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

So true what @gingerw shares. I could not make that kind of trip no matter how creatively I can think. Creativity is everywhere and in everything we do. It shines forth in many ways. Being creative in new ways to tackle daily tasks is being creative. Thankful for creativity and thinking outside the box by others.

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I wish I could double like your comment, @parus.

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@lioness

Here are some of my pictured Bengal tiger I did paint in class

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Oh @lioness -your artwork is spectacular. I'm glad @parus was able to help you figure out how to include photos. I'm just now getting on. Thank you for sharing!

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Today I'm grateful for gorgeous weather that is expected to hold all weekend. My son & DIL are coming to FL from Denver and its always nice if we have sunshine and blue skies for their winter visit. (Of course, the truth is that we enjoy the visit whatever the weather! I'm looking forward to it.)

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@hopeful33250 I am thankful I can still do some. The commercial world was far too distressing for me. I no longer do commissions nor do I give any of my artwork as gifts. It did not fit the decor of those I gave it to. Once I realized this I was so embarrassed I no longer do this. Ignorant of me. Because someone likes what I do and how they can’t afford it was just a way of saying they really did not want it. I have given things completely framed only to find their words were untrue. Thankful to finally know the truth. . If there are those that prefer the dime store decor it is fine with me. 🙁. A hard lesson to learn.

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I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed that your work was not received with grace and appreciation, @parus. The embarrassment that you felt should be theirs and not yours. You do such lovely work.

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@lioness

Here are some of my pictured Bengal tiger I did paint in class

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@gingerw thank you They where fun to paint my grandson loves my paintings He is 10 now ,when he was 3-4 I painted a raccoon on a tree limb he loved it and still has it.

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@hopeful33250 You too are creative as Ginger said everyone has it in us.Its been day 3of tai chi for me and I can feel the difference I do after meals and before bedtime Thanks I too like Don Fiore @parus thanks

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@parus

@hopeful33250 I am thankful I can still do some. The commercial world was far too distressing for me. I no longer do commissions nor do I give any of my artwork as gifts. It did not fit the decor of those I gave it to. Once I realized this I was so embarrassed I no longer do this. Ignorant of me. Because someone likes what I do and how they can’t afford it was just a way of saying they really did not want it. I have given things completely framed only to find their words were untrue. Thankful to finally know the truth. . If there are those that prefer the dime store decor it is fine with me. 🙁. A hard lesson to learn.

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@parus The kids of today are so different I think that in alot of ways and a lot of people don't appreciate what we do but I think you have found a forum on here . @Colleen I wonder if its possible to add a creative section for people to post ,limiting it so its fair to all ? Just a thought?

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@debbraw

Oh @lioness -your artwork is spectacular. I'm glad @parus was able to help you figure out how to include photos. I'm just now getting on. Thank you for sharing!

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@debbraw thank you I enjoy painting I thing no matter what our creativity is it helps and share it here for others We know in hospitals,nursing homes pet therapy music therapy is great since we only know each other through post why not share our creativity in a post so people can feel good for a time? I,ve emailed @colleen about this.

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@lioness

@debbraw thank you I enjoy painting I thing no matter what our creativity is it helps and share it here for others We know in hospitals,nursing homes pet therapy music therapy is great since we only know each other through post why not share our creativity in a post so people can feel good for a time? I,ve emailed @colleen about this.

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@lioness This was breached before. Hoping this time with enough member interest this idea will take hold. It would be fun as well as interesting to see how others use creativity in their lives. I like the idea.

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@lioness

@parus The kids of today are so different I think that in alot of ways and a lot of people don't appreciate what we do but I think you have found a forum on here . @Colleen I wonder if its possible to add a creative section for people to post ,limiting it so its fair to all ? Just a thought?

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@lioness Hoping this time there will not be those feeling left out. I believe there are endless ways to be creative. Using creativity as a coping mechanism is endless in possibilities. This site is not like Facebook and why I am still here. There is a level of maturity caring and compassion that is to be applauded.

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@lioness

@hopeful33250 You too are creative as Ginger said everyone has it in us.Its been day 3of tai chi for me and I can feel the difference I do after meals and before bedtime Thanks I too like Don Fiore @parus thanks

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@lioness He is definitely my type. 😉

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I, too, think there are limitless ways to be creative.

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@parus Lets hope this creative section will be accepted this time

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@debbraw

Today I'm grateful for gorgeous weather that is expected to hold all weekend. My son & DIL are coming to FL from Denver and its always nice if we have sunshine and blue skies for their winter visit. (Of course, the truth is that we enjoy the visit whatever the weather! I'm looking forward to it.)

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@debbraw We both have sons in Denver! My son moved there this past summer, from southern CA. We visited him in October and plan to visit again in February. Any time spent with either our son or daughter is joyful. We did see both of them for five days at Christmas, so it's really nice getting to see him again, so soon.
JK

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