Category: Being Thankful

Gift Appreciation Mode

Comparison. Comparison is a thing I do. Comparison happens when I interact with you and cannot help but observe how smart, funny, insightful, amazing, determined, gifted, and completely awesome you are, and then measure this against myself and find a deficit. This comparison deficit transforms itself…

Mourning the loss of who you thought you would be

(Image Courtesy of the Great Robin Lake) We start out in life thinking we are going to be a certain thing. We make plans. We make choices. We move in a direction. We become invested in who we are going to be. Sometimes dreams…

Celebrate Events

(Image Courtesy of My Daughter, and the Washington Monument) A few years ago I wrote about lessons I learned from my mom. They were simple lessons: Be Tough. Work Hard. Celebrate Events. Last week, I was able to share these lessons with the crowd of family and…

Savoring the Quirks

Everyone has quirks. Some quirks are endearing. Some quirks are irritating. Why don’t they replace that roll? Why do they wait until the recycling is overflowing? Why do they always bring up that thing when you visit? Why do they [insert our issue, pet peeve,…

Thanks for the Delay

(Image Courtesy of http://www.telegraph.co.uk) A solitary airport employee stood behind the small podium looking back and forth between the screen, and their own hands. As I approached, their gaze looked down towards the floor. Any attempt at eye contact seemed impossible. A few minutes…

The Hill Rule

Our youngest daughter recently began running with me. We found some new shoes and planned a run. “How far do you want to go on your first run?” “How far do you normally go when you go off running?” “Well my typical everyday route…

Harvesting My Own Crops: A lesson is being grateful

Two days ago, I went to the grocery store. Not just any grocery store, I went to the busy one at 11:30 AM on a Sunday morning. The store was packed. Aisles were hard to navigate, and the scene was like something out of…

For When You Ship

During the holidays it is hard to say “this is my favorite gift.” Undoubtably someone will wonder why their gift didn’t make the list, and then the comparing will begin. In order to thwart this comparison and potential hurt feelings, let’s simply agree that…

The Conclusion

This post will make more sense if you read the original post. Click here for the original adventure post. Our oldest daughter’s bucket list had this mountain remaining as we set out for attempt number 2.  She will graduate in a few short days,…

Opportunities or Obstacles?

We are all faced with tasks or assignments that are not always our first choice. Some are placed upon us from others, some just arrive at our doorstep. I am not talking about the great tasks we enjoy, and are excited about starting. These…

What is in your pocket?

I was at a conference the other day and while approaching a table at dinner, someone called out, “What is in your pocket?” The rest of the table looked puzzled as I reached into my pocket, but my pocket was empty that day. “Sadly…

Time

Yesterday was the first day wearing my watch in almost two years.  This watch had been sitting dormant because of its need for some major repairs.  For most people, a watch is just a way to keep track of time, but this watch is…

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