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?!

@hopeful33250

Hello All: While I just posted this message in the Loss and Grief group, I wrote about Thanksgiving Day and gratitude, so I wanted to post it here as well.

As I look back on Thanksgiving Day, I find myself thankful for my church family as well as hospice. As some of you already know, my mother passed away on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day. She was accepted into hospice care just a few days before she died. When she began to experience the symptoms that the hospice nurse had predicted would come at the end of her life, there were comfort meds on hand that I could administer with phone directions from the hospice nursing staff. She took her final breath in her own senior apartment with me by her side rubbing her arm so that she would know I was there.

While it wasn't a typical Thanksgiving, the support of hospice and my church's staff gave me much to be thankful for. I made many calls to the nurses on-call at the hospice organization during her final minutes. After her death friends from church and my two pastors connected with me by phone to tell me of their prayers and support.

While future Thanksgivings will carry the memories of my mom's transition from this life to her heavenly home, I'm very grateful for God's mercies to her and to me. She experienced what I had prayed for, "a peaceful homegoing."

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@hopeful33250 Thank you for the share. I was able to go to a family gathering with my son and his wife. The Rhizotomy has helped enough I can do a little more. Had the left side done yesterday and now in extreme pain again which should improve in a couple of days. I do this under a local and this one was extremely painful!!! Still thankful I can do this under a local and transport myself to the procedure and drive back home again. Hoping I will be able to attend family Christmas gatherings too!!

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@gingerw

Today I am beyond grateful. Our heat pump went out last week, and they replaced the motor in the attic. However that wasn't enough and it turns out the entire condenser outside needs to also be replaced. It could cost over $6,000. Because we got a home warranty policy [that I insisted on], our cost will be $260 total. Right now running on emergency heat coils, keeping the house at 61 degrees. Hot tea and bundling up works well, and I am absolutely thrilled with this company doing the work. As you know we are in a very rural area, and the weather this time of year is always iffy. They will be out end of next week to install the new system.
Ginger

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I am so relieved for you that your man fixed your heater. wrap up tight with some comfy clothes and warm blanket!

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@gingerw

@parus Actually it is not too bad! Biggest issue is keeping my hands warm, but then I cannot do any crochet/artwork/sewing with hands in heavy gloves ;(( Doing a lot of reading…
Ginger

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Get yourself a pair of ski hand warmers if you can get out or order from Amazon.

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@parus

@hopeful33250 Thank you for the share. I was able to go to a family gathering with my son and his wife. The Rhizotomy has helped enough I can do a little more. Had the left side done yesterday and now in extreme pain again which should improve in a couple of days. I do this under a local and this one was extremely painful!!! Still thankful I can do this under a local and transport myself to the procedure and drive back home again. Hoping I will be able to attend family Christmas gatherings too!!

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Parus- AM so glad that you spent Thanksgiving with your family and that you are able to move around more. Take it easy now until you heal. Big hug.

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@lioness

@gingerw Would fingerless gloves work ?

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@lioness I hadn't thought of them. Do have a lightweight pair that I used to use in the courtroom. Yes, it was that cold in there! Will dig them out for tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestion!
Ginger

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@parus

@hopeful33250 Thank you for the share. I was able to go to a family gathering with my son and his wife. The Rhizotomy has helped enough I can do a little more. Had the left side done yesterday and now in extreme pain again which should improve in a couple of days. I do this under a local and this one was extremely painful!!! Still thankful I can do this under a local and transport myself to the procedure and drive back home again. Hoping I will be able to attend family Christmas gatherings too!!

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@parus I am glad you had the opportunity to get over to your son's house! Sounds good about the rhizomy. Do the drs say it will improve as time goes on? Any skiing in your future? ;))
Ginger

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@gingerw Yes, I was advised it takes time. Why of course!!! Skiing-you are a hoot. Ha ha!!!

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Grateful for friends here at connect. All of you help me more than you realize. I have not been remiss in not being around much. Sorry y'all, my health came first. Cyber hugs where needed. 🙂

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@parus

@hopeful33250 Thank you for the share. I was able to go to a family gathering with my son and his wife. The Rhizotomy has helped enough I can do a little more. Had the left side done yesterday and now in extreme pain again which should improve in a couple of days. I do this under a local and this one was extremely painful!!! Still thankful I can do this under a local and transport myself to the procedure and drive back home again. Hoping I will be able to attend family Christmas gatherings too!!

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@parus You sound like such a strong person! Nothing seems to stop you! So what are you making with paper mache?

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@parus

@hopeful33250 Thank you for the share. I was able to go to a family gathering with my son and his wife. The Rhizotomy has helped enough I can do a little more. Had the left side done yesterday and now in extreme pain again which should improve in a couple of days. I do this under a local and this one was extremely painful!!! Still thankful I can do this under a local and transport myself to the procedure and drive back home again. Hoping I will be able to attend family Christmas gatherings too!!

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Hi @parus
Glad to hear that the rhizotomy has helped some and so nice to hear that you could attend a family gathering with your son. Great news!

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@becsbuddy

@parus You sound like such a strong person! Nothing seems to stop you! So what are you making with paper mache?

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@becsbuddy Currently doing Christmas ornaments for grand kids and their cousins. I do them for the immediate cousins to let them know I love them too!! Once I get them completed I will "try" to remember to post them. It is a process. The waiting for them to dry is the toughest part.
Thank you for the affirmation and the reminder that I am strong in many ways as are so many here who have health issues and the constant drive to continue on. Strength in numbers.

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@parus

@becsbuddy Currently doing Christmas ornaments for grand kids and their cousins. I do them for the immediate cousins to let them know I love them too!! Once I get them completed I will "try" to remember to post them. It is a process. The waiting for them to dry is the toughest part.
Thank you for the affirmation and the reminder that I am strong in many ways as are so many here who have health issues and the constant drive to continue on. Strength in numbers.

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@parus Yes, there is strength in numbers. @mamacita always says, "we are better together!"

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@parus

@becsbuddy Currently doing Christmas ornaments for grand kids and their cousins. I do them for the immediate cousins to let them know I love them too!! Once I get them completed I will "try" to remember to post them. It is a process. The waiting for them to dry is the toughest part.
Thank you for the affirmation and the reminder that I am strong in many ways as are so many here who have health issues and the constant drive to continue on. Strength in numbers.

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@parus . What a great idea for grands. Mine is 11 now and I just don't know what to get him. Any suggestions for this age?

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@lioness

@parus . What a great idea for grands. Mine is 11 now and I just don't know what to get him. Any suggestions for this age?

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@lioness how about these newer, fancy LEGO sets. My grandson loves them!

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