Gratitude Discussion Group

Posted by Debbra, Volunteer Mentor @debbraw, Nov 24, 2018

Hi everyone! Just before Thanksgiving @michellegraffradford posted a blog called Gratitude Changes Everything. She suggested three techniques to help incorporate gratitude into our daily lives:

  • Start the Day with Gratitude (before getting up think of three people you are grateful for)
  • Maintain a Gratitude Journal to record times when you are grateful
  • Count Blessings – not sheep! (Review the day and remember moments of gratitude)

Her blogpost was so inspiring that a lot of us decided we wanted to form a Gratitude Group to keep the attitude of gratitude going. The blogpost area is not an ideal space for a big discussion group so I am moving the discussion over here to the “Just Want to Talk” Group. Let’s use this space to share and discuss our Gratitude Journey. I’m going to suggest that we each try to take a minute from the day and post here what has made us feel thankful today. It can be as small as a stranger’s smile on the bus or as large as fulfilling a major life dream – or anywhere in between. We can also discuss how we are doing with the three techniques. Sometimes it is easier to form new habits with support from others.

Michelle’s full blogpost is at the link below. You may want to review it or print it out to help get started!
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/living-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci/newsfeed/gratitude-changes-everything/

I look forward to hearing from others in the Gratitude Group and to having others join us here! Thanks to those who already shared great stories. If you haven’t yet, what gratitude will you share today?!

@gingerw

@parus Simply wow! How beautiful.
Here is what I worked on yesterday afternoon. The simplicity yet complexity of line placement played to my mind yesterday, and helped my focus on an upcoming situation.
Ginger

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@gingerw That is beautiful do you use a protracter for circles? I've just been into adult coloring right now here,s my latest

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@hopeful33250

@lioness It seems like I'm so busy doing all of my exercises (for breathing, vertigo, pain, range of motion, etc.) that I almost don't have time for anything else.

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@hopeful33250 Yes my mind runs on speeding faster then body lol But We Are important do have to do it ,it gets tiring though

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@gingerw

@merpreb Thank you kindly. Only used a template for the outer circle. This type of art, for me, is something that plays to extreme focus, and I don't let myself rush anything. It was tough yesterday as each pattern was emerging my mind was racing ahead to wonder "well, if you do this variation, how will it look?" so had to force myself to only look at the current design under pen. Still more to do with this study. And remember to make notes on the pages!
Ginger

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@gingerw We use to use templetes when we did gemstone jewelry We where into lapidary here,s a few pieces I kept

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@lioness

@gingerw That is beautiful do you use a protracter for circles? I've just been into adult coloring right now here,s my latest

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This is wonderful!

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@lioness

@gingerw We use to use templetes when we did gemstone jewelry We where into lapidary here,s a few pieces I kept

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These are all handmade?!

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@becsbuddy

These are all handmade?!

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@becsbuddy Thank you yes we had all the equipment We bought the mounts I loved working in making them ,we use to go to Flintridge Ohio to dig for Flint they made some beautiful pieces My husband made a nice ring for agate it that gray,white piece that is Botswana agate from Africa ,he did Bolo ties and beltbuckles .After he died I sold all the equipment .I think a senior center here has lapidary .I'd like to get into it again

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@lioness

@gingerw That is beautiful do you use a protracter for circles? I've just been into adult coloring right now here,s my latest

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@lioness Actually for this one I used a small circular lid in my collection. I have a small number of circle, oval and rounded corner containers that I trace around sometimes, to use as a "border" for the patterns.
Ginger

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@lioness

@gingerw We use to use templetes when we did gemstone jewelry We where into lapidary here,s a few pieces I kept

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@lioness Beautiful pieces!
Ginger

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@gingerw

@lioness Beautiful pieces!
Ginger

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@Thank you I really enjoyed working with them

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@lioness

@becsbuddy Thank you yes we had all the equipment We bought the mounts I loved working in making them ,we use to go to Flintridge Ohio to dig for Flint they made some beautiful pieces My husband made a nice ring for agate it that gray,white piece that is Botswana agate from Africa ,he did Bolo ties and beltbuckles .After he died I sold all the equipment .I think a senior center here has lapidary .I'd like to get into it again

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They are beautiful!

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@becsbuddy

They are beautiful!

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@becsbuddy Thanks I didn't bring alot with me when I moved my grandson loves gemstones also My son took them to a mine where they mined like the , 49,s did

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@parus

This drawing has taken me a month to complete. Grateful I could complete it. @gingerw I thought about you a lot as I was making all of these calming lines. some of my best medicine.

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@parus Gorgeous!

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@gingerw

@parus Simply wow! How beautiful.
Here is what I worked on yesterday afternoon. The simplicity yet complexity of line placement played to my mind yesterday, and helped my focus on an upcoming situation.
Ginger

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That looks intensely complicated. That would totally stress me out but lines do that to me.
I took a calligraphy class years ago and we had to draw the lines to write in. At the end of the 3 hr class everyone was putting their work on the bulletin board. The teacher ask if I wanted her to put my work up, I showed her I hadn’t even got my lines drawn and she died laughing. Needless to say I never went back. Don’t even ask about dancing school!!!
Jake

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Today I'm grateful for this group, my caregivers support group at Council on Aging, the HABIT support group at Mayo, and the Hospice counselor who is helping me with grief counseling. Whoever said "It takes a village to raise a child" didn't know the half of what it takes to "age in place"! I think many of you know that my husband has dementia and I'm the primary caregiver. We've had a rough week and without the huge support network I have, I just don't know how I would have made it. Many thanks.

@harriethodgson1 – I thought of you with admiration many times this week and about all of the years you've spent as a caregiver. And I'm thinking of you this morning as you go into surgery. All of my best wishes for a great outcome and speedy recovery.

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