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RIVER OF APPRECIATIONS => FIRST RIVER OF APPRECIATIONS => Topic started by: Elizabeth on August 07, 2007, 07:42:39 AM

Title: First River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 07, 2007, 07:42:39 AM
I appreciate Diligence and Steadfast Work

This is what MARISSA is all about.
Thanks for working so hard day in and out to get this Appreciations site done. Way to go, sis! Love you.
Title: First River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 07, 2007, 09:04:09 AM
I appreciate JOY

Joy is a feeling that seems to always be there no
matter what the circumstance. Even during times of
sorrow, joy stays quietly and faithfully within our
spirits until it is enabled to shine its healing balm in
our souls. Let us rejoice now. Today. This moment.
And celebrate the beauty of life and people.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 07, 2007, 09:09:35 AM
I appreciate SUNRISES AND SUNSETS

Practicing tai-chi on a quiet isolated beach in an island at sunrise and sunset gently showers my soul with serenity. I appreciate the captivating  and breathtaking beauty of peace and lavender sunrises and orange, yellow, and pink sunsets. During my disaster and mission work, I focus my mind and heart on these peaceful visions of nature. They allow me to stay centered enough to give compassion and hope for others who are in despair. Nature. God's precious gift to our spirits.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on August 07, 2007, 12:27:32 PM
I want to start the day with thank you, thank you....thank you for being alive. Thank you for the opportunity to co-create with such wonderful, talented and dedicated people such as Dr. Garcia-Gray, Marissa and members of the Daily Appreciation Team!  Thank you for more than 60 founding members of the Daily Appreciation Team. Thank you for the many lessons I have learned along the way!  Thank you for perfect health, joy, friendship and prosperity!
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 07, 2007, 04:29:10 PM
I appreciate my home, my little haven, my paradise

There is nothing like coming back from work knowing that I will be driving into my home. A place abundant with plants, flowers and trees that family and friends have helped me plant. A place where there are sacred nooks and crannies in the garden. Where there is a white arch and giant white hybrid hibiscus highlighted by the soft lavender salvias.

Home is where music abounds. Where my bed feels like gentle clouds. Where my books and many family and friends photographs are everywhere. Where flowers delightfully peek from almost all the windows in the house. Where the tender rays of sunrise that radiate my window kiss my face every morning to awaken me. Where the people I love and who love me are welcome. And even those who don't. Where I hear birds chirping, see rabbits and squirrels playing, and hummingbirds drink the red nectar.  Most of all, home is where I contemplate on what I can do so that others, our homeless, can also enjoy the beauty and gentleness of having shelter.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea2 on August 07, 2007, 07:04:37 PM
Wow, Diane!
Thanks for leading the way with self appreciation!! You are all of that and more! I thank you for the very same things. This is lusciously perfect; mouthwatering fingertips wanting to type. :-)
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 07, 2007, 08:27:51 PM
I appreciate ADVERSITIES that allow us to grow

The true mettle of our spiritual strength lies in overcoming our adversities, tragedies, and despair. In my books The Courage to Encourage and The Phoenix Miracle, I wrote about "the Phoenix miracle people" - those who rise from their ashes of despair to give hope, compassion and love to others. They do not just survive. They overcome. They rise. They soar to the heights of giving light and love to the world using their adversities as the fuel.

Title: River of Appreciation
Post by: Elizabeth on August 07, 2007, 08:37:54 PM
I appreciate the act of Compassion.

In my book " Your Compassionate Nature" I wrote that "Compassion is Love's passion." The act of feeling someone's pain  and agony is naturally healing. The compassionate person absorbs sorrow, joy, agony, love and all the mixed feelings that people may feel.
Title: River of Appreciation
Post by: Elizabeth on August 08, 2007, 10:05:05 AM
I appreciate LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

Louisville - Derby City! The fireworks, hot air balloons, the Kentucky Derby, beautiful horses, beautiful, loving people. Where Muhammad Ali and Diane Sawyer grew up. Where my children were raised. Where I attended my psychiatric residency program. The Louisville Cardinals. Fourth Street Live. Bluegrass. Music. Dance. Excellent restaurants. The Spire. Where friendships and love abound.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 08, 2007, 10:06:44 AM
I love NEW YORK CITY!

New York, New York...start spreading the news...

No place like NYC! The pulse and the heart of the world.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 12, 2007, 04:06:40 PM
I appreciate WATERFALLS

There is something healing and comforting about waterfalls.
The lulling sounds, the beauty of the water rushing downstream, its splendor -  all remind me of God's tender way of soothing our souls.

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is incredible. And seeing a double rainbow when I was there was like a miracle in itself. The falls of Costa Rica are also to behold and enjoy.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 12, 2007, 04:13:39 PM
I appreciate THE PHILIPPINES

I am very proud to have been raised in the culture that started the PEOPLE POWER revolution of PEACE. I love the Filipinos' heartfelt hospitality, affectionate ways, love for laughter and fun, love for music and dance, and love for God, family and friends.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 12, 2007, 04:21:02 PM
I appreciate sweet acts of thoughtfulness especially from children.

Since I will be moving to work and jumpstart a medical pod in a different site, our staff and people I have worked with gave each other our "see you laters" though not good-byes. The children I worked with could not have been sweeter. Several drew some pictures that wrote out "I love you, Dr. Gray" and some scribbled all kinds of things with smiley faces and with sad faces.

One 7 year old girl gave me a gift - a little dolphin calendar with photos of all kinds of dolphins. She knew we both liked dolphins. I also got the biggest hugs from the kids during my last month of work at that site. I love our kids. It makes me realize more the meaning of all children are our children. I am grateful for our children everywhere in the world.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 12, 2007, 04:36:36 PM
I appreciate BOOKS

I love books!

One of the most peaceful things to do after a long day's work is to have the luxury of reading a good book. They say that  reading one book is like meeting 7,000 or more people who influenced the writer in his lifetime. I dare to say it is more than that. I am in the midst of writing my books and I am well aware that so many people have graced my life with their wisdom, compassion and love.

Through these books, I honor those who have been a part of my journey and those who made me a part of theirs. Many books written by authors like Tolstoy, Gibran, Dickinson, Emerson, Whitman, Tillich, Dostoyevsky and many more have influenced many of us in our lifetime. We hope to pass on the eternal wisdom of the ages to all those whose hearts are open to learn.

Title: River of Appreciation
Post by: Elizabeth on August 12, 2007, 05:13:38 PM
The act of listening

Today a friend and I discussed some global missions issues. I felt listened to and this person also felt listened to as well and we both acknowledged that.
In the process of listening, I believe we lend our hearts and souls to each other. And this allows us to best make a clear decision on what we need to do for the next chapter of our lives.

Listening to others is one of the best gifts we can give one another. Active and compassionate listening is time we give to appreciate and honor another fellow human being.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 12, 2007, 09:34:15 PM
I appreciate LOVE

...more than anything...
Title: River of Appreciation
Post by: maggie on August 12, 2007, 11:06:12 PM
I appreciate strength.......the strength that it takes to look at the world as a mirror.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 13, 2007, 06:43:11 PM
I appreciate some sadness and grief

We are sad because we are connected. We grieve because we love.

And this sadness and grief will hopefully turn into the best teachers of compassion, kindness, and more love in the short and long haul of life.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 14, 2007, 12:41:26 PM
I appreciate starting anew at work

It is interesting to start anew in a different site at work. Jumpstarting new programs which can help families and children is one of my favorite things to do. Challenging yet fresh. Many of the staff are people who I already knew from before yet their outlook is positive and hopeful.  Helping create solid mission-focused teams only lead to more brainstrorming about making good things happen at work. Then work does not become work anymore. It becomes a gathering of people who play hard at doing good.;)
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 15, 2007, 09:36:17 PM
Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring

When people are in nurturing job environments, it feels nurturing to be around them. I like that Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring in Boston puts so much energy into showing kindness to their staff. Almost without exception, I go away from AFC feeling a sense of warmth and optimism. It's a perfect energy from which to serve the children who are in-between homes who are referred to AFC for mentors. I am grateful to all the staff members who I am enjoying so much for putting themselves in the flow of that wonderful energy and for enhancing it in a way that only they can.

http://www.afcmentoring.org/about/afcStaff.html
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 16, 2007, 07:52:42 PM
I appreciate the act of GIVING

To give is indeed to live with a spirit of abundance.
Giving is an act of sharing something of our essence with others from the standpoint of an overflowingly kind heart. Let us think about times when we gave to others and how blessed we felt.

Giving comes in many ways. Some give of their material things. Some give of their spirits. Some give their time. Some give their compassion. Some give when they hardly have anything. Some give when they have plenty. Some give cheerfully. Some give with hesitation yet nevertheless they give. Some seem to give a lot. Some seem to give very little. Some give what they can and as they can. Some want to give yet are afraid. ( In this case, the thought of giving is more important).

I discover that giving is all about sharing our hearts. Our souls. Our sense of gratitude for what we are and what we believe we have. I now recall a lady in a remote part of Uganda. She was ill with AIDS and thus was isolated. She appeared to have nothing. Nothing tangible and material, that is. And based on some customs, she knelt down before us, the visitors, in a way of honoring us, and then gave us jackfruits and avocados. We ended up kneeling down with her and felt so touched by her act of giving. It felt like she had more than billions because she barely survived on what she had and yet had the spiritual abundance to give us what she can in such a sweet,  honorable, loving way. What abundance she showed us. 

I am learning not to judge ourselves and others for giving. Nothing is too much nor too little nor too moderate. Giving is all about how abundant we believe we are and our ability to share.

To give is to receive. To give is an act of love.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 16, 2007, 08:01:07 PM
I appreciate the act of RECEIVING

Though giving is a loving act, so is receiving with a wide-open heart.
Nothing cheers up a giver more than a receiver whose soul is
big enough to accomodate all the sense of abundance that another human being has with appreciation and gratitude. To receive happily
is to give the giver a sense of joy for the act of giving. Without a cheerful receiver, a hearfelt giver saddens.

To receive is to learn humility, acceptance, and kindness . To receive is to learn gratitude at its best. The adage "it is better to give than to receive" falls a bit short as a gently happy receiver is also a giver in many ways. When someone gives us something, anything, from their heart, what do we do? How do we respond? Do we judge ourselves for receiving with joy? Do we receive with gratitude in our hearts?

To receive is also to give. To receive with gratitude is an act of love.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 16, 2007, 08:14:08 PM
I appreciate ORCHIDS

ORCHIDS - Simple yet complex, fragile yet strong, different yet beautiful.

I grew up with my paternal grandmother who we called MAMANG GARCIA who
had such a green thumb. Everything grew under her care. Including all of us. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had many lovely orchids in her garden besides every exotic flower and fruit trees one can imagine. She was brilliant, soft-spoken, very kind, and nurturing to us all. She made it a point to create 4 projects a day. Each of us has a memento from her. Some arts and crafts that she did from pillows, macrame flower pot holders, blankets, clothes she had sewn herself. What an amazing lady she was. A Lady Orchid who is one of the most beautiful souls, ever. I love you, Mamang. I miss you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on August 20, 2007, 05:17:35 PM
To continue this river just reply to this post.
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Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on August 20, 2007, 05:19:14 PM
I appreciate all the people interested in helping me market the crafts created by the Uganda women, their sincerity and enthusiasm.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on August 20, 2007, 05:24:08 PM
I appreciate the work I am being given, in all of my projects.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 20, 2007, 07:10:34 PM
Marissa, this is just perfect! Thank you, thank you!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 20, 2007, 07:11:21 PM
Appreciating this beautiful addition to Daily Appreciations. Looking forward to meeting up with you all here!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on August 20, 2007, 07:19:33 PM
 ;) WOW!  I am really impressed with Marissa's amazing capabilities. She is so wonderful to work with...very prompt, courteous, cooperative, creative and brilliant!  We are all so blessed to be a friend of Marissa!  Thanks for co-creating this river of appreciations to flow like water will flow.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on August 20, 2007, 07:30:23 PM
 ;) Appreciating Meadowlea

I want to acknowledge and thank Meadowlea for coming up with this concept in conversations with me. Meadowlea had a vision of a stream flowing with nothing to stop the flow...not even logic.  Meadowlea is very much in touch with beauty, intuition and feelings. She has made very important contributions to the success of the first Daily Appreciations at Onet.  I appreciate her sensitivity, courage and determination to keep improving perfection!  Thanks so much for caring and for adding your magic touch Meadowlea! I like it!
 ;D  ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 20, 2007, 07:47:01 PM
I am so grateful to Marissa for her tireless efforts that are delivered with such a sense of light, open-hearted service! I don't know what we'd do without her here!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on August 21, 2007, 10:59:15 AM
Appreciating all the collaboration that is happening in building this thread.  Thanks to Diane T, Liz, Norbert and Meadowlea for their suggestions on how to make this better.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on August 21, 2007, 11:07:58 AM
I appreciate The SMF Forum global team who wrote the codes for this forum.  I think it is awesome, and shows a well thought out platform, available to everyone.  I also appreciate the Joomla team, and the Siteground Hosting service support crew who helped me in creating this Joomla/SMF integrated site.  They do answer your support questions fairly quickly.

I also appreciate all the Joomla/SMF support forums and all who post there so that others can read the information.

Thanks to all above also for a great learning experience which has motivated me to learn it even more!  Thank you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 21, 2007, 02:08:31 PM
Appreciating the opportunity to see wonder in everything and everyone.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 21, 2007, 02:09:11 PM
Appreciating in advance all the hundreds of people who will be joining up with us here when we're ready for them!
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 21, 2007, 04:30:16 PM
Re: I appreciate WATERFALLS

Liz, I appreciate you sharing the high points of your journeys with us who do not travel as much as  you do.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 21, 2007, 04:31:33 PM
Re: I appreciate ORCHIDS

That strikes me as a wonderful idea - four projects a day - and ambitious. Your grandmother sounds wonderful.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on August 22, 2007, 10:19:05 AM
Traveling around the world has brought me a realization of the wonder of humanity and an appreciation for the richness of human experience.  It is quite a wonderful experience to be able to meet people from different countries whose lives have been influenced by often dramatically different cultural experiences and yet, to then know that we are of the same human body and that it is our human identity that provides us with goals, aspirations, richness of experience and life, and a true appreciation of the complexity and yet simplicity of life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 22, 2007, 10:53:12 AM
Welcome back, Brian. I appreciate that we can meet up again here at this superbly fine sanctuary of a place!
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on August 22, 2007, 10:53:29 AM
Re: I appreciate diligence and steadfast hard work

My daughter's piano teacher once told me, in front of her, that he thought that I am relentless...I smiled and said: "Thank you!"
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on August 22, 2007, 11:09:17 AM
Re: I appreciate some sadness and grief

About two weeks ago I received a phone call from my 16 year old daughter.  She advised me that her heart was racing and that her pulse was greater than 200.

I didn't think much about this as I asked her what she had been doing and what she was doing.

She replied that she had been ice skating when she noticed that her heart was beating very fast.

I asked her to lie down and rest and call back in a few minutes.

About 8-10 minutes later she called and said that her heart was still beating very fast.

I tried to calm her and told her that she probably didn't know how to really take her pulse and that probably she was ok.

Several minutes later I called her back and she was now sounding frightened.  I asked her to call the mother of the girl with whom she was staying...she was in Beijing staying with a family.  I asked her to have the lady check her pulse.

A few minutes later she called and said that the lady was taking her to the emergency room at a near by hospital.

Getting the name of the hospital, my wife and I immediately went down stairs to take a taxi across Beijing to join our daughter.

During the course of the next hour, it was rush hour--of course--we drove toward the hospital not knowing what was happening and not knowing what would greet us there.

My wife sat quietly in the front seat of the taxi while I sat in the back.

I wanted to pray and I wanted to ask God to help our daughter.

But, I felt to myself that that was not something I should or could do.

I felt that if I truly believe in God and accept the Will of God, that if God wanted our daughter then I must submit to His greater wisdom.

Tears were flowing from my eyes and running down my cheeks and I was happy my wife could not see me.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on August 22, 2007, 11:17:53 AM
Re: I appreciate ORCHIDS

I love orchids...they are such a wonderful gift to us.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on August 22, 2007, 11:18:58 AM
Re: I appreciate WATERFALLS

I agree, Liz.

Near my home there is a waterfall.  I walk there most every day and practice Tai Chi and meditate in its ever changing presence.

I appreciate those moments and the beauty of that space.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on August 22, 2007, 11:19:48 AM
Re: I appreciate WATERFALLS

I appreciate your vision and sharing...thank you for such a lovely setting and experience in the face of troubles and disaster.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on August 22, 2007, 11:21:26 AM
I am also glad you are alive and well, Diane.

I really appreciate having met you in person and finding your expressive happy personality and beaming smile...thank you.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 23, 2007, 12:59:24 AM
I appreciate my sister MARISSA GARCIA

AWESOME JOB, SIS!


I appreciate my sister MARISSA for all that she has done to create this site.
The manhours of labor of love, collaboration with Diane and the team, and flexibility in creating changes have been inspiring. Way to go, sis! Thanks for all the good that you do. Nothing like creative work done with love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 23, 2007, 01:01:27 AM
I appreciate the Quick-Reply box. So convenient. Thanks again.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on August 23, 2007, 12:08:22 PM
Have you any idea of the work which is involved in having food on your dinner plate?

I so appreciate farmers whose work and efforts so often is unrecognized.  Without farmers we would not be able to enjoy the complex society in which we live.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on August 24, 2007, 04:37:11 PM
I appreciate the positivity of sharing the oneness and love which is the center of the Universe
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on August 24, 2007, 05:29:07 PM
Do you know what farmers in America are often referred to as "red necks"?

It doesn't have anything to do with their politics or social values...it has to do with the hours and hours over years and years of working in the sun that their neck becomes sunburned and red.

I appreciate the love of the earth that farmers demonstrate every day.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on August 24, 2007, 07:53:12 PM
Re: I appreciate diligence and steadfast hard work

Appreciating Marissa's demonstration of this here! Thank-you!
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on August 24, 2007, 07:55:37 PM
Re: I appreciate diligence and steadfast hard work

Truly appreciating the great Chinese medicine physicians who through their steadfastness and determination combined with humanity have continued to serve the people, intertwine traditions and philosophies and offer the people of the world a tremendous gift.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on August 24, 2007, 07:57:15 PM
Re: STRENGTH

I appreciate strength.......the strength that it takes to look at the world as a mirror.
And the courage it takes to do so
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on August 24, 2007, 09:48:35 PM
I appreciate Mother China

Appreciating my homeland, how she always opens doors for me rather magically, invites me into the hidden realms and supports my efforts when the rest of the world stands silent, puzzled and unaware.

Also grateful for the opportunity She has afforded me to share my work with so many.

Appreciating the pathways She has offered me, the new connections, minority traditions and medicinal ways, Masters to learn from, and for guanxi. Indeed, I'm coming home once more.

Incredibly appreciative of the family I have found in Huai hua.

Of course, I also appreciate all of you. Throughout the most trying recent times, you have supported me and loved me, despite everything.

Namaste,
湘君
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: nmw on August 25, 2007, 04:01:59 AM
I appreciate the Quick-Reply box. So convenient. Thanks again.

I also like the quote link!! (perhaps it was there before and I just didn't see it? or maybe I forgot about it? in any case I love it -- is there a way to add italics? bold? maybe a list of formatting commands?)

Great job, Marissa!!

:D nmw
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: maggie on August 25, 2007, 10:10:46 AM
Re: The act of listening

I appreciate the ability to listen.....one of my dearest friends called me the other night crying and although we are states away she called to talk and i answered to listen.  Not with the goal of offering up useless advice or trying to solve a problem that i cannot, just listening while she processed what is going on in her life.  At the end of the conversation, when the tears had subsided a bit, i asked her if there was anything i could do and she responded simply "listen."  Always...
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on August 25, 2007, 11:41:40 AM
Amen.  I appreciate farmers, and food growers too.  Without them, we would not be able to do anything else but be out gardening our crops all day!.  I tried an acre organic vegetable garden once, and boy it was a lot of good food, and a lot of work too!
Title: I appreciate islands
Post by: Elizabeth on August 26, 2007, 09:27:48 PM

I guess I am just an island girl. After working hard, it makes me feel replenished just thinking about an island vacation. Turqouise waters, the beach, coconut or palm trees, nice warm weather with cool breeze, the music,  the relaxed easy atmosphere. And just communing with nature. Nothing like rest and relaxation in a beautiful remote island. Meditative. Joyful. Bliss.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 26, 2007, 11:01:27 PM
This River of Appreciations brings wonderful feelings to mind. The idea of a real river flowing with appreciation is captivating and nurturing; a place I'd like to be more than anywhere else; a true haven. Thanks to all who are contributing to this.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 27, 2007, 10:25:31 AM
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

There is nothing more loving than when the random acts of kindness "bug" hits you. It's like a tender jolt of spontaneously showing love for others. Like when we randomly pay for someone else's toll booth toll anonymously, and then see their faces light up with smiles wondering who did something like that; like when someone puts newspapers to help warm up an alcoholized man sleeping on the street; like when a friend helps you plant some trees and flowers when you did not expect them to; like when you visit or call someone who you know is hurting; and the list goes on.

I appreciate people who do random acts of kindness daily. And especially the anonymous ones. They are our earth angels. Have you done a random act of kindness today? Let us all do some today.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 27, 2007, 10:43:54 AM
I appreciate the experience of SOLITUDE

In solitude we get in touch with our center, our core, to its highest level. For me, solitude is that one-on-one connection with our inner and Higher Power. An awareness of our beautiful connection with our Oneness. In solitude we find a sacred space where we are able to honor ourselves and others more within our beings. It is the ability to realize that being physically alone does not mean disconnection from others. On the contrary. How many times have we felt lonely even when we were with many people? How many times have we felt more connected when we were by ourselves?

Solitude paradoxically connects us more. For we untangle ourselves from the daily clutter of human doings. And this leads us to heightened heart-opening and universal awareness. One is never lonely in solitude. We find our quiet bliss and loving attachment to the essence of All. Inner Peace.
And this is the peace I hope to carry with me even moreso, each time in my disaster and relief work. Experience some moments or times of solitude in your life. Solitude allows us divine space to befriend ourselves. Then we are best  better able to befriend and connect with others. Solitude. A path to inner peace.
Title: River of Appreciation
Post by: Elizabeth on August 27, 2007, 10:49:17 AM
I appreciate the experience of MEDITATION

Meditation connects us with all.

Meditation is the clearing up of the mind, heart, and spirit to hear that little still voice that gives us enormous insights, wisdom and creativity. When the mind chatters dissolve, we are left with a clarity that allows us to blossom in ways beyond our imagination. To live a life meditatively, moment by moment, is to live a life of peace. And to live a life of peace, is to alow our hearts to love more. Have you meditated today?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on August 27, 2007, 02:57:03 PM
I love doing random acts of kindness
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 27, 2007, 04:22:00 PM
Appreciating being alive.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 27, 2007, 04:23:09 PM
Appreciating that when positive intentions are expressed, there is always a response in one's world, however undetectable.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 27, 2007, 04:30:16 PM
Appreciating the great mood that doing appreciations puts myself and everyone else in; that silly, giddy, warm, maybe-everything-is-ok-afterall, care-free feeling. :-) It's just wonderful!
Title: River of Appreciation
Post by: Elizabeth on August 27, 2007, 11:34:04 PM
I appreciate ORCHIDS

From  my blog:

The Orchid
"When you reach the heart of life, you shall find beauty in all
things, even in the eyes that are blind to beauty."

~ Kahlil Gibran


The serene beauty of the Phalaenopsis orchid can mesmerize and touch my soul. It does not have to do much. But it is just there . Mindful. Sensitive. A presence untainted by the speed of life. Its graceful composure and sweet countenance emanate tranquility. Every morning, just before I leave home, I gaze briefly at the creamy white blooms which now form a delicate arch while gently leaning on a little bamboo stick. A meditative moment. A supple wave of inner peace and gratitude permeates within me. I smile to myself remembering to treasure life's simplicity and inherent goodness in spite of trials and tribulations.

While at work, I carry the orchid in my psyche. This exotic flower has illuminated the rainforests of the Philippines, Costa Rica, Africa and other parts of the world with its enchanting colors and unsurpassed loveliness. In spite of the harsh elements, it not only thrives. It blossoms. It reminds me of the thought that "It is in our vulnerability that we find our strength." The orchid also knows how to flex, curve and lean on other plants to help maintain itself. This is no different from finding the courage within us to ask for help when necessary to remain balanced and centered. And once the orchid is vibrantly in full bloom, it exudes its unparalleled and compassionately tender nature to those around. Its essence is a constant reminder of what is pure and innocent in our hearts. That blissful calm that I feel in contemplating an orchid, whether in my mind or in reality, is a soothing balm to a soul challenged to the core by destiny's circumstances.

Back home from work, it is the same orchid that I first see as soon as I open my door. It sits there beguilingly on my round glass table, with its petals open like an artful embrace. I momentarily reflect upon the day, my family, my friends, my work. The orchid's fascinating allure evokes within me the value of seeing beauty in people's hearts and to quietly accept come what may. It reminds me that only a force much greater than anyone or anything can create such impeccable subtlety. This simple yet exquisite flower could only have been ideated by the spiritual splendor of Love itself.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on August 28, 2007, 12:08:15 AM


And Brian,  you have been a role-model in giving random acts of kindness when we were in O-Net. I have no doubt that you do the same in real life.
Thank you, my friend. You are very much appreciated.
Title: River of Appreciation
Post by: Elizabeth on August 28, 2007, 12:20:36 AM
Re: I appreciate some sadness and grief

And even if your wife saw you with tears, I have no doubt that she would love you all the more, BRIAN.;) I appreciate your openhearted sharing of your feelings and thoughts during such a trying time. Your rock-solid faith in God is lovingly inspiring. Hugs to you and your family.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 28, 2007, 04:36:31 PM
Appreciating the beautiful tide of appreciation here and the marked upliftment of the world that is occurring as a result.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 28, 2007, 04:39:18 PM
Appreciating the harmony and goodwill that exists between the Daily Appreciation team, the context of which is set by D. Diane Tai.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 28, 2007, 07:12:05 PM
Appreciating Brian Lewis' huge discharge of appreciations at omidyar.net and looking forward to him doing the same right here! :-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 28, 2007, 07:15:34 PM
Appreciating this cool new thread name, River of Appreciations. :-)
Title: River of Appreciation
Post by: Elizabeth on August 28, 2007, 11:20:54 PM
Re: I appreciate ORCHIDS

I wish I could have uploaded the white Phalaenopsis orchid photo. You can just all imagine it. I know that you would appreciate it.
Title: Re: I appreciate islands
Post by: Elizabeth on August 28, 2007, 11:22:13 PM
I appreciate dreaming about going to Turks and Caicos today. It will happen without a doubt.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on August 29, 2007, 12:22:14 AM
I appreciate feeling a little bit better physically today.  I definitely appreciate my hands, after the injury to my finger- it reminded me of how important that finger is!  I appreciate the swelling in my arm going down, and the energy I am gaining as I heal.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 29, 2007, 07:19:37 AM
Appreciating the challenges presented during the day to expand and all the people who deliver the challenges, often anawarely - all the little or big challenges to the ego that remind that real life is on the other side of the ego. The opportunity to let go, sink in, allow myself to be wrong and to look at things in a new light.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 29, 2007, 07:23:13 AM
Appreciating the amazing presentation for those with high speed connections and flash player 8 at www.ashesandsnow.org . Click on enhanced, if you have the good connection and flash. Then click on "Explore" at the top. If you don't have a great connection, click on Basic for a less rivetting, though still wonderful experience!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 29, 2007, 10:17:21 PM
Appreciating all those wonderfully creative appreciators over at onet who can't seem to stop; mainly Brian Lewis, David Frayne and Jan Benet Vincent. Way to go!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 29, 2007, 10:18:13 PM
Appreciating that I have a home to return to.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 29, 2007, 10:20:37 PM
Appreciating my sister for enjoying ashesandsnow.org with me. :-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 29, 2007, 10:22:29 PM
Appreciating the work that I have that enables me to pay my bills each month.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 29, 2007, 10:24:16 PM
Appreciating that integrity and benevolence seem to be expanding on our planet.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 29, 2007, 10:25:50 PM
Appreciating Teopista Akware's sweet email to me. I love hearing from her. Sometimes I feel like I want to frame her emails. They are so sweet. I hope she makes her way over here very soon.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 29, 2007, 10:32:34 PM
Appreciating the beautiful weather here in Boston. Warm. Pleasant. Freeing.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 30, 2007, 09:51:41 PM
Appreciating the cute gardens at Facebook where we can give each other garden flowers.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 30, 2007, 09:53:22 PM
Enjoying the beautiful interactivity that happens when a big flow of appreciations are released from a group of people all appreciating at the same time!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 30, 2007, 11:28:35 PM
Appreciating the touching music on the Gulu and Mubende videos found on the Clean Water For the World wetpaint website. I believe that was your doing Marissa? Also the profound contribution everyone there offered with their presence - both the locals and the visitors. Beautiful videos - worth watching all over again.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 30, 2007, 11:35:06 PM
Appreciating the new vision that unexpectedly occurs that transforms eye-sores like trash heaps into opportunities for reverencing and beauty. It happened to me twice today in an unforgettable way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 30, 2007, 11:35:36 PM
Appreciating that when people are gone, they are not really gone.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on August 30, 2007, 11:38:51 PM
Appreciating the deep down nurturing food could never match that occurs when conditioning is by-passed and an "eye-sore" is seen a-new for what it is - a container for the radiance of the whole.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 02, 2007, 12:31:10 PM
Appreciating days off where catching up can happen on over-due projects without the rushing to and fro - just working inside a relaxed, enjoyable time frame.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 02, 2007, 12:34:31 PM
Appreciating what happens when people of all nations and backgrounds work together for a project such as Clean Water For the World. I appreciate the warmth, the caring, the new opportunities to be known in varying contexts.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 02, 2007, 12:35:25 PM
Appreciating that I am still amazingly alive and functioning decently despite all my worries that if I do such and such, I'll die. :-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 02, 2007, 12:38:02 PM
Appreciating the warm charge I get out of seeing people I didn't expect to join in the appreciations. It feels like the world is getting bigger and brighter when that happens and like a long-awaited relative driving up the driveway for an unexpected visit.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 02, 2007, 12:41:12 PM
Appreciating the way appreciations get more interesting as more people join in to develop the themes. Appreciating the playing off of each other that happens when others join in.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 02, 2007, 12:43:37 PM
Appreciating my ability to calm my ego without it going so bonkers at not getting its way. It's less and less of an issue for my ego to be out front and controlling everything. Life is so much warmer and gentler that way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 02, 2007, 07:04:26 PM
I appreciate learning to discern when it is time to take a respite and replenish. Prevention. Health.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 02, 2007, 11:46:44 PM
  THANK YOU all for creating this wonderful RIVER of appreciations!


Appreciating Meadowlea, Elizabeth and Marissa for their persistence and time consuming efforts to create this River of appreciations! Congratulations!  I am happy to see it flow like this! It is easy to click REPLY to post here!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 03, 2007, 01:17:58 AM
I appreciate this "Simple Machines Forum" platform now that I figured out that I can go to "profile" then "look and layout," then select "show most recent posts at the top"  and also select "use quick reply on topic display, and show on by default".

I am so glad this program allows me to choose to see the last posting first (in reverse chronological order) as well as have the option of a quick reply click. I  appreciate these features in this program! Thank you Marissa for telling me about these great features!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 04, 2007, 01:28:39 AM


I just LOVE New York!
The city is incredible. Imagine a rooftop view of the city. And looming above is the great Empire State Building. Lights at night. Background music. People laughing, talking, eating. Cool breezes. Reflections of a beautiful sunset across the skyscrapers. Wonderful!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: nancy peddle on September 04, 2007, 03:20:15 PM
I am so happy  ;D that I actually figured this out and registered and am typing this message here now.  It's nice to see so many "friends" here.  It makes the separation just a little bit easier.  Thanks for making it happen. I know I couldn't have helped.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 04, 2007, 04:25:05 PM
Nancy, it is so wonderful to hook up with you again! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule and making the effort to connect with us again! Love and hugs to you! Looking forward to learning more about what moves you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 04, 2007, 05:43:36 PM
Appreciating Timothy Anderson. I appreciate Timothy for his generosity in thinking about Kayiwa Fred and his Computer Club. He is making a shipment of computers to Uganda and has agreed to add one especially for Kayiwa. We are all very warmed by his special offer and that he took the trouble to look us up even after having lost track of us and our previous discussion. Thank you's cannot express our appreciation for you and your good will. I hope that you will come visit us here at Daily Appreciations when omidyar.net closes. We would love to develop more connections with you and your wide variety of interests.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 04, 2007, 06:00:29 PM
Appreciating the Peace Prayers I have memorized that neutralize my anxieties and bring a spirit of compassion and non-attachment where tangles previously dominated.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 04, 2007, 06:01:04 PM
Appreciating that things just tend to work out no matter what.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 04, 2007, 06:02:00 PM
Appreciating the long view where all things are equal. That knowing brings with it a sense of equanimity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 04, 2007, 06:02:32 PM
Appreciating people who give me feedback about how I come across to them.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 04, 2007, 06:02:58 PM
I appreciate hearing other perspectives than mine.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 04, 2007, 06:04:04 PM
Appreciating those who know how to create financial abundance and that that know-how may include a need to hold unconventional or unpopular views.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 04, 2007, 06:10:13 PM
Appreciating Leda

Thank you for your contributions in the past at Daily Appreciations at omidyar.net. You are warmly invited to visit us at the new Daily Appreciations! We look forward to sharing more joys with you down the road!
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 05, 2007, 07:05:11 PM
I appreciate,

The people in the Americas. I have been received as a prince. Enjoying so much I will come back for a whirlwind of hugs, appreciations and fun.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 05, 2007, 07:07:15 PM
I appreciate being in a flow of positive connecting energy.

Let the appreciations roll, wash away any frustration that may sneak up on you during the day.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 05, 2007, 07:42:33 PM
I appreciate all the abundance that is coming into my home these days.  I appreciate being able to work at home, and make beautiful jewelry using beads made by UWEC. 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 05, 2007, 11:19:46 PM


I appreciate giving and receiving thoughtful appreciations as well as inspirational cards. I enjoy keeping the loving and tender cards I receive from loved ones. And now I am learning to create cards for the people I love.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 06, 2007, 07:31:31 PM
Appreciating the cooler fall weather coming in and the change in season. 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 06, 2007, 09:45:49 PM
The recent work you've done in this website are very much appreciated Marissa! I love the way it pops back to the main thread when we hit "Send."  :) And the new look is just great! More work was involved than meets the eye, I'm sure!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 06, 2007, 11:39:38 PM
I appreciate Meadowlea's editing skills very much!  She is so good at editing. We are so lucky to have Meadowlea on this Team!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 06, 2007, 11:42:13 PM
We really appreciate Meadowlea for creating this River for all of us and for her willingness to serve as the founding "Life Guard" for to protect us from non-appreciations!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 06, 2007, 11:45:47 PM
 ;D WOW! I appreciate that this web design shows the number of appreciations each of us has posted under our name on the left hand side. That is a good incentive for us to track our personal growth journey and progress! ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 07, 2007, 08:14:50 AM
I appreciate and enjoy treating family and friends specially and royally. I appreciate having been treated by family and friends with unconditional love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 07, 2007, 08:18:25 AM
I appreciate my family. Every single one of them. Always have, always will.
They have given me much happiness, laughter and love. 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 07, 2007, 08:20:01 AM

I appreciate DIANE and her enthusiasm for appreciations and her steadfast encouragement of us all. Happy to appreciate with you, Diane. :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 08, 2007, 01:12:25 AM
Appreciating all the work David Bale did toward acquiring boots for Kayiwa Fred's soccer team. There may be more coming out of that as well. I love David Bale's persistence and follow-through. It causes good feelings all around.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 08, 2007, 01:15:11 AM
There was a time recently Liz Garcia-Gray called me on not appreciating myself. I've been thinking about that more lately since she did that. That made a big difference for me that someone didn't let that go by. That's a real friend, and I appreciate it.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 08, 2007, 01:16:02 AM
I appreciate the garden items Phyllis Hurley sent me the other day on Facebook. That seemingly really small thing brightened up my day.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 08, 2007, 01:21:49 AM
Appreciating the sweet sweet appreciation notes that Sabrina Barron hid in my fanny pack on Wednesday. I was so tickled. Sabrina is very creative and friendly and insightful. I feel very lucky to have her as a friend. I feel appreciated by her without her even saying anything. She just has that way about her. Completely effortless communication.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 08, 2007, 01:25:03 AM
Appreciating all the Boston people who are joining up with the Hugs For the World thread at Facebook. I'm starting to get the hug spirit back again after a short time of introversion.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 08, 2007, 10:14:28 AM
Appreciating Jen for joining us at Daily Appreciations!

Jen is a beautiful Chinese woman. She already earned a law degree and a masters degree. She is fluent in Chinese. We are delighted that she recenty read the Secret and that book, along with Mallory and ABC allies have helped to make her to become more aware of the importance of practicing daily appreciations. We welcome her and look forward to see her here often.

Jen has tremedous potential. She is intelligent, persistent and she has already accomplished a lot considering the huge obstacles she has faced and has handled them successfully. This is a good space not only to practice English but also to have fun, make friends, build a track record and contribute positive energy to the universe at the same time. ;D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 08, 2007, 10:31:47 AM
Appreciating Mallory Starr

Mallory has a wonderful, warm, compassionate and charismatic personality. He was so kind to help out people who needed some guidance and mentoring. He has excellent coaching skills. He has many wonderful Chinese and American connections and is an asset in our community!

Mallory is very active related to China-US activities. He is involved in organizing business related events in Wash. DC area. He is a Director of Sequoia Presidential Yacht Group LLC which has a magnificent huge yacht on the Potomac River with a variety of excellent party spaces. That is the kind of luxury yacht we could invite to be in Meadowlea's River!  Mallory would be the person to check with! It is a joy to work with Mallory and ABC appreciates his help.  ;D

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 08, 2007, 10:39:09 AM
I appreciate MEADOWLEA and her energy and enthusiasm for thoughtful appreciations. Congratulations in being a leader in appreciating so many. Wishing you and your team the best in your Free Hugs campaign. Most of all, have fun!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 08, 2007, 10:42:34 AM
 I appreciate DIANE TAI and her tireless and loving heart in uplifiting our DailyAppreciations project.  I think it is great for us to challenge ourselves to daily appreciations. This is one of those challenges that will truly benefit all of us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 08, 2007, 10:44:27 AM
 I appreciate MARISSA GARCIA for her big heart and dedication to the empowerment of the UWEC ladies
as well as her support for the people of Darfur. Her excellent work ethic and humanitarian heart
make her one of the best assets of our project. Hugs and love to you, sis!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 08, 2007, 10:47:35 AM
I appreciate Meadowlea, Marissa and Elizabeth for giving priority to this project and for the excellent work they did to setup this website!

I appreciate Meadowlea, Marissa and Elizabeth for all their tireless work in filling in and developing this new website for all of us to strengthen our SELVES, our Spirits and uplift our level of consciousness by taking a swim here in the River daily.

I guess after a new friend has posted a dozen or more appreciations, we could honor that individual by opening a new thread in that individual's name in the HONORING section and notify the people he has already appreciated that we have now opened a new thread in the name of that individual so they can also respond with appreciations there as well to build a wonderful series of testimonials for that individual which he or anyone can print out.

I am happy that there is this space for people to exercise their appreciations muscles daily to become more FIT and ready to receive GOOD LUCK! ;D

 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 08, 2007, 10:48:16 AM
 I appreciate PHYLLIS HURLEY and all the points shower I received from her as we were
saying our good-byes to Omidyar.Net. Natural mixed feelings. A sadness that
O-Net is now closed and much joy for our beginnings in DailyAppreciations.org
and also platforms like Facebook and Razoo. Phyllis is a friend to all and has been
a very thoughtful, loving and considerate friend. I am fortunate to be your friend.
Hugs and love to you and your family.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 08, 2007, 10:52:57 AM
I appreciate ASHIS BRAHMA for making time to come back to the USA to
focus on giving back to back lectures regarding the Darfur situation wherever he goes.
His goal of raising awareness to uplift this cause is valuable.
His dedication, time, effort, energy and heart do not go unnoticed.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 08, 2007, 10:58:03 AM
I appreciate JOHN STONE aka Eye who is busily working on cultivating the causes of
our Hearts Coming Together crew. He is helping out by connecting people
through his contacts with television  and media and thus uplifting various causes:
 Clean water for the world, Darfur refugees, homelessness. Way to go, my friend.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 08, 2007, 11:01:51 AM
No different from appreciating gentle rainshowers, I appreciate
being able to give gentle "showers of appreciation" to many. And may
we all visualize ourselves soulfully as children joyfully playing
under soft rainshowers after a protracted heatwave.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 08, 2007, 12:38:50 PM
Appreciate Diane for posting wonderful words about me! This is a pleasant place to be. The moment you start to appreciate someone or something, all the negative thoughts that might be dwelling in your mind disappear! It is such a smart way to keep the positive energy flowing!

I appreciate Diane for having faith in me. It took me a long while to arrive at this stage where I think I am already mu ch more blessed than many people who are still struggling in their life to get through difficult times. I think my mindset is so much different than it has been a week ago and earlier!

I truly hope more people will benefit from living a positive and uplifting life! Thanks to Diane again! 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 08, 2007, 05:37:50 PM
THANK YOU JEN!  I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO BE THE NEW HAPPY YOU!


I am very happy to notice your shift in focus. It is a big accomplishment I want to congratulate you....espcially because lawyers are trained to think negatively, which is to think about what can go wrong. So it is a big accomplishment to make the change in focus and mindset. You will be much happier and much more effective with this skill in the 21st century. Again, thanks and congratulations!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 09, 2007, 06:19:45 AM
Good morning, this is Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007: I appreciate the pioneering Daily Appreciations Team members and all the volunteers for continuing to take time out of their busy schedules to think about and help to manage and improve this website.

I also appreciate their intention to post one or more appreciations daily so that we can uplift energies, appreciate and support others and counterbalance negativity in the community day by day. 

Since Sept. 7, 2007, I decided to post at least one or two appreciations daily. It will help me to remember to start the day right and develop a good habit. :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 09, 2007, 06:38:20 AM
I appreciate what Norbert must be going through now. I also went through very difficult periods during my life. Transition periods of time are always rough. They were times when I had to let go of thoughts I really believed in. I just did not think it was fair (oops that was an ego thought.)

One of the roughest things I did was to let go of control of an office building at a choice location which was the result of 20 years of entrepreneurial hard work and risk. That was rough for my fear-ego self, and now I am so glad I did, because if I did not do that years ago, I would not have had the freedom or time to co-create new projects and swim across  new rivers daily. Only years later did I understand why I had to let go of certain beliefs, ideas and material things because they were preventing me from moving on to higher energy projects that have rewards of personal satisfaction eternally.

Making the right choice is always difficult. I give my Loving Guides and true friends the credit for helping me to make the right choices at different forks in the road by reminding me of the right questions to ask myself:  What would LOVE do now? How can you be truly helpful to the people around you? How can you choose to be happy no matter what you must do?

Why make yourself miserable by not canceling out those negative thoughts because they work against your health and happiness. Remember you cannot be miserable and appreciate at the same time. Why not appreciate and be grateful for what you have left?  Why not make a list of what you still have that you can appreciate?  To start with, do not take anything for granted, for example, you are still alive!  By giving loving energy (i.e. appreciations) to any part of the physical body that feels stuck, you will help to heal that part. So why not appreciate your eyes for allowing you to see, your fingers for enabling you to post appreciations, etc. etc. Take nothing for granted and you will see you have lots to appreciate! If you do not feel like appreciating, why not type out all your reasons, keep typing or writing to vent your feelings and thoughts.

I took that suggestion and after writing more than 30 pages of stuff, I felt much better and was able to make the right choices and move on with my life. So for those who need to vent first, we have ventingzones@gmail.com to release frustrations first if that might be helpful. I appreciate the support here to remind us to get back on track and practice doing appreciations daily.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 09, 2007, 07:02:14 AM
I appreciate Meadowlea for editing and correcting errors in my drafting. It is always much easier to have someone else do the editing. I give permission to anyone here who sees errors in my appreciations, to email me their editorial corrections and suggestions so I can make the corrections. THANKS very much for your assistance! diane.associates@gmail.com
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 09, 2007, 08:31:35 AM
I appreciate  a wise friend who once told me:

     Thoughts become things
      So choose the good ones!
Title: Appreciation of the oneness
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 09, 2007, 05:42:53 PM
Nature, nurture.

What a fenomanal weekend of sweat lodges. I want to appreciate the animals, the earth, the stones, the fire, the water. The feeling of connection to the world. Warmth and love galore. The harmony between women and men.

O mitake oyasin
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 09, 2007, 11:05:58 PM
Appreciating Marissa's dedication to this site. Your constant upgrades to the site are most pleasing to the eye and fingertips. :-) Thank you again for providing such a beautiful sanctuary for us to share and enjoy each others' healing words.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 09, 2007, 11:12:22 PM
I appreciate Norbert for all the points he has bestowed on projects he enjoyed in other contexts that had a point system. It was very affirming when my pet project was bestowed upon that way. I will never forget the warm fuzzies that happened in me upon having that support for a project that I cared about.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 09, 2007, 11:16:00 PM
Dwan (Diane) Tai's ongoing contributions of energy, mentoring and general good will are just about unbelievable to me. It's hard for me to understand how it is she doesn't poop out long before she does. I never heard her refer to being tired. She always goes way beyond what I expect in almost every situation. Her vision is almost always crystal clear, and I continue to be enlivened by her leadership.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 10, 2007, 08:28:22 AM
I appreciate a beautiful day presented to me Sep. 10th. I believe this is a wonderful opportunity for me to show love, compassion and care to the people around me. So many people are confused or lost and I wish I could be someone who could bring them inkling of joy or good feelings.

I appreciate the music around me, this computer I am using, the water that is flowing, the fish that is swimming... all the beautiful things in the world (this small world as well)...

Thank you, for presenting me a wonderful start!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 10, 2007, 09:25:24 AM
Thank you for your beautiful appreciation, Jen! I appreciate the new energy Jen brings to the River.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 10, 2007, 09:31:33 AM
I appreciate being a member of this community and I look forward to its growth and sharing...
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 10, 2007, 10:14:59 AM
Brian it is really great that you are active here helping to uplift all of us. Thanks for your presence!
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Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 11:34:03 AM

I appreciate Team-building.
To create a solid team means putting aside our own wants for the needs of our mission. Team building also allows us to teach one another about our strengths and talents and how we can shine our light for our causes and for one another. I appreciate the DA team.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 01:11:57 PM
I appreciate JEN MAGICS.

Jen, I like your appreciations. You come through as warm, sensitive, and compassionate and thanks for that. Looking forward to more of your posts.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 02:09:55 PM
I appreciate DIANE T.

Processing teamwork was illuminating. I hope to continue having more group chatzies with the DA team where we focus on our mission and vision. Thank you for your kind leadership, friendship and insights. And most of all your love of appreciations for all. :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 03:53:45 PM
I appreciate Meadowlea for her candor and
for her many contributions to the Daily Appreciations.
Looking forward to your hugs campaign and hoping that you
all have a wonderful time!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 03:56:17 PM
I appreciate MARISSA and her incredible devotion to ensuring that we have a great website for all our appreciations. Her valuable work is recognized and I am thankful to have her as my sister. Her bigheartedness radiates throughout this site. :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 03:59:39 PM
I appreciate Norbert and his participation in the Chatzy DA team meeting.
Looking forward to more of your posts, Norbert. Your empowerment of the Daily Appreciations project does not go unnoticed. That shows your ability to encourage and to support what you believe will be beneficial for many. Thanks!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 04:02:21 PM
I appreciate ASHIS.

For your focus on the refugee mission. For your love of family and friends. For being a great friend and colleague. For you.
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Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 04:05:45 PM
I appreciate my Flamenco teacher Kristy!

Hola, amiga. It has been great having you as our Flamenco teacher now knowing that 5 years ago we were classmates in Flamenco dancing with the Ballet Espanol of Louisville. My, how time has passed, and you and Christina are now Flamenco teachers. Awesome! Thanks to you, we will be able to perform Flamenco dancing on October 6 at the Clifton Center for Destigmatization of Mental Illness. Great cause to dance for. Hasta siempre. A bailar!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 04:10:06 PM
I appreciate my co-workers and our treatment teams at Seven Counties Services. Incredible professionals dedicated in caring for children and their families. My respect, affection, and admiration goes to all these mission-focused physicians and therapists - social workers, psychologists, art therapists - who make our community a better place to live in. My hats are off to all of you! It is an honor to work with such great teams.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 04:13:05 PM
I appreciate our TalentFest team of volunteers for the Destigmatization of Mental Illness. It is quite amazing to see people performing and sharing their talents on stage altogether to uplift this cause. The man hours of preparation, practice, and harmonizing are recognized as donations of time, talents and energies to elevate our mission.  Way to go, team!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 04:19:17 PM
I appreciate CHILDREN.

They are my wisest mentors. A child telling me stories about her/his day is a learning experience in itself. Children have a way of bringing out the best in us. Their innocence, honesty, and gentle purity of heart can touch the best in our souls. They are joyful reminders of what we all hope to be in this lifetime. To be as a child in our souls is to see the innocence in others. And thus, ourselves. My love and hugs to all children.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 04:22:07 PM
I appreciate RAIN.

My garden is waiting oh, lovely rainshowers! My flowers and grass are thirsty. Rain, rain, please don't go away. ;)
Title: Appreciation of the oneness
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 10, 2007, 05:05:18 PM
One is everywhere you look. Looking inward or outward. I want to appreciate the understanding that feeling without thinking makes whole
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 10, 2007, 05:07:04 PM
I appreciate sweating, purifying the soul, exercising and making sure the job gets done
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Post by: meadowlea on September 10, 2007, 05:59:06 PM
I enjoy it when trust prevails and when communication is easy and knowing of each other. I love it when all I see, hear and experience is love. I love it when everyone is being honored and respected and well thought about. I enjoy thinking about times I've been graced with that experience in a way that everyone involved experienced that.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 10, 2007, 06:22:26 PM

Appreciating qi gong and those who master it. Appreciating the connections to the universe it yields and the unique rays of light, love, hope and energy it yields.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 10, 2007, 06:26:50 PM
It's wonderful that this thread is moving again. I love it when it is going so strong that it turns into a substantial conversation reflecting back on what others have just appreciated and hearts are enlivened in the moment and passed on to another unsuspecting but welcoming one. Thank you to everyone for your amazing, wonderful contributions.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 10, 2007, 06:37:15 PM
I appreciate my friend Henri. She has a way of seeing deep into the heart. She reaches with such gentleness most of the time and with clarity that I don't experience elsewhere. I am happy that so many others are getting an opportunity now to experience that depth and insight that used to be shared with just a few. Perhaps soon the whole world will be lifted to that level of clarity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 10, 2007, 06:45:11 PM
I appreciate my friend Kayiwa Fred. He is very resourceful in expanding his life in new directions. I enjoy my interactions with him and enjoy the way he is able to make so many new friends so quickly. I appreciate his trust in his spiritual inspiration and how well he appreciates uplifts those who assist him.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 10, 2007, 06:58:56 PM
I have a very pregnant woman at my home and I must say that I truly appreciate the "work" of "growing a baby" that we men can never truly understand.

Being with her is an experience in happiness, anxiety, being extremely tired, and so much anticipation...she was here with my family two years ago and gave birth a son who now graces us with his presence as well.

My goodness, how women can do so much is sometimes beyond my comprehension...I do appreciate mothers ever more!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 10, 2007, 07:23:12 PM
i appreciate the opportunity to serve. i appreciate the ability to read. i appreciate my parents who gave me life to see this wonderful world. I also appreciate Diane who introduced a wonderful world to me. She told me to read the book "the science of getting rich" and "power v. force" which are groundbreaking masterpieces. I am truly lucky to have been exposed to this world of wonder from where I can inflict positive changes to the ones around me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 09:56:20 PM
I appreciate DEBRA HAYES and the many contributions she has made
for the upliftment of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Your compassion, ability to stand up against injustice, courage, and love
are greatly appreciated. Very soon you will be where you are most
able to give and share your talents. Hugs and love.
Title: Re: Appreciation of the oneness
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 09:58:14 PM
I appreciate that ONENESS is all of us. And all inside and beyond us. And all
that we know and do not know. And all that we think we know
and the subtle mysteries.
All of it. All of us. ONENESS.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 10:10:37 PM
I appreciate THE BEATLES!

and their songs.

I know...I know...I am doing it again. Just can't help it. I am a fan.
I am presently listening to their song "Here, There, and Everywhere" and I
am thinking...now when will I be able to learn that beautiful guitar intro?
And last night I enjoyed "Oh Darling" and "Here Comes the Sun".
Yes, I am humming and singing some Beatles songs as I type these appreciations.
Title: Re: Appreciation of the oneness
Post by: xiangjun on September 10, 2007, 10:10:57 PM
I appreciate ASHIS' and LIZ' eloquent appreciations and elaborations of ONENESS here.

Indeed, ONENESS, the universal source is so accessible, calming, comforting, powerful and available to all.
ONENESS always exists in every situation, place, emotion, etc.
 It is the root of compassion and love.
It is da jia,(大家) big family,mitakuye oyasin, etc.

Appreciating ONENESS
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 10:13:47 PM
I appreciate the band STRIVE.

The band is very active in Razoo.com doing all kinds of good deeds and
are clearly humanitarians. I like that they are going to donate their
music and time to the Homeless Productions that O-Netter Brad Byrne
started. Brad came out with a brilliant idea to help the homeless learn to self-sustain.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 10:17:00 PM
I appreciate the song "Unchained Melody"

It has such simple lyrics and the melody is lovely.
Many would say that it is a heartfelt song that has given many of us
memories of a lifetime. I listen to this song, look back, and then smile.
And enjoy the Now.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 10:24:39 PM
I appreciate a cold glass of water with ice.

With every drop of water I drink,  I do not take for granted all those who
barely have clean water and those who are still dying from waterborne illnesses.
I pray for the cleansing of our waters throughout the world.
Purification. Of water and our spirits.


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 10:27:01 PM

I appreciate being inspired to appreciate today.
As I appreciate, I discover a tenderness within me grow each time.
It feels uplifting. As we give appreciations, our own hearts
become abundant with love and compassion for all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 10:32:38 PM
I appreciate the Daily Appreciations team.

Diane has done a great job with the vision of joy, friendship,
prosperity and love as a direct sequelae to dedicated appreciations.
Meadowlea has done a wonderful job motivating people to appreciate and
her enthusiasm for appreciations is contagious.
Marissa has been awesome in being so tenacious and focused about
refining our website each time, taking people's feedback for change as much as she can.
Ashis has now started to be on a roll with appreciations and added
poetry to our repertoire of appreciations which I think is great. The more creative, the better.
Norbert adds his sense of humor and candor in his appreciations.
And I am enjoying appreciating all of you. ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 10, 2007, 10:35:33 PM
i appreciate doing a self-challenge today of making time to do
more than 20 appreciations. I must say, although, it sounds like it
is a lot, after doing 7 appreciations, it was easy to go on a roll.
After more than 20, I feel lighter in spirit. And I have an easy smile on my face
as I write and post. It was a neat experiment for today. :D

I think I will sporadically challenge myself to do 20 in a day again
as I am able to make time. It will be interesting to see how I feel and think
after doing that every so often during a period of time. Hmmm... I dare to say
that my endorphins felt like they increased.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 11, 2007, 12:24:27 AM
 :) I appreciate Elizabeth for giving so much of her valuable time so generously to teach us and share her expertise with us about good team practices, skills and other valuable insights. Thank so much Dr Garcia-Gray! 
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Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 11, 2007, 12:36:17 AM
I appreciate Marissa for all her very long hours and hard work to develop this website to this point. It has not been easy. I am beginning to learn something about this creative process. Marissa is a wonderful person to learn from. She is easy to talk with because she stays focus on the topic, she is creative, she is honest and direct; she delivers and she is willing to teach us. I am very pleased with our progress. We are lucky to have her as our IT instructor!  Thanks again for putting together this website, maintaining it, teaching us and helping us.  We are grateful for your huge contribution in creating this good space for appreciations!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 11, 2007, 12:44:16 AM
I am pleased Norbert came to our Chatzy meeting. It was interesting to read what he had to say. As time permit, it will be fun to debate Norbert on many topics he raised. I am glad we gave priority to getting this website setup first so there is continuity for everyone to post appreciations. There is time for debates about how to improve etc.

Fortunately we have other websites where Norbert can show us what he has in mind. Thanks for sharing your good points. I hope someone will volunteer to help Marissa with the sorting the :) archive materials. Thanks!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 11, 2007, 12:47:55 AM
I appreciate Meadowlea's talent for facilitating conversations and for writing beautiful and kind appreciations. She is very sensitive, detailed and expressive. I appreciate all the time she took to get to know the other members in Daily Appreciation project and to honor and appreciate them. We appreciate her enormous dedication and important contributions on a day to day basis. Thanks again!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 11, 2007, 12:50:28 AM
I appreciate Ashis for joining us at the meeting even though you may be traveling. Thanks very much for participating and contributing!  We look forward to working with you on many aspects in the future. Thanks again!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 11, 2007, 12:56:20 AM
I appreciate all the members who are actively participating and contributing to create this project together. I apppreciate that they are taking the time to read some of valuable consciousness research so they can better understand the theoretical background for this project. I hope we'll have the opportunity to discuss some of the key concepts in the future. Thanks again, Diane
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Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 11, 2007, 09:06:06 AM
I appreciate and highly recommend this small booklet called, "A Talk Given On A Course In Miracles, An Introduction, seventh edition by Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D. www.acim.org  because it is one of the books that has changed my life.

Reason: this booklet really helped me to understand many powerful concepts which helped me to figure out which direction will enable a person to become happier, more peaceful, more understanding, forgiving, effective and successful in relationship with Self and others. It is on my highly recommended list. It is not recommended for those who are not open-minded or too attached to other religious beliefs.

After reading this book and A Course In Miracles, I experienced a huge sense of relief, like most of my unconscious bad feelings about myself were finally being released. I realized that it was NOT other people who made me feel bad about myself, it was MY own beliefs and interpretations about what others said or did that made me feel bad or upset. That empowered me to look at and change those beliefs or my interpretation. That helped me lessen my own ego-based defensiveness. It helped me to observe and manage the ego-self.

I am very interested to know which books have shaped other people's thinking in a fundamental way that they would highly recommend as well. I really appreciate great self-help life-changing nonfiction books!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 11, 2007, 09:21:14 AM
I really appreciate the book on Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence. Many years ago, before the book came out,  there was a tendency in the West not to take our emotions seriously because we could not quantify our emotions. Scientists would only get funded for studies that could be quantified, measured, observed and replicated by others. These books help people to appreciate emotions also as intelligence.

The books give many examples of what happens when there is a lack of emotional and social intelligence. It helps people to understand the shooting and violence in schools. There are no courses in schools or universities yet related to appreciations which is about developing emotional and social intelligence. Thank you for joining us in this Daily Appreciations experiments here. Your participation is contributing to basic research on how to change the world for the better and how many people can contribute to build a friendlier and happier community by this win-win-win approach.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 11, 2007, 09:26:08 AM
I appreciate the volunteers who have pioneered the Daily Appreciations project! You posted more than 2400 appreciations at Omidyar.net during a short 8 month span of time. You have a special place in my heart. Thank you so much for being "early adopters" because without your vision and support, lots of good things will not happen. This is the beginning of lots of miracles to happen. May you be rewarded in the future. Congratulations and thanks very much for your participation and support!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 11, 2007, 09:55:34 AM
I appreciate Meadowlea for creating the concept of a River of Appreciations and giving this section this River name. Meadowlea has a wonderful talent for "wellness" and joy.

She was the leader who wanted to continue the flow and fun we had in our first Daily Appreciation version at Omidyar.net where we could appreciate whomever and whatever without having to categorize or think from our left logical brain. She wanted to continue that aspect therefore this River section will have only ONE thread of River of Appreciations. We are grateful to Meadowlea for taking a stand for this concept and making it happen here and in the Lounge.

It is easy to post in this River thread, we only have to click REPLY. All other topics which show up in this section will be relocated to Other Appreciations Topics or elsewhere so we will only have to click REPLY in this River section. The postings are organized chronologically and not by topic.

For those who like to start new topics, new threads and new categories, we also have created the other sections for you organized by topic. For example, I was interested in having all the appreciations about a particular person in one thread so all the appreciations for them could be printed out in the future as one thread. That would make it easier to identify great living expression of certain human qualities we admire in people.

In Chinese culture, there was an immortal for compassion, an immortal for different qualities. It would be fun to build a section so it would be easier in the future to look at all the appreciations about a person or group. That would make it easier to nominate people, recommend people and thank individuals and groups for their good deeds or way of being. We can learn from those individuals and groups. These are part of the reasons why we have a section called  Honoring Individuals and Groups or Honoring Angels, Sponsors, Donors and Lenders section.

A participant can come to the River morning and/or night, and post whatever they like in the River section. Then in the future they can also copy and paste their appreciations into categories as they may wish. So we have both the flow and the categories in this process. I appreciate Meadowlea for recognizing what had worked well previously and for creating and facilitating the River of Appreciations here.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 11, 2007, 12:44:40 PM
I appreciate the organizers for their effort in putting together this forum so we can swim in the "river of appreciations."

This has really become a place where I can find peace, joy and gratitude. There are so many things and people in this world we can show appreciation to, and I believe once the words are uttered, the positive energy will flow into the universe and make this world a better place to be.

I truly enjoyed being here. Thanks!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 03:49:06 PM
I appreciate the words: "AND, INTEGRATE, PUT A CIRCLE AROUND, TEAM, AGGREGATE WISDOM, COLLABORATION, ONE, ONENESS, ALL..."

Many times we end up with what we believe is an either/or decision only to find that merging and joining both ideas makes for a more creative solution. For example, well, sure...some may like just peanut butter and some just jelly. Yet many would say that peanut butter AND jelly makes for a yummier sandwich.

To integrate is to use both left and right brain towards whole brain thinking. It requires seeing the big AND the small picture. The forest AND the trees.

In a meeting, everyone's opinion is valuable and important. And one opinion is a dot in a circle. So in team decision-making towards a general consensus, it is a good idea to "put a circle around" all other ideas to come up with an incredible one.

Team is when people put their self needs to the wayside to uplift the needs of the group for whatever mission or cause. I enjoy teams and teamwork. This is how we all get the work done with a sense of accomplishment together and joy.

Aggregate wisdom and collaboration go hand in hand. We truly are smarter than one of us.

ONE, ONENESS, ALL ...isn't this what it is all about?

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 03:50:48 PM
I appreciate JEN MAGICs and her appreciations.

Jen, your appreciations are so heartfelt and lovely, and I can feel the positivity and warmth of your spirit. Please keep it up.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 03:56:21 PM
I appreciate REFUGEES all around the world.

I have learned so much from the refugees I work with.
The fact that they are able to endure, persevere, and preserve
their joy in spite of the painful circumstances they have experienced,
makes me feel like I can also go beyond the survival of any
almost unbearable situation in life. Thank you for yout gift of strength, resilience, and courage for all of us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 04:01:14 PM
I appreciate my brother ENRICO GARCIA JR (aka JUN)

He is an amazing man and has a lot of spiritual strength.
I believe JUN is everyone's everyday hero. He would risk his life
if he needed to for others. No greater love can anyone give than that.
His wife ELISE and children JOSHUA, JACOB are turly extraordinary souls.
Recently  JUN and ELISE have a new baby-- JONAH. And he is absolutely adorable.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 04:03:22 PM
I still appreciate ICE CREAM.

Graeter's raspberry chocolate chip; Taggarts coconut flavor; and Dairy Queen's cotton candy blizzard. Okay...now...I need the calcium.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 04:37:45 PM
 I appreciate this quote:

"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible~~~ the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family."

                  ~ Virginia Satir

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 04:39:24 PM
I appreciate  MARTIN LUTHER KING's wisdom:

" The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy".
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 04:41:00 PM
I appreciate a 7 year old boy I just spoke with.

He asked his mom if he could give me a hug and then asked me
if I wanted a hug. From the mouths of babes. ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 04:43:39 PM

I do not tire of appreciating beautiful SUNSETS.

I saw one while driving home after a long day's work.
There was something surreal about this sunset. It appeared as if the
sky was more pastel orange, pink and yellow with a hint of lavender.
That was enough to put me into my meditative moment of peace
that I carreid with me throughout the day.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 04:45:28 PM
I appreciate people who help others with directions.

That saves me so much time. And I especially appreciate those people
who seem to know how to direct others from one place to another.
I remember times when I got lost and was driving around, and some
kind stranger would help out, and sometimes lead the way to where I needed to go. Guiding angels they all are.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 06:44:50 PM
I appreciate HUGS.

I especially love hugs from my kids. It was great to
give and get such great hugs from my son during our visit.
And my daughter's hugs are quite precious.
Hugs keep us in tune with the love we have
for each other. Hugs remind us all that we are connected.
Hugs remind us that we are loved and that we love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 06:52:12 PM
I appreciate our EVERYDAY HEROES like our firefighters, police officers,
EMS, ham radio operators, physicians, nurses, people who jump in and help
during emergencies, and those who do not think twice in helping save lives.
I appreciate all those who helped out during 9-11, and the families affected
directly by 9-11. The sadness brought in by disasters like 9-11, Katrina
hurricane, tsunami, eartquakes etc...gently give way to the heightened compassion
that the disasters evoke in people all throughout the world. My prayers to all
people who have been affected by disasters and tragedies.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 06:54:23 PM
I appreciate the BEAUTY of SOULS.

There are people whose inner beauty shines so radiantly and brilliantly that
they make everyone around them feel beautiful. And in turn, those lovingly
irradiated people start also shining their light upon others. Bask in knowing that
you are beautiful no matter who you are. For you are a child
of God.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 11, 2007, 09:55:11 PM
All these new appreciations are a real treat!! It's starting to feel like the original Daily Appreciations flow! Thank you Diane, Elizabeth, Jen, Ashis, Debra, and all the rest (hope I didn't miss any recent ones). I feel the uplifted energy. It's as if the happiness and joy is being grounded into the earth for good with the repeated, committed focus. Thank you all for your commitment in bringing heaven to earth to stay!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 11, 2007, 10:16:11 PM
I appreciate Elizabeth Garcia-Gray's extremely generous sharing of her extensive experience and talents. People normally pay huge amounts for the expertise she offers when the spirit moves her. I am so grateful to her for all the people and organizations she benefits with her generous and selfless offering of what comes so naturally for her after decades of hard work and committed focus. The world is so much better off because of her willingness to put principles over personality (her favorite phrase) everywhere she goes and she is a great living example and reminder of that.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 11, 2007, 10:19:22 PM
Appreciating the MERGE TOPIC function, so when someone accidently creates a topic out of the River, we can put the post back in the River, or when there are duplicates in the Honoring Individuals and Groups, we can merge the appreciations to one topic.  I like it so much that I put it in the User's guide to share with with everyone. ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 11, 2007, 10:22:37 PM
I appreciate the opportunity to teach,  as  when another person is empowered, I become empowered too!

I appreciate QUICK EDIT FUNCTION- that little piece of paper and pencil on the right hand side of the post.
when you click it, it allows you to edit your post in a jiffy!

I also appreciate the new SPELL CHECK FUNCTION at the bottom- try it! it opens up another window and checks your spelling and allows you to replace words too!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 11, 2007, 10:31:10 PM
I appreciate the chat I had with Norbert the other day. It was interesting to learn more about the way he thinks. I feel it is generous of him to share his thoughts that are often off the beaten path - certainly not run-of-the-mill. I appreciate the time he took to share his feelings with us and for keeping us abreast of new developments in the world of computing that we would otherwise not be privy too. I feel Norbert is a valuable asset to the Daily Appreciation team. The spirit he brings is fresh and enlivening if we will allow it to be so. It was kind of him to be so agreeable to take the time to copy and paste the whole long chatzy and make sure we had a copy. I look forward to getting to know Norbert even better over time.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 11, 2007, 10:35:44 PM
I appreciate that I can see the smilies now. Earlier in the day I couldn't. I don't know what happened differently, but now they are staring at me; winking at me, sticking out their tongues and making themselves quite known. I enjoy the smilies and I am particularly grateful that they have come to visit ME so I can pass them on to YOU!!!  :D  ;D  ;) :P :-*
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 11, 2007, 10:45:35 PM
I enjoy my conversations with Kayiwa Fred. It is really fun watching him spread out in so many directions and making so many new friends all over the world. I feel lucky that I am one of his friends. I have a secret wish that maybe if I appreciate him enough that he may come to visit us over here at DailyAppreciations.net. It would be really neat if he made Daily Appreciations one of his many stopping off places when he visits the internet after a 4km hike to the internet cafe in Uganda. I remember when he visited and posted at the Daily Appreciations at omidyar.net and how special it was to see his posts there. And it was even more fun to watch how well it worked for him to do that. I watched his Computer Desired thread grow and grow with interested viewers. I enjoy being part of his growing community. I appreciate that he is so welcoming of assistance and that he is so appreciative of the assistance he receives. I look forward to watching the development of his community as he attracts more and more support from all over.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 11, 2007, 10:54:39 PM
I enjoy the heart that shines through Marissa's posts. Her posts are simple and often brief, but the softness is so prominent. I also enjoy the new merge option and am so grateful for having the "meadowlea" thread merged! Thank you, Marissa!! I feel well thought of. I am loving this site more everyday. I look forward to joining you in the joomla playground as I learn more and more about it! It is great to see new posts from Marissa. I appreciate that she took time out of her busy schedule to post her appreciations for us. I have the sense she may get very focused and immersed in her contribution to DAs, and that she would post her appreciations on top of all that is particularly appreciated.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 11, 2007, 10:58:32 PM
When people like Elizabeth, Diane, Ashis, and Marissa make a big commitment to post more often, it seems to create an energetic wave that is great fun to ride on. Suddenly it becomes easier to post. Part of that is that other posts give me ideas of what more I can appreciate, but it may also be that when people create good feelings inside themselves by appreciating, it begets more good feelings elsewhere making it easier for everyone to appreciate more often. I appreciate pioneers who clear a path and remind me where I'd like to go.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 11, 2007, 11:01:18 PM
I appreciate good humor. Dwan (Diane) Tai told a joke the other day that made me laugh really hard. I forget what it was. I just remember how good it was to laugh, and how much I appreciated Diane for lightening up those few minutes for me and showing another side of herself.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 11, 2007, 11:08:26 PM
I enjoy the appreciations that are true for those who compose them and for the opportunity to get to know people through their appreciations. I also appreciate people who are aware of their readership and cater their appreciations to the readership in a way that draws in the attention of the readership as if they are really conversing with them. I believe that is a great skill. I will be keeping my eyes out for those who have that skill. When I see that, I know that a real conversation is now developing, and that is one of the things that is fun to imagine evolving out of this thread - a normal, casual group conversation that happens to be based entirely on appreciations!! It is already happening, of course. I just note that sometimes I am more in my own world as I type, and other times I've got my antennas out for the readership and how I can draw them in more in ways that will benefit them as well as me and in ways that will help us all feel more connected. I enjoy feeling connected and assisting others in feeling that way too.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 11, 2007, 11:12:16 PM
I appreciate those who take the time to read all of these posts. It is precious time taken out of their day! It is amazing that these posts have been the choice of focus over watching TV, shopping, or all the other millions of ways that time could be whittled away. Thank you for honoring us all with your time and attention. I am grateful to you for lending your energy toward expanding possibilities in the world through appreciations!! :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 11, 2007, 11:23:20 PM
I appreciate Dwan (Diane) Tai for sharing the books and teachings that have been of value to her. I appreciate the specific examples she offers in her posts. It communicates how much she cares about the empowerment of us all, and that she takes the time add so much detail for our benefit. I love the vivid images and descriptions in her posts and most especially the discussion about the growing acknowledgment of the value of emotional intelligence.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 11, 2007, 11:24:20 PM
Appreciating simplicity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 11, 2007, 11:26:50 PM
Appreciating the vision of what true healing is and necessitates.
Realizing its power, I appreciate opposition and embrace the challenge to make true healing a reality.

Namaste
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 11, 2007, 11:28:06 PM

Appreciating the spiritual level of friendship, its comfort, its love, support and wonder.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 11, 2007, 11:28:17 PM
I appreciate someone forwarding me this movie, though a part of an ad I think its pretty cool - Please watch.  It is about appreciations.

http://www.whileyoucanmovie.com/?SRC=DREC&ref=64 (http://www.whileyoucanmovie.com/?SRC=DREC&ref=64)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 11, 2007, 11:35:19 PM
 I appreciate the little icons on the LEFTof this post, under my name, under where it shows how many posts I've done.

The little person pulls out the profile , the circle(world) pulls up the post-er's website, if you click the envelope you can directly email the post-er, or click on the last icon to PM the person. 

Very convenient!  Thanks, SMF team for all the little features which shows a lot of thought in your work.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 11, 2007, 11:53:07 PM

Sis! I appreciate and love that little link on Appreciations you posted.
Thanks a bunch. I sent it to more people. Beautiful words of wisdom.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 12, 2007, 06:25:39 AM
I appreciate the Joomla and Simple Machines Teams for creating this platform. I appreciate Marissa's efforts to introduce the platforms' extensive capabilities. I am so pleased that Marissa discovered this platform which allows the participants to provide the content for this website. Thanks very much!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: fred on September 12, 2007, 06:39:34 AM
I appreciate Juventus Kibuye for the good spirit they have over the team and I love to say that although they are almost going back to school, we have had wonderful time.
However, some kids have got less support from their guardians and they don't know whether they will finish the 3rd term which is actually the promoting term from one class to another.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 12, 2007, 09:29:47 AM
I appreciate Elizabeth for her kind words. It feels warm and exciting to read encouraging words like those. It brightens up the day!

I also appreciate Diane for her encouragement. Had it not for her, I wouldn't have had this opportunity to "meet" with so many dedicated people in this forum. My continued gratitude to her!

I appreciate this opportunity being able to be connected to the internet - it does not always happen, but when I do get a chance, I will make sure I show up here!

Thanks, everybody - Let's give this midweek a bust!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 10:39:07 AM
I am so grateful to Kayiwa Fred for honoring Daily Appreciations with his very brief available time on the internet! Thank you so much, Kayiwa! I look forward to more and more and more!  That made my day! :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 12, 2007, 04:41:01 PM
Appreciating the unexpected connections from blogs and comments, interweaving love and purpose.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 05:13:38 PM
I appreciate today.

Every day is a gift. And I do not take that for granted anymore.
Today, the weather here was just beautiful. A sunny day with a cool breeze
and cumulus clouds happily floating by. Most of all, I enjoyed
working with those who are rehabilitating from their drug and alcohol
abuse. Several of them are teens working very hard and learning to embrace
their own sober spirit more. Amazing miracles I have seen when
people choose to be sober after suffering from addictions.

The Serenity Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the
things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 06:45:15 PM
I appreciate MARISSA.

Sis, you are doing a great job, as always!
These are exciting times for you and many of us.
Doing well while doing good. I am so happy for the UWEC ladies
and their families. I like that your focus is on kindness,
respect, faith, and deep friendship. That kind of collaboration
has nowhere else to go but up. Love and hugs.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 06:53:54 PM
I appreciate Dr. HOWARD HERNANDEZ

Howie is a bright, humble, and compasssionate physician who is now
part of my enormous extended family. He is the founder of a volunteeer
organization in the Philippines called PAL-CARE. They focus on serving
those with chronic illnesses for palliative care. What a brilliant and empathetic concept.
His big humanitarian heart longs to join us in the Healthy & Safe Water for the World
Ugandan conference on July 8-11, 2008. Moreso, his writings will be published in
a medical journal. Currently, he is also writer for a Philippine newspaper
teaching people about many relevant and interesting health issues.
Looking forward to Howie's appreciations posts which I am sure will
light up our Daily Appreciations site.
 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 07:03:30 PM
I appreciate JEN MAGICS

Thanks Jen, for your warmth, fresh energy, receptivity and
truly appreciative posts. We all need your kind of enthusiasm and sense
of profound gratitude. Yes indeed. Let's go for it and let's get the river flowing
with an abundance of appreciations!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 07:08:15 PM
I appreciate Miss GERT.

Miss Gert is one of those ladies who prays for
all of us. She has a kind, compassionate spirit and
does her best in her job to serve another human being with love.
She is all about faith, family, music. She has a wonderful voice.
We share many things with each other about life, family and God.
I can only hope to have her humility, kindness and gentleness of heart.
Love you, Miss Gert.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 12, 2007, 07:10:48 PM
I appreciate the two people who gave me a ride today. They are strangers, but they offered help. I accepted their help because I trusted them. They made my day with so much more excitement and surprises.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 07:12:16 PM
I appreciate Miss ANNE

Miss Anne is Miss Gert's dearest friend. In fact, they are childhood friends.
She is another lady who has such a strong faith and is an expert at
seeing the beauty of life in Nature. She loves the outdoors.
And she has such a knack for beautifying landscapes and gardens.
i consult her about my garden. Mostly, I love watching her peaceful
smile while she gardens. She looks like she feels she is right in heaven on earth.
Someday, I hope to get to that way of being. I am surrounded with
incredible mentors.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 07:20:09 PM
I appreciate the serene feeling I had today.

Driving back from work, it was an awesome surprise to
see the softest pink, lavender, and yellow sunset all across
the sky. The span of my peripheral vision included. And interestingly,
as I watched this beautiful sundown panorama through the front
window of my jeep, I looked in my rear view mirror, and how cool!
Behind me was the most beautiful peach orange sunset colors
just like the one in my photo avatar of a Ugandan sunset.
I was grateful for all that to surround me today. And what music
was on the radio? "....There can be miracles, when you believe..."
So, I sang along and even tried to practice a soft vibrato voice...but
to no avail this time. I will not give up. I will get it sometime. ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 08:26:11 PM
Appreciating the times I feel light in my step and carefree. Today was a time I experienced that. I like to remember days like this so they multiply. I attribute it to those who took time out of their day to think well of me (was it me?) when there were millions of other points of view that could have been taken.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 08:29:34 PM
There are people all around me to love who aren't complaining about it. That is a wonderful thing, since without people around me to love without complaint, that love would run around and inside this isolated fragment of a person like a broken record and there would be no one to sing about but myself - not a bad thing at all, but not quite the same.  ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 09:16:32 PM
Appreciating the amazing public transportation system here in Boston. When I lost my car from theft many many years ago, I noticed how much lighter my life was without a car. I began to make use of the public transportation system instead. I found I could read more, relax more, save money, feel more connected with other people and play a part in energy conservation all at the same time. I appreciate the planning and cooperation that went into this intricate system.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 10:19:48 PM
Appreciating the opportunities to work to make a living. Even more so, these are opportunities to look for solutions to things in ways I may not otherwise challenge myself to do so, but that end up benefiting me from the skill that was developed in the prevailing of the circumstance at hand. I am amazed at who we have all become by taking on the challenges that life has presented to us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 10:26:32 PM
Appreciating that my fingers touch things and I feel. Cold, hot, warm, tender, rough. The sensations of life and the honoring of them seems to be what makes life so exquisite.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 10:45:38 PM
Appreciating the wonder of many people posting at the same time. Appreciating most recently Jen , Debra, Fred, Diane, Marissa and Elizabeth for reaching for thoughts of appreciation; for remembering what it is they love. Thank you for bringing this space alive!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 10:49:55 PM
Appreciating ever deepening joy. Appreciating the falling away of all that is extraneous to that. Appreciate those in my life who have hastened the falling away of all that is extraneous to that.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 10:52:04 PM
Appreciating that I can find little that is more on purpose than expressing appreciations. I like being on purpose. I like being aligned with benevolence and joy.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 10:53:43 PM
I like that there is plenty of space here for anyone to post any number of appreciations. I like that there is no hogging of space here - that there is plenty. More than enough.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 10:56:59 PM
I like that we are transforming language as we are doing this. I appreciate that others read each others appreciations and are affected by the appreciations they read and that they post appreciations that are often in response to them and that it is somewhat like a game of associated words.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 10:59:37 PM
I appreciate and like the song "Born Free".

Moreso because it was something that I promised myself I would
do if I ever go on a safari in Africa. What joy to see all the wild
animals freely running around in the reserve parks in Zimbabwe
and Uganda. I love seeing animals free. Enjoying their habitat
with hardly any constraints. Their sense of freedom reminds
me of our spirits. Always free with love. Born free.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 11:10:18 PM
I like your sunsets, Liz, and that you are surrounded by all the wonderful people you describe. I enjoy seeing you be appreciated for your appreciations, Jen, and I enjoy knowing a kind person offered you a ride. I enjoy your participation, Kayiwa Fred, and the enjoyment you feel from coaching your soccer team and that you keep us updated over time, I enjoy hearing about your enjoyment of all things Joomla, Marissa, and that you come out of work mode to grace us by letting us know your favorite things about it. :-) I appreciate that you are finding enjoyment in the language of Joomla and enjoyment in the support you are receiving toward your vision, Diane! duxiangjun794, I like your simple appreciations that get right to the heart of the matter quickly and effortlessly. I suggest you lead the way with effortless flow. I will come along for the ride.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 11:12:32 PM
I remember how sweetly inspired I was when Liz invited me to sing "Born Free" with her when we go to Africa next year. I am on with you on that one, Liz! I'll practice it before then so I can begin to carry a tune. :-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 11:18:42 PM
I appreciate SLEEP.

It always makes me wonder where our minds truly go whenever we're asleep.;)
Does the mind travel somewhere? Can our dreams actually be the secret to
many mysteries? Do we cultivate and conserve our life energies when we sleep?
Does the mind truly rest? Are we more "awake" when we are asleep?
Do we meld into Oneness more when we are asleep?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 11:24:22 PM
I appreciate MeadowLea wanting to sing Born Free with me
when we go on a safari in Uganda.  Just imagine several of us
(my friend and Flamenco teacher Kristy M. also wants to do this)
singing Born Free in the midst of a safari reserve while watching gazelles,
antelopes, elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, lions,  gracefully
playing around. I just can't wait.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 11:27:47 PM
I appreciate "Born Free".

Born free, as free as the wind blows, as free as the grass grows,
Born free to follow your heart.
Live free and beauty surrounds you, the world still astounds you,
Each time you look at the stars.
Stay free where no walls divide you, you're free as the roaring tide,
So there's no need to hide.
Born free and life is worth living, but only worth living,
Cause you're born free.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 11:28:47 PM
Born free, as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart

Live free and beauty surrounds you
The world still astounds you
Each time you look at a star

Stay free, where no walls divide you
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide

Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free

Stay free, where no walls divide you
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide

Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 11:30:20 PM
Hey Liz! we had the same idea!!! I just love synchronicity!! :-D
I would have added a YouTube, but my audio is on vacation
and I can't discriminate between the choices...
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 11:32:14 PM
I appreciate that I have no idea where the $$ is going to come from, but I am nevertheless certain that I am going to get to see Africa and Kayiwa and Teopista and Willy and all the other soon-to-be friends. Things always happen fortuitously when it feels this way, so that's cool.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 11:35:04 PM
I appreciate a painting called Angel of Love and Compassion that
Marissa painted. It is right here in my office where I can
look towards my right side and easily enjoy it. Contemplating this
painting reminds me of remembering how important any little acts
of compassion, kindness and love are towards others and ourselves.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 12, 2007, 11:36:14 PM
I appreciate synchronicities. ;)
How cool is that?
There are no accidents.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 11:40:17 PM
I appreciate how when other people post, it gives me energy to keep posting. Thank you Liz for keeping the DA home fires burning and for setting a wild goal that keeps us all churning with life!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 11:41:42 PM
I appreciate all the cool people that will soon join in this neato conversation. Maybe Norbert? Hey, Norbert!? You there? :D (Someone go get Norbert. He's wanted. I lost his email address in the destructive recovery of the computer...)  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 11:44:41 PM
I appreciate how the readers WILL find a way to survive this onslaught of appreciations.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 12, 2007, 11:48:08 PM
I appreciate Kayiwa Fred for travelling over 1/2 hr. to and 1/2 hr. back just to communicate with us on the internet whereas I travel only a full 10 seconds. Somehow Kayiwa makes me feel like I'm part of a special crowd.  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 12:20:06 AM
I appreciate WALUSIMBI WILLY.

As always, Willy has been very busy organizing for the
Healthy & Safe Water for the World International Conference
and I think found a great place for our international meeting.
We are checking it out now. We are factoring in many attendees
who have not been in Africa. The place we are thinking about
will hopefully mitigate culture shock. It is beautiful.
This way we can go to missions and come back still rested.
Thank you for all that you do, Willy. You are an inspiration to us all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 13, 2007, 06:31:59 AM
I appreciate Elizabeth's appreciations as well as all the others! They remind me of how much we take for granted and how much we have to appreciate! They are also great fun to read!   :D  THANKS!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 13, 2007, 06:43:01 AM
I appreciate this Joomla and Simple Machines Forum template for these wonderful features on this website:

(1) for keeping track of how many appreciations each of us has posted to keep track of our own progress (by looking for a number under our name on the left). This is like how many miles we have run for a good cause. In this case, the good cause is our own wellness as well as counterbalancing the negative energies in the community.

(2) for reporting on the number of viewers of the River of Appreciations (at the top). This tells us how many people have benefited and have been directly impacted by our positive frequencies which uplifts awareness and energy in the universe. (see David R. Hawkins M.D. and Ph.D.'s research)

(3) for keeping track of how many appreciations were posted to honor a particular individual or group in the Honoring sections of this website.

(4) for the ability to send copies of our appreciations (via "send the topic" tab) to one or more addressee directly from this website after we finish writing an appreciation and also for the ability to send them later on as well.

The above features are important to us.  Thanks to Joomla and Simple Machines teams important prior programming work!  We also acknowledge Marissa's expertise and assistance for identifying this platform at this time and for designing this website on their platform.  THANKS SO MUCH for empowering us to offer this creative space for everyone to contribute their good thoughts of appreciations!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 12:04:15 PM
I appreciate our DailyAppreciations website.

Learning so many little things that the website does that
make me smile. Just to be able to upload a photo avatar
which initially I didn't realize would be in all my posts. So I will
now enjoy changing those photos for variety and fun.
Thanks a bunch, sis. Liking this site more and more.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 12:09:14 PM
I appreciate Appreciating.

There is truly something inside that feels
abundant and loving when we appreciate.
And to be able to share this special thing inside
with others is a blessing. As we see the
beauty of people's souls, we also learn to
recognize the beauty within us. And that allows
us to give more of our best selves to others.
Keep shining your light out there everyone.
Keep on appreciating!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 12:19:11 PM
I appreciate collaboration with friends.
And being able to discover kindred spirits
in one another. It makes any project seem
joyful and easy. And it also makes it fun to play
hard at work and work hard at play.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 12:25:44 PM
I appreciate unexpected phone calls, cards and e-mails
from family, friends and acquaintances. Receiving a
loving text message to landline phone, and then some
tender cards from friends, made my day! It was hard for
anyone to ever mess up my day after that. Not even me.;)

There is nothing like a lovely jolt of feeling
appreciated to remind us that life is wonderful
in spite of its ups and downs. And then, of course,
sending and being sent flowers,
a box of chocolates and sweet nothings can
surely light up our hearts. Send someone you love something
thoughtful. Send them a heartfelt appreciations.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 12:30:07 PM
I appreciate DREAMS.

The key to our subconscious. The stage that
presents a play within a play in our minds.
The bearer of messages and connections to the
unknown. Doorways to a universe with no time
nor boundaries. Enjoy your dreams.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 12:32:21 PM
Everytime I post on our DA site, I also appreciate DIANE and the rest of the DA team. A lot of gratitude and friendship for our DA core team.
And lots of encouragement and thanks for all the appreciators of DA.
It is awesome to know that you are just a post away.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 02:38:36 PM
I appreciate Ashis who has been
faithful to his mission. Safe travels.
And glad to know that you are disciplined with
your meditation. Hugs.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 02:40:56 PM
I appreciate PHYLLIS.
What an amazing lady you are, my friend.
You have become tireless and so dedicated in
empowering Ugandan ladies to help them self-sustain.
And now you are creating another school in your church.
You are a role-model, amiga.
Hugs and love to you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: friendsgroup.org6 on September 13, 2007, 06:09:08 PM
WOW! I heard from Diane that Meadowlea already posted 172 appreciations as of Sept. 13, 2007!  That is a real inspiration and challenge to all of us!  Those who cannot think of who or what to appreciate can learn from you and Elizabeth!  Thanks for your excellent leadership!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 06:29:27 PM
Thank you for your very kind words "Friend". And here's my song
for you, my "friend". Enjoy.;)

You've Got A Friend (written by Carole King and also sung by James Taylor)

When youre down and troubled
And you need a helping hand
And nothing, whoa nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name,
And you know whereever I am
Ill come running, oh yeah baby
To see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall,
All you have to do is call
And Ill be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Youve got a friend.

If the sky above you
Should turn dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind should begin to blow
Keep your head together and call my name out loud
And soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name and you know where ever I am
Ill come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you got to do is call
And Ill be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Hey, aint it good to know that youve got a friend?
People can be so cold.
Theyll hurt you and desert you.
Well theyll take your soul if you let them.
Oh yeah, but dont you let them.

You just call out my name and you know wherever I am
Ill come running to see you again.
Oh babe, dont you know that,
Winter spring summer or fall,
Hey now, all youve got to do is call.
Lord, Ill be there, yes I will.
Youve got a friend.
Youve got a friend.
Aint it good to know youve got a friend.
Aint it good to know youve got a friend.
Youve got a friend.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 06:41:45 PM
I appreciate DANCE.

One of my most favorite thing to do is dance. All kinds of dancing.
Flamenco dancing, ballroom dancing, Latin dancing - cha-cha,
bolero, salsa, merengue; hula, ballet, creative and modern dancing;
you name the dance...I love them all! Even the waltz.
After medical missions and relief work, it truly helps to just
go home where I feel loved and then just dance my heart out.
It is as if, I let out all the pain and angst I've absorbed right back to
the universe to turn it into compassion and love with creative rhythmic movements.

Dance and music go hand in hand. So imagine...
And dancing in the moonlight on a Caribbean island beach;
dancing in a revolving restaurant
that overlooks a river and a panoramic view of a city at night;
dancing at sunrise on top of a mountain; dancing in the
midst of the African bush in Zimbabwe; dancing 
Flamenco and Sevillanas with children  on the streets during a fiesta in Spain;
Dancing gently while skiing down a long trail in the the
Alta and Deer Valley resorts in Utah;
dancing playfully with family and friends;
dancing to dzembe drums;
dancing in the rain...;)...


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 06:46:19 PM
I appreciate BRIAN LEWIS.

Brian, thanks for being a role-model, my friend.
You taught me to appreciate in showers like you did in Omidyar.Net.
Looking forward to your posts. I am having a blast!
Come and splash more appreciations on this river.


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 06:49:08 PM
I appreciate DIANE T.

You've really given us an incredible idea in
consolidating all our appreciations in one site.
Awesome idea indeed! Your kindheartedness and generous heart
are felt all acorss this website.

Hugs and big smiles for you and know that you are
loved.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: friendsgroup.org6 on September 13, 2007, 06:57:25 PM
 :) I love Elizabeth's poem about "friend" posted here. It is very moving. This is a great space to practice the first skill of being a friend, ie think well of your friends and appreciate them in such a way that they know it. We don't need to keep it to ourselves and die with our song and music still in our hearts.  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 07:04:10 PM
I appreciate "Friend" for reminding me to give credit
to Carole King who wrote the original song, "You've Got a Friend".
James Taylor also sang a rendition of this lovely song and it was quite a hit.
The lyrics truly are beautiful and many of us can relate to it.

Hugs to "Friend" and all our friends in the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 07:11:33 PM
I appreciate READING A GOOD BOOK.

Kahlil Gibran is still one of my favorite writers of all times.
And The Prophet is still a most incredible book to read
even after so many years. Every year, I understand it
in a different context depending on my experiences, own
growth and spiritual development.

Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is an extraordinary study of
human nature, relationships, families, Russian history.
The beautiful simplicity and complexity of the characters
add such dynamism and depth to the book.

There are many books that affect us deeply. These two have touched
a tender chord in me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:05:17 PM
On the topic of friends, I appreciate friendship. I appreciate that friendship offers so much opportunity for healing of old wounds. I appreciate those friends of mine who offer that opportunity. You know who you are.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:06:59 PM
Appreciating Kayiwa Fred's dedication of the members of his soccer team. They're kind of like his own kids! I also like his courage in trying out new things to expand his possibilities.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:09:37 PM
Appreciating that Diane ABC took the time to catch up on all the posts last night. That's a real accomplishment considering our prolificness, and it means a lot to me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:10:38 PM
Appreciating the patience of friends who overlook the rough spots and hone in on the beauty.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:15:24 PM
Appreciating the reality of love and that we can experience that through appreciations whenever we want when we get tired of whatever is not love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:16:36 PM
Appreciating the forgiving nature of reality.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 08:21:07 PM
I appreciate two excellent movies.

The first one is The Notebook. Of course, Nicholas
Spark's book is great! I think the movie did the book justice
though some may differ. Most important is that it is one of
the most wonderful love stories of all times. So tender.
So profound. Imagine your loved one having Alzheimer's.
And imagine that your loved one at times can not remember you.
And then imagine being loved so deeply that this person
shares his life with you till the end regardless of your
lack of memory of him at times.

And there's "What Dreams May Come". Just imagine
someone who loves his wife so much that he would literally
go through heaven and hell to love her soul back to peace and bliss.

What will we do for the people we love? How far will we go
to show them our love? Are we willing to go through any lengths
for our loved ones? When do you think you loved someone the most?
When did you feel the most loved? Love is all there is.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:22:26 PM
Appreciating healthy habits that enliven and offer value to oneself and to the world, such as habits of quiet time, enlivening food eaten with gratitude, appreciations, smiles and hugs.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:24:26 PM
There is nothing more wonderful than being in the flow of appreciation with another.
Liz, I value these last couple evenings of sharing appreciations with you. All other
concerns drop away, and it puts me in the zone. I look forward to others joining us
soon.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 08:34:32 PM
I appreciate MEADOWLEA.

Yes it has been fun splashing around the river of appreciations, Meadowlea.
Actually it felt like we were sailing away with great winds
propeling our sailboats. Sometimes we were just slowly floating away.
Strangely enough, I have lots of experience with
motorboats and did white water rafting and kayaking with my family on the
New River. But somehow, as much as I wanted to, I have not had time to
experience good sailing. The next time I go to an island, that is what I will do.
Just sail away into the horizon towards a beautiful sunset with someone I care about.
And have meditative days sailing away...and replenishing my spirit.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:34:54 PM
Appreciating Ms. S. It was wonderful seeing you again today with your two young ones. Your family is full of happiness, wonder and love. It is always a great joy to spend time at your house.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:41:48 PM
Appreciating the opportunity for equanimity that is present no matter what the circumstances. Times of frustration or of judging experiences good or bad bring quick reminders that all is the same. All is love if there is a willingness to sink deep enough into the loving arms of creation.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 08:46:21 PM
I appreciate from the Wisdom of James Allen III

"Each hour we think of others more than self, that hour we live again,
And every lowly sacrifice we make for others' good shall make life more than self,
And open the windows of thy soul to light from higher spheres.
So hail thy lot with joy"

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 13, 2007, 08:47:16 PM
I appreciate watching all the rabbits swim by us turtles. The two leaders here are so far ahead of us, they can take a nap like rabbits do in the story. Us turtles are going slow and steady, moving one foot of appreciation at a time.  We are enjoying the appreciation scenery they planted for us in the river.  We will catch up with them when they go on vacation maybe!  (smiley)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:48:36 PM
Appreciating those who service me. Those who answer my calls for technical computer assistance who are ever so patient and professional. I especially appreciate all the service people who I did not take the time to thank because of unusual circumstances, but who nevertheless assisted me in moving along my way more effectively. Often they are busy attending to the next customer. Or perhaps they didn't hear me. Or perhaps they thought I didn't mean it and forgot my thanks soon after and didn't get the time to contemplate the ripple effect of their good service. I honor them all now for putting out for me in a way that allows me to put out for others. I am grateful for the ongoing give and take done with goodwill and a smile.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:53:01 PM
I love Diane ABC's metaphors of the River, the turtles, the rabbits. I like the self-honoring way she shared that appreciation. It was beautiful. It's wonderful to know she is reading along. It lends energy. I appreciate all those who lend energy to me. Diane has lent me plenty in countless ways. I love you Diane. I love that you created this opportunity and are doing what it takes to make it a success. Thank you for believing in me and for not allowing anything to get in the way of your / our success.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 08:54:53 PM
Again from  JAMES ALLEN, something to ponder:

"When divine good is practiced, life is bliss. Bliss is the normal condition
of the good man. Those outer assaults, harrassments, and persecutions
which bring such sufferings to others, only serve to heighten his happiness,
for they cause the deep fountain of good within him to well up in
greater abundance."

Hmmm...I have to contemplate this one and find examples in my own
life and other people's lives where this applies.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 08:55:53 PM
I love the knowing that is present that soon this forum will be teaming with new life. All different sides of the most beautiful prism you've ever experienced. Appreciating, strengthening, forgetting that which is best forgotten, learning the new language of love  - here to stay. I love being part of Diane's beautiful vision.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 13, 2007, 08:57:16 PM
 ;) I love the small scenery photo Elizabeth has under her name, it is a beautiful icon.  Also everyone should click the globe ball under Elizabeth's name at the left column here and that will lead you to her marvelous website, http://garciagray.com  The scenery banner at the top of her website is stunning!  A  wonderful and refreshing reminder on a gorgeous website.  

I look forward to reading your coming book. Please let us all know how to order it here. The title "The Courage to Encourage" sounds like a great book. Congratulations! :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 09:02:33 PM
Appreciating that everything is healing and healed. No more do I or anyone need to worry that we are going backwards. Even things that appear to be going backwards are building energy for greater effectiveness in the future. I enjoy relaxing in this knowing that all is complete; all is healed.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 13, 2007, 09:03:47 PM
WOW!  I noticed Meadowlea will keep her lead posting 185 appreciations as of 9-13-07 11:01 AM EST  a super rabbit  ;D  This is really fun to watch, I could not stop laughing.... lucky I studied A Course in Miracles so I can enjoy all this good fun :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 09:06:55 PM
Now I'm cracking up, Diane.  :D  What a great sport. Honestly, I think Liz is stroking my ego. I don't know if that is an appreciation or not.  :-\ She could easily sprint ahead if she REALLY wanted to. I believe she's tamed her horse.  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 09:08:43 PM
Now this is exactly how I like it. 100% pure appreciative conversation. This is life at its best!! This is the real SECRET that I don't plan on keeping a secret for much longer.  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 09:11:38 PM
To be entirely truthful, if it wasn't for Liz making her public commitment of 20 appreciations per day, I would not be on this much of a roll. I am most certainly rolling on her energy, though not entirely, but it sure helps!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 09:12:53 PM
I appreciate pacing with friends when appreciating.

No different from dancing as a group. First, one is in front
or in the back in a Flamenco dancing performance, then vice-versa. Then
everyone dances in circles and at times linearly. And sometimes
one does a solo and everyone takes their turn. Altogether and no matter
what position we are dancing, it is all beautiful!

I better take my multi-vitamins now, MEADOWLEA.  We're both in for the long haul
of our Daily Appreciations. And that is pretty cool!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 13, 2007, 09:13:50 PM
Today is Amerasia's birthday, Sept. 13. We appreciate that she is a very fine person and she will be joining us in the River at the perfect time and day. Happy Birthday!  By the way, everyone has a birthday, when is the birthday of our two leading rabbits?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 09:15:05 PM
I appreciate the LAUGHTER, ladies! ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 09:16:37 PM
Oh yes, I appreciate birthdays
and mine is on May 25th. Gemini.
So, I celebrate going to the Beatlesfest usually.
They have the largest BeatlesFest here in Louisville now
which makes me very happy.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 09:17:51 PM
Happy Birthday to Amerasia!! Thank you for sharing that, Diane!!
My birthday just passed on August 1st, Leo the Lion. :-)
And yours, DD of ABC?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 09:19:02 PM
Liz, you're the perfect Gemini. I should have guessed!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 09:19:58 PM
Enjoying being part of DDABC's dream.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 09:20:51 PM
I appreciate SWIMMING.

There was a time in the past when I swam a lot. It
was my first favorite sport. I am not a fast swimmer though I am
a more languid and persevering one and could last a
while swimming very slowly. I love the way the water glides
on my skin. And I love the feel of the softness of the water as I do my
various strokes. I like seeing glints of sunshine as I swim.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 09:21:15 PM
This is my favorite kind of friendship. You two are the best, best, best. Who do you guess will join us next? I guess either JEN or DEBRA. :-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 09:23:33 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to AMERASIA!!

May your life be filled with heartfelt appreciations, joy and love!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 13, 2007, 09:24:19 PM
Oh!  I forgot about the 20 a day appreciation vitamins workout challenge.  I was trying for 1 or 2 a day, like a real turtle would.... ;) Salute to both of you!  Now let's go and invite the rest of the zoo to the River for a fun zoo splash next week.  We have our monthly 3rd Sundays Meetup in Downtown D.C. this Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.  Thanks again to you both, it was great fun for the rest of the participants and audience!  I love your sense of humor!

PS  Like Elizabeth, I am also Gemini, June 6.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 09:29:02 PM
I appreciate permissions and allowances.

They add more to the freedom of spirit to be just who we are.
We all give one another allowances and acceptances.

GEMINI's mercury likes to fly around and communicate and
travel. Thanks Leo lady. We had a great swim.!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 09:31:00 PM
Oh wow! Diane! You're also a GEMINI?
Somehow I felt that.;) Then this project will really
soar!;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 09:32:16 PM
I appreciate MUSIC.

And I always will.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 09:32:31 PM
Liz said: I appreciate permissions and allowances.

Meadowlea responds: Liz, you are so delightfully gracious.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 09:33:38 PM
Liz, thanks for highlighting D's birthday, or I would have missed it! Wow! This Lion is Geminized!!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 09:33:43 PM
Hey, ladies! I heard that GEMINIS and LEOS get along swimmingly well!;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2007, 09:35:37 PM
I appreciate "See you laters".

For we all know that in reality and in fantasy,
there is truly never a good-bye. ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 09:41:48 PM
Meadowlea: Well these ones do on this page, that's for sure! And that's what really matters to us.

So I invite more colors to this tapestry to join in the reverie. I look forward to the next one to surprise us.
Wouldn't it be fun to have a sur-prize for the next unwitting poster?


Liz: Hey, ladies! I heard that GEMINIS and LEOS get along swimmingly well!;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 13, 2007, 10:30:21 PM
I appreciate all the great minds who produced wonderful books!

Diane, I got the "Power vs. Force" book tonight! Thanks for recommending it to me! I cannot wait to finish reading it!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 13, 2007, 10:51:50 PM
I appreciate all the people who smiled at me on the street. Thanks for their showing friendliness. It is great to see smiling faces! It is a good way to show appreciation to strangers. It sends appreciative energy around!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 13, 2007, 10:56:37 PM
Wow, Jen! You get the prize for being the next person other than Liz, myself or DDABC to post!! Yippee yea!!  :D

And the prize is the Queen's crown for the whole day tomorrow. I pronounce Jen Magic the Queen of the River of A for the whole of tomorrow.  :D  :D  :D

(I guess we need a smiley with a crown.) Any chance of that?  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 14, 2007, 04:42:00 AM


Good morning, everybody! I guess I'm the first on this forum today? :)

I appreciate a brand new day, the air I breathe, the water I drink, the food I eat, and the people on the street who smiles at me.
I appreciate the opportunity to serve, to meet with and talk to people. I appreciate the wonderful people around me, both in the real world and in the cyber space!

Have a great Friday!  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 14, 2007, 04:46:27 AM
meadowlea, wow, Honored :) thanks!!!

see I didn't read your post yesterday - but I got to post the first post today I suppose? A pretty diligent queen for the day, huh?

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 14, 2007, 05:48:09 AM
Good morning all! I noticed Jen starts the day early, around 6am or so. That is a beautiful time to start, I will feel I have more hours in the new day!

Thank you all for being our friends and allies for personal and community advancement toward realizing "the grandest version of our greatest vision" of becoming A Beautiful Community of allies and friends locally and globally!  By beautiful we mean being loving, kind, forgiving, appreciative, compassionate, virtuous, trustworthy, etc.....having all the qualities and attitudes we appreciate in our best friends. We see the world as one community, our circles are ever expanding as we post our appreciations here for all to view and respond to. We appreciate another day to share our thoughts of appreciation!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 14, 2007, 06:13:24 AM
I appreciate the rapid progress we are making in developing new habits of mental focus on what we choose to notice. We are giving our energy and attention deliberately to what we appreciate or want for ourselves and others; this is how we "make real" ie create good experiences for ourselves, no matter what others do or say today, no matter what happens externally.

What we "make real" is what we will experience subjectively. As we become more aware of all the beauty, opportunities, and our power to create joy in our own life by honoring our true Self and appreciating the best in others, we will have a happier moment to moment experience in our lives.

What we do not focus on, what we are not aware of, what we choose to ignore (other people's errors or "sins") are not "real" for our Selves so we do not experience that negative energy or suffer. Fortunately we have control over our subjective world by having the power to choose our thoughts, i.e. (in other words), our feelings are related to how we choose to think about what others say or do.

When we choose to appreciate no matter what they say, we remain more open, relaxed and understanding of others. By not resisting anything we suffer less. By accepting others, we provide a creative and safe space for others to release their negative energy and then they can move on to make better choices for themselves.

Thank you for another day to practice becoming more accepting, loving and appreciative of all that we have and all that we are: beautiful Spirits in a beautiful community, locally and globally. Help us to choose to have a hilarious and fun day, no matter what! :) Keep us smiling! (Let people wonder what we are up to! Then invite them to join us here!)  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 06:57:42 AM
Diane, that is a beautiful message. It is so honoring to be part of this beautiful flow where everything resolves. This river can be thought of as the Great Resolve rather than the Great Divide. If anyone is feeling the Great Divide, this is a great place to come!! It's very affordable (in fact, free!) therapy. It's also a place to come if you are hungry to contribute. It's a place to come to make friends. It's a place to come to develop skills as it is a place of Higher Learning.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 07:00:35 AM
The morning was greeted with Friend on the mind. The thought was, "Was Friend thanked for their kind thoughts? Was Friend welcomed?" That was certainly the intention, but something nudged to check to make sure. Well, Friend had not been acknowledged, and so there is gratefulness that 24 hours did not pass before it was remembered to appreciate Friend's message that was so uplifting and encouraging. It fed energy to post more. Without appreciations and encouragement, doing appreciations feels so much more like a chore.

There is great happiness about your joining! You are the one we've been waiting for!!!  :D Thank you for joining in the uplifting of the world. You make us all happy.  :D

Friend said: WOW! I heard from Diane that Meadowlea already posted 172 appreciations as of Sept. 13, 2007!  That is a real inspiration and challenge to all of us!  Those who cannot think of who or what to appreciate can learn from you and Elizabeth!  Thanks for your excellent leadership!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 07:02:18 AM
Appreciating the knowing that happens to us when we get out of our own way.  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 08:12:59 AM
Appreciating a sister. She is dearly loved. She has been such a big part of this one being a better person. Her delight when she's happy is so enjoyable, and her courage to hang in there when she is struggling is deeply appreciated. She is an amazing mother, and her developing creativity has been fun to watch. There was an experience of awe as she has made her gifts known to the world. There is great reason to feel proud of her and happy that there are endless things to appreciate about her.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 08:16:42 AM
Remembering to honor our Queen for the day, Ms. Jen Magic!  :D  :D
So honored that you are playing with us in this river. Surely this day in your realm is going to be quite Magical!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 08:46:47 AM
Appreciating those who bring their Egos out to play in the light of day and who are willing to name it for what it is so everyone can relax with the awareness of the difference between Ego and Spirit and bring love to all of it. Appreciating those who have brought love to this ego. Inviting other egos to come play in the light of appreciation so they can experience the beauty of unconditional love and the release of themselves in to greater freedom.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:16:58 AM
I appreciate MARISSA.

And her old soul wisdom.
Besides managing our website, she is also able to keep tabs
of the posts and follow us through our river swimming appreciation
olympics. Thanks, sis!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:19:19 AM
I appreciate ATUKUNDA ROSETTE

We are very proud of you, Rosette.
You have been a kind, compassionate, fair and loving leader
to the UWEC ladies. I appreciate your prayerful collaboration
with Marissa. Please extend to the UWEC ladies what a wonderful job
you are all doing. It will be great to see you all in July next year.
Hugs and love to the UWEC ladies.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:20:42 AM
I appreciate this website even more and more.
It is friendly, I like the soft blue colors and that is so appropriate
because of our River theme.  And because MARISSA gave her labor of love to it.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:24:13 AM
I appreciate PHYLLIS

You are an awesome lady and such a special friend.
What a wonderful job you and Marissa are doing and all your joyful
hard work does not go unnoticed. Hugs and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:25:47 AM
I appreciate LIFE

With all the vicissitudes of fortunes, with all its ups and downs.
with all its infinite mysteries....allow the glory of life to bathe you
today.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:27:14 AM
I appreciate LOVE.

This is something I will always appreciate
over and over again. For Love is all.
Love one human being today the best you can.
From the spirit. From the heart. From the soul.
And have the courage to tell them. With love.
Without being attached to you being loved back or what
their reaction might be.

It may be that you send a hearfelt
loving prayer for someone. It may be that you
show random acts of kindness to someone who
you believe can benefit from it. It may be
being nice first to a person who has been
in a power struggle with you and vice-versa.
Or it may be radiating your work office with
the biggest brightest most loving smile you can give
for your office workers. Perhaps send a card to
someone you feel you have not given time to.
Make it all unexpected. You might be surprised.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:33:58 AM
I appreciate the OCEAN

How can I not appreciate it? Its lulling sounds. A soulful lullaby.
The waves that create the white caps. Its magnificence.
The source of life. The dynamic element of earth.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:35:38 AM
I appreciate MY CHILDREN

I am grateful to be their mom
no matter what destiny they have.
They are the miracles of my life.
They teach me the meaning of unconditional
love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:40:15 AM
I appreciate SNOW SKIING.

Though I don't ski as much now because of an ACL
on my right knee, I can still visualize beautiful snow everywhere
on a mountain. I enjoyed skiing with my family and friends.
Skiing is a personal mastery. Like many other things we do.
It taught me that my main competition is my self. No need to
look left or right or who is ahead or who is not. The important thing
is to focus and just create that beautiful almost perfect long S curve
as I trail down a breathtaking mountain snow trail. And then practice.
No different from practicing writing appreciations.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:43:13 AM
I appreciate CHALLENGES for spiritual growth

Embracing challenges has taught me a lot.
By reframing what we see as adversities into personal challenges for
our own growth, life may dole out pain yet we can see them
not as sufferings. For it has been said that pain is inevitable and suffering
is optional.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:46:57 AM
I appreciate learning to accept and not judge our EGOS.

I am discovering more each day that our ego
is not the biggest part of us. And yes, it is only a part of
us yet not all of us. I believe that we are all much more than our egos.
Though we want to attend to our ego now and then,
we can also have the courage to set it free so it joins the universe.
Imagine setting our egos free and then imagine combining
that with letting go of our fears. Then we learn to love more.
And more. Exponentially.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:51:17 AM
I appreciate DIANE

I like your delight in all the appreciations.
And I am hoping that all these appreciations bring
joy and smiles to your heart. Gratitudes and appreciations
do counteract scarcity and emptiness mindframes.
I just sent some appreciations to family and friends and I got
the sweetest e-mails and call backs from them.
Appreciations are the best gifts we give. They are
spirit gifts of love.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: DianeABC on September 14, 2007, 10:09:17 AM
Appreciating Elizabeth and Meadowlea's thoughtful appreciations this morning! You are both so good at both thoughtful as well as fun-loving appreciations! THANKS AGAIN!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 14, 2007, 01:55:31 PM
I also appreciate Diane for sharing with us wonderful words of inspirations. I was touched tremendously! It takes a lot of practice to stay immune to the external harms and damages, but if the mind is determined, there is a way!

Let us forgive all the sins, troubles, harms. This practice will broaden our mind and heart!

Here is a link I found to be very inspirational:
http://thesecret.tv/optimists-creed/

cheers!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 02:19:30 PM
I appreciate JEN MAGICS

Keep coming back, Jen. I enjoy your posts.
Hope you are having a great day today!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 02:26:53 PM
I appreciate WRITING

Today, I was contemplating on how all the posts I write
for the Daily Appreciations are part of my daily writing exercises from the heart.
Writing my DA's allows me to quickly post down little snips of
thoughtful inspiratons that if not written down immediately
disappear into who knows where. Every writer knows this which is
why I like to write things down as soon as I get in touch with the
flashes of inspiration. Before you know it, there is another book.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 02:39:01 PM
I appreciate DOLPHINS

In Bermuda and in Mexico, we had so much fun with dolphins.
Swimming with the dolphins is an incredible phenomenon. So healing.
And in a most profound way. I can still remember when
I was instructed to swim, face down and with my heels up.
Before I knew it, the instructor made some hand motions.
And lo and behold, two dolphins with extraordinary synchronicity of movements
swam down and then without missing a beat, came up from
underneath and lifted me up                                                                              (http://)
into the air with their beaks! Total unbelieveable balance.
I did not have to do anything but go with
their amazingly beautiful natural flow. Wow! As we were walking
 away from the experience, a couple of friendly people who were just arriving
told us " You were swimming with the dolphins weren't you?"
And I said " Yes, how did you know?" And the response? "Well,
you're glowing". Ahhhh....that healing glow.                                       


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 03:59:14 PM
I appreciate WATER

It must be that my mind is filled with the global importance of
the water problems. There are solutions. And it requires a solidarity and
unity of various dedicated water groups to make a stand. One voice.
One heart. Strong and firm. For those interested, you
can also find us in Razoo.com, Facebook.com and Http://www.cleanwater.wetpaint.com.
Join the stand for clean water for the world so 3 million people do not die yearly.
Clean water. A human right. A gift of life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 04:08:57 PM
I appreciate FRIENDS

Someone said that friends are just strangers waiting to happen.
That is so true. How many times have we wished that we made
time to know certain people? Yet did not open our hearts to them
for whatever reason. Today an old friend who knows me well, and I,
had a long conversation about many things. She reminded me about
carpe diem. Seize the moment. Responding to the opportunities that
come our way and how important it is for us to see them as opportunities.
And the meaning of God's time versus human time. She also gave
me feedback about the importance of embracing these opportunities
and being prepared for the unexpected. I appreciate that friend of mine.

Old friends are great because they give us historical and long term perspectives about
us. They know our patterns well and love us enough to say so. New friends
are delightful as well because they inject us with energy and vitality
just by the nature of the newness of perspectives. I love my friends.
Let us make friends with someone today. And may we cultivate a life full
of friends who help us grow and learn to love more. And may we learn to be a good friend
to others.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 04:10:29 PM
I appreciate 200 heartfelt appreciations.
My heart is much lighter. And my smile is bigger
and unstoppable. I would love to read your
appreciations, everyone.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 14, 2007, 07:49:50 PM
I appreciate all the appreciations I am reading here- seems like a nice flow going.  Seems like everyone is on the same boat, with Liz, Diane, Meadowlea working the oars :), and Jan too!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 14, 2007, 07:52:08 PM
I appreciate learning more about Joomla and SMF each time I read their support forums.  I appreciate the efforts of the open source people in sharing their knowledge and expertise to the whole world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 08:19:04 PM
It's just great when Marissa comes on board. Thanks for taking the time out, Marissa!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 08:30:02 PM
Appreciating clear, encouraging communication in trying circumstances that works. When others are seen finding ways to say difficult things that need to be said with grace, it is inspiring! It's something there is great desire to learn more about.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 14, 2007, 08:30:31 PM
  (http://www.craftsforpeace.com/images1/Blandwhitestarburst.jpg)

I appreciate the UWEC ladies who made these starburst bowls that the people went crazy over last week!!
25 orders in a couple of hours.  Very beautiful, and also will help many.

I also appreciate that we can load up images by:

1. upload your image to a server space (some use flickr)

2. click the image icon on top ( if you clicked REPLY on the top of the page instead of post in the quick reply box at the bottom- if you opted it, that is)

3. put the image address in between the[img   img]or designate a height and width by putting width=# height=# before the URL
 


The image shown is width =600 height=400.

Have fun!

4. click preview to see what it looks like- (above this box)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:32:29 PM
(http://)        Hooray!!! I actually got this image from my desktop. I just followed what Marissa said
                        and clicked on image file. The cursor needs to be in between the 2 imgs.
                        I appreciate knowing this. Makes it even more fun. Something new to learn here every day.
                        And when you click on the blue link, it will show you the enlarged image. Thanks, sis!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 09:44:53 PM
Appreciating Ms. P. Today, she said something so very caring that topped anything she's ever done or said before. Her kind thoughts were indescribably moving. There was discussion about a project with inherent risk involved. She then shared that every morning she asks to be surrounded with the white light of protection in case that would be of assistance in the instance under discussion. She said it in such a deeply caring way that her protective instincts flowed in this direction like a wave of wellbeing. The way she said it or that she said it at all will never be forgotten, because it was not even known she was the type of person to think that way. Ms. P., I am full of love and appreciation for you You become more special every time the thoughts move in your direction.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 09:46:36 PM
Appreciating that Liz is making this one of her primary hangouts. What an honor for all of us! :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:46:45 PM
Okay...okay...I am loving posting here even more knowing that we can
also upload photos so easily. So I experimented and voila! If you
scroll back down to my dolphins appreciation post, you will see
a photo uploaded. Click on the insert image icon, and then upload file by
clicking on "additional options" and then leave the cursor in between img/img.
Have fun everybody!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 09:52:13 PM
Appreciating a sense of safety everywhere traveled.
When walking just about everywhere
at all times of the day
in many different environments,
there is a sense of peacefulness
most of the time.

There has always been safety.
Enjoying that feeling of safety
where many resort to taxis or others
to pick them up
so they don't have to feel afraid.

Enjoying the trust that begets trust.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 09:53:02 PM
Liz, thanks for putting the how to of that out in plain view to make it easy for all of us! Looking forward to finding some pics to share. Your dolphin pic is beyond words.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 09:53:51 PM
I appreciate lovely irises

Though my favorite flowers are orchids, I also love irises
and stargazers. Lavender, purple and white flowers
are what I have in my garden in the spring. Just sharing
a photo of irises from my garden with all of you.
May your day be filled with love, hugs and appreciations.(http://)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 10:07:29 PM
Appreciating people who attract appreciations;
who make it fun for others to appreciate them.
The gift of receiving is quite awesome.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 14, 2007, 10:09:21 PM
I appreciate PHOTOGRAPHY

Nothing like capturing that particular beautiful moment
in time. Photographs have a way of being integrated in our
hearts and psyche. The sharing of what we see and wonder about.
It is the expression of awe that gets imbedded within us.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 10:14:06 PM
Still loving the interactivity of appreciations.
The playfulness from yesterday,
especially the rabbit and turtle discussion;
the responses from Jen this morning.
Loving the conversation from one to another;
around and through the circle and back.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 14, 2007, 10:17:44 PM
Appreciating the two little pooches
encountered
every couple of weeks or so.

Whenever there is recognition
coming down the street from afar,
they make a big to-do
hoping for a playmate.

Clancy and Curry,
you've become good friends.
You've added great value to this life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 14, 2007, 11:32:56 PM
I appreciate Elizabeth's posts of beautiful small pictures. They remind me if how much there is in nature  to appreciate. Thanks for sharing your great selections of inspiring natural beauty! 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 14, 2007, 11:39:35 PM
I appreciate Jen's efforts to remain positive no matter what and to get up a little earlier each day in order to join her new friends at this River. I am very pleased that she is building up her endurance, inner strength and character by participating in this friendship project.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 14, 2007, 11:41:22 PM
I am very pleased to hear from Matthew that he plans to join us here soon!  Matthew has also studiend Dr. David R. Hawkins materials and he has a lot to offer this group!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 15, 2007, 12:01:48 AM
I am so pleased to discover over and over again that it was good to be kind. Some things that did not seem to make sense turned out to be really big blessings in disguise. For example, a homeless pet no one wanted turned out to be such a loving and positive emotional supporter. Pet-sitting for free does not make sense from a logical viewpoint. It could be understood better from an emotional intelligence viewpoint.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 15, 2007, 12:07:12 AM
I appreciate all the ongoing good thoughts, contributions and sharing of the members here. I look forward to reading your interesting thoughts....you offer lots of good points for others to reflect on. Thanks again!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 06:25:58 AM
Appreciating the global communications system.
After speaking with someone on the other side of
the world, there is great happiness for the opportunity
to do that!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 06:33:37 AM
Appreciating the available time for a good night's rest.
This is a favorite - waking up clear and refreshed.
It's like a clean slate.
The ability to fall asleep anywhere anytime its needed
is something that is best not taken for granted.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 06:39:39 AM
The beauty of words
falling together
with spontaneity and care
naturally
out of the love
of being alive.

It nurtures the soul.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 06:48:20 AM
New people joining
shifting the dynamics
bringing in new clarity,
humor,
insights;
new loves;
expanding our world.
Welcome all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 06:55:49 AM
The brilliant perfection of events
as they unfold;
the surprises they hold
when judgments are released;
the inherent healing quality
of life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 15, 2007, 07:04:48 AM
Appreciating this Bulletin Board, and the different little buttons.  I appreciate finding this useful summary of the codes at this link:
ttp://dailyappreciations.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=32&action=help;page=post#bbcref (http://ttp://dailyappreciations.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=32&action=help;page=post#bbcref)

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 15, 2007, 11:05:18 AM
I appreciate Marissa's guidance and assistance in learning about how to operate on joomla and simple machines which are the templates or platform which this website has been built on. It makes it much easier for me to figure things out as my time permits.

I did not realize how much is involved in setting up a website like this. It is something to appreciate.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn and expand capabilities, especially if we are at the initial stages of learning about software programming. Normally there would be too large of a gap since software programmers talk a different language. In this case, I am very happy it is possible to figure it out little by little with experimentation.

Thanks again for your tips!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 15, 2007, 11:16:02 AM
I appreciate Meadowlea and Elizabeth's important leadership roles in pointing out all the areas in our life we could appreciate. We do take a lot for granted. By appreciating all that we already have we do feel more abundant.

I noticed that just on the River section alone, there has been more than 900 views already since we started about a month ago!  Congratulations and thanks for all your wonderful appreciation posts to start the momentum!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 12:46:53 PM
Appreciating being acknowledged.
It lends energy to keep going.
It puts gas in the car.
Thank you, Diane!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 15, 2007, 01:07:23 PM
I apprecite this opportunity to be in solitude so that I can ponder upon all the beautiful things around me.

I appreciate the ability to sit, stand, jump, laugh, smile, eat, listen, dance, think, run, sleep, and so many more activities with so much ease. I appreciate the ability to concentrate so I can focus on reading a book. I appreciate the ability to comprehend the gist of a great book and be able to relate to it. I appreciate all the people around me who showed friendly gestures and even those who were not so friendly, reminding me how treasureable those friendly ones were.

I appreciate the ability to read and write in English so I get the opportunity to communicate with people I wouldn't be able to communicate with otherwise. I appreciate this dedicated group of appreciators for their unwavering efforts in keeping this place a big magnet for me everyday.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: rosy on September 15, 2007, 02:34:49 PM
I appreciate Nida for helping solve computer problems at the Computer Clinic Center in Wash DC.
Nida is very friendly, very courteous and helpful.  She's a real asset in the business.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 03:21:33 PM
Appreciating Rosy for joining us in uplifting herself and the world! I am so happy that you joined us! You presence expands and deepens our experience. We look forward to more of your contributions with eagerness.  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 04:58:02 PM
I appreciate rice--its simplicity, its nourishment.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 04:59:17 PM

I appreciate the power of chanting mantra of the connections and insights it lends me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 04:59:58 PM

I appreciate navigation through unexplored, uncharted territory.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 05:01:20 PM

I appreciate crossroads and forks in the road, the perspective each grants.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 05:02:54 PM

I appreciate the memories and lessons of the team in Huai Hua and look forward to homecomings and new challenges.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 05:03:43 PM

I appreciate that in the worst of times I can remember to breathe and inspire light and qi.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 05:06:31 PM

I am so very grateful to Professor. Yan, Dr. Qiu, my Chinese brother, Dr. Shu, and to Dr. Yang Qing Zhi for helping me reach new levels of understanding of Chinese medicine theories and applications thereof, for their love, support and patience.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 05:08:55 PM

I appreciate Zhang Mei张文美,my younger Chinese sister and the smile that creeps across my face when I just think of her, of the times we sat and chatted, and the times we shared an umbrella and ourselves.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 05:10:18 PM

Appreciating that many universities have invited me to teach and learn and share in China.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 05:14:02 PM

Appreciating my friends here who have supported me through some very dark and desolate times, midst tremendous adversity that has tested my commitment to health and healing for ALL.

Thank-you so much for your love and for understanding why I have had to curtail so many posts presently. Love you ALL so very much.

Namaste!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 05:23:56 PM
I appreciate DEBRA HAYES

Happy that all is flowing towards your path right now, my friend.
Glad to read your appreciations. Know that you are
loved. Hugs to you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 05:28:51 PM
I appreciate my Flamenco dancing friends

We have been practicing Sevillanas all afternoon in preparation for
the Talentfest on October 6. In the process, we end up knowing
more about each other's lives, dreams and hopes. As we practiced,
concern about the dance steps dissipate as we learn more about
each other's hearts. And then we ended up exchanging  and sharing
life stories and before you know it, we are all laughing at ourselves.
And as we laughed, we somehow listened to the rhythm of the music
more and were able to get the steps in a more sponataneous and
natural way. All I can say now is "Vamos a bailar Flamenco!"
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 05:32:04 PM
I appreciate MEADOWLEA

for her consistency in posting appreciations and
enjoying the rabbit pacing we have been doing.
Just like any discipline and practice of a skill,
once we do it daily and with regularity, our
appreciations flow even more. Thanks for your delight in
posting appreciations. We can all learn from one another.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 05:33:55 PM
I appreciate DIANE

for making time to learn some joomla. That encourages
me to make time to learn as well. And MARISSA is a patient
and excellent teacher. Diane, thank you for your positivity and
upliftment of appreciations and the DA team.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 05:39:31 PM
I appreciate The CUMBERLAND FALLS of KENTUCKY.

It is where we see, on a pitch black night, while the moon is full,
the famous MOONBOW. We can also find moonbows in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Moonbows appear to be almost holographic silvery glittery crescents
right across the falls at night. They are breathtaking to behold.
(http://)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 05:49:28 PM
I appreciate SEDONA, ARIZONA

There was this little trek I did that I can share with all of you.
I drove from Phoenix to Sedona, Arizona and what a spectacular panorama
of beautiful nature. Just beautiful! There was a sense of sacredness in Sedona
with the allure and the enigma of the salmon, lavender and purple rock formations.
People there talked about "high energy levels". The beauty of nature is
incredible.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 05:51:08 PM
I am loving and appreciating the ability to upload photos and share with all of you.
I even tested out the 3 photo attachments. Just click on "options" and then
choose file, and then more voila! ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 05:56:59 PM
I appreciate then use of ART in helping heal children and families
affected by disasters such as the tsunami. The photo below
was taken whereby the children and teens were drawing and painting
on batik cloths as part of their healing. At the same time, they are
able to sell these as souvenirs for the tourists and volunteers so they
can have a livelihood and self-sustain. Such a brilliant concept.

One of the children told me, " I like drawing the tsunami wave over and over".
This is the mind trying to master a painful situation.
Some of the drawings were poignant, and some were graphic and yet these
creative works of art help them release and sublimate their understandable angst.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 06:03:20 PM
I appreciate SERENITY

While in Thailand, I was fortunate enough to be able
to visit the Buddhist monasteries and communicate with the monks.
We discussed about peace, serenity, and meditation.
We talked about ways that they serve their incarcerated and when I was there
several inmates were very focused on chanting together with the monks.
The profound universal sounds of the chantings were moving.
By listening to the chants, one feels the harmony and oneness of all.
One of the monks also taught me about loving-kindness meditation.
I had many questions. And the monks patiently answered and always with
a serene smile.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 15, 2007, 06:11:13 PM
I appreciate the stunning photos Elizabeth is sharing here. I love the magnificent waterfalls, landscapes,  green trees and beautiful scenery! So relaxing and peaceful. You sure know how to take photos to capture the right moments. It is healing to meditate and project ourselves to those heavenly places. It is just like being there. Incredible! Thanks!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 06:15:05 PM
I appreciate a beautiful  GARDEN of EDEN in Zimbabwe

A very dear and beloved friend of mine has this most exotic and beautiful
garden of Eden right in his home property. Each of the lovely African
tree, flower and plant has been treated with tender loving care.  My friend
is a master gardener as a hobby besides having a wonderful humanitarian heart.
I shall call him TERRAN which refers to his love for our earth.
I can not believe it when I saw all the  orchids hanging everywhere in his garden.
Hugs and love to you, Terran. Thank you for everything.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 06:18:15 PM
I appreciate CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND and a weeping willow.

What is it about certain places and certain snapshots of nature and of people
that somehow hold our attention?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 06:23:35 PM
I appreciate little patio garden.

And especially my hybrid white hibiscus, lavender salvias, and all the white
and lavender flowers I can put together. That is because I have been creating a
moongarden. This little back patio is where I hang out with family and friends and
we talk about our lives and we share our joys and sorrows in this patio.
There is a little chimenea that we can roast marshmallow and create smores.
And we also play guitars and sing and even dance in this patio.
I just want to share with you a little part of it and mostly I am so happy
with this white hibiscus.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 06:28:11 PM
I appreciate that my TALENTFEST crew will
be here in my home practicing every weekend.
All the guitars, amps and musical instruments
are ready for everyone. For those who can come
 to our Talentfest on October 6, please....by all means..
come and join us and have fun while raising awareness
for the destigmatization of mental illness.

One out of 5 Americans are known to suffer with some form of
mental health problems. Let us all join hands and destigmatize
and encourage those afflicted with disabilities, mental
health problems , chemical dependency to shine their talents
and strengths out there.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 15, 2007, 06:28:14 PM
 :) THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU! I wish to thank David and Robert of the Computer Clinic Center at 4433 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Wash. DC  for fixing my computer right away!  My computer is now in better shape than before with a new keyboard and virus protection!

My computer had crashed yesterday, and I could not access it at all. I  was concerned that I could no longer post appreciations first thing in the morning. I was trying to post one or more appreciation(s)  each morning so I won't forget to do it. Also I would be in a good mental context of gratitude for my whole day.

I am so glad I found this place very close to the Metro at Tenleytown on the red line. It does make a big difference when we find the right professionals to help us. It turned out to be a virus. They have now installed a free virus protection. I was very pleased to discover the new keyboard works even better than the old one because it has more traction. I am very glad to be back on line!  Thanks again to the excellent staff at the Computer Clinic Center in D.C.!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 06:30:45 PM
I appreciate my MAC!

Diane, glad that your computer is fixed.
Looking forward to more of your very positive
and heartfelt appreciations. I am pretty biased but did you ever
consider a MAC?;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 06:32:37 PM
I appreciate a little Thai restaurant that
my daughter and I discovered. Great food. Excellent service.
We both love Thai food.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 15, 2007, 06:41:19 PM
Thanks, Elizabeth, for your suggestion! I would be interested to know more about the MAC and your experience.  I use my computer for Quickbooks Accounting, Financial Management and Word processing mostly.  I also share it with volunteers who want me to show them how to register at Omidyar previously.  I am trying to figure out what kind of computer we need to buy next. My email is diane.associates@gmail.com for anyone who wants to share the pro and con of various makes or models and what kind of requirements does Joomla, Simple Machines and various software require of the computer hardware.

If people want to discuss this topic on line, it would be another topic in the Other Appreciation Topics section where people can appreciate their computers or software or whatever communications equipment they have or have heard about. I had told a few friends I may not be able to post here since my computer is down, so now I am informing them here that I am happy I am back on line again!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 06:55:07 PM
Debra Hayes,
it is so wonderful to have you back.
May wellness flow through you
all the days of your long life.
This heart did an upbeat
when seeing your posts.
And thank you
for the Facebook flowers.
It brightened the day!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 06:55:32 PM
Appreciating Liz' appreciation of me.
Thank you for lending me energy.
It means a great deal to me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 06:56:59 PM
Liz, keep up the photos.
Thank you for allowing us to get to know you more intimately.
For those of us without the means to travel,
it means a great deal more.
An intimate view of the world
through the eyes of someone familiar to us.
Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 07:06:02 PM
Appreciating clear energy
and good health
and the vibrant energy and happiness
that accompanies that.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 07:07:34 PM
Speaking of vibrancy,
one thinks of Peanut,
a little kitten that was underfoot today

Peanut, it was so much fun
teasing you into a little nipping frenzy
when your friend Nutmeg got irritated with you.
There is little that is more joyful 
than a playful kitten.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 07:10:19 PM
Appreciating the feeling
of including and being included.
When there is good communication all around
in a small or large group,
everyone feels included and at home.

Appreciating those
who contribute to an atmosphere like this
and appreciating those
with the communication skills
to create a safe environment
such as this.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 15, 2007, 07:10:36 PM
I appreciate Nida and Tom of the Computer Clinic Center in Washington D.C.  Nida works at the front desk greeting customers. She has excellent customer relationship skills.

When people bring their computers and laptops to the Clinic, of course one can expect that they are already frustrated with the problems they are having with the equipment. You can expect them to be negative and probably venting and venting.

Nida understands and is very patient and supportive. She engages the customers in conversations and helps to transform the conversations. After talking with her, her customers often feel better. Having competent technical staff, as well as the right staff in front dealing with customers, are some of challenges every business must address to be successful.

So I congratulate Tom, the manager, for the good staff and IT professionals like Nida, Robert and David!  Thank you very much for solving my computer problems quickly, pleasantly and competently this afternoon! 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 07:18:12 PM
Appreciating serenity.
The laid back,
turtle-like  :D,
trusting,
allowing,
awareness-oriented
way of being.
Serenity is a way of being
that I admire and embrace.
May we all have the opportunity
to experience the serene aspects
of each other.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 07:23:00 PM
Appreciating those experiences in life
that bring balance to our lives.
Sometimes they are traumatic to experience.
The end result is greater balance in our lives.
Appreciating all the transforming experiences in life
no matter how much they were resisted at the time.
The an experience is resisted it seems,
the righter it is!
Some of these are being experienced right now,
while the great benefit is being remembered
of previous experiences where the feeling was similar,
and the outcome was magnificent.
It helps the resistance to lessen
and the allowance of all things to grow
hastening the passing of anything left to resist!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 07:28:16 PM
Appreciating Debra Hayes.
Debra, the more you post and show yourself,
the more it seems we are on the same page
and that I have come home to myself to have
you show up in my life.
You feel like a soul sister to me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 15, 2007, 07:35:13 PM
I appreciate what I am learning about software, platforms, computers and related topics through this project. Previously any technical problems about the software or hardware were completely beyond me. I did not know enough to even know what the problem was. Also I could not understand the language even if the IT professional tried to talk to me.

With this project, no longer do I feel it is way above my ability to figure the technical parts out. I just need to take the time to read lots of stuff and if all else fails I could consult Marissa and maybe the staff at Joomla and Simple Machines. So there is hope. If anyone has the time and interest to study and experiment, let us know. We welcome more IT professionals or aspiring professionals on our IT education team. Once we figure it out, we will be able to help other volunteers better.

This is a very good opportunity because we are building the website on a platform. It would have been beyond our comprehension to build the platform, but fortunately that has been done by Joomla and Simple Machines. Therefore, it is easier now for us to adapt and make the choices to suit ourselves. 

It reminds me of real estate model homes where the developer already had the structural and civil engineers and architects do their work on the basic shell. Now the client get to make their interior design choices to suit their tastes and their purpose. That is why it is more achievable. This is a good way to start when we want to build something together that is useful and constructive. Being part of the IT education team is also technically empowering.

Thank you again Marissa for your research and for your assistance. We are making progress on all fronts little by little.  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 07:45:08 PM
Appreciating the power of the unseen.
The moving, vibrant power of that which evades us;
all that cannot be understood.
 
Embrace that which redeems
and moves into view
when our intentions are equal to
and welcoming of it.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 07:49:49 PM
Appreciating naive truth-telling;
being on the mark without any effort.
May we listen to those we may have tuned out
no matter how naive-sounding
who carry a message, that if we listen,
humanity would be served.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 07:59:42 PM
May we listen to those we may have tuned out
no matter how naive-sounding
who carry a message, that if we listen,
humanity would be served.

Indeed, an acquaintance once told me that if we listen with our hearts we understand each other:-)
Appreciating that wisdom and YOU, Meadowlea.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 08:01:02 PM
Appreciating Diane T for her diligence, attention to detail and her willingness to learn and engage new skills for the benefit of others.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 08:05:37 PM
Appreciating that Debra Hayes has been graced
with the time to play with us in this River of A.
You deepen whatever space you are in, Debra.
Where there is depth, there is fullness.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 08:08:43 PM
Appreciating the release of suffering.
May all who suffer find peace.
And may that peace extend to all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 08:11:35 PM
Appreciating all those who would benefit
from being acknowledged,
but who have not discovered the means
to experience that yet.
May you all be acknowledged now.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 08:15:08 PM
Appreciating bridges that crumble and the search for new ones that are often right in front of us:-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 08:16:50 PM
Appreciating my Algerian brother and his dedication to TRUE HEALING for all, his perseverance and dedication to the opening of the Chinese medicine clinic in Algeria and for his love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 08:20:44 PM
Appreciating Dr. Zhu Ming for his vision, for his bravery to propose and open the international TCM  hospital in HuaiHua.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 08:31:55 PM
I appreciate Dr. Hong Lu, her kindness and her connections within the Zhuang minority province of Guangxi.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 08:34:14 PM
I appreciate my tongxue, Eric and his insistence to attend a Chinese medicine lecture in Chinatown Chicago.
Without his persuasion I would not have realized the opportunity to share my experience on the Asian American Television news and reach more people.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 08:36:16 PM
Appreciating Kayiwa Fred.
A spirited, loving man
who delights my soul.
May he find whatever he desires
and happiness beyond his imagination.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 08:51:23 PM
Honoring the Great Waters of the World.
On this day, thousands, if not millions
honored the Great Waters of the World
with the intention
of transforming the crystalline structure
of the waters
into waters that heal.

I honor the Great Waters of the World.
May you be filled with love not just today
But everyday.
And may we drink and swim
in that love-filled water
with abandon.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 08:55:15 PM
Appreciating all
who are posting here.
It is giving me energy to post
more and more and more!
Soon it will be that
all that is thought is appreciation!
Thank you,
thank you for supporting us all
in that intention!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 15, 2007, 09:08:58 PM
Honoring the Great Waters of the World.
On this day, thousands, if not millions
honored the Great Waters of the World
with the intention
of transforming the crystalline structure
of the waters
into waters that heal.


Appreciating a day at a sacred well with healing water at an ancient city in Hunan and all the wonderful women who are its caretakers. Water, in and of itself is healing!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 09:56:20 PM
I appreciate LEONARDO DA VINCI

What an amazing mind. And with such vision.
A whole brain thinker. Has anyone read the the book
" How to think like Leonardo da Vinci"?
Excellent book.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 09:58:20 PM
I appreciate GUSTAV KLIMT

One of my favorite painters of all times.
He got his inspiration from the Jungian
philosophies and psychiatry. "The Kiss"
is such an inspired painting.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:02:41 PM
I appreciate the voice of ANDREA BOCELLI

What a miraculously passionate and incredible voice
this man has. And what a role-model. In spite of not
having sight, he is able to project the vision of his music
to the world that allows people to see their own
hearts. His music allows us to see and feel the beauty in
our own hearts. That's just the way I feel when
I hear his songs. I especially love the cd Romanza.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:04:37 PM
I appreciate all those who understand the meaning of
the need for clean and safe water for the world. For they will
engage the rest of our world towards compassion for
those who suffer from waterborne illnesses.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:07:14 PM
I appreciate playing my guitars.

Now that I look back, it would have been easier for me to have started out
playing the electric guitar first. I just love guitar sounds. And I am very happy
when people are playing not only guitars but whatever musical instrument.
And sing-alongs with family and friends.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:08:21 PM
I appreciate GREEN TEA

What can I say? I love it.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:10:14 PM
I appreciate Gardening today.

Miss Fanny helped me garden today. She came in all ready
to garden and weed. And she kept saying how much
she loved to garden and how grateful and happy
she was with all the plants. The weather was beautiful today.
Miss Fanny is Miss Gert's sister.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:11:46 PM
I appreciate people who wear their hearts on their
sleeves. I just do.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:12:48 PM
I appreciate MARISSA for her focus on empowering
the UWEC ladies. Her dedication is inspiring.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:14:15 PM
I appreciate DIANE

for having an open mind to learn joomla, tech and all
that seemed daunting to learn in the beginning. This reminds
us how important being open-minded is. And how every day we
can learn something new.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:15:34 PM
I appreciate MEADOWLEA

for her energy for appreciations and her focus in welcoming
our newbies. Also I appreciate her mindfulness in making sure that
people are acknowledged and welcomed.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:18:15 PM
I appreciate OUR ELDERS

They are the bearers of wisdom across the ages.
Have you listened to one of our elders lately?
What stories have you heard your elder tell?
They are our life coaches.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:20:44 PM
I appreciate this sunset taken from my home.

When the sun rays highlight trees and plants,
something wonderful happens. Nature's art.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 15, 2007, 10:23:30 PM
I appreciate another sunset after it snowed.

Just look at the golden orange highlights of beautiful sun rays
on the trees. And just look at that wonderful snow that blankets the yard.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 10:34:45 PM
Appreciating Dwan Diane ABC

For staying with people.

As time passes, I realize
just how nurturing she is.

At first, as she lays out
the lay of the land,
it does not feel so nurturing.

At times, fundamental changes are required
in one's attitude or way of doing things
just to be on her team.

But later on, one is grateful
for the earlier delineations
and can see how they have contributed
to such a fine degree of experience
that one has not experienced before.

I am deeply grateful and honored
to be on Diane's team.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 10:59:32 PM
Enjoying hindsight;
the resolve of conflict;
the view from the wider perspective;
the view of great benevolence.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 11:01:00 PM
The tension of expansion;
the turmoil inside the cocoon
while fully aware of the value
that turmoil adds.
Finding beauty in all things.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 15, 2007, 11:03:14 PM
Metaphors

The many levels of reality.
The delight in discovering
the surprise of truth
pointing the way to itself
by tickling our fancy
by the words
that happen out of ourselves.

As we surrender our minds
to the infinite,
we find truth
winking at us
and delighting us
at every level.

Road markers on our journey home.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 16, 2007, 07:18:58 AM
Appreciating finding home.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 16, 2007, 07:27:06 AM
Appreciating Satsun the story of a Mayan Healer and the healer whose life led her to him.

Parallels midst this life delight me.

For Rosita Arvigos' dedication to true healing and to the awakening she shared with so many,
I am so very thankful.

Namaste
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 16, 2007, 07:39:28 AM
Good morning! Thank you all for being so supportive! We are so happy you are with us on this journey to maximize human potential for joy, friendship and prosperity in peoples' lives.

We appreciate all the wonderful support the participants here provide for each other to create more joy and emotional healing in their lives by focusing on who and what they appreciate to shift and maintain their level of awareness at high levels.

By doing so, we are building our capacity to experience inner joy and peace of mind no matter what happens externally. We are also making new contacts for mutual support. This investment is laying the necessary foundation for new initiatives and possible win-win-win prosperity projects in the future.

This is primarily a volunteer project so appreciate your patience as we study and work together to figure out how we can continue to improve various functions on this website. We appreciate all your contributions and participation!  Thank you very much!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 16, 2007, 07:49:48 AM
Good Morning!  Today is the 3rd Sunday of the month which is the day we devote to "Meetup for Conversations" program in Washington D.C.!

We are so pleased to make this opportunity available in Downtown Washington D.C. so that people of all walks of life including women, families, neighbors, entrepreneurs, visitors, government, Asian Americans, Chinatown community members, organizers and residents from the metropolitan area can come together to interact, support each other, make new contacts, give back and continue to build a beautiful community of allies and friends, locally and globally.

We thank all the volunteers, organizers and sponsors who have made this program possible in Washington D.C. for decades.  For more info, see http://socialnetwork.meetup.com/5/  and http://archway2.org
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 08:09:57 AM
Appreciating qualities inherent in integrity:

workability;
trust;
loyalty;
attracts like unto itself;
easy breathing;
sets the groundwork for deepening connections with others;
dissolves boundaries;
encourages honesty.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 08:14:35 AM
Appreciating Dr. Ashis Brahma.
Lending generous energy to Daily Appreciations
The surprise man
The open-hearted man
The mysterious man (would like to know you better!)  :D
The man one can count on for a hug if ever desired
Appreciating Ashis.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 08:24:08 AM
Appreciating all the times Diane is so keen
to acknowledge others for their contributions.
There is much to learn from her
about managing an organization.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 16, 2007, 11:53:22 AM
I find myself so much lagging behind if I don't come here in more than 8 hours  ::) ;D
I am so happy to see many new faces here. Even though I myself is new, I feel I have already established a strong bond in here. Thanks to Elizabeth, Meadowlea, Diane and many others who made this space a lovely place to be!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 11:55:34 AM
Welcome back, Jen.
It's great to see you back again.
This is indeed a great anchor have and to hold throughout your day.
We are here for you mightily to support you in uplifting your life and those of others'.
Cool that our logging back on was at exactly the same instant.
 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 16, 2007, 12:00:54 PM
I appreciate the enlightening experience reading "power v. force", a book Diane had strongly recommonded to me. She has mentioned it to me many many times, yet only recently have I got the book.

I am only 1/4 the way through, yet I am benefiting profusely from reading it already!

Thanks to Diane for her perservering efforts in helping others find inner peace and stability!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 12:06:20 PM
Appreciating the Prayer of the Bodhisattva.
and putting it to song. It's one of the prayers
that reaches and nurtures all the way through,
and when put to a tune, it is beyond description.

Prayer of the Bodhisattva
 
Alone, in the presence of others, I walk through the waking dream of life.
Others see me.
At the first sight of recognition, they turn away; for they have forgotten.
Together, through the waking dream of Life, we journey.
May the clarity of my vision guide your life in grace, for I am a part of you.
May my action remind you of your God within, my action is your action.
May my breath become the breath that fills your body with life.
May my soul become the food with which to nourish and quicken you.
May the words from my mouth find a place of truth within your heart.
Let my tears become the water to your lips.
Allow my love to heal your body of the pain of life.
In your most healed state, may you remember your most precious gift; your divine nature.
Through our time together, may you know yourself.
In that knowing, may you find your true home, your God within.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 02:18:21 PM
When going down to the park
to lie directly on the ground
to get connected to the earth,
some drummers arrived,
greatly enhancing the experience.
Appreciating drummers who ground us
by keeping the beat of the heart
of the earth
...beating
...beating.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 02:51:41 PM
Appreciating this sanctuary.
In between postings,
it's noticed that the mind
tends to go into the gutter
more often that is comfortable to admit.  :P
This River of A is like a reset button.
And it's available 24-7!!
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 16, 2007, 03:04:43 PM
Hola JEN!

I appreciate you and your enjoyment in posting appreciations.
And I am glad that you already feel like you are now immersed in our
Daily Appreciations community. Keep on posting , Jen.
Let all your positivity and DA appreciations gently shower upon you and
flow towards all of us and the universe.;)

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 16, 2007, 03:09:02 PM
I appreciate listening to the TalentFest crew sing their songs.

And some of us practiced dance.
And laughed a lot together. All helping one another to
be right there stepping forward to make a stand against destigmatization
of mental illness. And all sharing their talents.
And when there is music, people blend into the WE rather than the ME.
The guitarists patiently work with the singers to uplift them
into the limelight. The more seasoned dancers patiently teaches
the newbie dancer to allay her anxieties about performing.
Some bring food and drinks to nurture the crew.
Back to teamwork. All helping each other be the best that we can be
for a cause.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 16, 2007, 03:16:37 PM
I appreciate this little Philippine nipa hut in the Mt. Pinatubo area.

There is something about this photo that literally touches home.
This was taken after Mt. Pinatubo erupted and relentlessly spewed
"lahar" or white volcanic ash everywhere in its surrounding areas.
The owner of this hut is truly appreciated. After a long day of mission
work where there was a long line of people throughout the day
for just a handful of doctors, one lady invited me to her home
and offered me food. She said that it looked like I could use something sweet
to eat "for my sugar". What a compassionate, sensitive soul.
It was one of the most beautiful homes I have ever been in.
Its simplicity, the basic needs, this home reminded me that what is most
important is the love and compassion within a home. It was clear that
she was the queen of this home, as she treated her husband like a king.
No castle nor palace can compare with the intangible magnificence
of the spirit of love in this home.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 16, 2007, 03:24:09 PM
I appreciate the REFUGEES from all over the world.

I have learned so much from our refugees. That
home can be a state of mind. It dawned on me even more to
look at a world without borders. No artificial boundaries
in any sense. Our refugees had to leave their original homes
because of war, man-made disasters or other difficult situations.
Many of our refugees suffered much pain from losses, torture,
and unfathomable situations. Many of our refugees have sterling spirits,
and are resilient in their ability to maintain their faith and live life
day by day. My deepest respect and love for our refugees.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 16, 2007, 03:26:46 PM
I appreciate my little JAPANESE MAPLE TREE

it was given by a great friend and Miss Anne
helped me plant it. It has struggled a bit because
of the heat wave here yet it seems hardy. They are known
to thrive in the toughest circumstances. We are doing our
best to keep it alive. Water. Sunshine. TLC. We shall see.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 16, 2007, 03:35:17 PM
I appreciate the lyrics of the song LOVE IS THE ANSWER ( by England Dan and John Ford Coley)

Here are some words from the song:

"...And when you feel afraid, love one another
When youve lost your way, love one another
When youre all alone, love one another
When youre far from home, love one another
When youre down and out, love one another
All your hopes run out, love one another
When you need a friend, love one another
When youre near the end, love one another
We got to love one another

Light of the world, you got to shine
Love will be a means, yeah, yeah
Shine on us all
Know that love can save the day
Just give it one more chance
Lord you just cant let it stop lord
Love is the answer
Got to be free to let love into your life
Let it shine.."
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 16, 2007, 05:45:17 PM
Appreciating the young woman from Beijing I met today.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 16, 2007, 05:58:31 PM

Appreciating my daughter and my son for understanding that sometimes doing what life necessitates for the sake of others mandates sacrifice, steadfastness, compassion and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 16, 2007, 05:59:16 PM
Appreciating love across time and culture.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 16, 2007, 06:03:15 PM
Appreciating the flow of the river here, the gratitude, the light, the warmth, the depth, and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 16, 2007, 07:07:38 PM
I appreciate reading everyone's posts here on this thread. 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 16, 2007, 07:09:17 PM
Appreciating the poetic style of Meadowlea's appreciations.  Is there an upcoming "River of Appreciations"poetry book coming up?
I appreciate Liz , Diane, Jan and Meadowlea's, (and Brian's too) ability to write and communicate their appreciations. 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 16, 2007, 07:35:13 PM
it's only till now that I noticed we logged on at the same time earlier today, meadowlea! such a pleasant surprise! thanks for catching me in this river. i feel like i'm a piece of fish or a drop of water - i thoroughly enjoyed it here!

by today i have posted 20 appreciations - it is not a large number, but I have benefited a great deal - whenever i find in myself not enough positive energy, i come here and start writing words of appreciation - it worked every time! this is such a wonderful cure!

thanks again for having such a magnificant forum here!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 07:40:53 PM
Jen, 20 appreciations???
In just a few days?
Compare that to the 0 appreciations
all those who are not posting are or are not doing.
How many people are building their energy like you are?
You are a shining star.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 07:41:55 PM
Thank you, Marissa.
So glad you are enjoying them.  :)

Marissa said:
Appreciating the poetic style of Meadowlea's appreciations. 
Is there an upcoming "River of Appreciations"poetry book coming up?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 16, 2007, 08:05:16 PM
I appreciate this note from the Silva Mind Control people:

"The Most Important Rule is:

What you seek to manifest will come faster if you seek it to benefit humanity, instead of for purely self-satisfaction.
Ed Bernd Jr, one of Jose Silva's friends and instructors share this piece with us"

Rather than thinking of what you want and how you will feel when you get something or achieve something, it is far better to think about how the success will correct problems, will relieve suffering,will help someone to achieve their purpose in life and correct more problems and make the world a better place to live."

It works!  Keeping our eye on the purpose of Daily Appreciations and focusing on the mission rather than the "me"ssion, it is inevitable that it is succeeding.  Thanks DA team for focusing on the way we are uplifting the world!  When the world is uplifted, then we are too :)the alpha, oneness state.



Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 09:17:45 PM
Well quoted, Marissa.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 09:43:35 PM
Appreciating the difference between Jen and Jan. And that Jen is Jen Magic and Jan is someone some of us know who has not posted here and that they are two entirely different, though still entirely lovable entities.

Also appreciating the enormous job Marissa is undertaking and that we do not expect her to get everything exactly perfect all the time.  :)

But we do care that Jen be acknowledged as Marrisa intended. (pretty sure you meant Jen instead of Jan, Marissa, since Jan hasn't posted!)  ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 09:46:00 PM
Appreciating Dwan (Diane ABC)'s forgiveness and good humor
when at the scene of a mess of **someone's** making
(definitely not mine!)  ;)  :D
Generous as usual, DDABC.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 16, 2007, 10:03:48 PM
Oh yes, I meant Jen!  Jen, I appreciate your posts here. It was an honest typo mistake, sorry.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 16, 2007, 10:12:02 PM
Appreciating the nice weather we had today- nice cool and sunny weather.  Appreciating the rose bush by my window right by my computer.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 16, 2007, 10:30:12 PM
Enjoying Marissa's visits.
Enjoying her behind-the-scenes work as well
- not to be taken for granted
and enjoyed as a wonderful offering
of appreciation to us all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 17, 2007, 12:46:55 AM
Welcoming and appreciating CarlaRenee.
Carla, I noticed you successfully registered at dailyappreciations.net recently. I'd like to warmly welcome you. Dwan (Diane ABC) shared with me how valuable you are to the ABC endeavor. She mentioned what a great speaker you are and a great leader for ABC. I am always pleased to hear about the people that Diane is surrounded with. I hope to be able to meet you sometime and to thank you in person for all the support you are lending to Diane. The more support she receives like yours, the more well-being will spread around the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 17, 2007, 12:55:23 AM
Welcoming Felipe.
Thank you for your contributions to ABC projects.
Your support of Diane means a lot to many of us.
I remember you kindly joining us in our chatzy experiment.
I felt your support of the project back then. I'm very
excited that you decided to visit us here and look forward
to interacting with you more.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any
help getting around.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 17, 2007, 07:58:41 AM
Congratulations to all the participants here --- I noticed we already passed the 500 appreciations mark on Sept. 16, 2007 about a month of so after we started here. Congratulations to all the fast paced swmmers in the River of Appreciations!  I watched Meadowlea, Elizabeth, Jen, Debra and others swim by, it was very exciting! I was cheering you on! What a marvelous momentum and challenge!  The reward of being way ahead is that now you have more luxury and choices!  I will catch up sooner or later! Just enjoying and following up with people from our monthly community event. About 50 people attended and it was wonderful!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 17, 2007, 08:13:45 AM
 :)  I appreciate Carla for her wonderful attitude and outstanding public speaking skills!  Carla is now one of the co-organizers of the "Meetup for Conversations" program sponsored by Allies Building Community Inc. (A.B.C.) a 501c3 multi-service organization established in 1963. Carla is a motivator and natural community builder!

Carla really understands the value of the Friendship Archway appreciation tradition. We met her when she first came to our Meetup program about a year ago with her beautiful 11 year old daughter. She has been an inspiration to all, providing excellent support and assistance. She lives nearby in the Chinatown D.C. neighborhood.  We appreciate her valuable assistance as a member of the Organizing Committee for ABC programs! THANK YOU VERY MUCH Carla for your help with registration as well as facilitation at the Sept. 16, 2007 event in Wash. DC!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 17, 2007, 10:27:27 AM
Welcoming Nancy Peddle!
Nancy, so happy to see you've made your way through the registration process!
We are waiting for you over here in the river! Come join us!
You are a beautiful appreciator and uplifter, and it would be great fun to take a swim with you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 17, 2007, 02:22:32 PM
good to see all the familiar and unfamiliar faces here!

for the familiar faces, it would be very exciting having an opportunity to meet you in person and in action!

for the unfamiliar ones, i believe with time and dedication, all of us will become familiar soon!

appreciate Diane's untiring efforts in drawing fresh blood in! appreciate all the moderators and cheerleaders for their appreciating qualities!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 17, 2007, 02:24:38 PM
Thanks meadowlea for clarifying the "names". I look forward to seeing Jan's participation soon!

 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 17, 2007, 02:29:13 PM
I appreciate the earth!

Isn't it wonderful that the earth has the right temperature/condition for all the living creatures to survive?! I appreciate all the living creatures in this world. I hope all will live in peace!
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 17, 2007, 02:58:05 PM
I appreciate the USA

I love to frollick here and hang out with the sweetest of people.

Thank you for having me here and hearing about Darfur
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 17, 2007, 03:01:11 PM


I appreciate the depth of that sacrifice and wish to congratulate these young wise humans for their maturity


Appreciating my daughter and my son for understanding that sometimes doing what life necessitates for the sake of others mandates sacrifice, steadfastness, compassion and love.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 17, 2007, 03:04:08 PM
I appreciate the diva and the immersion. Two tools to help me focus and meditate. For the first time in 2 months I did not manage to do it yesterday and today it feels so good having done it..


Namaskar,

AShis
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 17, 2007, 05:02:59 PM
I appreciate loss and the incredible freedom it yields when we see beyond it, experience the depths of connections and embrace the incredible love and liberation that lie beyond it.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 17, 2007, 05:44:30 PM
Appreciating the chance to raise up the TCM clinic in Algeria and the new international TCM hospital in Zhong Fang.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 17, 2007, 05:46:20 PM
Appreciating that sometimes pathways to destinations remain uncharted and seemingly mysterious.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 17, 2007, 07:20:52 PM
I also appreciate the dive and immersion (holosync brain entrainment).  It's like taking a fast jet to deep meditation. It balances and clears my mind, and allows clarity of focus.  Thanks to Bill Harris and the Centerpointe people.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 17, 2007, 07:23:30 PM
I appreciate meadowlea's acknowledgment of my behind the scenes work.  That's me, the Capricorn Horse, most comfortable where I am not seen:) .  I love working in my garage :))
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 17, 2007, 07:26:41 PM
Appreciating my Sis Liz for introducing me to Holosync - almost 2 1/2 yrs ago! and I am still enjoying it. It has helped focus on the things that matter most to me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 17, 2007, 07:35:36 PM
Appreciating that my daughter is now student teaching college level classes, and she still calls me up for recipes and what she should wear.
I would just so love to hear her talk about "High Renaissance" art.  I appreciate the bond we have that nothing can break.  I have so much respect for my daughter, and  am so honored that I was chosen to be her mother.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 17, 2007, 07:39:28 PM
Appreciating David here at home who shows his love by bringing me small surprises.
Yesterday, it was roses from our garden he put on my computer desk.
Today, a beautiful Native American motif T shirt.
Three days ago, a pineapple (my favorite fruit)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 17, 2007, 07:42:52 PM
i appreciate my co-workers. they have been there to help me out whenever there was a need. i have been truly lucky to have them as my co-workers.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 17, 2007, 07:46:11 PM
Appreciate fall - the golden season. appreciate the transition from summer to fall - we get nice weathers and we get to wear scalves and beautiful sweaters. fall is also the season for harvest! hope all farmers in the world will have a good harvest this year!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 17, 2007, 08:02:33 PM
Appreciating Ellen Johnson, her experience and wisdom.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 17, 2007, 08:04:46 PM
appreciating glimmers of hope peaking through the densest of fog and darkest of clouds....
honouring fire
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 17, 2007, 08:09:43 PM
Appreciating Debra for seeing hope.
That is what courage is.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 17, 2007, 08:10:38 PM
Appreciating Jen for thinking of the farmers,
having grown up on a farm.)  ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 17, 2007, 08:32:11 PM
Farmers are awesome! They tend the earth, the plants and mediate existence on so many levels!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 17, 2007, 08:33:03 PM
Appreciating Mayan wisdom and the rainforests of Belize.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 17, 2007, 08:42:24 PM
Appreciating the amazing way
things that seem impossible to get through
eventually resolve.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 17, 2007, 08:42:56 PM
Appreciating Debra's determination.
 :)
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 17, 2007, 11:37:51 PM
Appreciating illness, like the flu,

because it makes us realise how important and great it is to be healthy
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 17, 2007, 11:44:29 PM
Appreciating my eagle feather,

It feels good feeling it again
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 17, 2007, 11:49:44 PM
I appreciate great friends
who accept us for who we are, and who laugh
about the most irreverent things. And somehow,
everything becomes okay.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 17, 2007, 11:51:50 PM
I appreciate those who follow their life purpose with
their hearts. It has been said that the longest journey is
from the mind to the heart.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 17, 2007, 11:54:30 PM
I appreciate DIANE's  humanitarian heart.
Her kindness, excellent leadership skills are greatly appreciated.
Hugs and love to you, Diane!
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 17, 2007, 11:57:51 PM
I appreciate loss,

because it makes you realise what you have
and more important what you need
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 17, 2007, 11:58:49 PM
I appreciate MARISSA & DAVID
Just for being an awesome couple whose home is
always open for many people they love.
They have a special kindness that makes it fun to
be with them. And I enjoy their bright minds.
Love you both!
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:00:57 AM
I appreciate
rabbits,

for being fury, sweet, swift and smart...

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 12:01:39 AM
I appreciate MEADOWLEA

for appreciating and welcoming our
newbies and making them feel at home.
And for being a very strong appreciations swimmer.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:03:33 AM
I appreciate
rivers
,


for giving life to earth, nature and people

for cleansing and rejuvenating

for being beautiful
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:05:10 AM
I appreciate guitars,
today I wrapped my fingers around one and it felt like an old love

my first guitar was stolen after a week 18 years ago


it felt like homecoming
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 12:06:06 AM
I appreciate ASHIS

For making time to travel everywhere in the USA
to give lectures and talks regarding the refugees and Darfur.
And for being very focused on his missions.
And for learning to play the electric guitar very quickly
and already "shredding".;) Way to go!

Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:09:55 AM
I appreciate,

milk...it nurtures the soul
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:11:15 AM
I appreciate being a newbie

and can not wait to become a normal member ::)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 12:12:12 AM
I appreciate ENDORPHINS

for giving us the energy of joy.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 12:13:14 AM
I appreciate warm milk.

For the L-tryptophan that is a natural sleep inducer.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:16:45 AM
I appreciate

free hugs

as they release endorphins

and make you feel good  8)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 12:19:58 AM
I appreciate easy, tender, joyful
times with friends old and new.
I have a high school friend named GINA who has a knack
of making us all laugh even when we feel down.
Thanks amiga. You're the best.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:21:02 AM
I appreciate

all the people that take time to read through these posts

well done and thank you
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 12:22:07 AM
I appreciate GUIA

It is great to see GUIA laughing again, focused on helping family,
and being there for us all.
Love you sis!
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:23:03 AM
I appreciate

all those that take time to do appreciations

Giving appreciations makes me feel happy, content and a bit quirky

then again the more of that feeling the better
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:24:32 AM
I appreciate the one star next to my name,

giving me one wish..


and I wish for....
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 12:25:16 AM
I appreciate the UWEC ladies and all those
who are involved in making sure that UWEC is uplifted
towards self-sustainability.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:26:16 AM
I appreciate the thumbs up sign

more of these can be shown around the world
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:27:56 AM
I appreciate those youths that organised the 24hoursfordarfur meeting in front of the United Nations building

I think it was a grand sueccess
bravo guys and girls
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 12:29:02 AM
I apprecaite my wish and wishes of people all around the world coming true

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:41:03 AM
Appreciating Ashis.
It is neato [thanks Norbert] to see you back.
It's great to see your appreciations in tandem with Liz'.
It is great the way we energize each other with our appreciations.
Thank you for energizing us along with yourself.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:42:52 AM
Thank you for your light-hearted appreciations, Liz.
It always feels good to appreciate and be appreciated.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:44:10 AM
Also appreciating the thumbs up sign;
a light-hearted, big "Yes!" to life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:45:52 AM
Appreciating that many happiness-makers
are so unassuming,
...like doing appreciations.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:47:14 AM
Appreciating those times
when words flow effortlessly
and with great beauty and grace
like a stream.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:48:44 AM
Appreciating trust;
and those who anchor themselves it it
to get through challenging times.
Appreciating those who trust.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:49:58 AM
Appreciating the way Marissa
draws out love.
It just can't be helped
when she shows up
on the scene.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:51:14 AM
Appreciating the delightful,
pregnant quiet
of early morning hours.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:52:37 AM
Appreciating Dwan (Diane ABC)'s boundless energy;
her prolificness with words;
her creativity;
her soulfulness;
her open heart.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:53:50 AM
Appreciating the knowing that Jen
will be signing in and joining us
...most likely today!!
(not to be taken for granted!)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:55:00 AM
Appreciating that Diane
has set herself up
with good help.
It is great to feel her levity
as she is supported from underneath.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 03:57:42 AM
Appreciating the great benefit of getting myself
out the door and that you will all be here late tonight
to delight the soul just as much as now. :-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 18, 2007, 04:16:34 AM
Good Morning! I appreciate all of you who are contributing positive energy and helping to build a friendlier and happier world by posting your appreciations here! 

I appreciate the Meadowlea, Elizabeth, Marissa, Brian Lewis, Jen, Debra and other ABC alliles for their important daily good thoughts and deeds to help maintain this creative space for all of us!

I appreciate another beautiful day to enjoy and to create as we wish!  May you all choose to live your day with joy, appreciation and ease, no matter what. May you choose to perceive and experience only blessings in your life! Have a wonderful day!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 18, 2007, 04:28:43 AM
I appreciate the friendships made here over time, people who can tell us what we need to hear for our own personal growth and new friends and allies for personal growth who remind us of our best Self and how that best Self would look at a situation.

I appreciate our power to reframe and see the same situation in a different light, thus transforming our personal experience from a negative feeling to a positive and accepting feeling, transcending our fear/ego. It is a challenge to give up resisting and accept "what is" as an opportunity. By our willingness to perceive everything as opportunities and blessings rather than problems, we become more aware of what we can learn from the situation and what we can do to contribute and create instead. Life is a laboratory and a classroom for scientists, co-creators, teachers and students.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 06:54:12 AM
Hola everybody! I appreciate all of YOU!
May your day be filled with wonder and adventure.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 06:57:39 AM
I appreciate COMPASSION.

It is where I want to keep my heart.
And give to others at the right moment.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 07:00:41 AM
I appreciate singing along with nostalgic songs.
Reminds me of my childhood especially while I was in high school.

"God bless you.....you make me feel brand new...
for God blessed me with you....
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 07:03:09 AM
I appreciate and LOVE my PREPIAN high school friends.


They are the most amazing friends anyone can ever have.
Always there for one another. Our homes everywhere in the world
open for each other. There for each other through the good and bad times.
And most of all, for all the laughter and wit every time we have reunions
which last for a week.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 07:04:52 AM
I appreciate moments of peace.

Listen to that pure quiet sound of nothing.
It is something.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 07:07:05 AM
I appreciate DIANE.

For her generous heart, for her mindfulness, consideration,
her professionalism, fairness, her friendship, and her laughter.
I wish you for you to be surrounded with gentle smiles and
and loving hugs.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 07:09:02 AM
I appreciate the beautiful tapestry that is LIFE.
And the intricate interweaving of people's spirits and hearts
that makes the world go round.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 07:10:54 AM
I appreciate that people can play hard at work and work hard at play.
One of the secrets to a happy productive life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 07:12:25 AM
I appreciate everybody appreciating here.
Know that you add to the joy and delight of many.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 07:13:54 AM
I appreciate that LOVE is a many-splendored thing.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 18, 2007, 08:11:05 AM
I appreciate the Zagawa tribe in Chad, Oure Cassoni Refugee Camp for teaching me the true meaning of:

humor
resilience
forgivefullness

and dignity
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 18, 2007, 08:28:14 AM
oh wow! you guys are supersuper early today  :-*

i am amazed and inspired!!!

I appreciate another beautiful day! I appreciate this group of energetic people who keep this place alive and lively! I appreciate Diane for her meticulous encouragement!

Yes, I show up today! as meadowlea has predicted - actually my set up is automatic signing in - so whenever I type in dailyappreciations.net, i'm right in!

cheers! have a wonderful Tuesday, you all! see you in a little bit!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 18, 2007, 01:18:12 PM
I appreciate the following facts:

I have a very supportive friend Alec who is smart, cute and caring;
He has a nose of perfect shape :)
He reads a lot;
He can write extremely well,
He has very smart fish 2;
He is materilizing his dreams by working very hard;
He takes very good care of himself;
He smells really good :D
He has cute hands and feet;
I hope he feels happy - and all the time - like I do.

yes, I feel fortunate and lucky! I have a lot of friends. I am accumulating wealth. I am extremely rich inside. I have a very bright future. My body grows younger and fresher with each passing minute. I instill myself with a lot of knowledge and wisdom every day. I eat very delicious chinese food. I go jogging every day and I am super healthy.

It is tuesday today and the weather is nice out. I imagine myself bathing in the sun and enjoy the transition from summer to fall. I am so fortunate to experience all the magical changes around me...
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 18, 2007, 01:22:42 PM
I appreciate my mom:

She is a beautiful woman;
She is mentally strong;
She has overcome a lot of life's difficulties;
She cares for us all;
She achieved a lot of her dreams in her life;
She has abundant health;
She laughs a lot;
She has a lot of friends and allies;
and most important of all,
She has given birth to me - and nurtured me!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 18, 2007, 01:27:13 PM
I appreciate my new roommate:

She is a beautiful and attractive Chinese lady;
she is very lively;
she is very understanding;
she is very talented;
she is tall and has a good body shape;

and we were from the same province in China!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 18, 2007, 01:28:51 PM
I am slowly making progress on this board: commenorating the 30th post! I know some members almost reached 300-post milestone! I know I will catch up. I just need to do it every day, frequently, constantly!

I feel smiles welled up on my face :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 18, 2007, 02:56:42 PM
Hola, JEN!

Keep on posting your appreciations. They make me smile.
I have no doubt that you will reach the 300 mark sometime soon.
I can tell that you enjoy the appreciations you post and that
you also smile at everyone's appreciations.
Take good care and may your day be filled with more abundance
of spirit and heart.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 18, 2007, 07:27:34 PM

and we were from the same province in China!

That is a blessing!!! Which province is that? Appreciating that you have found each other here.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 18, 2007, 07:35:49 PM
Appreciating my tongxue, Eric......

For sharing our Chinese mama and our dedication to her and love of her

for making me laugh
for sharing his day in Chinese and Spanish or the mixture thereof

For his love of China
for being an awesome grade school teacher
For always supporting the goals and pathways of my work
even when we're far apart
and for his friendship

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 18, 2007, 07:36:27 PM
for the unexpected treasures and pleasures of the journey
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 18, 2007, 07:38:40 PM

and we were from the same province in China!

That is a blessing!!! Which province is that? Appreciating that you have found each other here.

Hubei :)
What about you?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 18, 2007, 07:45:47 PM
Thank you Elizabeth!

Yeah! it really spices my day up by coming here! There are so many wonderful things/people around that - i don't think there is any exhaustion to that end!

See ya all tomorrow!!!!! ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 11:02:24 PM
Jen, you so brighten up my day.
Your smile really does shine right through your type.
:-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 11:07:11 PM
Appreciating a new computer tower. Yea!!
After having been in computer battle
for the last few months,
and thinking about all the time wasted in battle,
and frustration oozing onto other people,
it seemed the wisest solution.
It is just great,
although Vista is still a puzzle.
Where is the RUN option, for instance??
 ??? ::)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 11:10:02 PM
Appreciating the man encountered today
who couldn't stop spontaneously talking
about his daughter
and how much he loved her.
It was the coolest conversation.
It was wonderful to listen to someone
go on and on about someone they loved.
Pure, unadulterated love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 11:16:18 PM
The amazing and magical Jen
has only to multiply by 10
to satisfy her present plan
made worlds easier while courting a man.
 :D  :D  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 11:23:16 PM
Appreciating the wonderful elderly couple
encountered today.
They were so full of experience,
vibrant personality
and warmth.
I found myself deep in conversation with them
as if they were my own relatives
even though I'd never met them before.
It would be great to see them again.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 11:26:55 PM
Appreciating that
(is it just my imagination?)
the happiness quotient here
is rising by leaps and bounds
in just the last few days.
I actually couldn't wait
to get back from the computer store
just to post and to find out
who posted
and what
and to post
about all the great experiences
of the day!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 11:37:31 PM
Appreciating and allowing
that entreating the Great Benevolence
for the most benevolent solution to something
may mean falling flat on my face;
or it may be something so beautiful
that the resource to experience it
has not been accessed until now;
or it could mean a loss
of something I have not
until now been willing to let go of
despite the benefits of letting go.

Well, regardless of all that,
I still embrace
the most benevolent solution
to all things now.

 :D   :D   :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 11:43:35 PM
Appreciating Debra for being a China bridge.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 11:45:02 PM
Appreciating Ashis
for the flavors he brings together for us
from his travels around the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 11:45:35 PM
Appreciating the special spark in Liz' posts this am.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 18, 2007, 11:49:18 PM
Appreciating this thought from Diane further below:

new friends and allies for personal growth who remind us of our best Self and how that best Self would look at a situation.


You are all certainly that for me.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 12:42:18 AM
 ;)

I appreciate David and the path of healing.

All you need is just a little patience

To get to see the inner truth
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 12:44:36 AM
 ;D :o ::)

I appreciate Louisville, the home of great people...

Where I can relax and be.

And use my key.

Or even jump a steeple
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 19, 2007, 05:17:46 AM
Appreciating a good night sleep and my "this moment's abililty to get online" hooray!

I woke up naturally this morning, 10 minutes before the alarm went off - a good indication of a good night's sleep!

Appreciating a good night sleep - it recharges one, refreshes one, and reinvent in one a brand new self! I hope all people who have had sleeping problems will have more good night sleeps.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 19, 2007, 06:39:38 AM
My father-in-law has been confined to a nursing home for his own safety these past two years.  I wish to say how much I appreciate those who care for him and others each and every day as he passes through this phase of his life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 19, 2007, 08:16:52 AM
I appreciate old friends LEE and KAREN

Had a wonderful time with them last night just talking about
the world and how to make it a better place. Lee is an excellent singer
and guitarist ( sounds like James Taylor) , and both of them have been
great anchors of the TalentFest.
Karen is an art therapist who has a beautiful humanitarian mind.
They treated Ashis and me to a little Thai restaurant so thanks for that.
Hugs and love to both.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 19, 2007, 08:19:47 AM
I appreciate ASHIS

for his enjoyment of family and friends in Louisville;
for being dedicated to the Holosynch meditation ( which several of us in our
family practice ); for having great parents and family,
for being a kindred spirit, great friend, and colleague, and for his devotion to
his missions.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 19, 2007, 08:21:19 AM
I appreciate DAVID & MARISSA

For their hospitality, for being great listeners, for being great friends
to family and friends, for their loving spirits, for the beauty of their hearts
and for being nurturers. Thanks. I just love my family. :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 19, 2007, 08:25:06 AM
I appreciate myself being so sensitive.

I now understand people's sensitivity are at different levels and I am thankful that I was born with higher sensitivity than others. I see, hear, taste, smell, and feel the world and that is the starting point of how I understand everything.

I now appreciate this ability. I hope I will utilize this ability to greater extent in the future.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 11:36:12 AM
I appreciate the internet,

A tool to start up and maintain connections between people.
Setting up meetings around the world opening hearts and minds

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 19, 2007, 11:38:24 AM
Yes, I also appreciate Jen for being sensitive to the feelings of others. It is hard to live in a negative energy environment. According to research by Dr. David R. Hawkins M.D. and Ph.D., more than 80% of the people in a community have thoughts at the negative level.

This is why it is important to create this safe space for healing from negativity. This project is especially critical for people trying to heal from cancer, heart attack and other major illnesses. By strengthening and uplifting our own focus and level of awareness of appreciation and love, we are being part of the solution rather than part of the problem of the world. Thank you for your active participation!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 19, 2007, 11:40:10 AM
Appreciating Richard Bradley of the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement Corporation (B.I.D.)

Richard Bradley with leaders of the Downtown B.I.D. made possible the transformation of Downtown Washington D.C.  We are very grateful for his leadership, talent, vision and capabilities to make things happen for everybody's benefit!  We thank the business leaders in D.C. including Kingdon Gould for inviting Rich to D.C. and for supporting his pioneering work.   :)

I love to be in Washington D.C because of extraordinary individuals like Rich Bradley and many others I get to meet and learn from. [:)]

(also posted to http://neighbors.meetup.com/6/messages/boards/view/addpost?parent=8737169&forum=385835
and
http://dailyappreciations.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=32&action=post;topic=15.0;num_replies=612)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 19, 2007, 12:01:28 PM
It is hoped that we will all get to learn to know Richard Bradley better, maybe even in this River of A!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 19, 2007, 01:41:42 PM
Appreciating unexpected pleasant surprises.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 19, 2007, 01:56:51 PM
I appreciate my feet :P

They have carried me across continents and enabled me to dance, jog, and stand... They sustained great pain sometimes but they'd recover and do the same old me again without complaints.

I love my feet!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 05:01:08 PM

I appreciate sincerity at its deepest levels, the commitments it cements, the doors it opens and the universe it unifies and/or aligns.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 05:02:09 PM
 Appreciating Meadowlea and her post about benevolence and attachments......truly inspiring.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 05:03:33 PM

Appreciating the shared experience of Rosita Arvigos and don Elijio, a Maya healer, the nine Maya spirits, the power of sastun and IX Chel.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 05:05:13 PM
 Appreciating medicine trails and medicine gardens everywhere,
how they teach us, heal us, empower us
and remind us of our sacred duties to the earth, the spirits and each other.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 05:06:57 PM

Appreciating those that know FAITH, embrace and kindle it and follow the path it sets out.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 05:10:38 PM

Appreciating that failure on any front merely tells us that success where it is/was most needed lies elsewhere within our reach.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 19, 2007, 06:28:26 PM
Appreciating Parama Chattopadhyay for completely transforming the website for Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring into a lovely, happy, child-centered place to learn more about mentoring children in between homes. She did an amazing job learning how to do it all by herself from scratch with some support from her web design team that she recruited by herself. Now it is great fun to see the children who have benefited from AFC interacting with the mentors in a natural mentor / mentee environment.

http://www.afcmentoring.org/eventphotos.php
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 19, 2007, 07:16:55 PM
Today I am appreciating airlines for their tremendous efforts at safety...I appreciate each and everyone of you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 19, 2007, 07:18:11 PM
I wish to express my most sincere appreciation to the family who welcomed us to stay with them in their home in Beijing.  Yujing, William, and Mr. Wong...you are such tremendous people!  Thank you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 19, 2007, 07:19:18 PM
I also wish to express my deepest appreciation for Lulu's family, who welcomed my daughter into their home and then were there to take her to safety when she experienced unexpected heart problems...Thank you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 19, 2007, 08:38:03 PM
Brian, it is really great to see you posting again!
Really really great. :-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 19, 2007, 08:41:00 PM
Appreciating and welcoming Alexandria.
Your appreciations at omidyar.net
were greatly energizing.
Whenever you started
your appreciation banquet for the day,
I knew it was going to
rev everyone else up too.
You had the discussion thread really humming! 
People like you and Liz and Brian,
and of course Diane
along with all the other more or less rabbit-like posters
really energize our world.
Glad you got in and I am now looking forward
to your contributions
when your schedule is more forgiving.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 19, 2007, 08:56:16 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Pascal Gillon.
Your open-hearted outreach and offerings to one and all
had many of us in wonder and awe of your generosity.
Appreciating your enjoyment in connecting people with resource.
Looking forward to your posts!
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 19, 2007, 09:04:52 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Maggie!!
Looking forward to your posts.
As always, thank you for giving life to the Free Hug Campaign.
Your energy and excitement about it is so very infectious.
I am looking forward to sharing appreciations with your lovely heart.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 19, 2007, 09:06:18 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Jean Russell,
organizer extraordinaire!  :D
Thank you for stopping by and registering.
We look forward to getting to know you by your loves.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 19, 2007, 09:11:49 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Richard M.
Your posts have a way of waking us up.
You love playing with the unexpected
and it seems you love shedding new light
on situations that beg for that.
I look forward to reading your colorful posts!

 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 19, 2007, 09:30:22 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Jeremy Foreman.
I'm happy that you were able to register ok.
Looking forward to sharing appreciations with you.
Take off your wraps and stay awhile.
I hope you enjoy your visit and that it will be long and fruitful.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 19, 2007, 09:37:16 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Phyllis!
 :D
I'm so happy you're all registered and good to go.
Looking forward to sharing your love
of all things beautiful and heartwarming here.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:28:57 PM
I appreciate,

the hospitality of Phyllis,

she will be housing me as I come down to Jackson to tell stories about Darfur
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:30:40 PM
I appreciate my mother,

She is kind and caring and has supported me through all the easy and hard times I have gone through. nature is in her hands and wisdom in her heart.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:31:38 PM
I appreciate all mothers in the world,

for without them we are nothing
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:32:43 PM
I appreciate friends,

so one can be oneself!
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:33:53 PM
I appreciate

food

and as tonight the grub was Indian, praise the cook who made the mouth water
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:34:48 PM
I appreciate Liz

for not interrupting so I have a whole page of appreciations
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:36:10 PM
I appreciate my brother

As he has a wicked sense of humor, is a great dad and partner to his girlfriend.

A caring person and that I will meet him again soon in London
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:37:24 PM
I appreciate India,

the subcontinent that brings food, music, philosophy, nature and great people to this world
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:39:14 PM
I appreciate the USA

As here one can excel!

And the burgers (people) are funky
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:40:11 PM
I appreciate the fast swimmers in the river

trying to become one
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:40:54 PM
I appreciate  being on a roll

in a moment of flow
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:41:39 PM
I appreciate all the newcomers,

let the love flow over the river
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 19, 2007, 10:42:34 PM
I appreciate the glass of milk next to me

It gives me a sense of soothing
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 19, 2007, 10:42:42 PM
I appreciate ASHIS

for desperately trying to catch up with the fast swimmers...;)

and drinking his milk to calm himself down.

Keep on going...you can do it!!;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 19, 2007, 10:48:50 PM
I appreciate appreciations games

and being able to finally interrupt Ashis after
his dozen "uninterruptible" appreciations because he wanted to go
on a roll. :) ;) Aha! And now it is finally my turn to post appreciations!!;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 19, 2007, 10:54:35 PM
I appreciate a state of relaxation

where the mind rests
no thoughts
body rests
heart rests
spirit soars
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 19, 2007, 10:59:10 PM
I appreciate GUIA

for helping me organize my office.
And doing it so diligently and steadfastly.
Had fun in India Palace. Interesting stories you had there.
Thanks. Love and hugs.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 19, 2007, 11:04:08 PM
I appreciate MARYJO & BRIAN DURBIN

Maryjo is a caring, compassionate, loving ICU nurse who happens to be my sister.
She and her husband Brian have three adorable little princesses named
Shelby, Rachel and Ashley. It was great hanging out with them late tonight
just to catch up with life and exchange experiences and the many funny stories in
our lives. Congratulations to the new endeavors they are undertaking.
Love and hugs to the family.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 11:09:48 PM

Appreciating Dr. Rosita Arvigo for her commitment to the earth, its medicine, the Mayan healing traditions and sharing her journey and discoveries with the world for the sake of true healing. She is a light guiding so many. :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 11:13:24 PM
 Appreciating Dr. Yan Zao Ming (晏早明) for sharing his heart, his knowledge his gift for healing and the lessons that keep on giving- revealing layers of experience and ways of seeing.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 11:18:17 PM
 
Appreciating the Chinese medicine doctors led to practice in the Algerian
Chinese medicine clinic.

Thanks so much for listening to your hearts and answering the call.

Appreciating Nourredine and the acts of kindness he has inspired, the healing that will be brought to the region and the constant remembrance of his love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 11:20:06 PM

Appreciating an open door and a ray of hope
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 11:22:12 PM

Appreciating my international family, the time we spent together, the stories we shared, the hours spent chatting and the love we share. Thank-you for being my family.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 11:27:07 PM
Appreciating the people of Huai Hua (怀化)who greet life with such joy, benevolence, and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 19, 2007, 11:49:37 PM

Appreciating Fu Yong and his wonderful letters filled with ethnographic details, love and wisdom.

He is such a dedicated scholar and teacher touching all whom he reaches.  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 20, 2007, 12:37:42 AM

Appreciating the layers and levels of learning and engaging Chinese medicine. Lessons are everywhere....appreciating that becoming a healer means accepting your gifts and deficits.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 04:14:26 AM
Appreciating Ashis' somewhat noble intentions of swimming faster.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 04:16:44 AM
Appreciating all the simple pleasures expressed as appreciations like milk.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 04:42:21 AM
Welcoming and appreciating Dr. Howard R Hernandez.
I am so happy to see that you have successfully
navigated your way to us.
I read about your contributions
in the thread dedicated to you
in the Honoring Individuals and Groups section of the website
and look forward to getting to know
more about what brings you joy!
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 04:57:17 AM
Welcoming and Appreciating Randy Douglas
(and Sylvia Brow who sent it to him)
who shared this wonderful presentation with us.
We are so happy that you joined us and
we look forward to more of your contributions!
 :D

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Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 20, 2007, 05:01:28 AM
good morning meadowlea! wow! over 300 already! you are absolutely admirable!

it's so nice to start a day reading all the wonderful appreciations! I appreciate this golden opportunity offered to me. Thanks to all who initiated, moderated, maintained, and participated in this website.

Have a fabulous Thursday! Isn't Thursday nice? Got a whole weekend to look forward to :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 05:04:16 AM
Good morning Jen.
Great to see you here again.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 05:26:32 AM
Welcoming and appreciating Matthewlb to Daily Appreciations!

So happy you made your way into the website.

We are so happy that you stuck your toe in the water at Daily Appreciations.

Please let me know if you need any assistance in finding your way around.

The River of Appreciations is a great place to join in with others
in honoring whatever energizes and sustains us and uplifts the quality of life for all.

It is also a great investment of time through service; an enjoyable way to build a support team of new allies and friends to assist you within your vision of the future for the world. Appreciating others strengthens and heals, counterbalancing negativity in the world with ease and grace.

Joining in the River of Appreciations is also a great way to be introduced to the steady tide of new and old appreciators engaging each other in 100% appreciative conversation!!

Thank you again for opening the door for all these possibilities.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: founderofinfogatherer on September 20, 2007, 09:36:38 AM
I thank God, angels, good people that gives this society now, more and more, a very good hopefull future for all!
Most of all, today is my birthday (44) and I have got to tell you guys: people like the ones on this site is a gift to me appreciate because it confirms that human nature, in its core, is good!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: founderofinfogatherer on September 20, 2007, 09:43:00 AM
I thank God that with all my travels, education, disciplines, and spiritual research I have done which enable me to help people to reach their dream, for free, via my website, as well as being loved my my family, that if I would die now, I would die happy! How much of a precious blessing is that!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: founderofinfogatherer on September 20, 2007, 09:49:15 AM
I appreciate amazing beings like Mardi Kendall who fights for helping people in guinea doing Tamalalou:
Journey to the Heart of Guinea   Tamalalou:     A Feature Documentary about the astonishing and unknown
world inside Guinea as seen through the eyes of a rising young  World Music star and three generations of his musical family   

Gee, are there some heroes on this planet? you bet there are.

And the people on this site, ALL OF THEM, are a bonus for this society!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 11:31:16 AM
Wow, Infogatherer!
What an honor to have such an open, flowing heart join us!
Big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!!
Thanks for your inspiration.
The sun just climbed higher in the sky!
 :D :D :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: NurtureGirl on September 20, 2007, 12:06:00 PM
Thank you dear ones for pulling me in here to share my gratitude!
Thank you to Meadowlea for the ping recently. And your generous offers of help!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: NurtureGirl on September 20, 2007, 12:07:37 PM
Thank to Brian Lewis for meeting with me Monday.
I really appreciate your time and your faith in me.
I especially appreciate the challenge you put out to me to get a PhD.  :)
Thank you Brian.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: NurtureGirl on September 20, 2007, 12:10:16 PM
Thank you Liz for being who you are. The energy I sense around you is so compelling that even when I just see your name show up on Skype--and we don't talk--   ;D I still smile with gratitude and feel connected to you. Thank you for being full of love, appreciation, courage, strength, resilience, patience, persistence, music, meditation...just being you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: NurtureGirl on September 20, 2007, 12:13:28 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Jean Russell,
organizer extraordinaire!  :D
Thank you for stopping by and registering.
We look forward to getting to know you by your loves.


Thank you for the warm welcome Meadowlea!
I appreciate the opportunity to get to know you better.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 12:30:48 PM
WELCOME JEAN!! Our very own Nurture Girl!
Happy to have you aboard. Know that I appreciate you, your friendship, all our exchanges,
sharing funny and serious things, laughter, dance, your candor, your delightful self,
and just opening our minds as wide as we can to make good things happen in this world.
Go for the PhD, amiga! You won't regret it.

Hugs and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 12:32:09 PM
Another big welcome to Jean the NurtureGirl!
That was a fun splash!
Come back again soon!
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 12:35:25 PM
WELCOME HOWARD!

Hooray! Now this site will really jump in positive notches in terms
of awesome energy levels. Howie is truly a terrific heart, an excellent writer
and a wonderful soul. Anybody who can be the founder of PAL-CARE (Palliative
care for those who have chronic illness --volunteerism)has to have an abundance of
compassionate energy. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Wish you were here while Ashis is here. Or for the Talentfest. But will enjoy the time
you have here. The family will surely have fun with you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 12:36:36 PM
WELCOME INFOGATHERER!

I appreciate your heartfelt and spiritual posts.
looking forward to more of your posts.
Glad that you are here with us.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 20, 2007, 01:11:53 PM
Appreciating catching up with the appreciations flow here, thanks to everyone- although I have to get back to the ground here and keep plugging away with my shows through the weekend.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 20, 2007, 01:24:16 PM
I appreciate getting to know a friend Ruchi from India, and spending time with her while at the Veteran's Hospital Show.  I sense her compassion towards the veterans every time we talk to someone there.

 I appreciate the humility of the veterans who have fought for our country.  Although I do not believe in war, these people did what they believed was what they had to do, and they continue to survive and and have faith regardless of the disabilities, and severe ailments they now have because of the war.  I appreciate learning first hand that wars, did not only break their bodies, but also interrupted their personal dreams while they felt like they did what was necessary.  And these people were not at all treated special when they came home.... and half of them are still homeless.

I am honored to meet and speak and learn from them- humility, faith and resilience.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 20, 2007, 01:27:36 PM
I appreciate the 28 yr old war veteran woman I met today, who told me her story.  She had to leave her 2 yr old when she went to war, and now her legs are severely injured.  I appreciate being able to offer her assistance in getting some jewelry components and the opportunity to be able to help her continue creative activity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 20, 2007, 01:30:57 PM
Appreciating the Vietnam vet who comes and visits me every show, who is in his last stages of cancer, yet his creative activity continues.  I gave him some antlers to carve, and each time he sees me, he gives me a little carving.  I appreciate the opportunity of meeting him, and seeing how powerful and life affirming creative activity can be.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 20, 2007, 01:34:29 PM
Appreciating all the genuine kindness I see at the VA hospital this week.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 02:26:03 PM
A warm welcome and appreciation for Kristy Mercker.
Thank you for jumping right in.
Thank you so much for taking the time
to patiently register and navigate the site
in order to appreciate those who have enhanced your life!
I hope you feel inspired to visit us again soon.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 04:18:40 PM
I appreciate
catfish
[/color],

as they will be swimming in my stomach tonight

yammie yammie :o
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 04:28:40 PM
A special welcome and appreciation of colinski!!
Colin, it is a delight to find you here.
Thank you for taking the time to knock on the door.
You are most welcomed to take a frolicky swim with us
here in this River of Appreciations
and to further whatever of your many heartful causes
most delight you
by appreciating that which uplifts and sustains
both you and them!!
Please don't hesitate to me know if there is even a speck of trouble in navigating the DA site.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 20, 2007, 04:42:18 PM

Appreciating meeting all those at Benedictine university so connected to Asia, for sharing your lives and experiences, and reminding me that life yields mysterious unforeseeable surprises.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 20, 2007, 04:43:01 PM
Appreciating open hearts and minds.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 20, 2007, 04:44:45 PM
Appreciating Jean for all she nurtures and for sharing that special gift here and within the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 20, 2007, 04:47:25 PM

Appreciating the beautiful "One World" artwork I experienced
at Benedictine University, the multilingual and multilevel  messages
each conveyed. Mostly, I so very much appreciated the "One World"
 titles and how it really fit the paintings and connections they facilitated.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 20, 2007, 04:48:53 PM

Appreciating ALL of YOU all you are,
all you give, all you love, dream, and empower
on so many levels.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 20, 2007, 04:49:28 PM

Appreciating the power of spiritual connections.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 04:53:51 PM
Welcoming and appreciating steelydon!!
Thank you for your visit to Daily Appreciations
where we create and milk the delight
in and out of our world for all it is worth!
...Where we build networks with others who understand
that success is most effectively grown out of noticing
what is praiseworthy about each other;
where we learn a million new ways of saying the same thing:
"You have brightened up my life!
How many more ways can I say the same thing
to delight you even more?"

If anyone knows who steelydon is,
perhaps you might be kind enough
to email this welcome to them
along with this direct link to the River of Appreciations!

http://dailyappreciations.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=32&board=16.0

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 04:57:41 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Vinnie!!
Thank you for taking a peak
into our heartful game of appreciation
here at Daily Appreciations!
We hope you are able to find your way around
enough to create a place you can call home.
Be sure to contact me if I can assist you in any way!
We look forward to getting to know
what it is you would like to appreciate.

If anyone knows who Vinnie is,
perhaps you might be kind enough
to email this welcome to them
along with this direct link to the River of Appreciations!

http://dailyappreciations.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=32&board=16.0
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 04:59:38 PM
Appreciating the latest wave emitted from Debra.
Thank you for putting the
what it is you would like to grow.
As you grow, so you glow,
and as you glow, so you grow!
 :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 05:09:53 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Wakinyaska!!
May you easily find your way
to whatever it is you intended
when you registered here at Daily Appreciations!
We are delighted you were able to complete the registration process
and that you were attracted
by the idea of uplifting the world
through appreciating each other.
I am available to assist you
in making your visit a pleasant one
and you will find that is true of most others here.


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 05:22:54 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Xanina!
Thank you, too, for taking the time to register.
It is great to have you with us.
Please let us know what we can do
to enhance your time here.
The possibilities here are endless;
a huge boon to the emerging culture
of peace and understanding!
Thank you for considering playing a role in this way.

Once again, if anyone knows who Xanina is,
perhaps you might be kind enough
to email this welcome to them
along with this direct link to the River of Appreciations!

http://dailyappreciations.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=32&board=16.0
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 20, 2007, 05:32:49 PM
I appreciate the many very active contributors of Daily Appreciations here! As of 9-20-07 I notice over 700 posts -- amazing accomplishment in a very short time! Congratulations and thanks for sharing both thoughtful and fun gifts of appreciations, smiles and laughter! ;) :D

Meadowlea 327 posts
Elizabeth 275
Marissa 70
AshisBrahma 70
Brian 66
Jen 37
NMW 15
NurtureGirl 10

You are a challenging group to keep up with!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: ABCallies on September 20, 2007, 05:43:31 PM
Appreciating that Debra
will get SPECIAL acknowledgment
for being accidentally left out
of the statistics just below.  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: ABCallies on September 20, 2007, 05:47:23 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Jerry!!
Thank you for taking the time to register.
We appreciate your curiousity
regarding doing Daily Appreciations
as a practice to enhance life, not only for ourselves,
but for the world.

We hope that you will feel comfortable
learning to know about what is possible here
and that you will find joy here
in appreciating those in your life who have uplifted
and sustained you!

We hope that you might discover new opportunities
for networking with people who are committed
to seeing the best in each other
so that the experience of life on all levels
can be enhanced for all.

We hope that you will ask for assistance
wherever needed to ease your time here with us.
You can find us 24 / 7 in the River of Appreciations
at this direct link:

http://dailyappreciations.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=32&board=16.0

Best wishes,
The ABC Team
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 20, 2007, 05:47:31 PM
I appreciate Ms. Nikita Stewart, staff writer with the Washington Post in Washington D.C. Ms Stewart took the initiative to conduct many long interviews with many Chinese community activists in D.C. She is a very good listener and she is very patient and open-minded.

Ms. Stewart had the challenge to describe a very difficult and complex situation. Her article was very well written and she described the challenge in a balanced and accurate manner. We appreciate that she took the time to write this report. Her article marks an important reference point in the history of Chinatown, Washington D.C.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 05:51:42 PM
WELCOME KRISTY!

So glad that you are here with us now.
Looking forward to more of your posts that would surely
give radiant light to this site.

A kindred spirit you are to me indeed.
I love knowing someone who loves the Beatles songs as much as I do.
And that is a lot. And another friend who loves to dance like I do.
Especially Flamenco. And to travel like I do. Heart friends.

Let your positive, wonderful, loving  self shine
brightly here. Love and hugs, mi amiga! Ole!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 05:55:22 PM
WELCOME WAKINYASKA (DAVID BRATCHER)

Glad to have you here, brother.
David is Marissa's hubby and my brother-in-law.
Thank you for your kindness to people, your love of our family,
your love for the Native Americans, your love for music,
your psychic nature, but most of all your love for my sister.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 20, 2007, 05:56:43 PM
Again, I wish to appreciate Meadowlea and Elizabeth's leadership to facilitate this Forum!  Thank you very much for all your contributions, encouragement and support for all the members with your inspirational messages!

It is so nice to have a positive place to return to daily as well as a place I could suggest to students who want to practice  English where they can go, not only to learn English but also for good thoughts that could change their lives for the better! :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 20, 2007, 06:05:36 PM
Welcoming and appreciating Melanie!!
Thank you for taking a peak into our project here.
We hope you can find a comfortable spot
to let grow your sunshine.   :D  :D  :D
Please let me know if I can assist you with site navigation.
We wish to make your experience as easeful as possible.
The people here are incredible,
and we are looking forward to getting to know
what is incredible about you as well.

If anyone knows who Melanie is,
perhaps you might be kind enough
to email this welcome to her
along with this direct link
to the River of Appreciations!

She has an email showing in the membership list,
but it got returned.

Many thanks!

http://dailyappreciations.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=32&board=16.0
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 20, 2007, 09:43:59 PM
It is very exciting to see new faces every day! Thank you all for taking the time to register and post!!! You will find yourself addicted to this place soon, just as I am :)

Warmest welcomes!
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 09:55:07 PM
I appreciate
Wakinyaska
[/glow]

A vision, a beacon, a laugh and a heart......

Open house, open heart!!

See you soon
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 09:56:43 PM
I appreciate,

music the food of love!

the motion and the potion

the groove and mojo
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 09:58:27 PM
I appreciate food


the music of love

potions in motion

gvavy to groovy

99% inspiration, 1% PERSPIRATION
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 09:59:58 PM
I APPRECIATE

Loving the unloveable

Hard it seems

Yet the way to heart and soul

to improve and move the world forward
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:02:04 PM
I appreciate

Freedom

It is what makes the world go round

What does not come freely

But needs to be worked at hard
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:04:11 PM
I appreciate
meadowlea

 ;) 8) ::)

For being wellcoming to all the new people.

To her neat appreciations
To her sea of appreciations

But mostly for being her
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:07:04 PM
I appreciate
travel

of mind

of heart

of body

and soul

for liberating and detaching

for being able to learn

for being able to meet other cultures

which end up being part of the One

Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:08:55 PM
I appreciate

The native Americans,

for their orginal wisdom, sense of humor and connetion with nature

let us pray they may be there another 10000 years
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:10:08 PM
I appreciate

the deer that will show up tomorrow morning

to peep around the corner and eat the blueberries
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:11:35 PM
I appreciate the koi in the pond


for they eat from the hand and swim around with a sense of peacefulness
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:12:56 PM
I appreciate the house martins as they hop around as sweet little birds

birds amogst the most beautiful of living creatures

sweet song and chirpy behaviour
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:14:48 PM
I appreciate



frogs


as they hop around and look kissable to princesses and hugable to others
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:15:43 PM
I appreciate

trees

rustling leaves

hugable creatures

carriers of wisdom
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:16:56 PM
I appreciate

today

for yesterday is water under the bridge and tomorrow a dream

today is the day it will happen
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 10:19:17 PM
I appreciate my MAC again.

Okay, yes, I have done that before.
But I do love my MAC! :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 10:22:00 PM
I appreciate ERICH FROMM

And his book THE ART OF LOVING.
A classic. Words of wisdom. Worth re-reading.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 10:28:43 PM
I appreciate MY CHILD WITHIN

That keeps me curious and delighted about humanity
and our world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 10:35:00 PM
I appreciate JOHN STONE

The Eye. His vision of Hearts Coming Together.
Preparing a lot for Ashis and I to be interviewed
in Canton. And organizing some dancing in the water fountains
and Lemonade for Clean Water for the World.
Yes!! Dancing...and for our favorite cause.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:35:24 PM
I appreciate,

letters as they form words, confirm thoughts

cause discourse, debate, discussion


and in an ideal word end up connecting people
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:37:02 PM
I love my MAC too

because she is white

and has a shiny apple on her back

is sweet and kind

and is my eye to the world
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 10:37:23 PM
I appreciate PHYLLIS & JIM HURLEY

For making sure that Ashis is able to reach more people
regarding the Darfur cause.
I miss you Phyllis and Jim! Hugs and love to the Hurley family.

Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:38:54 PM
I appreciate

mr eye

 ??? ::) :P ;D ;) :)

he makes pictures so neat the world stands still

he is the conductor of the love train

and he brings people together
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 20, 2007, 10:40:29 PM
I appreciate black...

coffee

boards

birds

nights

moods

all beautifull
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 10:56:29 PM
I appreciate EARTH ANGELS

They are friends, families, strangers, acquaintances
who seem to be there at the right time and at the right place
when our hearts somehow need their love. And sometimes they are
there when things seem to be unbearable. They are our living miracles.
They are ALL of us at one time or another for each other.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 11:01:00 PM
I appreciate RAINBOWS

Especially the double rainbows.
They are so magical.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 20, 2007, 11:03:22 PM
I appreciate DIANE

For her unstoppable vision, her kindness, compassion and
bigheartedness in helping many. And for this wonderful
site which as JEN said is becoming addicting ...
in a sweet and loving sort of way.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 21, 2007, 01:39:52 PM
Appreciating the Prisoners of war and the Missing in Action.  Today is POW/MIA day.  My prayers are with all of these men and women, their children and families.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 21, 2007, 01:41:05 PM
Appreciating the lady who listened to me talk on and on about UWEC, and now she is introducing me to another chapter of the Knights of C.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 21, 2007, 01:42:21 PM
Appreciating this joke my daughter sent me.
"what did the zen master say to the hot dog vendor?"

Please make me one with everything. :) :0
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 21, 2007, 02:18:44 PM
Appreciating another beautiful day! I like it hot! It's lovely. It's beyond description of joy!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 21, 2007, 04:53:13 PM

Appreciating the beauty of candlelight--its flickering flame and quiet grace.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 21, 2007, 04:54:35 PM

Appreciating red lanterns and the joy that wells within my heart whenever I see or think of one.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 21, 2007, 04:55:33 PM
Apreciating Mei mei's smile, her sense of humor and sense of style.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 21, 2007, 04:56:24 PM
Appreciating the wisdom of elders delivered in various fashions.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 21, 2007, 04:59:05 PM
 Appreciating my Chinese mama, Jane Jiajing Wu,
for building bridges, sharing her knowledge and experience
and being the absolutely awesome teacher she is. Namaste
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 22, 2007, 07:09:51 AM
Appreciate the ability to get online again :D

It is when you can't get something easily that you makes you appreciate it more. It is so wonderful to be able to get online and swim in the river here!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 07:25:47 AM
Good morning, JEN!

How are you today? Glad to see you online.
Let us go for a DA swim and appreciate the world.;)

I appreciate appreciating here.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 07:37:18 AM
I appreciate SOLDIERS

There are many kinds of soldiers.
Those who are and were in the military and have
laid out their lives to protect and defend others.
Those who stand up for what they believe in against all odds.
Those who face the most difficult adversities with resilience, dignity and grace.
Those who selflessly care for others in a steadfast and disciplined way. Everyday.
Those who never give up no matter what.
Those who overcome the toughest situations like chronic and terminal illnesses.
Those who give of themselves for missions and causes.
Those who believe when it is hard to believe.
Those who have hope when it is hard to have hope.
Thoe who have the heart to have Faith.
Those who love when it is hard to love.
Those who courageously lay out their lives for others if they have to.
Those who face life and mortality and continue to be grateful and appreciative.
I appreciate the soldiers in us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 07:40:53 AM
Appreciating this stunningly beautiful
last couple of days here on the east coast!
West of Boston
in the early morning yesterday
where the air is clearer -
electric, dew-ridden early morning country air
takes the breath away.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 07:42:36 AM
Appreciating the power
of blessing one and all
and the beauty
and peace it brings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WegAgepCYfo&mode=related&search
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 07:54:47 AM
Appreciating those days where energy is allowed to flow;
those special days starting very early and ending very late
with no reduction of energy even though supplements in
the morning were forgotten.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 07:57:55 AM
Appreciating camaraderie;
a sense of harmony with others;
a blending in.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 07:59:53 AM
Appreciating those whose favorite pastime
is expressing new appreciations,
like maybe Jen.  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 08:06:15 AM
Appreciating the budding Ashis verses.
Also his appreciation of meadowlea.  ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:08:09 AM
I appreciate PRAYERFUL PEOPLE.

Thanks for your spirit of love for us all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:09:13 AM
I appreciate MEDITATORS

You add your soul of PEACE to our world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:10:17 AM
I appreciate FRIENDS

over and over again...always.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:11:02 AM
I appreciate FAMILY

What happens to them happens to me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:12:55 AM
I appreciate MARISSA


For all the good she does, known and done anonymously.
For uplifting UWEC
For her abundance of creativity
For her intellect
For her Art
For her love for family.
Loveya sis!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:15:09 AM
I appreciate MEADOWLEA

For blazing the trail for more appreciations
For welcoming all the newbies and doing a great job at it
For swimming strongly and steadily in the DA River.
For your affectionate words
Way to go! :) and hugs!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:17:13 AM
I appreciate DIANE

For your mindfulness
For your sense of consideration of others
For your concern for others' well-being
For sharing your expertise with others
For your creative ideas
For your cross-cultural upliftment of people
For your kindness and compassion.
Love and hugs to you today, my friend.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:22:13 AM
I appreciate PHYLLIS

For working hard for the needs of UWEC
For being such a great friend
For opening her heart to many new ideas
For her love and kindness
For her strong Faith
For her love of family and friends.
Hugs and love to you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:23:51 AM
I appreciate DEBRA

For your candor
For your kindness
For your hard work
For your love for China and TCM
For all the love you give...
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:28:10 AM
I appreciate JEAN

For your friendliness
For your thoughtfulness
For going for your PhD
For your ablity to network
For your desire to make good things happen in our world
For your compassion
Hugs to you amiga!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 08:29:50 AM
Appreciating my really expensive, highly valued
stainless steel water canteens.
Someone else appreciated them
more than me yesterday
and took off with them.
So I'd better appreciate them more.  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:34:27 AM
I appreciate my daughter JACQUELINE (aka Jackie aka Leeneepie)

Thanks for such a wonderful time with you playing the guitar
last night. I really enjoyed that. So our goal is to practice learning one song
each time we are together. That is way cool, hija!
Those Beatles and Eagles songs are really fun to play in our guitars.
It makes me happy that you enjoy the Breedlove guitar as that is a
especially symbolic guitar for me.

And I loved the food we ate
in that little Filipino restaurant called Sari-sari last night. Especially the dessert.
What a delight to see you play the guitar so well now and enjoying the same
songs and music. This is life at its best for me. To see my family happy.
Singing and playing music. I love you, hija!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 08:36:15 AM
Appreciating words;
how they can be used
to amplify energy.
Amplifying energy.
A favorite thing.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:38:31 AM
I appreciate MY SON

For his courage in dealing with what he is going through
For his love of God
For his love for family
For thinking about the refugees
For telling family "I love you" at the end of each communications
For praying
For having sent me a very touching card
I love you, son.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 08:42:39 AM
Appreciating Gina.
Your devotion to truth amazes and warms.
It is a blessing to be present when you
allow yourself to be used by wisdom;
the way you allow spirit to flow
so that others can also be used
in the best possible way.

Appreciating your excitement
about what we are up to here,
and looking forward to playing
with you here at Daily Appreciations.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:43:53 AM
I appreciate ASHIS

For his resilience
For his daily search for his higher self
For his love for his family and friends
For his unwavering love of his missions as his priority
For being a messenger for the refugees
For understanding the meaning of Oneness
For learning how to love the unlovable
For talking to my son about the refugees
For being himself.
Hugs.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 08:48:21 AM
Appreciating the internet.
The way it connects us
to our other selves all around the world.
It is bringing us together as one.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 08:49:43 AM
Appreciating watermelon on these warm sunny days.
I never get tired of it!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 08:52:05 AM
Appreciating all those
who have contributed
to my financial well-being.
I feel so blessed
to have all of you in my life.
Each day where I find
I have the resources to keep on,
I am in wonder.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 08:52:31 AM
I appreciate MY DAD

For his dedication to his profession
For his love of family and friends
For being a trusted servant leader for many causes
For his medical missions in remote parts of the Philippines
For his courage to make a stand when noone else would
For his sense of humanity
For his faith
For his love of golf, dance, music, and his many many friends and colleagues
For being there for us 24/7. Anywhere in the world
I have ever traveled, I always knew where to get my dad if I was
in any kind of trouble. He was just a phone call away and that
gave me much confidence in my life. Thanks and I love you dad! ~
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 08:55:16 AM
Appreciating the time
that has been granted to me
to post appreciations.
May I never take it for granted!
Posting them makes them real;
brings them to the forefront;
encourages appreciations
to be at the forefront of my life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 09:02:23 AM
Appreciating the masters of life.
Those who are compassionate
and unintimidated;
open;
clear;
happy;
welcoming.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 22, 2007, 09:03:23 AM
I very much appreciate having had the opportunity to meet  Ms. Zhang Shuqing, founder and Executive Director of Sun Village, an NGO taking care of children whose parents are in prison while I was in Beijing this past summer and for the continuing opportunity to work with her to expand and further develop what she has so wonderfully and unselfishly undertaken.  She, herself, a former prison official, saw a need and stepped forward to help.

I invite you to visit http://www.glinet.org/inspiredetail.asp?id=2183 and http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/cw/210643.htm where she is described as a Mother of Mercy.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 09:04:34 AM
Appreciating the emotions
that make our life game
of hide and seek
more colorful.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 22, 2007, 09:04:44 AM
I appreciate Paul Liao, who arrived here two days ago to help with his son and his very pregnant wife who will have their second son within the week...we are grateful that you arrived "in time" to provide support for your wife and sons.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 09:07:24 AM
Appreciating Brian for playing with us in the river again!
Really great to have you back.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 09:15:53 AM
Appreciating the gift
of forgiveness and forgetness.
That which bestows the gift
and those who invite it
to be bestowed.
 :D

Appreciating the reminder
that it is a gift
so I can stop trying so hard.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 09:21:52 AM
Appreciating the sweet old man
who called me "dear" yesterday
at a time I really needed to hear that.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 09:24:56 AM
Appreciating all the public servants
who tried so hard to help me
recover my disappeared
water canteens yesterday.
Appreciating myself for thinking
someone else may actually have
really needed them more than me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 09:34:25 AM
Appreciating Marissa
for all the detail
that went into
making this experience
so wonderful.
Noticing all the countless options;
the smooth sailing;
the curiosities
I have not taken time
to discover in full yet.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 12:27:15 PM
Appreciating Liz' fun-loving nature.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 12:40:28 PM

I appreciate knowledge--when combined with love and compassion
and fortified with action, miraculous things happen.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 12:42:33 PM

I appreciate scholars. Many of them are true angels
who suffer for the sake of their work, continue to do so
for the sake of others and give so much of themselves and all
those before them.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 12:44:15 PM
 I appreciate the piece of Fluorite my son
brought back for me from Japan
and how it originated in Hunan:-)

It is an awesome stone.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 12:45:11 PM

I appreciate my daughter, her fun loving nature
and her quest for self.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 12:46:12 PM

I appreciate all those who seek true healing, who share
these journeys and themselves along the way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 12:48:56 PM

I appreciate Sas in the Mayan sense, meaning light, unblemished and mirror.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 12:50:58 PM

Appreciating Professors and the lessons that continue
teaching long after the classroom time and/or office chats
have concluded.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 01:16:55 PM
Appreciating Debra's surge of appreciation.
You go girl!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 22, 2007, 01:20:47 PM
I appreciate my niece.

She is a 10 year old girl who is very talented and intelligent. She is also very eloquent. She has brought us much pleasure and laughter since she was born. She also bears so much hope of the whole family.

I feel extremely proud of her. I hope she will achieve what her heart conceives!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 22, 2007, 01:22:31 PM
I appreciate TEA!

It is healthy and tasty. It is also soothing. I also appreciate the varieties we have for teas.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 22, 2007, 01:25:21 PM
Appreciating technology

Computers, Internet, cellphones, cars....

They have not necessarily made our lives less complicated, but they certainly provide us with a lot of ease!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 01:26:59 PM
Appreciating learning about Jen's lovable niece
and all the other things to be learned about Jen.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 01:27:53 PM
Appreciating Liz' encouraging nature
for those posting and elsewhere.
It makes people on feel safe and cared for.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 01:29:42 PM
Appreciating Diane's enormous vision
and her fun-loving nature.
Most of all -
the way she keeps her biggest surprises
hidden for just the right timing.
Just when you think she is limited in a certain way,
out comes the magic rabbit
blowing all one's preconceptions!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 22, 2007, 01:38:11 PM
Appreciating Meadowlea for catching me so soon  ;)

It is a wonderful thing to be appreciated. Thank you!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 01:40:36 PM
It is fun "catching" people at Daily Appreciations, isn't it?
 :D  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 02:37:48 PM

Appreciating the realization that the world is one of aspects
and that this principle embodies and empowers the "both AND"
in so many layers and views.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 03:10:34 PM

Celebrating different cultural lenses through which to view and understand
the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 03:11:35 PM

Appreciating cross cultural communication and the many pathways it opens.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 04:43:34 PM
 Appreciating Liz and her multiple appreciations today and always.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 04:45:07 PM

Appreciating Meadowlea and how she welcomes those here.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 04:46:01 PM

Appreciating mantra.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 22, 2007, 07:54:41 PM
I appreciate MISS GERT

And the way she sang gospel music for my Flamenco dancing friends when
we were resting from practicing today. What a gracious and loving heart she has!
I appreciate MARISSA for introducing me to Gert. They met each
other in a stained glass art class.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 22, 2007, 08:30:00 PM
I appreciate the opportunity to help with raising funds for my brother Reggie's church.  I appreciate being able to work with the Knights... what a devoted, mission focused group.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 22, 2007, 08:36:22 PM
I appreciate this brownie with chocolate and butterscotch morsels with a cool glass of milk after working hard today.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 22, 2007, 08:39:55 PM
I appreciate the team work that is going on in my home between me, my brother, my sister Guia and Dave from the K of Columbus while we prepared for the church sales.  Having a lot of fun while staying on the mission.  We laughed and joked around a lot. ;D :) ;) 8)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 09:26:32 PM

I appreciate silence and the metaphysical space it yields
time to be, to breathe, connect and disconnect simultaneously.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 09:29:15 PM

I appreciate organic food the intrinsic relationship it helps restore
between man and the land and how it fortifies our sacred contract with the universe.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 22, 2007, 09:30:34 PM

I appreciate rice and all its glorious varieties.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 10:16:28 PM
Appreciating that Debra thinks of us
every time something strikes her fancy.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 22, 2007, 10:42:08 PM
Loving the wrinkle that persists.
It persists as a great irritation
calling Job to the fore of the mind.
It brings to bear the last of the forgotten kind
pitted against the aggressor agent
attempting to snatch the delicacy
from the reach of the Beloved.

The wrinkle;
the irritation;
the perception of something askew
is the entrance to the kingdom.
It is the presence at the longed-for gate.
If we only knew how close we really were,
we would all relax with great relief.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 22, 2007, 11:53:13 PM
I appreciate the creativity and energy of Meadowlea and Elizabeth who have now posted over 320 appreciations!  WOW!  No one can say they were held back by your example.  ;) Cheers and thanks for your outstanding contributions!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 12:23:59 AM
<3 Loving you <3

Sometimes there's only a little way to say that I love you.
Other times, there are ways beyond all expanse
glowing in from the far reaches of the universe
that undo all preconceptions of what love is.
Would we recognize that love
that heralds itself from afar?
Would we sense it undoing itself in our domain?
Would we know to embrace it;
to send it back to itself
fuller and wiser than before?
Sometimes there is only a little way to say I love you.

And so I do;
to you
...and you.
<3 Loving you <3
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 23, 2007, 01:33:16 AM
I appreciate Mississippi river

I dipped it with two fingers today and I feel rejuvenated!

A wonderfull stream, powerfull as it is

It is also beautifull
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 23, 2007, 01:35:07 AM
I apperciate jean

for being a loving and caring human

one who dares to ask

one who dares to care

whose poets pen turns airy nothing into shape

and gives to the none a local habitation and a place
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 23, 2007, 01:36:12 AM
I appreciate the
Hurleys

for taking me in and treating me as a relative
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 23, 2007, 01:36:53 AM
I appreciate the highschool students in Clinton who asked me caring questions

Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 23, 2007, 01:37:32 AM
I appreciate sleep

just about to crashzzzzz
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 23, 2007, 01:39:29 AM
I appreciate


the green tree frog

coming out to play today
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 23, 2007, 01:40:43 AM
I appreciate the
deer


that popped up after I let go (looking for one)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 23, 2007, 04:51:29 AM
appreciating another beautiful day!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 23, 2007, 06:57:57 AM
I appreciate the flow of appreciations from many now.
Let's keep it going , everybody!

Makes me want to sing " Moon River".;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 23, 2007, 07:02:39 AM
I appreciate Moon River, the song.

Moon river wider than a mile
I'm crossing you in style someday
You dream maker, you heartbreaker
Wherever youre going I'm going your way
Two drifters off to see the world
Theres such a lot of world to see
Were after the same rainbows end
Waiting round the band
My huckleberry friend, moon river
And me
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 23, 2007, 07:04:33 AM
I appreciate Lance Leifer's work against malaria.

If you believe in this cause, please blacken your photo
in support of it in Facebook. Many of us have done it.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 23, 2007, 07:08:53 AM
I appreciate ALL THOSE WHO ARE CHAMPIONING THE CAUSE :
HEALTHY WATER FOR THE WORLD

Together we can eliminate this most emergent global problem.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 23, 2007, 07:13:22 AM
I appreciate WILL

For now finding his peace in an island
For his love of music
For his passion for guitar-playing
For his giving, helpful heart
For his love of family and friends
For the forthcoming February Hearts Coming Together bash in Aruba. ;)
Love and hugs.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 23, 2007, 07:15:33 AM
I appreciate KRISTY M.

Amiga, you don't miss a beat. ;)
For your patience in teaching Flamenco.
For your delight and joy about almost everything.
For your very positive attitude.
The Talentfest will surely be fun!
And for a great cause: Destigmatization of mental illness.
Hugs and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 23, 2007, 07:20:41 AM
I appreciate JOHN STONE - The EYE

For all he is doing to help us reach many
regarding  our missions.
For his friendship and his vision of
the beauty of Life.
For his vision about Hearts Coming Together
For connecting the dots
For telling us all that he loves us.
Hugs and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 23, 2007, 07:29:33 AM
I appreciate the REFUGEES in my community and everywhere in the world.

For their courage, strength, and endurance.
For their ability to go beyond survival.
For their faith and their spirit of hope.
They teach us that no matter what, that we can
overcome the adversities of life.
And maintain our dignity and sense of honor.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 23, 2007, 08:26:02 AM

I appreciate journeys through the forests of life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 23, 2007, 08:26:57 AM

I appreciate the ancient city JinPing and the inspiring minority people that have occupied it for centuries.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 23, 2007, 08:27:34 AM

I appreciate Buddha caves.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 23, 2007, 08:30:09 AM

I appreciate the wonderful man who is the director of the Chicago
Chinatown community center for sharing his journey with
me and my tongxue, Eric, for inviting us in, opening doors to
our participation and promoting all the wonderful ways in
which the center and its programs serve the people and
bridge diversity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 08:30:48 AM
Appreciating Marissa for facilitating this site
link and all those who are signing up and
contributing to Clean Water For the World.

http://cleanwater.wetpaint.com/?mail=1200

My metaphorical mind sees clean water
bringing clarity on all levels for all, not just
the areas of the world that seem to be the
most affected.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 23, 2007, 08:38:04 AM
I appreciate public libraries and those librarians who works diligently to assist patrons.

I am benefiting tremendously from using the public library - such a wealth of knowledge and wisdom!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 08:39:24 AM
Appreciating Liz for sharing Moon River.
I experienced it in a whole new way in
this whole new context.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZAUBYudm2o&mode=related&search=

(Nice background for reading appreciations)

  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 23, 2007, 08:40:47 AM
I appreciate Liz for posting the lyrics "Moon River" - a time-defying, classic and adorable song!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 08:41:06 AM
Appreciating waking up to Jen Magics daily posts.
(Yes, I'm a late riser this morning having been
musing here late into the night.)

 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 23, 2007, 08:42:42 AM
I appreciate meadowlea for pooling out the music of "Moon River"

brightens up my Sunday!

Thank you two, two angels!!  :-*
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 08:47:38 AM
In fact, combining these two links:

MoonRiver
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZAUBYudm2o&mode=related&search=

and the Power Point presentation for Clean Water For the World
is a pretty awesome experience!

http://cleanwater.wetpaint.com/page/PRESENTATIONS

A tear jerker with a happy ending.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 23, 2007, 08:48:34 AM
I appreciate Alec again, for his frugality, his financial acuteness and his discipline in keeping his finances in check.

He has all the qualities to the financial extent necessary to ensure an abundant future.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 23, 2007, 08:50:37 AM
I appreciate the fact that meadowlea and me are posting appreciations together!

We seem to share some similar frequencies in terms of posting :)

And this marks my 50th post :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 08:52:56 AM
Yippee, Jen!!
Congratulations on the 50 posts!
Yes, I just love posting together.
And I love your love of abundance.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 23, 2007, 10:04:52 AM

Appreciating Ngarjuna's net reflecting ultimate oneness.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 23, 2007, 11:05:20 AM
Appreciating humility as a virtue

I appreciate Brian's thread on virtue under Other Appreciation Topics where this was posted. When we find ourselves in conflict with anyone or with ourselves, we can remember to appreciate humility to transcend the perspective of our ego-self.

Here are a few quotations from the book, The Power of Humility (Choosing Peace Over Conflict in Relationships) by Charles L. Whitfield, M.D., Barbara H. Whitfield, R.T., C.M.T., Russell Park, Ph.D. and Jeneane Prevatt, Ph.D., page 147.

Quotes on humility from A Course In Miracles (www.acim.org and www.courseinmiracles.org):
"Humility is a lesson for the ego, not for the spirit....The meek shall inherit the earth because their egos are humble and this gives them truer perception. (T4.l.12.2 T=text, 4=chapter, 1=section in chapter, 12=paragraph, 2=verse in ACIM.)
 
Humility will never ask that you remain content with littleness. But it does require that you be not content with less than greatness that comes not of you. Your difficulty with the holy instant arises from your fixed conviction that you are not worthy of it. And what is this but the determination to be as you would make yourself? God did not create His dwelling place unworthy of Him (T28,4.3.l-5)

All false humility we lay aside today, that we may listen to God's Voice reveal to us what He would have us do....And if He deems us worthy, so we are. It is but arrogance that judges otherwise. (W186.4  (W=workbook)

In silence and in true humility, I seek God's glory, to behold it in the Son whom He created as my Self. (W211.2)

(For those who do not believe in God, ACIM states, God is Love. Others refer to the energy of Infinite Intelligence  within us as Tao, Heaven, Presence or Buddha or Level of Consciousness or Chi.)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 23, 2007, 11:16:33 AM
I appreciate this River where we can come morning and night to share our appreciations, lessons, favorite quotes and inspiring thoughts and ideas that we appreciate with our friends and allies here.  Our members are really positive and creative! Thanks!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 05:09:54 PM
Appreciating Dwan (Diane) Tai - the way she so quickly latches on to something she likes about someone and puts it out to the public. It is acknowledging and is now shared value. She's a gold digger this way and her joy in the discovery of value is warming and happy-making.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 05:52:14 PM
Appreciating Norbert for his offers to help us think about accommodating some of needs of DA and it's affiliates. He had a steady stream of ideas to draw on. I really like his love of Daily Appreciations. I appreciate his offer to help us think about setting up other websites, wikis and chat facilities. Thanks, Norb!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 05:54:21 PM
Appreciating the reliable phone service here in the USA.
I learned just how much that is not the case in all parts
of the world, making me even more appreciative! When-
ever we want, we can be there for each other!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 05:57:40 PM
Appreciating a sense of accomplishment
in having completed many of the things
I set out to complete today.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 08:47:34 PM
Brian, enjoying your posts to the max!
Thank you for being part of DA.
Great role modeling;
Exquisite sharings;
You lend so much.
Looking forward to more!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 08:58:51 PM
Welcoming and appreciating RevT!!
Thank you for registering at Daily Appreciations!
We hope your experience navigating this site has been enjoyable.
We care very much about providing a site
that people will want to return to on a regular basis
to post appreciations of whatever sustains them in their lives.
We believe that appreciations strengthen and empower all parties
(and increase the likelihood that common endeavors undertaken
will be successful.
We believe that appreciations are healing on all levels,
and we would like very much to assist others in increasing this
phenomenon in their lives so they can experience this increase
of health, wealth and happiness personally.
So we are very excited when new people join
and very much look forward to their contributions
as they become ready.
Thank you again for stepping into our sanctuary of well-being.
We warmly welcome you.

 :)

(If anyone knows who RevT is,
perhaps you might be kind enough
to email this welcome to them
along with this direct link
to the River of Appreciations!)

http://dailyappreciations.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=32&board=16.0
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 23, 2007, 10:00:45 PM
Just thought of another reason I love this River of A!
It's so simple to read other people's posts!
You don't have to keep going back
and clicking on categories
to feel like you're caught up now.
It's all right in front of you!
I like this River of A.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 24, 2007, 06:50:18 AM
good morning everyone!
appreciate another beautiful day! Have a great week ahead!:D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 24, 2007, 06:54:26 AM
Good morning, Jen!
Noticed your post coming in.
Thank you for your wonderful uplifting spirit as always.
Your morning posts make a huge
and of course positive difference
to the well-being of the planet!
 :D  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 24, 2007, 08:01:15 AM
Good morning, meadowlea.  You are doing such a great job of keeping this place so charming and full of opportunities to share and express our appreciations...thank you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 24, 2007, 08:31:50 AM
Thank you, Brian!
I appreciate that acknowledgment.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 24, 2007, 09:37:58 AM
I appreciate Meadowlea and Norbert for their ability to keep track of the specifics like dates and time of meetings. We had a long conversation for understanding yesterday and I found it productive to share ideas, schedules, beliefs, aspirations etc. in a non-directive chatzy format.

For people who have three hours or more a month to learn and serve on a volunteer basis to help move projects forward, we welcome them to join the fun by contacting me or anyone on the Daily Appreciations.net ("DA") management team.

With appreciation,
Diane.associates@gmail.com
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 24, 2007, 09:57:06 AM
I appreciate wireless connections for laptops. However my internet connection is often lost while I am writing. Also I cannot access the internet on some mornings.

I appreciate understanding that "what is" is just "what is"...it is not good or bad.  How we think about "what is" is our personal interpretation of the data.  Often we are not aware that we have the power to choose different words to describe a situation so that we do not upset ourselves unintentionally or blame the other person or thing.

I choose to remember that there are only opportunities and blessings in my world, therefore, I appreciate the opportunity to explore other faster and more reliable internet connections when I have time, so I can access the internet to post in the River every morning more consistently. I choose to appreciate that I could make a change in internet services at the right time if I really wanted to.  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 24, 2007, 02:27:21 PM
I share the same experience with Diane :)

I hope i will soon get reliable internet connection at home so I get to post every morning when I get up. Currently the connection is so fragile that writing anything longer than a sentence might mean disconnection the moment I am ready to post :)

Let's hope the situation will change for the better soon!!!

Cheers!!



Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 24, 2007, 05:33:10 PM
Appreciating David Bale
for all the amazing work he is doing
in getting uniforms and boots
for Kayiwa Fred's soccer team,
and also for the other doors
he is opening up for Kayiwa.
His contribution is so cheerful
and full of goodwill.
It is fun to see his time pay off!
I'm really getting to like David Bale!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 24, 2007, 05:38:20 PM
Appreciating John Powers
for all the support he is sending Kayiwa's way.
I like the way John is thinking about the situation.
I believe he understands
that because of Kayiwa's kind heart,
that Kayiwa is someone
who can benefit a lot of people
in Uganda and beyond
and therefore is a particularly
good investment of energy.
I appreciate John's absolutely reliable support.
It is great fun watching it all develop.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 24, 2007, 07:45:30 PM
Appreciating Kayiwa Fred
for his devotion to God.
I can see how his devotion
to benevolence has opened up
enormous opportunities
for abundance for himself and others
in recent months.
Kayiwa is a real gift to the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 24, 2007, 07:51:40 PM
Appreciating Ranger.
Ranger is a sweet dog I encounter
every couple of weeks.
He is part of the reason
my life is so enjoyable.
I sort of like the way
he gets himself underfoot
begging for attention
because I dearly love
giving it to him.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 24, 2007, 07:59:28 PM
If you haven't yet had the amazing experience
of Dwan (Diane ABC)'s pure and playful delight
at your integrating an abundance principle
at a new level,
you've got a real treat coming.  ;)  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 24, 2007, 08:03:40 PM
Appreciating lightness,
ease and good humor
regarding topics
that can weigh heavily.
Topics, for instance,
that are highly controversial,
or painful in any way.
I appreciate those who know how
to bring the light touch
in a way to bring buoyancy.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 24, 2007, 08:07:18 PM
Appreciating the growing number
of contributors to this forum
and all the different flavors they offer.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 24, 2007, 08:29:40 PM
I like the way appreciations come to me during the day.
I like the way I quickly write them down.
All day long, it's like living for the gold,
and when another appreciation comes through my awareness,
I pull out my pen and spill the gold all over the paper
and transfer it here.
It's a wonderful way to live!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 24, 2007, 08:39:59 PM
I have had so much fun at this link.
I like it because I get to win so much.
I've played chess before at links where I never get to win.
This one, I get to win every so often.  :D
It's a great way to relax in between other online projects.

http://www.media-division.com/flashgames/flashchess/chess.htm
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 24, 2007, 08:45:55 PM
I appreciate being able to offer students guidance. It's always a win-win situation ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 25, 2007, 03:14:16 AM
Appreciating Linda Fox,
an amazing and sweet bookkeeper.
She is truly a Godsend.
I don't know what I'd do without her!!
She has tackled some issues
that I wouldn't dare to touch on my own.
And I love being called "Sweetie." :-)
Many thanks to Linda!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 25, 2007, 04:11:46 AM
good morning, sweetie meadowlea!
 
you are soooo early today! Keep up the great enthusiasm throughout the week - I am look up to you for constant inspirations!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 25, 2007, 04:16:40 AM
Ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh.
Someone else called me sweetie.
 :D ;)
Good morning to you, Jen.
Please don't look too far up or you'll miss me.
I'm right here with you.  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 25, 2007, 06:43:35 AM
Appreciating that Jen and Debra, Brian and myself
are able to post while a number of others
are experiencing problems getting online for various reasons.
So happy there are always a few to keep this area active!  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 25, 2007, 06:57:19 AM
Appreciating warm showers.
They put me in a good mood
and make me more ready to start my day.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 25, 2007, 07:00:24 AM
Waking up early is the best.
I love those times when I wake up at 4am or so
and end up with a couple of extra hours
to do appreciations,
catch up on back logs
and not have to worry about being late for anything.
Plus everything feels so fresh at that time.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 25, 2007, 08:29:32 AM
Appreciating having memorized
the peace prayers
of the 12 major religions.
Having those at my disposal
at any moment helps to transform
just about any situation
that feels other than peaceful.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 25, 2007, 01:16:06 PM
I remember when I first started to work in an office and we used manual typewriters with carbon paper and steno machines.

Guess what happened when you made a mistake, which seems to have been inevitable...

So, I truly appreciate computers and word processing and photo-copy machines!

What used to require four or more people can easily be accomplished more quickly and attractively with only one person and the skill to use a computer.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 25, 2007, 01:17:32 PM
I appreciate Internet based communications systems...email, instant messaging, video conferencing, and all the other tools and methods...

With a simple "click" it is possible today to communicate with folks all over the world and pay only the cost of the connection.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 25, 2007, 01:19:30 PM
I appreciate the growing opportunity to communicate, share, and learn with and from other people from the community in which I live to those living in far distant places.

If we used the definition of neighbors as being people with whom we can communicate with ease on a regular basis, then our neighborhood has expanded into every part of this globe.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on September 25, 2007, 01:54:16 PM
I appreciate Ashis for coming to the Deep South and for speaking to college students and professors.  It was so much fun to have you here!  We miss you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 25, 2007, 06:03:01 PM
I love home made yogurt...so rich and delicious...especially when made with half and half and even better when made with whole cream!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 25, 2007, 08:47:15 PM
Wow, Brian!
Thanks for that run of appreciations!
It was way more fun coming home
to a slew of colorful appreciations
that it would have been
to come home to none at all!!
It makes a HUGE difference
when people post here!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 25, 2007, 08:48:45 PM
Welcome, Phyllis!
I can't tell you how very happy I am
that you found your way here to post!
It feels like the livingroom is filling up now.
Time to bring in the coffee and icecream
and have a party!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 07:47:22 AM
Yesterday, was one of those
joyful sunny, warm weather days.
Warm weather just melts into my heart.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:16:31 AM
Appreciating those who appreciate the work I do for them.
There is someone who noticed my appreciations
and began doing more appreciations within his family,
and now I'm getting appreciated a lot more too.
It's really great.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:18:55 AM
Appreciating reliable internet service
that enables Diane and Jen to post!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:29:50 AM
Appreciating having work to support myself and pay my bills.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 26, 2007, 12:42:33 PM
I appreciate inner strength
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on September 26, 2007, 03:30:08 PM

I appreciate dedication and integrity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 26, 2007, 04:05:38 PM
I just love bitter melon...tonight I am cooking it in a stew with potatoes, green beans, and Indian spices...I really appreciate that none of our house guests will eat it!  Guess what, I can enjoy even more!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 26, 2007, 05:41:37 PM
Brian, as long as you don't invite me over, nobody is going to compete with you, I guess. :D

Thanks for sharing the uplifting spirit! I do appreciate seeing one RARE American who enjoys eating bitter melon!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on September 26, 2007, 07:30:21 PM
Thank you, Meadowlea, for your warm welcome.  It does feel good to join the party!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:09:58 PM
Appreciating that this is a place
to visit in all range of experience
to augment each one.
Special heartfelt gratitude
to Marissa for visiting us today.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:19:03 PM
Appreciating Nikita Gearing.
The love expressed
through your work and communication
comes through so clearly.

I feel uplifted
and so deeply served
in every interaction.

Your beauty shines radiantly.

I watch others interacting with you,
and it seems your positive impact
is felt consistently by others.

Thank you for your inspiration,
intuition and ease
that you bring to all the situations
in which I've encountered you.

You are a gentle, refreshing breeze.

May you be deeply served as well.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:30:41 PM
Appreciating Sequoia.

First of all, I love your choice of a name.

Your peacemaking presence
and honoring of others
is quite apparent.

It was an exquisite pleasure
getting to know you in June.

I am especially grateful
for your generous sharing
of your photo engineering skills. :-)

Thank you for your gentle,
quiet, unassuming presence
and gift to the world that you are.

Great blessings to you
as you deepen your service.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:36:09 PM
Appreciating musicians in public areas.
They uplift the atmosphere.
It is a service of love.
The cultural diversity usually present
is deeply gratifying.
Special honors to all
street musicians.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:38:03 PM
Appreciating the grouchy man
who sat next to me
in a public area today
who needed more elbow room
than was available.
When I moved further away
to the adjacent seat,
his warm thank you
came as a real gift.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:45:38 PM
Appreciating the enormous energy
that Elizabeth Garcia-Gray (Liz)
contributes to Daily Appreciations and elsewhere.
It's not the same without her
during her temporary absence.
It takes a measure of extra energy
to express appreciations
without her here.
When others are also posting
with strength and intention,
like she does,
it feels like riding on a wave together.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 26, 2007, 08:46:25 PM
I am grateful to Meadowlea for her valuable day-to-day leadership and management role here. She is making a big difference in setting a challenging pace for all of us. 

She has spent a lot of time thinking about and writing thoughtful and abundant appreciations. She has contributed a lot of positive energy to lift vibrations and to provide more light, love and wellness to all.  We are very fortunate to be on her team!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:52:05 PM
Appreciating whatever facilitated Dwan (Diane ABC)
in getting back on the internet
to do appreciations today.
Thank you for taking the extra effort
to appreciate and encourage, Diane!
It means all the more that way!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:54:29 PM
Appreciating
the thoughts
and expertise
and good-will
that Norbert Mayer-Whittman
has been contributing
to Daily Appreciations.
Your tech experience
and your willingness to share it
is a huge opportunity for all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 26, 2007, 08:58:58 PM
I appreciate all the wonderful and positive contributions people are sharing with the world through this program. This is like home base to see what our friends and allies are thinking about. Thank you very much for all your gifts of happy surprises and kind thoughts! I enjoy getting to know you through your writing.  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 08:59:31 PM
Appreciating Dwan (Diane ABC)'s organizational expertise
and her willingness to share it
along with her highly developed skills
of asking for what she needs
toward solidifying her organizations.
I am learning to trust her expertise
more and more each day.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:01:36 PM
Enjoying the deliciousness
of this River of A.
The opportunity to post
and the opportunity to read
other's posts
and the resulting interplay
of gentle, energetic, sun-lit
ripples on the water.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:02:30 PM
Appreciating that one
can always experience peace
by shifting their focus.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:03:25 PM
Appreciating that we are all healing
what never needed to be healed
in the first place;
that all is good;
that all things are moving
in a good direction;
that there is big reason
to be optimistic.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:04:34 PM
Appreciating friendly, professional
customer service people.
It makes such a huge difference.
It gives everyone energy.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:07:16 PM
Appreciating rivers
and bridges in the cities.
It's always an uplifting experience
to find myself on a bridge
over-looking a river;
the freshness of water energy
and the expansive view it offers
balances the busyness and congestion
of the city.
Something about rivers
deeply freshens me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:09:21 PM
Appreciating the way appreciations
tend to transform into poetry
when the spirit soars
and gifts us
with the magic and flow
of synchronicity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:11:29 PM
Appreciating that here and now
we can wear light clothing
in hot weather;
no requirements
of wearing restricting garments
as was the case decades ago
and is still the case in some cultures.
Enjoying the wide options available
for summer clothing comfort.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:13:11 PM
Appreciating Marie French.
Appreciating the warm appreciation
you expressed today.
It really did warm my innards.
I look forward to passing time
(or timelessness)
with you again soon.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:19:18 PM
Appreciating Melissa Chu.
Thank you for sharing stories
and common interests
with me today.
I appreciate your
contributions to children
around the world.
It is great
getting to know you better.
 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:21:00 PM
Appreciating spirited communication
between those of diverse cultures.
I appreciate bridges of understanding.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:29:22 PM
Appreciating Parama Chattopadhyay
for shooting the breeze with me today.
I love learning bits and pieces
of parts of your life -
and what life is like for you.
I like that you know the great value
that you and your associates
at Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring offer.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:34:09 PM
Appreciating Molly
for her friendliness
and grace
and for inviting me
to experience the heartbeat
of Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:39:17 PM
Appreciating the ability
we all have to move energy
to where we want it to be;
that we can grow
what it is we wish
to grow more of.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:40:27 PM
Appreciating telephones
that allow us to send a message
in a split second
to communicate
thoughts and intentions
to others.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:43:25 PM
Appreciating the way
our bodies communicate with us.
In a way, it seems
our body serves as a telephone line
between different expressions
or aspects of ourselves
experienced as sensations
and feelings
that are closer to the core
of ourselves
and the issue at hand
than the greater reflection
of the same in those humans
we interact with
during the day.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:46:09 PM
Appreciating the sounds
of other languages;
the lilts; the inflections;
the similarities
and differences
between that language
and my own.
I am interested in
the energetics
of the sounds
of other languages
and how they exercise
and bring expression
to other parts
of the body
than English does.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 26, 2007, 09:48:24 PM
Appreciating Mike from Dial-a-Tech
who provided me
with exceptional service
while working toward solving
a particularly challenging computer problem
I was experiencing at the time.
I appreciate tech people like him
who have a passion
for assisting others
with their talents.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 27, 2007, 02:00:14 AM
I appreciate the beautiful language French!
I appreciate the passion and rythem incribed in Spanish songs!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 27, 2007, 05:20:35 AM
I appreciate meadowlea for appreciating so many wonderful things and people. I certainly find not just a river, but a whole mountain of treasures hidden inside her heart.

I appreciate your sharing with us all your appreciations!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 27, 2007, 05:23:38 AM
I appreciate A Moots
for being who she is
for creating in Alec a sacred piece of land where he feels free to share and explore
for her peaceful moves
and i hope she gets what her heart desires and what she deserves.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 27, 2007, 05:28:33 AM
I find so much joy in finding in myself creative thoughts and ideas. I see myself on a wide sea where the boat is just about to take sail, and I am the woman in charge. I see myself leading a very adventurous and yet exciting life. I see myself being able to pay back to the society whatever good course I have always believed in - environment, education, and the elderly.

I see myself rise above the crowds and being a wonderful leader in the new century and in the thrusting new country - my motherland China!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 27, 2007, 05:30:10 AM
I appreciate Diane again, for leading the way and for her faith in me. I have found the ultimate power I set out to seek by coming to this country.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 27, 2007, 05:31:28 AM
I appreciate the undisturbed internet connection this morning, which allows me to post a string of appreciations without any trouble.

Thanks to the positive energy who answered my call :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 27, 2007, 06:31:46 AM
Appreciating the beauty and depth of Jen's posts.
Thank you for opening your heart to us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 27, 2007, 10:04:32 AM
WOW! Congratulations to Jen! Congratulations for your persistence in posting appreciations!


Jen, I am so happy to read your series of appreciations!  It appears that your persistence and determination have accomplished a breakthrough already! I see a river of appreciations flowing through you to others! Congratulations on your breakthrough! 

I appreciate your accomplishment because I have gone through similar struggles like millions of other women. You are a Chinese woman pioneer leading the way for better US-China relations in the future as well as for many innovative programs ready for launching soon by a new team to be formed.

Those who complete 100 or more appreciations will be invited to participate in this new program which will be the next step in Award International's process of personal, economic and community development.  Again, congratulations and thank you for excellent contributions!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 27, 2007, 11:06:39 AM
Posting appreciations is really fun to do once we get into that mood. I like the goal of coming to the River of Appreciations each morning as soon as we can get access to the internet. It is like what my father said he did in military training to show up each morning to do the morning exercises together!

I also like browsing through the Honoring Individuals and Honoring Donors sections to add something to the individual threads and sending those individuals a copy of our thoughts about them!  It is a wonderful way to keep in touch and thank those who have been a blessing in our lives.

Now I know how I can use my spare time....to invest it in helping to counterbalance the negativity in the world through posting appreciations and contributing positive energy to the world while strengthening that inner focus and success habit. Thanks to all my friends and allies for your contributions and support to maintain this program "on the air." May you choose to enjoy happy days always! :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on September 28, 2007, 11:20:37 AM
Appreciating Rebecca Carpenter

Rebecca Carpenter played a leading role in helping some of us Omidyar alumni members discover Razoo.
She is very talented in marketing, organizing as well as in many other areas. In her bio, she wrote that she also wants to "help the lonely among us to feel love... an easy and small step, with life-changing results."

This is a marvelous way to describe what we are doing here at Daily Appreciations. We share her passion and interest. We are very happy she is in Washington D.C. so we can collaborate in changing the world with daily appreciations and positive energy to strengthen a vision of the world as a beautiful community of allies and friends of diverse backgrounds, sharing joy, friendship and prosperity, locally and globally!
 :)


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 28, 2007, 01:06:36 PM
Thank you Diane, for your appreciation and encouragement. I am actually the biggest beneficiary of this process. I feel so much positive energy inside when I come here and post something.

Yes, I do see a huge amount of exciting creativity flowing from my mind and I believe I will be able to utilize my creativity for the benefit of the entire humanity (:D big words here, i admit. but hey, when you dream, better dream large!!! isn't it)

Thanks again for your wonderful support. I will definitely keep up with what I have been doing and I look forward to becoming a full member fairly soon!


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 28, 2007, 01:09:24 PM
I appreciate meadowlea for sending me so many encouraging emails - sorry that email account is not my regular account so I only got to see all your emails yesterday. I hope that helps to explain my unintentional "neglect" of all your emails!

I do see what I am expected to do. I feel like I need to take more initiative in welcoming new members now that I am no longer new here :) I will surely keep that in mind in my later postings!

Thanks again for your warm encouragement and support.


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 28, 2007, 01:12:11 PM
I appreciate this beautiful Friday. I missed the thunderstorms last night and this morning but when I got out this morning, it was so warm, sunny and bright outside. I heard the birds chirping, the flowers waving (??) and the fresh air coming toward me. It was a very pleasant moment.

I hope everybody will have a beautiful Friday. Live today to its fullest - that's the only way to live a life to its fullest!

It is such a wonderful thing to be alive.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 28, 2007, 01:13:43 PM
Beautiful Jen.
 :D  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 28, 2007, 01:18:04 PM
I appreciate the bus driver for swirving/breaking in time and thereby avoiding a serious auto accident.

The bus I was on yesterday was half full with about 30 people. When it was running on the highway, an SUV in front of our bus took a very sudden turn to avoid missing an exit. The bus driver was agile enough to step on the break in time to avoid the accident. All passengers could see that SUV almost made a 180 degree horizontal turn to make it to the exit he almost missed. He managed not to miss it, but he almost lost his life. and I felt that I was living a new life since I might very well have died had the bus driver not been fast enough.

I appreciate my living moment now. Every little second of it.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 28, 2007, 01:23:37 PM
I appreciate my current status in the relationship with Alec. It may very well be to my best interest. I feel liberated instead of being fearful. A person free of fear is the powerful one, the ultimate powerful one.

Yes, there might be storms or thunders in the future, but I am sure I will tide through it with my courage and determination. I am smiling. and a fearless soul in undestructible.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 28, 2007, 01:27:47 PM
I appreciate this opportunity to work and make money. Even though it is only my temporary job, I find joy and fulfillment in doing it and I believe it is a wonderful transition to my future career - an entrepreneur.

I know I won't be able to win the heart of every body, but I know if I can touch even just one soul a day, I am the fortunate one already. Keep smiling, and the beautiful world will open up to me. I know the reality can be cruel and it is not easy to start from scratch, but with optimism, intelligence and determination, I know I may see failures but I won't be defeated! :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 28, 2007, 01:35:50 PM
Question for somebody who has had experience registering a patent before.

I have an idea that will blossom into a very useful and profitable product. I don't know how to proceed from here. Find a manufacturer and create a product first or register for a patent first? What are other concerns I should take into account?

Sorry for posting an irrelevant "appreciation" post - but this idea wouldn't have come into being had I not participated in this forum. So I appreciate the experience of letting go positive energy again!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 28, 2007, 01:36:33 PM
Greetings, Sweetie!

Good to see you again :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 28, 2007, 04:20:16 PM
Appreciating HP Chat support!
I have never experienced
a more supportive online experience.
Online support that goes on and on
can be very tedious.
I admire those who can stay
professional and courteous.
I keep feeding them appreciations,
and they keep feeding them back to me
like a charm.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 28, 2007, 04:22:39 PM
Appreciating the wide selection
of ecards to delight every occassion!
The thing I like best about ecards
is the accompanying music option!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Optimystic on September 28, 2007, 10:20:10 PM
HI,
I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO appreciating this very space and the ONEDEROUS help I have had the fortune to connect with to get here.  THANK YOU Meadowlea!!!!!!!!

I am also appreciating my connection with Meadowlea and I am looking forward to getting to know you all.

WITH LOVE,
Gina
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 28, 2007, 10:20:58 PM
Appreciating Gina Villa-Grimsby
for joining us!! Welcome to Gina!
Gina is a natural people connector,
and I'm very excited to see
what she pulls out of her hat
of appreciations to share with us!

Gina, thank you for joining us
and choosing to cast
your precious light here!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Optimystic on September 28, 2007, 11:07:28 PM
I am appreciating the ONE-DERFUL (this means WONDERFUL) opportunity to create a HABIT of appreciating!!
The timing is perfect as I have been experiencing several long days of "transitioning" from dial-up to a satellite internet connection here in Northeastern Wisconsin. 

While it has been quite bumpy, I do want to appreciate my 12 y/o son Rodrigo who has been invaluable in connecting and disconnecting the myriad of cables, modems, routers, surge protectors...  He has been a really good sport despite the fact that it seems to be taking a few days!!!! 

Oh well, one of my mottoes is, "Worse things have happened".  It helps me keep the bumps of life in perspective and everyone appreciates that.  8)

Gina
"All the arms we need are for hugging".  ~Author unknown~

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 28, 2007, 11:14:30 PM
The thing I like
the most about you, Gina
is that you are
full of juicy surprises.

You are highly creative
and a survivor
beyond measure.

You are fuller
of hugs and kisses
than anyone I know.

I know you're
going to keep that
smooch face
busier than
it's ever been
here before!

 :-*  :D

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 28, 2007, 11:23:18 PM
Also, appreciating Gina
for showing me
where the print function is
on the new Word 2007 documents.

I'd been searching for eons
until she pointed out
the icon in the top left corner
that turned out
to be a wealth of new options.

It's the "small" things
that build strong friendships.

 :D   ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:06:07 PM
Appreciating the way our bodies move
and get us where we want to go.
Sometimes when it appears all is lost,
how easy it is to forget
the things that are working perfectly
that are directly attached to us!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:07:32 PM
Appreciating the beautiful
sun in the sky.
What another splendid day
where everything
gets a big serving of light!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:09:41 PM
Appreciating that the grist of life
is dreaming itself another story
out of which to distinguish
the essence and the illusion.
Appreciating the puzzle of life
and how it absorbs us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:12:54 PM
Appreciating the heart
crying for expression;
the heart then surrounded
with ease and grace.
All the paraphernalia
moved out of the way;
the heart soars...
flies like an angel
touching all who desire
to be touched.
The soaring heart;
the touching of hearts.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:15:02 PM
Appreciating the touch and go
of awareness;
the hide and seek
from and of the essence
of ourselves,
especially the finding
of ourselves again.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:19:02 PM
Appreciating the comfort
of awareness
of the all-is-wellness;
the fullness of pure love;
the saying yes
to being loved.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:22:27 PM
Appreciating the rearranging
of energies in service of love;
the constant change
that opens
and balances
bringing everything
into alignment
and awareness.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:24:13 PM
Appreciating the availability
of all we crave
and feel that we need
at convenient stores
locally or online.

Toothbrushes, food,
clothes, batteries -
all that which it seems
brings greater ease
into our lives.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:25:31 PM
Yes.
Affirmative.
Allowed.
Check mark.
Approved.
Roger.
Encouragement.
Appreciation.
I love you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:26:49 PM
Beauty in buildings;
Care shown in design
for the comfort
and upliftment
of those it houses.
Especially care shown
in the distribution of light.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:27:55 PM
A good cry
while surrounded
with gentle, loving care;
Hearts touching.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:33:08 PM
Still, nothing beats
the experience of standing
open and available
and vulnerable
to the Universe,
the Great Lover,
in total and complete service
with the stance of
"Here I am, Universe!!
At your service
with Love and Gratitude!
Just point the way
to the greatest benevolence
in a way I can't miss it.
This moment
and the next.
At each moment,
I release the past
and allow the embrace
of the unexpected
grace and gift
of newness!"
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:35:20 PM
Appreciating the kinds,
the amounts
and the quantities
of food
that truly nourish
and sustain.
Blessed real food
from the heart.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:37:38 PM
Appreciating those
who are open
and available to love
each and everyone
who is encountered.

Appreciating that
level of clarity
where each
and every one
gets all of me!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:38:18 PM
The inherent forgiveness
of the Universe;
that all is forgiven;
all is forgotten
and all is well.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:39:07 PM
Appreciating that
everything is known
within a loving, allowing
nurturing context.
That truth is nurturing.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 12:40:14 PM
Appreciating nurture.
Care.
The ability to give
and receive appreciation
without pause;
the open heart
in full awareness of itself;
let our hearts
lead the way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 29, 2007, 01:21:39 PM
welcome aboard, Gina!
Good to see you here!

I can feel the abundant energy in your postings - I look forward to seeing more appreciations from you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 01:32:21 PM
Appreciating Jen Magic
for coming back
over and over again
and for welcoming Gina!

 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 29, 2007, 01:36:36 PM
Appreciating my land lady!
 
She is a very sweet and considerate lady. She helps me out a lot in whatever capacity she has.

She is struggling with her life on a lot of fronts, and I hope she will soon find the strength to cope with it all.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 29, 2007, 01:42:08 PM
OMG, I figure I will always be caught by the sweetie ;)

which, is always a pleasant surprise :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 01:47:17 PM
Appreciating just how easy it is
to keep the River of Appreciations
open while working on other projects
and that my place is small,
so it is easy to hear when another
appreciation comes in
like a resonant Vista ring.
This is wonderful
because it keeps us
in mutual conversation
rather than a monologue!
 :D  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 29, 2007, 02:12:55 PM
My pleasure to keep you company, sweetie :P

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 29, 2007, 02:15:18 PM
Appreciating the ease of making a connection - even across the globe!

Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:17:45 PM
I appreciate

the youths of the usa

for stepping up and guiding many in a struggle against genocide around the world.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:18:49 PM
I appreciate

[/b]
the elders in the usa

for their wisdom and guiding light
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:21:04 PM
I appreciate
the diaspora
,

those that had to flee

those that are helping building up their homelands
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:22:09 PM
I appreciate

the smiles on the faces of those that see

inside

reaching to Divinity or Essence of Joy
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:23:31 PM
I appreciate

those that have opened their hearts to the cause


the cause of the refugees in Chad, Sudan, CAR and Congo
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:24:51 PM
I appreciate

the
opportunities
[/b] that are on my path

and the patience I require to make the most beautiful choice
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:25:56 PM
I appreciate

Humor as one of the pillars of humanity
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:26:55 PM
I appreciate

True paths leading to peace!

Peace between people and countries
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:28:14 PM
I appreciate
Washington

for being such a beautiful city

and a place where impact can be made on the entire world
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:29:26 PM
I appreciate

trusting

trusting that all will be well in in life
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:30:57 PM
I appreciate


freedom

to write

think and travel

do, play and hatch eggs

I wish it were true for all
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:31:55 PM
I appreciate

those that are willing to put their life on the line for others

Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:32:52 PM
I appreciate heroes,

heroes for their caring heart

vision

that all is one
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:34:08 PM
I appreciate

mischief

and the consequences thereof


Yippie
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:35:22 PM
I appreciate

the brighter side of life

seen when the darker side is exposed
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:36:24 PM
I appreciate

truth

with love and harmony my favorite words
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on September 29, 2007, 07:37:10 PM
I appreciate Harmony

the symmetry of nature

the coming together of minds
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 07:51:20 PM
Appreciating Ashis for stopping by.
 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 11:32:11 PM
Appreciating all the contributors
to the River of A.
The more the better.
It's a home to me.
The more visitors,
the merrier.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 29, 2007, 11:38:06 PM
Appreciating Dwan (Diane ABC)'s exuberance
about all her countless brainchildren
and the enormous commitment
she has toward them.

Appreciating her willingness
to risk all for their success.

Appreciating her decades of expertise
and what that contributes
to the potential and likelihood
of the continued success of her projects.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 12:02:33 AM
Appreciating win / win situations;
where each participant goes away
with a sense of satisfaction.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 12:06:54 AM
Appreciating the sense
of community and interaction
in ways that deeply warm
from the combination
of familiarity and goodwill.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 12:09:32 AM
Appreciating the kind of trust
that comes from understanding
the mutually reflective nature
of relationships.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 30, 2007, 05:21:33 AM
Appreciate the fast connection this morning!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 30, 2007, 05:28:22 AM
I promise myself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet.

To make all my friends feel that there is something wothwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.

To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

---- Christian D. Larson

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 30, 2007, 05:30:29 AM
I will try to fill my mind with all uplifting thoughts and spirits.

I know there will be intrusions from multiple sources, but I am committed to think ONLY the good things. I believe I can do it!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 30, 2007, 05:31:11 AM
Haven't seen Liz for a while - where has she gone?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 30, 2007, 05:32:15 AM
Appreciate Ashis' commitment to showing appreciations.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 30, 2007, 05:34:44 AM
Appreciate the courage of a customer from last night.

It was so adorable seeing her again!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 30, 2007, 06:40:09 AM
appreciate the opportunity to speak with my niece again this morning!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:06:47 AM
I appreciate TASK FORCE 7 - of Indiana.

My brother co-founded this multi-jurisdictional group
of first responders. They were there every step of the way for
my brother and our family. Thank you with all my heart.
May the principles of Task Force 7 be applied
by all first responders - the ability to work together
across jurisdictions in times of crisis and disaster.
What an awesome team whose goal is to protect, defend and serve the
vulnerable.


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:09:26 AM
I appreciate SUPPORTINGHEROES.org

for their recognition of the heroic deeds and acts of
my brother ENRICO GARCIA JR. "JUN". Their national
executive director was with our family throughout and gave
much solace , compassion and kindness. Thank you
very much. You are appreciated.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:11:50 AM
I appreciate our POLICE Forces.

They were there for my brother and he worked side by side with
their SWAT teams. Many of our protectors are sometimes taken for granted.
I appreciate our trusted service men and women who risk their lives for our public safety.
Thank you for all the good you do.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:13:29 AM
I appreciate the SEARCH & RESCUE teams.

They risk their lives just to search and rescue people.
Thank you for all you do and the lives saved.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:15:28 AM
I appreciate HOMELAND SECURITY

For being there with my brother and our family.
Thank you for the kindness and compassion you have given my family
and for recognizing my brother's valiant deeds.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:17:17 AM
I appreciate the MEN & WOMEN of the MILITARY

My brother Jun was with the Air Force and National Guards.
Thank you for protecting and defending lives.
And thank you for saluting my brother JUN.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:18:48 AM
I appreciate our VETS

who were there to honor and salute my brother Jun.
Thank you for all that you have done defending lives.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:19:51 AM
I appreciate HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials ) experts

Thay have prevented more deaths than we can imagine.
Thank you very much.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:22:03 AM
I appreciate our FIREFIGHTERS

We have lost many firefighters in the line of duty
trying to save many lives. I thank you all for your dedication,
service, and love for mankind.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:24:03 AM
I appreciate BRAVERY, INGENUITY and LEADERSHIP

The Bravery, Ingenuity and Leadership award was granted by the
State Emergency Management Agency to my brother.
He epitomized all three virtues greatly.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:26:44 AM
I appreciate those who risk their lives
busting clandestine drug labs. They save many lives
of people who get involved in drug use and abuse.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:29:57 AM
I appreciate Martial Arts

My brother Jun was a master in both Kempo and Kung-fu.
We learn discipline, focus, self-control with the martial arts.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:31:32 AM
I appreciate EMS - Emergency Medical Services.

They are the first responders par excellence.
Many of our EMS risk their lives and expose themselves to
unfathomable hazards just to save lives. I am grateful
for all that you do.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:34:51 AM
I appreciate having an abundance of family and friends.

They flew in from everywhere just to be with us to comfort us all
with my brother JUN's passing. We all cried together, even laughed and reminisced about
our many funny experiences with my brother Jun, hugged, and comforted one another.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:36:01 AM
I appreciate Dr. Tom Brown

who was there for me to help out in whatever way.
Tom is the kind of friend that is always ready to help
in any way. He was there for me to help
with some logistical problems and was very kind
and compassionate about it.

Tom and I go a long way as we were Psychiatry
residents together. Thank you for all your kindness,
my friend.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:38:53 AM
I appreciate ASHIS

who drove me up to Terre Haute, Indiana when we first
heard the news about my brother Jun. He was there with my family
at our most acute pain of just finding out about Jun.

Also, congratulations to Ashis! The documentary Searching Jacob
about a Darfuri kid where Ashis was interviewed, won an EMMY for the
documentary. That is a great thing in terms of the upliftment of awareness
regarding Darfur.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:44:08 AM
I appreciate Dr. Howie Hernandez.

Thank you, Howie, for flying to Indiana to give us solace
and comfort. That was an awesome thing to do.
You already know that you are part of our family.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:45:17 AM
I appreciate DIANE, MEADOWLEA and NORBERT

for your kind words and compassionate thoughts
that you sent Marissa and me during these trying times.
Thank you for your firendship and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:47:41 AM
I appreciate JACQUELINE.

Jackie has been awesome and I especially enjoyed the talks
we had driving back and forth to Indiana. Our road trips.;)
Jackie has been very close to her Uncle JUN and Auntie Elisa
and was a maid of honor in my brother's wedding.
Thank you, my daughter. I am very proud of you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:51:34 AM
I appreciate Uncle Primo & Auntie Sylvia.

They opened their very spacious home to all our family
and relatives coming from everywhere throughout the whole week.
They had lots of food and nurtured us all. They were incessantly sympathetic and
compassionate to the entire family. Thank you so much!
What big hearts you all have.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:55:09 AM
I appreciate my DAD

for having the courage to hold up for everyone and
do what may be the hardest to do. To bear the loss of one of his children.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 08:59:23 AM
I appreciate my many siblings and cousins

Though many painful reactions flared up during our acute grief,
we were all there together with one another. Consoling,
crying together, sometimes laughing, sometimes sleeping.
It took a while for us to accept that my brother is now physically gone from
our earth. Jun will always be in our hearts. We could not
have asked for a better brother and thank God for him and his incredible life.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 09:01:27 AM

Thank you for our many aunts and uncles, our elders, who were there for us.
They instinctively took care of so many things, many details, many
concerns, so seamlessly. All were nurturing, compassionate and so kind.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 09:08:40 AM
I appreciate the many people whose lives were touched by my brother JUN.

They were all there to honor and respect a genuinely heroic good man.
Some approached our family and told us how Jun saved their lives.
There were so many of them.

Jun was not only heroic in his professional life but also in his personal life.
He has two sons with unknown neurological problems who suffer from
partial blindness, ataxia, and deafness yet with brilliant minds.
Though he was told that his two sons might have terminal illnesses at age 7,
his sons went on to college. And that is so amazing. Josh and Jacob grew up to be great
young men.

Jun was a spiritual man. He fully believed that his sons were God's blessings to him.
For through their illnesses, he said that they will always be pure and that
he would not have to worry about all the other problems other parents
worry about like drug and alcohol use, violence, etc. It is through Jun's
role-modeling of strength of character and spirit that I am able to go beyond
my own adversities.
 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 09:18:50 AM
I am very moved and appreciative
of Liz' sharing about her brother, Jun.
I am moved by the enormity
of what her brother represented
for her and for her family and for the world
and by the profundity of what she and her family
must have experienced during the past few days,
and especially that she is willing and able
to share her experience with us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 30, 2007, 11:49:15 AM
Appreciating all the groups and individuals my sister Liz have listed in her appreciations.  State and Local Police and firefighters from all 7 counties, emergency Medical Team, Swat, Air Force, and even the Army ( who played taps), Homeland Security, Supporting heroes, Search and rescue teams... including Payton, the beautiful golden retriever rescue dog who was my brother's buddy, the vets who stood by the road.  Thanks to all the family friends also for being there to honor our brother.  It is amazing the many lives my brother touched in the 44 yrs he was on earth.

I appreciate my brother Jun for the example he has given to us- most salient was his everlasting smile, and humility.
He was a peaceful warrior, and this shines through his children.Thank you ,Jun, for choosing to be our brother for 44 yrs in this lifetime- I know that there are no goodbyes, only see you later. 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 30, 2007, 11:52:28 AM
Appreciating my cousin Joel, who does the same work as my brother.  He gave Jun and his wife Elise his most perfect salute while in his full uniform.  One of the most honorable and respectful acts I have seen coming from another family member.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 30, 2007, 11:54:36 AM
Appreciating Diane, Norbert, and Meadowlea for the kind and gentle words.  Thank you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 30, 2007, 11:57:38 AM
Appreciating the advise I received from Rosette and  UWEC to "Please stand firm in the Lord and encourage everyone to do so, as this is the way life is"
Thanks also to Liz Ssenoga for her kind words. 
I appreciate having heart connections, although far, are very strong and comforting.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on September 30, 2007, 11:59:02 AM
Appreciating the beautiful fall weather coming in, and looking forward to a restful week.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on September 30, 2007, 12:13:53 PM
I wish to share an appreciation for babies whose smiles and laughs bring warmth and happiness to the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 04:59:38 PM
Appreciating the gift of flexibility.
Dance, martial arts, yoga with
grace and ease of movement
have always captured my
attention and imagination.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 05:34:53 PM
Appreciating my sister, Hannah Schertz.
I appreciate your sisterly ways, Hannah.
It seems you are quite adept at knowing
what is most needed in any situation. I
have great admiration and respect for you.
 
Hindsight is so forgiving and enlightening
at the same time, and I am grateful for
the greater insights having you in my life
has offered me, not only for what I now
realize you offered me that went most
unacknowledged when it was the most
needed, but what I realize you offered
everyone.
 
I am proud of the important research you
are doing for children with autism, and
surely you are the best person to do it.
I wish you the greatest joy and blessing
in your life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on September 30, 2007, 06:09:13 PM
Appreciating the purifying experience reading a good book.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 08:17:38 PM
Appreciating that so many of us
are thinking about Daily Appreciations
or the River of A during the day
not unlike people
who think of their families
frequently during the day.

As time passes, I find myself
noticing more and more
what it is I can glean from life
to post here.

Thank you to everyone
who is contributing
to making this possible.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 08:18:51 PM
Appreciating having just cleaned
my living environment.
I like the fresh feeling;
the having caught up feeling;
the sense of clearing
for new projects.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 08:25:37 PM
Appreciating that
"We can never get it done",
as Abraham Hicks says.
That point of view
allows my body to relax
during any sort of action
and to just enjoy being alive
as well as to enjoy
and the intimacy in the
coordination and feel
of various functions
of the project at hand
vs. racing for a result.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 08:46:23 PM
Appreciating that even though
we may feel divisions or discomfort
between ourselves and others
for periods of time,
that we can be assured
we are connected at the core,
and that it is only a matter of time
before we find each other again
with the sun shining on us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 08:52:11 PM
Appreciating those customer service personnel
who even though they may be feeling disempowered
put out such a great effort to be there for their customers.

I appreciate the difficulty of doing this,
and I feel for those customer service people
when they are reaching to do their jobs well
even while under stress.

Out of appreciation, I often find myself looking
for ways to ease their stress.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 08:54:09 PM
Appreciating the feeling of safety
that I often take for granted.

I think of areas of the world
or places in my consciousness
where I may not feel so safe.

I am grateful to all who contribute
to a sense of inner and outer safety.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 08:55:29 PM
Appreciating words.
So much can be said with words
in a multitude of ways.
It is amazing the amount
of energy that can be carried
with the spoken or written word,
and I love energy!
 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on September 30, 2007, 08:57:15 PM
Appreciating the quality of Brian's posts.
They have so much value and depth,
I find myself wanting to see the number
under his name jump by 10's each time he posts!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 09:32:20 PM
I appreciate a good night's rest.

Nothing like allowing my body and mind to rest serenely
after a sorrowful loss.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 09:42:03 PM
I appreciate believing that Faith and Love
will carry us through the toughest times.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 09:44:32 PM
I appreciate trusting in the process.

In time and in retrospect, we shall see the meaning of
all that happens to us now.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 09:46:16 PM
I appreciate a beautiful song called "Heaven was needing a hero" by
Jo Dee Messina.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 09:50:32 PM
I appreciate dedicating this song to my brother.

"Heaven was needing a hero" by Jo Dee Messina

I came by today to see you
I just had to let you know
If I knew the last time that I held you was the last time
I'd have held you, and never let go

Oh, it's kept me awake nights, wondering
I lie in the dark, just asking why
I've always been told
You won't be called home
Until it's your time

I guess heaven was needing a hero
Somebody just like you
Brave enough to stand up
For what you believe
And follow it through
When I try to make it make sense in my mind
The only conclusion I come to
Is heaven was needing a hero
Like you

I remember the last time I saw you
Oh, you held your head up proud
I laughed inside
When I saw how you were standing out in the crowd
Your such a part of who I am
Now that part will just be void
No matter how much I need you now
Heaven needed you more

Cause heaven was needing a hero
Somebody just like you
Brave enough to stand up
For what you believe
And follow it through
When I try to make it make sense in my mind
The only conclusion I come to
Is heaven was needing a hero
Like you

Is Heaven was needing a hero
and that's you
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on September 30, 2007, 10:05:52 PM
I appreciate HEROES and the lives they have led.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=sQb6APMj5Qk
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 01, 2007, 08:22:34 AM
Appreciating a new day/new week and new knowledge that empowered me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: fred on October 01, 2007, 09:42:57 AM
I would like to convey my calvary greetings and Appreciations to all of you who are making this Appreciation Project a success.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 10:32:15 AM
Welcome back, Fred! Great to hear from you again on Daily Appreciations!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: fred on October 01, 2007, 10:52:29 AM
I am so happy with the young soccer team that I lead and we are looking forward to receiving a computer.
These kids are so proud to be my good friends because we speak the same language and they can understand all my advice to them.

However, they do have some suggestions that on the soccer, we should add some other projects like sensitizing the rural young people who are ignorant about anything that can make them good citizens. Thats why they end up in prison at a tender age because they deal in drugs and some times its more common now that youths go crazy and insane because they use drugs.

So we should have a programme to at least encourage them to use their talents instead of being idle.
However, this will need some advice and sponsorship.
So these boys do bring much joy in my heart as they make me answer the question that I don't have the answer to and make me aware of my deepest values.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: fred on October 01, 2007, 11:15:05 AM
To be honest it's a pleasure to be here once again as I have a lot of trouble with Internet connection. It is becoming more expensive for me.

But all I want to do is to say my Appreciation to Diane and Meadowlea for their is good spirit and effort they put in here.

They are so good people.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 12:11:34 PM
I appreciate ELISA HUNTER-GARCIA

She is my sister-in-law. Elisa and my brother Jun
were both fortunate to find their soulmate in each other.
It was great to be around them as they radiate their gentle
and tender love and light to all. Elisa courageously
went through the toughest this past weekend, and stayed
strong. Her parents, Homer and Shirley are also great people.
When I watched Elisa cradle their 8 month old son Jonah
throughout the weekend, it was clear that she would raise
him up just like his dad.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 12:15:49 PM
I appreciate my nephews JOSHUA & JACOB

They showed much courage and love during their dad's passing.
Though both have unknown neurological disabilities, their brilliant
minds, innocent, and pure hearts towered over everyone's
sorrow giving strength to all. I love you both.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 12:18:12 PM
I appreciate my co-workers and friends

who had to make sure that my work was taken care of
while I was gone. I appreciate all the love, prayers, and
condolences from all for our family. They mean a lot
to us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 12:20:10 PM
I appreciate Heaven

and believing that our spiritual resting place
is in the very heart of God which is eternal.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 12:21:36 PM
I appreciate MEMORIES

With memories, we are able to reminisce a life well-lived.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 12:23:08 PM
I appreciate LOVE

Always. For Love never dies. It is everlasting, infinite
and beyond anything we can fathom.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 01, 2007, 01:00:17 PM
I appreciate Elizabeth's poem in honor of her brother who returned to Heaven a few days ago (see Elizabeth's Sept. 30, 2007 post here). It is so beautiful and moving.

Elizabeth is such an amazingly talented poet as well! We appreciate her sharing her inspirational poem here. Heros are needed everywhere even in Heaven!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 01, 2007, 01:03:09 PM
Appreciating Fred

Thank you Fred for helping with the good cause related to computers and for keeping us posted.  May you be blessed in all ways!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 01, 2007, 01:08:08 PM
Congratulations Jen, you already contributed 92 appreciations!  I am very pleased with your progress and commitment to be here. I look forward to celebrate with you soon! Keep up your great progress, you are moving in the right direction! The first 100 is always the hardest and you are distinguishing yourself by choosing to swim in this River of Appreciations every day! Thanks again!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 01:09:24 PM
I appreciate DIANE thinking that that poem/song was written by me.

Diane...I wish I wrote that song as it is beautiful, however, Jo Dee Messina wrote it. Actually I do have a poem/song that I wrote last night
about my brother. I will share it when I am able to. Please make sure to listen to that song under the post that says I appreciate Heroes and there is a link to the youtube video of the song.

Hugs and love,

Liz
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 01, 2007, 01:13:16 PM
I appreciate Meadowlea for all the time she contributes here as well as her willingness to experiment with new ConversationsNET(tm)  programs being planned for those who wish to talk through certain issues so they will be better able to release their negativity and then participate here.

I love to engage in Conversations for Possibilities as well as Conversations for Understanding with volunteers who wish to experiment together. This was how many revenue sharing projects were created, through the operating process of ConversationsNET. Thank you very much for your interest and participation. :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 01, 2007, 01:32:06 PM
Appreciating Dr. Elizabeth Garcia-Gray, Ashis Brahma and the Daily Appreciations ("DA") project!

I wish to thank Dr. Garcia Gray for introducing Dr. Ashis Brahma. Dr. Brahma is here in D.C. for a conference and I had the pleasure of inviting him for lunch yesterday by the Potomac River in Washington D.C. which is walking distance to our offices.

I admire Dr. Brahma's delightful personality. As serious as I am generally, he had me cracking up with laughter!  He is a healer and great teacher by example!  I am learning not to take things too seriously and how to be outrageously humorous!  Laughter is a wonderful healer!  Dr. Brahma is a valuable leader in this DA project.

It is such a blessing to meet such amazing people through the wonderful people already in the DA project! But for this project, I would not have been connected with either Dr. Gray or Dr. Brahma!  So I appreciate the marvelous people from around the world I am being connected to through the DA project! This website is turning out to be a good way to develop friends and allies from around the world!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 01, 2007, 01:34:11 PM
I was talking to my niece yesterday on Gtalk, despite the deplorable internet connection. I was there to help her with her English. She wasn't making much progress. Her mom made her read/recite English every morning before she'd go to school. She was reluctant.

I figured it was a motivation problem. If she doesn't think it's a worthwhile thing to do, if she thinks it is only an unintereting task/burden, she won't be motivated to get down to do it.

So I told her: set yourself a goal - that you want to be able to talk to a native English speaker one day and make him/her wonder how you learnt to speak English so well - so well that they might guess that you've learnt it in the U.S. That's going to be your goal. Just imagine in your mind how proud you would be to be like that! You are going to be standing out from the crowds to be a master of speaking English and everybody would marvel at your ability to speak fluent and typical English!

She was inspired - from what I've gathered.

I think this applies to my coming here to DA as well. I am inwardly motivated to come because it makes me feel good about myself when I post appreciations, and I have found it especially helpful when I am in a lousy mood and have my mind full of intrusive thoughts! It simply lifts my spirit up instantly, period!

Thanks for your compliment, Diane. I am honored to be a member of this honorable group.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 01, 2007, 01:39:10 PM
Diane, I do find it easier to post appreciations once I got into the mood of it - through posting a lot of them!

I certainly will keep up with what I have been doing and hope this river will flow large and wide!

I wish to thank Marissa for her effort in making this site so user-friendly!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 01, 2007, 01:42:11 PM
Today is Oct. 1 of 2007. 3/4 of the year is gone.

I appreciate the experience I have had in this past year. It was probably the most difficult year I have had in my short life span, but I've made it through. The old self-pitying Jen is gone forever. I become a inwardly strong human being with full of power and strength. Thanks to all the people who have lent their helping hands.

Happy Oct. 1!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 01, 2007, 01:44:43 PM
I appreciate Liz for sharing with us her struggle of losing one of her beloved ones. I believe you will find in you a lot of peace and strength and be able to exert your positive influence continuously. I am glad to see your river of appreciations again!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 01, 2007, 01:46:30 PM
I appreciate all people who has in them a kind heart - who has the mind to extend their helping hands to others!

The world becomes so much more beautiful because of your beautiful souls.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 01, 2007, 01:47:26 PM
Appreciating good friends and friends who value friendship and communications!

Friendship is one of my highest values since it is a pure expression of unconditional Love and forgiveness. I also see friendship as a good policy for international relations because if more people perceive people of diverse backgrounds as friends and allies, this would become a friendlier and happier world.

Friends and allies could collaborate on uplifting the energy of the world and thus solve many of the symptoms of low levels of awareness and consciousness which includes violence, crime, drugs, illness, etc. The theoretical foundation for this approach has been explained by Dr. David R. Hawkins, M.D. and Ph.D. in his books entitled Power vs Force, the Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, Truth vs Falsehood, How to Tell the Difference and others. (http://www.veritaspub.com/ )

We hope to discuss the implications of these studies in our ConversationsNET(TM) and related self-empowerment projects in the near future. Thank you again for your friendship, participation and contributions!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 01, 2007, 01:49:40 PM
I appreciate life's difficulties. They are the stones with weight - once you picked it up and throw it behind you, it becomes a part of your  history that helps you become wiser and stronger. It is from those stones that you become more appreciative of the grass and flowers that come out from in between the stones.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 01, 2007, 02:06:01 PM
I appreciate Jen's good thoughts about stones. They also remind me that some stones may actually be unpolished jewels as well. Be alert for such "stones" which will be empowering to cut and polish and set as jewels in terms of contributions to humanity!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 01, 2007, 02:08:11 PM
Thanks for Diane's contributing thoughts to my "stone" metaphor. It is indeed very inspirational. I wish to share with you some of the "gem" stories some day :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 01, 2007, 02:10:03 PM
I wish to thank and congratulate xiangjun, Brian and Ashis for posting more than 100 appreciations as of today!

Thank you for taking the time to invest in uplifting the energy of the world and of this group!  You are catching up with Elizabeth and Meadowlea who have exceeded 300 posts! 

Thank you for joining this team of champion swimmers in the River of Appreciations!  We are cheering you on as you aim for breakthroughs! :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 01, 2007, 02:12:23 PM
I noticed Jen is on 99 posts so she will be joining the 100 plus club here probably today. Yes, we would love to hear her "gem" stories which would be very inspirational to read! THANKS Jen! I am very happy you have made such great progress in such a short time!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 01, 2007, 02:16:34 PM
I see Chinatown, Washington D.C. as a potential "jewel" even though it has  been perceived by many as mere "stones" up to now. I am looking for visionary, energetic and dedicated people who share this "jewel" perception and are willing and able to do all that it will take to realize this vision for Chinatown DC! 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 03:48:14 PM
I appreciate JEN

Thank you for your posts. Your sensitivity, delightfulness,
and compassion light up our site.

In my book The Courage to Encourage, I wrote about
"tragedies and disasters" being "tillers of the souls".
More compassion, faith, and love are the blooms
that grow from the soils of tragedies.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 03:50:21 PM
I appreciate DIANE

and your openness in meeting up with so many diverse
people. I am glad that you and Ashis met. I can just
imagine all the laughter which is indeed the best for our
souls and our healing. Thank you for your leadership
and your genuine desire to help others.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 03:57:14 PM
I appreciate the USA-CHINA connection.

Integration of the East and the West. How great is that?!
The positive leadership of these two cultures and countries
can only help our world.

Just imagine a world without borders.
Just imagine a world with Peace.
Just imagine a world with people working together.
Just imagine a world of people together making good things happen.
Just imagine a world without illnesses.
Just imagine a world full of Love.
Just imagine appreciating humanity.
Just imagine appreciating the best in ourselves and others.
Just imagine, believe, pray, meditate then manifest what we imagine.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 04:01:15 PM
I appreciate MEADOWLEA

I love the way you have been leading the way
for everyone to appreciate. It serves as a foundation for many.
And a learning experience for all.
Swim steadfastly and blaze those trails, amiga.;)
Excellent job!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 04:06:11 PM
I appreciate FRAN

She came to my office today and surprised me with
my favorite flowers : Orchids. Purple Phalaenopsis.
And a sympathy card for my family and me.
I just love the people I work with. They have always been
there during the toughest times and the joyous times.
Hugs and thanks.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 04:08:43 PM
I appreciate MISS KITTY

Miss Kitty works with our medical records.
I appreciate the biggest hug she gave me when
I first walked into work. That just gave me the nicest
feeling. A belonging. A feeling of being cared for.
That was my fuel to care for others as well.
Amazing what hugs can do.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 04:14:31 PM
I appreciate all the people I serve as their physician-psychiatrist.

They all serve as my driving force towards my life purpose.
They remind me about what is important in life.
They encourage me to stretch my spirit and heart a little farther.
They believe in the divine healing energy that helps them.
They challenge me to reach within and give my best love.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 04:16:53 PM
I appreciate Meditation

That gentle, tender, celestial space
in our hearts, minds, and souls.
That connection with the mysteries of the
universe.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 04:23:30 PM
I appreciate JOHN STONE

for organizing many things for us to do in Canton, Ohio.
For facilitating the global causes of eliminating waterborne
illnesses and uplifting the Darfur cause. You did a great job, John.
Thank you for the peaceful and serene time at the Headland Dunes
beach. The beautiful sunset, then the the beautiful moon,
then the aurora borealis. It was great to have you, your mom
and Ashis there where I contemplated the physical loss of my brother
yet I felt his essence everywhere there in all the sacred beauty of nature.
Thanks, my friend. I found my peace within there.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 04:27:39 PM
I appreciate the CANTON FOUNTAINS

There is something so tempting about those fountains.
It is hard not to just jump into them and then dance
to positive music. And then contemplate about clean
water for the world. All that water abundance extended
to the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 04:31:21 PM
I appreciate BETTY

She is a Good News Network television talk show host in Canton.
I just love her warm, joyful and compassionate spirit.
I love the way she interviewes and gets the essence of
the interviewee and their causes. Her enthusiasm,
vivaciousness and positive energy create loving electricity.
Thanks Betty. I am excited about all the possibilities we talked
about. Lots of hugs for you! ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 04:34:42 PM
I appreciate JUSTINE.

How can I forget a photograph of Justine and me
happily joining hands as the Ojays sang...guess what song?
Of course! The Love Train. What a lovely lady with
a wonderful voice and is also a flautist. And how
incredible that we are both most likely going to Haiti
to do our mission work there.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 04:37:04 PM
I appreciate DEBRA

For thinking about my family during our time of loss;
for making time to call me to give her support;
for her kindness and thoughtfulness;
for sharing with me all that she is going through to get back to her MotherLand;
for her love of her work;
for her love of the spirit.

Hugs and love, amiga.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 04:38:53 PM
I appreciate DIANE

For your supportive and kind call;
For all the empathetic communications;
For your thoughtfulness;
For all that you do to help others.

Muchas gracias, my friend.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 01, 2007, 05:00:34 PM
Appreciating gaining more inner and physical strength as I take care of myself this week.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 01, 2007, 05:34:14 PM
Appreciating good food, plenty of water and vitamins to help me heal, and tomorrow I will add walking in the park with a friend!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 06:54:31 PM
I appreciate HOWIE

for your kind and thoughtful words;
for being with the family at a very sad time;
for your compassion and thoughtfulness;
for going for what you want to do in life;
for discerning your life purpose;
for your innate humanitarianism;
for being an excellent writer;
for planning to go to Uganda to help tackle the global water  crisis;
hoping that you get your residency here in Louisville!
for having another brother in you!
Abrazos from A-te Liz.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 06:57:31 PM
I appreciate FAWAZ & ROLLA


For your very compassionate and kind words;
for being so supportive;
for your love for your fellow human being;
for your love for family;
for your hope for Peace;
for serving in the medical frontlines in Iraq;
for planning to be with us in Uganda next July;
for your creativity and artistry;
for your love for all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 07:00:13 PM
I appreciate WILL


For your sympathetic and empathetic words;
for your love of music;
for your love of guitars;
for your unconditionally loving and giving nature;
for your kindness;
for your sense of service to others;
for your love of islands;
for your love of friends;
for planning to join us in our trip to Uganda to raise a strong united voice
regarding the water crisis.
Big hugs.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 07:04:29 PM
I appreciate Auntie Fe & Uncle Manny

for opening their home to the family;
for their dedication in doing medical missions in the Philippines;
for being strong uplifters and leaders for Gawad Kalinga - building homes and healthy communities
and villages
for having been there for my family before I was a spark in my father's eye
for being there for us at the toughest and best times
for their brilliant minds
for wanting to be trained in setting up the McGuire water purifiers
for planning to join us in Uganda in July.
How awesome! More big hugs!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 01, 2007, 07:09:36 PM
I appreciate SABRINA, NEMO and NEMO's MOM

Thanks for having us visit with you in your home.
I especially adored meeting your mom, Nemo.
She is now one of my heroes.
I love her joie de vivre. Her great sense of humor.
And her ability to laugh at the most serious things.
And boy did I enjoy her dancing!;)
What a wonderful spirit!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 07:58:41 PM
Wow! It is great to have Liz and Marissa back in full force.
Blessings to both of you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:34:44 PM
I love coincidences!
A couple of clients of mine
have been married for 24 years.
Today was their anniversary.
They came home with the exact same
anniversary cards for each other.
They know each other just that well.
 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:35:44 PM
Appreciating Liz' appreciation of me.
Warm fuzzies - yes! Thank you, Liz.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:36:22 PM
Appreciating the busyness
of this thread now.
I love harmonious action
and we've got it here in spades!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:36:59 PM
Appreciating Kayiwa Fred's
wonderful posts.
Thank you again for joining us, Kayiwa!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:38:34 PM
Appreciating Dwan (Diane ABC)'s
invaluable energy, friendship and
generosity of time. You are one
amazing woman!

Oh, and did I say patience? That's
the icing on the cake.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:40:09 PM
Appreciating that all the new ideas
moving through my body as energy.
When I look at it this way, any sort
of pain gets put into a perspective I
can manage.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:43:05 PM
Appreciating pure water.
I take minerals and distill my water.
Pure water is definitely not
something to be taken for granted.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:44:39 PM
Appreciating that everything heals given time
(or without time!)  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 01, 2007, 08:45:55 PM
Diane, so here I am - with my 100th post :D

It is my great pleasure to be a part of this endeavor. I wish to draw more from this group of dedicated, passionate and loving people. You are my inspirations!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:47:25 PM
Appreciating Jen Magic's 100th post!
Whoopee, Jen!!
Way to go!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:48:11 PM
Appreciating Diane's cheer leading quality.
You are a super cheer leader, Diane!
It makes a huge difference.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:50:41 PM
Appreciating having made it to work and back again
despite an unusual physical challenge today!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:52:03 PM
Appreciating being surprised at what reality REALLY is.
So different from my assumptions! What a relief to find
my worryful thoughts have been so far off!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:53:04 PM
Appreciating Hunter the dog.
He is the most beautiful
Eskimo dog I have laid eyes on.
Sweet and comforting too.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 08:56:03 PM
Appreciating having money to pay bills.
I am ever grateful for my paying work.
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Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 09:00:32 PM
Appreciating having a place
to come home to
that is warm and has food
in the cupboards.
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Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 09:02:20 PM
Appreciating those who are friendly when I least expect it.
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Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 09:04:31 PM
Appreciating Tom Tam;
a ball full of energy
that energizes everyone in your path.
Thank you for sharing your amazing work
with people despite all the challenges
you are facing.
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Post by: meadowlea on October 01, 2007, 09:07:47 PM
Appreciating my dentist, Dr. Yolin.
Thank you for your thoughtfulness
regarding my special situation.
For being one of the original
holistic dentists;
for being so near by
and for hiring
such an incredibly wonderful staff!
Everyone of them is sweet and welcoming!

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Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 09:05:59 AM
I appreciate my work.

For it is also my mission.
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Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 02, 2007, 09:08:56 AM
I appreciate the USA-CHINA connection.

Integration of the East and the West. How great is that?!
The positive leadership of these two cultures and countries
can only help our world.

Just imagine a world without borders.
Just imagine a world with Peace.
Just imagine a world with people working together.
Just imagine a world of people together making good things happen.
Just imagine a world without illnesses.
Just imagine a world full of Love.
Just imagine appreciating humanity.
Just imagine appreciating the best in ourselves and others.
Just imagine, believe, pray, meditate then manifest what we imagine.


Thank you very much Elizabeth for articulating the qualities of an uplifting vision for Chinatown DC so that it could realize its potential as a jewel in the world economy because it could provide the context for practicing healed perceptions to appreciate each other as friends and allies as a model for personal, economic and community development.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: nmw on October 02, 2007, 09:16:39 AM
Hi All!

I've finally made it back -- I've been very busy.

I told meadowlea about a poem I wrote several days ago -- see http://bebo.érotiques.com/  ;D (it still might be a little rough -- very much "free verse"; don't know if it's completely finished/polished ;)

Ted and I have set up a neat-o page over at aboutus.org I will set up appreciations.org to simply forward to the appropriate page (should be done in maybe 10 minutes or so).

OK -- gotta run again!

Oh, yea -- I appreciate the song "Don't worry, be happy!" :D

:) nmw
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 02, 2007, 09:20:09 AM
Appreciating Jen, congratulations on your 100th post!   Also for your wonderful stone metaphor, may you utilize your infinite inner power to transform some stones to jewels with the support of members of the Daily Appreciations community to work miracles beginning maybe with Chinatown DC! :)
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Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 02, 2007, 09:23:08 AM
GREAT to see you here at the River Norbert!  Thanks so much for your contributions and the linking.  I like your cartoon and your great sense of humor!  Thanks again for participating here,  may you choose to ENJOY laughter and fun, no matter what today!  :D
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Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 02, 2007, 09:28:24 AM
Great ready everybody to cheer Meadowlea on as she crosses her 500th post here!  WOW! A rising STAR of Daily Appreciations ("DA"), DA CHAMPION #1

What "happy surprises" for her?   I have some kisses ready! Thank you very much Meadowlea for your persistence, dedication, enthusiasm, commitment, contributions.... :D
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Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 02, 2007, 09:46:49 AM
I found the comforting quotation to remember especially when someone close to us passes:

"Only material manifestation is subject to cessation, and essence is unaffected and retains the potentiality of reappearing in material form." (page 8, Dr. David R. Hawkins, M.D. and Ph.D. from The Eye of the I., www.veritaspub.com)

"The real Self is invisible and has no locality." "It (the body) is self-propelled and its actions are determined and activated by the Presence. The body is merely an 'it', equal to any other 'thing' in the room." "That which is the Self is total and complete. It is equally present everywhere. There are no needs, desires or lack." (page 4 and 5, same)

"In the reality of nonduality, everything is complete and desire is replaced by appreciation. As life evolves, each living thing is the total expression of its potentiality at any given moment. Motivation as such disappears and action takes place as a phase in the process of potentiality actualizing. There is, therefore, no actor behind the action. There is, instead, a sense of completeness and total fulfillment in every moment." (page 10, same)
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Post by: Jen Magics on October 02, 2007, 12:45:23 PM
I appreciate the fact that I reached 100 on our National Holiday - Oct. 1!

Thanks for all the participants here who helped to make this appreciating process so much easier and enjoyable. I also wish to thank Diane for her initial encouragement and subsequent untiring support! I look forward to be on your team for building a better Chinatown and strengthening China-US relations!
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Post by: Phyllis310 on October 02, 2007, 01:07:34 PM
I appreciate Liz' appreciations of the many men and women who work so hard and selflessly to keep us all safe.  Her brother, Enrico, was certainly a shining example.  We need to keep these people in our prayers.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: felipe on October 02, 2007, 01:21:51 PM
I appreciate everyone who reads this message. By doing so you are contributing this wonderful project of building a community of caring individuals all working together as a part of the solution.
It's a beautiful thing and I am grateful to everyone who has contributed, as well as those who will eventually do so. 
Thank you for making this what it is.
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Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 02:40:40 PM
I appreciate PHYLLIS

As always, you are one of the best encouragers
I have ever known. It always feels like it is home when
you are around even in cyberspace.
So, I am happy you are here posting, my friend.
Hugs and love to you.
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Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 02:41:57 PM
I appreciate FELIPE

Welcome Felipe! Happy to have you aboard.
I am looking forward to your posts and to get to know you more.
Take good care and have a wonderful day!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 02:47:10 PM
I appreciate the thought that we grieve because we LOVE

Grief is a love response to the loss of loved and beloved ones.
It symbolizes the depth of connections between human beings.
That grief will then transform into more profound compassion
and love for others as we see and feel the essence of our
beloved departed in others and ourselves.

So grieve if we must. As we know this will eventually
heighten the spiritual aspect of our humanity towards more
love. Each one of us will cope with loss in a special heartfelt way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 03:21:36 PM
I appreciate the thought that even in grief, we can
find pockets of joy, smiles and laughter
.
Such as remembering a loved ones funny antics,
such as remembering the tender joyful times people
had together; such as going on with life and continuing
to be in the now, being present, finding joy in the people around us;
such as being able to laugh at the funny irreverently honest
things little children say; such as laughing at the comments
of a childhood and high school friend.

Grief is a multi-layered reaction and response. It is
sadness with rays of hope, light, joy, spiritedness, and love.
It is the spirit's reverence for a life fully lived with service
and unconditional love.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 03:23:07 PM
Hooray for MEADOWLEA! ;) :D

Great to see you at that 500 level.
Keep it up and wishing you more appreciations
and love to come.

Hugs,

Liz
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Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 03:27:11 PM
HOORAY FOR JEN!!
For reaching and going past the 100 mark.
And for your delightful posts.
Keep on swimming appreciatively, amiga. :)
Great job!
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Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 03:29:58 PM
I appreciate DIANE

and dedicate my 400th appreciations post to you and your vision
of uplifting the positive energy in our world through appreciations.
Thank you, my friend. I hope to meet up with you
soon. :)
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Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 03:32:56 PM
Hola Norbert!
Glad you're back and I am happy that
you are collaborating with Ted.

Looking forward to more of your appreciations.

Take good care.
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Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 03:40:46 PM


I appreciate the strength of the human spirit

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 03:41:53 PM
I appreciate how the Light shines even more brightly
in our darkest hours.
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Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 03:46:01 PM
I appreciate the insight that we sometimes
give out our worst irrational reactions to those who
are closest and dearest to us during tough times.
For we understand that the safety and the depth of love are
always there. Love the unlovable within us and others.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 03:47:38 PM
I appreciate loving phone calls, cards, letters and e-mails
from family and friends. I love you all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 04:17:56 PM
I appreciate Resilience more than ever.

What helps us all bounce back from
losses and tragedies? Each one of us has our own
internal time-frame of healing. There is a sense of
conservation of energy when we heal.
Faith, Hope and Love. The more abundant we have
these, the more we heal.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 02, 2007, 04:19:45 PM
I appreciate the "Phoenix Miracle" concept.

Rising from ashes of despair to soar and give
hope,compassion, and love to others. To share what
we learned from our experiences to help with the healing of others.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 02, 2007, 07:52:06 PM
I wanted to welcome Felipe's participation!
Good to see you here. Hope you will be coming here every day!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 02, 2007, 07:53:41 PM
I appreciate Liz' encouragement! I hope to catch up with you and meadowlea someday - I know that is very challenging, but I want to get closer and closer rather than lagging behind. :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 09:53:10 PM
Appreciating Norbert making his appearance!
I experienced an honest to goodness "Yippee!"
when I saw your familiar cartoon, which I also enjoy.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 09:54:39 PM
Diane, thank you for your usual cheer leading!
I almost had not noticed
that I was about to cross that threshold.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:00:15 PM
Appreciating Liz
for backing up Diane's vision
of Chinatown as a jewel.
I appreciate your large view
of caring for the masses.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:02:46 PM
Whoo hoo!
The water is warm in the 500's!!
 :D  :D  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:17:15 PM
Congratulations to Jen Magic!
I wasn't sure I'd like doing this as a race,
but actually, it turns out to be quite fun!
It's fun to watch you cross the finish line, Jen
and it's really fun to congratulate people.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:20:02 PM
I will never tire
of seeing new names and "faces" pop up,
and yours is no exception, Felipe.
Thank you for lending this project
your kind thoughts.
 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:27:00 PM
Phyllis, it is wonderful to "see" you again.
Thank you for sharing your kind words.
I look forward to getting to know you better
within this context.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:29:57 PM
Congratulations to Liz for crossing the 400 mark!
Let the markers along our road lend strength,
good humor and magical harmony to our road
ahead.

 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:32:52 PM
Appreciating the sinking into love feeling
in meditation;
the total safety;
the total peace;
the total sense of balance;
the waves of love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:37:23 PM
Appreciating the way love
is infiltrating our lives
more and more each day in every way
and at all levels here on earth
and in every corner of the world.
Love is here to stay.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:44:36 PM
Appreciating kittens tonight.
Thinking it would be nice to have one.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:48:37 PM
Appreciating those who find balance and equanimity
in times of great stress;
those who maintain a sense of grace
under extreme threat of physical safety, for example;
those who have captured
the essence of life in their hearts
and who know all the way through
that it is indestructible.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:49:56 PM
Appreciating the vibrancy
and new intelligence
of our young adults.
I feel the future
of our physical world
is in good hands.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 10:53:52 PM
Appreciating that we could conceivably
write 500 original appreciations
about a speck of dust!
I actually think it could be
quite a fun exercise.
In particular, I would like
to challenge Brian to the game.
(I don't know why you popped
into my mind, Brian!)
 :D   :D   :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 11:04:58 PM
There was a time in the recent past
when I didn't value humility.
Humility back then seemed so counter to life.

I viewed it as self-deprecatory.
I did not understand the workings
of the ego at that time
and how my ego was working me.

Since then, I have necessarily
swallowed big doses of humility
by design of natural law.

It's not really so bad.
In fact, it's become
one of my favorite virtues
since it is one of the reliable times

I can feel my heart expand
(where before it was not so possible
to the same degree)
when I feel that not-so-bad,
actually kind of beautiful feeling.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 11:09:10 PM
Appreciating those with a special capacity
for profound understanding.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 11:22:21 PM
Appreciating the power of imagination.

I love those times when I close my eyes
and a video begins playing spontaneously
showing me picture after picture
of beauty at its best.

The power of letting go
and of being played by life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 11:27:37 PM
Appreciating the inherent beauty of all things.
One thing I appreciate about myself
is my ability to see the beauty in the beast.
That quality of mine has gotten me
into more than a little trouble,
but it has added value to my life
many times more than the trouble it caused.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 11:29:35 PM
Loving this seemingly permanent smile
that washes over my face
by the time I've completed
10 or 15 appreciations.

And I like the way the words
start to flow after awhile
in a way it no longer seems
I am the author of them.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 02, 2007, 11:32:12 PM
Loving all of you immensely.
I am looking forward
to encountering you all
tomorrow already.

Blessings and peace,
love and hugs,
cheers,
kisses,
giggles,
good fortune,
and prosperity of consciousness
to all of you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 03, 2007, 04:17:52 AM
Appreciating meadowlea's depth, beauty and wide range of topics in her string of appreciations. Reading them brings in me peace and gratitude. Thank you for sharing your tremendous love of all things and humans with us! It is very contagious.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 03, 2007, 07:57:21 AM
Appreciating Elizabeth's understanding and sharing related to grief.

Often some of us want to help with intellectual concepts which might offer comfort to someone in grief. Yet it is good to be reminded of other perspectives, feelings and processes related to emotional healing depending on the situation. I appreciate Elizabeth's contributions to my understanding on the subject.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 03, 2007, 08:09:58 AM
Appreciating Meadowlea's contributions of over 500 appreciations to this River!  WOW! Congratulations! One raincheck for "happy surprises" to celebrate this accomplishment! You are the first in the world to achieve this! Congratulations! Applause! Applause!

This is a good fitness course for some people who can't think of anything to appreciate. When they notice all the appreciations here, they will know what they can do to reach for and maintain higher levels of awareness of love, joy and good already in their lives!  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 03, 2007, 08:45:50 AM
Appreciate sharing analogies, similes and metaphors of this process of developing a habit of doing appreciations

1. It has been said that "luck is preparation meet opportunity."  This is the preparation for luck!  This is evidence that the person is a contributor of positive energy and is a part of the solution. Everyone can see the person is prepared and ready to receive....

2. In real estate, the taller and larger the building, the deeper one must dig first to lay the foundation to underpin the tall structure. The tall building when completed and leased will generate a stream of revenues and cash flow. This is one way how stones are transformed into financial jewels. There is a step by step disciplined process of development. We have designed a new process to co-create new structures for the fulfillment of peoples' aspirations.

3. With each appreciation or poem or song or contribution of a positive thought, people are expanding their capabilities as part of a new process of self-empowerment. The first phase is about opening our hearts.

If we only have the capacity of a cup, we can only receive a small amount of love and joy. When we expand our hearts to the size of a tub, we can receive a larger amount. When we keep digging or posting, we create space for a pipeline to connect with the ocean of abundance of love and joy. We are demonstrating our capacity to receive. We are becoming and realizing more of our potential.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 03, 2007, 09:01:01 AM
Appreciating Felipe Custer

I appreciate Felipe's wide range of important contributions to the overall cause by being in the right place and time to be truly helpful in many practical ways. I appreciate Felipe's presence, cooperation and assistance in handling many things that had to be attended to in D.C. We appreciate Felipe as a valuable member of our DC management team.
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Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 03, 2007, 09:12:13 AM
Appreciating Phyllis

I was delighted to meet you and your son in Wash. DC!  Elizabeth spoke so often about you in very glowing terms. It is not possible to accomplish important projects without people of your high level of commitment, love, character and capabilities. I admire you for your deep commitment and amazing contributions! Thank you very much for joining us and sharing your wisdom and thoughts with us.  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 03, 2007, 09:24:54 AM
Appreciating Mallory Starr

I appreciate Mallory Starr for his wonderful personality, for his generous assistance to Jen and for his excellent referral!  I followed up on his referral and it has been a big blessing for me. Thanks very much Mallory!  I am very glad to have met you and I am glad you are in Wash. DC! Looking forward to collaborate with you on projects!
 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 03, 2007, 09:38:09 AM
Appreciating this East-West archway tradition of expressing our appreciations frequently

Yes, this is not a race because Ashis is traveling and giving speeches at many locations. Elizabeth and Marissa went to their brother's funeral out of state a while back, and we do not know the conditions and life circumstances of the other participants here.

So know that I know this is not a race. I just love any excuse to celebrate! I just wanted to acknowledge Meadowlea's achievement of another milestone. It is not easy to think of so many thoughtful appreciations for so many of us here. Thank you Meadowlea for your contributions!

So if this is not a race since each of our circumstances are different, are we doing new push ups to be in the best shape?  Are we doing our part to demonstrate we can handle what we want with humility?  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 03, 2007, 09:41:43 AM
Appreciating the feeling of letting go;
of first being attached to something
then gently allowing that attached feeling
to fall away, moving my attention instead
to the unseen background of love
only because I was lucky enough
at one point in my life
to have a parent, a friend,
or just the wonder at the beauty
of my surroundings
to bring that consideration to my attention
as another option.
Now I experience that as the ultimate experience
above and beyond all others
that carries me through.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 03, 2007, 09:44:45 AM
Appreciating Dwan "Diane ABC"'s
adaptability and grace
whenever a new concern is raised.
I love watching how she flows
and adapts and blends in
and supports harmony.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 03, 2007, 09:47:09 AM
I also feel Elizabeth Garcia-Gray's
underpinning strength,
without which DA.net, as it is,
would not even have been possible.
Thank you for the strength and commitment
you offer, Liz.
A cornerstone of strength.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 03, 2007, 09:49:43 AM
Appreciating and acknowledging Elizabeth for over 400 posts of appreciations here!

Without Elizabeth's outstanding leadership and contributions to this project, we will not be here today. Because of her important support especially during periods of unexpected challenges, she provided the confidence and the people to undertake this project here.

Without Elizabeth's introduction to Marissa, we would not have this platform ready when it was needed for the transition from Omidyar's platform. We continue to benefit from Elizabeth's wisdom, love, support, introductions and outstanding guidance and assistance. 

Relative to her heavy schedule and all the demands on her time, it is a monumental accomplishment for Elizabeth to post over 400 beautiful and thoughtful appreciations!  Thank you very much Elizabeth!  I really admire you and I am grateful for all that you do for so many people in this world including for this project and for me!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 03, 2007, 09:57:57 AM
Appreciating Jen

Jen has accomplished a lot already. Americans studying Chinese know it takes decades of study and practice to be at the elementary level of proficiency in the Chinese language. Likewise, it is very difficult for someone fluent in Chinese to learn English.  I congratulate Jen for her many accomplishments and for contributing actively here! Thank you very much for leading the way for Chinese-speaking participants!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 03, 2007, 10:14:31 AM
Appreciating Elizabeth's Phoenix Miracle concept and looking forward to buy her books.

Elizabeth provides valuable lessons with her Phoenix Miracle explanations and stories. It is true that the hardships, struggles, pains and misfortunes we experience in life are also blessings because they expand our capacity for compassion and ability to relate to others especially to those who are going through similar life situations. We have more understanding. We can be more helpful with practical suggestions. We have additional insights and we have transform ourselves in the process.

I noticed that those people who have transcended their painful past, those who have "been around the block" have more maturity, depth of compassion and capacity for joy and contributions. Therefore life is full of blessings, much of the stuff probably come in work clothes which may not be what our egos want or like, but learning to appreciate and be happy just the same is one measure of success!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 03, 2007, 10:21:38 AM
I would like to echo and appreciate
Dwan (Diane ABC)'s appreciation
of Elizabeth Garcia-Gray's offering
of the phoenix miracle concept on her website at
http://www.garciagray.com.
It just so happened that I was visiting that website
while Diane was typing her appreciation
of exactly what I was reading about
when I was reading about it.
It seems we were "coincidentally" visiting the same page
on the same website at the same time.
I was deeply moved (again) by what I was reading,
and grinned when I followed the river
directly to Diane's post.

I love synchronicities!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 03, 2007, 10:34:47 AM
I would like to appreciate
the tone of Felipe A. Custer's contributions.
I sense a real maturity;
a caring for the whole in a notable way.
Thank you for your service
and contribution to the River, Felipe!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 03, 2007, 10:38:11 AM
I would also like to appreciate Mallory Starr.
Jen has become an invaluable contribution
to Daily Appreciations and to ABC,
and I understand you had more than a little to do with that.
I hope to get to know more about you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 03, 2007, 10:45:52 AM
I feel a quiet strength from Phyllis.
I appreciate her surprise greetings
sometimes with Facebook flowers.
I am grateful for her taking the time
to join us here to create more well-
being in the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 03, 2007, 12:18:45 PM
Appreciating the strength and insight
in Dwan (Diane ABC)'s appreciations.

And cheers for Diane for accomplishing
a huge string of substantial appreciations
even amidst her amazingly busy schedule!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 03, 2007, 02:24:24 PM
I was experiencing difficulty with internet connection this morning. Otherwise I would have posted more. and now when I come back, I find the river is flooded again :P

I was very uplifted by the exuberant energy everybody here has demonstrated. If I had more time and better internet connection, I sure would love to appear more often :)

Thank you very much, everybody, for making an ordinary day so different by sharing our appreciations!!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 03, 2007, 05:21:31 PM
Thank you, Liz, Diane, and Meadowlea, for your kind words and warm welcome here.  I am glad I finally found my way here.  I am enjoying it very much.   
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 03, 2007, 10:40:16 PM
Appreciating Marissa Garcia for doing a job
for DA.net that is so easily taken for granted!
Thank you for quietly and consistently
making DA.net more and more fun to use.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 03, 2007, 10:44:00 PM
Appreciating Dwan (Diane) Tai
for modeling for us
in a way to remind us
to acknowledge those who work
behind the scenes.
I appreciate this reminder.
Otherwise the floor
may fall out from beneath us
when we are most unaware!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 03, 2007, 10:45:04 PM
I also have noticed that Marissa Garcia
is particularly good at acknowledging
those who work behind the scenes, so
that is most worthy of note as well.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 04, 2007, 04:12:40 AM
I appreciate every human encounter - pleasant ones or unpleasant ones.

pleasant ones are for me to appreciate the the beauty of human nature;
 unpleasant ones are a test for curbing egos, an opportunity to understand
aspects of human nature that had escaped observation/consciousness, and
an opportunity to practice humility and tolerance.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 04, 2007, 10:07:23 AM
Appreciating the Siteground Senior tech who is working to hopefully remove the login glitch in this site.  Thanks, Svetlio
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 04, 2007, 10:11:05 AM
Appreciating Phyllis Hurley for being a Uganda women empowerment champion.  You go, Phyllis!  Having fun in those markets while doing good!  Thanks so much for your continued support and encouragement to the women.  My empowerment buddy!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 04, 2007, 10:15:01 AM
Thank you Meadowlea.  You are a wonderful moderator for the river.  You never miss acknowledging anyone's presence-
Your acknowledgment encourages me to post even when my energy is not up to par. I also love the way you write in such a flowing, manner.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 04, 2007, 10:28:33 AM
I appreciate Pam who comes and visits my sister Guia and takes her out to lunch.  Thanks Pam, for being a loyal friend to my sister.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 04, 2007, 10:32:30 AM
Appreciating everyone's patience here, especially Diane T, as I work on correcting some of the glitches in creating this website. 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 05, 2007, 08:26:52 AM
Appreciating Siteground Senior Tech SVETLIO!!!! Yessss!!! I am so happy he fixed the registration and restored the posts!!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 09:02:41 AM
Woooohooooo!!!!!
We're back!!
 :)   :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 05, 2007, 12:02:08 PM
Appreciating the kind responses Diane, Meadowlea, and Liz gave me when I thought all the posts got deleted in the process of correcting the registration.  They love appreciating so much they told me not to worry.  Thanks for the awesome Siteground backups,too.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 05, 2007, 01:46:10 PM
Is that why I wasn't able to reach this forum yesterday :P?

Hello HOLA Nihao!

Happy Friday!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 05, 2007, 01:50:34 PM
I appreciating Diane, for her exuberant energy - She is ALWAYS on time - She always makes sure she is at least a few minutes earlier. This shows model business practice.

I also appreciate her guidance, her generosity, her continued support, her insight, her insipiration! She is a bless for my life!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on October 05, 2007, 04:01:57 PM
I appreciate my friend who sent me this and I hope you appreciate it as well:

God Said NO!
 
I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.
 
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned.
 
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No. I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
 
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

God loves You!!!!!

THIS DAY IS YOURS DON'T THROW IT AWAY May God Bless You,

"Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them, but you know
they are always there.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:05:08 PM
Appreciating Marissa Garcia
for taking on such a huge responsibility.
 
I have memories of agony
of thinking all might be lost
and the hanging on of whatever hope
I am able to conjure up with others' interests
hanging in the balance.

It's generous of you
to take on a responsibility
of Joomla magnitude
and to weather storms like that
for us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:19:00 PM
I appreciate Jaydee.

I appreciate being paid well;
that you give me so much wiggle room,
Jaydee, even though I'd enjoy
more interaction with you as well
if it ever begged to happen.
But with the wiggle room,
I get more a run of the building,
so to speak.

I appreciate the degree
to which Jaydee trusts me.
Just about no communication ever
unless I express an interest in that,
or during the infrequent times
we bump into each other,
but there have never
been any complaints
(though they would have been welcome)
throughout the decade or so
that I've worked for you -
only requests that I love seeing
how quickly I can resolve for you.

I enjoy the smooth sailing, Jaydee,
and the long term association,
and I wish you ongoing blessings
in your life.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:23:36 PM
Appreciating all those who make mistakes.
I appreciate people's humanity.
What really tops it off
is an acknowledgment of the mistake
and how it may have affected another.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:24:41 PM
Appreciating being part of a core team of people
who are together for the sole reason
that they enjoy appreciations.
I'm in a little bit of heaven here.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:26:06 PM
Appreciating those who acknowledge when their ego
is running rampant contributing to bad feelings.
When people do that, everyone breathers easier.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:28:16 PM
Appreciating public transportation.
I can do all kinds of work
while riding public transportation.

When driving, I can't talk on the phone,
read or write (including appreciations).

 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:31:30 PM
Appreciating Ms. E. for tipping me today
and for her consistent friendliness,
for telling me how much her dogs
enjoy my company
and for enjoying my interactions
with the dogs so much,
for making requests
rather than complaints;
and for forgiving any mistakes.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:33:08 PM
Appreciating life.
Everyday is a new opportunity
to move closer to essence
and to invite others
to do the same.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:34:49 PM
Appreciating the free style here;
that we can appreciate
just about anything
that opens our hearts
or makes us happy.
there are no inhibiting positions
to tolerate.
It feels free and easy;
the flowing River of A.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:40:20 PM
Appreciating my sister Sylvia
for her open expressions of caring.
During one of my more reclusive times,
she visited even though the way I live my life
is so radically different
than the way lives hers.
She just wanted to be with her sister,
and I was so touched by that.

I also appreciate her for her flowering creativity.
In our early years, I got the prizes
and acknowledgment for creativity.
Her strength was being the glue
or the placeholder for the family.
Now she is stepping through the doorway of creativity,
and it feels unspeakably beautiful to my soul
when she adds her creative touches
to almost everything now!
I hope she feels the same beauty
that she is sharing with others.
I love it!!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:43:08 PM
Appreciating the color yellow.
It cheers.
It's almost always fun
to look at.
It reminds me of the sun.
I love wearing jeans
with my yellow cotton shirt.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:44:31 PM
Appreciating weekends.
I like time to catch up
on lower priorities.
I love being able to hang loose
a little more than usual
and get ahead with things
to do that have piled up.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:46:23 PM
Appreciating deepening friendships overseas.
I intend to do some traveling
before too much time passes,
so I appreciate people from far away
who seem to enjoy getting to know me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:47:47 PM
Sometimes, even though the love is there,
it is not the right time
to be with certain people.
I appreciate those who have patience
to wait for more auspicious timing.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:50:01 PM
Appreciating pictures.
Pictures alone tell a whole story.
they draw me into them.
They make words come alive.
They make life interesting.
They highlight aspects of life
that we would otherwise miss
or forget about.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:53:17 PM
I like that when I become highly attuned to appreciating,
that any detour from that sticks out like a sore thumb.
The dissonance is usually loud enough
to get me back on track in very short order - 
or to remove myself from a situation
where I'm not being appreciated
all the more quickly.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:55:45 PM
Appreciating having the time
to write out my appreciations.
It's getting easier and easier
with less stalling or feelings of,
"This is too hard!"
It's gotten quite easy.
Something to look forward to
for those of you
still hemming and hawing.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 05, 2007, 11:57:38 PM
Appreciating a special friend
for trying out a new book
that will undoubtedly bring her
much, much closer to her essence.
Appreciating her adventurous nature.
It will be great to have
the information in that book
in common once she finishes it.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 06, 2007, 12:00:13 AM
Appreciating the value of differences.
I'm glad we're not all the same.
We'd get stuck if that were the case!
Differences are dynamic like colors on a pallet.
I appreciate all the people
who are different than me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 07:07:05 AM
I apreciate MARISSA

I hope people know how much she puts into the DA website.
Lots of energy, lots of skills, lots of time, lots of love.
So glad that all is working out quite well.
Thanks for all you do, sis.
Hugs and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 06, 2007, 08:47:42 AM
I echo Meadowlea and Liz for the appreciation of Marissa. At some point in the past few days, I had suspected if DA was still in existence or if there was something wrong with my browser. It is such a reassurance being able to come here and post again!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 06, 2007, 08:52:11 AM
Appreciating those who allow me into their lives close-up.
I like being trusted and thought well of and welcomed.
Thank you to all those who have opened their hearts to me
by sharing their lives with me more intimately than others.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 06, 2007, 08:54:28 AM
I appreciate meadowlea for continuing her leadership role in this website. It
is so good to see her flow of appreciations and find joy in the findings of what she
finds appreciative about. I also appreciate her poemly format. Very easy on the eyes.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 06, 2007, 08:55:56 AM
And thanks to others who
quietly, respectfully and generously
offer space where interests diverge
and the mutual flowering happens more
effectively with more distance.

This is a particular appreciation
that I have over-looked in the past,
but it is HUGE!!

Thanks to everyone out there
who honors the space
people need to grow!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 06, 2007, 08:57:21 AM
Appreciate the drizzling days - like today :)
It's like a godly shower - touches you without your feeling it.

It's just another variety of our weather conditions.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 06, 2007, 08:57:33 AM
Appreciating Jen Magic
for finding her way back here
after the downtime.
I love her appreciations and acknowledgments
of myself and others as well.
They really do lend energy,
brightening the experience for all.
I love having you around, good friend.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 06, 2007, 09:10:16 AM
Appreciating the passing of time.
I like being able to let go of things,
and having events pass into a previous day,
even though it is all thought to be an illusion,
it is a welcome illusion for me.
I like the opportunity to start
with a new pallet everyday.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 06, 2007, 09:12:11 AM
Appreciating the simplicity of www.chatzy.com;
No passwords needed;
Immediate communication;
Alerts when the chat partners contribute
if you remember to set the settings that way.
Even a html option is available.
Oh, yes, I almost forgot.
There's a great deal of security
in the way they've set it up.
And I love that it's FREE!!!
Yippee!
I love using www.chatzy.com!
 :D   :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 06, 2007, 09:15:33 AM
Appreciating the richness of dark skin.
I always have.
If I get an opportunity
where I can shield my stare,
I can just softly stare and stare
and let that rich quality
sink into my being,
richer and more fulfilled
by the experience.

I thank everyone with dark skin
for offering that richness to life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 06, 2007, 09:19:09 AM
Appreciating those who think about
what would most benefit the community.

I appreciate those who a community
is more dynamic and harmonious
for having had as a member.

I appreciate those who dig in
and get to know people
and uplift as many people
as they can;
those who bring greater integrity
to a community.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 06, 2007, 09:21:55 AM
Appreciating playful people;
those who live on the lighter side;
who take all things lightly
and in endearing play;
who make friends easily with children;
who are having too much fun
to bother being offended by anything.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 06, 2007, 09:24:19 AM
Appreciating Liz for popping in,
however briefly this morning.
Nice to know we're all still here.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 01:14:25 PM
I appreciate being a part of our third annual Talentfest
to be held at the Clifton Cultural Center tonight here in Louisville, Kentucky.
This is to uplift the destigmatization of mental illness.
Please wish us all luck!

Hugs and love to all.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 01:18:00 PM
I appreciate the beauty of FLAMENCO DANCING.

Oh my! We worked so hard and loved dancing.
I dedicate this dance for my brother Jun.
We practiced a great deal and in the process
deepened our bonds with our fellow Flamenco
dancers and teachers. Great sisterhood.
Wish you can all be there to encourage us and
yell out "jaleos" to us so we feel more uplifted and
enjoy the spirit, the "duende" of the dance.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 01:19:56 PM
I appreciate JORDAN

my niece...she is singing "Crazy" by Patsy Cline
at the Talentfest. She wowed everyone the last time she
performed. What a beautiful angelic voice and with
so much stage presence. Can't wait to hear and see her perform tonight.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 01:23:01 PM
I appreciate JEAN & LEWIS

I just love it when fellow O-Netters come and visit.
It was truly awesome that they came over and we had so much
fun just hanging out on my patio talking about life, relationships,
dreams, friendships, and love. I appreciate Jean's lovely
friendship, thoughtfulness and her nurturing ways.
And I appreciate playing djembe drums with Lewis.
Thanks for coming down and mi casa su casa.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 01:25:54 PM
I appreciate Jacqueline and her friend Anthony

Anthony comes from Peru and both Jackie and he
were so sweet and kind to cook ceviche for
the Flamenco dancers. How cool is that?!
What a truly wonderful dinner we had.
Thank you so much. And after that, we loved dancing
salsa and merengue in my patio while hanging out
with Jean and Lewis.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 01:28:12 PM
I appreciate all the TalentFest team!

What an extraordinary group of people who want to uplift
a great cause. Everyone helps out everybody. And so many talents.
We will have a great time!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 06, 2007, 02:12:25 PM
Appreciating Alex,
who helped me to break away from my old relationship,
who helped me getting to and from work,
who gave me encouragement to be independent and strong,
who even cooked delicious meals to share with me.

I appreciate all that he has offered me!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 06, 2007, 02:14:22 PM
Appreciating the passing of time.
I like being able to let go of things,
and having events pass into a previous day,
even though it is all thought to be an illusion,
it is a welcome illusion for me.
I like the opportunity to start
with a new pallet everyday.


I like this one :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 06, 2007, 03:58:05 PM
Thanks for all the appreciations- Jen, Meadowlea, Liz , Diane for my role as web support here.  I am grateful for all I am learning as I am doing it.  Although time consuming, learning is fulfilling , especially when glitches are fixed- I get very happy:) and it makes my day.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 06, 2007, 04:00:29 PM
I appreciate my stained glass teachers for opening up their store just for me so I can get glass and fulfill my orders this week.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 06, 2007, 04:01:41 PM
Appreciating air conditioner during these unseasonably warm weather here in Kentucky
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 06, 2007, 04:03:46 PM
Appreciating all the artists and craftspeople who work hard at the art fair here this week in the hot weather.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 06, 2007, 04:08:29 PM
Appreciating my printers who print my angel paintings for me.  They always do a great job, and in my last order, they printed and extra 25 prints! They do this all the time, and I am very grateful for that.  I appreciate Bruce who works in Kinetic Corp.  He is always ready to help me, and always considerate of my requests.  He never fails to call me right away when my prints are ready.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 06, 2007, 04:13:05 PM
I appreciate the opportunity to use my art to help others in raising funds.  It allows me to use my creativity to make good things happen.  It is such a blessing, and a win-win for all!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 06, 2007, 08:47:35 PM
Appreciating all the energy in the universe.

Appreciating all the positive frequency. Appreciating all the smiles.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 06, 2007, 08:52:46 PM
Appreciating human creativity, and the boundless nature of it.

So many wonders were made possible because of the creative endeavors.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 06, 2007, 08:54:35 PM
Appreciating the movie "Roman Holiday"

It just purifies the soul in such a sweet way. It always brings smiles on my face.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 09:09:32 PM
I appreciate a TalentFest extraordinarily done by the
the Talentfest crew. Unbelievable! So many incredible talents.
I was so proud of my niece Jordan. She did such a beautiful job.
Two of my co-workers sang "The Prayer" and they were dynamite!

Since I missed a week and a half of Flamenco dance practice
I was struggling with the Sevillanas steps. We practiced and
practiced and practiced. I was still not nailing the steps.
So all the lady dancers formed a circle and we all prayed
5 minutes before we performed. And by jove, as soon as I heard
my family, especially my daughter, and my teen patients encouraging
us in the audience,  everything fell in place. Unreal! It went seamlessly and
we felt great about it as a group. What teamwork and camaraderie.

It was great when staff and people we work with just hugged us all.
Wish you were all there with us.

Jordan dedicated her song to her Uncle Jun and I dedicated my
Flamenco dance to my brother as well. I think he is smiling
in heaven.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 09:41:34 PM
I appreciate all that the talentFest team did
especially Karen M. She has been the backbone of the fest.
And worked very very hard to make it a success!
Way to go, Karen! Thank you so much for your
dedication and encouragement.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 09:44:40 PM
I appreciate LISA L.

Her courage to dance Flamenco after not having
danced ballet for so many years; her courage
to learn it all in a concentrated manner in 5 weeks;
her thoughtfulness and willingness to help;
her determination and hard work; her discipline
in learning a new dance that is rigorous to learn;
and having been an excellent Flamenco partner.
Thank you.

Lisa L. is also a lawyer and it was great
for all our organization to see her dance.
Great for everyone's morale.
You were terrific, amiga! Bravo!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 09:48:16 PM
I appreciate JACQUELINE for having
been a great cheerleader at the Talentfest.
She encouraged everyone and was so joyfully supportive.
Love you, hija! Thanks so much.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 09:50:10 PM
I appreciate TODAY.
It has been a great day! And it was wonderful to see so many people
work together who helped encourage one another.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 09:54:40 PM
I appreciate all my co-Flamenco dancers:
Kristy, Christina, Juliana and Lisa.
You ladies rocked! Boy, we all did work hard!
You have all been rays of light during some tough times.
I appreciate Kristy's sense of playful ability to motivate; Christina's
hard work and dedication; Juliana's excellent dance form; Lisa's
courage and hard work.

Thank you for the friendship and the deeper bonds formed
even more.  :) ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 09:58:24 PM
I appreciate the big smiles and hugs of all the people
at the fest!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 10:00:31 PM
I appreciate inner peace

That comes with realizing from the heart
the oneness of all. And that we all have spiritual paths.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 06, 2007, 11:45:26 PM
I appreciate the joy and the friendships that come with dancing Flamenco.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 01:15:42 AM
Appreciating Liz for sharing her awesome,
fun-filled experience with the Talentfest.
It sounds like you had plenty of cheer-leaders there,
and I am cheering along with them
for a fantastic community project well done!

I can tell many lives were uplifted
and that new flexibility has been found
for many people in new areas of their lives;
new friendships, new thought pathways,
new confidence, new celebrations!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR2DhXaLmF4
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 01:23:26 AM
Appreciating the sweet
mother-daughter dynamics
I experienced while visiting a friend
down the street this evening.

Two new kittens
and a mother and teen daughter
who just can't get enough
of celebrating the time together
that they struggled hard
to achieve.

It was beautiful to witness.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 01:37:57 AM
Appreciating middle-of-the-night inspiration.
 :)
How great to have the time and energy
and relaxation to type away
about new joys
and to catch up on Liz, Jen and Marrisa!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 07, 2007, 07:37:13 AM
I appreciate MEADOWLEA

for all your appreciations and acknowledgments
of all of us who appreciate. That helps us follow your
lead to your champion's way of appreciating.
Awesome job, amiga!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 07, 2007, 07:39:37 AM
I appreciate MARISSA

for her perseverance in trying to figure out
our website and joomla. For all her hard work.
For all her skill-sets that are exceptional. For her patience
with us all. For her love of uplifting appreciations to the universe.
Great job, sis!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 07, 2007, 07:41:45 AM
I appreciate ASHIS

who has been giving talks everywhere
back to back and has reached many
in California. About DARFUR.
We can not look away. This cause needs to be
uplifted for awareness in a most emergent way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on October 07, 2007, 09:10:21 AM
I wish to say that I admire, respect and appreciate the river of posts of appreciation sent to and shared with us by Meadowlea...thank you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on October 07, 2007, 09:11:17 AM
The warmth and beauty of the appreciations offered by Elizabeth are wonderful and I truly appreciate them...thank you
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 07, 2007, 09:50:27 AM
Thank you, Brian.
I love your appreciations and posts
and how you share your experiences with us all.
You are a kind and wise man with a heart
of gold. Keep on posting. You uplift us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 12:12:24 PM
Brian, that means a lot to me
because you are a thoughtful person
and I don't believe you acknowledge people casually.
Thank you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on October 07, 2007, 03:48:36 PM
I wish that our efforts and recognitions of life's fullness leads us beyond appreciations in an ever higher spiral fulfilling our potential in this life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on October 07, 2007, 03:50:17 PM
I appreciate the holiday season which is already upon us for so many and continues through the remainder of this calendar year.  This is a time when we can express our feelings of appreciation and love with all who come into and through our life and as well those who remain with us in this life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 03:51:03 PM
I appreciate the #1272 post, Brian,
because it refers to Marissa's quote:

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy


that the best appreciation
is appreciative action!

While I don't agree that one is
more valuable than the other,
it does remind us
to value appreciative action
that is not expressed in words.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 07, 2007, 04:15:44 PM
I appreciate David for teaching me about the Native American ways of appreciation, especially of nature.
Tobacco and sage offerings, even for as small as picking up a rock from a mountain, or making a request from an elder.  It reminds us to walk gently on the earth.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 05:46:11 PM
Appreciating a day off to put in
more volunteer time for ABC.
It is feels like a luxury
to have the available time,
and Dwan (Diane ABC)
makes it quite enjoyable
by being fun and acknowledging.
I encourage all of you to volunteer!!
 :D   :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Brian on October 07, 2007, 06:29:33 PM
I appreciate a good cigar and a glass of sipping bourbon once in awhile
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 06:36:21 PM
Appreciating all the appreciations
that are dribbling in.
You all are way cool!!

 :D   :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 06:37:55 PM
Appreciating Phyllis Hurley's beautiful face!!
(You may have to sign into Facebook and
request to be her friend to see it.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 06:40:18 PM
Appreciating beautiful weather!!!
We've had a string of
unseasonably warm days here in Boston.
I've relished each one of them!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 06:44:16 PM
Appreciating opportunities to GROW.
It can be hard to recognize them as that
when grappling with issues,
but I just know to be thankful for them,
since when I look "back,"
it seems those were the defining moments
out of which I developed new strengths.
So I appreciate these cocoon-like experiences.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 06:49:37 PM
Appreciating that my body moves
and gets me where it wants to go.
Amazing bodies we have.
I also like the way they reflect
where we are free or constricted
in our awareness.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 06:50:38 PM
Appreciating that love
is available to us at any moment
and that our biggest fear
is rarely what we think it is,
but is instead
the fear of BEING LOVED.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 07, 2007, 07:08:30 PM
Meadowlea,

You are so kind!  You are such a positive and uplifting person! 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 07, 2007, 07:24:04 PM
I appreciate Marissa for her work with the Ugandan ladies and UWEC.  She is tireless in her efforts to help UWEC succeed.  It is such a blessing for the ladies and their families.  Thank you, Marissa, for your investment in their lives.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 07, 2007, 07:35:39 PM
I appreciate,

the youths of the USA

for opening up their hearts

caring and acting against

GENOCIDE


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 07, 2007, 07:38:30 PM
I appreciate my friend, Liz, who has expanded my horizons and helped me to think globally.  I appreciate her love of life.  She loves to laugh and spreads happiness all around!  I am sure the TalentFest was an incredible event! I hope you have a chance now for some well-deserved rest!   :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 07, 2007, 07:41:14 PM
Hi, Ashis, how are you?  I appreciate that Ashis taught me how to use this River of Appreciations!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 07:52:11 PM
Appreciating the preciousness
of each of these posts.
Simple and sweet.
Each of them
without exception
touch someone's heart.
Phyllis, you initiated
the inspiration for this post
while everyone else
lent the energy
to actually complete the post!
 :)

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 07:54:33 PM
Appreciating the innocence of children.
How they make us stop
and consider our actions.
How their questions
cause us to consider
our assumptions.
Appreciating how powerful
children are in their innocence.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 07, 2007, 08:40:34 PM
Appreciating that my body moves
and gets me where it wants to go.
Amazing bodies we have.
I also like the way
they reflect our awarenesses
in different areas
and reflect where we are free or constricted
in our awareness.

Ditto on this. Specially since I have experienced total inability to move.  I appreciate energy and being able to move.  I appreciate feeling strong. too.  Thanks for posting that, Meadowlea!  Mine was my thyroid, throat chakra, seat of expression...one of my life lessons.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 08:42:18 PM
Appreciating the power of focus
and envisioning;
the power to choose kindness;
to have every moment
surrounded with gentleness.
This reminds me
of the way Liz
surrounds many of her photos
in a halo of sorts.
It feels to me
that she is surrounding those
thought forms with love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 08:45:19 PM
Appreciating when others respond to posts
the way Marissa just did to mine.
I just love it!
It confirms others have read it
and considered it
to further enhance it
for themselves and others.
Thank you, Marissa!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 07, 2007, 08:49:15 PM
I appreciate Phyllis Hurley and her genuine concern and caring for the Ugandan women, and her awareness of the needs of the Ugandan women to be able to feed their children and go to school.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 07, 2007, 08:54:55 PM
I appreciate how my finger has healed and now I am able to do stained glass art again.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 08:59:43 PM
Appreciating Dwan (Diane ABC)'s
amazing boundless energy!
I am constantly in awe
of her dedication to her dream.
Thank you for inviting us all
to be part of your dream, Diane!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 07, 2007, 09:04:31 PM
I appreciate the UWEC ladies and all the lessons I am learning from them.  The way they stand firm in their faith, their generosity in caring for each other and their families, their gratitude for their life.  I appreciate Sarah, though born with a disability of having one leg, has a plaque on her wall that says " I thank you God for what I am".
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 07, 2007, 09:09:30 PM
Appreciating how we can start
with just about any person, thing, or concept
that is not fully lit up for us,
and we can hone in on one tiny thing
about it that would normally go unnoticed
no matter how seemingly insignificant,
bring it into the light
someplace like the River of A,
and suddenly the whole thing lights up,
not just for the writer,
but for everyone!
It's the most phenomenal thing!
I love that we're all doing that
for ourselves and for our world.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 08, 2007, 02:15:26 AM
I appreciate

the wind

for blowing through my hair

and giving my tired soul

a refreshing air
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 08, 2007, 02:16:56 AM
I appreciate

the sun

for its radiant brilliance
its eternal bliss

Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 08, 2007, 02:18:28 AM
I appreciate


the bed I am in

for giving rest to my body

and soul
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 07:36:34 AM
I appreciate PHYLLIS

I just love Phyllis! And feel very fortunate that
she is my friend. She brings nurturance, faith, gentleness,
kindness, warmth, laughter, mission, diligence, loyalty, friendship
and most of all love, anywhere she is whether
in person or cyberspace. What an amazing lady!
Love you loads, Phyllis. Let us meet-up again soon.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 07:39:25 AM
I appreciate THERAPISTS

Therapists absorb a lot of people's agony and pain
on an emotional, psychological and many times spiritual
level. Professionalism lies in ensuring that
therapists take good care of their own balance
and nurture their sense of profound humanity to serve
others.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 07:44:56 AM
I appreciate the inner warmth of great FRIENDSHIPS.

Nothing like having friends in joyful and even sorrowful times.

They call, write letters, e-mail, pray for you, hug you, kiss your
forehead and cheeks, cry with you, laugh with you, get
irreverent with you, encourage you to rest and also to move on,
support you with words and actions, make time for you,
meditate, give little gifts to you, dance with you, put their arm
around you, bring you food, appreciate you and tell you they love you...
and most of all they love you in their own special, precious,
lovable way. Thank all of you for being a friend.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 07:48:53 AM
I appreciate the joie de vivre
of people of every creed, color, race, culture around the world.
It is utterly contagious and it increases the quality
of life for all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 07:52:39 AM
I appreciate SIMPLIFICATION

Many times, perhaps unwittingly, we find life
becoming more complex. And it is that point of recognition
of the built-up complexity that we realize once again
that simplication reduces stress, reduces tension, and
increases clarity and focus on what is truly important.
Our life purpose becomes easier to discern.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 07:55:06 AM
I appreciate a COOL BREEZE

on a hot summer day. Ahhhhhh...
and then a cold glass of healthy water.
What more do I need?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 07:58:32 AM
I appreciate DIANE

for always thinking about ideas for improvement;
a desire to grow and refine self and projects;
for her enthusiasm and energy and vision;
for her understanding and compassion;
for her inner strength and courage to face
what life has given her; for her desire to make
this world a better place.

Hugs to you, Diane!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:00:04 AM
I appreciate Communications

in all its forms.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:01:39 AM
I appreciate SILENCE

and its golden glory for the soul.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:02:46 AM
I appreciate MOVEMENT

for it reminds us of our growth.
And action is the manifestation of our dreams.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:03:54 AM
I appreciate STILLNESS

And knowing that non-movement is
to conserve energy. That rest is vital.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:07:31 AM
I appreciate MEADOWLEA

and her consistency in posting appreciations.
And for the tender gentle tones she emanates from them.
I appreciate your supportiveness and noticing
simple and big things in a positive light.
When one sees a halo, it just reflects their angel
within. ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:09:05 AM
I appreciate MARISSA

and her very diligent support of the UWEC ladies.
And all that she learns from the ladies' life stories.
And all that the  UWEC ladies learn from her support
and kindness.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:10:35 AM
I appreciate my sister LISA

for making time to be at the TalentFest
and for bringing her daughter, my niece JORDAN
to practice her song at the Clifton Center.
And for her supportiveness and love of family.
Thanks, sis!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 08:11:53 AM
Appreciating reading Liz's
wonderful appreciations
as they come in
one by one.
I feel the cumulative upliftment.
I love being allowed
to go along for the ride.
Thank you for
uplifting us all, Liz!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:14:16 AM
I appreciate LIFE

with all its twists and turns,
with all its paradoxes and ironies,
with all its angst and beauty,
with all its sorrows and joys,
with all its predictabilities and mysteries.

Let us rejoice every second, every minute of Life.
Breathe...

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:18:47 AM
I appreciate BRIAN

for your heartfelt and heartwarming posts.
Keep them coming, amigo.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:20:10 AM
I appreciate JEN


and the enthusiasm and lovability that she brings
to Daily Appreciations. Hope you are enjoying your day, Jen!;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:28:08 AM
I appreciate INNOCENCE and PURITY

Perhaps this is what it means when it has been
said - to be as a child. Not necessarily childish but child-like.
I believe that we can focus on innocence on a day by day
basis. As humans we back-track many times because of our
reactions and actions. Yet each day is new and fresh.
One day at a time we can focus on other's innocence as well
as our own. When we see and feel and believe in the innocence
and purity of others, no matter what the circumstances, or
no matter what they have done, then we see our
child-like reflection. Our child within. An ability to forgive
any trangressions by loving the innocent and pure in each
other.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:32:26 AM
I appreciate HONESTY

tempered with love and compassion.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:33:48 AM
I appreciate and respect the
strengths, talents and inner gifts of people.
Let us discover our own and help others discover
their special gifts for our world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:38:36 AM
I appreciate the radiant LIGHT that
illuminates rooms when people who have joy and
love in their hearts come into a room.
I especially love the "light bulb" babies.
Their smiles and laughter can just turn
a room into a true Lighthouse.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:41:13 AM
I appreciate SHIRLEY & HOMER

They are my sister-in-law ELISA's parents.
Their love, nurture, and support have been
unconditional for all of us. I especially appreciate
the utmost love they showered my brother JUN.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:43:41 AM
I appreciate ELISA

ELISA is my brother JUN's wife.
She is one woman with much gentle
inner strength. Thank you for all the
very special love you gave my brother
and the boys. And for bringing into this world
such a precious JONAH. Love you
lots, sis.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 08:46:41 AM
I appreciate DREAMS
and all that we manifest.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Leon M on October 08, 2007, 11:36:11 AM
Appreciating these thoughts:

"Live simply
Love generously
Care deeply
Speak kindly
and leave the rest to a High Power."
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Leon M on October 08, 2007, 11:59:36 AM
Appreciating ABC   

I appreciate the long relationship working with ABC since 1986. I learned a lot over the years. I appreciate  all the opportunities they introduced me to. Thank you very much.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 12:13:00 PM
Welcome LEON M!
Happy to have you here.

I love these lovingly simple and profound wise words you posted. Thanks.
Keep on posting so we all get to know you more. Have a wonderful day!

Quote
"Live simply
Love generously
Care deeply
Speak kindly
and leave the rest to a High Power."
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 12:16:27 PM
I appreciate my family and friends who say and/or write  "I love you"
to one another as much as we can.

They were the last words my brother Jun and I wrote
on IM the night before he passed away: Love you, sis. Love you, bro.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 08, 2007, 01:11:19 PM
Hi All,
So good to see you again!

It seems a long long time if I don't come here for one day!

I appreciate the opportunity to come here.
I appreciate this dedicated group for constantly inspiring
appreciative energy in me.
I appreciate the opportunity to appreciate and being appreciated.

With much love,

Jen
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 01:26:32 PM
I appreciate the acronym HALT

It stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired.
In spiritual recovery work, they are known to be our warning signs.
We all do well until we are in the midst of HALT.
Then we regress a bit and dole out not the best of us.

HALT reminds us to take care of ourselves: remembering
good nutrition and hydration; to make sure that we use our coping skills
to lower stressors and tensions to reduce ; to
touch base with our family, friends and social support group
especially when we just want to withdraw or isolate;
to make sure we all get plenty of rest and respite to replenish our
bodies, minds and spirits.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 01:28:08 PM
Hola JEN!

Glad to see your post.
How have you been?
Hope things are going swimmingly well for you.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 01:35:25 PM
I appreciate giving and receiving little random acts of kindness
from people.

And I appreciate knowing about random acts of kindness
by many others. A smile, giving someone flowers to cheer him/her up, paying for someone's toll booth fee - the car behind - and knowing their pleasant surprise when the toll booth staff tells them their
toll has been paid; a warm hug; a kind tone of voice; sending letters, e-mails, and postcards just letting people know how much they are loved;
posting appreciations for people who least expect it; and even if they expect it, appreciate anyway for it adds to daily joy. So many ways to show people we care.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 01:43:24 PM
I appreciate soft and gentle eye contacts.

In my yoga class, in the past, we were taught to manifest "soft face"
and emanate a kind look. The softness is then absorbed by others
and thus most likely we receive it back in many instances.

In my Flamenco class, individual temperament is encouraged
to be externalized passionately. We are taught to show it
in our faces: our angst, our longings, our passion, our pain,
our dreams, our joy, our sufferings. So though the facials
of Flamenco seem strong and can be intense at times, one has to
only look at the humanity and tenderness in a Flamenco dancer's
eyes. Eyes that reveal the inner heart and soul of the dancer.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 02:56:09 PM
Appreciating Dwan (Diane ABC)'s heart.
I have learned to trust it.
A good person.
A passionate person.
Committed to prosperity
of consciousness for all.
I love you and your dedication
and I wish all the ease
and understanding possible
to accompany you
along your way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 03:02:28 PM
Warm welcome to Leon!
It is always such a smiling affair
to greet a new participant!

May your time here
be filled with delight!

 :D   :D

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 03:09:27 PM
Greetings to Jen!
It's just not the same without your daily greeting,
although, as you can see, we survive,
though barely.   ;)   :D

Seriously, it is great to greet you again.
May there be a special surprise for you today,
and everyday, but especially today!!

 :D   :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 03:19:36 PM
Big, huge thanks
to Santa Timothy Anderson
who is delivering
a brand new computer
to Kampala, Uganda THIS THURSDAY
to be arriving 6 weeks later
to our very own Kayiwa Fred,
known here as "Fred"
who will in turn use it
to acquire computers
for members of his soccer team!!
I emoted for joy
when I found that email
when I came home
from work today!!

Congratulations to Kayiwa
who approached Timothy
from World Computer Exchange
some time ago.

We have been cheering
Kayiwa for many months now
to not give up hope
and have been
helping him stay abreast
of other options in order
to ensure that he receives
a computer,
and Kayiwa has been
a terrific good sport!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 03:42:59 PM
I appreciate DANCERS

Dancing teaches us a lot.
To be one with our movements;
to be synchronized; to express ourselves
to the world; to add spice to our
way of being; to understand the meaning
and the rewards of discipline; to
know the meaning of teamwork as well
as remembering that each one of us has
our own style; to learn grace and form;
to learn about the spirit of the dance;
to be one with music; to celebrate life and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 03:46:47 PM
Three cheers for TIMOTHY, KAYIWA FRED and MEADOWLEA.

All three complete the giving circle.
Congratulations to the giver of the computer, to the
facilitator of giving and to the one who joyfully receives.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 03:49:17 PM
I appreciate my co-workers and staff

What incredible teamwork and spirit of mission.
I am blessed with our treatment teams.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 03:51:10 PM
I appreciate the DAWN

Rays of sweet sunrise peek through my bedroom window
and gently wake me up in the mornings.
I appreciate the daily arrival of the pinkish lavender dawn
and all its soft splendor.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 03:53:23 PM
I appreciate BELIEVING

when it may be so hard to believe.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 03:53:53 PM
I appreciate HOPING

when things seem devoid of hope
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 03:55:28 PM
I appreciate LOVING

when it is so hard to love the unlovable.
And at times, the unlovable is me.
And I have to remember that love is an
inner constant. We just have to access it
so we know how to forgive ourselves and others.
So we know how to embrace our humanity with
mindfulness. I work on this one daily.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 03:59:56 PM
I appreciate the STARS

I can get lost checking out the constellations
at times. And I feel in awe of those
who recognize the various stars in this vast universe.

Hmmmm..let's see. Let's name a star for each of you.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 05:22:44 PM
Appreciating those who listen deeply;
who allow the quietest voice inside to speak.
Appreciating those with ears
in all parts of their bodies;
those who can hear trees speak;
those who can hear animals speak;
those who can hear flowers speak;
those who can hear those
who are too ill to talk speak.
I appreciate those
who can hear the earth itself speak.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 05:36:49 PM
Appreciating the wide variety of ways
that are available to be of service
here on the planet.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 05:38:39 PM
Appreciating the immediate feedback system;
the law of attraction where like attracts like.
It's always easy to see how we're "vibrating"
or "calibrating." We only need to look around
to see what we've got in our lives! And I've
got you all, so I can't be doing too badly!  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 05:39:30 PM
Appreciating how close freedom really is;
it's just a let-go away!    ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 05:42:41 PM
Appreciating the guest
who is viewing this site presently.
Nice to know someone is curious.
I hope you are enjoying your visit
and that you will be inspired
to join us before too long.  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 05:44:33 PM
Appreciating watching the number
under my name go up.
I like road markers.
I like the feel of different numbers
like passing the scenery
or the sign markers
on a road trip.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 05:47:23 PM
Appreciating that this feels
a bit like a meditation room
where people come in at their leisure,
revisit their peace
and move back out
into their daily lives
along with their refreshment.
I enjoy being part of others' refreshment
and allowing others to be part of mine.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 05:53:37 PM
Appreciating Fred Craver;
his courage, resourcefulness,
generosity, and kindness.
May you find happiness
everywhere you are.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 06:13:37 PM
Appreciating the ability to infuse love
into everything I touch;
the value of slowing down
and honoring whatever is in front of me
or in my hand;
whoever calls,
whoever comes into my mind.
Opportunities to discover the sacred
in everything.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 06:14:40 PM
Appreciating the agreement to appreciate;
the reliability of the River of A.
Here we will appreciate and be appreciated.
Guaranteed.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 06:27:23 PM
Appreciating the dance of life;
that it is all a dance
no matter what we do
or don't do.
If we aren't dancing,
we are being danced!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 06:35:53 PM
This is in honor of and appreciating
the courage of all those in Uganda
who have been negotiating
the recent floods, loss of home,
loss of family members,
increased threat of disease
from the flood and
in need of clothing.

May all those affected
be surrounded
with comfort in your hearts,
knowing you are not alone
in your human condition.

I am aware that especially Kayiwa Fred
feels the urgency of this
since his competing teams
have been affected,
and also Teopista,
another friend from omidyar.net.

I found this link,
should you want to connect
into the stream of goodwill:

https://secure.ga4.org/01/flooding_uganda
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 06:43:14 PM
Appreciating those who find
just the right thing to say
to cut through
the circular self-talk.

There are those who
with just a phrase or two
transform lives
by neutralizing
long-held patterns
just with the element
of surprise.

And in retrospect,
it seems to be
more the tone of voice
than anything.

Confidence where
we thought confidence
was impossible.

Love where we thought
there could be no love.

Abundance where we thought
there was only lack.


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 06:52:18 PM
Appreciating food.
The hunger
and the satisfaction.
I am grateful for
the opportunity
to feel satisfaction
and have the ability
to focus on other things
than acquiring food.
May all feel the peace
of alleviated hunger.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 06:56:54 PM
Appreciating new inventions.
I love new things!!
I love advancement!
Things made easier;
things made kinder;
things made more effective.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 07:00:48 PM
Appreciating work well done
to everyone's satisfaction.
I enjoy completeness
and doing things
in the most serviceable way.
I enjoy mutual satisfaction.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 08, 2007, 07:01:24 PM
And I enjoy 600!
I just had to see that
before I turned in
for the night!
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 08, 2007, 10:14:05 PM
Whoooo-hooooo!! Congratulations MEADOWLEA!!
The 600th mark. You're on a roll now, amiga.
Keep it going! Hugs and happy for you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 07:11:30 AM
Appreciating Liz' cheerleading!!
Thank you for setting the tone of 20 per day, Liz!
In order to do anything close to that,
I have to be thinking
of what I can appreciate
much more of the time,
and that's exactly
where I want to be!
It's a great practice!
To step it up, to say 40/day
would turn me into something
I wouldn't presently recognize
as myself.  :D
But, nevertheless, I aim for it.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 07:15:29 AM
Appreciating that when I go deeply
into appreciating something or someone,
they seem to transform
before my eyes or senses,
bringing to my awareness
in an unforgettable way
that everything is about
what I am willing to see in people and things
and has NOTHING whatsoever
to do with them.
We can see anything
we want to see in people!!
It's all about our willingness to see!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 08:44:53 AM
Appreciating the wonder of online ordering!
What an incredible time saver!
I love convenience!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:18:14 AM
Appreciating rest.
As I step up my work,
it is something not
to be taken for granted.
Rest is where
I am most likely
to feel connection
with source,
which is what
gives me energy
to keep on.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 11:00:34 AM
Appreciating Liz' reference
to HALT in River of A #1332.
This occurred to me today,
and I considered
that it may be quite a helpful
reference.
Thanks to Liz!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 11:01:45 AM
Appreciating the reference system
in the River of A!
It makes it so easy
to reference people
so easily
directly to the post in question.
Thanks, Marissa!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 11:27:56 AM
I appreciate my fellow physicians and colleagues

They have been so supportive and helpful during my time off
to be with family. Several of them just stepped up and
doubled their work to accomodate mine. What a great team!
I am blessed working side by side with them.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 11:32:25 AM
I appreciate and love my patients

They have given me so much: Their courage, resilience,
hope, dreams, perseverance, joy, their sorrow, their pain
and their love.

When some of the teens started screaming out
Dr. Gray during the TalentFest, I found my focus to be stronger
and more determined to do my best. They were
happily shocked to see me in Flamenco costume out there.
And they were the most encouraging of all. Afterwards,
I will never forget their enormous smiles and laughter
and hugs and pride right after we danced.

It is always good for people to see all sides of us.
Not just the professional but the very human side of us.
I am so proud of all of them and their indomitable spirits.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 11:39:26 AM
I love being a licensed Extra-class Ham Radio Operator
and I appreciate all Ham radio operators.

My call sign is N1VZ. ( NOVEMBER-ONE-VICTOR-ZULU ).
In disaster relief work and medical missions in remote places,
communications is the name of the game.

The "Hams" have our own satellite called "Oscar".
I worked very hard to earn this license and it has served me well
in many areas. I also want to pay tribute to all our Ham radio
operators all around the world for all the good service you all
do to help others. I had great "Elmers" ( Ham-speak for Hams
who mentored me in Ham Radio - the nicest people!) namely:
WX4ME; N4GN; and K5VT.

I was determined to become a ham radio operator when I found out
how much they helped during 9-11.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 11:44:11 AM
I appreciate HARMONY

Feeling that sense of cooperation and collaboration
eases my spirit. It allows us to make more good things happen
in this world.

Even in music, I enjoy singing harmony.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 11:45:21 AM
I appreciate PEACE

inner and outer PEACE.
Let us all manifest WORLD PEACE together.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 11:58:26 AM
I appreciate MEADOWLEA

and her dedication to Daily Appreciations.
Well...20 is logistically doable though stretching it
along with a very packed full time job; 40 a day
would be Olympics Appreciations level and would require more
time. Hey...if anyone can do it, go for it! It will raise
positivity for us all! And we all need that Love energy
in this world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 12:13:09 PM
I appreciate our SUPPORT STAFF


Our support staff all do so much.
And many do their jobs with mission focus
in their hearts. I can not be a good doctor without
the support and help of our support staff.
No doubt about that.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 12:15:28 PM
I appreciate DIANE

For all the helpful things that you do;
For all the love you give out there;
For sharing your skills with many;
For mentoring others on their various paths;
For your friendship, laughter, and joy.

Hugs and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 02:16:13 PM
I appreciate MARISSA

for her dedication to the P.E.A.C.E. and UWEC.
Great heart!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 02:18:42 PM
I appreciate JACQUELINE

My, how my daughter has grown!
She has been working hard in school
and I have enjoyed meeting her friends.
She now has a study group with friends who help one another
in their work. Jackie has a big humanitarian heart
and a very compassionate spirit.
Love you mucho, hijita!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 02:21:26 PM
I appreciate MY SON ALEX

I appreciate his courage to face life on life's terms.
And his tenacious spirit to overcome what needs to be overcome.
And the love he has for God and family.
Love you son. Unconditionally.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 02:29:02 PM
I appreciate my sister ANNA and her husband MARCO

Anna has become a pillar of inner strength.
And has worked hard to stay centered in
spite of adversity. She has come a long way
and is now a source of hope for others. Her husband
Marco, whose roots are from Mexico, has been
quite loving to the whole family. They both have
a little daughter Nichole who we call la Azteca princesita.

I remember times when we were much younger
when I would come home from Spain for vacation.
Anna and I had our little "sistah thing" together.
We would watch American Movie Classics and do
a marathon: from 6 PM until whenever. We loved
those old movies. We prepared well. And we got our
sleeping bags ready, our little snacks, our little pillows,
our pajamas, and just relaxed, and laughed,
and had our easy time.

Love you, sis!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 02:32:45 PM
I appreciate my sister MARYJO and her husband BRIAN

Maryjo has grown up to be a terrific mother,
a diligent ICU nurse, and a doting wife to her
husband BRIAN. Brian has been a great brother to us.
Her three daughters, my nieces,
are absolutely adorable. The little princesses.;)
I am happy for all the wonderful successes
that she and Brian are going through with their
lives right now.

Love you all!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 02:35:21 PM
I appreciate my brother REGGIE and his wife DEBBIE

Both have been very helpful during tough times
and that is heartwarmingly appreciated. They have
three handsome sons. The princes. All with their
very special individual personalities.

Love you all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 02:42:56 PM
I appreciate my brother GREG

He is such a lovable and adorable brother.
We were all so proud of the eulogy he gave
for our brother JUN. He is the youngest of
the ten siblings. Greg is well-rounded, very bright,
articulate, handsome and has lots of leadership skills.
He was also a kickboxing champion for his weight
in Indiana. We both loved snow skiing and he had the
best ski form. But now he is a snowboarding fan.
He loves the family dearly
and we all love him.

Love you, bro.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 02:46:25 PM
I appreciate my brother BRIAN

Brian is mild-mannered and always courteous
to us. He has a more quiet demeanor.
He was very supportive of the rest of the family
during the wake. He is loving and
loves the family a lot.

Hugs and love to you, bro.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 02:49:54 PM
I appreciate GUIA

Guia has been stepping-up and
helping the sibs out in whatever way she can.
She is a determined lady with
a good sense of responsibility.
Keep it up sis!

Love you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 02:52:26 PM
I appreciate LISA R. and her husband GREG R.

My sister Lisa is a dynamo.
She grew up to be a great mother, an excellent
lawyer and a very strong advocate and support for our
enormous extended family. Her husband Greg, also
a lawyer has been a great brother to us. His wit
and humor keep us all in stitches.
Their two children Jordan and Matthew have the most
beautiful dimples like their mom.

Hugs and love to all!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 03:52:52 PM
I appreciate my DAD and MA EVELYN

They both stayed strong for all of us and held
up well in spite of the pain of grief. I can only
imagine how hard it must be to lose a child knowing that
it does not seem to be in the natural order of things
in life. Yet such is life. I appreciate my dad having
the wisdom to be there for the living at this time. And just to
help us all in our time of grief.
Hugs and love to both!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 03:56:08 PM
I appreciate my COUSINS, AUNTS & UNCLES and
rest of extended family


who flew and or drove from all parts of the
nation and even from out of the country
just to be with all of us and pay tribute to
my brother's life. It surely eased the blow to
see them all there as our cousins are more
like our siblings. I love you all!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 04:03:20 PM
I appreciate PHYLLIS

for her wonderful friendship
for jumpstarting Friends of Uganda
for helping out with the UWEC ladies and
P.E.A.C.E.
for her great sense of humor
for her dedication
for her sense of service

Hugs and much love, my friend.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:13:52 PM
Appreciating the wind as it whisks and whirls about me
its whisper through the trees
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:15:48 PM
Appreciating my sun umbrella
and how it reminds me that every
moment is really mediating life not only between
but also with heaven and earth, each other and nature.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:17:07 PM
Appreciating that MeiMei shares that
umbrella spiritually with me wherever I am
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:17:47 PM

Appreciating layers of discovery
ever deepening understanding
when we least expect it
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:19:29 PM
Appreciating all the wonderful concepts
and worldviews different languages reveal

They are like hidden treasures
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:21:01 PM

Appreciating an uncharted path

following the Dao
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:24:01 PM

Appreciating friendship, the spiritual bonds
that extend far beyond words or measure
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:24:44 PM
Appreciating Diane's vision for Washington D.C. Chinatown
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:26:01 PM

Appreciating Dr. Zhu Ming's vision for the international hospital
in Zhong Fang, Hunan, his dedication and devotion.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:26:50 PM

Appreciating the realization that we are all on the path of becoming
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:29:01 PM

Appreciating having survived to reach out to those
touched by Lupus directly or indirectly,
to share the journey and experiences
and partake in Lupus awareness month.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:31:12 PM

Appreciating that the wolf of Lupus
helped carve me, led me to the flames
to burn away that which I didn't need and
led me to arise from those flames many times
renewed in spirit and strength.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:32:08 PM
Appreciating the struggles for survival that led me to discover
home and purpose
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:34:35 PM

Appreciating Ashis, who no matter
where his journey and work
has led him over the years
has always supported me
sparked intelligent and sometimes silly conversations
and always been my friend. Namaste
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:36:02 PM

Appreciating Liz sharing with me the stories
about her brother Jun, his outlook and experiences.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:37:52 PM

Appreciating Marissa, not only for all the behind
the scenes work she does but also for sharing the
reminder about offering thanks to Mother Earth for
even the simplest of things in nature.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:40:13 PM

Appreciating my kids for standing by me
through great adversity and for teaching me
that it's ok to do what I do and be who I am
even when I experience great limitations.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:42:06 PM
Appreciating the ability to sit and type a bit
and open the virtual window to the world

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:43:17 PM
Appreciating Phyllis for her
Facebook hugs and wishes
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:44:25 PM
Appreciating Meadowlea for all her dedication here
and for her encouragement
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:46:58 PM

Appreciating Chinese medicine doctors
who merely "serve the people,"
heal bodies and minds and spirits and
remind us of oneness.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 06:49:31 PM

Appreciating Anthropology,
how it bridges humanity and quietly
underwrites many of our projects
here.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 07:36:45 PM

Appreciating that within every moment
there is always something we can appreciate
even if it is simply being at that moment
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 08:57:00 PM
Wow! Appreciating xiangjun
for giving me something
else to appreciate and
for finding her way back here
so quickly!! Yes!!

 :D   :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 08:57:48 PM
Appreciating Liz for the ease
and prolificness with which
she so beautifully
appreciates her family members.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 09:11:16 PM
Appreciating Julie Forman
for her gentle and profound insights.
Julie, you are a real blessing
to me and to the world.
Your generosity
is so very appreciated.
Your insights so calming.

Thank you for your deeply
caring nature.

I so much appreciate
people like you
who have fine-tuned
their dedication to service
to such a degree
that clarity flows through
with consistency and fullness.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 09, 2007, 09:19:18 PM
I am appreciating a vacation with my sweet husband!  We are on a beach, and we are enjoying the beautiful ocean.  We also enjoy watching families with young children as they play in the sand and the waves.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 09:24:47 PM
Appreciating Phyllis
for including us
in her vacation!!
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 09:26:31 PM
Appreciating Debra's wisdom
arising from her gift
of a physical challenge.
So inspiring, Debra.
You are healing us all
along with yourself.
There is no bigger gift.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 09:31:26 PM
Appreciating Carl
for teaching his son
the art of gentleness
to nature's inhabitants.
There is no greater teaching.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 09:48:17 PM
Appreciating my father,
Samuel L. Horst for his good humour
even in the face of adversity.
So frequently I feel uplifted by him
and wonder at his strength to humor
when the going gets rough.
It is such a valuable gift.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 10:08:09 PM
I appreciate DEBRA

for overcoming what seems insurmountable
for your thoughtfulness
for your dedication to TCM
for your love for life
for your courage in spite of challenges
for your friendship.

Hugs and love.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:09:21 PM
Appreciating Craig's List.
It's a phenomenal idea;
an expansion of
the Wish Connection
I created early on.
I appreciate skill
and perseverance
that enables a success
like Craig's List.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 10:10:23 PM
I appreciate those who feel unappreciated

There are moments in our lives
when we  feel unappreciated for whatever reason.
This post is for all those who for some reason get
pangs of feeling unrecognized and unappreciated.
We have all had these times. Hopefully, the DA
helps counteract all those pangs.

No matter what, you are appreciated for your spirit and for
your humanity. Whoever you are.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 10:11:37 PM
I appreciate the Appreciators

Thanks for appreciating with love and joy.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 10:14:05 PM
I appreciate the song "THE PRAYER"
as sung by Josh Groban and Charlotte Church and another version
by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion. Such an awesome beautiful song
that gets to the heart of me.

My co-workers, Kelly and Diane, did our Talentfest finale with
this song and they brought the house down!;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:14:45 PM
Appreciating the messages
that our bodies carry.

Appreciating that those messages
can be very insistent
if we don't pay attention
the first time around
or the second
or the third.

Appreciating body communication.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:16:05 PM
Appreciating talent fests.
I have experienced them
and delight in the courage
and generosity
of the contributors.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:17:36 PM
Appreciating gentle communication.
Some people find gentle, unhurtful
ways to say difficult things.

I appreciate this skill and the effort
and experience that goes into a
skill like that.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 10:17:57 PM
The Prayer
(as sung by Josh Groban and  Charlotte Church)

I pray you'll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don't know

Let this be our prayer
As we go our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your Grace
To a place where we'll be safe
La luce che tu dai

I pray we'll find your light
Nel cuore restera
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che
When stars go out each night
L'eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c'e
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace

Give us faith so we'll be safe.
Sogniamo un mondo senza piu violenza

Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace e di fraternita

La forza che ci dai
We ask that life be kind
E'il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amore
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a se
Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Needs to find a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe
E la fede che
Hai acceso in noi
Sento che ci salvera
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:19:37 PM
Appreciating Self love.
Almost all growth
centers around this ability.
I appreciate those
who do this well
and who light the way
for others in this way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:23:53 PM
Appreciating peace.

When parts of my body
seem to be at war
or in a tangle,
I enjoy noticing
what parts of my body
are at peace.

Just shifting the focus
sometimes calms
the places
that were in torment.

The same principle
seems to work
in relationships.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 10:26:51 PM
I appreciate Flamenco dancing
with friends who pray right before dancing.
It is that knowing, that inner gratitude, and joy that
dancing brings. Our spirits dedication to a
power beyond.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:27:02 PM
Appreciating trust
in the outcome of things.
The easy,
everything's alright
spirit.
Let it be so
all over the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:29:25 PM
Appreciating a good night's sleep.
I can't say enough
about how wonderful it is
to be well-rested.
Good rest contributes to clarity,
which makes everything
go so much better.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 10:29:37 PM
I appreciate love of God and love of others.

The spiritual art and music of our souls and our lives.
The soulful roadmap.
The simple guide.
The simple Truth.
The simple Love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:30:47 PM
Appreciating that Liz
is just 2 posts shy
of the big 500!!!

Are you all noticing???

Are you ready to
celebrate in just
a few minutes??

 :D   :D

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 10:33:27 PM
I appreciate The Love Train by the O-jays.

People all over the world (everybody)
Join hands (join)
Start a love train, love train
People all over the world (all the world, now)
Join hands (love ride)
Start a love train (love ride), love train
The next stop that we make will be England
Tell all the folks in Russia, and China, too
Don't you know that it's time to get on board
And let this train keep on riding, riding on through
Well, well
People all over the world (you don't need no money)
Join hands (come on)
Start a love train, love train (don't need no ticket, come on)
People all over the world (Join in, ride this train)
Join in (Ride this train, y'all)
Start a love train (Come on, train), love train
All of you brothers over in Africa
Tell all the folks in Egypt, and Israel, too
Please don't miss this train at the station
'Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you
Well
People all over the world (Sisters and brothers)
Join hands (join, come on)
Start a love train (ride this train, y'all), love train (Come on)
People all over the world (Don't need no tickets)
Join hands (come on, ride)
Start a love train, love train
Ride, let it ride
Let it ride
Let it ride
People, ain't no war
People all over the world (on this train)
Join in (ride the train)
Start a love train, love train (ride the train, y'all)
People all over the world (come on)
Join hands (you can ride or stand, yeah)
Start a love train, love train (makin' love)
People all over the world ('round the world, y'all)
Join hands (come on)
Start a love train, love train
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:36:41 PM
Appreciating the Guest
that is viewing this board.
I have a sneaky feeling
I know who it is,
and I hope you are
enjoying your visit
and that you come back
to visit very, very soon!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 10:42:49 PM
Hooray!!! My 500th post!
I am doing a little jig right now.
If I can do it, anyone can do it. ;) :D ;D

I want to dedicate my 500th post to:

1. CLEAN & HEALTHY WATER FOR THE WORLD
2. STANDING UP FOR THE REFUGEES and FOR DARFUR
3. STANDING UP FOR THE POOREST OF THE POOR and MARGINALIZED
4. DESTIGMATIZATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS
5. ORPHANED CHILDREN OF AIDS
6. PRESERVATION OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR EARTH
7. FOR ALL THOSE WHO SEEM FORGOTTEN by the world

And I want to uplift FREE HUGS for the world, HEARTS COMING TOGETHER and
of course - our DAILY APPRECIATIONS. Thank you everyone!
Love and big hugs to all!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:45:19 PM
Congratulations to Elizabeth Garcia-Gray!!!

The BIG 500!!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 10:46:32 PM
Appreciating the Free Hugs campaign in Hong Kong
featured on CCTV 9.

Even though I couldn't be there in person.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 10:47:54 PM

Appreciating all of Liz's appreciations expressed here and beyond
this board- congrats on the 500th!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:49:04 PM
The thing I love the best
about someone
crossing a threshold
is we get to find out
who is watching!!!

 ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 10:52:32 PM
Appreciating my special friend  Fu Yong-

a special scholar who lives his life through his heart,
for our very special connection from the first time we
met and for our enduring and ever deepening friendship.

He has overcome so many obstacles just to be whom
he is, to teach in a minority village
and study for his postgraduate exam.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 09, 2007, 10:54:04 PM
The thing I love the best
about someone
crossing a threshold
is we get to find out
who is watching!!!

 ;)

Meadowlea, every moment in this life is threshold:-)

Appreciating that realization, too.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:54:13 PM
Appreciating Dwan (Diane ABC)'s
indomitable spirit.
You create such amazing opportunities.
Let it never go unnoticed
how much blood, sweat and tears
went into the birthing
and maintenance of them.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 09, 2007, 10:58:26 PM
every moment in this life is threshold:-)

Ahh, yes.
And I also appreciate
finally learning how to use
the quote function.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 11:03:37 PM
I appreciate the lingering feeling of joy
no matter what the circumstance.
I will sleep with a smile in my heart.
And I dedicate this inner peace, joy, and the courage to
see the best in ourselves and others, and the
"courage to encourage" and serve...to my brother JUN.
May you rest in God's heart, my brother.
Know that now you belong to eternity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 09, 2007, 11:08:49 PM
I appreciate those who absorbed my grief
and feelings of loss. By listening, caring, nurturing,
praying, meditating, crying, hugging, and
helping me rid of my heart's thorn, my soul felt lighter
and resilient healing has began. Each day will
bring freshness to the spirit. Thank you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 02:49:25 AM
The circumstances prevented me from showing up here yesterday! Great loss! Failed to catch real time Liz's 500th!

I guess when someone has posted that many appreciations, the number becomes a symbol. It is the appreciating spirit that flows and shows. Everybody else is a beneficiary.

I appreciate Liz and Meadowlea's apparent dedication and leadership in this mission of creating a better community. Let's share the joy, peace, and happiness - TOGETHER!

TOGETHER, we make it happen!!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 02:51:34 AM
Appreciating the internet connection this morning. Every second passed seeing the connection is still good brings joy in my heart. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:01:37 AM
Appreciating "The Secret" team for bringing forth the secret in such a illuminating and easy-to-accept way!

For someone who has no association with God whatsoever in the past, I have had a hard time thinking "spiritually" and believing that there is a higher self totally within my control. After reading the book, which used metaphors and real life stories to illustrate great ideas, I found myself suddenly becoming spiritual. It is very satisfying. It is a great gift coming across my way that shows me the right direction and helps me tremendously healing from a relationship that was working against me in every single way.

I started to appreciate life's down-turns even more because I would not have shared the similar sentiment with the author have I not gone through what I've been through. Now life just opens up a new page and I am finding myself an inalienable part of this endeavor of building a better community through the practice of showing appreciations.

I appreciate Diane's vision. I also appreciate all the dedicated contributors to this forum.

I am very fortunate to have found YOU!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:06:10 AM
I appreciate all the patrons who gave out tips yesterday!

It makes me appreciate every single dollar. It makes me appreciate kindness and generosity. It brightens up my day when business is slow and when supervision is strict. :)

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:07:53 AM
Appreciating BEING

The simple fact that I am existing in this world is amazing!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:10:59 AM
Appreciating David at the Border's.

Appreciating his wonderful assistance in creating a graphics on my computer yesterday! He spared a good 1 hour and a half going through the document with me and helped with its perfection. It relieved a great amount of tension on my mind of having to tackle some unknown techniques with the software I was using.

I was truly blessed getting his help!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:13:34 AM
Appreciating Diane's attentiveness. 

Whenever I reach out for her, I can rest assured that she will answer to my quest - in ways that always exceed ordinary bounds of expectations.

She is simply AMAZING!

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:15:26 AM
I appreciate Mallory's trust in me. It inspired great commitment and dedication. It is the threshold of long lasting relationship!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:20:33 AM
I appreciate Brian - for his passion, his perception, his openness, his meticulous pursuit of truth and knowledge, and his kindness.

He inspires VIRTRUE!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:23:33 AM
I appreciate Diane, Mallory and Brian - for being my real-life mentors!

I have received invaluable tutoring and mentoring experience through interacting with them. Thanks for making my life more meaningful! Thanks for being great role models! Thanks for showing the way! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for understanding! Thanks for appreciating who I am! Thanks for having trust in me!

Thanks for being who you are!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:26:11 AM
I appreciate Diane!

for opening up a world of possibilities to me! The most wonderful thing about uncertainty is that it invites limitless exploration of exciting possibilities!

I look forward to the forthcoming challenges and commitment to great courses!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:27:38 AM
Appreciate the uninterrupted internet connection this morning again!

Almost an hour now! it is amazing - something I have not experienced for a long long time :P
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:29:25 AM
I appreciate this peaceful and quiet morning when I type in all the appreciations in my bed.

It feels SOOOOO GOOOOOOD!


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:32:13 AM

[/quote]

Meadowlea, every moment in this life is threshold:-)

Appreciating that realization, too.
[/quote]

THIS IS ILLUMINATING! THANKS!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:35:20 AM

Appreciating that within every moment
there is always something we can appreciate
even if it is simply being at that moment

I like this one too! :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 10, 2007, 03:36:18 AM

[/quote]

Ahh, yes.
And I also appreciate
finally learning how to use
the quote function.

[/quote]

Congratulations!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: fred on October 10, 2007, 03:38:44 AM
I would love to appriciate Meadowlea
for her Kind care.
She is so caring to me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 08:36:57 AM
I appreciate JEN!!

Way to go, Jen. Keep on going. Love your posts.
Have a wonderful day and thanks for all your positive energy.
We all benefit from your delifghtfulness and enthusiasm.
And discoveries about yourself. Hugs to you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 08:38:12 AM
Great to see you on the River of Appreciations FRED

Keep on doing all the good you do out there.
My warm regards to you and all in the soccer team.
Take good care.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 08:40:07 AM
I appreciate the thought of doing the next 500 appreciations.
Day by day. Gratitude and Love.
Reflecting upon all that happens each day. Anticipating the
gifts each day brings. Looking forward to embracing come what may.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 08:41:19 AM
I appreciate family and friends who just call, e-mail, reach out
and just check in and say that they care. You are all awesome
and you are loved. Hugs and kisses to all of you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 08:42:21 AM
I appreciate hearing from friends around the world.
The world is indeed small. The boundaries are truly non-existent.
One world. Oneness.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 08:43:50 AM
I appreciate SLEEP.
I appreciate sleeping well at night.
I don't ever take that for granted.
Sleep is vital. Necessary. Therapeutic. Replenishing.
And the home of beautiful dreams.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 08:45:10 AM
I appreciate going to work.
Play hard at work. Work hard at play.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 08:47:34 AM
I appreciate periods of CONTEMPLATION

Contemplation is a precursor to brilliant ideas.
For creative bursts of the heart and mind.
For clarity and the ability to embrace ambiguities.
For reinforcing the mind to handle and cope
with any circumstance. Let us contemplate
the enormity of good that comes out of simple
and heartfelt appreciations.


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 09:49:54 AM
Absolutely amazing!!
Appreciating all the glowing contributors!!
You are AMAZING!
ALL of you!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 09:51:22 AM
Appreciating Kayiwa Fred for appreciating me,
especially understanding how difficult it is
for him to navigate websites!
It means a lot to me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 09:53:00 AM
Appreciating Kayiwa Fred's enterprising spirit.
For those who don't know, here's the proof!
I can hardly keep up anymore.
Take special note of the link on the bottom.
It has quite a compelling story at the top of the page,
and a great picture of Kayiwa Fred
from someone who met up with him in Kampala:

http://beta.razoo.com/groups/kayiwa_freds_computer_club
 
http://profiles.takingitglobal.org/nockia
 
http://www.ms.lt/?thinker=Fred_Kayiwa&start=199903&end=200710
 
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4224414364
 
http://kayiwa.wordpress.com
 
http://el-oso.net/blog/archives/2007/10/05/kayiwa-fred-computer-club/#comment-226257
 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 09:55:25 AM
Appreciating Jen's wonderful acknowlegments
of Diane and so many others.
You go, girl!
You are the rising tide!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 10:18:59 AM
Appreciating good food
that gives me energy!
Greens, veggies of all kinds!
I am thankful
for good nourishing food.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 10:32:46 AM
Appreciating all those
who show love and caring to me.
I accept with wide open arms!!
It is wonderful to be cared about!
 ;)   :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 10:36:05 AM
Appreciating multi-tasking!
It is possible to have lunch,
listen to good music
and post appreciations
at the same time.
 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 10:51:16 AM
Appreciating joy!
A skip in my step!
It's so much fun
appreciating
and being appreciated!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 10:52:30 AM
Appreciating that wrong-making
just doesn't work anymore.

Everything caves in;
turns in on itself,
which is good
because that requires us
to remember
to appreciate again!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Optimystic on October 10, 2007, 11:01:54 AM
OOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO APPRECIATING the techies that were able to at least get my Internet working again!!!!!!   I am also appreciating that my e-mail solution is on its way!!  :)
I'm appreciating this strong feeling of being back even though I'm a newbie. 

Gina
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 11:09:26 AM
Appreciating that when one door closes,
another opens straight-away!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 11:11:11 AM
Optimystic Gina!!
You made my day!!!
How very cool
that you are back online
and posting appreciations again!
May this be the day
you dreamed of
in countless ways.
Love, abundance,
and peace to you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 11:30:48 AM
Appreciating that when one door closes,
another opens straight-away!

Indeed, Meadowlea. Appreciating your post here and you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 11:35:27 AM

Endlessly appreciating Brian, sharing his love and knowledge of China with me,
videos in China while I've  been away and
Chinese philosophy.  Most especially, I appreciate how he
told me and made me realize that  it's ok to say that China is home
without apologies. Thank-you for bringing me home.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 11:36:42 AM

I appreciate the energy to share these
appreciations, especially since energy
has been a luxury.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 10, 2007, 12:34:19 PM
Appeciating Elizabeth

Congratulations! Congratulations! WOW! It is amazing that you already exceeded 500 posts of appreciations here!  WOW! That is quite an accomplishment and great reason for celebration!

You have a raincheck for celebration! Your appreciations are wonderful to read. Thanks very much for all your contributions, your leadership and for showing the way!
Applause! Applause! Thank you very much! Thank you very much! Congratulations! Congratulations!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 10, 2007, 12:41:42 PM
Appreciating Marissa

We appreciate Marissa's persistence in continue to improve this website. I noticed the improvements on the registration process. The home page looks better than before. I am beginning to appreciate all the work that is involved in the design to make this website function better. Thanks so much for your important design, IT contributions and assistance to make this project possible!   :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 10, 2007, 12:44:17 PM
Appreciating Xiangjun

Congratulations for contributing over 140 appreciations of positive energy to the universe through this channel!  We enjoy your creative and positive thoughts!  We appreciate your participation and contributions!  Thank you very much! 

With best wishes for your joy, friendship and prosperity always,
Diane
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Optimystic on October 10, 2007, 01:35:34 PM
I am appreciating that fact that the THREE DAY custody trial for my children is completed! 
Now, all is down except the waiting...writing of reports.... and final disposition.

I am thankful I had an EXCELLENT lawyer who was/is patient with my unending emails, questions and copious research for this case.

HUGE, ENORMOUS, DEEP BREATH OF RELIEF!!!!!!!!!!!
Gina
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 10, 2007, 06:11:13 PM
I appreciate the cool weather today- it is so comfortable working in my garage/studio now.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 10, 2007, 06:12:54 PM
Appreciating the new opportunity that is opening up for David to use his voice to make audiobooks that would help others.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 10, 2007, 06:15:25 PM
Appreciating all the upcoming arts and crafts shows in preparation for Christmas.  I can sell more UWEC stuff, and order more!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 10, 2007, 06:31:42 PM
I agree with Marissa, about appreciating all of the arts and crafts shows before Christmas, which give us the opportunity to sell and to order more.  At the end of July, when I was in Louisville and Marissa gave me the UWEC samples,  I had no clue as to where I could sell them.  Now I have one or two markets each week.  I am so grateful for that.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 10, 2007, 06:36:59 PM
I appreciate Marissa, whose persistence and hard work brought UWEC to life.  She continues to manage this long distance endeavor with the utmost grace and patience.  When glitches occur, she smiles and makes it all work out!  I love working with Marissa!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 10, 2007, 06:40:19 PM
I appreciate the quiet of a day at the beach.  It is a wonderful chance to think.  New ideas come easier when one isn't immersed in the normal routines of daily living.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 07:32:31 PM
WOWWW! I appreciate everyone on this site!!

You are all awesome! Makes me smile to see PHYLLIS,
MARISSA, MEADOWLEA, DIANE, JEN, DEBRA, and now WELCOME
OPTIMYSTIC GINA!. Love the name!
And hoping for all to go well in your custody
situation. And I love what you say about HUGGING.
Hugs to you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 08:12:58 PM
There was a time when I was about 7 yrs. old
when someone knocked on the bathroom window
late at night while I was doing my business.

We lived out in the boonies, so it was really scary.

I ran downstairs to where my sisters were
while screaming my head off with raw fright.

I think that was the first time
my older sister, Hannah, held me,
and it felt so good.

It was a big deal because
she had way too much responsibility
for someone her age,
and I was definitely not helping matters for her.

So not only was it a comforting gesture,
it was also forgiving.

Thanks for a really great memory, big sis.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 08:19:13 PM
Appreciating Sabrina Barron.
I appreciate your insightfulness,
your flexibility, your truth-seeking.
I'm amazed at the skill with which
you do your work, especially your
ability to connect deeply with
people and to make them feel valued.
I appreciate your willingness to look
at yourself honestly
and your interest in new ideas.
I feel you're well connected with the
essence of life, which is why I love
interacting with you so much.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 08:23:15 PM
Appreciating Marie French.

Thank you for your warm hug today.
It took me quite by surprise.

You are doing a fantastic job
transitioning Adoption and
Foster Care Mentoring into
new leadership.

I appreciate the confidence, skill
and warmth that you bring to your
job.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 08:53:32 PM
Appreciating my brother Kenneth.
Ken will do anything for his family.
His love and care
for other family members
is so evident.
I appreciate the way
he visits Dad so frequently.
I believe it brings Dad a great deal of joy.
He is also an avid biker,
and is brilliant in many ways.
I have always admired Ken
and tried so much to be like him.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 09:09:12 PM
I like the way that when I am in the middle
of noting my appreciations in public areas,
I pass people with a big grin on my face,
but I don't realize I have a big grin on my face,
(I'm busy thinking about my appreciations)
but I do,
and I wonder why so many people are grinning back at me.
I like that game.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 09:17:35 PM
Appreciating Optimystic
again for your posts;
for sharing your recent joys.
I also wish for you
the very best outcome
in your situation.
 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 09:19:40 PM
Appreciating Phyllis
for making this into a habit!
It makes all the difference
in the world
when you join us.
Thank you for all you are doing
to bring joy into all
the corners of the earth.
 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 09:24:00 PM
Appreciating Mr. K.
for lending a hand today
at a critical time.
You were so kind
and fun-loving about it.
I've heard so much
about how kind your family is,
and I'm so happy to have
gotten to know you better.
Thank you again.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 10, 2007, 09:28:17 PM
Appreciating the end of the day!
Work well done.
Great interactions with new
and old acquaintances.
How lucky to be turning in
with wonderful memories
running through my mind.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 09:53:21 PM

Appreciating all the "East/West" bridges here,
especially Liz, Diane, Jen and Brian and anyone
else I may have missed.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 09:54:29 PM

Appreciating a fellow Chinese medicine doctor
who risked alot to meet with me and share his insight.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 09:55:35 PM

Appreciating Phyllis for her note today.
Thanks for being you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 09:56:19 PM
Appreciating everyone here!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 09:57:38 PM
Appreciating Fred--
How he follows his heart  ;D
and conveys his mission and purpose.
Namaste
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 10, 2007, 10:38:34 PM
I appreciate the
Hurley's

For adopting me as a Hurley
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 10, 2007, 10:40:07 PM
I appreciate the
road

It is there where we meet the beauty of humanity

and it leads to freedom
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 10, 2007, 10:41:37 PM
I appreciate
Alex


Despite his plight I am sure he is a remarkable young man. ANd in his way he may lead many to deeper insight
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 10, 2007, 10:43:11 PM
I appreciate

vision...
Ms Phyllis seeing grains of sand


and Ms Griep seeing while legally blind
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 10, 2007, 10:44:22 PM
I appreciate

smell,

smelling the stargazers today makes the day a better place
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 10, 2007, 10:45:29 PM
I appreciate

the ear

as it is nice to nibble
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 10, 2007, 10:46:37 PM
I appreciate

those that stride for spiritual enlightment
the path
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 10, 2007, 10:47:43 PM
I appreciate

all


as we all are a part of the same living family struggling to improve to a higher spiritual level
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 10, 2007, 10:48:45 PM
I appreciate

the night

as it gives inspiration to write
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 10, 2007, 10:50:00 PM
I appreciate

Boise for its people and natural beauty
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 11:14:58 PM
I appreciate knowing that every day is a brand new day.
A tabula rasa. A clean slate. And each day is a gift of
life and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 11:38:30 PM
I appreciate the loveliness of AUTUMN

my favorite season.
when the leaves change into many beautiful colors;
when the air is crisp and cool;
when the scent of hot apple cider and pumpkin pies fill the air;
when walking around mountains, and hills and parks make me love life even more;
when we give thanks for all that we have been able to experience in this lifetime.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 10, 2007, 11:42:18 PM
I love an old song called "AUTUMN LEAVES"

(French lyrics by Jacques Prvert,
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer,
Music by Joseph Kosma)

The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon Ill hear old winters song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

Cest une chanson, qui nous ressemble
Toi tu maimais et je taimais
Nous vivions tous, les deux ensemble
Toi que maimais moi qui taimais
Mais la vie spare ceux qui saiment
Tout doucement sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable les p
as des amants dsunis
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 11:43:42 PM

Appreciating the power of now,
of harnessing the power of each moment
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 11:49:57 PM

Appreciating the stillness of the night,
the quieting of the mind
and the continuous flow of universal energy
its unending cycles and aspects.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 11:54:40 PM

Appreciating how yin and yang always hold the seeds of one another
and how study and application of this aspect extend to all facets
of the universe..
Imagining how international relations, global projects
and every realm will benefit by incorporating these
relationships.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 10, 2007, 11:56:19 PM

Fully appreciating that healers are not perfect beings
but humans with extraordinary skills on the path of becoming.
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 10, 2007, 11:58:02 PM
I appreciate Liz,

for always interrupting my flow of appreciations

and teaching me love
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 11, 2007, 12:00:19 AM
I appreciate

Debra

on the move and rising in the world
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 11, 2007, 12:01:59 AM
I appreciate

the fox in the middle of Boise

that let the squirrel run away

Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 11, 2007, 12:03:05 AM
I appreciate

the squirrel that pretended it would be eaten by a fox
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 11, 2007, 12:05:19 AM
I appreciate

all the trees in Boise
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 11, 2007, 12:06:49 AM
I appreciate

the sun rising everyday

the moon shining everynight

the Lord showings its infinity every moment
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 11, 2007, 12:07:40 AM
I appreciate facebook as it bring s peeps together
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 11, 2007, 12:08:31 AM
I appreciate sleep

as it brings the min in sync with the heart and soul
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 11, 2007, 12:09:23 AM
I appreciate

my cute white mac

as it purs and makes me smile
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 11, 2007, 12:10:28 AM
I appreciate the freedom
to travel

it opens the ear, heart and mind
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 11, 2007, 12:11:25 AM
I appreciate the stargazer
\

for its look and its smell
Title: River of Appreciations
Post by: ashisbrahma on October 11, 2007, 12:12:26 AM
I appreciate the

reader of my thoughts
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 12:30:27 AM
I appreciate interrupting ASHIS
in his flow of appreciations...
it challenges his heart and soul to appreciate even more.;) ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 12:32:50 AM
I appreciate all those appreciating and raising the level of
grateful and inspiring energy. It is wonderfully contagious!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 12:34:46 AM
I appreciate having the beginning of a Moon Garden

It will be nice to come back home from work
and pass through my back patio garden and
smell the fragrance of the lovely white flowers.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 12:37:14 AM
I appreciate late night skyping and multi-tasking
communiques with family and friends. While posting appreciations
on DA. Funny!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 11, 2007, 01:41:58 AM
Appreciating the fact that this "River" has passed 100 pages!
 
Wow, within a matter of one day, 7 new pages have been added to the "River" - that's over 100 pieces of appreciation! Thanks for all the contributors, old and new, for your enthusiasm and energy! Special appreciation to Ashis, Xiangjun, Gina, Fred and others I might have omitted - It's very exciting to see you all here!!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 11, 2007, 01:58:47 AM
Appreciating the realization that what has been done cannot be undone - therefore
dwelling on the past does not serve present nor the future - therefore it is best to
let go of the past - especially memories that would generate negative energy.

Make a decision to let go and always think in the present, for the present and give out
the positive, optimistic frequency to the present - and life will be much much more
beautiful!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 11, 2007, 06:25:33 AM
Appreciating Marissa.
While she may not actually be
WORKING on the site at the moment,
she is most likely inter-weaving it
with her other thoughts
and allowing new ideas
to occur to her.
Appreciating that we have someone
gracious and reliable
to care for our site.
Thank you, Marissa!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 11, 2007, 06:27:03 AM
Appreciating Ashis
for acknowledging
people he doesn't yet know
like Mallory Starr
and Felipe.
 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 11, 2007, 06:28:09 AM
Enjoying that Liz and Ashis
come here to jest together.

It lightens for everyone;

 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 11, 2007, 08:00:51 AM
Appreciating the creative and fun posts which have brought lots of laughter and smiles to viewers! THANKS again for your great humor, friendship and generous contributions!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 11, 2007, 08:11:09 AM
Appreciating the Guest
now viewing the welcome page.
Come on in, Sabrina!
The water's warm!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 11, 2007, 08:13:38 AM
I am grateful to all the kind participants and members who have posted the marvelous appreciations for me here and in the honoring sections. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind thoughts. They mean a lot to me. This is a happier and friendlier world with special friends and allies like you all! 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Dwan "Diane ABC" on October 11, 2007, 08:17:32 AM
I appreciate another beautiful day in Washington D.C.!  I appreciate the opportunity to co-create by holding in mind what we want for ourselves and our friends and allies locally and globally!

May you all choose to live with joy, friendship, prosperity, love, peace and perfect health always, no matter what!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:32:08 AM

I appreciate courage
to act, to put forth into the world
through shared thought and action.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:33:13 AM

I appreciate the coral roses
peeking through the leaves
midst Fall winds and cold.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:34:27 AM
Make a decision to let go and always think in the present, for the present and give out
the positive, optimistic frequency to the present - and life will be much much more
beautiful!
Indeed, we have only NOW. Thanks, Jen!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:37:42 AM
I appreciate the opportunity to co-create by holding in mind what we want for ourselves and our friends and allies locally and globally!


I appreciate this thought and all that Diane contributes in so many realms.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:40:47 AM
I am appreciating that fact that the THREE DAY custody trial for my children is completed! 
Now, all is down except the waiting...writing of reports.... and final disposition.

I am thankful I had an EXCELLENT lawyer who was/is patient with my unending emails, questions and copious research for this case.

HUGE, ENORMOUS, DEEP BREATH OF RELIEF!!!!!!!!!!!
Gina

I am thankful for Gina and for the conclusion
of the custody hearing.

May you ALL enjoy peace and love and harmony.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:42:59 AM

I appreciate my children. Jesse and Sabrina,
who understand that love reaches across miles, extends
into life's shadows and places seemingly removed
and provides warmth and comfort always.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:46:10 AM

I appreciate the love and patience
those around me have given me
unconditionally as I struggled
to find the path again. I love you all!

With deepest gratitude, I honour you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:47:24 AM

Appreciating Meadowlea
for welcoming all who enter here
and beyond the virtual world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:48:40 AM
Appreciating Liz for the work she does,
easing youth's troubled minds and leading them toward the light.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:50:18 AM

I appreciate the journey
with all its twists and turns,
its surprises and awakenings.
Most especially, however,
I am grateful for the trying times
and the fire into which I was thrust
only to emerge once more refined,
carved by the flames and renewed by its energy.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:52:15 AM

Appreciating Marissa
and the countless hours she devotes to artwork for
the benefit and empowerment of others.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:53:25 AM

Appreciating my son, Jesse,
for listening to seemingly endless
ramblings of my formulated
anthropological theories.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:54:34 AM

Appreciating Ashis
and how he has always understood.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 10:56:01 AM
I appreciate the beauty of our EARTH

Our world is amazing. An amazing Grace for us all.
Just look around and see Nature in its full glory.
Especially in the Fall.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:56:21 AM
Appreciating indivisible love and spiritual connections,
the seemingly invisible strands that unite
all within ONE family.
Appreciating ONENESS
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:58:32 AM

Appreciating my blanket, wrapped around me
and the bear that is woven within it.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 10:59:31 AM
I appreciate my Big Mac and little Mac.

I just love them!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 11:00:23 AM
Appreciating my mother,
who helped us paint the outside windows
and doors this weekend
and reminded us all that
there is no "I" in team.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 11:01:48 AM
Appreciating assignments, papers to write.

Each one yields its own discoveries and journeys :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 11:03:00 AM
I appreciate AUTHORS & WRITERS

For observing life and people
For valuing experiences and sharing with the world
For introspection
For having fun mixing words together and creating new ideas
For enhancing old ideas
For hearing the syntax of words and phrases
For absorbing life in a profound way
For reading a whole lot
For learning a whole lot
For being students of the soul.
For sharing our hearts.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 11:03:46 AM
Appreciating paper and a pen,
especially colored paper and purple ink-
invaluable tools for me to get my work done
and maintain the thought process.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 11:05:28 AM
I appreciate LEVITY or Lightheartedness

that makes our souls fly tenderly and happily.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 11:06:10 AM
I appreciate PROFUNDITY


that grounds us all so we are able to
walk our talk.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 11:06:25 AM
I appreciate ethnographers
who enter other's cultures,
live within the context
and portray the people simply as they are.

It provides such rich detail and yields
intense spiritual nuances.

I appreciate having access to so many
to help inform Change.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 11:07:11 AM
I appreciate PROFUNDITY


that grounds us all so we are able to
walk our talk.

Indeed! Appreciating you, too, Liz, for sharing that.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 11:08:13 AM

I appreciating building new bridges
and reconnecting or joining old ones.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 11:09:51 AM

I appreciate rice porridge xi fan
the staple of my survival and the
daily ritual of its preparation.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 11:12:08 AM

Appreciating Liz's love, acknowledgement and appreciation
for her family members. Family is a priceless gift.
Thanks so much for sharing them here :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 11:24:02 AM
I appreciate DEBRA

for appreciating and recognizing all of us
For giving us kind value
For reminding us all about the importance of people and spirit
For encouraging us to be open-minded about the
significance of TCM
For caring
For her compassion.

Hugs and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 11:26:36 AM
I appreciate Miss Kitty

She works in our medical records.
She always has an affectionate smile for us.
Her tone of voice is nurturing and loving.
She always has easy cool smooth jazz music in her work area.
So I like getting a whiff of all the lovely music
in between my patients.
Lovely lady.
I appreciate you a lot.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 11:28:52 AM
I appreciate SARAH D.

She has been awesome in supporting our docs.
Somehow she knows how to anticipate needs.
And is very efficient and effective in her actions.
And is very professional yet so personable.
She makes sure that she eliminates every tension
from the docs so we can do our jobs well.
Her smile, her kindness, her friendliness and her
awesome attitude need to be emulated by many who
work with people.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 11:56:17 AM
I appreciate ESTHER

Esther also works in our medical records.
She has a calm and positive warmth and kindness
about her that makes being around her a joy.
She is thoughtful and does her work diligently.
Everyday she makes sure that our charts and records
are in order. She has a wonderful smile that radiates
a room. Thanks for all the good you do, Esther.
I appreciate you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 11:58:54 AM
I appreciate MISS STEPHANIE

She takes care of our front desk and she is
the face of our unit. I love the way she knows our
patients and their families so well. She painstakingly
schedules everyone and has to do re-scheduling when
I am on vacation, or if I need to be out of town
for some reason. Her sense of humor and her laughter
are well-known in our site. She is supportive and
willing to do what it takes to help and serve our clients.
Thank you, Miss Stephanie. You are truly appreciated.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 01:22:55 PM
I appreciate Camaraderie
and all that it stands for.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 11, 2007, 02:17:28 PM
Appreciating everyone here who have kept the river flowing nicely.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 11, 2007, 02:18:36 PM
Appreciating the focus, calm, and respect for materials creating stained glass art teaches me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: marissa on October 11, 2007, 02:19:24 PM
Appreciating small breaks during this very busy time and post an appreciation or a few.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 03:12:45 PM
I appreciate telling some of our staff about Daily Appreciations.
It was great to see the smiles on their faces  when I
was explaining to them the mission of Daily Appreciations.
There is something about raising the positive energy in this world
that brings light to people's hearts.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 03:34:30 PM

I appreciate Wu laoshi, her teacher and my friend Lusha Yin
whose friendship I treasure, whose lives remind me
of the rewards of resilience, steadfastness, and integrity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 03:37:00 PM
There is something about raising the positive energy in this world
that brings light to people's hearts.

Thank-you, Liz, for reminding all of us of that and sharing that with so many others.
In your own special way, I'm sure you made them realize that
they, too, could help ;D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 03:39:18 PM

I appreciate the many physicians and health care workers
who have opened their minds and hearts to me and my work,
most especially Liz and Ashis, but also
Dr. Gary Jay Barsky who encouraged me to
look further.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 03:43:23 PM

I appreciate Marlene

from the Career Development department
at North Central College,
for her professionalism, her lightheartedness,
support and insight.

Most especially, I am grateful for all the times she was "my legs"
when I was either incapacitated or in China doing research.
Last winter, she even got all the signatures for my
graduation while I was in Huaihua.

I thank her for being my island and pillar of strength
and for helping me find a small space in a semi-deserted area to
write and study:-) ;) ;D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 03:47:37 PM

I appreciate Dr. Rosita Arvigos for her commitment to healing,
for bridging the Mayan ways of seeing and healing
and the associative rainforest knowledge and protection.
I honour her sacrifices and her spiritual openness
to the unknown path she embarked upon not only
in Mexico but also Belize.

I so look forward to more shared correspondence and collaboration
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 03:55:09 PM
I appreciate DEBRA

her insights, her candor, and bigheartedness.
Muchas gracias, amiga.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 03:57:32 PM
I appreciate MEADOWLEA

for leading the River of A
and for engaging many to swim and just
pour their appreciations out to the world.
Great job, amiga! Keep on shining your
light out there.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 04:03:08 PM
I appreciate TOM

Always a friend
Always there to help out
Always there to brainstorm
For picking up Ashis and taking him to the airport
at very short notice
For coming over to help me with my charger
For knowing that it's in the little and big things
that we do for one another that means a lot
For being unconditional
For being hilariously gut-bustingly funny
For being an excellent leader
For being an excellent colleague
For being a systems thinker
For thinking out of the box
For your humanity
For being there for me at a time when
you were also worried about your brother.

Here's to our friendship for almost 3 decades.
 I am very grateful.
What a gift you are indeed!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:05:25 PM

I appreciate my daughter Sabrina
and her way of naming people in my life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:07:10 PM

I appreciate my son Jesse,
our multilingual banter, his love of people
and culture, history, and his love of Japan.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 04:09:21 PM
I appreciate JOHN aka EYE

for being a great friend to all
for his: "Just remember, no negatives" reminder when we were in O-Net.
for loving all
for telling all of us how much he loves us all
for night chats brainstorming about
Hearts Coming Together and projects
For being articulate
For being a great publicist
For inspiring photography
For his Faith
For his thoughtfulness
For his vision and dreams of making good things happen.

Hugs, amigo.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:12:10 PM
I appreciate Eric, my tongxue
in every sense of the word,
for his openness, his kind heartedness and
support.

I love our phone calls--the conversations
between Spanish, Chinese and English,
the code of nan fang ren, Southerners in China
and for the hours of laughter and deep discussion we have shared.

I most especially appreciate his pursuit of further
education in order to teach Chinese here.
As a non-traditional student, I understand the
difficulties and rewards.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:14:39 PM
I appreciate playing here
with Liz, posting in step and time. ;D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 04:15:39 PM
I appreciate WILL

For sending me the link to an incredible vision
regarding water for the world that he found
in Discovery Channel.
It is about the "Teatro del Agua" or Water
Theater Eden Project.
Amazing! It has to do with desalination of
the seawater and all the processes that it goes through
to become safe and clean drinking water.

And for ideating having a Hearts
Coming Together get-together
in Aruba in February.  For his enthusiasm in going to
Uganda with us for the Uganda Conference.
His skills in production, sounds, lighting, systems, logistics
will be a great service and help to many.
More than anything, I appreciate his
love of 60's Music, Guitars, Islands and Sunsets, and Service.
Hugs and love, Will.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:17:14 PM
I appreciate Dr. David Eisenberg's exploration of Qi
with Thomas Lee Wright
in China in the late 1970's,
for sharing that journey and for giving me insight and clues-
helping me find the missing links.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 04:19:38 PM
I appreciate NEMO & SABRINA

for our friendship
for being so supportive
for the Facebook hugs, gifts, pillowfights etc.
for being John's great friends
for allowing us to just gatecrash you when in Canton
for a beautiful card you gave me
for your love
for having an extraordinary mom who can dance like no other.;)


Hugs and love to all!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:20:44 PM
I appreciate James Reston, a reporter for the New York Times
who in 1971 underwent surgery in China and thereafter provided the West
with glimpses of acupuncture through photographs, interviews and ethnography
within China--a land at that time removed by time and space.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 04:24:04 PM
I appreciate my AUNTIE VITA

I love her dearly.
She is close to 80 years old
and still dances ballroom. So much fun!
She has incredible inner strength.
A zest for life.
A love for people
A love for family
An extraordinary wild sense of humor that
can practically and literally make me fall off my chair
for having a green thumb
for nurturing us all
for her great cooking
for being organized and helping us organize
for her brightness and quickness of mind
her fantastic wit

I love you, Auntie! Thanks for all you have done
for us and for being just the way you are.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:26:08 PM
I appreciate Dr. Brian Hoffert, my Asian studies professor,
for his patience, for allowing the space to grow and learn,
for his encouragement and for his knowledge.

I most especially loved our after class discussions and explorations
of aspects. Those were everso priceless!

I also appreciate his dedication to his studies, most especially
the Dao. Without his love of Daoism and the framework
he provided, I'm not sure I would have been open
to so much during my initial fieldwork in Huaihua.

I'M GRATEFUL FOR HIS AFTERNOON TEATIME, for time
to unwind and chat about experience.
Thanks Brian for standing with me, beside me and behind me,
pushing me when need be.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 04:26:57 PM
I appreciate swimming in the River of A with DEBRA

Way to go, amiga!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 11, 2007, 04:36:06 PM
Appreciating xiangjun.
When you quote people
the way you do,
it gives me the same feeling
I get with the photos
that Liz surrounds with
circular light.

Bringing others' sharings
out into the light
is so affirming of them
and their sharings.

I think it contributes
to people wanting
to come back
and share some more.

Thank you for
honoring people
that way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:40:10 PM

Ha-ha Liz! Appreciating swimming in the DA river of appreciations
with you, more like a Cheshire cat skipping at your side.

Appreciating the moment with you and all who read this here:-)

Gracias, Amiga!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:44:20 PM

Bringing others' sharings
out into the light
is so affirming of them
and their sharings.


Well as a scholar, I have been acculturated to do this:-)
More often, I think it highlights the thoughts for reflection
and speaks tomes of collective knowledge and ONENESS.

Thanks to you for welcoming such quotations embraced and uplifted
and for being you Meadowlea! We love your welcoming arms of love here.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:50:00 PM
 Appreciating Phyllis
her love of pillow fights on Facebook
and her thoughtfulness.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 11, 2007, 04:50:23 PM
Appreciating the comraderie
of Liz and Debra.
Sister Love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:52:09 PM
Appreciating Phyllis
 opening her heart and mind
to discover what lupus is and offer compassion
for so many affected.
Love ya, Amiga!

You are awesome!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:53:32 PM

Appreciating all those who have opened their homes,
minds, and hearts to Ashis on his journey.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:54:35 PM

Appreciating Diane T and Meadowlea
for time and space, for patience and love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:56:06 PM

Appreciating words of wisdom, quietly begging for reflection,
pondrance and leading us toward enlightenment.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 04:56:58 PM
I appreciate PHYLLIS

For her enjoyment of Facebook and being surrounded by those
she taught in school in that site
For being totally mission-focused
Nothing can stop her from accomplishing her missions
For her laughter
For her wonderful friendship
For her Faith
For her perseverance
For her resilience
For her love of family and friends
For her love of God
For her gentle understanding
For her trusted -servant leadership
For her openheartedness
For out-dancing us in Clayton Park watching the Mo-Shambo band!;);)

Hugs and love, amiga!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:57:42 PM
Appreciating that all of us together uplift so much and shed
love and light into many places far beyond our knowledge
or immediate grasp.
Namaste
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 04:58:58 PM

Appreciating Fred for following his heart,
for his dedication to life and purpose, to his family and so many within Uganda.

You are awesome!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 05:00:16 PM

Appreciating Meadowlea's multitasking lunches
filled with nutrients for the spirit, mind and body
and for sharing them with us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 05:00:36 PM
Appreciating  merely appreciating

humbly, reverently, joyously, silently,
always together on some level
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 05:03:01 PM
Appreciating Marissa's intermittent but wonderful
appreciations and insight
between creations.
Thank-you
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 05:04:49 PM

Appreciating the woman and her two small children in the park Sunday

picking up trash and recycling.

I am grateful for their efforts and their love of nature in its majesty.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 05:06:18 PM

Appreciating the spiritual, journey in nearby Native lands,
sharing it with my son recently and chatting.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 05:08:31 PM
 Appreciating strolling through Jin Ping with Dr. Yang Qing Zhi,
listening to his descriptions of the family temples, the history of Jin Ping
and placing our hands on the healing tree together.

It was a magical time.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 05:10:02 PM

I appreciate the Twin lakes park nearby and the serenity it yields.
Its lakes are like mirrors of each other.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 05:13:37 PM

Appreciating ABCallies even though we have never met.
Looking forward to more of your appreciations and getting to
know you.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 11, 2007, 05:54:31 PM
I appreciate Xiangjun.  I appreciate your positive outlook to life, in spite of many hardships.  You are an inspiration to us.  I look forward to getting to know you better.  By the way, I just tonight figured out who you are!  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 11, 2007, 06:00:05 PM
I appreciate Meadowlea who always welcomes us here and greets us so warmly.  You make it fun to visit! 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 11, 2007, 06:04:20 PM
I appreciate Liz, my dear friend Liz, who is way too kind in her appreciations of me!  She is one of the most positive people I have ever met.  Her love of others and of life is contagious.  I am honored to be your friend, amiga.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 11, 2007, 06:13:43 PM
I appreciate Ashis' genuine enjoyment of and interest in new experiences. 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 06:22:44 PM
I appreciate Xiangjun.  I appreciate your positive outlook to life, in spite of many hardships.  You are an inspiration to us.  I look forward to getting to know you better.  By the way, I just tonight figured out who you are!  :)

Phyllis I so appreciate you! Most people know me by xiangjun (湘君):-)
I am so glad we have finally connected. Love to you, amiga!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 06:25:31 PM

I so much appreciate my name 杜湘君 Du xiang jun
and the student, Fu Yong, who gave it to me. His friendship
is one of the most special jewels I have encountered along the way.

Both of them are long awaited treasures
that yield surprises and rewards everyday.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 06:32:34 PM

Appreciating the notes from my first field experience
and the rites of passage associated with that on so many levels.

Appreciating reliving the nuances,
the hardships, the laughter and the first encounters
with patients and doctors from all over the world.

Most especially, appreciating all my anthropology professors
who coached and encouraged and helped me realize I could.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 06:36:29 PM
Appreciating Dr. Yan Zao Ming

and the friendship that blossomed despite a somewhat rocky start.

Appreciating his persistence, his insistence on me learning
to live the life, walk the talk and immerse myself in the dialects
in class and beyond- no choice-

I appreciate all the unforeseen lessons that occurred anytime
anywhere and how those moments keep on teaching and releasing layers
of compassion, new comprehension and applicability.

I couldn't have done it without him!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 06:38:45 PM
Appreciating
Ashis
freely traveling through life
led by his heart and his spirit. :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 06:42:02 PM

Grateful for all the differing philosophies and theories
in the world and how they serve as comparisons and contrasts
when need be.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 11, 2007, 06:52:19 PM
Appreciating Linda Fox,
the most service-oriented bookkeeper
I have ever encountered
doing work I would not know how to touch.
Then, just how warm and friendly
can a bookkeeper be?
Enough to amaze me.
You have etched yourself a path
right into my heart, Linda.
I am watching and learning
from the way you do business.
Thank you for sharing
the best of yourself with me.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 07:52:24 PM
 I appreciate Jenny Li from Dominican University
who welcomed me, shared herself and her life with me
and opened a door.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 07:55:07 PM
Appreciating my friend George,
who is also my student,
his kindness, his compassion for the people on
the streets of Chicago and for his love of learning
Chinese philosophy and medicine.


I pray he finds as much joy and love as he gives to many
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 07:57:02 PM
Appreciating night
the gentle glide into thought
and the way it invites me
to enjoy the ride
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 07:58:15 PM
Appreciating my son's dog Fuji,
the loyal companion for all who enter my house
and the way her ears perk up
whenever she hears the word "brownie" :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 07:58:50 PM
Appreciating more energy than I have known the last few days
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 07:59:59 PM
Appreciating conversations with Liz
Through whichever medium, they are always
a treasure.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 08:35:59 PM
I appreciate Dancing for a cause
and just dancing just to dance. ;)

Below is a candid shot of our Flamenco dancers
in the dressing room before the talentfest.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 08:41:30 PM
I appreciate all those who took part in the talentfest
and gave back to the world :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 08:47:10 PM
Thanks, Debra.

Everyone truly worked very hard.
And it all came together. ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 11, 2007, 08:47:58 PM
Liz,  I love that picture!  Thank you for sharing it.  
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 08:59:07 PM
Thanks, Liz for sharing that wonderful picture!

My daughter really loved seeing it, too.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:00:14 PM
Appreciating sharing the DA river with my daughter Sabrina
and introducing all of you to her :) ;D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 09:01:23 PM
Thank you, PHYLLIS!
I tried to send the photo that the dancers like best
but somehow I am not able to upload.
If someone can, please do so. Gracias and
I appreciate it in advance.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:04:50 PM
 Appreciating Jonathan and Tom Pei
and Shandong province, sharing so much of themselves
and their dreams as they help pave the way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:06:47 PM
Appreciating the train engineerI met last
week on his way to work, the conversation we shared
and how he revealed that he plans to pursue his dream
to become an English teacher.

Awesome!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:09:00 PM
Appreciating Shams, a friend
who entered my life through another life bridge

He is currently pursuing his medical degree in Tianjin
and loving the new experiences there, sharing them
with all his friends. I admire his love of novelty, his dedication to
purpose and his courage.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:11:09 PM
I am grateful for Bridget Bordsorf

who embarked upon a journey to Japan
to teach English and learn about Japanese culture firsthand,
even though she wasn't an Asian studies major.

I admire her vivacity and the way she embraces challenges.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:14:17 PM
I am grateful for Rena Schergen

for sharing writing and reading sessions
while preparing papers for anthropology,
for sharing her love of the Maya, the land in Guatemala
and her life altering experiences there.

I appreciate the understanding and bond those
sessions built.

Most of all, I am grateful we had the chance to catch up
a bit before graduation and actually share a hug graduation day.

That made it all so special.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:16:40 PM
I appreciate Paloma
how she managed to write her way to grants
for further Latin American studies,
shared her fieldwork with her children
and with her students.

I appreciate our introduction and conversation.

Most of all, I like how we found common ground, the
invisible strands of culture that illuminate humanity
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:17:21 PM
I appreciate Liz's love of ALL
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:19:53 PM
I appreciate spirituality
and the gifts that yields
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:20:39 PM
I appreciate the wolves that taught me so much in this life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:26:55 PM
I appreciate how quickly   we ALL made this river
flow passed 100 pages,

how Diane and the DA team enabled this site
and empowered many
and Marissa for the countless hours and dedication
to weaving the roads and applying the tools
to enable her work to provide the virtual medium
for the river and all the other areas of appreciation.

Thank you ALL! Namaste
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 09:27:25 PM
I appreciate Green tea

I think I am getting addicted;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:27:46 PM
Appreciating that each journey is begun with a single step
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 09:28:41 PM
You are doing great, DEBRA!!!
Keep on appreciating....and keep givng your Love
out there, my friend.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:30:51 PM
Appreciating Chrysanthemum tea,
brewing it from the flowers and imbibing it
remembering Dr. Larisa Turin (M.D. & O.M. D.), who first
taught me its value.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:35:42 PM
Appreciating Dr. Zhengang Guo,
sharing with me the stories of his family,
how he learned Chinese medicine in his
traditional Chinese medicine family,

how he served the people as a barefoot doctor and
provided such wonderfully simple and sometimes enigmatic
stories about China.

Appreciating the way he has always welcomed me
from the first time we met, how he encourages so many
gives of himself and his time for many to apprentice.

I appreciate my introduction to him and all our collaboration.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:43:56 PM
Appreciating Dr. Xie Guang otherwise known as Dr. Gary
for being my teacher, my mentor, my friend,

for encouraging me to engage in formal study
when I thought I'd never see tomorrow,
for his patience, his attention, his willingness to listen,
support research and provide introductions.

I appreciate him leading me to to Dr. Guo and within
Beijing to his colleague at the TCM academy.

Most of all, I appreciate his love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:46:28 PM
I appreciate the girls of Ton Shen health
all of whom have become my friends over the years.

I appreciate the chats, the banter, the laughter
and the love we share.

I appreciate the cross cultural exchanges through
which we empowered each other.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:48:50 PM
I appreciate Ashis's voice in my head
serving as a constant reminder of how far I've come
and how that tempers all else midst seemingly
discouraging circumstances.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:49:55 PM
I appreciate Diane T's words of wisdom and love
offered freely. Thank you for being you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:50:52 PM

Appreciating that sometimes all I have to offer is the spiritual.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 09:52:50 PM
I appreciate ALL that we ALL are.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 09:54:04 PM
I appreciate the sage wisdom of the ages
and the pearls of eternal spirit passed on down
throughout our lives.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:54:31 PM
Appreciating each time I cross a cultural bridge

They are such wonderful passages
yielding new lenses through which to view life
and circumstance yet echoing
the connections to humanity
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 09:55:17 PM
I appreciate all our ANCESTORS

for they passed on down  the core foundation of our beings.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:56:16 PM
Appreciating the many persons I have encountered
who have shared their journeys with me

We ALL share life's journey anyway- ONENESS realized here and now
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 09:57:59 PM
Today I appreciate the coolness of the breeze.
And I delight in watching the leaves turn all colors slowly
and gracefully. And how the falling leaves are gently
twirled around by the passing circular movements
of whispering winds.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:58:28 PM
I appreciate all our ANCESTORS

for they passed on down  the core foundation of our beings.
Indeed, it is from their efforts that we have benefited, as Dr. Wang Hong Cai
reminds all his students.

Thanks, Liz, for sharing that. :) :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 09:59:36 PM
I appreciate stretching

my muscles, my back, my arms, my legs,
my body. When I stretch, it make me feel
renewed. And ready for taichi or dance or walking.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 09:59:58 PM
Appreciating the sight of my daughter sleeping next to me
and the dog curled up next to her.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:00:54 PM
I appreciate my Chinese brother
teaching me Qi gong
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:01:53 PM
I appreciate posting here with Liz,
sharing this late night dance within the moonlight.
Love ya:-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 10:02:44 PM
I appreciate that familiar look
that one gives someone they know deep inside.
Family, friends, loves, even people recntly met.
No logic. Just sparks.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 11, 2007, 10:04:11 PM
Thank you, DEBRA!

Indeed...there are many kinds of dances...
Friendship dances, spiritual dances, Trance dances...
We not only swim in DA, we also dance right by the river
or even in the river.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:05:31 PM
I appreciate Latifa and her Mama
sharing stories, meals and life,
teaching me Arabic and about Muslim beliefs
and practices.

I appreciate those moments and feel the connection
though we are far apart.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:07:47 PM
Appreciating the dance in the river here tonight
sharing it with Liz and all those who read my thoughts :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:09:06 PM
Appreciating that even when many are physically absent from this space
I feel like we all perform this spiritual water ballet within the river of
appreciations, traveling on
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:13:35 PM
Appreciating beautiful red leaves!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:16:01 PM
Appreciating that river travels on
flows into other's lives
like the LOVE TRAIN. :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:18:32 PM
Appreciating Liz's dedication to clean water for the world
how many levels that endeavor entails and how many lives it interweaves
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:20:21 PM
Appreciating when rest beckons,
invites renewal and connection
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:25:55 PM
Appreciating
ALL who give back to the world
who offer their talents, thoughts, ideas, actions
contributions, spiritual empowerment, love and prayers
for the benefit of others
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:35:43 PM
I appreciate knowing that every day is a brand new day.
A tabula rasa. A clean slate. And each day is a gift of
life and love.
I appreciate you sharing this.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 10:50:10 PM
Appreciating that I had the time and energy
to put forth into the world a little more love
and a little more positive energy
while sharing space in the river with Phyllis and Meadowlea
and Liz today.

Thank you for dancing and swimming with me* ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 11:04:50 PM
Appreciating Gloria Levitt

for whom I interned at the museum.

I treasure her friendship and the scholarship
she awarded me.

Most of all I am thankful for the time we spent chatting
while putting away artifacts and preserving them.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 11, 2007, 11:24:01 PM
Appreciating the power of forgiveness

Forgiving someone not only frees one of negative energy
but frees one to forgive oneself.

It is as Jen stated in an earlier post-
like casting stones behind us.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 12:29:35 AM
Appreciating the soon-to-be
new heroes at DA.net!!
Go Debra and Liz!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 12:31:13 AM
Appreciating whoever
is encouraging xiangjun
to post her heart away
the way she is doing.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 12:35:22 AM
Appreciating my brother, Kenneth
for appreciating the appreciation
I emailed to him.

There's nothing better
than knowing it's made a difference
for someone.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 12:56:26 AM
Appreciating the healing power of appreciations
and that it has been discovered by many;
that appreciations can heal even the most
unlikely afflictions.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 01:37:09 AM
Appreciating the courage
it can take sometimes
to see in new ways;
to see beauty and kindness
and that which heals.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 01:58:07 AM
Appreciating the growing
number of venues for appreciating!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 01:58:44 AM
Appreciating new opportunities
to release and let go.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 01:59:34 AM
Appreciating that hundreds of people
have been appreciated here,
and many of them multiple times!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 07:07:02 AM
A GOOD MORNING Appreciations to one and all!

May your day be filled with surprises that will make
you smile and laugh for a long time.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 08:43:39 AM
Appreciating the healing power of appreciations
and that it has been discovered by many;
that appreciations can heal even the most
unlikely afflictions.

Meadowlea, what an awesome appreciation. I love this! Thanks so much
for sharing this!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 08:44:27 AM
Appreciating the courage
it can take sometimes
to see in new ways;

Appreciating this gift! Namaste
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 08:46:17 AM
Appreciating Meadowlea's vein of inspiration here
this morning.  :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 08:47:41 AM
Appreciating a day of opportunities.

May you all find opportunties to laugh, love, and share
your gifts and talents a little more.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 08:49:14 AM
Appreciating this stream

As I read and share here,
I can feel the pulsations of the water,
and its light.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 08:50:04 AM
Looking forward to swimming with so many more
people here within the DA river of appreciations.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 08:51:06 AM
Appreciating Jen

Even though her appreciations were physically absent this morning
I feel them expressed and released into the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 08:57:31 AM

Appreciating breathing

and the simple way focus on the breath
puts everything in balance once more
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 08:58:20 AM
Appreciating late night IM and Skype chats

They are a treasure
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:00:12 AM
Appreciating Guy Merola

Who always told me,

"Give it a minute. It's only temporary.
All things are."

I appreciate the unending value in that.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:06:21 AM
Appreciating clarity

to work on writing papers today
to weave together experience
and observations, with theories and principles
old and new
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:08:30 AM
Appreciating Sages

and all the wisdom and energy they cast into the world

whirling and twirling about many generations later

continuing to alter thoughts and actions.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:12:28 AM
Appreciating Laozi

and my ever deepening appreciation of the Dao.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:15:21 AM
Appreciating aspects

By seeing that everything in the world is
merely a reflection of all else within it, the
world becomes one of aspects.

Nothing is merely black and white and ALL things within
the universe are connected! Awesome!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:16:22 AM
Appreciating these few moments to share
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:17:55 AM
Appreciating release
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:19:34 AM
Appreciating the birds outside my window
and the squirrels

running atop the fence,

jumping down, playing and gathering
for the winter.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:22:39 AM
Appreciating Dr. Xie telling me

the answers to most human problems
lie in Nature.

Through watching animals and plants,
The Ancients learned so much about medicine,
the universe, and how to live in harmony.

May you all find a moment today to simply watch
and imbibe the harmony, love joy and wisdom
of life within Nature.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:24:29 AM

Appreciating Ashis once more
touring the US, sharing the message.

Wishing him peace and renewal
along the way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:25:39 AM
Appreciating Marissa

and thinking that she is probably
in her garage doing stained glass art
and enjoying it.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:26:54 AM
Appreciating my tea

nourishing me, warming me and healing

at the same time.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:29:35 AM
Appreciating Meadowlea

who amidst her busy day on the job
has probably been watching others,
carrying out her duties and noting her
next appreciations to post here
while appreciating those around her.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:30:36 AM
Appreciating

ALL of YOU and ALL you do!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:35:27 AM
Appreciating the readers
of thoughts here
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:46:09 PM

Appreciating Erin Brockovich

The obstacles she overcame
her vision and commitment to "serve the people"
for her dedication to accountability
and to her integrity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:47:35 PM

Appreciating marginality
 on the societal fringes
straddling worlds
translating language
worldview and data
and connecting pieces
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:48:29 PM

Appreciating the opportunity to publish
in China.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:49:35 PM

Appreciating that sometimes
we need to do things in reverse:-)

Thanks, Ashis.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:50:56 PM
Appreciating building alliances
and gaining credentials on both sides of the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:52:01 PM

Appreciating Dr. Zhu Ming
for his initial invitation to come and do research,
 the subsequent one
and continued support.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:52:42 PM
Appreciating Meimei's notes
and the photos she attaches
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:53:47 PM

Appreciating Fu Yong
completing his application for his
post graduate exam
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:54:30 PM
Appreciating Fu Yong's kind heart
and his wonderful emails
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:55:11 PM
Appreciating bits of sunshine

whenever and wherever they enter
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:55:53 PM
Appreciating mindfulness
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:57:22 PM
Appreciating honouring sacred contracts
entering into sacred pacts seemingly spontaneously
knowing there are no accidents in this life

Appreciating the opportunities to honour all facets of life and people involved
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 04:59:31 PM
Appreciating that this venture is a puzzle

in which the pieces are scattered about globally

This is like a treasure hunt
building this team
and compiling ancient knowledge-
Oneness and collective knowledge are the keys
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:00:30 PM
Appreciating the many roads I've walked
many of them less traveled
but rich in rewards
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:01:14 PM
Appreciate inspiring the mountain air once more
if only in my mind
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:02:44 PM
Appreciating red earth,
the excitement that wells within my being whenever I see it
or feel it and the smile I can't contain whenever I think about it
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:04:22 PM
Appreciating the students using my sources
and research now,

wishing them new discoveries, hours of contemplation
and the sense of fulfillment
when their work for the term
is complete
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:04:47 PM
Appreciating being a student of life
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:06:15 PM
Appreciating a friend saying
that if we listen with our hearts we always
understand.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:06:48 PM
Appreciating the meaning of namaste
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:08:01 PM
Appreciating streetmarkets
meeting new people and
sharing space
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:09:49 PM
Appreciating my prayer wheel (spinning) ring
always reminding me of the sacred
serving as a reminder of returning to
the center.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:11:34 PM
appreciating mountains everywhere

majestic in nature,
awe-inspiring,
breathtaking
exquisite artistry
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:12:22 PM
appreciating the tapestry of life

intricately and delicately interwoven
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:12:53 PM
Appreciating the weavers of Chiapas
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:14:29 PM
Appreciating Dr. Matt Krystal's
Dance of the Conquest
and having the opportunity to
read it before it was published.

Thanks, Matt!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:16:29 PM
Appreciating Dr. Matt Krystal
 an anthropologist and professor
who tirelessly gives to his students,
who strives to bridge culture
and humanity and has dedicated
so much of his work to the indigenous peoples

I treasure all the conversations
we shared post-class
as I walked him to the train.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:18:38 PM
Appreciating Anthropology
a discipline so deep and all-encompassing
that I never get bored with it.
Every layer offers a new surprise.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:21:59 PM
Appreciating Dr. Chuck Ellenbaum
my first anthropology teacher
who always encouraged me
and gifted me so many books
from his personal library
when he retired insisting
I would need them.

Ha- He was right and

he is always with me.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 05:22:49 PM
I appreciate the comedy of errors today.
Imagine accidentally sending out something
to so many only to realize that it was not what you
thought it was. Whew! The great thing about it?
In my attempt to apologize to all, I ended up touching
base with so many I have not been able to touch base with
before. Very cool!;) ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:23:31 PM
 Appreciating peoples and culture,
ethnography and global films.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 05:27:29 PM
I appreciate MRS. CERVANTES

my 3rd grade teacher in the University of the Philippines
Elementary School. What an inspiration she was!

After I became a physician, I visited the Philippines
and my ole stomping grounds, and there was Mrs. Cervantes.
Still looking the same. Writing on the blackboard. With that same
bun on her hair. I quietly sat at the back of her class.
I could not help but smile remembering some happy memories there
when I was in the 3rd grade. She turned around and without missing
a beat, she said "Elizabeth Garcia". Oh my gosh!
It was a great reunion. I thanked her profusely for all that
she did for me and the confidence that she gave me as a student.
What a fatastic teacher. I am so grateful for her.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 05:29:04 PM
I appreciate being included in people's thoughts
and prayers. I love praying for people and keeping loved ones
in my thoughts. Prayers truly raise the positivity in the world
in a very focused way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 05:30:10 PM
I appreciate ongoing communications among
family and close friends. I also enjoy connecting links
among people. Connecting the loving dots.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 05:31:31 PM
I appreciate FRIDAYS!

And Mondays , Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays...

Each day is a surprise adventure!
Each day is another day to breathe.
Each day is another day to love and be loved.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 05:33:57 PM
I appreciate Kindness and Compassion.


Not always do we respond with kindness and compassion.
Yet when we do, what a great feeling. What a great being.
Every moment responding with kindness, is a moment of love.
We all back-track and many times regress, and in reaction
become unkind for whatever reason. The important thing is to do
the next right thing. Get back on The Love Train. And just
keep coming back.;)

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 05:35:42 PM
I appreciate HOLOSYNCH MEDITATION

The Dive. Immersion.
It makes Fridays like Mondays for me.
So each day becomes less stressful
and more focused. More access to what is needed
in our world. More access to the mysteries of the universe.
More access to giving of our selves.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:37:10 PM
I appreciate Kindness and Compassion.


 The important thing is to do
the next right thing. Get back on The Love Train. And just
keep coming back.;)



Very cool. I SO appreciate this! Thanks, Liz!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 05:39:23 PM
I appreciate MISS HILARIO

She was my 4th grade teacher in U.P. Elementary School.
What an elegant, poised, loving, bright teacher she was.
Very compassionate, caring and sensitive to the needs of her students.
I remember her accompanying me to a television show for a
girl scouting award. And then there is an old sepia photograph
of Miss Hilario smiling from ear to ear while handing me my graduation
certificate from elementary school. I dare to say that I felt like a favored child.;)
And I did study hard in her class. When teachers know how to motivate,
students learn how to self-motivate.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:40:28 PM
I appreciate the ENERGY OF THE SUN

how tapping into it yields qi
and vitality.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:43:27 PM
I appreciate GLEN

Sharing his journey to Sichuan province
his friendship and love through the years.

I appreciate his dedication to WU Laoshi,
our classmates and to the Chinese, especially since
these milestones and rewards
were sought after for so long.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 05:44:39 PM
I appreciate Miss Buenaventura

Another memorable teacher from 4th grade
who knew how to engage children to learn.
She was our Social Studies teacher and was the
lady who taught my classmates and me how to sing
the many national anthems from all over the world.

Please don't ask me why and how but I somehow still
remember those anthems. And that has helped me
establish rapport with people
wherever I travel. They were lovely connectors.
Thanks, ma'am.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:45:11 PM
I appreciate DANCING HERE WITH LIZ AGAIN

You are such a light and love, amiga!

May all who enter here feel the dance we have shared
in the river.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 05:46:49 PM
I appreciate Miss Buenaventura

Another memorable teacher from 4th grade
who knew how to engage children to learn.
She was our Social Studies teacher and was the
lady who taught my classmates and me how to sing
the many national anthems from all over the world.

Please don't ask me why and how but I somehow still
remember those anthems. And that has helped me
establish rapport with people
wherever I travel. They were lovely connectors.
Thanks, ma'am.


That is awesome! Appreciating that we never know when or how
we gain what we need but we do, often there all along.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 05:51:42 PM
I appreciate Mrs. Rabago

Now Mrs. Rabago was our Science teacher in the
University of the Philippines Preparatory to College High School.
(U.P. Prep. So we call ourselves The PREPIANS).
She had enthusiasm and positive energy in teaching. Always with a
radiant smile. So full of creative ideas in surfacing the best
out of us. What we can never forget was that she made learning
and studying fun!

Since she was quite brilliant, she was also very confident of herself
and what she knows. She knows enough to say she does not know. And I
always loved that Socratic way of thinking. One day she ideated a study game.
it was a big hit! She told us that if while teaching , we find out
that she made any mistakes, that any one of us will get added points.
Well guess what? Everyone was listening like crazy and so very intently.
She was brilliant.

She knew that there is nothing more fun
for teens than to prove grown-ups to be wrong. And of course, she
was hardly wrong about anything. Until one day she accidentally
mis-spelled a word while writing on the blackboard and one of our sassy
classmates called her on it. And incredibly, she smiled and took that
on and gave my classmate points. We all loved it! Is it a wonder that
there are so many physicians and chemists and scientists in our class?
We all love Mrs. Rabago. Thank you, Teach.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 05:54:13 PM
I appreciate DEBRA

and dancing with you here on the River of A.
So, please come on and join us in this graceful
spirit dance. It is a joyful dance of gratitude and
love for the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 06:01:04 PM
I appreciate my AUNTIE THELMA

Auntie Thelma is a briliant, practical, religious
lady who loves God and her extended family dearly.
She has always been there for us. She has her PhD
in Psychological Counseling and is a chairman
of her department. Auntie Thel and Uncle Louie
have helped so many people
and continue to do so in their own very special
compassionate way. Everytime I visit the Philippines
I stay with them and I regress. I am nourished, nurtured,
loved and cared for in her home.

She was also our guidance counselor when i was in high school.
One thing we can rely on was that she will keep
us back on track no matter how far astray we may go.
Always guiding. Always teaching. Always loving.
Thanks, Auntie. I miss you a lot.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 06:06:56 PM
I appreciate the University of the Philippines

it is known to be the university that encourages
intellectual freedom. People who study in U.P.
have to take a national exam to enter HS, then to enter
college then post-grad. Like a pyramid effect.
So, U.P. goes from elementary to post-grad.
I believe I had my best education in elementary and high school
My formative years. I am still great friends with
my elementary and high school friends thanks to the internet.
Reunions back to back. There is an unspoken understanding among
those from U.P. An indivisible bond.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 06:24:34 PM
Appreciating Meadowlea

who amidst her busy day on the job
has probably been watching others,
carrying out her duties and noting her
next appreciations to post here
while appreciating those around her.

This made me giggle with delight.
You are so right!!
It keeps me going during the day
and keeps a smile on my face.
Thank you, Debra!  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 06:27:54 PM
I appreciate THE PREPIANS

They are my high school friends, who are really like
family and siblings. Wherever there is a Prepian, I have a home.
And my home is open to Prepians. We just love to be with one another.
And we create a wonderful fountain of youth with our aggregate laughter,
teasings, antics, playfulness and wit. The joy is non-stop.
And they are always there in times of sorrow as well. We pick up
one another. With much irreverence and lots of love.

U.P. Prep. HS was an experimental HS 20-year program.
They wondered what would hppen if they took the top 120 students
in a national exam, divided them into 4 sections based on academic
standing, Then they wondered what would happen if these students were
taught by Masters and Doctorate level teachers. Would that make a difference
in the students and the outcome of their lives?

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 06:32:54 PM
I appreciate GINA aka GINZ

One of my Prepian best friends.
She can make me laugh so much and so uncontrollably
with her quick with and inimitably irreverent humor.
Our families know who is on the phone because
of the peculiar familiar unstoppable gut-laughter
that comes out of both of us when talking on the phone.
You would think all that regression would lessen over the years.

Well, if you ask me, I think it has even
become wilder in many ways. More experiences to share
with one another. We laugh just about at anything.
Mostly, we laugh deeply and with no mercy at ourselves and crack up
at our own silly reactions to so many things.
What can I say. Laughter. Thanks, my friend.
Until the next phone call and the next reunion.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 06:36:41 PM
I appreciate SAMPAGUITA flowers.

Beautifully fragrant white flowers - the national
flower of the Philippines. They create leis out of them and
have such a lovely scent.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 06:38:18 PM
I appreciate GARDENS

of all kinds, all over the world.
I love gardens that have flowers that
grow freely into one another, like in a jungle.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 06:41:20 PM
I appreciate Life's Mysteries

And that everyday is a surprise.
A gift. And that noone has control over anything.
Though we create illusions about control and power,
it is clear that the realization of powerlessness is a
foundation for spiritual growth.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 06:45:52 PM
I appreciate GROWING

That means being able to see the bigger picture a bit more.
That means learning to be kind and humble.
That means realizing that service to others is essential to our souls.
That means being more patient.
That means becoming more accepting of the many differences and
similarities among people.
That means being compelled to make a difference in our world.
That means taking the time to act and help the world in some way.
That means knowing when to rest and replenish.
That means smiling and laughing more.
That means more resilience.
That means more understanding and compassion.
That means seeing the Truth and Light in our experiences.
That means loving more and more and more and more...
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 06:50:15 PM
I appreciate many phone calls from friends and families.
Wow! What a cushion of love. Helps ease the blows of life.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 06:51:21 PM
I appreciate MARISSA


for organizing a show this weekend for UWEC.
Lots of work go into these shows. Marissa is a teacher
of diligence and compassion for many.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 06:51:35 PM
Appreciating genuine, welcoming smiles.
When I arrive at work,
and my client smiles warmly,
and I smile warmly at them,
it sets a tone for a wonderful,
heartful work session.
I appreciate all of my clients,
especially their smiles.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 12, 2007, 06:52:40 PM
I appreciate PHYLLIS

Looking forward to all your posts, amiga.
And thanks for all that you do for UWEC and
all the love that you give us.
Hope you are happy and filled with joy.
HUGS!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 06:53:29 PM
Appreciating friendly strangers;
strangers who choose
to trust in the benevolence
of other strangers.
What would the world be like
without trust?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 06:57:25 PM
Appreciating those who are
having fun and in a flow!
Skateboarding, skating, dancing,
Liz and Deb in an appreciation flow.
I enjoy fun flow.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:12:59 PM
Appreciating reconciliation.
Forgiveness.
Forgetting.
Starting over.
Clarity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:15:34 PM
Appreciating our new member,
Sabrina Barron.
Thank you for signing up
with Daily Appreciations!
I hope you have a ball here!

I am very much looking forward
to your contributions,
should you wish to decide
to begin posting.
Thank you for taking time
out of your day
to uplift yourself and the world!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:17:10 PM
Appreciating the train

To me, it's always an adventure
a chance to encounter strangers,
observe, note, and interface with
many.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:19:06 PM
I appreciate communities and networks

All gravitating toward the center,
each doing his/her part.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 12, 2007, 07:19:26 PM
Appreciating night
the gentle glide into thought
and the way it invites me
to enjoy the ride

I think this is a beautiful, peaceful thought.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:19:43 PM
Appreciating our new member, Esther!
Thank you for joining us!
I hope you enjoy your visit
and that you find a home here
to nurture your soul.

Please let me know
if there is any way
I can facilitate your time here.
We want you to have
a very pleasant and easeful
time uplifting yourself
and the world!

If anyone knows
who Esther is,
I would be very grateful
if you would send her
a copy of this.

 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:20:05 PM
I appreciate Marissa
organizing the UWEC show.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:21:34 PM
Appreciating the swim
Looking forward to sharing it with many here
in the river.
Come join us; the water is warm!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:22:37 PM
Appreciating Phyllis' visits.
Great to "read" you again.
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:23:37 PM
Appreciating lectures and presentations
 :)
how they stimulate new thought,
etch their way into the heart, mind and soul
and seem so pertinent at the least expected moments.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 12, 2007, 07:24:28 PM
I appreciate the beauty in the Lord's creation of the earth.  I am fascinated by the life under the sea, all of the beautiful fish and coral. 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:25:14 PM
Appreciating Phyllis here again! :)

Despite the miles I feel your spirit.
Hugs to you:-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:25:53 PM
Appreciating xiangjun for
(by all appearances)
making DA.net
her permanent home.

It's really great
to have a stand-by
like you, xiangjun!

(Mind spelling out
the sound of your name
for those of us who
can't pronounce Chinese?
Pretty please?)

 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:27:14 PM
Appreciating those
who make a point
to stop themselves
when criticizing
and to think well
about others.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 12, 2007, 07:28:17 PM
I  appreciate a nightly swim with y'all in the river and a swim with my husband in the ocean by day.   :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:28:39 PM
Appreciating reliable
public transportation.
It's great to keep moving
and get places on time!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:29:30 PM
I  appreciate a nightly swim with y'all in the river and a swim with my husband in the ocean by day.   :)

Great wit, Phyllis!
I enjoy the swim with you as well!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:29:45 PM
Appreciating xiangjun for
(by all appearances)
making DA.net
her permanent home.

(Mind spelling out
the sound of your name
for those of us who
can't pronounce Chinese?
Pretty please?)


 Xiangjun (Shee-ahng- jween) aka Debra

Hugs to you!

 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:30:47 PM
Appreciating Meadowlea

who amidst her busy day on the job
has probably been watching others,
carrying out her duties and noting her
next appreciations to post here
while appreciating those around her.

This made me giggle with delight.

Appreciating making Meadowlea giggle:-) ;D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:31:50 PM
Appreciating now being able
to pronounce xiangjun's name!
Appreciating the thought
of her adding that pronunciation
to her icon
so one does not need to remember
post #1819 in order to re-discover
how to pronounce it!
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:34:23 PM
Appreciating our new
Daily Appreciations feeder
for DailyAppreciations.net
at Razoo here:

http://beta.razoo.com/topic/show/676

and inviting any and all
to come by for a visit
to create an attraction field
for people to appreciate!

Please let me know
if you are interested
in being a team member,
and we will take it
into (serious) consideration.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:35:16 PM
Appreciating having to wade
through five pages of appreciations
upon my arrival home from work today.
Appreciating having read
each and every one!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:37:36 PM
Appreciating people
who think beyond their ordinary lives
to imagine what life
might be like for another.
Appreciating the ability
to step into anothers' shoes
and who are skilled
at cross-cultural communication.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:38:12 PM
Appreciating warm clothing
on a chilly evening.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:40:17 PM
Appreciating people
who think beyond their ordinary lives
to imagine what life
might be like for another.
Appreciating the ability
to step into anothers' shoes
and who are skilled
at cross-cultural communication.

Simply awesome, Meadowlea!
Ever considered taking up anthropology?
This is a prerequisite:-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:41:23 PM
Appreciating jump starters.
It takes guts to start things.
I appreciate jump starters.
Right off, I think of:
Dwan (Diane ABC)
Elizabeth Garcia-Gray
Myself
Kayiwa Fred
xiangjun
(I think!)
Please add some more...
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:41:53 PM
Appreciating Phyllis and her husband enjoying their swim in
the ocean.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:42:44 PM
Appreciating people
who think beyond their ordinary lives
to imagine what life
might be like for another.
Appreciating the ability
to step into anothers' shoes
and who are skilled
at cross-cultural communication.

Simply awesome, Meadowlea!
Ever considered taking up anthropology?
This is a prerequisite:-)

Appreciating dearest xiangjun;
I didn't say I was good at it!
Only that I appreciated it!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:44:03 PM
Appreciating all those who uplift others.
They are bringing all of us back together as one.
I LOVE those who uplift!!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:45:17 PM
Appreciating jump starters.
It takes guts to start things.
I appreciate jump starters.
Right off, I think of:
Dwan (Diane ABC)
Elizabeth Garcia-Gray
Myself
Kayiwa Fred
xiangjun
(I think!)
Please add some more...


Jen [I think!]
Ashis
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 07:46:40 PM
Appreciating not knowing how
I will get done what I must
but knowing it will be
completed anyway:-)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:47:52 PM
Appreciating the power
of appreciator attractor fields.
What a big zap this website has been
especially since xiangjun
got running with it!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:48:58 PM
Appreciating the feeling of safety
that allows my mind
to think creatively and flexibly.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:50:40 PM
Appreciating Kayiwa Fred
and his flexible,
outgoing, enterprising nature.
Some people
you just know are going
to be successful
at what they set out to do,
and he is one.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:53:50 PM
Appreciating and welcoming osanitwo!
It is great to have new members!
Do let me know if there is anything
any of us can do to help ease your experience here!
We look forward to your contributions
at the time that is right for you.
Thank you for joining us to uplift the world!

If anyone knows who osanitwo is,
I'd be grateful if you could
copy this message for him/her.

 :)   :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:56:40 PM
Appreciating focus
because focus creates!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:57:39 PM
Appreciating a clear night sky
where the stars are visible.
What power they imbue us with!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:58:00 PM
Appreciating rejuvenating solitude.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:58:41 PM
Appreciating the ability to discriminate
healthy situations
from unhealthy ones.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 07:59:27 PM
Appreciating friendly, good-natured banter.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 08:01:07 PM
Appreciating not knowing how
I will get done what I must
but knowing it will be
completed anyway:-)

Also appreciating
that it will all get done
for xiangjun at the optimal time
and in the optimal way.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Phyllis310 on October 12, 2007, 09:49:36 PM
I appreciate the quiet of nighttime. It's a peaceful time for reflection.   
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 12, 2007, 09:52:37 PM
Appreciating Jen

Even though her appreciations were physically absent this morning
I feel them expressed and released into the world.

OMG - I was literally shocked by the number of pages of appreciations I needed to go through before I could say something - but when i saw this post, I just could not help but reply to it -

You are so so very sweet, xiangjun! Thanks much for speaking on my behalf - I wish I could come here more often. At least I made it before the day ends!

You have suddenly become a rising star in this river - you rock!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:53:18 PM
Appreciating my Statistics Professor Dr. Thomas Clifton

For all his stories, real-life examples
and his patience.

His love of the discipline and its applicability itself
shined brightly through everything he demonstrated.

Much more than that, he made learning and acquiring
the skills to perform analysis and testing so attainable.

I appreciate his love of anthropology, sharing field studies
with his son in Guatemala and for the hours of conversation.

Much more than that, I am grateful for his teaching everyday!

He helped me add another dimension to my research and
helped me strengthen the evidence supporting it.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:55:03 PM
Appreciating the night
leading my mind to wander
for the question that arose upon reflection
and for the quest it sent me on
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 09:55:51 PM
Appreciating the enormous undertaking
it must have been for Jen
to read through all those pages!
I'm impressed that you actually did it, Jen!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:56:23 PM
Appreciating Ashis' love of epidemiology
and comparative epidemiology,
the chats that inspired and the
future collaborative work it will lead to.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 09:59:50 PM
Appreciating Jen

Even though her appreciations were physically absent this morning
I feel them expressed and released into the world.

You are so so very sweet, xiangjun! Thanks much for speaking on my behalf - I wish I could come here more often. At least I made it before the day ends!


那里,那里! I should! I just typed what I felt. We knew you were here Jen in spirit!

Appreciating all the times you've entered and shared here. Namaste
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 10:01:12 PM
Appreciating Jen reading the thoughts
posted within the stream
and continuing the flow.
It's wonderful to share the swim, the dance, etc.
Thank-you
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 12, 2007, 10:04:17 PM
Appreciating Meadowlea

and her love and support of Kayiwa Fred.

Thanks for lifting up his work and ventures.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Jen Magics on October 12, 2007, 10:12:40 PM
Appreciating people
who think beyond their ordinary lives
to imagine what life
might be like for another.
Appreciating the ability
to step into anothers' shoes
and who are skilled
at cross-cultural communication.

This is a wonderful reflection! After knowing AP I realized having compassion
does not come naturally to people. I wonder if it is some kind skill that can be
acquired or it is built in one's blood upon birth. Are there some biochemical pills
that can help someone to be more compassionate?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 10:14:51 PM
Appreciating people
who think beyond their ordinary lives
to imagine what life
might be like for another.
Appreciating the ability
to step into anothers' shoes
and who are skilled
at cross-cultural communication.

This is a wonderful reflection! After knowing AP I realized having compassion
does not come naturally to people. I wonder if it is some kind skill that can be
acquired or it is built in one's blood upon birth. Are there some biochemical pills
that can help someone to be more compassionate?

Jen, I love this post!
I giggled and giggled
at your response,
for I felt the same way.
I would also like the pill
that makes me compassionate all the time
while still being responsible
to my own being!!!
 :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 10:17:17 PM
Really appreciating this late night reverie.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 12, 2007, 10:18:06 PM
Appreciating Meadowlea

and her love and support of Kayiwa Fred.

Thanks for lifting up his work and ventures.

He makes it so easy!!
In case you haven't noticed
(except I note you have)
he is so lovable!
 :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 12:57:44 AM
I appreciate resting and sleeping
after a nice long day of interacting with many.
It just feels good. Nighty-night everyone.
Sweetest of dreams for all. <3
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 12:59:15 AM
I appreciate ALL of you! And thank you for being a part
of my day. Much peace, hugs and love to all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 08:00:00 AM
I like the sweetness
of these last couple of posts, Liz.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 08:15:20 AM
I appreciate Diane T.
for making this possible,
because we are truly
having the best kind of fun!
 :)

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 09:53:13 AM
Appreciating Diane T.
for putting me straight up against my blocks.
Whew! If you want to get moving through your issues,
hang out with her for awhile
and don't even think about taking it for granted!

 ;) 

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 09:57:17 AM
Appreciating the immense joy
my son's dog gives him.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 09:58:11 AM
Appreciating Lupita,

the little girl with Down's syndrome
that lives next door.

I love her vivacity,
playfulness and energy.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 09:58:16 AM
Appreciating learning respect
for those who have a lot to offer me;
for all the time they put into honing
the skills of theirs that I want to draw on.
It's a new level and flavor of humility
that I have yet to learn about
and I am grateful for Diane T.
for confronting me about it
in a way I won't forget.
:o   :)   ;) 
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:19:28 AM

HOORAY for MEADOWLEA!!! 700 posts!! ;);););)
Awesome!! Let us keep our River of A flowing, amiga.
More appreciations for the world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:22:20 AM
HOORAY for DIANE and the DA TEAM!!!  ;) :D :) ;D

I love that the river is flowing quite nicely and
engaging and giving wonderful positive energy for so many.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:24:56 AM
I appreciate just enjoying the cool autumn air today.

I just LOVE Autumn.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:27:57 AM
I appreciate figuring out where my skill sets are needed
for the Xmas holidays: PROJECT PISCO in PERU.

They've had a huge earthquake over there and
need much help. If interested please check out :

HANDS ON DISASTER RESPONSE: http://www.HODR.org

If anyone wants to join me in volunteering there
for the holidays please let me know asap. I will be starting to
prepare for this soon. Hugs and love to all.


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:30:37 AM
I appreciate VOLUNTEERS from all over the world.

THe USA has 65 million people who volunteered in the past year or so.
That is an enormous number of big-hearted compassionate people
wanting to make good things happen in this world. Let us contemplate on
that a bit. Thank you for all your kind hearts you volunteers out there!;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:38:20 AM
I  appreciate ALL those who want to make good things
happen in this world.

No act of kindness and giving is too small.
No words and actions of Love are too lttle.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:40:14 AM
I appreciate ALL those who PRAY and MEDITATE
for a better world.

A world of Peace
A world of Hope.
A world of Love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:42:39 AM
I appreciate FIRST RESPONDERS

And the risks and sacrifices they make
to help save lives.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:47:10 AM
I appreciate finding mission friends all over the world.

They have been soulful anchors
to my life purpose. Thank you all.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:48:51 AM
I appreciate profound meaning of any disaster aftermath,

and how this evokes compassion and kindness in people
from around the globe. "The Phoenix Miracle" concept.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:50:51 AM
I appreciate community REFUGEES
and the refugees everywhere on earth.

Thank you for teaching us that no matter
how the going gets tough, the tough really get going.
Resilience. faith. Inner strength. Love of life.
Courage.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 10:51:01 AM
I appreciate ALL those who PRAY and MEDITATE
for a better world.

A world of Peace
A world of Hope.
A world of Love.

I appreciate James and Sally Redfield
for holding global prayer events
every second Tuesday evening
of each month.
You can go here for live webcasts.
They attract thousands of people.
It is a wonderfully moving experience
full of love and goodwill:

http://www.celestinevision.com
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:52:36 AM
I appreciate GILBERT K. CHESTERTON

GKC and Leo Tolstoy were very influential in the thinking
of the Mahatma Gandhi.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 10:53:42 AM
HOORAY for DIANE and the DA TEAM!!!  ;) :D :) ;D

I love that the river is flowing quite nicely and
engaging and giving wonderful positive energy for so many.

Liz, I love your passion / vivaciousness!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 10:58:14 AM
I appreciate some of Gilbert K. Chesterton's quotes like:

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.
It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness
to die.

I would maintain that Thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

LOVE means to love which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 10:59:09 AM
HOORAY for DIANE and the DA TEAM!!!  ;) :D :) ;D

I love that the river is flowing quite nicely and
engaging and giving wonderful positive energy for so many.

Offering deepest gratitude for all your efforts!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:01:09 AM
I appreciate this other very relevant one from G.K.Chesterton:


The aim of life is APPRECIATION; there is no sense in not
appreciating things; and there is no sense in having
more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:01:33 AM
I appreciate ALL those who PRAY and MEDITATE
for a better world.

A world of Peace
A world of Hope.
A world of Love.

Thanks for uplifting this!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:02:51 AM
I appreciate figuring out where my skill sets are needed
for the Xmas holidays: PROJECT PISCO in PERU.


Thank-you, Liz for putting forth your big heart, energy and efforts there!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:04:29 AM
And my most favorite G.K.Chesterton quote of all times:
you already know...


To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means
pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means beieving the unbelievable.
Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.




Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:05:12 AM
I appreciate ths other very relevant one from G.K.Chesterton:


The aim of life is APPRECIATION; there is no sense in not
appreciating things; and there is no sense in having
more of them if you have less appreciation of them.

How insightful!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:07:04 AM
Appreciating the efforts of Chris Macrae and Peter Burgess

putting forth so much into the world
for ALL people,

sharing their time, experieinces and knowledge.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:08:45 AM
Appreciating the words and thoughts of G.K.Chesterton

and Liz for sharing them.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:09:25 AM
Appreciating roads less traveled by
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:09:33 AM
Good morning to XIANGJUN and MEADOWLEA


Happy to see you both on our River of A.
Makes the swimming effortless and seamless.
Have a wonderful weekend dear ladies.
keep posting your loving thoughts out to our world.
As the Beatles did sing: All You Need is Love.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:11:24 AM
Good morning to XIANGJUN and MEADOWLEA


Happy to see you both on our River of A.
Makes the swimming effortless and seamless.
Have a wonderful weekend dear ladies.
Keep posting your loving thoughts out to our world.
As the Beatles did sing: All You Need is Love.


Wonderful to see you here, too. Tha same to you and Meadowlea.

Thanks for making me smile as I read the last line of your post. ;D :)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:12:06 AM
I also love this by GKC:


There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through
the intellect.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:12:54 AM
I appreciate some of Gilbert K. Chesterton's quotes like:


LOVE means to love which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

Love, compassion ad benevolence- such treasures, indeed.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:13:57 AM
More G. K. Chesterton on a roll:

The simplifiction of anything is sensational.


Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:15:02 AM
[I appreciate James and Sally Redfield
for holding global prayer events
every second Tuesday evening
of each month.
You can go here for live webcasts.
They attract thousands of people.
It is a wonderfully moving experience
full of love and goodwill:

http://www.celestinevision.com


Awesome. Thanks for sharing this MEADOWLEA!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:16:15 AM

Appreciating that in ALL things,
in even the darkest most trying times
Gratitude is essential.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:16:31 AM
And this is probably the most important one to ponder by GKC:


The true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden;
heaven is a playground.


So...Appreciators, I really think we got it right there
with the FREE HUGS campaign and all the play we all did.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 11:17:51 AM
And this is probably the most important one to ponder by GKC:


The true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden;
heaven is a playground.


So...Appreciators, I really think we got it right there
with the FREE HUGS campaign and all the play we all did.;)

Without a doubt, Liz.
Let's at it again!
Here's for play!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:18:07 AM

Appreciating LIZ'S "G. K. Chesterton on a roll!"

Such treasures!  :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:21:06 AM

Appreciating my "Macedonian son," VLADIMIR DIMESKI

for his childlike sense of play and wonder,
for his love,
for his letters
and all the nights we sat up and talked,
played, watched movies
and even partied with Fadi and Bilal
last winter.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:22:14 AM
My 600th post!!  :) :D ;D ;) :D



I would like to dedicate this 600th post
to :

my family and friends;
those who suffer and have suffered tragedies
and disasters, and find it in their resilient souls to rise
and soar like the phoenix;
to the marginalized and isolated;
to those who suffer mental and physical anguish;
those who are happy, healthy and maintining their joyful selves
to radiate our world;
to ALL the Appreciators;
to ALL the first responders who risk their lives to save others;
those who show compassion and love to our world.
to my brother JUN who is surely smiling in heaven.




Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 11:24:06 AM
Big heaping congrats to Liz
for her 600th post!!


Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:24:55 AM
Appreciating the phrase

We are each other's family because we have no choice

a sentiment that still circulates in the halls of the
TCM hospital in Huai Hua

and thinking how it really applies to all of us.

We ARE ONE FAMILY
no matter which geographic location we occupy,
life's circumstance we encounter,
beliefs we hold, cultures, languages or ethnicities
we claim.

WE ARE ONE FAMILY
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:28:27 AM

My 600th post!!  :) :D ;D ;) :D



I would like to dedicate this 600th post
to :

my family and friends;
those who suffer and have suffered tragedies
and disasters, and find it in their resilient souls to rise
and soar like the phoenix;
to the marginalized and isolated;
to those who suffer mental and physical anguish;
those who are happy, healthy and maintining their joyful selves
to radiate our world;
those who show compassion and love to our world.


Not only appreciating being here in the river with you
but all you set forth in the river
LIZ

I appreciate you!
CONGRATS!!!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:31:43 AM
Thanks MEADOWLEA and XIANGJUN

Happy to know you ladies are there
giving appreciations, light, kindness and
compassion for our world.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:34:14 AM
I appreciate the ability to edit and to have afterthoughts.

Sometimes the afterthoughts are more telling
than our instinctive intuitive thoughts.
The intuitive thoughts are wonderful in that they
come from the preconscious and the subconscious;
the afterthoughts may well come from the recesses of the soul.
They have a tougher time coming out for reasons
known only to the discerning mind.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:35:39 AM

I enjoy both intuition and afterthoughts.
Integrating them together make the mind dynamic
and astounding!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 11:37:31 AM
Appreciating lunch
in the light of appreciations.
 :)  ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:37:41 AM
I appreciate people who know how to
laugh at the comedy of errors. And those who do not take
offense at the way life can be at times.
Just embrace come what may.
It may well be the most significant hug
there is.;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:39:11 AM
I appreciate nourishing myself with
something cool to drink.
Healthy and clean water.
I don't ever take this basic need
for granted. Want some?
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 11:43:17 AM
I feel so blessed with
my affordable water distiller.
It only costs $100
and if you get
minerals elsewhere,
the purity can't be beat!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:43:35 AM
I appreciate the ability to edit and to have afterthoughts.

Sometimes the afterthoughts are more telling
than our instinctive intuitive thoughts.
The intuitive thoughts are wonderful in that they
come from the preconscious and the subconscious;
the afterthoughts may well come from the recesses of the soul.
They have a tougher time coming out for reasons
known only to the discerning mind.

I absolutely love this!

It is so true! I often find that, too!
Advantages of time and space to let thoughts and ideas breathe!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:45:28 AM
I appreciate Milk

If you warm up milk at night,
it releases a substance called L-Tryptophan
which is natural sleep inducer.

So, if you're not lactose intolerant...
milk...it really does the body and the mind good.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:46:11 AM
I appreciate the roll of appreciations Liz is on

I hope everyone enjoys the ride!

May the light of soulful appreciations fill your soul.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:47:54 AM

I appreciate Soy milk and rice milk

and all the ways I've learned to prepare them.

Appreciating, too, how much more available
they are here now.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:49:50 AM
I just love Fruit Juices


You name it - orange, apple, coconut, papaya, kiwi,
tangerine etc. and mixtures of them.

Sheeeeshhh..it makes me smile just thinking about
having some tropical fruit juices in some remote
island somewhere while contemplating a beautiful sunset. :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:52:04 AM
Thank you DEBRA!


Post when the inspiration hits. Just going with the flow.
Great warm-up for my book writing. Playing around with
children's books writing now.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:52:54 AM

I appreciate the lessons life has taught me

how ancient wisdom is still applicable

how those things most easily attained are not often the most valuable

how the journey to something is often the teacher and the never ending adventure
and how it is our sacred duty responsibility
to give back to the universe.

Divine reciprocity.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:54:51 AM

Appreciating this time and space

as preparation for more serious writing
and the task at hand

interweaving experience and ethnography
with research-

Bridging humanity :) ;D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 11:54:59 AM
I appreciate taking a break.

Even from Daily Appreciations. ;)
Breaks are necessary and healthy pauses.
It has been fun everyone.
I have a big smile on my face right now.
After I shower, then off to do some
fun things.

Hugs and love to all and have a wonderful weekend everyone.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:57:04 AM
Appreciating sharing the swim with Liz and everyone here,
physically or spiritually absent.

So amny influence the universe positively in SO many ways. Thank-you!
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 11:58:39 AM
Taking a break to further
organizing my surroundings
so I can think more clearly.
It has been a wonderful
appreciation lunch!
Thank you, Liz and xiangjun.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 11:58:54 AM
Appreciating rest

and knowing when it is needed,
accepting the timeout
as a time of renewal :D
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 11:59:45 AM
Appreciating xiangjun.
 :)   ;)
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 12:00:11 PM
It has been a wonderful
appreciation lunch!

Thank you, Liz and Meadowlea.
Title: Re: River of Appreciations
Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 12:01:04 PM

Appreciating MEADOWLEA

Hugs to you!
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 12:01:58 PM
Appreciating the nightswimmers last night

who splashed in for a while-

Jen and Phyllis
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Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 12:02:58 PM
((((((Hugs to All!))))))
Is there a hug icon?
 ;)
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 12:03:20 PM
Appreciating All our fellow appreciators

wherever they are, however, they are contributing
to the world around and even beyond us.
knowing that they are.
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 12:04:41 PM
((((((Hugs to All!))))))

 ;)

Make that two-fold:-)
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Post by: Jen Magics on October 13, 2007, 12:51:38 PM
Appreciating the nightswimmers last night

who splashed in for a while-

Jen and Phyllis

Thanks Deb :)

My connection got lost after I posted the second one  :'(

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Post by: Jen Magics on October 13, 2007, 12:55:09 PM
Appreciating the convenience of using the public library

How one can search online amongst zillions of books/materials and have the orders
requested and picked up at a convenient time!

This is so much more efficient than having to search for materials the old way!
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Post by: Jen Magics on October 13, 2007, 12:56:35 PM
Appreciating the staff members working at the public library

Their unreserved assistance and hospitality.

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Post by: Jen Magics on October 13, 2007, 12:58:02 PM
Appreciating Debra

For warming up my heart last night - it was a blast going through your posts and
noticing your appreciations of other people (and of course, I was the absolute
beneficiary :))

Your energy is very contagious!!
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Post by: Jen Magics on October 13, 2007, 12:59:13 PM
Honoring Debra for completing 365 posts of appreciation!

That's in essence one appreciation a day in a whole year!

Thanks for being such a great inspirator!
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Post by: Jen Magics on October 13, 2007, 01:02:23 PM
Appreciating how the world is so small in certain senses.

However far away the physical distance, the communication between people can be simultaneous and instant!

This is amazing!

I hope traveling across countries will be made much more easier in the future!
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Post by: Jen Magics on October 13, 2007, 01:04:21 PM
Appreciating the temperature of the current season.

We can wear multiple layers of clothes and spice up the attires by scalves and hats of various sorts!

It is very enticing!!
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Post by: Jen Magics on October 13, 2007, 01:08:41 PM
Appreciating the vastness of a heart's capacity to contain adversity.

As long as the spirit is not beaten, one can always rise above what may otherwise be destructive setbacks.

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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 01:20:06 PM
Appreciating how the world is so small in certain senses.

However far away the physical distance, the communication between people can be simultaneous and instant!

This is amazing!


Indeed! I love how  so many mediums facilitate communications
bridge hearts, minds and souls,
enable greater collaboration, crosscultural exchanges
and envelop us with the warmth of hugs
despite physical absence.
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 01:22:25 PM
Appreciating the vastness of a heart's capacity to contain adversity.

As long as the spirit is not beaten, one can always rise above what may otherwise be destructive setbacks.


I love how Jen put this out here!
Having known major setbacks in my life,

I really appreciate Jen and her thought.
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 01:24:32 PM

I appreciate reading Jen's appreciations

before retiring for a while,
wrapping myself in a blanket and resting a bit.

Thanks for joining us in the river
and inviting so many more here
through your contributions.
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 01:26:23 PM

Appreciating libraries

virtual and physical.
They are one of my most favourite places!
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Post by: Jen Magics on October 13, 2007, 01:29:05 PM
Apreciating all the kindness in this universe.

It helps to soothe away people's heart from desparation and rejection and all the negative sensitivities.
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Post by: Jen Magics on October 13, 2007, 01:46:57 PM
Appreciating SMILES
 
Whenever I make an effort to smile out of nowhere, I instantly feel better even though I might have been dwelling on something not that pleasant. :)

It is like magics!
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Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 01:49:56 PM
I also enjoy your posts, Jen.
They are insightful.
I feel my time has been well spent
when I've read them.
Thank you for going to all the trouble
to sign on again!
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Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 01:50:41 PM
Appreciating SMILES
 
Whenever I make an effort to smile out of nowhere, I instantly feel better even though I might have been dwelling on something not that pleasant. :)

It is like magics!

Appreciating the Jen Magic Smile!

 :)
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Post by: Jen Magics on October 13, 2007, 02:02:14 PM
I also enjoy your posts, Jen.
They are insightful.
I feel my time has been well spent
when I've read them.
Thank you for going to all the trouble
to sign on again!

Thanks! Here, more smiles to you :)
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Post by: Elizabeth on October 13, 2007, 02:28:30 PM
I appreciate JEN

And your thoughtful posts in spite of
sporadic internet connections.
How have you been?
Keep on swimming with us in the River of A, amiga.
We enjoy your enthusiasm, energy and smiles!;)
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Post by: marissa on October 13, 2007, 06:07:55 PM
Appreciating Marissa

and thinking that she is probably
in her garage doing stained glass art
and enjoying it.
Thanks Debra for thinking of me in the garage.  You are right! and more to do.
'tis the season.  Stained glass is time consuming, and encourages one to slow down- the
result is always fulfilling.  Maybe its the light coming through the glass.

I appreciate all forms of art .  Most of all I appreciate the creative process and flow.
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Post by: marissa on October 13, 2007, 06:09:40 PM
Appreciating this little break before I start cutting backing for my prints.
Maybe some Italian cream cake.
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Post by: marissa on October 13, 2007, 06:11:32 PM
Appreciating my life- internal and external.
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Post by: marissa on October 13, 2007, 06:12:31 PM
Appreciating feeling grounded, while thinking happy thoughts about my brother Jun
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Post by: marissa on October 13, 2007, 06:15:01 PM
Appreciating those who do so much for others, yet we never hear of them.  I want to appreciate all of them anyway, for their humility and service to mankind.
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Post by: marissa on October 13, 2007, 06:16:14 PM
I appreciate and light a candle for all the teachers in the past and those yet to come.
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Post by: marissa on October 13, 2007, 06:19:00 PM
Appreciating all the new people I am meeting. 
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Post by: marissa on October 13, 2007, 06:22:04 PM
Appreciating Rosette who went to where some of the bead makers live who may have been affected by the Uganda flood.
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Post by: marissa on October 13, 2007, 06:24:52 PM
Appreciating the store "Just Creations" in Louisville KY who make sure that the products they sell come from people and earth conscious organizations and individuals.
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Post by: marissa on October 13, 2007, 06:25:48 PM
Appreciating all who post here, and wishing everyone a great weekend.
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 06:47:49 PM

Appreciating Ruth Dion

An awesome friend
I encountered when we studied anthropology
I appreciate her openness,
her laughter
and her dedication to the world.

I wish her every happiness as
she pursues graduate school
and infuses the world of public policy
with her energy.
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 06:49:29 PM
Appreciating Kelsey

a light for so many,
who sheds light onto so many
regions
and uplifts so may causes.

I appreciate sharing her adventures
through emails and sometimes vis-a-vis
meetings.
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 06:52:13 PM
Appreciating Dr. Wang Hong Cai

for building bridges in Beijing at the TCM Academy,
for teaching foreign students and future MDs
about TCM in his own special way

Appreciating him as a doctor,
talented and dedicated
to the healing of ALL

Appreciating our meeting
continued communication
and networking despite the miles.

Appreciating his spirit.
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 06:53:11 PM
Appreciating the vast array of HEALERS
I have encountered in my life
in person, via readings or emails.

Namaste
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 06:53:48 PM
I appreciate the NORTHERN LIGHTS
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 06:56:38 PM

I appreciate Dr. ATTILIO ALBERTO

a wonderful physician/TCM doctor
I am so honoured to call my friend.
I appreciate that he met and treated my friend
in England,
though he and I
have never met vis-a-vis.

I admire his fortitude, his strength,
his love and dedication to bridging worlds
and TRUE HEALING.

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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 06:58:42 PM

I appreciate DIANA SPRAGUE

who serves as an inspiration for many
despite her adversities and afflictions,
for opening her heart to many
and serving as the communication hub for
many of the patients in Huaihua.
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 06:59:56 PM
I appreciate the night sky

leading one to wonder,
reminding us there is always light in darkness.
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 07:01:00 PM
I appreciate LOVE

and hearing Liz in my mind saying, "LOVE IS ALL"
and feeling that, too!
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 07:02:24 PM

Appreciating the students at North Central College

dedicated to fair trade
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Post by: xiangjun on October 13, 2007, 08:52:35 PM
Appreciating

Diane T

her vivacity,
love, compassion, guidance and
wisdom!

She is such a light for everyone!

Thank-you for putting forth such wonderful energy!

Love to you!
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Post by: meadowlea on October 13, 2007, 09: