Every challenge is an opportunity for growth. Today was a challenging day.

Yesterday was a great day. Life in balance, I suppose.

Even knowing that I only need to endure for a season (or two), doesn't make the challenge any more pleasant. I will focus on the good.

I am grateful to have a cat stretched across the arm of my sofa as I type.

I am grateful that one year ago my parents agreed to allow a large, stray yellow Lab to stick around.

We named him Shine.  My birthday present. He is just like Bama.

I am grateful for a medium-sized red haired tornado survivor and scamp dog, Penny. She's such a sweet little rat.

I miss Penny and Shine right now. They've been at the farm for several months, because I haven't had the time to care for them this fall. Selling my time for dollars. For a season.

I am grateful for my honeybees and all they've shown me this year. And the land where I can provide shelter and sustenance for them.

I am grateful that I chose to apply for The Instigator Experience and was accepted and chose myself to attend. My birthday present to myself this year.

I'm about to instigate something big. Get ready. I am grateful for the future I'm about to create.

I am grateful for the pumpkin pie I made last night from pumpkin I grew myself. And the delicious, healthy organic milk from Working Cows Dairy, where cows get to be cows, not industrial output devices.

I am grateful for a little black cat I rescued and named Friend.

I am grateful for Dali, another rescued cat—he's the best cat ever. And Nicholas, the dog that came on Christmas Eve.

I am grateful to have had a grandmother who instilled in me a deep love for nature and animals. She would have celebrated her 100th birthday this week, but she left us in 2003. I am grateful for my other grandmother–probably the wisest person I've ever known. She died in 1982 at the age of 60, taken by the scourge of cancer.

I am grateful for wonderful neighbors and a little house that I love.

I am grateful for my family.

I am grateful for a vision and the gifts to make that vision a reality.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be the change I want to see.

Will you join me?


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Into Happiness, Social Business, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Real Food. Hiker. Runner. Friend to Animals. Beekeeper. Idea Explorer. Dot Connector. Writer.