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« Reply #900 on: November 30, 2010, 08:02:22 AM »

grateful for my family who is grin in good health in these cold weather.
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« Reply #901 on: November 30, 2010, 09:03:05 PM »

Grateful for the past weeks in spent the presence of a like-minded individual.
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« Reply #902 on: December 01, 2010, 03:40:29 PM »

Grateful for a good start to the month.
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« Reply #903 on: December 01, 2010, 11:49:02 PM »

Greatful for being alive today
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« Reply #904 on: December 02, 2010, 08:52:36 PM »

I'm grateful that a  stressful situation turned out much better than expected because of several helpful people and I grateful for new toys.
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« Reply #905 on: December 03, 2010, 04:20:26 PM »

Grateful to recognize connections.
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« Reply #906 on: December 03, 2010, 10:57:30 PM »

Grateful to have the day off from work and attend my 2nd daughter's school play. She was great in it.

Belated gratefulness of being able to take advantage of Black Friday and purchase an HP Touchsmart tm2 convertible tablet/laptop.
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« Reply #907 on: December 04, 2010, 11:59:37 AM »

Grateful to start my day off listening to some great music with my son.
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« Reply #908 on: December 05, 2010, 01:13:29 PM »

Grateful to have been able to sleep in for just a bit this morning.
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« Reply #909 on: December 06, 2010, 10:35:46 AM »

Grateful for the discovery if a new part if the world I'm visiting for the first time.
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« Reply #910 on: December 06, 2010, 12:01:21 PM »

Grateful to have had somebody that was looking out for me.
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« Reply #911 on: December 06, 2010, 04:11:37 PM »

Grateful my new HP convertible tablet/laptop showed up.
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« Reply #912 on: December 07, 2010, 04:19:18 PM »

Grateful for a MAJOR breakthrough in a longtime project.
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« Reply #913 on: December 08, 2010, 05:23:00 PM »

Grateful for the scheduling of key events to have come together.
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« Reply #914 on: December 09, 2010, 03:29:01 PM »

Grateful to get moving on something today.
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« Reply #915 on: December 09, 2010, 03:37:42 PM »

Grateful for the Branch Holiday Party tonight.

Happy Holidays!
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« Reply #916 on: December 09, 2010, 05:45:12 PM »

I'm grateful that I can decide who I am going to be as an individual.
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« Reply #917 on: December 10, 2010, 06:15:07 PM »

Grateful for a positive ending to an opportunity to provide mentoring.
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« Reply #918 on: December 11, 2010, 07:29:39 AM »

Grateful for a day off from an exhausting schedule.
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« Reply #919 on: December 11, 2010, 02:04:32 PM »

Grateful for uninterrupted momentum.
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« Reply #920 on: December 12, 2010, 01:53:57 PM »

Author Robert Fulghum tells this story of one of his professors, a wise man whose name was Alexander Papaderos:

At the last session on the last morning of a two-week seminar on Greek culture, Dr. Papaderos turned and made the ritual gesture: "Are there any questions?"

Quiet quilted the room. These two weeks had generated enough questions for a lifetime, but for now, there was only silence.

"No questions?" Papaderos swept the room with his eyes.

So, I asked.

"Dr. Papaderos, what is the meaning of life?"

The usual laughter followed, and people stirred to go.

Papaderos held up his hand and stilled the room and looked at me for a long time, asking with his eyes if I was serious and seeing from my eyes that I was.

"I will answer your question."

Taking his wallet out of his hip pocket, he fished into a leather billfold and brought out a very small round mirror, about the size of a quarter.

And what he said went something like this:

"When I was a small child, during the war, we were very poor and we lived in a remote village. One day, on the road, I found the broken pieces of a mirror. A German motorcycle had been wrecked in that place.

"I tried to find all the pieces and put them together, but it was not possible, so I kept only the largest piece. This one. And by scratching it on a stone, I made it round. I began to play with it as a toy and became fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun would never shine--in deep holes and crevices and dark closets. It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places I could find.

"I kept the little mirror, and as I went about my growing up, I would take it out in idle moments and continue the challenge of the game. As I became a man, I grew to understand that this was not just a child's game but a metaphor for what I might do with my life. I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of light. But light--truth, understanding, knowledge--is there, and it will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it.

"I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have I can reflect light into the dark places of this world--into the black places in the hearts of men--and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of life."

And then he took his small mirror and, holding it carefully, caught the bright rays of daylight streaming through the window and reflected them onto my face and onto my hands folded on the desk.
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« Reply #921 on: December 12, 2010, 02:09:33 PM »

Very nice.
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« Reply #922 on: December 15, 2010, 10:16:22 AM »

Grateful to be finishing a portion of a major project today.
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« Reply #923 on: December 16, 2010, 10:19:34 PM »

Grateful to be able to inspire some small measure of creativity in young people.
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« Reply #924 on: December 17, 2010, 10:12:19 AM »

Grateful for a break. I wasn't aware (until today) of how ready I am for it.
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« Reply #925 on: December 21, 2010, 03:49:55 PM »

Grateful to have put the wrapping up of a major undertaking exclusively back into my hands and the hands of a trusted advisor.
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« Reply #926 on: December 21, 2010, 10:22:07 PM »

Grateful to be able to attend my 2nd daughter's Winter Concert, she is part of the school chorus.
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« Reply #927 on: December 23, 2010, 12:03:53 PM »

This Christmas I want to be thankful for those on this forum. BBG for teaching me about the so called "science" of global warming, CCP for his enlightenment about the Jewish struggle, GM for educating me about the evils of Islam and Sharia Law, Doug for his openness to dissent and economic reasonableness and all the others that I have learned from. Most of all my thanks to Rachel for keeping me centered.
Happy Holidays to all. May our great country grow and prosper in 2011 and be safe.
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« Reply #928 on: December 23, 2010, 12:51:39 PM »

Grateful for 2 unexpected opportunites which presented itself.

Grateful to be able to be a part of this forum. Thank you everyone.

Happy Holidays!
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« Reply #929 on: December 23, 2010, 02:11:22 PM »

I echo JDN's gratitudes for this forum and all who come to play.  It has taken a lot of doing to bring it to where it is, but thanks to all of us I confess to feeling rather proud of how far we have come and what we do.
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« Reply #930 on: December 23, 2010, 10:24:14 PM »

I too am grateful for the level of rich discourse on this forum.

Grateful to have finished the first draft of one of the most important documents I will ever write today.
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« Reply #931 on: December 24, 2010, 11:08:43 AM »

I am also grateful for kind words, this forum and  a break.

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« Reply #932 on: December 25, 2010, 12:16:00 AM »

Rachel:

You are amongst the people for whose presence here I am quite grateful.
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« Reply #933 on: December 25, 2010, 01:35:40 PM »

I am grateful to again experience the change of seasons, the beautiful music of Christmas and the welcoming message of peace, love, gratefulness and optimism that comes with Christmas and the new year.  Joy to the world.  Let heaven and nature sing.
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« Reply #934 on: December 26, 2010, 05:47:12 PM »

@ALL,

Inspired, Motivated, humbled and appreciative of The Older Warriors. 

A good leader must first be a good follower...  thankful for DB's leadership

TAC cool
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« Reply #935 on: December 27, 2010, 03:31:09 PM »

Grateful to be able to make it to work through 30" of snow and that it was worthwhile to show up today.
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« Reply #936 on: December 30, 2010, 05:32:07 PM »

Marc-- Thank you for the generous compliment.   I am grateful for all the hard work you have done on this forum.

I am grateful for new contacts and being  able to see 20/20 in my contacts even though my prescription is -12/-14
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« Reply #937 on: January 03, 2011, 02:51:04 PM »

Grateful to celebrate another milestone in a LONG process/project.
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« Reply #938 on: January 03, 2011, 03:16:26 PM »

Grateful to a good start for the month/year.
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« Reply #939 on: January 04, 2011, 06:26:55 PM »

Grateful to have many good books to look forward to after completion of a current project that is frankly zapping my energy as far as all things intellectual.
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« Reply #940 on: January 05, 2011, 10:04:37 AM »

Grateful for the help of family members during what seems like a transitional phase.
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« Reply #941 on: January 05, 2011, 03:21:00 PM »

Grateful my day turned around from an ugly morning.
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« Reply #942 on: January 05, 2011, 06:49:45 PM »

Grateful that my youngest daughter's temperature from 103 came down to 97 and is doing better.
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« Reply #943 on: January 05, 2011, 08:46:06 PM »

103?!?  That's scary!  Glad all is well.

Grateful for a fine day of training with a good friend.
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« Reply #944 on: January 06, 2011, 11:47:16 PM »

Grateful I was able to "teach a man how to fish" today. Now he is fed for life.




Grateful jcordova's daughter's fever broke!

An aside:  sometime 2000 or so, Guro Crafty came to NYC to teach a seminar at Raw Dog's (Nick Sacoulas') school... I registered and was all set to go, but you can guess how the story will go from here. The night before, my daughter had a 104 fever. We took her to the ER, she stayed for a few days. My training partner J., also signed up for the seminar, was coming from Staten Island via the ferry, I was to pick him up and we go together. I picked him up, dropped him off and went straight to the hospital. Urinary Tract Infection was the guilty culprit. One of the scariest experiences I ever had... my daughter, despite the 104 fever, seemed fine and playful!
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« Reply #945 on: January 07, 2011, 12:22:05 AM »

I'm grateful that jcordova's daughter sounds like she's going to be okay.

(Sorry about that previous mispost jcordova and Stickgrappler. I misread to whom the recently ailing daughter belongs; I'm still grateful she's doing better.)
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« Reply #946 on: January 07, 2011, 09:55:02 PM »

Grateful for a friend's progress on a major undertaking.
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« Reply #947 on: January 08, 2011, 12:38:42 PM »

I'm grateful to have friends here in the forum who care about each other.  Thank you all, my daughter is doing well. grin
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« Reply #948 on: January 09, 2011, 03:37:48 AM »

grateful for anger and pain being channeled into something positive.
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« Reply #949 on: January 09, 2011, 08:35:53 AM »

At a bar mitzvah yesterday for a cousin, grateful to watch my daughter dance for the first time.
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