Attitude of Gratitude

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Postby skydog » Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:04 pm

Bravo Loobie
I agree that we all face our challenges with a different tact. Personally I am with you in keeping a perfect diet and exercise program. Stray even a little and suffer the consequences. Keeping our health at its peek is the key to all aspects of life. Without health we would not have a foundation to build on. In short time since finding this forum and reading all the different issues It has became clear to me. One thing seems to need be stressed more and that is attitude. Our way of thinking has more to do with how we feel than you we can imagine. Positive thought and emotion builds health. Keep asking yourself am I thinking positively at this moment? Keep an eye on the big picture. With that said I am also going to work some tomorrow and will enjoy every minute of it even if some part of the day will have me beat and quite likely crawling on all four. The best advice I can give is don't even acknowledge ___ exists. Keep positive and cut off the power to ___ and enjoy what ever the day brings. Have a great week. Peace Mark
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Postby Lyon » Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:35 am

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Postby Loobie » Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:02 am

So to quote Carl one more time..."so I've got that going for me...which is nice". :lol:
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Postby AllyB » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:06 pm

Hey Lew

Tonight, recovering from my Avonex shot, I am really grateful I discovered this thread...Thanks :-)
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Postby Bubba » Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:35 pm

I am really, truly grateful that this disease waited until now to rare its ugly head with me. I am thankful that I started my career young, and I only have six years left till I can retire; hopefully I can make it. I am also grateful that my kids are almost full grown and this didnt happen while they were young. I am profoundly grateful that I found this site first, before going to others!! Thank You All....
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Postby Loobie » Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:40 pm

Bubs,

You'll make it dude. You don't seem like a quitter and I bet you'd drag yourself with your knuckles on your last day if you had to. I WAS going to retire on my own in about 10 years, but the Dow had something to say about that. So I'm grateful that I can still work. I think I've been grateful for that about 8 times 8O but I just really am. Robbie told me early on, if you can muster it up and have to take the day minute by minute to get through it, do it, you'll regret it if you don't. I think he was right.
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Postby Loobie » Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:38 am

Today I am grateful for the life that we have created as a family. We really did, and still do, get along fantastically. I can't participate in keeping up the fung shey (sp?) part of keeping the property up and the house up, but we built a solid home on love and blood sweat and tears that will endure for some time. We get to see if it is still standing after going through all the stuff that dealing with a progressive disease entails, but so far, so good. Not without some bumps and bruises, but we are making it, and for that I am so, so grateful.

I get to teach my daughter how to mow the lawn this afternoon since I can't do it anymore. Teaching her to do some of the work I used to do so it doesn't fall all on my wife will not only assure that it gets done, but I also have a feeling that she is starting on her journey of being one of those kids that has a handicapped parent that is incredibly self sufficient. And in these times where really good work ethics and high levels of personal responsibility are eroding, I am really looking forward to how that part is going to turn out.
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Postby skydog » Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:30 am

Yes !!! Two days of sun so far up hear in the northwest. Spring is here. I am truly grateful my wife likes to mow the lawn. I have the rider for the wide open spaces. She started the whole thing rolling yesterday by trimming around the fruit trees with the push mower. Now the grazing response will kick in and it will mowing season again. Ah the smell of fresh cut grass. Peace Enjoy life Mark
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Postby Loobie » Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:15 am

I hear you dude. I wanted to get a riding mower this year (we have just over an acre), but opted to get another camper that is easier on me. Now I 'relax camp' with my air conditioned camper and no tents, but I have been using a pop up camper, and that dude is simply taking too much our of me to set up. So I'm going to White Lake, MI next saturday to pick up a new camper with wider doors and no setting up. I pull up, pop down the stabilizers, and I'm relaxing. We all know how maneuvering around in tight spaces indoors is difficult. Well squeezing sideways through the little door of a pop up camper is bad enough, but couple that with the fact that the first step is down about 8 inches and I was really struggling to get in and out of the camper.

So my riding mower this spring is my 13 year old! I think I will brew sun tea and sun bathe during mowing days just to get the smell!
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Postby cheerleader » Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:35 am

Love that you're out mowing the lawn with your girl, Lew...
We're having some beautiful spring weather here, too. Out on the bikes, gardening, going to church now for Palm Sunday. Man, oh, man...do I love this time of year.
Enjoy!
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Postby Loobie » Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:00 pm

Back on track with gratitude today! Just can't keep it up everyday, but I still try and find something even if I don't post. Well today I'm grateful for my new camper. That may sound materialistic, but allow me to explain.

We are a camping family. Granted we used to be a go camping and go hiking and biking and go, go, go. But lately just getting the camper set up so I could relax was pushing me way past my limits into the 'point of no return where you have to wait until the next day to get it back' place. We had one of those pop up campers which meant totally packing and unpacking for every trip and also having to set the camper up which is a lot of bending, twisting and getting down to ground level (catcher's squat; can't do anymore). Well I bought a new camper and it's a hard shell and all I do is pull up, my wife does the 'groundwork', hook up the electric and water, and I'm relaxing. it's so nice to be able to get into everything before you have to pop up the top. All the food and clothes and everything was already packed! No big plastic tubs to be unpacked and set up once the camper was set up. It was great.

Well we tried it out this weekend and it was awesome for me. I have not enjoyed a camping trip in a long while like I did this weekend. It was great and I'm loving it! I hated, hated, hated spending the money, but it was worth it. So add something BACK on the list of things I have/was ready to give up.
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Postby Artifishual » Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:05 pm

good for you big daddy!!!! :D
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Postby catfreak » Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:45 pm

Lew,

Good for you!!! We used to camp a lot when our kids were young and I loved it. We had a 23 ft camper we pulled all over the place. Now I prefer a nice hotel instead. But the camping was a blast...

I glad you can do something you love again.

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Postby Punchy » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:23 pm

I hate that my children will have a mother with MS, but I am so grateful and blessed to be pregnant with a healthy child.

I hate that I have become so accustomed to pain and needles but am now learning that it gives me the advantage over other mothers, who are so panicky and freaked out by labour :wink: .

I am also grateful for the wonderful friends and family who accompanied me yesterday (and do every year) to the annual MS Walk.
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Postby catfreak » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:45 pm

I hate that I worry about being slower at my job than others and fear I will be laid off.

I am grateful that I still have a job because the income pays for my health insurance.

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