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8/28/12 8:36 A

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

~ Bob, I can't tell you how much it means to me that you comment on everyone's posts and of course mine in particular. Bob articulates what I feel about each of you, well maybe I don't have his sharp sense of humor but I wish I did. LOL

~ Friends who know how to "be with" me when I'm struggling and know there is no amount of "doing or talking" that will make me feel better (or worse). "Being with" is the ultimate gift.

~ Maha for "being with" me on Sunday

~ A good day at work yesterday, which is a good thing because I had my hardest teenage client yet. She has obviously been let down by a lot of adults and it will take time and patience for her to trust yet another therapist (or perhaps a therapist for the first time). All I can do with her right now is "be with" her in her pain.

~ Henri Nouwen for introducing me to the idea of "being with" someone in their pain and explaining why the "fix it" gene can be detrimental to helping. If you haven't read the Wounded Healer, I can highly recommend it. It applies to all of us, not just those of us in the helping professions.

~ Enough for today. As always, I life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

May your days shine brightly,
Sandra

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8/27/12 10:07 P

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Bob - Thanks so much for your well wishes. AT - Safe travels. All the Florida folks; I'm thinking of you!

Tonight, I end my day focusing on what I have to be grateful for, including:

-My 6-hour cooking spree yesterday netting us lunches and dinners for a good part of the week (you KNOW when I spend an entire Sunday in the kitchen chopping lots of veggies by hand into various dishes that I'm needing some restorative therapy!!)
-Being able to take a day off work today just because I didn't feel like dealing with it
-Making my phone call today regarding my difficult decision, while being sure it's the right choice
-Good books
-Snugly cats today while I was reading on the couch
-Yummy dinner, so easy since I did all the work yesterday

Goodnight all ...

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Posting gratitudes early, because our house is in a frenzy....
SO much today - SO many things to be thankful for!
* Being able to do last minute stuff on line (mail and newspaper holds, pay bills in advance, etc)
* REMEMBERING to notify banks we are leaving the country (anyone who has ever witness someone at an ATM in a foriegn country who hasn't done that will totally understand how grateful I am to have remembered at the last minute
* All of you....knowing you will be here upon my return to the states. (God willing....)
* Michele, who so graciously agreed to set up the SEPTEMBER 2012 thread!
* The opportunites that present themselves through this trip....meeting the uncle of a friend in Sofia, a cousin of my aunt's husband in Belgrade, and finally, while in Bucharest, meeting the wife and family of a wonderful new friend, who is away from them, working in Germany.
* Having learned (only has taken me 25 years) to recognize signs of my husband's stress, and to "back off" knowing it will pass... NO ARGUEMENTS allowed before our trip! (and that means me...zipping it.)

I will only have intermittent internet access for the next couple of weeks... pray for safe travels, and know that my thoughts are with you....and I will post if/when I am able! Otherwise, see you in September!

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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8/27/12 4:47 P

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AZIMAT I’ve been worrying about you on the gulf, hope all goes well for you! It sounds like you are clear, now we have to pray for all the others it is baring down on. Sherrie ‘Hubby in general agreement’. I was trained that I should totally agree with everything my wife wants. Tell me about this general idea???
Sandra, so glad you are doing better, and have the help you need- and the wisdom to ask for it. I bet it was scary. On another issue Sandra, I’ve almost finished spending the $1382.00 “we” got from the insurance company. Just a few more pages of the Sears catalog to go through before I’m finished.
Way to go TWINSFIT hitting your goals! KNUJU glad you are re-sparking! Way to go with your long walk! Stephanie so glad Beth was ok from the fall, so glad you had no plans after this, hope your Sunday was relaxing and got your spirits back up.

Today I am thankful for:

*a very creative movie I watched this weekend. I wasn’t expecting the style or the story, but should have known since it was a joint Japanese / Polish endeavor.

*no diet coke this weekend.

*good PT visit today, despite my neck going backwards quite a bit this weekend, and the rib-pain.

*my PT doing some extra work on my bad mid-back discs a bit, since the nerves going around my ribs were really aggravated by the bone spurs. I think he was just tired of me going ooh, ahh, ouch and having to ask if it was neck each time- I am a tad expressive- hah!

*a friends Vet, who went to her house to put her little dog to sleep in it’s own bed. It provided her some comfort in the midst of her pain.

*my google satellite images, and text px. getting me out of going to a job today. Ain’t technology great! bob


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Another lovely sunny day

Gratitudes to all

grateful for all things including

--my brother

--my brother's lovely garden where I picked fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans and more
--the mail service we enjoy in the US
--Sounds True having a sale so I could order Pema Chodron, Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Jack Kornfield's CDs
--walnut ink turning out great
--a beautiful walk and strength training plus 25 crunches....it's a start


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8/27/12 3:37 P

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Grateful this breezy Monday afternoon
-for radar, I look at it every day, but when there's a hurricane brewing, it's one of my best friends
-Sandra's return to health
-Happy Birthday, Sherrie
-blessings from Fabricartist, thank you!
-DH patching that little leak on the patio roof,
-son cleaning out the downspouts
-being safe while clearing the gutters and trimming the too friendly live oak tree nuzzling against the facia
-DH doing the supply run: water, batteries, portable radio, flashlights. We've got the refried beans already covered, and I actually know where the other canned food is in the pantry.
-another big project crossed of the 'needs to be done sometime' list
-Oprah's interview of Gabrielle Douglas and her host family. What a delight.
-the Weather Channel, they go on and are often ridiculous, but the info is there
-and all the many blessings of this life.

"Do you have the courage to be who you truly are? " -Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


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8/27/12 1:47 P

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Maha, if you come back to the Pacific NW next summer, you have to come stay with me for an extended visit!

Today I am grateful for:
~ Every single one of you and all that you share. Really, I can't begin to explain how much I gain from reading your gratitudes
~ Older daughter sent me a bday card with the gift of a massage from my favorite masseuse and then also called for a nice long lovely chat
~ Not having to cook tonight, get to choose where to go for my bday
~ My years of yoga practice
~ Hubby in general agreement with me on the issue of much needed new furniture for our family room
~ 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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Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good morning,

Gratefully here among you all~~

~ just communing for around an hour with my dear friend Janice (housemates for about 3 years...like 2005ish - 2008) with a wonderful phone connection (a miracle, I tell you)

~ an invitation from Janice to Vashon Island for Summer Solstic 2013

~ The Tic Code, a 1999 HIGHLY recommended human interest movie (about Tourette's Syndrome and music)

~ sending an amazing goddess energy CD (She Carries Me, Jennifer Berezan) to four dear friends for their birthday...a well-invested $72

~ bike ride done, strength training and sit ups next on the agenda

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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Never eat more than you can lift.
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8/27/12 8:05 A

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Greetings AmGirl, Ann, and all!

This morning I am grateful for ...

* Warm sunshine and cool air.
* Bountiful harvest.
* Good health
* Good friends who join me in my quest to learn, work, grow, make music, and dance!
* Darling kitties

Peace.
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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8/27/12 8:03 A

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This Monday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ putting this manic episode behind me. it was scary
~ my psychiatrist who responded immediately when I asked for help
~ ready to go back to work today
~ almost back to my "normal" happy self
~ as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

Shine,
Sandra

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Wishing all of you a great week!

Weekend happinesses:
time with fam
lots of housework done
my Sat. morning ESL girl - so smart
prep for school done - mostly
news that an uncle who has been sick for months is doing well

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


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grateful
~for unearned privilege
~for cooler days
~for freedom to worship as the heart leads
~for grounding practices
~for the mystery of music

peace
ann

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It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
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8/26/12 11:03 P

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Grateful tonight
* For being able to spend a relaxing day at my son's home...enjoying their property, their views, their new pool.
* Youngest granddaughter after putting on her goggles, noted "Grandpa's hearing aids are on the bottom of the pool!" "At first I thought they were fish hooks!" (He'd forgotten to take them out when he dove in and didn't even realize they were missing)
* Uncooked rice....hopefully keeping them in over night will dry them out and they can be salvaged.
* Housesitter prepped and ready
* My life as a whole. SO many blessings including my comfy home, my physical abilities - even after abusing my body so much over the years, my background and education, the parents I have, my dear son and his beautiful family, my husband, my friends and neighbors, my creature comforts, and the place and time in which I was born and now live....

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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8/26/12 10:46 P

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Tonight I am very thankful for
-spending a great day with my parents before they take flight tonight to P.R. ( I will miss them)
-my son being in better spirits today
-almost done with all of my daily goals on day-4
-the ability to post a little bit earlier tonight, I may have posted before Stephanie : )
-head feeling a bit better today
-getting my calico kitty an adorable pink collar with a bell and now we can hear her coming and so can my 15 year old cat lol
-having a good conversation with my youngest sister and her feeling a bit better afterwards
-my twin sister and her family, such a joy
-awakenings throughout the day
-this wonderful forum and all of you gracious people that help make this journey pleasant
-God's love for me and this amazing universe


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Azimat, sending you blessings during this storm watch; Maha, thanks for the inspiration with the 160 sit ups. I know I have never done that many -- impressive.

So grateful for
--wonderful gentle rainy day, we need it
--my happy peaceful dog
--gathering enough walnuts yesterday to make my own walnut ink! Yea!
--clean smell of fresh laundry
--a beautiful wedding ceremony last night
--a quiet blessed Sunday

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8/26/12 2:46 P

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Grateful this Sunday for
-an outrageously good hot blueberry sauce that I made today, fabulous on Greek yogurt that I like not so much, turned it into something really enjoyable
-the storm is shifting westward, prayers for those folks in its path
-DH helping me with a chore
-our congregation
-gathering the courage and resolve to confront a neighbor about a long term problem
-again, the restless energy outdoors today. This morning the wild grape leaves were shimmying in excitement
-and all the many blessings of this precious life


"Do you have the courage to be who you truly are? " -Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


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Happy Sunday...huge gratitude today for :
-getting to leave work early & instead of taking bus home walked 1 1/2 hrs !
-wise choice for dinner
-spark reignited!
-fruit & veggie fast
-thanksgiving group/team:)
-spark on my iphone!
-older sister birthday today reminding me how much she teaches me
-8hrs sleep!
-hot lemon water /hot tea
-fall creeping in:)

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8/26/12 8:26 A

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This Sunday morning I give thanks for ...

~ waking up without feeling groggy
~ initial side effects of new medication wearing off
~ a restful day planned
~ going to a movie with a friend yesterday
~ another friend checking in on me
~ brunch with Maha today
~ as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose

Shine,
Sandra

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Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Good morning,

So happy to be here with you in this important practice~~

~ Maria's perfect Goethe quote after my feeble attempt of sending joy and insight to a friend temporarily wheel-chair bound who had a melt-down last night

~ getting back into sit-ups yesterday -- did 160

~ a wonderful newsy note from Kathy which I hope to answer before she takes off

~ the opportunity to spend time with and comfort a heart-broken friend today who has just split up with her boyfriend

~ a 20-min. aerobic bike spin yesterday, a symbolic attempt at getting aerobic activity consistently back in my life -- hope to do the same this morning before taking off to rendezvous with Sandra (yay!) for breakfast

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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8/26/12 1:54 A

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Saturday thanks...
* For getting more last minute errands run. And taking back shoes that were in my closet for AGES, and getting equal exchange on the new ones! (same with hubby's pants...he had some old ones with labels, and exchanged them for SMALLER ones!) REI rocks.
* Phone call from former co-worker who has been struggling with health issues. Ability to share gratitude journaling practice. She was so excited, and stopped her tears!
* Hubby's amazing patience this afternoon
* Refocusing after slamming my toe into a bookshelf
* Pain medications. RARELY take them, but when I need them, and do....they WORK!
* Running into friend from Bulgaria tonight, and sharing the excitement of actually being able to visit with her uncle while we are in Sofia! What joy!
* Gazpacho. (I have the BEST recipe - if anyone wants it. Send a spark message, and I'll get it to you. Might not be for a couple of weeks, but I will.) My summer addiction. Last summer, cold beet soup. This summer Gazpacho.

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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8/25/12 11:49 P

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On this cool evening I am thankful for
-meeting my daily goals, even though the odds were against it
-a pleasant day with my parents the day before they head back to Puerto Rico
-the ability to post although my wi fi is a bit on the slow side today
-my dh and my son
-the strength that helps me bounce back after incredibly stressful evenings
-the overwhelming support that I feel from all of you whenever I post my gratitudes
-all of you in this community that share your abundance of blessings with me....

Have a restful night and a successful Sunday!!!

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8/25/12 11:33 P

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Thankful for many blessings...

~Netflix movies
~fun plans with friends when DH gets home
~blood sugars keeping in good range
~bountiful garden harvest
~less knee pain today, may be because I took a break to watch a movie-don't usually sit down during the day except for lunch

Have a beautiful Sunday everyone!


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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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Tonight as I get ready for bed, I want to end my day the same way I started it by putting my mindset toward gratitude:

-Absolutely NO plans tomorrow
-Making a difficult decision today that I will act on Monday
-A not-so-great day today, but I made it through, as I always do
-My partner not seriously hurting herself when she fell at the movie theatre this afternoon (although I felt like my heart stopped again - I HATE MS and detest what it is doing to her life, and mine)
-Got my hair done today so at least my gray isn't showing any more
-A little bit of rain; we need more and they predicted more

Goodnight all ...

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8/25/12 1:04 P

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Very grateful this morning for
-good health
-unsettled weather: I know, I know there's a hurricane scheduled to hit exactly right here, the National Hurricane Center's landfall dot is on my house, but I love this part: the trees quivering ever so slightly in anticipation, the promise of nature's housekeeping blowing the dead litter from the trees, the cool breeze blowing from an unusual direction, the high flung clouds moving in majestic slowness. Nobody ever talks about this part of a hurricane.
-faith that we will make it through whatever happens weather wise
-new awareness-es almost every day about food - did you know that just one of those silly strung cheese sticks is 80 calories?
-my new wheeled trash bin, hey, it grabs ahold of the trash bags and it's making the landscape clean up easier
-and all the many blessings of this life

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This Saturday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ good news ... I went out last night and heard some great jazz ... not so good news ... I have a long way to go before I am back to good health ... more good news ... I cancelled plans for today to continue the process of recovery ... I am taking care of myself.

~ an understanding friend

~ considering going to a movie this afternoon, not as demanding as previous plans

~ gaining greater insight and empathy for my clients through my own experiences

~ vowing to curb my voracious appetite, starting today

~ as always, a life worth living, possibilities & freedom to choose.

Shine,
Sandra

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Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
-- Robert Bresson

Good morning,

~ the joy of learning: Robert Bresson "is often referred to as the most highly regarded French filmmaker after Jean Renoir. As Jean-Luc Godard said, "Robert Bresson is French cinema, as Dostoevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is the German music."
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bresson

~ a refreshing damp, cool morning

~ very fresh eggs from a local farm

~ the courage and perseverance of a very active friend confined to a wheelchair for two months

~ Sandra's fresh joie de vivre after a difficult patch

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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Friday night gratitudes
* Laundry almost done (extra gratitude for the washer and dryer!)
* Suitcases almost packed
* Less knee pain today (Don't know WHAT I did, but I could hardly walk yesterday!)
* Really nice unexpected thank you notes!
* Staying in nightie all day long and not feeling guilty!

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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Friday thanks for many blessings in my life and yours...

~lunch today with our older son
~DH on his way home
~pickle relish seasoned with turmeric
~aloe vera to soothe wild parsnip rash
~sleep

Have a healthy, happy and wonderful weekend grateful friends!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and
not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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grateful
~for my parents' continued generosity
~for amazing opportunity at this stage of life
~for strength to go with the flow
~for joys to balance the effects/fear of change
~for the consistent offering of a 4year old's perspective

peace
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It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
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Tonight I am grateful for many things. Among them are
-meditation and the peace it brings me
-my son and his "cool facts"
-my dh and his heartwarming devotion to me
-reaching my daily goals on day 2
-spending some time with mom and dad
-feeling better and better about my new goals as the days go by
-this healing community of caring people that share so many blessings
-my cat and kitty, they are a true joy
-Gods' love and blessings in my life

Have a blessed and successful weekend to all of you!!!!
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Tonight, as I end a long week and prepare to sleep, I want to focus on what is so important in my life. I am grateful for:

-My incredibly understanding partner
-Another great week of healthy eating and exercise
-Burned LOTS of calories tonight at my tennis playoff - played for two hours solid; I am drenched and tired. I did not win, but gave my opponent a good ride for her money (and that feels very good since I'm at least 25 years older than she is)
-Our three amazing little kittens, turning into cats now
-Getting my hair colored tomorrow and it is time!!
-A weekend, perfect timing for some needed R&R

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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clean bathrooms
clean floors
lots of clean clothes
fed family
quiet dogs

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


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This Friday afternoon, I give thanks for ...

~ feeling much better after a rough 2 weeks.
~ my insurance will reimburse $1,382 medication cost after saying no
~ enjoying Project Runway while I've been at home these last two days
~ my new employer was supportive when I had to stay home for 2 days
~ slept for better part of two days
~ next time (hopefully there won't be) I will recognize the signs earlier
~ as always, a life worth living, possibilities and freedom to choose

Shine,
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YEAH, YEAH!!! KALIGIRL!!! So glad you had your last full treatment today! KUNJU108 really liked the weight loss focus of your post yesterday! I need to do better at this myself. With that said, TWINSFITBY40….I might have some questions later about your new Goat perspectives…..do they call to you???
Maha is dynamic another way to say quickly jumping around mind??? AZIMAT I’ll be over tonight for Black Bean burritos and a reading of the new ‘Practical Sufism’ book.

Today I am thankful for:

* for getting a clearer picture of how huge I am at PT. I sit in a chair with my shirt off at first while he does heat, electro-stim, and ultra-sound. Due to the chair size or how I sit, I clearly see how huge my stomach is. I realize I don’t have any mirrors, except at head level, and in the pool I don’t even have this perspective, so it’s a good wake up.

*how happy my wife is that I found her a Cycling race this week. It’s the US Pro-Challenge through Colorado. She luvvvvs it. I listen and look at my RSS feeds on my pad, so all are happy.

*it’s Friday!

*coming up with a job description out of left field yesterday, that may enable my lead foreman to stay in a different role, and not leave the company. I was stressed to show her my idea, because it’s so good, if she turned it down flat, it would be tough to take. I went ahead and tried it on her today, and she said she’d think about it, and does want to stay, but didn’t know how. I am pleased I went ahead, and either way I’m pleased I did the best I could to retain her.

*Craigslist allowing me to run a free ad, instead of our local paper I have always used, that charges $385.00 dollars per ad- the cost keeps going up and up- we need people even if she stays.

*eating at home two days this week. It’s healthier, but since moving the business to my house, I have kept going out to keep some since of normalcy and social contact.

take care, bob


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Grateful today for
all of your posts, what an interesting community this is, I'm praying for all of you
-a big project completed yesterday:completely clearing out and reorganizing the bottom part of the pantry, first time in eleven years. Ya Hoo. Found SIX cans of black refried beans here and there.
-our Mexican style dinner last night: black bean burritos. emoticon
-more trimming completed this morning in the relative cool, I should post some pics in a blog so that you can see my ongoing labors of love
-Bob's suggestion to get professional help (on my garden)
-son feeling better
-looking forward to our granddau. visiting
-a friend's book "Practical Sufism" being published
-the proliferation of spiritual teachings available these days
-a wonderful sense of peacefulness this beautiful day
and all the many blessings of this life


"Do you have the courage to be who you truly are? " -Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


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The most important lessons in life can never be expressed in black and white, but must be experienced. Experience is the greatest teacher.
-- Benny Lewis

Good morning,

A quick "drive-by" to post gratitudes after my absence yesterday (no posting, but no less grateful!)~~

~ Bob's ever-dynamic and reassuring presence

~ the first day of classes, interesting and challenging

~ taking lunch to my friend's house today (the one with the broken hip and clavicle)

~ plans for Sunday brekkie with my pal Sandra

~ stopped by opening of local Democratic HQ last night and was pleased by a large turnout

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


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

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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
My gratitude practice.
The gift of today.
Taking steps to commit to releasing weight.
Choices.

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On this Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am thankful for
- another cool morning and 70% chance of emoticon
- my wonderful friends and family
- last full breast treatment
- walk @ noon
- dinner with friends

Life is good!

Edited by: KALIGIRL at: 8/24/2012 (07:53)
"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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so blessed this morning for:
~reality check
~honesty with myself, my wt loss mindset and its self sabotage
~choosing to live healthy lifestyle and not worry so much about scale!
~forks over knives cookbook
~juicing & Kris Carr juicy inspirational gal
~listening to my body
~learning to live by surrendering instead of trying to figure things all out
~watermelon juice
~Maria Snyder books



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So blessed tonight....
* For cleansing tears, related to all the losses I've had to confront in the past few weeks.
* For my husband, all that he gives me, all that he is, and all that he is not.
* For my dear friend who survived a 12.5 hour surgery, month in the hospital afterwards, and is now home, on the mend and cancer free.
* For her husband who has been her rock through this entire, horrific ordeal. How he has kept her circle of friends in the loop at all times, and been at her side continually
* For pain, being the greatest teacher.
* In all of this...keeping a sense of humor.

~~~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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grateful
~for better sleep
~for choices, sometimes too many
~for grounding practices
~for increases in range of motion
~to have cooking skills
~to have known a dear woman, finally free

peace to each
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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Tonight I am grateful for
-gaining new perspective about my goals
-starting a 100 day challenge and reaching all of my goals on day one
-having a bit more energy and less pain today, yay!!!
-finding the missing pair of socks I was looking for this morning and the culprit oblivious to the fact that I was all day questioning whether I took them out of my drawer or not. Culprit being my little kitty that was playing with them under my sons bed earlier this evening as though they belonged to her. lol
-going over to my sisters' house for a little while and getting in my daily steps
-figuring out, through deep reflection, that I have to let go of the image of who I was a few years ago before my brain surgery and realizing that I am not any less the person I was then rather I am more.
-learning from life's pain and suffering, that there is a reason for absolutely everything that has happened in my life
-believing in my heart and soul that God has something marvelous planned for me and in turn for this amazing universe we all share
-all of you that share with me in this humbling experience of gratitude
-my son, dh and entire family

Blessings to all, Goodnight Maria


"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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Tonight, I prepare to sleep focusing on what I have to be grateful for, including:

-A wonderful evening with friends and particularly our dear friend, Kathryn, as we got to witness her first performance this year due to thyroid surgery - I said, "She's back" and she howled. It fills my heart, and with great music to boot
-Letting myself get by with only 25 minutes of exercise today; I'll take it ... !!!! So much better than none for me.
-Being able to eat healthy and have one nice glass of white wine
-A quiet room being available at work, previously unbeknownst to me
-Trying to decide what to do as our kittens will be turning a year older next month, as will both my partner and I
-My new computer; it is SO nice after having used my old faithful dinosaur for so long
-Our home, with its imperfections and perfections

Goodnight ...

Stephanie

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So grateful for so many blessings of this one precious life
as for today

grateful I can be in my studio making art
eat a meal primarily cooked by someone else
my nice long walk this morning in sunshine
my ability to help my neighbor struggling with dementia
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Steph now you hear cats calling……oh yea way better, sure…..what else calls you??? Ann loved the 8/21 line- to have navigated successfully today, not getting lost once. Really great phrasing!
Yes Sherrie, but it was a bit questionable once the pain meds wore off, getting better now. AZIMAT I have one suggestion for your new garden area- get professional help! Watch for me at a street corner near you with my sign- Will Garden Design for low-cal food.

Today I am thankful for:

*my therapist summing up things I say and trying to get me to see the progress I am making, or how positive an action or group of actions is, despite my negative or half-hearted assessments.

*an interview with an author, whose book I am trying to read. I have heard wonderful reviews of the book, but I am having a hard time getting into it. Hearing the interview and his approach in writing it has gotten me re-enthused to get back into it.

*google maps. A client needs some work at her companies offices out of town a bit, which we haven’t worked at since 2004, so no current employees have been there, but with google maps, I can show them the building, even shrubs with the satellite view, and show them what to do without going out there.

*not over-eating after getting the body blow Tuesday, that my lead foreman is quitting. Her health has been bad the last couple of months, and this is hard work so I understand, but it will be very hard replacing her. I’ve given her time off, let her leave early, etc. and nothing has worked. I’ve been cool with her, but maybe I should try holding my breath and jumping up and down until she agrees to stay……maybe just a super sad, pouting look, but with breathing and no jumping????

*feeling ok, for the first time at PT today. Not so much pain, especially doing the exercises / weights.

*simply having a vehicle. While I was in PT, I heard a lady who had called for a cab, repeatedly calling back asking for them to come get her. She ended up waiting 3 hours to be picked up, after her PT.

take care, bob


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Today I am grateful for:
~ memories and the ability to remember
~ my teeth (even when they cause us some discomfort, they are so useful, right Bob?)
~ Lula's playfulness & energy
~ finally seeing "The Artist" last night
~ my washer & dryer
~ 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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Thank you everyone for posting, I am grateful. Glad to see you back, Maha and Bob.
Grateful this morning for
the internet,
Yogi tea, especially ginger lemon
having a sight line cleared to see to the back yard better
a space cleared for another garden, now the planning
the generosity of DH
a successful day yesterday for my son at the dentist and endodontist, he's out of pain
these funny animals that we live with
and all the many blessings of this life.



"Do you have the courage to be who you truly are? " -Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


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

- another cool morning and chance of rain in the forecast (pink sky @ morning?)
- packed breakfast
- meeting my teammate for lunch
- fresh tomatoes from a colleague
- golf with the girls this evening

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

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

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
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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Tonight I am grateful for an abundance of gratitude in my life. Some of them are as follows
-new awakenings with every day that goes by
-my son feeling better today
-reconnecting with an sp team I created that had no members and now has 5 : )
-day 3 of feeling the "spark"
-the ability to share with all of you in this wonderful community
-the ability to learn from everything that happens in my life
-excitement about mine and my husbands' 20th wedding anniversary in a few weeks
-kitty misbehaving with a toilet paper roll she somehow got a hold of (hysterical)
- Gods' love and blessings both seen and unseen
-and like AT being able to post my gratitudes earlier than usual, just before midnight

Have a blessed evening!!

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"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


-MARIA

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I forgot a really important one because I haven't been able to do this for so long because of my foot surgery -

Major gratitude for my trophy for 1,000 SparkMinutes of exercise, with still over a week to go in the month!!

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