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?!

@jakedduck1

@lioness
Beautiful Linda. I took a test earlier today about my artistic ability, don’t ask about the results. I am in total amazement of anyone who can draw anything. I was the only person who couldn’t draw straight lines in a calligraphy class I took. I was told by a Speech Pathologist to draw a person. I drew the sorriest stick figure ever. The therapist readily agreed but the point was to have as many elements as possible like eyes, ears, nose, clothes, fingernails, toes, etc. I don’t remember what I learned from that except I’m a lousy artist and what a humiliating experience it was.
Jake

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Jake- Nothing in the natural world is straight so why should it be easy to draw straight lines?

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@lioness

@hopeful33250 and all cyber family Happy ,4th I painted this a few years ago

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I love this @lioness.

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@merpreb

Jake- Nothing in the natural world is straight so why should it be easy to draw straight lines?

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@merpreb
Thank you for that Mary but considering I had a ruler it shouldn’t have been so difficult. Oh well, I just wasn’t cut out to be a calligrapher.
Jake

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@merpreb

@merpreb Thanks We all go up on our roof to watch fireworks but I love Pittsburgh 3,Rivers fireworks from the barges

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@jakedduck1

@merpreb
Thank you for that Mary but considering I had a ruler it shouldn’t have been so difficult. Oh well, I just wasn’t cut out to be a calligrapher.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 You don't have to draw a straight line to do Zentangle. It is, as they say, "one stroke at.a time", and you can accomplish what you didn't know you couldn't do.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@jakedduck1 You don't have to draw a straight line to do Zentangle. It is, as they say, "one stroke at.a time", and you can accomplish what you didn't know you couldn't do.
Ginger

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@gingerw
Maybe not but it looks like you have to match previous lines and have an imagination and have have at least some artistic ability. I have none, absolutely none.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@gingerw
Maybe not but it looks like you have to match previous lines and have an imagination and have have at least some artistic ability. I have none, absolutely none.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 it sounds you and I are evenly matched in the lack of artistic ability. Lol 😀

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@jodeej

@jakedduck1 it sounds you and I are evenly matched in the lack of artistic ability. Lol 😀

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@jodeej
Mercy gracious, you can’t possibly be that pathetic.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@sheridonaldson
I took fish oil for awhile but it didn’t help my eyes any, at least not noticeable. Yep, I have a retina specialist. Years ago I was diagnosed with Glaucoma but I though that’s okay I still have central vision. So much for that, lol. But my vision isn’t bad yet but the Ophthalmologist says if I live long enough I’ll have very poor vision. Hopefully I’ll kick off before then.
Jake

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🙁 glad you still have central vision though. Hope you're not planning to kick off any time soon!

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@jakedduck1

@gingerw
Maybe not but it looks like you have to match previous lines and have an imagination and have have at least some artistic ability. I have none, absolutely none.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 @jodeej That one of the beauties of Zentangle practice. There are no rules like that! The rules are that you are grateful to put pen to paper, appreciate your time spent focusing, and in the end, appreciate (once again) what you created. Taking the training with 150 others, we all followed the same verbal instructions, and absolutely each one of us had a different piece to show at the end. Each was uniquely our own and each was beautiful. Believe me, it is doable!
Ginger

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Today I am grateful. This afternoon we finally closed escrow on our retirement home. Now the fun and work of moving 750 miles begins. We are up here at the property, where the sellers will rent back for 4 weeks. Then I move in with the first load of things. We will be focused on the final outcome of being where we want to stay the remainder of our days. This is a picture of our trip's mascot sitting on the front fence.
Ginger

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@gingerw

Today I am grateful. This afternoon we finally closed escrow on our retirement home. Now the fun and work of moving 750 miles begins. We are up here at the property, where the sellers will rent back for 4 weeks. Then I move in with the first load of things. We will be focused on the final outcome of being where we want to stay the remainder of our days. This is a picture of our trip's mascot sitting on the front fence.
Ginger

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@gingerw Nice looking home Congrats or maybe wait till your done lol

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@gingerw

@jakedduck1 @jodeej That one of the beauties of Zentangle practice. There are no rules like that! The rules are that you are grateful to put pen to paper, appreciate your time spent focusing, and in the end, appreciate (once again) what you created. Taking the training with 150 others, we all followed the same verbal instructions, and absolutely each one of us had a different piece to show at the end. Each was uniquely our own and each was beautiful. Believe me, it is doable!
Ginger

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@gingerw
I agree even mine would be unique, Uniquely ugly. It’s nice you have confidence in people. Sign of a good teacher but some of us are untalented sods. Not including you @jodeej. I’ll bet you a thousand dollars mine wouldn’t be the slightest bit artistic, you’d probably gag when you saw it. It wouldn’t even qualify for an F. Ginger, do you paint?
Jake

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@gingerw

Today I am grateful. This afternoon we finally closed escrow on our retirement home. Now the fun and work of moving 750 miles begins. We are up here at the property, where the sellers will rent back for 4 weeks. Then I move in with the first load of things. We will be focused on the final outcome of being where we want to stay the remainder of our days. This is a picture of our trip's mascot sitting on the front fence.
Ginger

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@gingerw – Wow! I really love that stone chimney. Great home. Looks like it is just waiting for retirement memories to be made!

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@jakedduck1

@gingerw
I agree even mine would be unique, Uniquely ugly. It’s nice you have confidence in people. Sign of a good teacher but some of us are untalented sods. Not including you @jodeej. I’ll bet you a thousand dollars mine wouldn’t be the slightest bit artistic, you’d probably gag when you saw it. It wouldn’t even qualify for an F. Ginger, do you paint?
Jake

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@jakedduck1 No, Leonard, I Don't paint, but will have to learn, since I will be doing some "freshening up" of the new house. Fine painting, no, but I do make quilts.
Ginger

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