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7/31/16 8:38 P

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Grateful this Sunday, last day of the month...
* For a church service so moving I cried most of the way through it.
* For feeling my husband's presence as I watched (for the first time without him...) Cinema Paradisa
* For "the gang" at the park that gathers every evening....
* For getting four loads of laundry done today!
* For my son, DIL, and the grandkids staying with my dad for an out of town soccer tournament
* For the kids being so excited about winning their games!


~~~Kathy~~~

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


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7/31/16 3:02 P

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Grateful this last day of July for ....

~ tomorrow I start soft foods
~ progress on progress notes
~ dinner with BIL and SIL tonight
~ rest
~ 26 pounds lost, trying to increase calories a bit
~ road trip next weekend for two weddings, a niece and a nephew
~ son called "just because"
~ laundry done & put away
~ all is well even in this chaotic world -- life is exceedingly good

shine,
sandra

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7/31/16 6:39 A

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Where did July go?

~ busy, thought-filled week
~ greatly enjoying new training
~ several interesting chats w/DH
~ knowing my kids are fine & happy
~ going to sing tonight at church
~ a great helper so I can do these other things without feeling I'm neglecting orderliness
~ so much to look forward to doing
~ a couple of probono coaching sessions this week with a wonderful friend
~ DH taking a bit more interested in the yard plants
~ a new dr. who is very interested in helping me prevent health challenges
~ healthy dogs who express their happiness when they see me

An experienced dragon slayer-tamer taming the dragons within in 2018!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 KJV
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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7/30/16 8:19 P

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Grateful this Saturday evening for ....

~ sweetie and I had a productive day - laundry, kitchen, mowing, errands, finances, etc
~ homemade cioppino for dinner
~ Monday I can start eating soft foods
~ two family weddings - one backyard and the other farm-to-table (on the farm)
~ spending a week with my parents
~ striving to love what is -- all the changes going on in my body since surgery
~ lost 26 pounds
~ plans to register voters
~ all is well .. life is exceedingly good

shine,
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7/29/16 8:12 P

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Grateful on Friday
* For surviving a week of intensive training...and working brain tissue that has been dormant for a while!
* For settling into my new life...not what I would have chosen, but still it is mine.
* For supportive friends, family, clinicians, and acquaintances, who put up with my mood swings, my whining, and my neediness
* For being in a position to offer the homeless relief, albeit temporary, from hunger and heat...
* The knowing that helping others/paying it forward is more rewarding for the giver than the receiver
* For clean water, and A/C as we battle these hot summer days
* For California's amazing firefighters, who leave their families behind, while they relentlessly risk their own lives to fight the horrific wildfires we all too frequently experience....


~~~Kathy~~~

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


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7/29/16 12:47 P

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On this Friday, I am grateful for:

-Working at home in my PJs
-Kitties loving me being here and showing all kinds of love!
-Getting Beth's CDs packaged and mailed off to restock at cdbaby.com
-Temps a bit cooler AND no sun today, which helps even more
-Cooking myself a tasty late breakfast, just like it's a weekend!!
-The message from my daily meditation reading, just what I needed today
-Always, my health

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7/29/16 8:45 A

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

- successful meetings
- perfectly timed Chopra meditation:Day 19 – Getting to “Yes” the Creative Way
Our centering thought for today is: I want a “yes” that’s good for everyone, and SANSKRIT MANTRA: Ma Vid Visha Vahai - May harmony prevail.
- fun evening with DH watching Turok
- potential dinner with friends
- successful drip irrigation of new trees
Gotta love all this Success!
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!


"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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7/29/16 7:34 A

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Grateful this morning for ....

~ came home from work yesterday with more energy than expected
~ lost 25 pounds
~ feeling the loss in the fit of my clothes
~ catching up with notes today
~ sweet email from my mother
~ a weekend with nothing planned
~ coffee rituals
~ all is well even in the midst of a chaotic world ... life is exceedingly good

shine,
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7/28/16 1:30 P

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Soft breezes

Happy family

Great lunch

“Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.” E. Elliot


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7/28/16 1:13 P

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Grateful this Thursday morning for ...

~ a client cancelled for today, my first day back full-time. I needed that!
~ made a new supply of pureed turkey breast this a.m. -- it's my staple this week
~ getting caught up with finance paperwork - categorizing expenses
~ willing to ask for help when needed
~ more moderate tempertures for the week ahead
~ finding out exhaustion and muscle weakness are common with this surgery (a relief)
~ all is well .. life is exceedingly good

shine,
sandra

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7/28/16 8:49 A

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On this Thursday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- normal July emoticon - such a relief from the heat dome
- packed breakfast and lunch (actually losing weight eating more)
- remembering tickets to Toruk this evening
- finding the Toruk app emoticon we shall see how it fits into the performance...
- continued evening commitments - may take a break Friday
Life is GOOD (and Fun!) - Here's to Living the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"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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7/27/16 3:24 P

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Giving thanks this Wednesday afternoon for ...

~ dear friend bought plane ticket to visit in August
~ sharing a car has worked well past six months -- only two conflicts (one tomorrow)
~ enjoying watching Democratic National Convention
~ scheduled phone call with another dear friend tonight
~ coping with lingering effects of surgery -- exhaustion and fuzzy brain
~ finding an SP buddy for accountability and support
~ anticipating next trip for weddings of a niece and nephew back to back weekends
~ prayers for our nation and the people across the globe in these unsettled times
~ all is well ... life is extraordinarily good

shine,
sandra

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7/27/16 11:35 A

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grateful today
* For my endurance. Didn't think I could do what I have done this week!
* For our country's ADA regulations
* For the company of good friends
* That my dad is adjusting to the loss of his drivers license. He has been amazing!
* For the abundance of creature comforts
* For my smart phone,

~~~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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7/26/16 9:58 A

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Grateful this Tuesday morning for ....

~ meditation first thing after getting up this morning
~ sweetie edited my work blog
~ improved mood & more clear-headed today
~ accepting (although not happy) with stalled weight loss
~ measuring and tracking today
~ slept in (really needed the sleep)
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

shine,
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7/26/16 8:07 A

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

- like Wispy, lovely weather
- campus trip
- making a difference
- our cleaning folks
- moving forward on projects
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"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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7/25/16 12:49 P

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Today I am grateful for so much; here's a part of it:

-Real energy this weekend, like I haven't had in a long time, despite the high heat and humidity
-Watering Beth's tree that has grown full and bushy this year; it will be a spectacular bright orange this fall (an Autumn Blaze Maple) emoticon
-Getting the glove compartment cleaned out in my car
-Meeting a friend for a special brunch at half-price discount, making it very reasonable, AND consciously not overeating at a buffet, starting with a nice serving of fresh fruits
-Work being at a reasonable pace with deadlines rolling along smoothly
-Starting a new jigsaw puzzle and hanging out with my kitty girls working on it

Stephanie

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7/25/16 11:02 A

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Thankful this Monday morning for ...

~ knowing when to stay home to rest (over did it yesterday so home today)
~ making six quarts of cioppino aka fish soup last night
~ cooler temperatues today
~ enjoying the company of a friend yesterday
~ rain so we don't have to water
~ new plantings are doing well overall
~ nap this morning
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

shine
sandra

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7/25/16 10:09 A

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On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- a break in the emoticon
- productive weekend in the yard
- emoticon with DH (he played great!)
- packed breakfast and lunch
- getting back into the healthy way
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"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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7/24/16 4:18 P

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Feeling gratitude this Sunday afternoon for ...

~ Everyone who posts here whether regularly or once in awhile. It is so powerful to see the gratitude of others. Reminds me of all i have to be grateful for.

~ A planned visit from a out-of-town friend in August

~ an interesting art exhibit this morning -- American primitive art -- followed by broth for lunch

~ an opportunity to do something kind (sometimes the receiver is the more generous)

~ an unexpected phone call from my son "just because"

~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

shine,
sandra



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7/24/16 12:59 P

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Grateful this Sunday morning
* For a special white water trip with my son as a guide (he ran commercial trips for years)
I'd forgotten how much fun it was!
* Formy ability to laugh at myself
* For breakfast on my patio with my little dog and the mockingbirds
* For Metropolitan opera's high definition films, and the summer encores.
* For the "gang" which gathers at the dog park every night....
* For police being very proactive (NOT violent) and cautious in dealing with vandalism in our neighborhood. And for the rallying of all the neighbors rallying in support by taking measures to prevent anything related to another hate crime.

~~~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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7/24/16 8:33 A

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Grateful on this Sunday for five weeks of fun with our oldest and his sweet young lady. They should arrive safely back on US soil in just a few minutes. Our time was good together. Was glad I decided beforehand to fully dedicate my time and energy to their visit this month.

Happy to not feel some of the post traumatic stress I expected with visits to old haunts and friends over the past month. Only positive moments and few flashbacks.

Thankful for news from our middle boy announcing his relationship with a special young lady and the anticipated birth of our first grandchild later this year. Glad he is acting responsibly and working hard to provide for his new family. Happy for positive interactions.

Thrilled with opportunities for our church work's youth this month as four traveled to participate in an Amazon river trip representing well our group.

Happy that I may have a new student starting ESL classes next week.

Glad to be back!

“Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.” E. Elliot


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7/23/16 6:16 P

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~ connecting with our kids
~ time with a special acquaintance
~ dinner music by Michele's son & his girl
~ enjoying dinners with friends this week
~ getting further into the new training
~ finishing up with several clients
~ humbling and honoring words from a dear friend
~ cleaning out some old files & adding some new ones
~ backing off a bit on exercise to get more sleep
~ being consistent
~ talking back to the good cookies at the grocery & turning my back on them!

An experienced dragon slayer-tamer taming the dragons within in 2018!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 KJV
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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7/23/16 6:04 P

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Thankful this Saturday afternoon for ....

~ writing my first SP blog in almost 3 years. It's about starting over. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205279


~ worked out a sticky problem with a client

~ found two emotional eating therapy groups via Psychology Today. Emailed both for info Found a bariatric surgery support group on MeetUps. Checking that out too

~ friend bringing dinner over tonight. I'll eat my pureed food and sweetie will partake

~ going to the art museum tomorrow morning with a friend. In the past, we would have had brunch. Trying out substitutes for socializing around food.

~ wondering where all of our members have gone. Love who are here but miss those who are no longer giving thanks with us.

~ joined gym effective August 15 when I can officially get in the pool again

~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good.

shine,
sandra



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7/22/16 2:43 P

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Today I am grateful for:

-Air conditioning, air conditioning, air conditioning, as the heat index moves to 110+
-Friday, which means a weekend is coming up quickly
-My comfortable home
-Words With Friends, Lumosity, jigsaw puzzles, a few things that keep my mind occupied, all with the slant of keeping the brain active
-My wonderful kitty girls and their individual personalities; it's so cute how they each get their special time with me in their own way
-Always, my health and this strong body of mine, even though I certainly don't treat it well all of the time!

Stephanie

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7/22/16 9:18 A

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On this Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- backing my emoticon into a post
- watching the police officer pick up the speeding car in front of me (would have been me if not for the post)
- catching up with my sis during 5 hours of travel
- project approved @ a 'distant' meeting
- chance to get some decisions made
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"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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7/22/16 7:14 A

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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health mynfamily and I enjoy.
The willingness to stay present and make mindful choices.
The willingness to let go of feeling overwhelmed.

Mazzy


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7/22/16 6:40 A

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Thankful this Friday morning for ....

~ Jon Kabat Zinn's "Full Catastrophe Living"
~ coffee and the rituals that go with it
~ birds calling
~ house sounds - fans, airconditioning, refrigerator
~ the relationships I have with my children
~ finding the love of my life
~ time spent with friends and the experiences we share
~ opportunity to give back in my retirement
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

shine,
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7/21/16 5:28 P

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Today I am grateful for:

-My special connection with my 14-year-old nephew
-Our wonderful visit and the time shared
-Accidentally leaving my phone at home when I left for work this a.m. and doing just fine without it for the day! :-) And not being surprised by that!!
-Knowing that today would be very hectic after 3 days off, but getting everything done smoothly and deadlines met
-Knowing how to take care of myself well and how to be very gentle with myself; I've learned new skills especially with being gentle, out of necessity

Stephanie



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7/21/16 5:08 P

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Grateful this Thursday afternoon for ...

~ another five days to heal before I go back to work
~ lost 20 pounds before/after surgery (so far)
~ working on wrapping my head around this new reality and accepting limits
~ air conditioning, fans, electricity and the people who make them possible
~ seeing the reasonable side of a histrionic client
~ unexpected appreciation for something I did years ago
~ a supportive team at work
~ a loving sweetie who has been taking extra special care of me
~ all is well ... life ie exceedingly good

shine,
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7/20/16 8:52 A

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On this Wednesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- AC as the emoticon reach dangerous levels
- Rock Steady
- first emoticon
- zero balance massage @ noon
- drip system for 1st season trees
Life if GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"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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7/20/16 6:30 A

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Thankful this Wednesday morning for ...

~ taking a long nap and going to sleep early yesterday
~ healing
~ lost 18 pounds before & after surgery
~ using "tasting dishes" for my meals to control portion size
~ dinner with out-of-town friends tonight
~ bird singing outside
~ night sounds of the house
~ all is well ...life is exceedingly good

shine,
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7/19/16 6:21 P

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Grateful today
* For smiles.Those that connect us with other people, and those that are just for ourselves, after feeling touched by something special
* For my friends. They have stood with me during the worst, and the best, of times.
* For my physical body that keeps plugging along!
* For a dog that still loves me, despite the fact that she gets left at home more than she should...
* For a kitchen full of food, a closet full of clothes, and a home with electricity, air conditioning and indoor plumbing
* For my family.... always.

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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7/19/16 7:39 A

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Grateful this morning for ...

~ listening to my body telling me I over did it yesterday without judging myself too harshly
~ no long term damage done
~ cutting back on portions and resting more today
~ beginning tracking today
~ talked to son & daughter yesterday - all is well
~ plantings doing well despite heat
~ son completed 84 mile bike ride in 100 degree heat yesterday & arrived home safely
~ praying for an end to violence
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

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7/18/16 3:41 P

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Thankful this Monday afternoon for ....

~ satisfying visit with friends last night
~ doctor removed drain and said I can move on to pureed foods
~ my first pureed meal -- beef curry (not sure that's what the doc had in mind)
~ exhasted so took a long nap
~ air conditioning, fans & well-insulated house
~ stating my needs without apologizing
~ excited about stats on my last blog -- 438 views and 309 visitors
~ joined yet another gym -- hopeful this one will meet our needs
~ volunteered to help with voter registration when I get my energy back
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good ... keeping the fears of the world at bay

shine,
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7/18/16 1:42 P

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

- a super conference
- the chance to visit Vancouver
- lessons in Trust (and understanding international internet availability)
- train and plane rides
- a vacation day to play in the yard
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"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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7/17/16 9:44 A

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Grateful this Sunday morning ...

~ lost five pounds since surgery last Monday added to 9 pounds lost before surgery
~ friends are stopping by this afternoon
~ accepting surgical pain is what it is -- Tylenol takes the edge off
~ healing continues as expected
~ felt like reading yesterday for first time since surgery
~ started an almost 600 page book that should last me awhile
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

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Hello. This has been a busy wee and I am grateful for many things.

~ great client sessions
~ eating what I think I should
~ several medical tests to check out what doctor thinks should be checked
~ keeping up with everything pretty well
~ hearing that our kids are fine
~ good sleep
~ cut back a bit on exercise because of the early morning get-to-the-clinic-to-be-at-the-head-of-the
-waiting-line and still did some
~ enjoying new training
~ several unique and fun conversations
~ doggy antics
~ working on a solution for a sticky challenge

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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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Thankful this Saturday morning for ...

~ doctor said "nothing to worry about" in response to a question
~ doctor seemed genuinely OK I called despite the false alarm
~ friend stopped by with flowers
~ flowers everywhere
~ thoughtful, caring friends & family
~ Tylenol is effective to manage pain
~ prayers for people round the world who live in fear of violence
~ despite the chaos of the world life is good

shine,
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Today I'm grateful for:

-My response to my nephew's 4+-hour flight delay making his arrival 1:30 a.m.: dinner and short walk after with a friend, followed by 30 minutes on the recumbent bike at home to stay awake!!! :-)
-A wonderful Pakistani dinner, including delicious grilled mango
-My sweet kitty girls and how they hang with my when I'm on the bike
-Great plans in store for my nephew and me
-Five days off work!
-Much cooler temps today; so much so that we chose an outside table for dinner, then really enjoyed a 30-minute walk after

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Thankful this Friday afternoon for ...

~ Stephanie and Maha's support and encouragement
~ seeing downward movement on the scale
~ my yummy 3 ounces of Imagine portobello mushroom soup for lunch
~ sweetie tracked down a check lost in the mail
~ first shower since surgery this morning -- hmmmm
~ more moderate temperatures and less humidity today
~ three days until I'm cleared for puree diet
~ all's well ... life is exceedingly good

shine,
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Today I am grateful for:

-Sandra home from surgery!
-Beth's music that continues to live on
-cdbaby.com, the best place for indie musicians; you get a live voice and all the help you need with their processes (almost have all CDs back in stock, finally!!)
-Dinner with old friends tonight at a new restaurant
-The way I cook extra and freeze leftovers, thereby having a quick/easy/healthy meal when I don't feel like cooking; doubly great because I usually take my lunch to work too
-My sweet 14-yr-old nephew who arrives tomorrow for his summer visit

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Thankful this Thursday morning for ...

~ surgery done
~ home yesterday
~ improving each day
~ taking good care of myself
~ thoughts and well wishes of friends, family and you all
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

shine,
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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
The willingness to stay present and make mindful choices.

Sending Sandra healing wishes for a successful surgery.

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Today I am grateful for:

-These eyes of mine that I depend on for EVERYTHING still going strong
-My feet and legs that carry me through life day after day
-Spark challenges, they really help with extra motivation
-Doing pretty well with Food Day at work today; always one of my most difficult times because of so many sweets; I had a small piece of cake, then focused on healthy things (and had plenty of fresh fruits and veggies I brought from home - KEY)
-Being able to take a dear friend out for her birthday dinner tonight
-My amazing kitty girls
-Always, my health

Stephanie

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Prayers for a successful surgery, a speedy physical recovery, and the strength to smoothly adjust to your new lifestyle!

Thankful
* That Sandra made the decision to do what she knows what is best for her!
* For stiff muscles after my first gym visit in a while!
* For my pool to get the exercise, and stretch out those achy joints today!
* For remembering that day, that moment, three years ago today, when I told my husband I'd never felt more loved by him...and the power of those words
* For a budding new relationship....
* For my dad, who is hospitalized and having all tests coming back ok.
* For the medical staff that really listened to my concerns today. Medication adjustment, and referral to DMV for my dad.

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
~~~

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


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Will be thinking of you, Sandra!!

Today I am grateful for:

-Work projects flowing smoothly toward completion before my nephew arrives Friday
-Spark's 21-Day Sweet Tooth Challenge; proof that added sugar in my diet is a BIG factor with my weight, evidenced by the additional 4 pounds gone in the past 7-8 days (now if I can set that in stone in this brain of mine to help with consistent willpower!!!)
-Summer fruits and vegetables, as I enjoy my delicious watermelon!
-Common sense
-Air conditioning, as the heat and humidity continues
-My sweet kitty girls
-Always, my health

Stephanie

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Offering thanksgiving this Monday morning for ...

~ Off to the hospital for bariatric surgery in 5 hours
~ well wishes from friends & family this afternoon
~ next time I post I will be home from the hospital recovering
~ support of my sweetie despite her reservations about the surgery
~ as ready as I can be for the lifestyle change this surgery will bring
~ only broke down once this week with second thoughts
~ froze 13 quarts of homemade chicken, beef and fish broth this weekend
~ house is clean
~ will & advance directive completed
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

shine,
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Another busy week behind and a great one ahead!

~ Christmas in July means updating from old to new
~ DD asking me to help her shop with over 4000 miles between us
~ DHs help with various things
~ a girlfriend's fun bday party last night
~ enjoying a little time with Michele's fam & meeting her son's girlfriend
~ will have at least 5 client sessions this week
~ finding a new dr. and getting all kids of tests done
~ getting into new training
~ finding out that a friend hás been playing for me right when I needed it
~ hearing that my brothers are settled into a house that is better suited for them and their expensas have decreased
~ cool-ish weather
~ scheduling a speaking engagement for Oct.

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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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Thankful this Saturday morning for ...

~ a delightful evening with good friends
~ a call from my daughter and her partner
~ an email from my mom
~ promise of a call from my son
~ some down time this weekend after a very busy week
~ no "have to" plans for the day
~ two days until my surgery
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good in spite of a chaotic world

shine,
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TodY I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
The willingness to let go of hurt feelings and forgive a nasty person.
Seeing the beauty around me.

Mazzy


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Grateful today...

...That people are pouring out compassion in the face of this week's terrible tragedies.
...That change is possible in this country and in the world.
...That in my own corner of the world the trees are green and the garden is growing.
...For Sandra (below!) for saying that there is a process of coming to grips with what it means to change...and stay changed.

Namaste.
Kathleen



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Grateful this Friday mid-day for ...

~ last load of laundry in the washer
~ house picked up and ready to do floors
~ birthday party at our house tonight
~ weekend to write will and advance directive, catch up on paperwork, etc
~ windfall income
~ coming to grips with lifestyle changes that are necessary to sustain weight loss
~ grief at the street war building in our midst
~ holding onto hope that we as a nation will not villanize all blacks

shine,
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Today, I am grateful for:

-Electricity (lights, AC), as thousands are without due to high winds/rain (and it's supposed to be mid-90s this afternoon again with high humidity) (yes, another first world problem!)
-The branch from my blooming mimosa tree that split and is now hanging over my electric wires was not big enough to knock electricity out; I'm just glad I saw it in the back yard
-Knowing my limits, specifically, knowing that I didn't have it in me this morning to check if the basement got water, after calling the electric company about the tree; it will be there when I get home from work and I have it arranged so nothing is near potential water path
-Having lunch with former head chef from our restaurant downstairs (and so glad we're keeping in touch as she's really special!)
-My three sweet kitty girls; the love and joy they give me every day is a huge, life-affirming gift
-Traveling through parts of South Africa vicariously via pictures from friends

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This Thursday morning I give thanks for ...

~ fundraiser last night was great fun
~ thoroughly impressed with the candidate
~ signed up to volunteer for the candidate
~ mental and logistical preparations for surgery going well
~ hopeful sleep apnea, arthritis and BP will improve with weight loss
~ support of my colleagues and friends re: surgery
~ feeling blessed by colleagues, friends & family
~ like Stephanie says, recognizing bourgeois pain makes life simpler & easier
- all is well ... life is exceedingly good

shine
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On this Thursday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- much needed emoticon last night/early morning
- receiving roof estimate after hail damage
- meeting friends for lunch
- coordinating travel plans with DH
- hot oatmeal!
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

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

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

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
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"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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Today I'm grateful for:

-Getting the car completely cleaned of the mud I slid around in going to my friend's property in the country for July 3rd fireworks
-Air conditioning, as our heat alert continues today/tonight
-Good memories
-First world problems, and when I realize that, it helps put things in perspective
-Good friends
-This practice, that helps me remain positive and focused, and all of you who share in it with me

Stephanie

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On this Wednesday afternoon, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- rotating emoticon tires
- the walk to and from the shop
- no heat alert
- challenging projects
- Foster Care Review Board with some happy cases
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"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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my oldest is with us for a month

lots of good times

seeing old friends

traveling here and there

good news from homefront with big announcements on the way...

“Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.” E. Elliot


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Thankful this Wednesday morning for ...

~ my case consultation team - I need them today
~ excited about working with training partner to develop new mindfulness course
~ 167 views and 132 visitors to most recent blog, mostly from colleagues
~ bypass surgery 5 days from now
~ keeping busy this week to distract myself
~ preparing for post-op diet -- making flavorful clear broths, soups, etc.
~ looking forward to birthday party for a friend Friday night
~ looking forward to surgery with anticipation and fear
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

shine,
Sandra

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Grateful tonight for
* A busy, social weekend, followed by a solo day today...time to reflect and relax
* The fact that we have the freedom to make and act upon our decisions
* The right to free speech
* My gardenia bush which brings me such pleasure, both visually and olfactory
* The snails have left my newly planted herbs alone (THANK YOU strawberry pots!)
* No Vicodin (Norco) for 67 days!

Edited by: ATRANSFORMATION at: 7/6/2016 (01:15)
~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
~~~

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


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Giving thanks this Tuesday afternoon for ...

~ pre-op appointment completed
~ review class of eating plan completed
~ surgery six days from today
~ lost 10 pounds in preparation for surgery
~ busy, busy week ahead so no time to worry
~ purchased tasting size plates & bowls to help me eat smaller quantities
~ sweetie's support through this transition
~ developing two new classes for clients
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

shine,
sandra

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

- a short work week
- important meetings both for work and play
- world war 3 emoticon winding down (may be the last night tonight)
- watermelon, blueberry and pineapple smoothies
- much needed rain
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"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.
My gratitude practice.
Maha's post.
The willingness to make mindful choices, stay present and get back on track.
Seeing the beauty all around me.

Mazzy


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Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice.
--Thich Nhat Hanh
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Good afternoon on this special day in our country's history,

Making my way, in spite of the obstacles arising from a funk~~

~ starting the day today with meditation (crazy though my mind was)

~ a 40-minute "freedom" bike ride this morning before the rain returned (first ride since my road trip return)

~ tracking my food intake today, and tricking myself into staying within my parameters in spite of lunch ice cream, by tracking ahead on dinner

~ wonderful ideas from a friend (in her therapist expertise mode) during our visit on how to deal with low-grade chronic depression without pharmaceuticals:

POSITIVELY REWIRE NEURAL PATHWAYS
* The glass is half full, not half empty
* Being nonjudgmental of yourself and others - practicing loving kindness, compassion, etc.
* Living in the moment -- as much as possible
EXERCISE
MEDITATION
ST. JOHN'S WORT
OMEGA 3's
A PRIMARILY PLANT-BASED DIET (my addition)

~ I've been taking them for awhile, but it happens that the day after my conversation with Sandra I received an Amazon.com order of the creme de la creme of Omega 3's
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Blessed be,
Maha

And speaking of history, here is a timely article about a hero of mine -- Ken Burns' Stanford graduation address last month www.bostonglobe.com/news/poli
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Sandra said this article gives a good explanation -- "Neurons that fire together, wire together." The more we practice something, the more we strengthen the pathway, and the easier the skill becomes."
www.dailygood.org/story/221/neuropla
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icity-changing-our-belief-about-change/


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

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

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Thankful this Fourth of July for ...

~ a safe and uneventful road trip yesterday
~ a few days with a dear friend of three decades
~ spending time with my son when he was relaxed and talkative
~ a pleasant afternoon with Maha
~ a productive visit with my psychiatrist
~ bypass surgery is a week from today
~ a pre-surgery "to do" list for the week
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good


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Happy July 4th!

Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
The willingness to make mindful choices, never give upnand just get back on track.

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THANK YOU, STEPHANIE!!!

Sunday already, and I am grateful for
* Sad endings, which open the door for joyful new beginnings.
* The opportunity to see/meet Don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements) and his sons.
* Dinner with my bestie last night, celebrating her birthday!
* Getting two strawberry pots filled with herbs, since the snails ate everything I'd planted except the tarragon
* Solution to non-working dishwasher
* My fitbit is working once again
* Scale is broken, but I continue to stay on track with my eating, despite the fact that I appear to be gaining a pound or more every day! ha ha ha ha

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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Today I am grateful for:

-Cassie, my timid little tabby girl who was Beth's baby, sleeping in her soft kitty bed to my right at the window!
-Cleo, one of the most sweet and laid back Siamese kitties I've known, doing just fine after her emergency surgery a few weeks ago
-Rosie, my "everything with gusto" (especially food) tuxedo kitty who will snuggle back in with me when I can sleep in a bit on the weekends and doesn't get pushy about breakfast
-A 4-day weekend with some extra R&R time
-A new month so I can do even better this month
-Finding a new hot tea drink - a London Fog - having more options is always good (it's earl grey with steamed milk and vanilla)

Have a safe day if you're dealing with holiday fireworks in your piece of the world!

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