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Category: Gratitude

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-8

This weekend truly gave me an opportunity to re-set emotionally.  I got away from the news, spent some quality time with Loved-One, in one of my favorite places, Chicago, and answered an unexpected invitation to connect with a nephew.  All good for me.  All a welcomed distraction and relief.  Thanks to a little re-set, the my list of gratitudes comes easily and reminds me of the abundance in my life.  A very sunshiny and WARM weekend.  I even saw someone laying on a blanket in her front yard. Long walks with Love-One. It’s about time we both started moving more.…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-7

I’m mellowing into our new political climate.  Perhaps mellowing is too sedentary a word.  This weekend I began to see some plus sides.  I’m not one to use the phrase, “all things happen for a reason,” or even “it must be God’s plan.”  However, I can see that people can be energized toward good when they see the unsavory side of human nature, and we can do God’s will in the wake of tragedy.  I love our new environment stimulates so many people to demonstrate, boycott, listen, discuss, get involved in local government, etc.

Most of my sadness has abated and I can see sunshine in my days. I’m sure it helps that I literally see more sunshine and the days are getting longer, as well as warmer.

Here’s a few more things, in no particular order, that I am grateful for this Monday morning:

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-6

Ahh… I’m feeling a bit better this Monday. The sun is out, the weather is a bit warmer, the Super Bowl ads were heart-warming, and I am getting back into a move-more routine.  I interviewed two very interesting people this week.  One is a young man who makes steel pans, musical instruments made of recycled 55 gallon drums.  The other is a middle-aged mother who attended the Women’s March in Chicago.  She takes serious the mantra of “connect, protect, activate.” I’m beginning to feel on firmer footing. The NFL ad “Inside these lines,” gave me the chills. As an un-fan…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-5

It’s 5:30 am. I wake up to the news every morning. National Public Radio. Time was when I heard a heartwarming story, something interesting and scientific, or just a clear-sailing traffic report. In the last ten days, I start my day with worrying and wondering what’s next. It’s Wedmesday morning, and I failed to start my week counting my blessing.  There are so many in my life, despite the despondency I feel about our government.  And yes, I’m still listening and trying to understand. I’m listening to people, I’m listening to FoxNews, I’m listening to right-wing talk media.   I…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock:  2017-4

We have a new President. Many people have great hope. I am reading, listening, and staying open to the possibilities. The after the inauguration, I participated in my first political rally.  The beautiful day, the positive spirit, and the thousands of men, women, and children interested in a brighter tomorrow.buoyed my confidence. Miss K, 12 years-old, accompanied me to Chicago, while two other grandchildren, Mr. N and Miss S, accompanied their mother to Washington D.C.  Miss E, 17, decided to protest the rally by staying in the D.C. hotel while her mother demonstrated.  I relish that we can disagree and…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-3

My week oscillated between sad and glad.  As I watch the unfolding of the political climate around me, I feel sad because the energy is not giving way to productivity.  Instead, tweets mire me in insults and nastiness.  Sad!  Still, I am buoyed by thoughtful people reminding us that kindness, openness, and thoughtful discussion are our best weapons. I went to the movies because, well, because I was still Sad!  Next I remembered that soon I will have a whole week with CeCe’s kids while she goes on a cruise with her hubby.  Glad!

This weekend, I reminded myself that I have so many things for which to give thanks:

Some shameless self-promotion while I hobnob with award-winner, Tiffany.

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-2

This weekend, Loved-One and I trekked to mid-Michigan to attend our niece’s bridal shower.  Such a long trip mainly because we ran into lake-effect snow.  Somewhere along the way, another niece called requesting a ride along from Lansing.  Well, yeah!

I took all our leftover Christmas candy to share, ready to turnover a new, healthier leaf, upon return.  Just to be sure I could boast a dramatic shift, I indulged in Wendy’s 4 for $4 both coming and going.

That egg white veggie omelet tasted so health, and so delicious, this morning.  Especially after swimming for a half hour!

Loved-One drove the whole way, maybe because I kept announcing what signs I’m unable to read with my right eye shut.
Anyways, on the plus side, all that time in the car, and a ball of yarn, netted a new hat before we arrived at our destination.

Here are a few things, in no particular order, for which I give thanks:

Stuff You Should Know podcast and a battery operated Bluetooth speaker.  I learned all about jellyfish and combed jellies.  They are now my second most fascinating animal, right next to octopuses.

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