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?!

@harriethodgson1

This morning, as I am about to have open heart surgery, I am profoundly grateful for the gift of life and the happy life I've lived. Though I've survived profoundly sad times, I am still grateful for all the good times, my devoted husband and family.

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@harriethodgson1 Praying for you, your family and your medical team. Specifically, that your medical team will have great wisdom and you will experience peace amidst this new challenge. Wishing you well as you continue the healing journey. We are here with you and for you. When you are able, will you please post and let us know how you are doing?

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@harriethodgson1

This morning, as I am about to have open heart surgery, I am profoundly grateful for the gift of life and the happy life I've lived. Though I've survived profoundly sad times, I am still grateful for all the good times, my devoted husband and family.

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@harriethodgson1 I echo what @merpreb and @hopeful33250 have said. You'll be in my thoughts today!
Ginger

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@parus

Grateful I can still keep trying to find some answers for help with chronic pain that is worsening. Having more x-rays and a CT scan of the cervical was more information for the pain specialist that I have worked with for over 4 years. My being proactive and being referred back to this pain specialist was a good choice for the ortho doctor as I have a history with the specialist who does the injections. Being allergic to steroids presents some problems. Now talking about burning nerves. It is a start-again.
I am behind with things here at community as needed to slow my pace. Miss y'all.

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We missed you as well, @parus. I've been absent for a while myself and getting back in the Connect mode. I'm so happy to hear that your perseverance has paid off. New starts always bring about new hope. Will you keep us posted about the nerve burning? When will t his happen?

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This drawing has taken me a month to complete. Grateful I could complete it. @gingerw I thought about you a lot as I was making all of these calming lines. some of my best medicine.

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@parus

This drawing has taken me a month to complete. Grateful I could complete it. @gingerw I thought about you a lot as I was making all of these calming lines. some of my best medicine.

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@parus– Do you ever show your drawings? You are a fantastic artist. Have you ever shown? Wow, just wow

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@hopeful33250

We missed you as well, @parus. I've been absent for a while myself and getting back in the Connect mode. I'm so happy to hear that your perseverance has paid off. New starts always bring about new hope. Will you keep us posted about the nerve burning? When will t his happen?

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@hopeful33250 I noticed you were not present as much. Uplifting to get caught up some. This has become my connect family-yes, there comes the sap again. It is sweet and sincere.
Will let the group know. I had a meltdown with the pain specialist and his staff. I was mortified!!! Going on Monday the 13th.

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@merpreb

@parus– Do you ever show your drawings? You are a fantastic artist. Have you ever shown? Wow, just wow

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@merpreb I no longer enter art shows. Just became to overwhelming. I now enjoy doing what I prefer and trying new things. Not as productive now and I have never been competitive. I entered juried shows and did well. Never attended the presentations. Not my thing. Typically my originality was admired.

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@parus

@hopeful33250 I noticed you were not present as much. Uplifting to get caught up some. This has become my connect family-yes, there comes the sap again. It is sweet and sincere.
Will let the group know. I had a meltdown with the pain specialist and his staff. I was mortified!!! Going on Monday the 13th.

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Not to worry about melt-downs, @parus. I'm sure they have seen them before and will see them again. Will pray for you about the 13th. Do you know how they will do this procedure? I've not heard of it before.

I've had some medical issues to deal with as well. Some terrible vertigo which has been helped by some equally terrible eye/neck exercises. I had an upper endoscopy to check for neuroendocrine tumors (none found – YEAH!) as well as some other nonprofit organization activities that took up a lot of time and energy and unfortunately stress (which I allowed to happen – oh my – will I ever learn that stress does absolutely no good).

By the way, I love SAP, keep it comin!

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@parus

This drawing has taken me a month to complete. Grateful I could complete it. @gingerw I thought about you a lot as I was making all of these calming lines. some of my best medicine.

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@parus Simply wow! How beautiful.
Here is what I worked on yesterday afternoon. The simplicity yet complexity of line placement played to my mind yesterday, and helped my focus on an upcoming situation.
Ginger

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@hopeful33250

Not to worry about melt-downs, @parus. I'm sure they have seen them before and will see them again. Will pray for you about the 13th. Do you know how they will do this procedure? I've not heard of it before.

I've had some medical issues to deal with as well. Some terrible vertigo which has been helped by some equally terrible eye/neck exercises. I had an upper endoscopy to check for neuroendocrine tumors (none found – YEAH!) as well as some other nonprofit organization activities that took up a lot of time and energy and unfortunately stress (which I allowed to happen – oh my – will I ever learn that stress does absolutely no good).

By the way, I love SAP, keep it comin!

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@hopeful33250– I hate Vertigo! hate it hate it hate it. Have you tried the Epley eye method at all? This works for me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPLOd6vqWKI
I hope that you are more rested and didn't come back too soon.
Do the doctors know what caused the vertigo?

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@parus

This drawing has taken me a month to complete. Grateful I could complete it. @gingerw I thought about you a lot as I was making all of these calming lines. some of my best medicine.

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@parus – Absolutely magnificent!

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