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?!

@funcountess
NATURALLY!! Way to go DODGERS
Now they can stay in California
I’m about ready to send off a message to you countess should be there in five minutes or so.
Take care,
Jake

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@funcountess

Jake, that was not nice. Sue must have a wonderful husband. Why should she trade him in for a newer model?
She had a lot of health issues in the past, most men could of run the other way.
Hope you were kidding her, or maybe you are having a sugar rush from way too much candy.

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@funcountess
That was my warped sense of humor.
Maybe someday I’ll learn to keep my big mouth shut. My sincere apologies @sueinmn.
Again, congratulations on your 49th anniversary, thats a long time. I was reading today and saw that Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter had been married for 74 years, you don’t here of that very often.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@funcountess
NATURALLY!! Way to go DODGERS
Now they can stay in California
I’m about ready to send off a message to you countess should be there in five minutes or so.
Take care,
Jake

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@funcountess

I haven't seen your name for a while, but I think of you from time to time when I'm out working in the yard, moving hoses. If I remember correctly, you were having some landscape challenges post fire season. I've wondered how the tree and shrubbery selection and planting are going, with a nosy neighbor watching over the fence., and if you've found a good quality hose that doesn't spring leaks.

I finished putting my soaker hoses and garden hoses in the barn for the winter yesterday. During the summer I had to repair two of my best hoses, but I guess that it's inevitable after 10+ years of use. Most soakers don't last very many years, but I found a good quality soaker that lasts longer and doesn't kink or develop geysers unless I'm not paying close enough attention. Trouble is that I can't remember the brand to order more. I guess that will be one of my winter chores, to research and find out where I got them.

I hope you had an enjoyable summer.

Jim

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@parus

@lioness I so agree with the changing of the seasons to be refreshing!!! I have gotten all of my houseplants in and it feels so comfy to have them back indoors. I am grateful to still be able to do so-even if at a slower pace.
Had the 2 cervical rhizotomies and starting to feel some improvement. Also grateful for some relief. Taking it slow.
@gingerw I am not so sure about the cooler temps being refreshing as the coolness does increase the pain. I am grateful for my little habitat filled with the things that help keep me sane (?).
Trying to do some catching up but it is slow going. I have missed feasting at the cyber-table.

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@parus Im sorry to be so late in responding but I,m glad that you are feeling better and have gotten some relieve. Finally here cooler weather is here to stay ? will see this has been a year that the temps have gone crazy . I like the cooler weather but not the snow anymore thats why Im out here now . Your right I hurt back in Pa from the winter weather .

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Grateful to have been able to do Halloween cookies with both of my grandkids. We had a delightful time. Hoping to make my grandson's soccer game this afternoon. He is 5 and the games don't last long. Pacing myself this morning. See the pain specialist on Tuesday. Hoping he may have some other suggestions to improve the pain level. Is what it is and I am thankful for the things I can do.

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Am so grateful for the little ones I care for…ages 1, 3 and 10. They help me laugh and act like a kid.💞

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I am grateful for 🎃 HALLOWEEN👻
CANDY CANDY CANDY CANDY CANDY
I hope no trick-or-treaters show up.

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Ditto Jake😆🙌

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I am grateful for nice weather today. It means we will be able to host an outdoor picnic and trick or treat candy hunt for our daughters and grands today.
Sue

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I am grateful that we had 5 little trick or treaters with their parents all masked up with costumes to get some treats. 3 were my friends daughters girls all under 6 years old, dressed up as the 3 blind mice, including sunglasses on each of them. It really brought a smile to my face as we placed the bags of candy in their little pumpkin buckets. Sigh, not much candy went out the door and my wife took it to work with her early this morning — yup, I'm grateful for that also. 😉

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@johnbishop
Only 13 tricker treaters so plenty left for me 🍫. I do like the little ones. They look & act so cute. One little boy held out his bag again so I gave him another bag. He held his bag out again, Smart little tyke. Why go to a bunch of houses if he can load up at one.
Jake

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We didn't turn on the lights for the trick or treaters, but we usually aren't here anyway on 10/31. A cold front came through here at 4pm and drove our little celebration into the garage (doors open.) Auntie arrived with a dozen (!) elaborately carved pumpkins, which we lit with emergency lights. Wish I had more pics, but we were busy enjoying our time together. Our daughter got video of the puppies and me playing tag before supper, then the boys got to hunt in the yard for their treats. The 4 yo was hilarious, holding his hand up to "shade" his eyes and scanning back and forth with his eyes while searching…he is very shy with strangers, so probably enjoyed this more than trick or treat.
And we were able to surprise my best friend on her birthday, at home recovering from arm surgery, with a video call so she could see the littles in their costumes.
All of us agreed it was a GREAT Halloween.
Sue

Halloween 2020

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I am grateful my family loves me. I am grateful for our new teenage dogs from the pound, I am grateful for beautiful mountains and desert, I am grateful for chocolate, I am grateful for a warm house, I am grateful for enough resources, I am grateful for intelligence, I am grateful for music, I am grateful for the Lord.

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Today I am grateful for sunshine, for plenty, for my loving family and friends, and for hope of a vaccine on the horizon.
Sue

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Today I am very grateful for my husband. He has worked hard at getting the firewood ready for this fall and winter, for use in the fireplace. How blessed I am to have a gearhead for a husband. Today he changed the oil in my car, rotated the tires and checked the brakes, doing a maintenance for me. He also does all his own service work on his vehicles and motorcycles [and has the tools to do so!].
Ginger

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