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Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-14

Some weeks I have a bit of trouble with the taking stock part of this weekly post.  This week is the pausing and breathing part.  It was a great week for me.  A new job, a wonderful turn-out at an Author Showcase, and a chance to visit Mom.  What could be better? Here, in no particular order, are some more reasons to rejoice: Snow drops blooming around a budding willow tree; My sister-in-law, Cheryl, who gave up part of her birthday to support me at the Author Showcase; Enjoying a Culver’s dinner with Mom & Love-one: walleye, followed by a…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-13

It must be the warmer weather.  Or perhaps it’s the brighter than bright forsythia against a still-brown yard and grey sky.  Everything seems so hopeful under the damp chill.  For one thing, the ACA was not repealed.  There’s lots of room for improvement in healthcare.  Still, I’m all for moving forward, rather than backward.  IIt’s time, don’t you think? Here’s a few more things that fill me with happiness this week:  I have a temporary full-time job, doing technical writing for a start-up biologic company.  Yay!  I’m not sure what I like best: a) I’ll be problem solving; b) the…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-12

Here’s a few more things that bring me joy. Long walks with Loved-One.  We have a wonderful 2 mile loop that we take.  We like to get out there once a day when the weather is nice.  And the weather is nice enough!  An interview for a technical writing gig at a biotech firm.  It’s a bit of a comment, but doable by mass transportation.  Successful eye surgery.  I’m back to playing my flute.  Seeing better actually makes me understand the music better.  I’m amazed how clear vision is so related to clear thought. The Christmas tree tucked away in…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-11

Some Mondays my “pause” is longer than others.  So much humdrum in my life.  What’s the point in sharing?  Not today.  I am gleeful in my gratefulness.  Why? I can see! Friday I had surgery to remove a cataract.  Things had progressed unusually fast, as Dr. Eyes explained.  It was like looking through vaseline.  OMGosh!  The first day with no bandages I literally fainted from the intensity of color my poor little “cones cells” experienced.  Really, truly.  The whole room began to spin. Click here to see if you are tetra-chromatic, like I am. And print.  Oh My!  It’s like…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock #10

I spent last week recovering from the flu.  The fever and chills were tough, the cough and headache made me want to close my eyes against the world. But it was the aching bones that really got me down.  I began to really empathize with people who suffer chronic pain like arthritis or fibromyalgia. By Sunday, I began to give thanks for a robust immune system and a body that’s springing back to liveliness.  By Sunday afternoon, I forgot all about being sick, and began reveling in some good news: A big two page spread in the local paper about…

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:

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