Gratitude Discussion Group

Posted by Debbra, Volunteer 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?!

@jodeej

@gingerw a vacation sounds heavenly, but not quite that rustic for me! I like running water. Lol Seeing the moon eclipse without all the lights would've been amazing, though.
JoDee

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@jodeej The cleanup of vehicles and trailer plus laundry has done me in for today! Stepson will be here in a while, so dinner to prep.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@jodeej The cleanup of vehicles and trailer plus laundry has done me in for today! Stepson will be here in a while, so dinner to prep.
Ginger

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@gingerw. Exhausted hearing about it Know how you feel Order Pizza lol

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@gingerw

Today I am grateful to be back home. We spent six days in the desert, disconnected from the world except by amateur radio if there was an emergency. I am grateful for the hot shower last night, as we boondocked it with no power except batteries and no water except what we hauled. I am grateful to be "an easy keeper", and not too fussy about my appearances. The time away was a good thing, we saw the lunar eclipse without light encumbrance from cities, which was very cool! I listen to two coyotes in the distance as they hunted at night and an owl who flew by one night. It was very cold and windy. Today's temperature here feels really good. I am grateful to our faithful washer and dryer, because there are several loads of wash to do. Back into the routine of things, and already talking about another trip out before the weather turns too hot.
Ginger

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Ginger. That sounds wonderful! I love being out and away from it all. We used to camp, but I've never camped in the desert. I know how to haul water, gather firewood (in the forest), and watch my husband cook over the fire. But now, we have become a bit more civilized.
I bet the eclipse was beautiful with no light interference. I am happy that you could enjoy it like that!

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@lioness

@jodeej We have a rooftop that is fixed up for us so I went up there not like without all lights but comes close to it .Thats the 2ne one I saw

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@lioness we had clouds here so it wasn't possible to see it, sadly.

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@jodeej

@lioness we had clouds here so it wasn't possible to see it, sadly.

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@jodeej Sorry maybe next one The last one was several yrs ago ,that one I saw from my apt.

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@jodeej

@lioness we had clouds here so it wasn't possible to see it, sadly.

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@jodeej @lioness It was somewhat overcast here also but you could see a very tiny moon, much, much smaller than usual. It was darned cold here that night but I stood out on our walkway and watched for about 10 minutes.
JK

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@contentandwell On this coast the moon was a super moon very big beautiful

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Heat wave here with 24 degrees on this Monday morning. Grateful for a warm home and not needing to get out much. High of 40 today so folks will be bringing out the Spring woredrobes. Only a reprieve for today.

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@parus

Heat wave here with 24 degrees on this Monday morning. Grateful for a warm home and not needing to get out much. High of 40 today so folks will be bringing out the Spring woredrobes. Only a reprieve for today.

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Congratulations on that, @parus. We are only at 10 and going down later today.

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Today I am grateful to resume a more typical routine, after a week in the desert, and visit from stepson for his 34 hr layover [he is a long haul driver]. Only one more load of wash to do. Tomorrow I start a volunteer position that will take 4 hrs twice a week. Weather should be nice until Saturday or so.
Ginger

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@gingerw

Today I am grateful to resume a more typical routine, after a week in the desert, and visit from stepson for his 34 hr layover [he is a long haul driver]. Only one more load of wash to do. Tomorrow I start a volunteer position that will take 4 hrs twice a week. Weather should be nice until Saturday or so.
Ginger

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@gingerw Sounds nice, especially the volunteer position. If you care to share more, what type of volunteer work will you be doing?

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@parus

Heat wave here with 24 degrees on this Monday morning. Grateful for a warm home and not needing to get out much. High of 40 today so folks will be bringing out the Spring woredrobes. Only a reprieve for today.

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Jeez almighty, that’s colder than a mother-in-laws love.
I need to put my long johns on just thinking about those temps.
It’s blistering cold in California too. Not even 50 degrees yet. Should be survivable though, supposed to be 65 later. Still cold but guess I’ll live. It’s times like this I regret having my fireplace removed.
Try and keep warm @parus
Jake

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@jakedduck1

Jeez almighty, that’s colder than a mother-in-laws love.
I need to put my long johns on just thinking about those temps.
It’s blistering cold in California too. Not even 50 degrees yet. Should be survivable though, supposed to be 65 later. Still cold but guess I’ll live. It’s times like this I regret having my fireplace removed.
Try and keep warm @parus
Jake

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Yesterday at church, for which I am grateful – spiritual sustenance and church family support, the pastor (who recently relocated from Florida to Minnesota), said "last year I was in 70 F weather in southern Florida, and now 'it's negative I'm going to die'." 😉 Really stinking cold is what I call it.

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@hopeful33250

@gingerw Sounds nice, especially the volunteer position. If you care to share more, what type of volunteer work will you be doing?

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@hopeful33250 Teresa, I will be doing some special projects with our local police department.
Ginger

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@elizabethzimmermann

Yesterday at church, for which I am grateful – spiritual sustenance and church family support, the pastor (who recently relocated from Florida to Minnesota), said "last year I was in 70 F weather in southern Florida, and now 'it's negative I'm going to die'." 😉 Really stinking cold is what I call it.

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@elizabethzimmermann It's more than cold enough here in NH. I don't think I could take it in Minnesota. Brrrrrr.
JK

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