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Forgot to add I am grateful for the seat warmers in my car. Living in the chilly Midwest they are wonderful!

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deeners1, I appreciated your thoughts. I think thankfulness is a matter of just opening up your eyes and looking around every day at the commonplace miracles of life. So many big things to be grateful for, but also myriads of small things to appreciate. We just need to stop, slow down, and look around ourselves much more than we do. The secret is to live in the moment more intentionally and take time to see the small blessings that fill our lives.

Yesterday I was thankful for a perfect parking spot and my unexpected ability to do a perfect parallel parking maneuver, after years of not doing this! Partly because of my beloved little blue car, which replaced a bulky minivan over a year ago. Just a small thing that made a hugely packed busy day a little more tolerable.

And so thankful that we have weathered another upstate NY snowstorm and survived -- even though our long driveway is still a bit treacherous, my little blue car has gotten me in and out. And even though the snow is a major stress factor, I am still awed and thankful for its beauty. Every time!

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I think I am most thankful for the ability to be vertical these days, when 3 years ago it was doubtful. Also thankful for a roof over my head as many in my town are still without, 16 months after Hurricane Harvey took theirs. Immensely thankful for my life instead of losing mine like far too many in the Paradise, CA fire. Between the fires, floods, etc., in the past few years, I feel pretty blessed these days.

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