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

Hi kids,
How much does everyone pay for gas? California has the second highest gas tax, over $.55 a gal. Voters rejected cutting the gas tax recently, thankfully. I paid $3.80 a gal today for regular unleaded but chevron is $4.27 a gal. Hate to think what it is in San Francisco. Calif has strict pollution requirements and the prices go up in summer, oh joy. Although it’s better than the 5+ dollar high of 2014 or so.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I paid $2.79 a gallon this week and that was up from where it had been. I know it will go up more as summer approaches.
JK

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@quiteachiver75

@quiteachiver75 I am going to sell my car as I have got good transport where I live and don’t drive my car very much thank you TERESA

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@quietachiver75 That's what I did I also have great transportation her with gas prices the way they are glad I did

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@quiteachiver75 THE OTHER REASON FOR SELLING MY CAR 🚙 IS BECAUSE OF MY EYES NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE NORMAL AND NOT KNOWING WHEN MY VISION CHANGES WHICH IT DOES OFTEN DURING THE DAY. HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE FOR THEM TO RETURN TO NORMAL AND IF IT STAYS THAT WAY. ITS SO FRUSTRATING AND DISAPPOINTED ☹️ TAKE CARE ALL TERESA 🙏💕🙏💐

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Today I am so grateful that my husband's daughter and her husband are visiting for the weekend. It is such a joy to have family around – different energy, lots of talk and catching up, and just generally enjoying our time together. I think it was @gingerw who taught me the word "bonus daughter". If so, thank you – I love that term. If not, remind me who to thank. (I love this great group!)

I'll add to the gas price conversation: here in northeast FL, I just paid $2.69 a gallon for regular.

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@debbraw I'm glad we have a new governor in Calif. He is looking into why the gas is so high here I'm grateful to be here with my son and his family They do include me in family business 🙏 I'm grateful for our cyber table it's good to hear from everyone and get different opinions

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@hopeful33250 My heart is sad for a guy who lives here He was born without hearing or speaking now I just found out he is blind in one eye and his other eye is only seeing a little .Poor guy. I don't think my problems are bad when I hear this You can always find someone that's worse then you right 😞It makes me mad when others make fun of him 😠

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@debbraw

Today I am so grateful that my husband's daughter and her husband are visiting for the weekend. It is such a joy to have family around – different energy, lots of talk and catching up, and just generally enjoying our time together. I think it was @gingerw who taught me the word "bonus daughter". If so, thank you – I love that term. If not, remind me who to thank. (I love this great group!)

I'll add to the gas price conversation: here in northeast FL, I just paid $2.69 a gallon for regular.

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@debbraw Yes, that was indeed me who introduced that term for a step-child. My stepson is a blessing; his half-sister, my bonus daughter, well another story.

Today I am very grateful to have participated in the Donate Life Run/Walk, and was able to get a mile in with my wonky knee! Using trek poles helps keep my gait balanced. We met a man this morning walking in memory of his daughter, and it was a true blessing to hear his story. It was great for my husband to be able to tell a donor's family member how, as a recipient, you are grateful/humble for the gift of an organ, while feeling sadness/grief for the heartbreak of losing someone. He has often said this, but today he got to actually tell a donor's family member. I could tell it moved him.

Ginger

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@lioness

@hopeful33250 My heart is sad for a guy who lives here He was born without hearing or speaking now I just found out he is blind in one eye and his other eye is only seeing a little .Poor guy. I don't think my problems are bad when I hear this You can always find someone that's worse then you right 😞It makes me mad when others make fun of him 😠

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@lioness
You are a very compassionate person. I'm sure you were a wonderful nurse. You are correct when you say that our own problems seem to fade when we become aware of the problems of others.

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@mamacita At the Rose Bowl on Pasadena CA there where thousands walking for autism and in Long Beach they had a walk also I don't know how much they raised

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@hopeful33250

@lioness
You are a very compassionate person. I'm sure you were a wonderful nurse. You are correct when you say that our own problems seem to fade when we become aware of the problems of others.

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@hopeful33250 Thank you Teresa I loved working to get people better so they could resume life.

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@lioness

@hopeful33250 My heart is sad for a guy who lives here He was born without hearing or speaking now I just found out he is blind in one eye and his other eye is only seeing a little .Poor guy. I don't think my problems are bad when I hear this You can always find someone that's worse then you right 😞It makes me mad when others make fun of him 😠

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@lioness– I agree, that poor guy really has had a tough life. I feel extremely bad for him. I think that everyone on here is extremely compassionate toward others.

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@gingerw

@debbraw Yes, that was indeed me who introduced that term for a step-child. My stepson is a blessing; his half-sister, my bonus daughter, well another story.

Today I am very grateful to have participated in the Donate Life Run/Walk, and was able to get a mile in with my wonky knee! Using trek poles helps keep my gait balanced. We met a man this morning walking in memory of his daughter, and it was a true blessing to hear his story. It was great for my husband to be able to tell a donor's family member how, as a recipient, you are grateful/humble for the gift of an organ, while feeling sadness/grief for the heartbreak of losing someone. He has often said this, but today he got to actually tell a donor's family member. I could tell it moved him.

Ginger

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@gingerw – I was moved by your story of how you and your husband participated in the Donate Life Run/Walk. Glad you made it with your bad knee. (Being in recovery from a knee replacement, I sympathize!) And I was so touched by how your husband was able to share his story with a donor family. I can just tell you are both beautiful people!

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