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« Reply #350 on: February 25, 2009, 06:33:29 PM »
Gratfull for a very uplifting message from one of my top students today.   8-)
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« Reply #351 on: February 25, 2009, 11:49:26 PM »
Grateful for a blank to have been filled in today through nothing more than time and reflection.
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« Reply #352 on: February 28, 2009, 09:23:46 PM »
Felt a little down for a few days. I don't anymore. I'm grateful for that.
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« Reply #353 on: February 28, 2009, 11:52:45 PM »
Grateful for a day at the beach with my daughter.  8-) 
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« Reply #354 on: March 01, 2009, 03:48:02 PM »
Grateful to have half a day left of my weekend.
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« Reply #355 on: March 03, 2009, 09:39:59 PM »
My life is currently a hurricane of responsibilities, obligations, and playing different roles. The next few months will be the busiest time of this metaphorical "hurricane season". I am grateful for the calm that exists when I stay in the very center, and remain in a state of being okay with the fact that the nature of a hurricane is a thousand things all being blown around at random, and at best, over which I have very little control.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #356 on: March 07, 2009, 05:27:41 AM »
Grateful for this day that I will be taking my son Cub Scout camping.

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« Reply #357 on: March 08, 2009, 05:13:24 AM »
Grateful for a slow day today
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« Reply #358 on: March 08, 2009, 01:57:32 PM »
I am grateful for intelligent dissent on this board, especially from Rachel.

"Every time I go to post all I seem capable of writing is snarky comments or a harangue. I deleted these kind of  comments before they were posted.  I'm sure you all could handle my negatively but that is not the person I want to be."

Likewise, I have seen other boards digress that way and wish for my own postings and thoughts to not stoop that way.  I regret when my replies to you have crossed that line without being cleaned in the proofread.  My intent was always to challenge you politically, intellectually and morally on the issues, such as pro-life vs. reproductive freedom, not to put you down or myself as superior.  And to be challenged back which is often lacking, especially in your absence.

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« Reply #359 on: March 08, 2009, 10:29:21 PM »
Grateful for the passage of time and the progress it brings.
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« Reply #360 on: March 08, 2009, 10:31:50 PM »
Grateful for the interesting times in which we live-- times of great adventure!

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« Reply #361 on: March 08, 2009, 11:23:50 PM »
Grateful to spend the next week as, "Mr Mom".  My wife is taking a well earned vacation to visit a friend and enjoy her self.  I get to enjoy seeing things from her perspective and have some quality time with our kids.   8-)

*(Note:  This is her first vacation without me or the kids in over 10yrs)
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« Reply #362 on: March 15, 2009, 06:15:04 PM »
Gratfull that Mrs Webster will be returning to the nest tonite.  It's been a challenging week, but rewarding as well. 

Gratfull to have been asked to work with the "Biggest Loosers" here on base.  (weight loss challenge).  I taught an hour of Tai Chi today and got a standing applause at the end of the work out. 

I didnt want to just drive then toward injury, as I feel most do.  So my goal was to give them some possitive energy with focus on promoting good health and injury prevention.  The time spent with them was very gratifying.  I had several approach after class, in regard to private lessons. :-) 8-)

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« Reply #363 on: March 15, 2009, 06:27:25 PM »
Grateful for the fatherly joys of watching my son play lacrosse today.

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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #364 on: March 16, 2009, 08:45:07 AM »
I'm grateful that this forum piqued my interest in Visayan Corto-Kadena, and got me in touch with Maija, who's a fantastic teacher of the Art.  Had a great time training with Maija when I visited SF with my family last week.  I'm also grateful for the gorgeous wether we had the week we were there, and that my back waited until AFTER we got home to tweak out on me.

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« Reply #365 on: March 16, 2009, 02:58:51 PM »
Grateful for a true friend who recently helped me get through what may have been the most difficult days of my life. :-)
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« Reply #366 on: March 16, 2009, 06:38:13 PM »
Grateful for a burst of energy today, the feeling of starting some things anew, and trying to get a few small projects finished today.
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« Reply #367 on: March 18, 2009, 12:22:56 AM »
Grateful for a lot of new directions opening up.
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« Reply #368 on: March 18, 2009, 11:04:03 AM »
Grateful that our creator has blessed this old man with the health and courage to experience another tribal gathering.  :-)
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« Reply #369 on: March 18, 2009, 12:41:54 PM »
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« Reply #370 on: March 19, 2009, 01:41:13 AM »
Grateful that I was able tonight to introduce a student to some amazing people.
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« Reply #371 on: March 19, 2009, 05:42:11 AM »
Grateful for a conversation with my son.

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« Reply #372 on: March 19, 2009, 04:58:14 PM »
Grateful for an inspirational story shared, of a friends perseverance in the face of sadness and loss of a loved one.
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« Reply #373 on: March 19, 2009, 05:07:15 PM »
It has been a hard year thus far for the “Scurvy Dog” Family. My wife and I both lost our jobs due to the sagging economy.  Subsequently we were then forced to sell one of our vehicles and eventually our home. However, throughout these trying times we have remained positive and upbeat and I am grateful and fortunate that my wife and I put little value in material things and instead place value in friendship, honor, integrity and living life to its fullest.

By living life in this manner, life has returned the favor and bestowed upon us a beautiful baby boy who was just born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th at 1:37am! Tristan Alec Ferguson comes into this world as a happy baby and I am grateful and fortunate to share this news with all of you! I wouldn’t trade this last year for anything even with its turbulent ups and downs. Life is an adventure and the best thing you can do is hold on and enjoy the ride! 

Take care guys and gals and I hope to see all of you again soon!  :-D

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« Reply #374 on: March 19, 2009, 05:24:41 PM »
Congratulations!

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« Reply #375 on: March 19, 2009, 11:26:33 PM »
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It has been a hard year thus far for the “Scurvy Dog” Family. My wife and I both lost our jobs due to the sagging economy.  Subsequently we were then forced to sell one of our vehicles and eventually our home. However, throughout these trying times we have remained positive and upbeat and I am grateful and fortunate that my wife and I put little value in material things and instead place value in friendship, honor, integrity and living life to its fullest.

By living life in this manner, life has returned the favor and bestowed upon us a beautiful baby boy who was just born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th at 1:37am! Tristan Alec Ferguson comes into this world as a happy baby and I am grateful and fortunate to share this news with all of you! I wouldn’t trade this last year for anything even with its turbulent ups and downs. Life is an adventure and the best thing you can do is hold on and enjoy the ride! 

Take care guys and gals and I hope to see all of you again soon! 

Best Wishes,
Tim “Scurvy Dog” Ferguson and baby Tristan

I'm grateful for positive mindsets, like Scurvy's, in these hard times. Congrats, Tim.
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« Reply #376 on: March 20, 2009, 11:04:10 PM »
Thank you for the inspiration Scurvy Dog!  8-)

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« Reply #377 on: March 21, 2009, 10:36:51 AM »
Congrats to Scurvy Dog and Family.  I am honored to call you my Dog Brother and admire your good sense.  You are blessed and with your positive mental attitude things can only get better.  Everything happens for a reason and treasure the time you have with your young.  Before you know it, you will be working your but off again and wonder where the time went.

Let us know if we can be of any assistance.  We are all on the same roller coaster called life.  Lets help each other.

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« Reply #378 on: March 21, 2009, 07:43:28 PM »
Scurvy, It sounds like you are blessed with a good woman. Hang in there bro. and remember, Good things come to good people. Keep the faith!
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« Reply #379 on: March 26, 2009, 11:10:22 PM »
I'm grateful for endless possibilities.
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« Reply #380 on: March 26, 2009, 11:43:44 PM »
 Grateful for an exciting business opportunity offered to me today.  :-)
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« Reply #381 on: March 27, 2009, 06:48:04 AM »
Grateful for this thread and its daily reminder to have my mind right.

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« Reply #382 on: March 28, 2009, 03:51:22 PM »
Grateful to announce that my wife is 18 weeks pregnant with our second, and that we found out yesterday that Taiko (our son) is going to have a little sister!
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« Reply #383 on: March 29, 2009, 05:18:02 AM »
Normally this thread is not for articles, but the reference to gratitude and its role in Life leads me to post this one here:

Margaret Somerville | Friday, 27 March 2009
The last great act of living

Legalising euthanasia would deny the full potential of the human spirit.

An extraordinary public exchange of letters between two Canadians over the past six months has illuminated in a very personal way the profound issues posed by death and all that leads to it. Ian Brown, who writes for the Globe and Mail, has a disabled son, Walker. Jean Vanier is the founder of L’Arche, a world-wide organization that provides a refuge and life-long home for intellectually disabled people. In their latest exchange of letters Brown asked Vanier, “Are you fearful of death?” Vanier replied, “No, I cannot say I am”.

This letter brought to mind many issues that I struggled with in a speech I gave recently in Ottawa called, “Dying as the Last Great Act of Living”. In it I explored the impact that legalizing euthanasia might have on the possibility of our experiencing death as such an act.

Some of the issues I examined were our fear of mystery and uncertainty, the nature of the “human spirit”, what an ethics of respect for human potentiality and its fulfillment would require in our treatment of old or dying people, and the role of hope in our lives and death.

Fear of mystery and uncertainty

Traditionally, as Jean Vanier’s writings show is still true for him, we have dealt with mystery of death, through religion or spirituality. But, now, many of us are not religious.

Mystery always involves uncertainty, which makes us feel we don’t have control and, in the case of death, that causes intense fear and free floating anxiety. One way to deal with that fear is to try to take control by converting the mystery of death to the problem of death and seeking a technological solution. Euthanasia can be seen as such a response: death is viewed as a problem, not a mystery, and the proposed solution to that problem is a lethal injection.

Euthanasia allows people to feel that although they can’t avoid death, they can control its manner, time and place. It’s a terror reduction or terror control mechanism that operates at both the individual and societal level. So if we believe legalizing euthanasia would be a very bad idea, we need to develop and communicate other ways to deal with our fear of death.

The human spirit

One such way is to enrich our experience of the “human spirit”. In both his actions and words Jean Vanier movingly and beautifully manifests and describes his experience of the “human spirit”. It’s a term I use in a religiously neutral sense, in that it can be accepted by people who are not religious and those who are, and, if religious, no matter what their religion. By it I mean the intangible, immeasurable, numinous reality that all of us need access to in order to find meaning in life and to make life worth living; that deeply intuitive sense of relatedness or connectedness to all life, especially other people, to the world, and to the universe in which we live; the metaphysical – but not necessarily supernatural - reality which we need to experience to live fully human lives.

Vanier speaks repeatedly of the deep suffering caused by loneliness, which can be especially acute for old or terminally ill people – the latter often encounter “intense pre-mortem loneliness”. Loneliness is the opposite experience to that of the human spirit – it’s the feeling of disconnection from others and our world, a sense of profound isolation.

The human spirit is the means through which we can generate the feeling of belonging to something larger than ourselves, that is, transcendence - an experience values’ surveys show people are increasingly longing to encounter – and perhaps transformation. Vanier is a powerful example of living a life based on values that are the opposite of intense individualism and narcissism – both dominant features of our societies and entities that make the human spirit harder to find and experience.

A narcissist sees other people only in terms of how they can benefit him – that is, as instruments or objects. That approach leads to positions such as that taken by an Australian politician arguing for legalizing euthanasia. He justifies it in this way: “When you are past your 'best before' or 'use by' date, you should be checked out as quickly, cheaply and efficiently as possible”.

One could not imagine Vanier speaking of people as products to be checked out of the supermarket of life.

An ethics of human potentiality

The profound wisdom, humanity and humanness of Jean Vanier’s approach to disability show us the opportunities that disability provides to “become more human”, to experience the essence of our humanness and to share it with others. We need to learn from him how to approach old age and the disability that can entail, and death.

As is true for romanticizing disability, there is a grave danger in romanticizing death, which is not the same as respecting its mystery – the latter requires looking tough realities in the face and struggling to live with them and finding meaning in doing so. Vanier does not romanticize disability, but shows us how one can find hope, joy and love despite – or perhaps in part – because of it.

Vanier’s approach to disabled people epitomizes respect for the mystery of life. In contrast, some people are using reprogenetic technoscience to convert the mystery of the passing on of life to our children to a controlled technological process, including by identifying and eliminating those who would be disabled. This approach causes not only a loss of respect for the mystery of life, but also, for the mystery of death.

In his life and work at L’Arche, Vanier shows the extraordinary flourishing of the human spirit that can occur when a certain kind of love – a truly unselfish, non-self-centred love – is made central to ordinary daily life. His radical, counter-contemporary-culture message is that we “non-disabled” people are the losers in refusing to accept disabled people and rejecting the unique gifts they have to offer us as individuals and societies.

Vanier’s writings gently show that among the many gifts disabled people can offer us are lessons in hope, optimism, kindness, empathy, compassion, generosity and hospitality, a sense of humour (balance), trust and courage. But, as he recognizes, to do that they must be treated justly; given every person’s right to the freedom to be themselves; and respected as members of our community. That requires us to accept the suffering, weakness and fragility we see in them, which means, as Vanier emphasizes, we must first accept those realities in relation to ourselves. Most of us find that an enormous challenge and flee.

The ethical tone of a society is not set by how it treats its strongest, most powerful members, but by how it treats those who are weakest, most vulnerable and in need. Jean Vanier’s life and work is testament to an amazing example in the latter respect.

His remarkable, uncommon “common humanity” shines through his words and deeds. We can learn from him how to enrich ourselves, others and our world through developing, experiencing and celebrating, to quote him, the “gifts of the heart” and putting into practice a “little sign of love in the world”.

So we must ask ourselves what are the “gifts of the heart” and what does putting into practice a “little sign of love in the world” require of us in how we treat people who are old and disabled or dying.

Hope

Hope is the oxygen of the human spirit; without it our spirit dies, with it we can overcome even seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Hope is generated by a sense of connection to the future. Ian Brown quotes “a still-lively 80-year-old [who] gave [him]… his formula for enthusiastically living in the world as you get older: 'Active engagement with the future,' he said. 'That's the secret.'” This old man is describing hope.

Even terminally ill people can have hope – what we can call “mini-hopes” – for instance, to stay alive long enough to see a grandchild born, to attend a daughter’s wedding, to see an old friend the next day or to see the sun rise and hear the birds’ dawn chorus.

Like hope, leaving a legacy also connects us to the future, one we will not see. Palliative care professionals try to help people to identify their legacy, their gifts to those who remain, because they know that can help them to die more peacefully. But those gifts must be accepted and valued by the receiver.

We must accept old or dying people’s gifts, especially those gifts that are of the essence of themselves, recognizing that they and the person who gives them are unique and precious, as are their lives or last days on earth. In confirming the worth of these gifts we confirm the worth of the giver, and the old or dying person needs that confirmation. But often we refuse and for same reason that we reject disabled persons’ gifts. We are frightened: This person is not me and could not be me – that is, dis-identification is the way we deal with our fear. It seems that all of us have a deep fear of dying alone. Might that be, in part, because, then, there is no one to receive our gifts and affirm the worth of our contribution to life?

And might we be able to deal with old age and death with greater equanimity, if we can experience a sense of gratitude for life and might the gifts we can leave help us to feel that? Another way to experience such gratitude is captured by one of my close friends, who talks about “saving up beautiful memories for when you are dying”. I think that’s a “gratitude in practice” response.

The challenge is to maintain death as the last great act of human life, a final human act through which we can still find meaning and, I suggest most importantly, pass meaning on to others.

In other words, in our dying, we need to be given the opportunity to leave a legacy of meaning. We are meaning seeking beings – that seeking is of the essence of our humanness. Euthanasia is a predictable response to a loss of meaning in relation to death and its practice would augment that loss. Even if we believe that doesn’t matter, we should be concerned, because our capacity to find meaning in life may well depend on our being able to find meaning in death.

Margaret Somerville is director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, and author of The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit.

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« Reply #384 on: March 29, 2009, 07:04:24 AM »

Grateful for beiing healthy in general. (My girlfriend's dad passed away this month, after fighting one year against his cancer, and he only reached 56 years.)

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« Reply #385 on: March 29, 2009, 05:24:14 PM »
Sorry to hear of the losses our Brothers have endured recently.  Gratfull to have the tribe here for one another.

Gratfull for the blessings our members and tribe has received in the way of new additions to the family(s).

Gratfull for a great day teaching at the monthly KajuPit Fight Team Camp and for the effort put in by all the FT members and coaches.

Gratfull that my knee felt stable and was up to some stress.  (Certainly my knee has and is a concern with the upcomming Gathering, but if it feels like it did today, I should be alright.)

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« Reply #386 on: March 30, 2009, 12:28:16 AM »

Grateful for having some real friends around me.

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« Reply #387 on: March 31, 2009, 04:10:40 AM »

Grateful for a successful movement from one town to another one yesterday.

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« Reply #388 on: March 31, 2009, 09:09:53 PM »
I am grateful to be in a very nasty ill-humored mood, ready to rip anyone's head off.

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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #389 on: April 02, 2009, 11:14:26 PM »
Grateful for a nice evening of training to lead into this weekend.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #390 on: April 06, 2009, 06:23:25 PM »
Grateful for a punishing weekend of stickfighting, amongst a like-minded group of men of whom I am truly HONORED to be a part.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #391 on: April 08, 2009, 04:20:31 AM »
 grateful for easter because it brings spring break which = a couple of xtra full weekdays i get to spend with my son and daughter. there may be no better feeling than being able to just be with your children.


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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #392 on: April 08, 2009, 09:22:42 PM »
Grateful for some time off.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #393 on: April 15, 2009, 08:02:50 PM »
I'm grateful for the knowledge that the sun will rise tomorrow and that a challenging time will soon be behind me.
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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #394 on: April 15, 2009, 09:30:57 PM »
Grateful to take my son from school this afternoon to go to the Tea Party tax protest  :evil:

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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #395 on: May 05, 2009, 05:48:13 AM »
De-Kvetching


By Tzvi Freeman

The more good news you bring The Boss, the less need you will have to complain about the opposite. Meditate on those things you have to be thankful for, and the things to kvetch about will slowly disappear.

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« Reply #396 on: May 12, 2009, 08:22:18 AM »
Grateful that the family and I made it safely through the "inland hurricane" that tore through the midwest.  We have a hole in the garage roof, but the house is OK, so we're luckier than a lot of other people.  Finally have power back after four days without.  At least I got to practice cutting with a machete when we helped a friend clear a fallen tree out of her yard. 

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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #397 on: May 16, 2009, 05:08:17 AM »
spring rain

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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #398 on: May 16, 2009, 09:38:50 AM »
Grateful to Chad for posting some Lyoto Machida info!


Grateful to be able to walk for 90 mins with my family after dinner last night.

Grateful to be able to jump rope while kids ride bikes and scooters outside the house today.

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Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« Reply #399 on: May 16, 2009, 07:52:31 PM »
Well im thankful im not sick with the swine flue nor any one i know  :-D   

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