Saturday, March 31, 2012

GRATITUDE - March 31, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE ABILITY AND FREEDOM TO TRAVEL.

Most of the world's population don't have the ability, freedom or means to travel beyond their backyard. 


I have been blessed with the experiences of world travel.  


In a day or so, our daughter is flying to Washington D.C. on a week-long middle-school Spring Break trip to the Smithsonian (so cool).  



Lise and I decided to take advantage of the 6-day gift of just-us time for a second honeymoon trip and are off to Santa Fe, New Mexico to sit out by the outdoor fireplace in the resort patio and sip Merlot.  


Raining and gusty winds here in Sacramento - Seventy to seventy-five degrees in Santa Fe.  Down Jacket and raincoat to depart - shorts and Tommy Bahamas' on arrival.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

GRATITUDE - March 30, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE ABILITY AND CIRCUMSTANCES TO ACCELERATE THE RETIREMENT ERA.

We determined that a better return on investment for the few dollars we have set aside for retirement would best be served by obtaining a rental property.  We did.






Almost twice what we thought on the remodel bill, but finally got it done and rented.  Finally not all going out...some coming in.


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

GRATITUDE - March 29, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR EVERY BREATH I TAKE.

"If you begin looking at each breath you take as a blessing, then suddenly everything in an ordinary life becomes a miracle - delighting in the colors of the setting sun, feeling the rain upon your face or smelling the amazing fragrance of a single perfect rose."


Kirsti A. Dyer




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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

GRATITUDE - March 28, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR HAVING ENJOYED THE MUSIC OF EARL SCRUGGS.

This ol' boy from Okla. grew up on Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and Grand Ole Opry...with a little Hank Williams and Sons of the Pioneers thrown in for good measure.


Earl Scruggs passed on to the Big Stage today.


Flatt & Scruggs- Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Grand Ole Opry

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

GRATITUDE - March 27, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR FINALLY EXPERIENCING THE JOY OF GRATITUDE.


"Gratitude is a two fold love - love coming to visit us and love running out to meet a welcome guest."  Henry Van Dyke


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GRATITUDE - March 26, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR SEEING YET ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL SUNSET TONIGHT.

I have had the opportunity in my life to witness a little more than 23,000 sunsets.  I can recall less than a few dozen that I took the time to really appreciate.  That is a shame.  A sunset doesn't have to be in Maui, Paris, or Jamaica to be appreciated.  These were just the times I chose to slow down for a moment long enough to enjoy them.  I am grateful for the opportunity to reach that conclusion while there is still time to enjoy some more.  Did so this evening.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

GRATITUDE - March 25, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR A GOOD PLACE TO SLEEP.

Sounds simple, but 3.5 million people currently do not have a permanent place to sleep at night in America...the land of plenty.

I worked very hard today, physically, and am so tired I can barely stand.  My trek up the stairs to my queen sized, pillow-top bed is a hard-earned journey to luxury-waiting.  I usually take that for granted.  Shouldn't.  Won't.  Grateful.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

GRATITUDE - March 24, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR WHAT I'VE GOT.


Trust me, I am very thankful for what I've got, brown spots and all.



"IF A FELLOW ISN'T THANKFUL FOR WHAT HE'S GOT, HE ISN'T LIKELY TO BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT HE'S GOING TO GET."
Frank A. Clark

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Friday, March 23, 2012

GRATITUDE - March 23, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR EMBRACING THE BEAUTY AND OF THANK YOU'S.

"Just as millions of snowflakes pile up to create a blanket of snow, the 'thank yous' we say pile up and fall gently upon one another until, in our hearts and minds, we are adrift in gratitude."  -  Daphne Rose Kingman


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GRATITUDE - March 22, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE EXTRA TIME, NOT ALWAYS GIVEN.

I am thankful for the extra time in the "overtime" portion of the game of life.  I have two friends, younger than I am, not doing so well.


One, a friend from high school, the guy that double-dated with me to the Junior Prom, apparently, is losing his battle with Leukemia.  Sad.

Another friend, a co-worker that is ten years younger that I am, just had a massive stroke and is now paralyzed on her right side and can't speak.  Not good.

August will mark 4 years with Tonsil Cancer in remission, glaucoma deterioration is stable, heart arrhythmia is under control, vision is holding at 20/1250 and the hearing aids do a decent job, when I remember to put them in (say again?).


I feel like the three-legged, blind dog that answers to the name "Lucky".  


I currently often work 12 hour days remodeling a rental, regularly work 8 hours a day, perform as an on-call taxi man for a 13 year-old, cello playing, 0n-point ballet dancing 8th grader, and am still learning to play electric bass guitar and take weekly music lessons (learned bass line to "Swamp Water/John Fogerty and partial intro lines to Sunshine of my Love/Cream tonight -  8 year old drummer in the time slot before me is learning the drum part to this Clapton classic and is getting pretty good...I am going to come early next lesson and jam with him and my teacher on electric guitar).  


I am indeed happy to be "lucky".


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

GRATITUDE - March 21, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR NOT HAVING THE THINGS I DON'T WANT.






"If you haven't all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don't have and you wouldn't want."   Unknown



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GRATITUDE - March 20, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY ABILITY TO OWN A CAR.

Sounds odd , as if everyone of legal driving age surely must have one.  Many households I know have sometimes two or three vehicles with multiple drivers under the roof.


I drive a PT Cruiser, my wife has a Prius and my brother-in-law a new, jet black Porsche.  Every adult I know has a car.


That said, just under 9% of the world's population has a car.

It is a little difficult to then do simple math and say there are 6.76 billion people in the world (according to the US Census Bureau) so 600 million / 6.76 billion = about 9% of the world owns a car.  


So many things we take for granted are privileges of being employed and  living in the United States

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Monday, March 19, 2012

GRATITUDE- March 19, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR ADEQUATE MEDICINE FOR MY CHILDREN AS THEY GREW UP.



   2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized."        W.H.O.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

GRATITUDE - March 18, 2012

I AM GRATEFUL FOR LEARNING HOW TO BE HAPPY.


"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every moment with love, grace and gratitude." Denis Waitley





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