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Thanks Doc

“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

Meister Eckhart

! 00000 Be-Thankful-Everyday

Hi everyone. I don’t know about you but my world has gotten a lot better. For the first time in a long time I can walk and stand with only minor pain and even that stands a good chance of getting better. My good fortune is the result of the steroid injection into my spine. The success bodes well for the future and probably will rule out spine surgery.

So today I am back at the Y restarting my workout regimen and soon I will restart strength training where I can rebuild my leg muscles. I as should be able to become more active in the weeks ahead.

My rebuilding is not over as tomorrow I will be in surgery getting a new lens put in my left eye. I hope you will understand when you don’t find a Daily as I will close down the press while I am under the knife. If all goes well I’ll be back on Friday.

I am truly grateful for all the medical care givers that keep putting me back together. They have made my life much better than it would have been without them. I am glad that I have so many opportunities to thank them.

Here excerpts from an article by Marelisa Fabrega that I agree with.w Gratitude Can Cha

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress. Day’s Gifts

People tend to take for granted the good that is already present in their lives. There’s a gratitude exercise that instructs that you should imagine losing some of the things that you take for granted, such as your home, your ability to see or hear, your ability to walk, or anything that currently gives you comfort. Then imagine getting each of these things back, one by one, and consider how grateful you would be for each and every one. In addition, you need to start finding joy in the small things instead of holding out for big achievements—such as getting the promotion, having a comfortable nest egg saved up, getting married, having the baby, and so on–before allowing yourself to feel gratitude and joy.

A common method to develop the practice of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal, a concept that was made famous by Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book “Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude”. This exercise basically consists of writing down every day a list of three to ten things for which you are grateful; you can do this first thing in the morning or before going to bed at night. Another exercise you can try is to write a gratitude letter to a person who has exerted a positive influence in your life but whom you have not properly thanked. Some experts suggest that you set up a meeting with this person and read the letter to them face to face.

Once you become oriented toward looking for things to be grateful for, you will find that you begin to appreciate simple pleasures and things that you previously took for granted. Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good even in unpleasant situations. Today, start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful; in this way, you’ll be on your way toward becoming a master of gratitude.

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“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

William Arthur Ward

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I sat there waiting for my doctor’s partner to make her way through the file that contained my very extensive medical history. After she finished all 17 pages, she looked at me and said, “You look better in person than you do on paper.”

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She said: Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut the bitch up with cookies.

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A customer called the airline’s reservation office to pay for his ticket with a credit card.  The reservation specialist asked him,

“Would you please spell the name as it appears on the card, sir?”

The customer carefully replied, “V-I-S-A.”

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There are no more hours in a bad day than in a good one!

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A Sunday school teacher asked her second graders if anyone knew another name for God. She was picturing answers like ‘Lord’ or ‘Almighty’.

After a long moment of silence a little boy raised his hand and said, “Howard.”

“Howard?” replied the confused teacher.

“You know,” continued the boy, “Howard be thy name.”

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“Why does a woman work ten years to change a man’s habits and then complain that he’s not the man she married?”

Barbara Streisand

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Even though I was an engineering student, chemistry was a required course in my day. The Professor, on the first day of class, asked everyone to name the most outstanding contribution chemistry had made to society. When my turn came, I answered, “Blondes!”

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Stress is when you wake up screaming and then you realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet.

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On Mother’s Day the whole family got together for a big dinner and afterward, when Mom started to clean up, the kids said to her, “Don’t bother with those dishes, Mom.“ Today is Mother’s Day, you can always do them tomorrow.”

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A genius is any man who can adjust the thermostat to please his wife.

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My nursing colleague was preparing an intravenous line for a 15-year-old male patient. The bedside phone rang, and the boy’s mother reached over to pick it up. After talking for a few minutes, the mother held the phone aside and said, “Your father wants to know if you have any cute nurses.” The boy gazed at the nurse, who had the needle poised above his arm, ready for insertion. “Tell him,” he replied, “they’re absolutely gorgeous.”

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There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance.

Joseph Addison

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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