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Blessed Thanksgiving 2013!

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May your day be filled with all things you consider good!

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Bountiful, Plentiful Blessings!

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Thanksgiving Image Prep — Part Two

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** WARNING: This post is grandchildren-heavy.**

I love Thanksgiving!  Here are some pictures which make me feel all Thanksgiving-y.

My serenely perfect little grandsons Gabriel and Daniel, quietly counting their many blessings as the holiday approaches.  Okay, okay, they’re desperately trying to breathe under those heavy pumpkins.

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Grandtwin Matthew and his turkey headdress:

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(My grandchildren surely do seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in grocery store carts.  Should I worry about that?)

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I wish I went to school and made cool Thanksgiving crafts like these:

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(All made by Daniel and Gabriel.)

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Bountiful harvests to you all!

Image Prep

To help you–and me–get ready for a Meaningfully Joyful Thanksgiving 2013, here are some images to prime the pump.  (These are not original with me.  I will provide my own images in a post tomorrow.)

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Hat Nod to the Pilgrims

Grandson Gabriel and his self-made Thanksgiving Pilgrim outfit.  (And a rather strange look on his face.)

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Grandfather Neal (who doesn’t seem to be able to resist putting little hats on his big head):

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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 11/22/13

It’s nearly Thanksgiving, one of my Top Three Holidays!  (After Christmas and Arbor day.)  Here’s what I’m happy the week before Thanksgiving:

1.  Beautiful, beautiful Savannah Fall!

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(Gorgeous tree I kept staring at in daughter Amy’s front yard.)

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2.  Monkeying and Unicorning around!  (In Big Lots.)

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3.  Putting Grandtwin Madison to sleep.

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4.  Grandsons Gabriel and Matthew in the strangest of places:

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5.  The last meeting of my Incredible SCAD ESL class.

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We had a little food for our final meeting.

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Be Pre-Thanksgiving-ish this weekend!

Sunday Morning Quote — 3/3/13

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”

— Marianne Williamson

Reblog: Introducing the JoyInciters

In preparation for tomorrow’s keynote address at the Student Success in Writing Conference here in Savannah, I am reblogging these three pertinent posts. EnJoy!

JoyInciter = a strategy or practice which can bring greater happiness in life

I would like to introduce you to what I call the JoyInciters, a collection of simple practices which I use regularly to increase the level of happiness and joy in my life.  And even though some folks make a distinction between joy and happiness, I use the terms interchangeably.  I have collected these strategies from my study of happiness over the years, as well as my own life experiences, and have found them to be instrumental in moving me from not feeling good to feeling better, or from feeling okay to feeling happier.

I have come to have great respect for my feelings–they help me to know “where I am” at any given moment.  I see them (all of them) as significant helpers in life.  But I certainly don’t like them all.  I’ve heard it said that we “live at the address of our thoughts,” and I would add that our feelings (sad, depressed, excited, happy, etc.) are most often set in place by our thoughts.  Especially thoughts that we allow to become dominant in our minds.

My JoyInciters, if practiced authentically and regularly, WILL increase your joy.  I like the term JoyInciter, and when I created it, I played with other similar “words,” such as JoyEnticer, JoyInsider, and JoyInsight, but I love the idea that some very simple things we can do will incite (def = spur on, push toward action) us to get to where we want to go.  And I submit to you the belief that we all want to be happier.

I will be introducing one JoyInciter every week or so.

JoyInciter #1  is the most fundamental of all the strategies (and a practice which I imagine we all do to some extent): expressing gratitude.  This is what I am suggesting–make being thankful a regular, conscious practice.  And to help that endeavor, I keep an ongoing listing of what I’m thankful for, a gratitude journal or what I call my THANKSGIVING BOOK.

Everyday (or whenever I think of it), I write something down I’m thankful for.  I have come to realize that what I write down is NOT the most important factor of this practice.  But the LOOKING for thanksgiving is paramount in causing a shift in SEEING.  And it’s SO easy.  Right now as I type, I am grateful to be able to type, to have a computer and a smart phone, to have this popcorn I am eating, to have a bed to sleep in, etc.  Two of my courses this semester are keeping gratitude journals, and we begin class each day by sharing what we’re thankful for.

I challenge you to consciously begin to look for that which you are thankful for (whether you use a Thanksgiving Book or not).  To get started, tell me a few things you are grateful for right now.  This practice is a definite JoyInciter.

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