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?!

@becsbuddy

@lioness Yes, the HIPPA law can be a pain in the neck! But, there were times when it was really handy. Not in cases like yours, though. Can they/will they fax you a release form?

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@becsbuddy They told me they sent it to my Dr,s office . Dr,s. office said they never got it so I went to Long Beach Memorial today and had a xray done . I was afraid I reinjured my old fracture but it showed I have osteoporosis and narrowing from T12 to L4 So I'm resuming my activities now on a limited basis Thanks for your concern and understanding

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@lioness

@becsbuddy They told me they sent it to my Dr,s office . Dr,s. office said they never got it so I went to Long Beach Memorial today and had a xray done . I was afraid I reinjured my old fracture but it showed I have osteoporosis and narrowing from T12 to L4 So I'm resuming my activities now on a limited basis Thanks for your concern and understanding

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@lioness. I have no idea what those numbers mean, but I think I’m going to have to become much more knowledgeable about them.
Be careful of injuries though. None of us need to be miserable due to a fracture, something I am learning too well.
JK

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@contentandwell I am more careful now that I have osteoporosis I use my walker all the time even in my apt. The back vertebra,s are numbered T is thoracic to small of back then L is lumbar down to sacrum area by tailbone. I will make apt next week with my Dr. for follow up and I think I'm going to show this to my chiropractor also . A back massage will be good later on . I have to fine a MFT in my area. Any ideas anyone?

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@jakedduck1

In grateful for my wonderful friends. Yesterday one came by to bring my mother something for her contracture and also brought us lunch plus milkshakes, a meatloaf, spaghetti and & meatballs type dish with crooked noodles, mashed potatoes and vegetables and some ice cream bars.
Aren’t friends wonderful.
Bon appetit,
Jake

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Oh, my, @jakedduck1 , friends who understand the power of carb rich, comfort food!!!

Those are the best…..
Veggies and salad are great and wonderful. But when we are laid up. ..Going through a Fibroflare, got a pulled muscle, using a walker…

We need that comfort food. That soul food. That touch of home.

God bless the carers! So thankful for all of them! And ice cream sandwiches? We need more friends like that!!!

Love and light, and cyberhugs,
Mamacita Jane

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@sandij

I'm so grateful today for relief from ADS (antidepressant discontinuation symptoms). I stopped taking the 10 mg prozac that was prescribed as a bridge, as well as the vistaril for anxiety. I still experience some chemical anxiety but now that I can name it, I can deal with it. It was a huge comfort to find a benzo survivors support group on FB. I've found they are the ONLY people who truly understand the waves and windows that happen with drugs that affect the brain and CNS. Not even the members of effexor groups really get me! It was hard feeling like I was the only one having crazy symptoms. I feel like I am making peace with the situation. Thank you God.

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@sandij Congratulations on your choices. Those crazy symptoms are difficult. Did so about 5 years ago and happy I did. I could once again see colors as they are supposed to be.

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I’m grateful the A/C guys could install a new air conditioner today. That will help with the expected 107 temps later today.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

I’m grateful the A/C guys could install a new air conditioner today. That will help with the expected 107 temps later today.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Great! But think of all the eggs you could cook on the sidewalk!

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@jakedduck1

I’m grateful the A/C guys could install a new air conditioner today. That will help with the expected 107 temps later today.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I would be very grateful for that too! That was great service to get it fixed so quickly. We only have A/C in our bedroom but our house is extremely well insulated so the downstairs stays cool for most of the day if we keep the windows closed. We did have some very hot days over July 4th weekend when our kids were visiting. I felt bad for them. My son has an air conditioner that he bought when he still lived with us and he could have put it in the window but didn't bother to. I think he regretted that.
JK

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@becsbuddy

@jakedduck1 Great! But think of all the eggs you could cook on the sidewalk!

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@becsbuddy
Mercy gracious, I wouldn’t want even one eeg cooked under the best of circumstances unless it’s in a desert or candy of some kind.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

I’m grateful the A/C guys could install a new air conditioner today. That will help with the expected 107 temps later today.
Jake

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Soooo glad you have air! During our earlier heat wave I was talking to our daughter. She said that the window air she and her boyfriend had wasn't keeping up. Thanks to Walmart and the internet I bought her a second one and told her happy birthday early. Lol
JoDee

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@jodeej

Soooo glad you have air! During our earlier heat wave I was talking to our daughter. She said that the window air she and her boyfriend had wasn't keeping up. Thanks to Walmart and the internet I bought her a second one and told her happy birthday early. Lol
JoDee

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@jodeej
Thankfully I don’t remember the days without air. When I was a kid we lived in a couple places without it and none in the car. Bet it was miserable but we didn’t know anything else. Amnesia isn’t so bad after all.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@jodeej
Thankfully I don’t remember the days without air. When I was a kid we lived in a couple places without it and none in the car. Bet it was miserable but we didn’t know anything else. Amnesia isn’t so bad after all.
Jake

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I never had air until I was married. None of the houses I lived in growing up had it. Now I wouldn't live without it!

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@parus

I know I have mentioned before how my 4 year old grandson keeps me trying and how grateful I am for him. I did a paper mache landscape for his dinosaurs. He was thrilled!!
Here is a photo of his new dinosaur habitat.

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@parus What a great dinosaur landscape! Your grandson had to be thrilled!

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@jodeej

I never had air until I was married. None of the houses I lived in growing up had it. Now I wouldn't live without it!

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I know, I had a friend years ago who always had air. She made such a big deal out of her house having air. She said the baby had to have it. It was funny, acting like it was a matter of life and death. Do they have air in schools now days?
Jake

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I grew up in Phoenix in the 50's & 60's.
I remember finally getting AC, but my mother always turned it off at night, still over 100. That's why to this day I have to sleep in s "Ice Box"! Love when I stay in a hotel and can crank it down.
Living in New Mexico we have a Semi Evap Cooler. Called a Master Cool. Because we are a High Desert it works pretty well.
We had no car AC. You opened up the windows and let the air come in. When we traveled to Calf. we would leave at dark and drive at night to beat the heat.
I did put a window AC in both my office and bedroom, they work remarkablly well.
Everything you read about sleep tells you to sleep in a cool environment.
Sundance(RB)

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