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?!

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Just Want to Talk group.

@debbraw

Today I am grateful for an artist friend of mine. Last week she took a photo of a horse and carriage driver coming down the her quaint little cobblestone street in a Santa outfit. I admired the photo and told her it would make a perfect Christmas card. Yesterday when I walked by her gallery, she came running out with TWO sets of Christmas cards for me – and she wouldn't take any money. It was a beautiful, thoughtful gift of her talent and love. I'm attaching a photo so you can see!

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How beautiful!

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I am grateful for the wonderful weekend we had with our kids and grandson. It is so seldom that we all get together and we always have so much fun when we do. I can't wait to do it again at Christmas!!
Blessings,
JoDee

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@debbraw

@jenniferhunter – Yes! Post a pic of your Santa Horse!

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@debbraw OK, will do. As soon as the storm passes and the snow is cleared, I can go out to see him for a photo.

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@gingerw

@jenniferhunter When I trained horses, one of them was such a clown. He'd do anything I asked of him, and made everything a game. He also ate anything I did, except tuna sandwiches.
Ginger

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@gingerw Horses really understand us and actually communicate what they want from us. They are so healing and calming and honest… the relationship you have with them is based on that trust. My horse is a rescued Tennessee Walker paint and he is so well trained anyone can ride him. I always keep a treat in my pocket when I ride and he knows, so when I ask for a stop on the way home, he stops and looks back at me to see if he'll get something, and he does. Then he'll stop right by where I park my car so I can load the saddle right from him into the car. He is kept with a mare he likes, and didn't recognize her once when her owner passed us riding on the way out as we were coming back. When he noticed she wasn't in the paddock, he called out for her and his eyes got really big and he looked at me wanting to know what I did with her. It was pretty funny. I told him she'd be back, and he kept looking for her in the paddock and watching for her.

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@jenniferhunter

@gingerw Horses really understand us and actually communicate what they want from us. They are so healing and calming and honest… the relationship you have with them is based on that trust. My horse is a rescued Tennessee Walker paint and he is so well trained anyone can ride him. I always keep a treat in my pocket when I ride and he knows, so when I ask for a stop on the way home, he stops and looks back at me to see if he'll get something, and he does. Then he'll stop right by where I park my car so I can load the saddle right from him into the car. He is kept with a mare he likes, and didn't recognize her once when her owner passed us riding on the way out as we were coming back. When he noticed she wasn't in the paddock, he called out for her and his eyes got really big and he looked at me wanting to know what I did with her. It was pretty funny. I told him she'd be back, and he kept looking for her in the paddock and watching for her.

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How scary for him, yet sweet. Animals know us better than we do ourselves sometimes.

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@gingerw

Today I am grateful for little things. Having to face multiple issues, I am grateful to be here to face them. This morning I went early to the local fabric store, to get more flannel [on sale] to back the donation quilts I do. Thinking of others and being there to offer assistance helps me remember my little place in this big ol' wheel we're on. Later today we'll head out to the kidney disease support group we are part of, and I will "chair" the discussion today. Yep, the topic is gratitude :))

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That's great, @gingerw
Gratitude is a great topic for you to lead. I'm sure you will lead a good discussion.

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@rachelanne

@Debraw Thank you so much for having this important discussion about Gratitude journals, and what to be thankful for on a daily basis! I have been ill and depressed lately, because smoke from my Neighbor's apartment, is causing me such an inability to breathe in my own apartment! I have lived across from a Neighbor who smokes 24/7! I have a Cooling Tower, which only works slightly; however, my inability to control my Environment has made me think twice about exactly what to be Grateful for at this point in my life! However, I am thankful for actually waking up this morning, for my family and friends; but mostly because I actually have a life worthwhile after having a severe Stroke on May 4, 2001! I am also thankful my Temple Community, which keeps things in perspective, and is helping me face the reality of life's bumps and the ability to bounce back after suffering emergency situations!

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@rachelanne I could recommend the HEPA air filter that I use that was recommended by my doctor. It would clear out the smoke particulate and any fumes or solvents and allergens. Here's a link. https://foustco.com/all-products/air-purifiers/160r2-room-air-purifier/ It has both a HEPA if you get the Techostat filter (better one) and activated coconut carbon and a commercial grade blower motor. It is quieter than the Honeywell type HEPA filters and the filter needs to be repacked every 6 – 12 months depending on conditions. I do mine once a year and it costs about $70 to repack it. I also have the more expensive bigger air filter in my main level. You can also buy a box of disposable surgical masks. They do help a bit and are comfortable for when you can't be next to the filter. I wear them for house cleaning. I have asthma and have had lots of breathing problems.

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Today I am grateful for being able to move a little. There is a physical issue occurring that made me think I would not be able to get out of bed this morning. As the day goes on more than likely a discomfort will abide. Here is hoping everyone's day goes well!
Ginger

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@gingerw

Today I am grateful for being able to move a little. There is a physical issue occurring that made me think I would not be able to get out of bed this morning. As the day goes on more than likely a discomfort will abide. Here is hoping everyone's day goes well!
Ginger

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Each day I can rise from my bed is a day of gratitude. Wind with a wolf’s head at the door this morning. I am grateful for the shelter.

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I am grateful to get out of bed too. God gave me another day.Depression has grabbed me and it is very hard at times to be social.🙂

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We had a lot of snow last nite from where l live.Grateful to still be here.🙂

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@rosegold

I am grateful to get out of bed too. God gave me another day.Depression has grabbed me and it is very hard at times to be social.🙂

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@rosegold Depression does make it difficult to be social or much of anything else at times. Such a journey we are on. I am grate for the internet as a place of retreat.

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