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?!

@jakedduck1

@sandij
I recon I could check those sites out but the use of that nasty 4 letter word you used at the end is a definite turn off.
Meals on wheels sounds good. Since I’m capable of doing you know what although not very well I wonder if I’d qualify.
Jake

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@jakeduck
Go online and sign up to get the ball rolling for meals on wheels. You have to be 60, homebound, unable to prepare meals, have no one to assist you in shopping and preparing. You get one meal daily Monday thru Friday and, in some areas, frozen meals for the weekend. You can ask for diabetic meals or kosher and even vegetarian. They are federally funded but also rely a lot on donations. Not sure if someone comes to see you personally for an assessment. Some agencies may have an income requirement. I would say you have a shot. It would be great to have your main meal prepared . Delivery times vary but you can always reheat. And no, you can’t get candy 😏

FL Mary

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@imallears

@jakeduck
Go online and sign up to get the ball rolling for meals on wheels. You have to be 60, homebound, unable to prepare meals, have no one to assist you in shopping and preparing. You get one meal daily Monday thru Friday and, in some areas, frozen meals for the weekend. You can ask for diabetic meals or kosher and even vegetarian. They are federally funded but also rely a lot on donations. Not sure if someone comes to see you personally for an assessment. Some agencies may have an income requirement. I would say you have a shot. It would be great to have your main meal prepared . Delivery times vary but you can always reheat. And no, you can’t get candy 😏

FL Mary

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@jakedduck1 You might just go ahead and call your local Meals on Wheels. They all have different requirements. Like ours is not federally funded and has a sliding scale. The worst thing they can say is No.

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I’ll be grateful if I get through my surgery okay today, leaving now. Hope they don’t all have their way with me when I’m under but if they wanna be disappointed that’s up to them. Still waiting to be admitted, this is unreal.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

I’ll be grateful if I get through my surgery okay today, leaving now. Hope they don’t all have their way with me when I’m under but if they wanna be disappointed that’s up to them. Still waiting to be admitted, this is unreal.
Jake

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@jakeduck
I must have missed a few postings. Had no idea you were scheduled for surgery. God speed. Let us know how you are.

FL Mary

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@jakedduck1

I’ll be grateful if I get through my surgery okay today, leaving now. Hope they don’t all have their way with me when I’m under but if they wanna be disappointed that’s up to them. Still waiting to be admitted, this is unreal.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I hope all goes well. When you feel up to it let us know how you are doing.
JK

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@imallears
@contentandwell
Thanks for asking Ms Mary and JK. Had some shaking, breathing problems and lots of pain in my legs of all places. Better now and waiting for a ride home. Sure glad that thing is out. Been there for a year.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@imallears
@contentandwell
Thanks for asking Ms Mary and JK. Had some shaking, breathing problems and lots of pain in my legs of all places. Better now and waiting for a ride home. Sure glad that thing is out. Been there for a year.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I’m happy to hear you’re doing better, no matter what it is that’s “out”. Relax and take time to recover.
JK

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@jakedduck1 Glad your home now . Rest and recover . Let us know how your doing .

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 I’m happy to hear you’re doing better, no matter what it is that’s “out”. Relax and take time to recover.
JK

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@contentandwell
They took out a Kidney Stone that’s been there for a year.
Jake

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@becsbuddy

@jakedduck1 You probably would qualify for Meals on Wheels. I’ve been a volunteer with them for about 15 years. Just give them a call and find out what requirements are. Our local Meals on Wheels even has a dining room for those who want to come and visit!

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Thanks you Becky for your obvious caring for others then doing for them “ volunteering “. I’m GRATEFUL for people like you who invest your time helping other who may struggle.
Am I correct that volunteering is like its own reward and therefore a form of gratitude?

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Most mornings that I open my eyes I feel happy although “ happy “ may not be the best word but with pains and all I feel ready to do what needs to be done and I have admitted that the thought of my first cup of coffee is close to exciting. I love the smell of grinding fresh coffee beans that I once mixed myself when I shopped. I like strong dark coffee so I discovered that mixing French, Italian, and that which moves me when shopping. I’m not a fan of flavored coffee especially hazelnut.
I’m grateful for morning coffee and there’s a special place for those who surprise me… a cup of jo and breakfast afterwards is even better!😍🥰😜

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell
They took out a Kidney Stone that’s been there for a year.
Jake

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@ jakeduck
Oh yikes….I know people with kidney stones…gotta be one of the most painful things to endure. My son use to drink too much ice tea and developed oxalate crystals in his kidneys. I remember him doubling up with pain. He required medication and had to eliminate ice tea altogether…no problems now but it took a long time. He only drinks a warm cup of a sleepy time tea at bedtime.
I mean, he was always guzzling this stuff.
Anyways…whew!….all gone now….bye bye stone. Did you take it home as a souvenir? Could use as a paper weight or name it ….something like a pet rock. People do take home their kidney and gall bladder stones.

Enjoy all your newly purchased food….and candy…hmmmm

FL Mary

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