Member since 9/22/05
Date: 9/18/08 11:28 AM
Over 10 years ago I saw an Oprah show in which she launched the idea of writing down 5 things a day that we are grateful for. A woman in the audience stood & said that she had been married over 40 years, had done this for 6 months & it had changed her relationship with her husband dramatically for the better. That got my attention!
On New Year's Day 1998 I began a journal - writing down 5 things each day of gratitude. I have NEVER kept a journal for a whole year, despite trying - but this time I succeeded.
I found that knowing that at the end of the day, I would need to be able to write those 5 things gave me a whole new FOCUS for the DAY. I began to consciously think "I need to remember that so I can write it down tonight!" Sometimes I missed writing for a couple of days, but because I was consciously focused on remembering those 5 gratitudes, I could go back & recall & write for the missed days.
SO this morning I was cleaning my cooktop & realized I was thinking 'I love this cooktop! It's so easy to clean!' And the product eWipes cleans the glass covered control knob area quickly, easily, & with no smears!! I love that! (PS it's a Wolf if you're curious, & it's stainless steel to boot).
What are you GRATEFUL for today?
Member since 3/28/08
Date: 9/18/08 11:34 AM
I'm grateful that I am coughing up less phlegm than I was yesterday.
Member since 11/30/04
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Date: 9/18/08 11:39 AM
I just wrote something about this type of thing on my blog. Most of my blog post here is about that. It's the people that have touched my life and my children's lives that I'm very appreciative and grateful for, and I wanted to let them know that.
Big 4 Pattern size 12, RTW bottom: 6, RTW jacket 8, RTW top (no size fits me well!)
Measurements: 34 HB/36 FB (34C bra)/27.5/36 (and working hard to keep it that way.)
Machines: Sewing: Elna 760, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3, Singer Model 99, Singer 221/Featherweight. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Ovation. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E. Embroidery/Sewing Combo: Brother Dream machine. Coverstitch: Babylock BLCS. Straight Stitch: Janome 1600P.
If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.
My blog: www.phatchickdesigns.blogspot.com
Member since 3/27/08
Date: 9/18/08 11:46 AM
I'm grateful that I have the best kid in the whole wide world and I get to tell him that every day!
...that I have a good job
...that I have good health
...a great husband
...lots of awesome dogs
Member since 10/27/05
Date: 9/18/08 12:00 PM
Absolutely gorgeous weather today.................70 degrees, very slight breeze, low humidity, sunshine and blue skies. I think I'll go out and play.
Member since 4/8/02
Date: 9/18/08 12:10 PM
I'm grateful that DH and I both have enjoyable jobs that interfere with our free time. I'm grateful that I'm not living in Houston/Galveston right now, and that I have a functioning air conditioner. I'm grateful that I have 2 great kids, and that those great kids live elsewhere and are self-supporting.
“Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.” -Robert Heinlein and Ann's father. Thanks for the reminder, Ann.
Where are we going, and what am I doing in this handbasket?
Matthew 25:40 (New International Version)
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Member since 9/12/05
In reply to Karla Kizer
Date: 9/18/08 2:55 PM
Quote: Karla Kizer
I'm grateful that I'm not living in Houston/Galveston right now, and that I have a functioning air conditioner.
hey! I am glad that I live in Houston right now!
I have 4 days of Hurri-cation.
I have a nice cool breeze.
I have a wonderful job that let me borrow a generator. This leads to the opportunity to do the laundry and the dishes. How many times in life do you get to see that as a priveledge instead of a chore?
I have a full tank of gas.
I found an open strp mall with both a Taco Bell and a liquor store.
I get to live in a town like Houston where most people stop even though most of the stop lights are out.
This is a wonderful idea
Damn the muslin, full speed ahead!
Member since 6/18/03
Date: 9/18/08 3:18 PM
I'm thankful for
- My wonderful little (and still fairly new!) Mac. Years of old hand-me-down Dells made me appreciate a laptop that WORKS!
- My li'l brother who called me on Tuesday to thank me for how I treated him when we were both kids. Considering that my standard treatment was to knock him (gently) upside the head whenever he whined, it wasn't exactly a thanks I was expecting.
- My class that I'm teaching - last class they were really involved and attentive and even excited about our current project. And they thanked me after class! Warm fuzzies abounded.
- My sweet DH. Nuf said.
- My two machines, both of which were gifts from special people.
"Never underestimate the power of the right dress!" - drsue
"Hyu gots to know how to sveet tok de costumers, dollink" - Girl Genius, 11-24-08
Member since 1/26/03
Date: 9/18/08 5:13 PM
I'm feeling extra good about all my/our years of penny pinching that now allow us to be relatively worry free and able to ride out the economic downturn.
My daughter has come out of very difficult adolescent years and is doing better than ever this year.
My son is doing well, something we weren't sure would happen because of his Asperger's.
I'm able to stay home and do what I want and not deal with horrible bosses any more.
We have more fresh, organic tomatoes than we can eat!
Buy the best and you only cry once.
Member since 7/26/07
Date: 9/18/08 5:30 PM
I am grateful for
1. DH's dermatologist who does his work with great thoroughness.
2. DH's surgeon who is forthright and really knows what he is doing.
3. both of us waking up this morning.
4. being self-employed and working with DH so that I could spend more of today at home keeping an eye on the worst's recuperator.
5. the sunny glorious day that DH & I could enjoy from our screened porch.
6. those hungry piggy gorgeous birds that flock to our feeder especially on such a day as this.
When DD was in middle school, she went thru a period of feeling like so many people had more than she did or that their lives were much better than hers. One evening I got fed up and handed her a tablet and said that I wanted her to write down 3 good things that had happened that day and 3 things in her life that she could be grateful for, and then she could continue to perform that exercise daily for the next couple months with no repeats. I told her that she had choices and she could focus on the things that were positive or the things that were negative, but life would be better for her if she chose the positive parts of her life as her focus. It did not take long for her to change her tune.
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin
"Attitude is the difference between an adventure and an ordeal." unknown