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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #650 on: April 12, 2010, 11:30:36 AM »
Grateful for work easing a bit so i'm not "On" 110% of the time and can catch up on some forums, starting with this thread
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #651 on: April 13, 2010, 08:41:00 AM »
Grateful to have caught up on rest from a poor night of sleep.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #652 on: April 13, 2010, 09:38:13 AM »
What a coincidence me too.  Good thing too, today I look to train very hard.

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« Reply #653 on: April 14, 2010, 08:45:28 AM »
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What a coincidence me too.  Good thing too, today I look to train very hard.

Double coincidence. Last night I took four hours of class at a little martial arts school by the marina, and then went home and did 90 minutes of yoga. Got to bed late, but I feel great!

I guess I'm grateful to feel good this morning after staying up way too late working out.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #654 on: April 14, 2010, 09:47:52 AM »
Grateful for my oldest daughter having passed the entrance exam some months ago to one of the top 40 high schools in the US as ranked by US News & World Report.

Grateful that today she has a chance to interview at that school.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #655 on: April 15, 2010, 08:00:57 AM »
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Grateful for my oldest daughter having passed the entrance exam some months ago to one of the top 40 high schools in the US as ranked by US News & World Report.

Grateful that today she has a chance to interview at that school.

Good luck to your daughter, Stickgrappler. Let us all know when she is accepted.

Grateful for the ability to stir up thought in young people.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #656 on: April 16, 2010, 08:12:05 AM »
Grateful to be in a graduate program with two amazing people who are in my smaller regional study group. Both of these amazing people are defending their doctoral dissertations today, but I can only attend one of the two defenses in the afternoon.

I sent just sent the following messages to these folks, and I did "borrow" some DBMA lingo for one of the messages. The first is for the defense I cannot attend:

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I don't know if this will find you after you are informally "Doctor" today, but even if it does, I still would like to express my best wishes for what I know will be a successful defense this morning. I am so pleased to have been in our learning group with you, and to have you as a partner in academia, and as a mentor.
 
It's always nice to have someone who has gone through it before you, and done it well, and I mean life. When I write something like that, I don't mean to be insulting. By biological reality, you are older than I am (I'm not calling you "old" however). You've been there; you have full-grown kids, and you and your wife and now reaping all of the benefits of having worked really hard for the past few decades. I hope I'm conveying this correctly; I can sense you are a good person, a good husband, and a good father, and I have always enjoyed talking with you about the challenge of balancing all of what life has to offer. You are very much a mentor to me in that way, in a culture that has sadly abandoned mentorhood.
 
So, I truly get to mean it when I write the following: I'm very pleased to know you.
 
Again, I don't like the word "defense" for what you are going to do today. You are sharing your research with the academic community, nothing more. You will do amazingly well, and I wish I could be there.


The second is for the one I will attend, and this individual is a bit more nervous than the first, even though she is more than ready:

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I know I'm going to see you there, but I just wanted to start your day off with some good thoughts.
 
I'm very grateful to have you in my life as a fellow scholar, and more importantly as a friend. Your goodness as a person is apparent the moment anyone comes into contact with you. You deserve to be finished, and to get to attend the last meetings of our cohort as "Doctor", even if that's an informal title until the summer.
 
I wrote the same thing I'm about to write to (Recipient 1): I don't like the word "defense" for what you are doing later, because there is nothing offensive about the people you are speaking with today. You are sharing your research with the academic community, of which you are getting ready to become a leader in your particular area of scholarship, nothing more. You are doing it in front of a number of people who care about you, and want you to succeed. Just try to enjoy it. Like all things in life that take a lot of build up, it will be over before you know it. Stay present, and enjoy this day.
 
I'll see you later,
 
Bryan
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #657 on: April 16, 2010, 12:48:59 PM »
Grateful for good family time.

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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #658 on: April 16, 2010, 01:36:00 PM »
woof Guide Dog,

thank you and will do.

good luck to your 2 group mates!

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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #659 on: April 17, 2010, 08:01:33 AM »
Grateful to spend the day with my little boy.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #660 on: April 18, 2010, 08:26:14 AM »
Grateful to have passed a major hurdle.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #661 on: April 18, 2010, 10:41:57 PM »
Greatful for a lot of family time this past week.

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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #662 on: April 19, 2010, 07:54:53 AM »
Grateful for a slow morning so far.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #663 on: April 19, 2010, 04:21:09 PM »
Grateful for the sun that shone on me today as I swung my sledgehammer at the big tire.

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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #664 on: April 19, 2010, 09:01:18 PM »
Truly ecstatically grateful that i found something i thought lost forever... in a moment of inspiration, i checked a jacket i didn't wear in ages and sure enough it was there!

Grateful for the feeling that finding something lost, like finding money, gives me also.
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« Reply #665 on: April 20, 2010, 07:36:04 AM »
Grateful to stay excited about possibilities.
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« Reply #666 on: April 21, 2010, 08:17:35 AM »
At the high school at which I teach, state testing is upon us. While I am not grateful for having the sum total of everything that goes on during the academic year reduced to a three digit number that is the end-all, be-all measure of the school's worth as far as the state is concerned, I am grateful for a few days of proctoring, which is really about creating an environment in which the kids feel safe, and can do their best.

I have no problem with keeping educators accountable, or having the students demonstrate what they know, but, just as an example, a major trend in professional development for educators is differentiation, or the ability of teachers to adapt the educational experience to the different needs of each student. So, I need to personally adapt the educational experience for each student in a system that judges schools solely on an instrument that assumes students are all the same? My students that have only been in the country for a few years, and my special education students are expected to perform as well on the exam as say the future valedictorian, or the school will be put into program improvement? Something is wrong. I'm also grateful to be able to speak, or write about the absurdities in public education without getting upset, or feeling a spike in my blood pressure, like when I started teaching.

I'm also grateful work in a really nice school, and to really enjoy my interaction with students, regardless of test scores (even though our scores are through the roof).
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #667 on: April 22, 2010, 07:30:00 AM »
good luck Guide Dog!

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grateful our oldest daughter has the potential to be smarter than me

grateful our 2nd daughter is blossoming into a young woman faster and faster with each passing day

grateful our son, only in 1st grade, is able to spell at 2nd grade to almost 3rd grade level.
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« Reply #668 on: April 22, 2010, 08:09:25 AM »
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good luck Guide Dog!

Thank you, SG. Enjoy and appreciate those kiddos of yours (sounds like you already do).

Grateful for a nice family dinner last night.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #669 on: April 23, 2010, 02:22:19 PM »
Grateful that the Tribal Gathering is tomorrow, not weeks away, or a few days away. I don't have a "get it over with" mentality; I have a "I want to be in it and have it right in front of me" mentality.
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« Reply #670 on: April 24, 2010, 08:55:11 AM »
I am grateful for the birth of my little boy, which happened exactly three years ago, today. Happy birthday, munchkin.
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« Reply #671 on: April 25, 2010, 06:54:40 PM »
Grateful for a day of great fighting amongst warriors, brothers, and sisters.
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« Reply #672 on: April 26, 2010, 07:26:15 AM »
Grateful to be back at work after a weekend of fighting. My right hand is swollen, and I have bumps and bruises, but here I am, back in my classroom, ready to be "Mr. Stoops" to about 150 teenagers, rather than "Guide Dog".
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« Reply #673 on: April 27, 2010, 07:38:10 AM »
Grateful to have resolved a financial error on the part of the other party that caused me to have a mini meltdown Sunday morning.
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« Reply #674 on: April 28, 2010, 07:57:13 AM »
Grateful that April was productive, but that it is coming to a close and we are moving into May.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #675 on: April 29, 2010, 10:11:34 AM »
Today, I have a meeting scheduled that is essential to the process of moving my dissertation forward. I am grateful that the day is here. And no, I'm not defending, YET.
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« Reply #676 on: April 29, 2010, 04:15:46 PM »
Grateful for a fine workout sledgehammering and lifting in the sun.

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« Reply #677 on: April 30, 2010, 07:52:42 AM »
Grateful for a day which I'm sure will be productive, but also light and fun.
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« Reply #678 on: April 30, 2010, 07:00:57 PM »
Grateful for a nice 75 minute jits roll with a bit of Kali Tudo thrown in.

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« Reply #679 on: May 03, 2010, 08:43:43 AM »
Grateful to move forward in a key journey.
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« Reply #680 on: May 03, 2010, 07:06:19 PM »
I'm very grateful I passed the last of my tests today and I have officially  signed the paperwork for my new job. 

It has been long few months but I really excited about my new job.   I feel like I did when I graduated college--  I still can't wrap my head around the fact that all the "studying"  is over.

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« Reply #681 on: May 04, 2010, 07:50:36 AM »
Grateful for my grandmother who, at 85, never hesistates to help me.
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« Reply #682 on: May 05, 2010, 12:11:53 AM »
grateful for some good advice, clears the mind and keeps you out of trouble
those who do not listen learn through feeling

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« Reply #683 on: May 05, 2010, 12:03:06 PM »
Grateful to be finishing a stressful work commitment.
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« Reply #684 on: May 05, 2010, 09:33:38 PM »
Grateful for good times with my children.

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« Reply #685 on: May 06, 2010, 01:47:04 PM »
grateful for the opportunities presented today by someone else's fat-fingers
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« Reply #686 on: May 06, 2010, 03:57:28 PM »
Grateful to have put on a major production today at work, and to be done with the most difficult part of the whole thing.
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« Reply #687 on: May 07, 2010, 06:50:56 AM »
@SG:  Well I'm glad you had a good day of it yesterday, it scared the beejeezus out of me :-o  Fortunately I was, and am, 60% in cash.  An excrement storm cometh.

I am grateful I was 60% in cash yesterday.

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« Reply #688 on: May 07, 2010, 10:09:30 AM »
@SG:  Well I'm glad you had a good day of it yesterday, it scared the beejeezus out of me :-o  Fortunately I was, and am, 60% in cash.  An excrement storm cometh.

I am grateful I was 60% in cash yesterday.


very short window of opportunity yesterday. truly scary right now. agreed, worst is still not over, loads of fear out there.


i am grateful that Guro is in 60% cash!
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« Reply #689 on: May 10, 2010, 09:07:22 AM »
Grateful that last week is now "last week".
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« Reply #690 on: May 10, 2010, 10:03:01 AM »
woof Rachel:

I'm very grateful I passed the last of my tests today and I have officially  signed the paperwork for my new job. 

It has been long few months but I really excited about my new job.   I feel like I did when I graduated college--  I still can't wrap my head around the fact that all the "studying"  is over.

belated congrats!

grateful that Rachel's 'studying' is over and landing the new job!

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Grateful for my oldest daughter having passed the entrance exam some months ago to one of the top 40 high schools in the US as ranked by US News & World Report.

Grateful that today she has a chance to interview at that school.

Good luck to your daughter, Stickgrappler. Let us all know when she is accepted.


woof GD et al,

ack! daughter is too shy... apparently the "interview" was looking at group dynamics and how she would participate in group, and not 1-on-1 with teacher asking her q's... her shyness could've been her downfall. she was not accepted.

grateful for the rejection from that HS in giving my daughter focus on what to work on!
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #691 on: May 11, 2010, 07:17:14 AM »
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ack! daughter is too shy... apparently the "interview" was looking at group dynamics and how she would participate in group, and not 1-on-1 with teacher asking her q's... her shyness could've been her downfall. she was not accepted.

grateful for the rejection from that HS in giving my daughter focus on what to work on!

SG,

Not to make lemonade out of lemons, but at least this way you're receiving that feedback at the high school level, and it will not hold your daughter back from her favorite college, or her dream job.

Grateful for some blank days in my planner.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #692 on: May 11, 2010, 10:44:55 AM »
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woof GD et al,

ack! daughter is too shy... apparently the "interview" was looking at group dynamics and how she would participate in group, and not 1-on-1 with teacher asking her q's... her shyness could've been her downfall. she was not accepted.

grateful for the rejection from that HS in giving my daughter focus on what to work on!

SG,

Not to make lemonade out of lemons, but at least this way you're receiving that feedback at the high school level, and it will not hold your daughter back from her favorite college, or her dream job.

Grateful for some blank days in my planner.

GD,

exactly. working with her to get out of her shell.

thank you

~sg
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #693 on: May 11, 2010, 01:27:31 PM »
For my inversion table...   T-spine pinched nerve this morning while holding my son.  Luckily I was close to the bed and let him go safely. 

Heat, stretch, hang upside down and try to work it out...  still in lot of pain but I am alive so all is well. :x
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #694 on: May 12, 2010, 01:14:37 PM »
Grateful to be able to start to see the end of a major project.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #695 on: May 13, 2010, 08:23:43 AM »
Grateful for a good first presentation of a lesson that I will be repeating in all of my classes today. I teach 11th and 12th grade English, and we are closing out the school year with a unit on the Hero's Journey. Today in class, my students are listening to me speak about my experience with Dog Brothers, and how it fits into Campbell's 17 steps. I am presenting my sticks, my gear, and I have been able to fit 16 out of the 17 steps into my experience. The first presentation went well.

4 more to go!
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #696 on: May 13, 2010, 10:27:26 AM »
Grateful that California state hospital inspectors have given us a date for final inspection. I have been through this before. I've seen my current project with opening a outpatient clinic, ongoing since October 2009. Planning,construction, equipment move-in, fire marshalls, revisions, marketing, physician presentations. . . almost there. should be open first week of June.

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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #697 on: May 14, 2010, 07:36:05 AM »
Grateful to be at the "90% looks fantastic, and the other 10% is quickly catching up" phase with a major project.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #698 on: May 15, 2010, 01:17:02 PM »
Grateful for many little milestones that keep popping up.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #699 on: May 17, 2010, 09:38:12 AM »
Grateful for Monday.
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