. SHE gets it. REALLY gets it.

~~~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 Thankful for:
*a bottoming out this week, leading to a little peace.
*keeping problems to myself, to not burden my wife as she got ready for her sister's visit.
*mucho grande denaro coming in yesterdayo!
*quiet day today.
*Sparkers checking in on me.
*wife having a great time with her sister at the cabin. She flew in Friday, and they went up to the cabin Sat. I was going to go, but was short handed and had to work, and messed my back up getting things ready for her arrival. Yes shocking as it is I over did something.
*rain today, which will allow me to not have any crews tomorrow- another quiet day.
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Tonight, on this first day of a new month (one of my favorite months too), I am grateful for:

-Kathy, for so many reasons, certainly including her continued work in keeping this community running smoothly, even in the midst of her own tragedy
-Much-needed rain this morning that provided our water gardens with free refills (even if it shorted me sleep due to the accompanying BIG thunder boomers!!!)
-Butter lettuce; it's so hard to come by organically that I often forget how it comes by the nickname, tasting buttery
-My flexibility, improving all the time in several ways!
-Exercise consistency improving again; it was REALLY tough with the heat because even if I exercise inside in the AC, I'm still zapped by the humidity here
-An extra day off work tomorrow
-30-40 mile bike ride planned in the morning with a friend
-My warm and comfortable bed that even got me to a short nap today, almost unheard of for me

Have a great evening!

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I am eternally grateful for all that I have been given, especially another day to come to this remarkable group and feel the gratitudes of others.
For my health, although sometimes challenged and that of my family and friends.
That we each have been given the minds to made wise decisions that affect so many.
May we all make the best decisions to the best of our ability and the knowledge that there are consequences in all.



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Today I am grateful for:
~ this community, everything everyone share, struggles, joys, the big things, the "little" things, "good" & "bad." I'm so grateful to ALL of you for ALL of it! Hugs to all of you!!!
~ my body
~ getting back on my bike
~ my beautiful neighborhood
~ a gorgeous day
~ 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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On this sunny September 1, I am thankful for many blessings in my life and yours...

~tickets to an outdoor concert with cooler weather forecast
~good night of sleep
~fresh tomato salsa
~progress on projects
~flowers blooming all over the yard

Have a fabulous holiday everyone!
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Here's to our bodies, minds and souls!

On this Sunday, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- decision by the US president
- a long weekend on the home front
- celebration of labor and the life it produces
- winds from the north signaling a new month and new season
- relaxing @ home

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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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
Getting together with old friends.
The willingness to get back on track.
The willingness to make mindful choices.
DH, just because.
Our daughter and knowing she is happy.
Old and new friends.
Appreciating the present moment.


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~more homework turned in last night
~watched a stupid movie till my eyes would not stay open
~morning prayers
~happy-to-see-me dogs
~good sleep
~deliberate and slow paced exercise
~quiet morning
~several overdue tasks completed
~organic cacau on my fruit and granola
~it rained yesterday morning - forgot to mention it.

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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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weary but alive and here

all my boys slept in their own beds last night - it was rough but happened

support of neighbors & friends yesterday during horrible episode with our 16 y.o.

plans and moving forward

tears that was away the pain and cleanse the heart

friend who bought credit for my cell phone and a big bonus package just so I can call her when I need or whoever else

All of You




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This Sunday morning, I give thanks for ....

~ a second opinion from another vet who recommends B12 shots and steroids for my dear Nermie's probable cancer, which may shrink the tumor and prolong her quality of life.

~ moved from apartment to storage yesterday, on what had to be among the hottest days of the year.

~ the help of movers!

~ took a 3 hour nap after moving

~ finished booking lodging for New Zealand last night

~ taking a break today and going to the art center for a traveling exhibit from London that is getting stellar reviews. We've been meaning to go all summer but on its last weekend in LR we are finally going to make the time.

~ leftover homemade lasagna for an early dinner

~ all is well .... life is good

Shine,
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Whatever you are waiting for--peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of Simple Abundance--it will surely come, but only when you are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
-- Sarah Ban Breathnach via REBCCA

Happy September!

Another month to express praise for all that is~~

~ thankful for Kathy's persistence through this horrific process, finding joy in the most unlikely places (like a storage shed)

~ Sandra's exciting, life-affirming plans and all she's accomplishing in the process

~ a morning that invites me outdoors, first to hang clothes on the line and then to enjoy a morning bike ride

~ Organic Valley Organic Soy Creamer, a nice alternative to H & H

~ over seven hours of uninterrupted sleep

~ lots of Malabar Spinach from a girlfriend's garden, tasty and nutritious!
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Blessed be,
xox
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Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
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In May, I started the thread by posting the first 15 things on a list of 100 things to be thankful for...a great website I found. So moving on to numbers 16-30

OUR AMAZING BODY

I grew to appreciate our bodies and how wonderfully it has been designed when I studied human anatomy as a dental student. A particularly strict yet very interesting teacher explained our immune system so well that up to today, I still remember her story. And I continue to be grateful for my body! Shouldn't you start being grateful for yours as well?

16. YOUR SKIN covers you from your head to your toes and keeps away germs that might make you sick. Steels may eventually rust but not your skin.

17. YOUR MUSCLES help you move. Hundreds of them, both big and small, help your run, walk, swim, do your laundry, share a smile.

18. YOUR BONES like your ribs protect your heart and lungs from getting damaged. Your skeleton is hard and strong and yet quite light. Imagine what it would be like if you didn't have bones? You would be like a bag of jelly!

19. YOUR LUNGS filter life-giving oxygen. Your lungs labor every second of every day as they help your body rid of gaseous wastes.

20. YOUR KIDNEYS are bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist, are sophisticated reprocessing machines. Every day, it filters your blood; and the waste and extra water is excreted when you urinate.

21. YOUR STOMACH is an organ of digestion. Once food is inside the tummy, gastric juices come out to break down the food.

22. YOUR INTESTINES help you remove wastes from your body.

23. YOUR LIVER is the largest glandular organ of the body. Some of its functions are: It produces substances that break down fats, filter harmful stuff from your blood like alcohol, stores some of the vitamins and minerals.

24. YOUR OVARIES produce hormones which give the female its body characteristics like breasts, body shape and hair. It also regulates menstrual cycle and pregnancy.

25. YOUR PROSTATE GLAND is part of a man's reproductive system, helping to regulate bladder control and normal sexual functioning. The prostate gland stores and produce seminal fluid, which nourishes the sperm.

26. YOUR THYROID produces thyroid hormones that control your body's metabolism. It has influence over your body's organs, tissues and cells. These hormones also control heart rate, body temperature and weight, energy level, muscle strength and even menstrual regularity.

27. YOUR HEART is responsible for supplying oxygenated blood to your body. Your heart pumps nearly five quarts of blood through your body every sixty seconds. Imagine that!

28. YOUR BRAIN is the control center of your body. It is there to help you store away every perception, sound, taste, smell, every action you have done since birth, sleep, hunger, thirst and all the other activities you need to do in order to survive.

29. YOUR BLOOD carries the necessary oxygen and nutrients to your different organs. Without it, we can't fight infection, get rid of our body's waste products, or keep warm or cool. If we lack blood, we would surely weaken and die.

30. YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM is the body's defense against viruses, bacteria and other invaders that may be harmful to you. You have cells that chew up invading organisms while other cells have built in memory on them so that your body recognizes and remembers previous invaders and help the body destroy them.

There are still a LOT of things that can be said about our amazing body. It would take a book to list all of them. But for now, just pause for awhile and be grateful for what each cell, nerve, tissue, organ in your body is doing for you. It is working twenty fours a day (without breaks) and even if you are not commanding it to. How truly marvelous are our bodies!


~~~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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