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?!

@lioness

@jenniferhunter That was a really well writing piece and the thought occurred to me how sad most young people of today will be not to know the relaxing way of living we have had. Eveything is going to fast .

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Lioness, How true! Unfortunately some of us were gulity of that in our younger day! But maybe not to the extent our world is today! I can remember craming everything I could into a business trip for three days and eight airplanes! I can remember going on a skiing vacation and see how many runs I could get in a day. Then partying until late in the night!
But as I mentioned it was not the same as today! When you were at home or runing errands you werem't in constant contact with everyone! You could relax! Read a book, walk along a river or through a meadow without being bothered.
My daughter still rags on me that when I am out of the house I don't have my cell phone on! When cell phones first came out I would always say the only people that needed them were doctors in case of an emergency.
Funny I still believe that!
Have a Wonderful and relaxing week!
Sundance(RB)

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Today I am grateful. It is now 33 degrees outside, from an overnight low of 32. But more importantly, last Saturday our heating/cooling unit was replaced, so I am warm. Prior to that our house was without heat for close to three weeks; lots of hot tea, bundling up, and a little space heater were orders of the day. Funny, I set the temp overnight to 59 and am comfortable. During the days since, I inch the thermostat up, one degree at a time, to 67 in the house, and am fine, then down again at night! How wonderful to take little things as big deals. We expect heavy rains and rain mixed with snow the next few days.
Ginger

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@gingerw Hallelujah!!!! You do have heat now. How wonderful.

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@gingerw

Today I am grateful. It is now 33 degrees outside, from an overnight low of 32. But more importantly, last Saturday our heating/cooling unit was replaced, so I am warm. Prior to that our house was without heat for close to three weeks; lots of hot tea, bundling up, and a little space heater were orders of the day. Funny, I set the temp overnight to 59 and am comfortable. During the days since, I inch the thermostat up, one degree at a time, to 67 in the house, and am fine, then down again at night! How wonderful to take little things as big deals. We expect heavy rains and rain mixed with snow the next few days.
Ginger

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@gingerw I am so glad your heat is back. I don't know how you managed for that long. I get pretty cranky if we lose it for more than a day in a snowstorm. Frequent drives to DD for coffee and simply to be in the warm car sustain me.
When we lose heat we lose our water too because we have a well, so no water, no flushing, etc. Is where you are rural enough to not have town water?
JK

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@contentandwell

@gingerw I am so glad your heat is back. I don't know how you managed for that long. I get pretty cranky if we lose it for more than a day in a snowstorm. Frequent drives to DD for coffee and simply to be in the warm car sustain me.
When we lose heat we lose our water too because we have a well, so no water, no flushing, etc. Is where you are rural enough to not have town water?
JK

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@contentandwell We do have city water in this little town. And city sewer. The next street over has rights for water from the creek that is about 120 yards away from us. It actually wasn't too bad for me. Brought back memories of my horse training days in the winter time. Bundle up and looked like the Michelin Man (r) LOL
Ginger

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! Grateful to celebrate another Christmas.

Christmas 2019

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@parus

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! Grateful to celebrate another Christmas.

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@parus Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your meaningful artwork with us. Hoping your holiday is also great and you get to share with your son and his family.
Ginger

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@parus

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! Grateful to celebrate another Christmas.

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@parus What a beautiful picture cute junco's. Love them and all birds ,miss seeing them here

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@parus

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! Grateful to celebrate another Christmas.

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@parus WOW!! You are so talented! Is this called Black Capped Chickadee?
Merry Christmas my cyber friend

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Yes, these are Chickadees. Thanks for asking and the kudos.

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@parus

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! Grateful to celebrate another Christmas.

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@parus, I'm grateful for your presence with us in this Connect community and you sharing your beautiful artwork with us! I hope 2020 is a good year for you with peace, joy and lots of art!

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@parus

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! Grateful to celebrate another Christmas.

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@parus
Hello my chickadee….I just saw this….Beautiful!

FL Mary

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@imallears

@parus
Hello my chickadee….I just saw this….Beautiful!

FL Mary

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@imallears
Hi Mary, I’ve been rather subdued since my Mom passed but thinking of you seems to help cheer me up. I haven’t noticed any unusual Entrées lately but you manage enough of those on your own. However this wine just happened to catch my eye and I thought of you. Of course being the Connoisseur you are you’re probably already familiar with it from one of your high tone wine magazines. But just in case you missed it, Rice wine with the greenish-black bile taken from the gallbladder of a freshly sliced cobra. Well, is your mouth watering? I thought it would be. Maybe it would go good with some nice fresh alligator, you think? So, should I over night it to you so you can enjoy it with dinner tomorrow?
Take care,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@imallears
Hi Mary, I’ve been rather subdued since my Mom passed but thinking of you seems to help cheer me up. I haven’t noticed any unusual Entrées lately but you manage enough of those on your own. However this wine just happened to catch my eye and I thought of you. Of course being the Connoisseur you are you’re probably already familiar with it from one of your high tone wine magazines. But just in case you missed it, Rice wine with the greenish-black bile taken from the gallbladder of a freshly sliced cobra. Well, is your mouth watering? I thought it would be. Maybe it would go good with some nice fresh alligator, you think? So, should I over night it to you so you can enjoy it with dinner tomorrow?
Take care,
Jake

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@jakeduck1

Hi Leonard.

First let me say that I had no idea of your mom’s fall and her passing in November. I never read any of the Caregiver posts and didn’t know about your mother’s behavior or even about you and your trip to the hospital. I am truly sorry to hear about all this. I was wondering why you were so silent lately. You got some good insight about mom’s behavior . I hope you know that none of it was personal and that she still loved you and was grateful for your constant support. How she reacted is so common among the elderly especially when they have suffered some recent health issue. It could have been the result of early dementia as many mentioned.

Be happy knowing you did everything you could for her and I know all the neglected and unwanted people in our nursing homes and assisted facilities would have traded places with her. Her loss is a big void in your life.

Now for the rice wine with cobra…I had to read about that and there are 3 types of snake wine…wine with bile from the gallbladder, wine with blood from the still beating heart of a snake, or a whole live cobra that they either bludgeoned to death or let it drown in the wine. Sounds like a horror story to me.

You won’t be surprised to learn that I have had fried alligator bits. Fried alligator is served in many restaurants in the south and here in Florida,I see it on the menu occasionally at a sports bar type of restaurant. I try to avoid fried food but someone ordered some a good while back as an appetizer….was kind of chewy…would rather have fried calamari (squid). It’s a very lean meat high in protein. I was going to say I had it smoked also but that was snake….very tasty.

It’s illegal to feed alligators and also to kill them without permission. Up to five years in jail or $5000 fine. We can’t feed them but they can feed us.
Feeling hungry now?

I’m here for ya…Florida Mary

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