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Thanks to S for sharing this with me. What a fun vid! I am grateful, always, for anything that livens up things!

I am always grateful for when family gathers to remember and celebrate those who have passed and to pray together to request healing for those in need. Collective prayers are always so much stronger.

20131108-070131.jpgMusic inspires me. All the time, it either moves me or I move to it. Then there are songs that empower me!

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams – I play this to lift me up when I am down or if I need to elevate my happiness to umpteenth degree.

“Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities – When this plays on the radio, it’s like a message to me that “all is well.” I use this when I need to feel okay.

“Unconditional Love” by Katy Perry – It used to be a song I play to visualize a giving of unconditional love to someone. I use it now for visualizations for myself and for humanity.

“The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion – an “all will be well” song.

“Let Go” by Demi Lovato – To help with letting go.

“All You Need Is Love” – Glee Cast or The Beatles – Love is all that matters…

“Only Hope” by Mandy Moore – I use this for going with the flow and for hope and faith.

(For 2/21

What are your “Empower Me” songs?


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I am grateful for very generous friends! We had dinner at a Hawaiian lounge, with a surprise Chocolate Dream Cake for me and another friend, who will be celebrating a birthday next month. On top of that, the painting class was still yet another birthday gift!
We had fun getting our creative thing on!

Yesterday, we had hamachi poké and a Hawaiian-style Ahi poké salad, so I was still craving some.

I grabbed some hamachi (yellowtail) and ikura (salmon roe), and made a healthier version of poké with just enough sesame oil to taste but not load the poké with extra calories. So yum!


“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am grateful for another afternoon to be of service to the community.

Today, we sorted out and bagged 9,000 pounds of clementines (although, some oranges snuck in to the party!). It was refreshing to smell beautiful citrus as we worked.

Did you know that smelling the rinds of oranges make you feel happy? The clementines added more sweetness and cutieness to the mix.

The volunteer name tag ball has been growing for over 14 months, and the wall of t-shirts represents most of the volunteers from several Bay Area companies. My company sports red shirts.

It was a great day! I’m off to dinner with friends, followed by a painting event.

The way I ate got derailed about a month ago. With all that has happened with the family, my eating schedule and what I ate tipped over to the bad side.

I started, almost a week ago, to eat smaller meals every few hours that were a whole lot healthier. I am grateful that my body is getting more used to my eating plan and lower caloric intake, because a few days ago, I had to warn a co-worker who likes to tease me, “don’t mess with me! I’m on a diet. I’m ferocious when I’m hungry!” He quipped by telling my boss, and continuously tells me to eat sugar!

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I am grateful that I am coming to understand myself a whole lot more and I am learning what is really most important in life.

I am grateful for meditations on love. Anything to help me keep my heart open and help me love unconditionally and without judgment is always good to try.

The series started two days ago and is supposed to help with the following, according to the series information:

1. To discover what it really means to love without conditions or judgements
2. To reignite the passion with your significant other
3. To redefine the things you think, say and do in your daily interactions with family and friends
4. To identify and appreciate the various ways love reveals itself to you across your life
5. To practice a natural cure for bouts of loneliness or depression
6. To open your heart in ways you never imagined possible

I have just started today and did days 1 and 2. The messages are simple and clear, and the meditation music and Janet’s voice are soothing. Each meditation includes a daily mantra and setting a daily intention. So far so good…

Mentors Channel’s Janet Bray Attwood’s 21 Meditations On Love

I am grateful that life has so many things that bring smiles to our faces and warmth to our hearts… even as small and simple as a bag that stores as a strawberry!

I am grateful for the ability to choose, and I choose happiness.

You have probably read the below story before. It has been around for awhile, but good friend R sent this to a few of us, and it is such a great reminder. Enjoy, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Bank Account

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and face shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

“I love it,” he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.”

“That doesn’ t have anything to do with it,” he replied.

“Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.”

“Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Just for this time in my life.”

“Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.”

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

Disclaimer: Image courtesy of Sarah Stevens and Cellar Designs.

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