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Old 12-10-2002, 07:24 AM   #1
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I'm just going to cut and paste my first post so that I remember what I'm grateful for...
Excuse me indulging myself...


Well, I'm bored. Let's have a thread so that we can share with each other what makes us happy.

I complain too much. I think most of us do. It's very habit-forming. I think we often forget the little things in life that are good. Life is good. It's damned good.
I'll start. Feel free to jump in. Or not.

What Makes Ellis Happy and Grateful

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- reading
- getting up early before everyone else and having a quiet coffee time
- sleeping with my lovely children. They look and smell divine when they're sleeping
- cooking dinner and having it turn out right
- running for 15 minutes on the treadmill
- kissing my sweet six year old's soft little lips
- getting up in the morning and finding that someone else has filled the water jug
- when my DH takes the kids to swim at the gym so that I can have some quiet time
- the smell of a new bag of fresh, black, oily coffee beans
- my feet. I like looking at my feet. They hurt most of the time, but I like how they look
- my wonderful fat forum friends
- a foot massage from my DH
- the way the sun shines through the blue glass in my kitchen window first thing in the morning
- my coffee table.... a trunk on wheels. I love it... it goes where I want it to go (usually under my feet)
- a photo of my thirteen year-old with stars in her eyes
- my mom's warm jam tarts
- coming home and finding that no one has left a damned message on my answering machine
- thunderstorms
- eating dinner on the verandah in the summer with my DH
- and then having a "summer" beer on the verandah with my DH
- having wonderful conversation with my DH on the verandah
- a spontaneous hug from my undemonstrative dad
- my bedroom makes me very happy. It's up in the attic, and in the summer it's like being in a treehouse
- my sister... the apple of my eye. I love her so much I could cry just thinking about her

- okay.... I'll add more as I think of them... there's no need to complain when I've got so much GOOD in my life!

hugs everyone...



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make up their minds to be."
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I just came across this...
I get email updates from The Good News Network, and this was in the last one...
It's a free phone service for Israelis and Palestinians... they can talk to one another about peace! Isn't that cool!?
http://www.hellopeace.net/
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Maybe this seems a little obscure, but I'm very happy that Jesica Santillan is recovering from what I pray was a successful surgery.

When I read stories like that, life comes back into focus for me. It's not us; the majority, who are playing games of war or making fantastic wealth for ourselves. It's us... the little people... the majority, who know the true value of life. We're running around protesting for the sake of our health and our freedom and our planet. We're running around looking for organs so that a little girl can live. We're doing all the goll-darned work with few resources while the fat cats sit on their butts and PLAY GOD WITH US!! It's just a freakin' game! I've had it!

End of rant.
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Eloquently said Ellis.
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Happy and Greatful...
...my new house. I really love it. More so than when I made the offer for it. It has so many good features.
...my son is recovering from pnomonia.
...i think i won't have to pay for that hospital bill.
...my boyfriend has a real job that he likes and they like him. (why? I have no idea, it is a hard job that doesn't pay a whole heck of a lot. But it pays the bills and keeps him feeling good about himself. )
...the internet!
...my paid off credit cards!
...the sun rise and sunset. I have a 2 story house and I have a perfect view every morning and every night!
...a bathtub. I love bubble baths!
...a good family that cares about me
...my intellegence. I am amazed at how many people lack education. Even the simplest things, they do not know how to figure the answer out.
...my children. Even when they are messy monsters!
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I am SO happy and grateful this evening! DD and I started Yoga tonight. I was tense for the entire hour and a half session thinking, "What if she hates it? What if she's bored and she's just being polite to Mommy? What if she feels like a geek?"
When we finished, she was BEAMING!! She said, "Wow Mom, I feel fantastic! I'm so relaxed! And I imagined myself in a garden eating peaches from a tree, and the juices were running down my face, and the breeze was blowing my hair.... " etc. Man, she had this TOTAL experience while Mommy was tensed up with expectations of failure!
Woof! Life is good!
She can't wait to go back next week. I'm in heaven.
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Ellis-I am SO glad for both of you!! It will be nice for you to have that to share!
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I am grateful I have choice...I may not always make the right choice, but at least I didn't sit on the fence.
I am grateful I live in America instead of Iraq.
I am grateful that in this lifetime I am a woman (who doesn't live in Iraq).
I am grateful there is a place for me on the www that I can go to be a nut and people accept me for that
I am grateful for a whole lot of things
I am grateful I'm allowing myself the time to look at them.
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Thank you, Den.
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grateful for:
-wonderful friends
-to be alive
-a good sense of humor.
some things which make me happy:
-reading
-spending time with good friends
-music
-art.
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I am greatful that while waiting for my modivation to appear, I have not ruined my health so much that I can't get serious about loosing and getting fit!!! I am greatful that Spring is ready to appear. I am enjoying the buds on the trees, and the daffodils, the birds, bees, (well not the bees or the wasps). I am thankful for other diet journals to read. I am thankful for online friends!!!!!
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Had to dig for this one, too.

I'm happy that I've lost 15 pounds. Because it's really hot and sticky right now, and I'm wearing a REALLY ugly dress to keep cool. I look disgusting in it, but when I look in the mirror, I remember that I looked even MORE disgusting 15+ pounds ago!


And I'm grateful for having such a good Dad. I didn't always think he was so great, but I've grown up, and I appreciate him for what he is. I know where he's coming from, he's doing the best he can, and it's okay.
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Well I may have been cursing my boss' name today and feeling really frustrated about my job but I am grateful that I at least have a job and I am able to keep the roof over my head and food on the table

Thanks for bumping this thread back up Ellis!
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Ah yes... it's the little basics in life that we must be grateful for. Food and shelter.
Hang in there, Mauvais.

ps... I put a curse on your boss... should start working any day now...
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Thanks Ellis...you do that voodoo that you do so well!
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