Teachers, firefighters, nurses, police, hospice workers, first responders… the list is much longer.  The people who do jobs that serve others every day.  Words fail me when I try to express my gratitude for them.

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Thanks to Positive Outlooks Blog and Maya Angelou for helping with the words…

I love that my yoga practice is mine.  Not a session at the studio, or a class at the gym.  It is not measured by my physical strength or by my endurance.

Meditations from the Mat

I do not compare myself with other participants.  Yoga is whatever I make it today.  It is a discipline that is all mine.

For that very reason, my practice has had a lot of ups and downs.  Times of real dedication, and times of neglect.  But the opportunity to focus internally and to block out the surrounding noise of life is a real asset — one that I can develop and carry with me throughout my life.

(I highly recommend Meditations from the Mat, by Rolf Gates, if you have not read it yet)

 

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Don’t you just love smart people?   You know – the kind that make you stop and think.  Smart peopleThat make you want to dig deeper.  The ones that challenge you to do better.  To contribute more.  The ones that you thank for making our lives better.  The ones that you grieve their departure even though you never knew them.

I’m thankful for the contributions and the inspiration that so many smart people have provided in my lifetime.  And I’m thankful for the caliber of people that I was able to work directly with as well.  I’ve always relished the opportunity to engage with thought leaders.

Don’t get me wrong — I consider myself very intelligent.  I’ve been able to do a lot of innovating and creative problem solving in my career.   But there used to be a time when the idea that I would never be another Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerman was pretty depressing.  I removed “What a Wonderful World” from my playlist because I couldn’t deal with the lyrics “I see babies cry, I watch them grow.   They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know.”  Today, I’m more accepting of that notion.

They recently discovered that Einstein’s brain is different from most.  His prefrontal cortices were “relatively expanded”.  His brain had extra folds, and “larger -than-usual bulges… on the surface of the cerebral cortex”.  At first this information was comforting to me — sort of an excuse for why I wasn’t among the truly brilliant.  I wasn’t born with an exceptional brain.  But was he born with an exceptional brain, or is it more likely that his brain developed that way because of the way his used it?

Food for thought.  But in the mean time, I am grateful for really smart people.

Perhaps I’ve got this backwards… yesterday I was grateful for a spa tub, and today I’m grateful for the fresh water to fill it.   The Illinois River Watershed Partnership has recently purchased a piece of land near our community that encompasses a cave and fresh springs that are part of the Illinois River Watershed.  The spring is amazing.  Fresh and cool.  Through their efforts, we will have a local sanctuary to enjoy and a place to educate our kids about the preciousness of fresh water.

I love that we’re back in a house that has a great tub.  Long soaks are a welcome solution for tired muscles, a chill in the air, or just a frazzled day.  Definitely something to be thankful for.

Facebook.  Yes, really.   I’m thankful for Facebook.  It has helped me connect with friends from High School, College, past jobs.   Across political affiliations, interests, genders, countries, and languages.

True, Facebook isn’t without faults…  either intrinsically in its design, or in the way we use it (translation = waste our time on it?).  But no other means has allowed me to easily keep in touch with people in my life the way Facebook has.   For that, it deserves a spot in my gratitude list!

A husband who cooks.   Not just dabbles, but really cooks.  A wonderful man who shops, chefs, and has put amazing meals on the table ever since I met him.  It’s no wonder that I can’t cook!

Even though my experience lies on the eating side, I do still consider myself a foodie at heart.  With my new found leisure time, I’m branching out and trying my hand at cooking as well.

There are an amazing amount of people blogging about food and cooking these days.  If you are interested at all in food, check out some of my favorites.   Totally inspiring!

Trail of Crumbs

Gastrofotonomia

She Simmers

Love and Olive Oil

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