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Today I Love The Basics

A good place to enjoy a cup of coffee

Today I love the basics, like laundry getting done and food prepared for the next little while and getting caught up on my writing and figuring out how to sort out problems so they can become "not problems." I love that my pharmacist called because she noticed I hadn't gotten my script refilled and she was worried I had forgotten....
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Today I Love Falling Water

Water knows its way

Today I love falling water and the wondrous ruckus and cacophony it makes as it finds its way to where it clearly longs to be. I love how bravely it leaps from high up and plunges headlong into its destiny. I love that waterfalls are a metaphor for life, as much as we like to think we are in control of everything, we really have no idea what...
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Today I Love Life’s Regular Rhythm

Warm steel coffee mug ...

Today I love life's regular rhythm, the pulse of day to day, the cyclical nature of each day, each week, each year, the reciprocity of what you put into it and what you get out. I love that my life beats like music, thoughts are the lyrics, home is the bass notes, family is the melody, plans and hopes and dreams are the score, and...
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Today I Love Good News

Grey day, great potential

Today I love good news and while they say "No news is good news," the truth is that good news is better than no news so I guess good news is best. I love that we are still looking forward to an adventure. I love determination, and no matter what happens, I intend to live my life constantly looking forward to adventures. I love that as long...
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Today I Love New Starts

Loving the road

Today I love new starts. I love finding out whether I'm on track for my next big adventure and today is the day I find that out. I love that I'm sorry I'm not sharing what that is yet, but I'm also so excited that, as sorry as I am, I'm not really able to feel sorry so it really is a case of "Sorry, not sorry!" I love...
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Today I Love Bohemian Rhapsody

Salutations

Today I love Bohemian Rhapsody on the cottage piano on an otherwise calm and quiet Sunday morning. I love that that piano just suddenly starts being played when I least expect to hear from it and that the person who plays it is often so quiet that she shows up right beside me sometimes and, without intending to, scares the wits out of me, so it's hardly surprising that she often...
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Today I Love Quiet Joy

Wednesday office peace ...

Today I love the quiet joy I see in couples who have found their place in a relationship. I love that there is always hope for people to find that. I love that there are groups of people that share that same good fortune, though often it is a result of the different interactions of each pair in the group. I love that there are often couples in my...
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Today I Love Days Meant For Catching Up

Really early morning ...

Today I love days meant for catching up. I love that this day is possibly just such a day. I love that the "need to do" list of things that need catching up on are all within reason, though the list of "like to get done" things is considerably longer. I love that, although there is a big list of movies somewhere that I'd like to watch, I re-watched...
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Today I Love Resilience

Resilience resides

Today I love resilience like that demonstrated by the tiny flowers in our front bed. I love that, although it has snowed in our area, those soldiers of the softer seasons have mustered their energies and brought little lights of color to our lives. I love that the same resilience is often found in people, some of them blooming in spite of the climate that others would create for...
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30 Journal Prompts to Cultivate a Grateful Heart

November is upon us and with it comes the official season of gratitude in the United States.

Gratitude can have a significant positive influence on our physical and mental health, but like other healthy habits, even though we know it’s good for us, we often struggle to practice it consistently.
Why is gratitude so hard to practice?
Let’s face it, it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, our imperfections,...
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Today I Love Costumes

Wednesday office ...

Today I love costumes on children who come to my door looking for candy and the comfort of knowing that our communities are really great places. I love that there were over seventy little wanderers at our door last night, that some of them were too shy to come right up to the door, that at least one of them was so precocious that he demanded equality when he thought...
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Today I Love This Spooky Day

Spooky grey Halloween day ...

Today I love this spooky day of activity and ambition. I love how much many people put into presenting themselves to the world in ways they hope the world will find entertaining. I love that, for the most part, they are trying to cheer the world, bring it entertainment, because they've discovered that you get back what you put out. I love hearing how excited some people...
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Today I Love The Sounds Of Laundry

Love presses on permanently

Today I love the sounds of laundry machines as they rumble reassuringly in the next room, singing cheerfully mumbled songs about clean clothes and pride of accomplishments. I love that I am feeling so much better and that I have a hankering to cook and clean and yet take it easy enough on myself that I continue to recuperate. I love that I slept for nine hours last night,...
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Today I Love Things Working Out

A good place to coffee ...

Today I love things working out in life, like that I got a ride home from the shop when I had to leave my truck there this morning, thanks for that my friend. I love that the fireplace is turned on now and that means warm evenings when the air is less than ten degrees Celsius outside. I love that turning on the fireplace is always...
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Today I Love Cloth Hankies

Sometimes it's all about the coffee ...

Today I love cloth hankies and how they remind me of my youth. I love that I've never quit carrying them with me, and that when I have a head cold they are much less abrasive on my poor sore nose than paper tissues are. I love that I have a good supply of hankies, 'cause wow, where is all that stuff coming from? I love...
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Today I Love My Ringing Head

East bound autumn morning ...

Today I love my ringing head that reminds me I am still alive. I love my sinuses and lungs because they have valiantly fought through whatever this thing is and are now clearing themselves of the rubble and waste of the battles they have fought and the ongoing skirmishes they engage in as they clean out pockets of debris and enemy germs. I love that I feel well...
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Today I Love Racing Clouds

The race is on ...

Today I love racing clouds tearing their way northward in the eastern sky. I love that we have done so many last minute, fair weather things in the last month and I love that if the weather turns completely right now I'd be okay with that because the last two months have been lived without regrets. I love that it is my intention to enjoy the coming...
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Today I Love That I’m Alive

Breakfast love ...

Today I love that I'm alive, although I'm not feeling very good. I love that while I sit here pondering my malady I'm thinking of how things could be worse so that I won't feel as bad, and it occurred to me that it would be worse if I were to have a flu bug and food poisoning at the same time, instead of just having an...
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Today I Love The Glimmer

Promise of the day ...

Today I love the glimmer of a promise offered by the first light of dawn. I love that I was up getting coffee to take back to bed when I saw it start. I love that the morning was draped in cloud except for the eastern edge and the sun eventually peaked through that crack. I love that the night was warm enough to let me keep the...
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Today I Love The Diamond Sparkle

Slanting morning sun

Today I love the diamond sparkle of the light of the sun slanting in through my breakfast nook window and lighting up my morning with ferocious merriment and golden warmth. I love that mornings sound grumbly and snarly (okay, that's mostly me) but underneath there is laughter and intentional humor (okay, that might be me too) and sometimes they just fall together and everything that needs to get...
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