Gratitude Discussion Group

Posted by Debbra Williams, Alumna 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

I’m grateful my mom wasn’t hurt more seriously when she fell yesterday. I couldn’t get to her quickly enough. She broke her shoulder. At least she didn’t require surgery. Very grateful for that. Her first broken bone. She’ll be 89 in July.
Jake

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@jakedduck1– Oh no! That's terrible. My mom had Parkinson disease and she fell even when I was standing right next to her. I very rarely could catch her. I am sure that you got to her as soon as you could.

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Good morning everyone- Even if the wind is galing at warp speed I'm grateful that the sun is out.

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@jakedduck1 I hope your Mom heals up from her fall I understand your frustrations Your right the good old days where did they go You and your Mom are in my thoughts 🙏 You know these computers where to make our life's easier but they aren't we still need paper so it's twice the work. Everyday will get better .Take care

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@jakedduck1

@ginger
Hi kids,
Thank you for your concern. It really means everything to us. At times like this I wish we were back in the day when your doctor came to your house and did whatever was necessary. Now you need referrals from insurance companies, doctors approvals from so many different people, records of every description, then if your lucky enough to get the right person to dot all the i’s, cross all the t’s, check all the boxes and sign and initial the boatload of forms then maybe just maybe someone will call with an appointment in a month or so and if the patient is still alive the doctor will probably say “I might have been able to help her if you had brought her in sooner.” I think tomorrow I’ll tell the whole lot exactly where they can go…….Sorry but I’m a bit frustrated.
My friend was here when she fell and said she’d stay as long as necessary. Another friend came over food flowers and gift in tow. How wonderful to have such amazing friends. I never asked anything of any of them yet offers to help keep coming except from the medical community. My mom was telling me yesterday when she had appendicitis she called the doctor and he came to the house, took her to the hospital and within an hour or so he was in surgery removing her appendix. All done before sunrise. No insurance crap, no referrals, no appointments, no interrogation and only one signature. I’ll take the good old days over technology any day. Back when people came first. The price of technology and all the grief that comes with is too high a price to pay if you know what I mean.
I just remembered I bought my mom some flowers yesterday and a few groceries but just now remembered them. Guess the foods bad now but by the time I got through with it, it would be bad anyway. It’s almost 3am here so better get the flowers in a vase so she’ll see them first thing.
Sorry, I just needed to rant a bit.
Thanks again,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Leonard, I’m so sorry about your mother. That’s great that you have friends who are so thoughtful. These are the situations when we learn who our true friends are. When I had cirrhosis, and in the time following my transplant I had a real eye-opener.

The medical community is tough these days, a lot of is due to the influence of the insurance companies. The insurance companies are definitely a mixed blessing. Medical costs are so high these days that not many could afford good health care, but the downside is how impersonal it has all become.
JK

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@contentandwell I agree about the medical system Insurances are running it Our health system needs a heart transplant My opinion

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I’m thankful for all of you

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I am so grateful that on dark days when I feel so lost, God provides a ray of light.

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@jakedduck1

@ginger
Hi kids,
Thank you for your concern. It really means everything to us. At times like this I wish we were back in the day when your doctor came to your house and did whatever was necessary. Now you need referrals from insurance companies, doctors approvals from so many different people, records of every description, then if your lucky enough to get the right person to dot all the i’s, cross all the t’s, check all the boxes and sign and initial the boatload of forms then maybe just maybe someone will call with an appointment in a month or so and if the patient is still alive the doctor will probably say “I might have been able to help her if you had brought her in sooner.” I think tomorrow I’ll tell the whole lot exactly where they can go…….Sorry but I’m a bit frustrated.
My friend was here when she fell and said she’d stay as long as necessary. Another friend came over food flowers and gift in tow. How wonderful to have such amazing friends. I never asked anything of any of them yet offers to help keep coming except from the medical community. My mom was telling me yesterday when she had appendicitis she called the doctor and he came to the house, took her to the hospital and within an hour or so he was in surgery removing her appendix. All done before sunrise. No insurance crap, no referrals, no appointments, no interrogation and only one signature. I’ll take the good old days over technology any day. Back when people came first. The price of technology and all the grief that comes with is too high a price to pay if you know what I mean.
I just remembered I bought my mom some flowers yesterday and a few groceries but just now remembered them. Guess the foods bad now but by the time I got through with it, it would be bad anyway. It’s almost 3am here so better get the flowers in a vase so she’ll see them first thing.
Sorry, I just needed to rant a bit.
Thanks again,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 – Jake – so sorry about your mom. I think its harder when our loved ones have problems and pain than when we do ourselves. So glad you have good friends to help. Hoping all goes well.

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@lioness

@contentandwell I agree about the medical system Insurances are running it Our health system needs a heart transplant My opinion

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Insurance and churches are the same. They are both businesses that have bills to pay. Reality can be a scary place. Still grateful for my habitat.

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WOW!!! Fireworks in the sky tops of my gratitude list this morning!!!!

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@sandytoes14

I’m thankful for all of you

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@sandytoes14 As we are of you! Great post!!

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Today I am grateful, as I was able to attend a Zentangle meeting and it was really nice. I will meet up with these people in 2 weeks again. It's a 37 mile drive one way, but it's one of the things I sacrifice for. This form of expression and crafting is important to me. I am grateful for antibiotics as I am now on second round antibiotics for this danged sinus infection that won't seem to let go. Will be real glad to see it go….
Ginger

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