Gratitude Discussion Group

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?!

@parus

@merpreb Thanks again for the info on the Decorah eagles. I put on the live came and enjoy the sounds of nature. How are you doing in all of this? So far so good here. Things here at the complex are somber. Hardly see or hear anyone. Rent will be paid via the slot in the office door. To further increase the paranoia those of us with allergies are even more alienated. To the best of my knowledge no one at this complex has fallen victim to this newest virus.
Thankful again for my little habitat.

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Blessings, my cyber friend for always keeping things in perspective! Always good to read your heartfelt posts, @parus.

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@parus

@merpreb Thanks again for the info on the Decorah eagles. I put on the live came and enjoy the sounds of nature. How are you doing in all of this? So far so good here. Things here at the complex are somber. Hardly see or hear anyone. Rent will be paid via the slot in the office door. To further increase the paranoia those of us with allergies are even more alienated. To the best of my knowledge no one at this complex has fallen victim to this newest virus.
Thankful again for my little habitat.

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Hey @parus– You are more than welcome! I'm glad to hear that things are good with you. They are here as well. I think that we all just have to grin and bear it. Everywhere things are somber and we are finding that people are really taking this seriously now. Everyone is keeping at least 6 ft apart from one another. One of our markets has 6 ft markers for lines!
We should be seeing a pip soon on one of mom's eggs. A pip is the first break in the shell before hatch. I don't know of anyone who has been stricken either. I hope that it stays that way. How's that little guy of yours? Are you speaking on the phone or having facetime?

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@merpreb

Hey @parus– You are more than welcome! I'm glad to hear that things are good with you. They are here as well. I think that we all just have to grin and bear it. Everywhere things are somber and we are finding that people are really taking this seriously now. Everyone is keeping at least 6 ft apart from one another. One of our markets has 6 ft markers for lines!
We should be seeing a pip soon on one of mom's eggs. A pip is the first break in the shell before hatch. I don't know of anyone who has been stricken either. I hope that it stays that way. How's that little guy of yours? Are you speaking on the phone or having facetime?

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@merpreb In the spirit of this discussion, I am very grateful that I too know of no one who has been stricken with COVID-19. I worry a lot about a dear friend of mine. Her husband is a police chief in a MA town so he is out there. They know three people who have passed away from this, a fourth is in the hospital still battling it. She is sedated and has a ventilator so she does not yet know that her husband and brother-in-law have both passed away. 😭

Thankfully, my son and daughter and their spouses are all working from home now. My daughter-in-law was in the stress testing area of her hospital but they have temporarily stopped testing anyone who is not inpatient so she is now home manning the phone, from their home, when people call about COVID-19. None of them are going out, they are all getting their groceries delivered, and none of them are comfortable with take-out food, which we are also not comfortable with.
JK

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Today I am grateful. We have food in the fridge. Somewhere behind our little valley's overcast, the sun rose in the east, and will set in the west this evening. There are tiny primroses showing off their colors just off my porch, and wild daffodils contrasting with Spring's new growth. Trees are budding and blooming out, creating puffs of white and pale pink. We have had rain the last several days, which is dearly needed.

Here in our little town, it is quiet. The schools are empty, with kids going to online learning. Our one restaurant [Mexican food that also does pizza and hamburgers] closed yesterday for 2 weeks, not even take out now. In a devastating blow, the local mill closed the lumber and plywood divisions here two days ago. We hope it is temporary. Last year they closed the logging/timber side of the mill. It is strange to have the complete silence, an eerie punctuation mark in these times.
Ginger

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@gingerw

Today I am grateful. We have food in the fridge. Somewhere behind our little valley's overcast, the sun rose in the east, and will set in the west this evening. There are tiny primroses showing off their colors just off my porch, and wild daffodils contrasting with Spring's new growth. Trees are budding and blooming out, creating puffs of white and pale pink. We have had rain the last several days, which is dearly needed.

Here in our little town, it is quiet. The schools are empty, with kids going to online learning. Our one restaurant [Mexican food that also does pizza and hamburgers] closed yesterday for 2 weeks, not even take out now. In a devastating blow, the local mill closed the lumber and plywood divisions here two days ago. We hope it is temporary. Last year they closed the logging/timber side of the mill. It is strange to have the complete silence, an eerie punctuation mark in these times.
Ginger

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@gingerw– I live in a coastal town and my house abuts what was once a beautiful forest. There are a lot of bare spots where trees are down from all the winds that we have been getting. But I am grateful for those still standing, and for the quiet at night if the windows are open and the bird songs.

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@contentandwell

@merpreb In the spirit of this discussion, I am very grateful that I too know of no one who has been stricken with COVID-19. I worry a lot about a dear friend of mine. Her husband is a police chief in a MA town so he is out there. They know three people who have passed away from this, a fourth is in the hospital still battling it. She is sedated and has a ventilator so she does not yet know that her husband and brother-in-law have both passed away. 😭

Thankfully, my son and daughter and their spouses are all working from home now. My daughter-in-law was in the stress testing area of her hospital but they have temporarily stopped testing anyone who is not inpatient so she is now home manning the phone, from their home, when people call about COVID-19. None of them are going out, they are all getting their groceries delivered, and none of them are comfortable with take-out food, which we are also not comfortable with.
JK

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@contentandwell– I lied! Shortly after I posted that I remembered good FB friends who are suffering at home. They did not get tested but have all of the symptoms.

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@parus Hi it is the same here . I see no one out in the halls . It is somber . I decided to put some new color in my place took out old plants I have and bought the flower rug I guess you call it . Put in big flower pot as it has lots of different flowers in it . I have one done and will do the other soon. I also framed a picture it is a puzzle put together by my friend who has passed on . I just got the frame from Amazon and put it together last night now have to wait till my son comes over to hang it. Be safe

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@contentandwell

@merpreb In the spirit of this discussion, I am very grateful that I too know of no one who has been stricken with COVID-19. I worry a lot about a dear friend of mine. Her husband is a police chief in a MA town so he is out there. They know three people who have passed away from this, a fourth is in the hospital still battling it. She is sedated and has a ventilator so she does not yet know that her husband and brother-in-law have both passed away. 😭

Thankfully, my son and daughter and their spouses are all working from home now. My daughter-in-law was in the stress testing area of her hospital but they have temporarily stopped testing anyone who is not inpatient so she is now home manning the phone, from their home, when people call about COVID-19. None of them are going out, they are all getting their groceries delivered, and none of them are comfortable with take-out food, which we are also not comfortable with.
JK

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@contententandwell Thankfully my son and daughter in law can work from home. There son is home to and bored as all kids now . She just text me this last night . What are parents doing for kids at home now . ? Anyone have ideas ? I told ginger we now have a person that is self quarantine self she cam in contact with a person who came in contact with a person who has the virus so she is self quarantined .

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I am grateful today that I dont have any symptoms of the virus and pray for those who do . This is a sad time in our world. I am grateful for the roof over my head the grocery delivery people and others who deliver in these times. I pray for all the first responders nurses, dr,s , firefighters and police those who go out of there way to help people or send food to those who cant get out . This is a time to be isolated and keep yourself busy in your own home. So be safe everyone here on connect . We will get through this as mamacita says we are better together

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Hi lioness,
Depending on where you live in California, wondering if you saw the news the other night where a amazon delivery person delivered a package to a home, then spit on the package, then took a photo of the package that was required of him to show proof of the delivery. Everything was caught on the homeowners ring doorbell camera. Hope they fired the delivery person.
Too many people are not taking this virus seriously.
I also am grateful for a roof over my head, even thou my place is still in repair from the Wolsey Canyon Fire that started in nov.2018.
As more people are falling ill, it is a very sad time in the world.

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@funcountess Im I so. calif and remember the Wosley fire hope you are all right . Stay safe Im doing fine down here in Long Beach. I use gloves to pick up my packages and mail. then use a Lysol wipe before I open them as well as groceries I get delivered . We have to be careful yes he should be fired hope the film of him was sent to Amazon.

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Hi lioness, you are in a pretty part of l.a. county.
I think the medical navel ship the MERCY is docked in l.b.
As far as Wolsey canyon fire, I did get hit hard with it, but I realize the stuff lost is just stuff, and can be replaced, but with this cov19 virus it is much more dangerous with way too many deaths, especially among the elderly.
Lately I call my home MODERN DISASTER, All repairs are on hold, as I do not want a lot of construction workers in the house, you just do not know if any of them are sick.
Stay safe, and be well.

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@funcountess Yes it is docked in port at San Pedro wish I could go see it but better on T V I did see years ago the USD Iowa which is there too and close by Mercy staying in ,cooking just made Lentil ham soup baked poppyseed rolls Be save how much of your home is under construction?

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@gingerw

Today I am grateful. We have food in the fridge. Somewhere behind our little valley's overcast, the sun rose in the east, and will set in the west this evening. There are tiny primroses showing off their colors just off my porch, and wild daffodils contrasting with Spring's new growth. Trees are budding and blooming out, creating puffs of white and pale pink. We have had rain the last several days, which is dearly needed.

Here in our little town, it is quiet. The schools are empty, with kids going to online learning. Our one restaurant [Mexican food that also does pizza and hamburgers] closed yesterday for 2 weeks, not even take out now. In a devastating blow, the local mill closed the lumber and plywood divisions here two days ago. We hope it is temporary. Last year they closed the logging/timber side of the mill. It is strange to have the complete silence, an eerie punctuation mark in these times.
Ginger

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@gingerw I worry a lot about all of the people out of work due to this pandemic. Our family is very fortunate to all be working but I know it is hitting my son and son-in-law's businesses. My son-in-law owns his business and my son is a partner in his. Still, they are at least working.

@merpreb That's one of the things I miss most in the summer when the windows are open, the sounds from outside. When we used to spend a lot of time at the lake I loved waking to the sound of the water lapping the shore but that ended when I lost a lot of my hearing.

@lioness I think my husband and I are taking enough precautions that we will not be hit in this first wave of the virus. At one point I heard it predicted that there will be three waves, so we will see what the future brings.

@funcountess I saw the article about the delivery person who spit on his hands and then wiped it on the package. The person had a ring camera and caught it on that. When they went to get the package they noticed it was wet and thought that perhaps a dog had urinated on it. The article said that the person had been fired and may be getting charged with a crime. Hopefully he will be.
JK

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@contentandwell

@gingerw I worry a lot about all of the people out of work due to this pandemic. Our family is very fortunate to all be working but I know it is hitting my son and son-in-law's businesses. My son-in-law owns his business and my son is a partner in his. Still, they are at least working.

@merpreb That's one of the things I miss most in the summer when the windows are open, the sounds from outside. When we used to spend a lot of time at the lake I loved waking to the sound of the water lapping the shore but that ended when I lost a lot of my hearing.

@lioness I think my husband and I are taking enough precautions that we will not be hit in this first wave of the virus. At one point I heard it predicted that there will be three waves, so we will see what the future brings.

@funcountess I saw the article about the delivery person who spit on his hands and then wiped it on the package. The person had a ring camera and caught it on that. When they went to get the package they noticed it was wet and thought that perhaps a dog had urinated on it. The article said that the person had been fired and may be getting charged with a crime. Hopefully he will be.
JK

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The amazon contract driver was fired, and now the driver has been charged for his actions. I think this happened in Southern California. It was on my local news.
In this day and age, it is difficult to be trusting of others.
Especially for seniors, and I am a senior.
Take care

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