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December 2016

There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays

When I was a little girl, I lived in Eastern Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. When I heard this song, I felt like it was singing about me:

I met a man who lives in Tennessee
And he was headin’ for
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania folks are trav’lin’ down
To Dixie’s sunny shore
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee,
The traffic is terrific!

You see, he mentions Pennsylvania twice! And although I haven’t lived in Pennsylvania for over 30 years, I still think I’m headin’ home for Pennsylvania when I visit my grandfather at Christmas.

This year, I got to visit two “homes” – not just Philly, but also our old Brooklyn neighborhood. We spent time with some of our closest friends and it has warmed my heart. Today, I am grateful to have this opportunity and I look forward to many similar visits in the future. ❤

Cats and Dogs

I am making a concerted effort to come back to my morning routine. It’s been a challenge, but I am keeping at it. Getting closer! Managed to get to inbox zero, which was exactly one half of my struggle. The second half was getting my asana inbox/task list down to zero/sorted. Today’s the day for that, I imagine. With all that said, here I am writing my daily gratitude!

This morning I’m grateful for two sides of the cats and dogs clichéd coin.

  1. I’m grateful for my husband and the weirdo disagreements and tensions we have on the regular. This may seem like a bizarre thing for which to be grateful, but I am practicing something our yoga teacher suggested on Thanksgiving.

    When you find yourself thinking or saying, “I have to…xyz,” practice saying, “I get to…xyz.” This subtle fix can change your attitude and it does work. It reminds me on a deeper level that I am lucky to be alive, fortunate to have a challenge, and certainly grateful to be CAPABLE of solving the challenge (or, haha – avoiding it for another day!).

    I feel my yoga teacher would suggest that my previous sentence’s paranthetical is not the point and I get that. It’s a joke! But also sometimes you need to delay dealing with a substantive challenge because you have multiple responsibilities and you just need to finish… I don’t know, feeding your kid, or whatever.

    To sum up: practicing gratitude for having challenges that make me stronger and help me to become a better person. (that’s a spoonful of sugar, right there)

  2. The second side of the coin? My buddy. Cats and dogs really can get along and be friends and it can be a beautiful thing. It doesn’t have to have romantic overtones or sexual tension or any of that nonsense. And this morning, I’m grateful for our friendship.

Ok, back to the rest of my morning routine. I am determined!!!

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