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?!

I would be grateful if it rained today.

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@harriethodgson1 You are experiencing dryness in your area too it sounds. The farmers have had a rough season. Lots of corn fields that are thirsty for more.

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Our town home community has a sprinkler system, but it doesn't water flower beds. The flowers are drooping and I have to drag the hose to water them, something I'm not keen to do after open heart surgery two and a half months ago.

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@harriethodgson1

Our town home community has a sprinkler system, but it doesn't water flower beds. The flowers are drooping and I have to drag the hose to water them, something I'm not keen to do after open heart surgery two and a half months ago.

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@harriethodgson1 You are more important than the flowers. If you can’t get a neighborhood kid to do it for a little cash, let the flowers die.
JK

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@harriethodgson1

Our town home community has a sprinkler system, but it doesn't water flower beds. The flowers are drooping and I have to drag the hose to water them, something I'm not keen to do after open heart surgery two and a half months ago.

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@harriethodgson1 Yeah, what @contentandwell said! We are in the dry time of year here. I tried watering the lawn a few times, but am concerned about the water consumption. Trying to keep the plants around the edges alive, having to carry buckets to those beyond the reach of the 60' hose. After 6 carries, my knee is not real happy. Grateful for today, and this town.
Ginger

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Today is August 24th. It was four years ago today I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. As I pondering the years before and after diagnosis, I have found many things to be grateful for. First and foremost is GOD. HE has been with me every step of the way in good times and bad. Without HIM I would not have been blessed with the following and forever grateful for. *My Family* – I could not have been born into a better one. They have been there willing to help when I could not do things myself. Made me laugh when I needed one. Praying for me and sitting thru my surgeries and at my bedside when I woke up. *My WI Orthopedic Hand Surgeon* – who has been with me on this journey for nine years. A doctor who never gave up on me and made it possible for the opportunity to be seen at Mayo Clinic. This brings me to my final blessing. *My Mayo Neurologist, Neurosurgeon and Orthopedic Hand Surgeon* – All three made such an impact in my life. The knowledge, treatment and compassion that I received was nothing less than life changing. I can never repay them for all they did and continue to do for me. Thank you is not enough. So I pray for them and pay it forward by helping others with whatever I can.

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Hi @nancy82415 – What a beautiful tribute to Mayo Clinic. Thank you for sharing your moving story. There is a Ken Burns documentary about Mayo Clinic that is terrific. You can get it online, at Netflix, or at Amazon… here's one link:
https://www.amazon.com/Mayo-Clinic-Peter-Coyote/dp/B07HT9VG66
If you haven't seen it, I think you would enjoy. Have you seen it yet?

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@debbraw

Hi @nancy82415 – What a beautiful tribute to Mayo Clinic. Thank you for sharing your moving story. There is a Ken Burns documentary about Mayo Clinic that is terrific. You can get it online, at Netflix, or at Amazon… here's one link:
https://www.amazon.com/Mayo-Clinic-Peter-Coyote/dp/B07HT9VG66
If you haven't seen it, I think you would enjoy. Have you seen it yet?

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@debbraw I saw it when it premiered on PBS! I was telling everyone I knew to watch when it premiered. It was so informative. I started crying when they were interviewing CEO John Noseworthy. I experienced going from doctor to doctor who had no answers and finally coming to Mayo and getting the diagnosis and treatment I needed. When the dvd came out I purchased it.

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@debbraw

Hi @nancy82415 – What a beautiful tribute to Mayo Clinic. Thank you for sharing your moving story. There is a Ken Burns documentary about Mayo Clinic that is terrific. You can get it online, at Netflix, or at Amazon… here's one link:
https://www.amazon.com/Mayo-Clinic-Peter-Coyote/dp/B07HT9VG66
If you haven't seen it, I think you would enjoy. Have you seen it yet?

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My husband is a retired Mayo Clinic physician, a specialist in aerospace medicine, aviation medicine, and internal medicine. Though we know a lot of Mayo Clinic history, we learned so much from the film and were touched by it. I got teary-eyed.

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@nancy82415

@debbraw I saw it when it premiered on PBS! I was telling everyone I knew to watch when it premiered. It was so informative. I started crying when they were interviewing CEO John Noseworthy. I experienced going from doctor to doctor who had no answers and finally coming to Mayo and getting the diagnosis and treatment I needed. When the dvd came out I purchased it.

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@nancy82415 I believe it is available on Netflix or Amazon Prime video, also. I watched it, also, and asked my husband to watch it. Very impressively done. Ken Burns is a great documentary filmmaker!
Ginger

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@gingerw

@nancy82415 I believe it is available on Netflix or Amazon Prime video, also. I watched it, also, and asked my husband to watch it. Very impressively done. Ken Burns is a great documentary filmmaker!
Ginger

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@gingerw I watched it but the closed captioning was terrible. It would suddenly cut out leaving me up in the air! What I saw and was able to hear was very good.
JK

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Got weighed at the doctors today. I weigh 157. Congratulations to me. I’ve now lost 70 pounds, only 15 more to go and I will be back to 142 lbs.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

Got weighed at the doctors today. I weigh 157. Congratulations to me. I’ve now lost 70 pounds, only 15 more to go and I will be back to 142 lbs.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Congratulations Leonard, that’s a great accomplishment. You must be very pleased with yourself.

How did you manage to lose weight while eating all of that candy? I’ve been off track this week and gained back a few pounds that I had lost. I’m so mad at myself. That happens sometimes though. 😖.

Tomorrow I have an endoscopy at 1:40 in the afternoon so they told me only clear liquids after 10:00 tonight until after the procedure. Nothing at all after 10:40 tomorrow morning. I told the person who called me to go over all of this that if anyone’s arm came close to my face I would probably bite a chunk out of it!
JK

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I have so much to be grateful for I don't know where to start.. First I grateful for my Father God and Jesus an the Holy Spirit. If course my family and friends. I turned 80 in June and never believed I would live so long as both parents died at 78& 79. I had cysts throughout my whole body all my life and finally am rid of them. I have been prone to bladder infections since I was 20 years old. So now I use an intermittent catheter, hope it helps. Now have #2diabetes controlled with diet an medication.. All my illness have been minor compared to others on you page. So I feel really blessed. I pray daily sometimes hourly depending on circumstances. I married a man 44 years older and was told because of his Medical conditions he would not see 65. Through diet and constant care he lived to 84. I know that God has blessed us and took care of my husband. Had a druggie son who was in prison 3 times and now has been clean for30 years. Just found out last year he had a 10 year old son who was Autistic with a druggie mother. Social services ask him to take custody and they are both very happy. My daughter is a successful paralegal who goes on mission trips with her husband to 3rd world countries and enjoy life and each other. One grandson was into drugs and is now clean. So you see with God's guidance and love I now have much to be grateful for. I could go on but I don't want to bore you. I thank God every day for all of you because you let me see how wonderful my life truly is. God bless you all and may he answer all prayers for your good.

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@janclaire

I have so much to be grateful for I don't know where to start.. First I grateful for my Father God and Jesus an the Holy Spirit. If course my family and friends. I turned 80 in June and never believed I would live so long as both parents died at 78& 79. I had cysts throughout my whole body all my life and finally am rid of them. I have been prone to bladder infections since I was 20 years old. So now I use an intermittent catheter, hope it helps. Now have #2diabetes controlled with diet an medication.. All my illness have been minor compared to others on you page. So I feel really blessed. I pray daily sometimes hourly depending on circumstances. I married a man 44 years older and was told because of his Medical conditions he would not see 65. Through diet and constant care he lived to 84. I know that God has blessed us and took care of my husband. Had a druggie son who was in prison 3 times and now has been clean for30 years. Just found out last year he had a 10 year old son who was Autistic with a druggie mother. Social services ask him to take custody and they are both very happy. My daughter is a successful paralegal who goes on mission trips with her husband to 3rd world countries and enjoy life and each other. One grandson was into drugs and is now clean. So you see with God's guidance and love I now have much to be grateful for. I could go on but I don't want to bore you. I thank God every day for all of you because you let me see how wonderful my life truly is. God bless you all and may he answer all prayers for your good.

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It was so good of you to share all that you are grateful for, @janclaire. While you have had a number of challenges as well as illnesses I appreciate the fact that you can still look back and see how much you have been given. Your post really brightened my day!!

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