Present Tense


My husband and I are reading a great book by Dr. Andrew Weil called “Spontaneous Happiness” and I would recommend it to any of you who struggle with the whole concept of ‘what is happy?’.

Huge numbers of us are on anti-depressants; something like 1 in 6 Americans!  Dr. Weil has been working toward a more holistic approach to traditional medicine for many years and he asserts (I agree, by the way) that we are over-medicated.

If you’re interested in his message, grab the book; it full of drug-free strategies to deal with…well, life and it’s ups and downs and disappointments.

One of the things he suggests is to list what you’re grateful for.  “Sayin’ your gratefuls” as we like to say on The Dom and Jane Show.  That’s my radio show on Mix 100, Denver, for those of you who may not know I’m a morning radio host.

So, as we head into a brand-spankin’ new year, I’m sayin’ my gratefuls and tossing ’em out to the world.  I’m grateful for:

–My husband, for reading Dr. Weil’s book along with me.  We could both use more joy

–Peanut butter and to a lesser extent, almond butter.  Fresh ground is best

–Gardening…who knew?

–My intellectual curiosity

–My job, that contains the three Fs: Fun, Fulfilling and Financially perfect

–My parents, who, at 91, are still available to me. I can’t even express my gratitude for this

–My home and the surrounding beauty of the Rocky Mountains

–My K2 Lotta Luv skis…you have NO IDEA!

–My dogs who remind me everyday that there is joy in everything and that a nap is always a good idea

–The Detroit Lions for reminding me that it’s NEVER hopeless

–My Kitchen Aid mixer; how did women make bread without one?

–My vibrantly, good health

–My pragmatic approach to life

–Cheese…all of it

–The internet; I LOVE having so much information at my fingertips.  Amazing.

–My sobriety.  Much harder than it seems, if you’ve never been there

–Ice cream.  ‘Nuff said

–Friends, particularly ones that have stuck with me over the years and miles and the old friends I’ve recently re-connected with

–Michigan.  It’s “home” and I’m glad that I can go back when I need to get back to my roots and the epic water

–My family who taught me the values and strategies that have contributed to all of the above

So, there is my list for this morning.  I’m sure I’m missing a ton of stuff, but I have a lot of football games to watch, which reminds me that I’m grateful for my HDTV.

January 1, 2012 - Posted by | Musings | , , , , , ,


  1. Frank really liked the “Detroit Lions” grateful comment.
    happy new year!!!!!

    Comment by Marsha | January 1, 2012 | Reply

  2. Great post Jane!! Listing the things I am grateful for is a great Idea I am going to get book and make a list. I really need a reality check these days!!
    Happy New Year!!

    thank you once again

    Comment by Marge Beem | January 1, 2012 | Reply

  3. Great idea Jane, especially when we feel overwhelmed and unappreciated. I am grateful for having re-connected with you and many other friends from that little town that smells like cereal.

    Comment by Tim | January 1, 2012 | Reply

  4. Love it all…the gratefuls will get you through even the darkest of days!!! Beautiful!!!

    Comment by Margie | January 1, 2012 | Reply

  5. I just bought the book today, and I am grateful to have you back in my life!

    Comment by Barb Taylor | January 1, 2012 | Reply

  6. Love your gratefuls! Will be starting my own list (when I find the time)! Happy New Year!

    Comment by Francesca Amari, Cabaret singer | January 1, 2012 | Reply

  7. I just ordered this book from Amazon. Thanks for the suggestion. I love gratitude meetings for the same reasons (seven years this June).

    Glad you are back from Vacation!

    Comment by Philip | January 3, 2012 | Reply

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