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2/1/19 2:25 A

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grateful
-for eleven years of joy with S in our lives
-to watch her devour a big chocolate pancake....her choice
-to have left earlier than usual, arriving home safely before the road was closed indefinitely due to a horrific accident
-M has a long and winding alternate route to take when his get-together breaks up
-much more regular sleep gives me hope of reestablishing the morning routine I've been missing

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
~Martha Graham




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1/31/19 6:15 P

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Oh happy day!

- my Thursday afternoon tai chi class, which is always amazing

- Kroger’s private label (Simple Truth) organic hummus which I tried today and found especially delicious

- juicy organic oranges — yum!

- So fortunate to have a local Kroger’s market which is well-stocked with natural and organic foods, in order to avoid frequent shopping in Little Rock, 45 minutes away

- getting some kind of gleeful enjoyment out of some of the Star Wars movies

Blessed be,
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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gratitude abounds this Thursday afternoon for ...

~ a colleague's interest in joining me with my new adventure
~ n challenging new skills today
~ thought provoking reading - Henri Nouwen's Dance of Life
~ relationship with son and daughter just keeps getting better and better
~ knee getting stronger - taking a few steps here & there without cane
~ recognizing my limits and acting accordingly
~ all is well

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grateful for:

Not having to leave the house during this time of intense cold
that we will have a break in the weather
for good food and good appliances to store our food safely, so that we do not have to go out and buy more!
For happy puppy dogs.

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grateful
-yes, it feels like the gang's all here (almost)
-for all of your good news and coping with the COLD
-for friendships that last
-that one can get lost in a book
-to know I can eat more mindfully tomorrow

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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1/30/19 9:03 P

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KALIGIRL - You were missed!!!

Tonight, I'm grateful for all of this and so much more:

-Safe travels today while dealing with specialist's appointment and pharmacy during frigid temps and more snow
-The best news I could have asked for on my knee!! Unbounded relief ...
-Still having people who care to share good news with
-An excellent day with the kitty girls whilst working at home on and off through the day
-Access to great medical care, along with the will (and knowledge) to take the best possible care of myself, and my knees
-A warm house and a warm bed

Have a great evening all,
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On this Wednesday afternoon, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- a warm emoticon during sub zero temperatures
- no place I need to go
- watching the emoticon fall
- catching up on Spark
- organizing the workout space
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Intentionally, Gratefully and Daily while not letting doubt build mountains and Believing!

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"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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Grateful this Wednesday morning for ...

~ Henri Nouwen's thought-provoking Dance of Life
~ wrapped up in warm blankets with a hot cup of coffee sitting next to sweetie
~ preparing for new class leads me to self-reflection
~ getting stronger every day
~ sun shining, 5 below zero, snow predicted -- all good as I'm safe inside
~ my heart goes out to those without warm shelter
~ all is well in my soul

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With soul sister Adelaida Gonzalez in Ecuador six years ago on my 71st birthday

Joy abounds~~

~ today is dear Adelaida's birthday

~ today the American Embassy in Quito approved Adelaida's request for a visitor's Visa to the USA

~ miracles still happen!

~ looking forward to a presentation in a philosophy class at the university this afternoon by a yoga teacher from Germany

~ staying warm on this cold morning in the mid-south

Blessed be,
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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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1/30/19 2:18 A

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grateful
-for a friend's artistic gifts and her joy
-for creative time with music
-for the challenge of really listening to hard questions
-for the mildness of our temperatures compared to many other places
-for M's delight in tonight's supper

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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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1/29/19 10:13 P

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Grateful this Tuesday night for ...

~ a roof over our heads, a working furnace and warm blankets
~ moving forward with plans
~ a glass of wine with my sweetie
~ reishi elixir for sleep
~ first outpatient PT on Friday
~ lessons in patience
~ all is well

shine
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1/29/19 9:19 P

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Tonight I'm grateful for:

-A solid roof over my head to protect me from the storms and frigid temps
-Getting me and my neighbors' trash out before things dropped to single digits
-Access to quality medical care (seeing knee specialist tomorrow re the MRI)
-The ladder I left up in the back yard being knocked over by high winds and falling in the best possible direction; the other way would have broken a tall window in my family room and been disastrous ... whew!
-My sweet kitty girls
-My warm and comfortable bed, calling me now ...

Goodnight all,
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Good afternoon,

So much to be grateful for~~

~ warm clothes in this cold weather

~ hot food to comfort the spirit and tummy

~ vibe in household harmonious again

~ so excited to have the Apple Support phone #, which is infinitely more useful than the AT&T Tech Support

~ Kitty Rama, a source of entertainment and joy

Blessed be,
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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1/28/19 9:02 P

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Grateful this Monday evening for ....

~ Maha's kind wishes
~ follow up appointment with surgeon today went well
~ scheduled surgery for replacement of other knee 6/25
~ felt good to walk further today than I have since surgery
~ healing homemade chicken soup
~ no reason to go out of the house the next two days with frigid temperatures
~ all is well

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Grateful this snowy day for:

Warm house, good food, good company, and great quotes.

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Home again!

Happy~~

~ to have all material sent to my madrina in Ecuador for her visa request to visit here

~ Robert seems to be more comfortable with the iPhone (I upgraded him from a flip phone!!!)

~ for dinner I improvised a delicious lentil veggie stew, served over millet

~ chi kung class this morning was wonderful

~ I'm so glad my housemate is taking a college class at my urging (an upper division philosophy course)

So sorry about your health concerns and pain, emoticon Sandra emoticon

Blessed be,
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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1/28/19 1:42 A

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grateful also
-for the surprise of kayakers coming down the river
-for the joy of watching a beautiful heron fly by at eye level here at my desk
-for my elderly friend's delight when I gave her a book of Mary Oliver's since she was so touched when I shared with her some of my favorites
-the water is louder at night and good company

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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1/28/19 1:17 A

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grateful
-to wake up to two pairs of Mallards quacking like crazy on the river
-for a warm sunny day to enjoy
-for meaningful moments in a full morning and lunch with friends
-to stick to my own potluck dish and be so satisfied
-for rallying around a friend with late stage cancer


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1/27/19 4:11 P

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Grateful this Sunday afternoon for ...

~ unusual patience with the healing process
~ remaining cautiously hopeful in spite of increased pain
~ Google - what did we do without it?
~ daughter left a difficult situation to house sit this month
~ list of questions to ask the surgeon tomorrow
~ first foray out of the house in three weeks tomorrow
~ all is well

shine
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1/27/19 3:55 P

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Thankful for:

My Egg Dash
Not having to go out this weekend
For good night's sleep, sometimes a rarity! working on improvements and thankful for that too

Kim and Rosy, a heart team


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1/27/19 11:15 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-Quiet Sunday mornings
-Driving a friend around for 4+ hours yesterday, looking at different areas of our city and environs as she's looking for a house with a few acres to build her yoga studio (wow, has this city expanded)
-Driving past several places I've lived over the years, all blasts from the past
-Being treated to lunch for driving
-No plans today but puttering around the house
-Play time with the diva kitty girls, always more of that on weekends

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1/27/19 1:01 A

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grateful
-for confirmation from blood tests that some of my self care is effective
-to be slowly coming around to dietary changes being permanent
-to be motivated by clear/necessary goals
-for tasty roasted kabocha squash and walnuts for my supper
-to gather with friends toorrow

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
~Martha Graham




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1/26/19 7:14 P

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thankful for:

learning to love nuts and relishing them
Rosy is ok after crashing into a pole in the backyard
all is well

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Grateful this Saturday morning for ...

~ pain free after a rough night
~ each day is a new beginning
~ Chinese takeout from our favorite neighborhood restaurant
~ son took afternoon off for self care
~ laughter with sweetie
~ strangers helped my parents when their car wouldn't start in the frigid cold
~ spending this time confined to home with sweetie has been a joy
~ appreciating the slower pace
~ all is well

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grateful
-for a walk in the sunshine
-to manage many stairs with no trouble
-to thoroughly enjoy a very late picnic lunch
-S is so excited about next week's science camp
-my hiking boots fit her perfectly

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
~Martha Graham




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1/25/19 9:21 P

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Thankful this Friday evening for ...

~ changing plans due to surgery
~ a fun alternative activity that doesn't require travel
~ a satisfying visit with a young friend today
~ released from home care this morning
~ start outpatient physical therapy a week from today
~ intention to keep up my exercises between now and then
~ striving to do what I can & accept what I can't change re: increasing pain
~ gluten free snicker doodles
~ all is well

shine
Sandra

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1/25/19 12:24 P

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Thankful for:

good doctors and good medical news today
Mom doing well with weaning off some medications and showing good signs of health
Rosy letting me cut her toenails (with plenty of food rewards, which made things better)
and a beautiful (even if really cold) day
Sis having a snow day

Kim and Rosy, a heart team


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1/25/19 1:37 A

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grateful
-for kind words and gestures, often when they'll do the most good
-for an altogether enjoyable day
-for a nice walk to and from school with chatty S
-V called to sing a song for us that she's performing at her school
-when my heart is so full it disperses every bit of cloud over my head

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
~Martha Graham




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Greetings everyone,

Today has been rocky...so all the more reason to be here with you in this sacred space, right?

~ more difficult interactions with AT&T which seem to have ended on a positive note

~ listening to the great jazz pianist Keith Jarrett this afternoon -- nothing like music to assuage anxiety

~ I made eggless monster cookies (with dark chocolate chunks, walnuts, raisins, oatmeal) for my housemate's birthday today, which he seemed to appreciate. He also appreciated the clock radio I gave him -- yay!

~ I love Stephanie's gratitudes today

~ a Netflix movie is in store for some evening entertainment

Blessed be,
Maha

.Learn how to read
the love letters sent
by the wind and rain,
the snow and moon.
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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

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3026


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1/24/19 5:26 P

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On this Thursday afternoon, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- emoticon (I think that's an orange) infused water
- meeting with my teammate
- clean streets after our emoticon event
- picking up DH's birthday present
- installing the fireback in the Man Cave
Life is GOOD - Here's to Intentionally Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully while not letting doubt build mountains and Believing!

"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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1/24/19 4:36 P

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Grateful this Thursday afternoon for ...

~ we can help a friend who is deteriorating rapidly from dementia
~ taking one day at a time
~ setting limits as best we can
~ Social Security Administration acknowledged they miscalculated my check
~ it only took an hour on the phone during this partial shutdown
~ the woman on the phone was kind & competent despite noot getting paid
~ son 's medications have kicked in and he is doing better
~ daughter has a friend's place to stay for the next month
~ all is well

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1/24/19 4:16 P

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Today I'm grateful for:

-Kim, and her love of pup Rosy and her family
-Ann, for feeling up to getting out again and her always thoughtful posts
-Sandra, for all the PT efforts and progress
-Kaligirl, for her consistent presence and positive cheer
-Maha, for coming back here to share again (and for introducing me to Mary Oliver so long ago)
-This practice, this team and all that everybody shares here; it enriches my gratitude practice even further

Have a lovely afternoon and evening all -
Stephanie

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grateful
-to feel ready to leave the house tomorrow
-to do an interesting favor for a friend
-to find just the right book for a much loved elderly friend
-to finally finish hemming a tablecloth
-for a long phone call from J and the littles let us talk

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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Thankful this Wednesday afternoon for ...

~ depressed son reached out to me and called his psychiatrist
~ psychiatrist is working him in for an appointment
~ will be released from home health care on Friday & see doc on Monday
~ start outpatient physical therapy next week
~ another batch of healing homemade chicken soup this afternoon
~ friends visiting Thursday and Friday
~ Grace & Frankie's 5th season speaks to the issues we are dealing with now
~ reading & writing are nourishing my soul
~ all is well

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Thankful that:

Pressure canning results today are great, all cans sealed successfully and now I don't have to worry about not having enough food prepared for Rosy.

For Sister's snow day today. She's happy to be home and needed the break.

For the beauty of our snowy world and the knowledge that spring will come

Kim and Rosy, a heart team


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grateful
-seeing Maha and Michelle brings a smile
-for more ease in my back today
-a musician friend is ok after a huge scare last week
-to be aware of the elusiveness of non-attachment
-an interesting new recipe was very well received

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
~Martha Graham




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Grateful for

Getting most of my errands done before freezing rain started
Successfully doing pressure canning today
For all that is going well

Kim and Rosy, a heart team


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Today I'm grateful for:

-Meeting Maha here again (waving hello below)
-Finally feeling normal again after big R&R over the 3-day holiday weekend
-Fully realizing the benefits of massage
-My loving kitties and knowing they also count for the benefits of touch
-Getting an MRI of my knee yesterday and hoping the results will allow for full workouts again without fear of further damaging the knee
-Living relatively close to work as it's raining again and the temps are starting to drop below freezing

Have a great evening all -
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Another day, another opportunity to give thanks~~

~I was able to switch a flip phone for a smart phone on my AT&T account at almost no increase in monthly payment (miracles still happen)

~ taking care of the phone upgrade online, rather than going into a retail store

~ getting $45 credits on my AT&T bill because of mess-ups on their part

~ the joy of having played cupid for Sandra! -- "how lucky I am to have found the love of my life at age 60"

~ YES! I love this Sandra -- "second (third & fourth) chances"

Blessed be,
Maha

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 1/22/2019 (21:27)

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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So much gratitude this Tuesday morning for ...

~ sweetie's patience, love, support and selfless care giving
~ friends & family who love me (and I love them)
~ a lifetime of opportunities - some taken; others passed up by choice
~ experiencing healing over time
~ the gift of being able to help others when i am able and they need it
~ letting go of past hurts and future expectations to the extent possible
~ how lucky I am to have found the love of my life at age 60
~ second (third & fourth) chances
~ all is well ... life is extraordinarily good

shine,
sandra

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GIRLINBRAZIL - emoticon on your speaking engagement!

On this Tuesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- DH's emoticon
- school cancelled (ice)
- Uber emoticon pickup scheduled
- CASA study time this afternoon
- emoticon and emoticon to celebrate
Life is GOOD - Here's to Intentionally Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully while not letting doubt build mountains and Believing!

"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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Greetings,

I'm around and I'm grateful everyday! Today I'm excited about an upcoming speaking opportunity in my area of expertise! For my happy doggies who keep me company. For my mother's good progress after a bad fall on New Year's Eve. And for the Internet that allows me to call her cellphone every day at a low cost. So much to be thankful for!

Found this little quote yesterday... ah, that I might do likewise!




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


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grateful
-for extra hours of sleep
-my body is more relaxed today
-for good books to keep company with
-for news from some really happy neighbors
-for time to reflect on all that I heard yesterday

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
~Martha Graham




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Thankful for:

@KALIGIRL (for noticing!)
@VALERIEMAHA for being back! yay!
@SLASALLE for good messages

And for Mary Oliver, amazing poet:

The Summer Day, just the last part of it:

"I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"

Kim and Rosy, a heart team


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Here's to MLK!
On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- DH off work in honor of Martin Luther King day
- visit to AgeWell Center this afternoon
- spitting snow as opposed to freezing rain
- vegetable soup with homemade chicken broth
- 30 minutes on the treadmill
Life is GOO - Here's to Intentionally Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully while not letting doubt build mountains and Believing!

"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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Grateful this day of tribute to MLK for ...

~ MLK who called us to love in the face of hate
~ NYT reminder to flood Congressional phones with pleas to open government
~ decision to forego pain meds as they play havoc with my moods
~ start using cane today (I hope)
~ pleasant visits from friends - each one special in their own way
~ the process of writing, sweetie reviewing, revising and writing again
~ confinement to home ends a week from today
~ all is well this frigid day

shine
sandra



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My friends,

I'm sorry I've been absent AND I'm happy to be among you in this ssacred space again~~

~ in *survival mode* so to speak, but slowly makiing my way upward

~ so happy to have had a check-in call from Stephanie, and hope to get back to her "forthwith"

~ grateful to Ann for letting me know she missed me here

~ aware of the importance of friends in my life

~ *with* two dear friends in spirit who have within the week lost their beloved mother

So much gratitude for this space,
Maha



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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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grateful
-for amazing words of appreciation today
-for a wonderful afternoon with my potluck friends
-for kindness and compassion
-the world is especially beautiful when washed clean by heavy rain
-for M's tenderness ministering to my crazy back

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
~Martha Graham




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A Pretty Song, Mary Oliver

From the complications of loving you
I think there is no end or return.
No answer, no coming out of it.

Which is the only way to love, isn't it?
This isn't a play ground, this is
earth, our heaven, for a while.

Therefore I have given precedence
to all my sudden, sullen, dark moods
that hold you in the center of my world.

And I say to my body: grow thinner still.
And I say to my fingers, type me a pretty song.
And I say to my heart: rave on

This morning I'm grateful for:

-All of the Mary Oliver words floating on this thread (thanks Sandra); the above is my favorite
-Maha, who shared Mary Oliver with me first
-Sunday morning stillness, allowing for slow contemplation of all things
-The predicted weather this weekend being a non-event, SO thankful for that
-Getting a big pot of black bean chili made (that was supposed to happen last weekend)
-The birds in the back yard flying past my window as I ponder what I'm grateful for; there's a red one, now a blue one, now brown
-The diva kitty girls and me all SO appreciating a 3-day weekend to chill out at home and enjoy the comforts of electricity


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Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
Look! and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads

Mysteries, Yes
Mary Oliver

Grateful this Sunday morning for ...

~ keeping company with all of you
~ using this time of recovery to nurture my soul
~ feeling the positive effects of restorative sleep four nights in a row
~ Reishi elixir works to help me sleep without morning grogginess
~ friend's description of the beauty of caring for her mother as she transitions
~ my dad getting his energy back to resume many activities
~ laughter and silliness
~ son spent time with a friend instead of isolating this weekend
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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grateful
-indeed, for beautiful poets that speak to deep inside
-for such good news here from everyone (Hi Kathy!)
-for belly laughs with S...over and over
-to cut myself some slack and be amazed at the difference
-for several nights with solid sleep

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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I worried a lot.
Will the garden green,
will the rivers flow in the right direction,
will the earth turn as it was taught,
and if not how shall I correct it?
Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven, can I do better?
Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows can do it
and I am, well, hopeless.
Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism, lockjaw, dementia?
Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And I gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning
and sang.

I Worried
Mary Oliver

This Saturday afternoon I am grateful for ...

~ Mary Oliver
~ sweetie's acceptance & love
~ singing with my sweetie
~ my daughter found a place to live
~ son with depression is keeping his head above water
~tickets to Aretha Franklin tribute and Joni Mitchell 75th bday celebration
~ realizing I often search for different answers when I don't like the answer
~ mom and dad in good spirits
~ class website coming along
~ continued knee progress -- more weight bearing, walking, range of motion
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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Glad to hear it Kim.

On this Saturday afternoon, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- a warm emoticon as it just reached double digits
- grilled cheese and tomato soup
- the emoticon and wind drying up ice
- InstaPot leftovers for dinner
- lazy day
Life is GOOD - Here's to Intentionally Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully while not letting doubt build mountains and Believing!

"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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Thankful for:

Being in MUCH less pain today (aftermath of medical procedure)
Mom being in a really good mood yesterday and today, plus telling me some really amazing and loving things last night. Wow, just wow.
Not having to go anywhere today, and friends who were willing to pick up food items (for Rosy) for me if needed
But also grateful that I can go pick up the items myself tomorrow AND see a good friend.
Thankful Sandra and SLALLE are doing so well.

Kim and Rosy, a heart team


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Tonight I'm grateful for:

-All the well wishes and support from this team!
-Sandra doing so well in her recovery
-A post from Kathy
-Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets; she left behind words that will nourish me forever
-Friday AND a 3-day weekend
-The man responsible for the holiday weekend ... he gave his life for hopes of simple equality
-Those wonderful kitties I live with who never cease to amaze me
-SO going to enjoy staying at home as much as possible this weekend
-My WARM, comfortable bed ... soon to be, along with a new season of Grace & Frankie

Have a great night all -

Stephanie

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Thankful this Friday evening for ...

~ talking to son about his depression
~ looking at the apartments my daughter is viewing in London online
~ fun conversation with visitors today
~ physical therapist left when he was done (instead of talking another hour)
~ adding new exercises in physical therapy
~ figured out how to get into/out of shower
~ when the weather cooperates, I can walk outside
~ starting to walk with cane next week
~ talking about our fears and frustrations before they become issues
~ Reishi elixir gave me 8 solid hours of good sleep
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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On this Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- emoticon finished on my schedule
- retirement - it's a sheet of ice out there...
- InstaPot emoticon meal planning
- fireback ordered locally
- emoticon later to resolve dizziness
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Intentionally, Daily and Gratefully while not letting doubt build mountains and Believing!

"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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