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I did roofing at one point in my life. Because I really wanted to learn about roofs. And because I liked the physical activity. But it's backbreaking work, and it's year round.

Especially in the winter, whenever I have complaints about my job, I tell myself, it could be worse. I could be up on the roof today.


that is my husband's mantra, "it could always be worse." somehow, once those words are spoken you do feel led to gratitude in some odd way, which at times makes me feel guilty because i'd like to feel gratitude first without having to acknowledge the possibility of "worse" in order to get to the gratitude. (if that makes any sense at all).


G... Isn't there always something we can think of... I find that interesting.

I've been in a serious funk for the past few days for no particular reason. Doing this silly, whiny exercise didn't help much.

Angel, I get what you're saying... I'd like to feel gratitude first too... I don't know why I don't... I guess these past few days I just really could see how easily my mind turns to complaint when I let it. I guess that's why the dharma tells us to guard our minds well.


chalip: i thought of this post the other night. my daughter was sick and came into our bed to sleep and then vomited all over. she then said that it could be worse. i said, "how?" she said that she could have vomited all over HER bed. hmmmm. interesting perspective there.


That is interesting... I guess your bed doesn't hold the same worth for her that her own does? Kids are so great... So often they will say what we won't, even when we feel exactly the same way.

Gina Also

1.) It's cold in other places... I'm in the very warm south, and it's beautiful outside.

2.) My job can be crazymaking. But the perks are good, and it still pays most of the bills.

3.) Knitting. 'Nuff said.

4.) I'm 39 and healthy and relatively sane. It doesn't get much better than that, does it?

5.) Yoga. 'Nuff said.


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