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?!

Grateful I can pay my rent, have food to eat, get to the grocery and all of the everyday things that are oft taken for granted.

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@jakedduck1 So sorry to hear about your brother's leg issues and pray for his recovery.🙏

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@jakedduck1

@marjou
I'm interested in what kind of cookies they have too. I hope they have my favorites, white chocolate macadamia nut, snickerdoodles & maple.
my brothers leg has been getting darker and darker. He went to emergency yesterday and he has a blood clot in his lower leg. The doctor mentioned there is a possibility it may have to be amputated. However there is collateral circulation around the clot. I'm very worried about him. I'm off to get some pumpkin pie.

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@jakedduck1 Leonard, my dad had a saying that "he never met a cookie he didn't like". That went for cheesecake, also. I'll bet you spend a fair amount of time perusing and asking for samples LOL

I hope that your brother gets his diagnosis soon, and treatment is not as severe as has been presented.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@jakedduck1 Leonard, my dad had a saying that "he never met a cookie he didn't like". That went for cheesecake, also. I'll bet you spend a fair amount of time perusing and asking for samples LOL

I hope that your brother gets his diagnosis soon, and treatment is not as severe as has been presented.
Ginger

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@gingerw
Your dad and I would’ve gotten along swimmingly. No need for samples since I'd probably buy it anyway. Besides, the samples are usually too small.
Take care,
Jake

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I’m grateful that today is ”National Cookie Day”
which I plan on celebrating with gusto!
Jake

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@jakedduck1

I’m grateful that today is ”National Cookie Day”
which I plan on celebrating with gusto!
Jake

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What’s your favorite(s)?

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@rosemarya

What’s your favorite(s)?

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@rosemarya
If I have to be more specific than every cookie known to man I suppose #1 is white chocolate macadamia nut, snickerdoodles, maple, pumpkin & strawberry shortcake cookies.
My friend made me some. They had cream cheese in them and anything with cream cheese is always good.
I saw a new business one day called cookies so being the sweetaholic that I am I assumed they sold cookies. Turns out it’s a marijuana dispensary. MAJOR disappointment.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@rosemarya
If I have to be more specific than every cookie known to man I suppose #1 is white chocolate macadamia nut, snickerdoodles, maple, pumpkin & strawberry shortcake cookies.
My friend made me some. They had cream cheese in them and anything with cream cheese is always good.
I saw a new business one day called cookies so being the sweetaholic that I am I assumed they sold cookies. Turns out it’s a marijuana dispensary. MAJOR disappointment.
Jake

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What a surprise ending!😱

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@jakedduck1

@marjou
I'm interested in what kind of cookies they have too. I hope they have my favorites, white chocolate macadamia nut, snickerdoodles & maple.
my brothers leg has been getting darker and darker. He went to emergency yesterday and he has a blood clot in his lower leg. The doctor mentioned there is a possibility it may have to be amputated. However there is collateral circulation around the clot. I'm very worried about him. I'm off to get some pumpkin pie.

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@jakedduck1 Anything new with your brother's diagnosis or treatment?

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@hopeful33250

@jakedduck1 Anything new with your brother's diagnosis or treatment?

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@hopeful33250
Hi Teresa,
His leg is getting lighter in color every day which is a gigantic relief. Although he's concerned about it breaking apart and having a pulmonary embolism. They have him on aspirin.
I read the effect of aspirin is substantially smaller than warfarin or the new oral blood thinners. I would want that clot gone asap as I'm sure he does. The pain is gone now. Obviously he's very relieved that his leg won't be amputated for the time being. His legs were severely injured and he's been concerned about losing them for nearly 50 years.
Thank you for asking,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

I’m grateful that today is ”National Cookie Day”
which I plan on celebrating with gusto!
Jake

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@jakedduck1 National Cookie Day! How did I not know this? Made me think of my father, too @gingerw . I remember when I was trying to help him control his blood sugar. It was always too low when he woke up. I finally got an idea, and said “remember those cookies you always like? Well, have 1 about 10pm and the sugar should carry you through the night.” Not the best solution from a nurse, but it worked perfectly!

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@jakedduck1

@hopeful33250
Hi Teresa,
His leg is getting lighter in color every day which is a gigantic relief. Although he's concerned about it breaking apart and having a pulmonary embolism. They have him on aspirin.
I read the effect of aspirin is substantially smaller than warfarin or the new oral blood thinners. I would want that clot gone asap as I'm sure he does. The pain is gone now. Obviously he's very relieved that his leg won't be amputated for the time being. His legs were severely injured and he's been concerned about losing them for nearly 50 years.
Thank you for asking,
Jake

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I'm sure that he (and you) are relieved about his legs becoming lighter in color, @jakedduck1. Is he able to walk or is there still a threat of the clot moving?

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@becsbuddy

@jakedduck1 National Cookie Day! How did I not know this? Made me think of my father, too @gingerw . I remember when I was trying to help him control his blood sugar. It was always too low when he woke up. I finally got an idea, and said “remember those cookies you always like? Well, have 1 about 10pm and the sugar should carry you through the night.” Not the best solution from a nurse, but it worked perfectly!

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@becsbuddy
”National Cookie Day! How did I not know this?”
I can't imagine??? But it's okay to celebrate after the facti!!! Go ahead and eat your one cookie. But it can happen to the best of us. I got the dates wrong for some reason. My Mom passed away on National cake Day. Better late than not at all.
Just so you won't miss anymore essential dates,

National Pastery Day coming up Wed 12/9
National Candy Day 11/4
National Cake Day 11/26
National Cookie Day 12/4
National Pie Day 1/23

I am off to the Christmas store store I get a good bit of walking in there since they have stairs and I go up and down the stairs a few times. Maybe I can walk off one bite of a cookie.

Happy Holidays kids,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@becsbuddy
”National Cookie Day! How did I not know this?”
I can't imagine??? But it's okay to celebrate after the facti!!! Go ahead and eat your one cookie. But it can happen to the best of us. I got the dates wrong for some reason. My Mom passed away on National cake Day. Better late than not at all.
Just so you won't miss anymore essential dates,

National Pastery Day coming up Wed 12/9
National Candy Day 11/4
National Cake Day 11/26
National Cookie Day 12/4
National Pie Day 1/23

I am off to the Christmas store store I get a good bit of walking in there since they have stairs and I go up and down the stairs a few times. Maybe I can walk off one bite of a cookie.

Happy Holidays kids,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 You are certainly a font of knowledge! Maybe I’ll have to make some cookies except I don’t have any ingredients. I did make a vegan banana bread yesterday. Recipe said to wrap it up for 3 days before eating, so I haven’t tried it yet. But I did decide not more vegan bread.’ Now, I’ve got to get walking! Too many calories!

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@becsbuddy

@jakedduck1 You are certainly a font of knowledge! Maybe I’ll have to make some cookies except I don’t have any ingredients. I did make a vegan banana bread yesterday. Recipe said to wrap it up for 3 days before eating, so I haven’t tried it yet. But I did decide not more vegan bread.’ Now, I’ve got to get walking! Too many calories!

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Golly, @becsbuddy, am I ever impressed that you could resist banana bread for 3 days! Whoo! What self-discipline!!

Happy to report that we've had warmer temps and Saturday's walk near a park pond had me thinking I might need to referee three ducks fussing over a hand tossed food scramble. They settled it on their own and a group of 4 teenage boys provided more diversion on their skateboards.

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