Attitudes of Gratitude – April 18, 2014 – Discovery

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose site of the shore.”  Andre Gide

Today I am grateful for…

…the ability to trust.  I lost site of the shore on Wednesday.

…the ability to hope.  I have embarked on a new adventure without a life boat.

…the ability to believe.  I am in the right place at the right time for the right reason.

do-over.me here I come!

I am blessed.  You are too.

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April 17, 2014 – Remembering Mom

“To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal, to hold it … against your bones knowing your own life depends on it, and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”  ~Mary Oliver
Three years ago today, I let my mom go.  We were both ready; as ready as I could ever be to let go of, what for me had become the very definition of life and even more so, of love.  My life depended on her; literally and figuratively.  When the time came and both of us had to let go, I realized that everything she had given through all the years, every thing  was now inside of me.  We each let go of her body, with the clear knowledge that her spirit would live in me…until the time that Kate and I must let go.  And then, the miracle that is the life and love of mother and daughter  will continue when every thing I am will be inside of her.
The greatest blessings of my life have been to be daughter to my mother and mother to my daughter.
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Attitudes of Gratitude – April 13,2014

Today I am grateful for…

…coffee on the deck with my two favorite girls…Kate and Bella.

…sleeping in! It was a whirlwind week.

…a local improv show and drinks with new friends.

…Sunday…

I am blessed. You are too!

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Attitudes of Gratitude – April 12, 2014 – Excitement

“Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream.  This excitement is like a forest fire.  You can smell it, taste it and feel it from a mile away.”  Denis Waitley

Today I am grateful for…

…a beautiful, sunny spring morning.

…a full day with learning and fun in equal measures.

…lots of ongoing engagements that bring energy, enthusiasm and excitement to my world…

I am blessed.  You are too!

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Attitudes of Gratitude – April 9, 2014 – Special Occasions

“Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.”  Sarah Ban Breathnache

Today I am grateful for…

…the string of beautiful spring days that we are enjoying here in the Chicago area.

…the grass that is beginning to turn green; the trees that are beginning to bud…

…friends to share my world…

…opportunities to laugh and learn.

I am bless.  You are too!

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Attitudes of Gratitude – April 7, 2014 – Pride

“None of us knows how long he shall live or when his time will come.  But soon, all that will be left of our brief lives is the pride our children feel when they speak our names.”      ~  47 Ronin (2013)

Today I am grateful for…

…a child that has grown into a young woman who I can be proud of.  That is something we all want.

…a life led that both my child  and I can be proud of.  Even though I have not been proud of everything that I have done, there has definitely been more that I am proud of than I am not proud of.  I have always understood that my actions speak louder than my words.

…the future and all the possibilities it holds for both my child and me.

I am blessed.  You are too.

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Attitudes of Gratitude – April 6, 2014

Today I am grateful for…

…two beautiful spring days in a row.

…long walks with Bella.

…an exciting Final Four.

…productivity.  Boy, I’ve gotten a lot accomplished this weekend.

I am blessed.  You are too.

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