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…

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