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?!

@gingerw

@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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wow Ginger. My goodness, you freehand the lines! No shaking, eh?

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@parus

@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– I know what you mean for art shows and the competition can drive you wacky! Meltdowns are great @parus. I think that you have put up with so much for so long without any hope of feeling better. I bet it woke your doctors up too. Maybe they should have been paying more attention to what you have said!

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@merpreb

@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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@merpreb

Yes, that one wasn't so bad. Had to take Zofran (anti-nausea med) when I did the gaze stabilization exercises. They were really ugly.

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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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@hopful33520 We all do t many things that gives us stress mine right now is a possible rent increase UG 😒 So far so good on my vertigo this ear exercises did do the job .Do your Tai Chi

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@lioness It seems like I'm so busy doing all of my exercises (for breathing, vertigo, pain, range of motion, etc.) that I almost don't have time for anything else.

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@merpreb

wow Ginger. My goodness, you freehand the lines! No shaking, eh?

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@merpreb Thank you kindly. Only used a template for the outer circle. This type of art, for me, is something that plays to extreme focus, and I don't let myself rush anything. It was tough yesterday as each pattern was emerging my mind was racing ahead to wonder "well, if you do this variation, how will it look?" so had to force myself to only look at the current design under pen. Still more to do with this study. And remember to make notes on the pages!
Ginger

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@hopeful33250

@merpreb

Yes, that one wasn't so bad. Had to take Zofran (anti-nausea med) when I did the gaze stabilization exercises. They were really ugly.

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you are right Teresa- Ugly indeed. All these exercises keep us from the things that they are suppose to help us do. lol

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@parus

@harriethodgson1 I with you a good outcome also Harriet In 1996 I had open heart surgery just feel everything will go well 🙏😇 💗 praying for you

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@gingerw

@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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@parus. WOW! What beautiful work! As a quilter, I can really see this in fabric! Drawing must really ‘take you away’ and let you focus on something other than your situation. Love it! I think I really goofed! Ginger did the drawing, not @parus . I know that @parus does beautiful work, too! Guess my brain isn’t in gear this morning—it’s raining 😪

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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 That's beautiful I missed your drawings so nice I hope your nerve burning gives you some relief Keep us posted Praying for you when does this happen?

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@hopeful33250

@lioness It seems like I'm so busy doing all of my exercises (for breathing, vertigo, pain, range of motion, etc.) that I almost don't have time for anything else.

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@hopeful33250 Gets tiring doesn't it. Lol My mind races along instead of taking one thing at a time 😅

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