Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Going home today

I took this photo using my camera phone last night. The breeze was coming in, and I was sitting on the deck of the hotel thinking that it would be a lot nicer to be home or to have someone from home be here. But all in all, I can't complain.

It was a quick trip down, and it appears that I will be able to get some money for one of my research projects. At least enough money to keep the project going and pay the salaries of two staff members. We've had level funding for several years and all of a sudden we have gotten a huge increase in funding. I'm not sure that I understand how congress makes these decisions, but I'm glad that they did. Somebody in a high place liked what this project was doing and decided to quadruple the funding. I'm grateful for that. And I'm sure that my staff will be as well.

After the meeting today, I'll fly back home. It's funny how we get flown to resorts with great views, only to sit all day in a meeting room that has no windows. Maybe video conferencing will be the norm in the not too distant future and then I won't have to travel at all. That would be really nice.

My gratitude list is simple today:
  • I'm glad that my lost bag was found and actually made it to my destination.
  • I'm grateful that I don't know the machinations of government and why certain decisions are made.
  • I have a lot of gratitude for knowing that I don't have to control people or the system--I can just show up and participate and hope that the right decisions are made.
  • I'm glad to be going home and getting back to life out of the fast lane.
  • I'm grateful that my needs are pretty simple and they don't include a squirrel hitman, time in the redlight district or a super V8.
In the meantime, take it easy and enjoy life.


  1. "I have a lot of gratitude for knowing that I don't have to control people or the system--I can just show up and participate and hope that the right decisions are made."

    Thank you for opening my eyes to something I will add to my mantra.

  2. Syd, you have been really funny lately.
    It is coming through that life is good. I'm glad for you.

  3. Hey syd its sounds like you are doing something really good, I think I have spent a lot of my life watching oportunities pass me by, why, well because I am not good at chatting.
    Ability to talk to people is a major weakness and it shows up most in AA meetings, I am quiet, I accept that I am quiet, why cant others, why do they feel the need to go round looking what others do wrong?
    I am far from the ideal AA friend, I guess if i am honest I have lost a lot of the magic out of my life.
    Sometimes I just wish I had the gift of the gab.
    Love your piccy looks so peaceful

  4. i'm glad you got your funding.

    and how you wished to have someone from home with you or be there. beautiful sights awake a yearning in me...

  5. Congrats on the funding Syd - that has got to be some weight off of you - As for the Picture - its wonderful - even off of a camera phone! have a safe trip home! Cat

  6. I shoulda' had a V8 I guess.

    More Gratitude, and I still love it.

    And yes, I am grateful for many things, each day, each hour, and for each blessing of human communication which comes my way through a day.

  7. I am going to Charlotte in September. I don't know why I am excited about it since I will be sitting in a conference room all day and a hotel room all night - bookended by uncomfortable flying in a sardine can. Yeah, sounds like fun!

  8. I've secretly wanted to become a squirrel hitman for the past 5 months.


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