Archive for September, 2008


Gratitude Journal 20080920

I am thankful for or that

  1. That GAB had a ride to and from band practice.
  2. A cool, sunny autumn day.
  3. The ceiling fan in my bedroom.
  4. LEB for cooking a big breakfast.
  5. LEB for fixing my lunch.
  6. LEB for cooking most of dinner.
  7. GAB, CIB and MJB for fetching and carrying stuff for me.
  8. Clean water for showers.
  9. Clean water for drinking.
  10. Ice for my knee.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Taking a shower.
  2. Icing my knee.
  3. Keeping this journal.
  4. Folding a load of laundry.
  5. Seasoning the chicken for dinner.
  6. Using my crutches.
  7. Brushing my teeth.
  8. Washing my face.
  9. Eating healthy food.
  10. Drinking lots of water.

Doing the Impossible in a Few Easy Steps

“All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we’ve tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing is, they’re probably right” — Cathy Guisewite, Cartoonist

  • Step one is to have a clear vision of the impossible thing you want to accomplish. Write it down and hold it close to your heart.Visualize it every day. YOU CAN DO IT!
  • The second step in doing what others think is impossible is believing that YOU CAN DO IT!
  • The third step is remembering that there is probably at least one other person who believes that YOU CAN DO IT! Even if you can’t find that person, believe they are there and eventually they will show themselves.
  • The fourth step is to ignore those that don’t believe YOU CAN DO IT and just get on with DOING IT!
  • Step five is to DO IT NOW! Don’t wait, do something towards that impossible goal right now. Remember, Baby Steps!

That’s pretty much it. With that simple formula you can accomplish anything. But remember, you can never, ever quit.

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1822, Poet and Essayist


Gratitude Journal 20080919

I am thankful for or that

  1. LEB making coffee.
  2. A coffee travel mug I could close and carry by a finger even on my crutches.
  3. High speed internet.
  4. Virtual Private Networking.
  5. A sunny, cool and breezy autumn day.
  6. Our ceiling fan.
  7. Electricity.
  8. Wireless networking.
  9. LEB picking up GAB and some of her friends after the football game.
  10. Left overs for dinner.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Taking my prescriptions.
  2. Resting my knee as per doctor’s orders.
  3. Icing my knee.
  4. Using my crutches.
  5. Taking a nap.
  6. Washing my face and brushing my teeth.
  7. Asking for help when needed.
  8. Reading a book w/ MJB.
  9. Engaging CIB in conversation.
  10. Eating healthy foods.

Just What I Needed to Read

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” — Lance Armstrong, Cancer Survivor and Athlete

I had arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday. My knee hurts, less today than yesterday. It’s been bothering me all summer. Turned out I had torn cartilage. So this quote is just what I needed to read. But it can apply just as well to mental or emotional anguish as physical pain. No matter what, never ever quit!


Gratitude Journal 20090918

I am thankful for or that:

  1. LEB driving me to and from the hospital for my arthroscopic knee surgery.
  2. LEB taking a day off from work to care for me after surgery.
  3. All the help that GAB, CIB and MJB gave me yesteray.
  4. All of the medical personnel at St. Francis Hospital that took such good care of me.
  5. A cool, sunny autumn day.
  6. Trail mix.
  7. Ice.
  8. Low cost medical prescriptions thanks to our medical insurance and Walgreen’s Pharmacy.
  9. Left over beans and rice for dinner.
  10. Already having crutches.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Taking my prescriptions on schedule.
  2. Noticing I was getting queasy and taking anti-nausea medicine as needed.
  3. Followoing post-op instructions and icing my knee.
  4. Being ready on time for the trip to the hospital.
  5. Remembering to follow pre-op instructions and use anti-bacterial soap for my morning shower.
  6. Sleeping as needed instead of fighting sleep.
  7. Following pre-op instructions and having no food or drink after midnight of night before surgery.
  8. Following post-op instructions and eating lightly.
  9. Not drinking any alcoholic beverages.
  10. Brushing my teeth before bed.

Gratitude Journal 20080916

I am thankful for or that

  1. All the people who worked until midnight or later to restore power to our neighborhood.
  2. Candles.
  3. Flashlights.
  4. Batteries.
  5. A cool night.
  6. LEB making coffee in the morning.
  7. GAB, CIB and MJB getting home from school safely.
  8. Leftovers for dinner.
  9. Google.
  10. Electricity.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Being health focused and going to sleep at a decent hour.
  2. Being health focused by taking my prescriptions.
  3. Working persistently to solve network issues on some new servers for work.
  4. Being open to ask for help when required.
  5. Being consistent w/ washing a load of laundry a day.
  6. Being consistent making the bed every morning.
  7. Being health focused by drinking plenty of H2O every day.
  8. Remembering all my stuff that I take to work 🙂
  9. Taking a nap.
  10. Helping MJB find some warm clothes for a cool, rainy day.

Gratitude Journal 20080915

I am thankful for or that

  1. LEB giving me a ride to and from work.
  2. Having money to buy a few extra groceries for dinner.
  3. Having gas to drive GAB to her youth group meeting at church.
  4. The experience w/ the systems at work that AL has and shares.
  5. Air conditioning.
  6. Left overs for lunch.
  7. The local public library.
  8. Our working dish washing machine.
  9. Our working laundry washing machine.
  10. Our working laundry drying machine.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Keeping up my before bed routine of taking a shower.
  2. Keeping up my morning routine of making the bed.
  3. Keeping up my morning routine of putting a load of laundry in the washing machine and running it.
  4. Being helpful by running the dish washing machine.
  5. Being family oriented by driving GAB to her youth group meeting.
  6. Getting GAB and CIB to put away the clean dishes.
  7. Being helpful by putting away the left over food from dinner.
  8. Being consistent by keeping this journal.
  9. Taking care of my health by taking my prescriptions.
  10. Consistently reading 10+ pages of good non-fiction books a day.

Baby Steps Again!

“Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.” — Chinese Proverb

I have to remind myself I’m making progress. The gratitude journal I keep is a great way to do this. I may not be moving or changing as quickly as others would like me to do, but I am moving and changing. I am making progress.

I must continue to treat myself with kindness and respect. It’s hard sometimes. For instance, this morning as LEB and I were driving to work I took a path out of our neighborhood that I know generally has so much traffic that it is nigh impossible to make a left turn out of the neighborhood in the morning. I said, “This was stupid. I know better. I should have gone the other way!” Laura patted me on the hand as if to say everything was cool. I took a deep breath, turned right and took an alternate path. Everything is okay.


Gratitude Journal 20080914

I am thankful for or that:

  1. Free ecards from
  2. That GAB did the grocery shopping.
  3. That MJB’s friend J could come over to play.
  4. A working washer and dryer.
  5. Records at
  6. Electricity.
  7. Our refrigerator and freezer.
  8. A beautiful, sunny day.
  9. CIB, MJB, and J washing the van.
  10. LEB cooking the speckled butter beans for dinner.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Cooking most of dinner.
  2. Washing, drying and folding lots of clothes.
  3. Helping CIB and MJB put together their clothes for the week.
  4. Selecting and ironing my clothes for the week.
  5. Changing the sheets on the bed LEB and I share.
  6. Helping to put away groceries.
  7. Taking a shower before bed.
  8. Taking my prescriptions.
  9. Sending more tax info to our new accountant.
  10. Taking baby steps.

Quote of the Day 20080914

“See that any time you feel pained or defeated, it is only because you insist on clinging to what doesn’t work. Dare to let go and you won’t lose a thing except for a punishing idea.” — Guy Finley Author of The Secret of Letting Go