Reflections

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  1. Barb C

    If this were my first day in (a new) life I wouldn’t have any of the habits or obligations I had yesterday. I would need to choose which ones I wanted to institute or pick up. I would have let go of all the “I’m this way, I like this, I do that” that forms a life routine. What freedom, and what responsibility. And I can do this any day, really.

    (posting a day late)

    1 week ago
  2. Mary

    I would be very curious.
    I would of course be a one day old infant
    But I’m thinking that is not the point of this question.
    So I am me, minus my past experiences.
    So what might shift in the way I would approach my life?
    First I would be very curious, looking at and touching everything.
    My approach to the day would be one of wonder.
    I would be overwhelmed by the beauty of nature.
    I would savor my experiences- eating, drinking, walking,
    being outdoors, resting, sleeping, getting up in the morning.
    I would be constantly amazed and filled with joy at all I could experience.
    But of course today is not my very first day.
    So the question for me is how to live as though everything is new to me.
    To see and experience my life with wonder.
    And of course to be grateful.

    1 week ago
    1. Anna

      My dear friend Mary! Seeing your post makes my day, this morning is a feast.

      1 week ago
      1. Mary

        Dear Anna! I am so happy to see your post too!!
        I had wondered if I would see you here.
        Palm found me on the Ask for Help section on Community.grateful.org
        My question is 22 questions down from the top.
        I was so happy to hear from her! It’s been so long!
        I will start answering some of the questions of the day in this section.
        I have truly missed you dear Anna and am so so happy to hear from you!
        Sending you so much love! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ Mary

        1 week ago
  3. barba

    full of curiosity, openness, amazement, joy, then certainly hunger at some point …

    1 week ago
  4. Robin Ann

    I think of an innocent baby or small child who has such a carefree love of life, with lots of smiles and laughter! Lots of play time too!
    I listened to a wellness program at work recently and it was about smiling and laughing, how much it is definitely good for your mental health. Even just smiling is!! Finding your inner child of course : )

    1 week ago
    1. Michele

      This reminds me of a quote that always stood out to me from the move Under The Tuscan Sun – “Never lose your childish innocence. It’s the most important thing.”

      1 week ago
  5. Nancy Walton-House63093

    I would look around me with curiosity and wonder. I would see caring faces. I would hear the sound of people talking. I would taste milk. I would smell flower bouquets celebrating my birth. I would feel my mother’s skin against mine. I would sense my entry into this new world and delight in my great good fortune to be fully alive and well. I would cry out “I am here now. Rejoice and be glad!” I would give thanks for my life.

    1 week ago
  6. O.Christina

    I don´t know. Not to be determined by past and related emotions or sensations or thoughts while in the same time, just being, open hearted, grateful, with joy and being present. Deep running with lightness, aware of fear while being guided by love, caring for my fellow friends and people while respecting own needs also, no clinging while aware of everlasting freedom, deep gratefulness for all, including all, to decide for hope, trust and faith in order to being free to serving His love.

    1 week ago
  7. Charlie T

    The very first day of my life? Woh!
    I guess I would be ready to learn new
    things. I wouldn’t be concerned with the
    past, because you know, the first day thing.
    I know that I would be very eager to get out
    the door and see and experience all of the
    things that make up this world that
    we live in.

    1 week ago
    1. L
      Loc Tran

      Charlie, love your answer. It’s another good way to approach emptiness. This motivates us to let go of all the things holding us back from the present. Once we’re able to do this, many doors open up.

      1 week ago
  8. sunnypatti

    There was a baby at a dinner party we did last night, and his grandfather put hummus in the baby’s mouth. It was his first taste of it ever, and his little face drew up for a moment like he tasted something sour (there was lemon in it), but then his eyes got bright, like there was a flavor sensation that made him so happy and he smiled. I’d like to think if I approached this day as the first that I would also have those satisfying sensations of a “first” try of something without any worldly influence, which would keep me in a state of gratitude all day.

    1 week ago
    1. Robin Ann

      Loved visualizing the babies experience w/hummus in my mind!!

      1 week ago
  9. L
    Loc Tran

    Opportunities for self-improvement and enjoying life become endless.

    1 week ago
  10. Carol

    Be here NOW addresses today’s question with fewer words because for me, the question accents the importance of being present–being here not in the past or future. This question hit me hard because both of my sisters are here with me in my home at the present time. My middle sister will be given a minimal dose of chemo this week because she is too weak to withstand a full dose. She has gone from cane, to walker to wheel chair in a few short weeks. My youngest sister flew in from Colorado to help me take care of her as my own health issues make it impossible for me to lift her or lift much of anything else these days. Until yesterday, we did not even know if any treatment would be possible. I think our focus has been more of “Are we facing the last days of her life?” Thankfully, today’s question will help me be fully present to each day we have and not be focused on what the future might bring. Thanks to all of you for being here, for caring and sharing.

    1 week ago
    1. Michele

      I am thinking of you and your sisters Carol. Wishing you peace and calmness during this uncertain time.

      1 week ago
      1. Carol

        Thanks Michele

        1 week ago
    2. Mary

      I’m sending my love to you and your sisters, Carol. This must be so intense.
      I have two sisters as well and am strongly relating to this experience.
      I wish you peace and a tender loving space with your sisters. ♥️

      1 week ago
      1. Carol

        Mary. Yes, it is intense but I will hang on to your wish for peace and a tender loving space with my sisters. Helpful words for me. thank you

        1 week ago
    3. Joseph McCann

      Much love for you and your sisters Dear Carol.

      1 week ago
      1. Carol

        Joseph, Love is such a empowering energy and is deeply appreciated.

        1 week ago
    4. Robin Ann

      Carol, thinking of you and your sister’s and sending you much strength during this difficult time. Take care!

      1 week ago
      1. Carol

        Thank you Robin Ann

        1 week ago
    5. Josie

      My heart goes out to you & your sisters as I read this poignant reflection. You inspire me to Be Here Now.🙏

      1 week ago
      1. Carol

        Your words warm my heart Josie

        1 week ago
    6. Antoinette

      Wow Carol this really must be difficult and I am deeply sorry for that your sister is sick. Thank you for sharing and I hope you have the peace of mind to remain in the present moment with gratefulness for this moment .

      1 week ago
      1. Carol

        It was a good day, Antoinette. Not peace of mind all the time but a good day.

        1 week ago
    7. Charlie T

      Carol, I’ll be thinking of you and
      your sisters today. You inspire
      me and here’s a spontaneous poem.

      As I sit here with my coffee and cats,
      on this beautiful sunny California
      morning,
      I am visited by a Mourning Dove,
      and it’s melancholy call,
      a reminder of just how precious
      this all is.

      1 week ago
      1. Carol

        Thanks for your lovely poem, Charlie. I felt like I was sitting right there with you. Your reference to a Mourning Dove reminded me of my wonderful experience of the Doves nesting in a planter on my front porch in Louisiana for three years. They trusted me completely and let me walk right up to the nest and watch their babies grow!

        1 week ago
    8. S
      Ana Maria

      Blessings to all of you, thank you for caring for your sister. Caregiving is a mission of love, the best gift we can give each other. Enjoy your sisters and the memories you share together.

      1 week ago
      1. Carol

        Ana Maria, we are enjoying the time together though we can’t help but wish the circumstances were different. That said, the light is shining through the darkness.

        1 week ago
    9. Yram

      My heart goes out to you and your family. I will surround you with love and peace.

      1 week ago
  11. Ngoc Nguyen

    If today were the first day of my life… this question reminds me of my father-in-law’s situation two years ago. When our family discovered his multiple myeloma, he and all of us thought it was the end of his life because his condition was terrible. Fortunately, effective treatment brought him back to us. He was given a new lease on life through a stem cell transplant. His new life began amidst our gratitude and joy. Reflecting on my father-in-law’s story, I can hope for opportunities to be reborn in health and happiness. While sickness is a part of life, if I could experience rebirth from illness, my gratitude would be transformative.

    1 week ago
  12. Mary Mantei

    I am trying to imagine what pure innocence would feel like…

    What I think would shift is that awe and wonder would be my reaction to everything. I wouldn’t have to remember to slow down, or be present, I just would.

    1 week ago
    1. Butterfly

      Thank you Mary. I was struggling with this question until I read your reply. This is why I have always loved being and working with young children. They see everything anew and that has always inspired me to look afresh and see things in a new light too.

      1 week ago
  13. Michele

    Looking forward to reading others answers today…too tired to think right now.

    1 week ago
    1. Robin Ann

      That is how I am feeling right now too. But my boss told me to work from home tomorrow thank Goodness!

      1 week ago
    2. Josie

      This was my exact reaction to today’s question. Thanks, Mary.

      1 week ago
  14. Joseph McCann

    What would shift immediately is the necessity of the love of other human beings to take care of me, for the survival of a helpless human baby. It would be the beginning of a life of gratitude and gratefulness.

    1 week ago
  15. Carla

    Provided I would have the cognizant awareness that I have now, I would smell and sniff every blossom and bloom within my reach. I would also try and taste a morsel of the food items I’d have made available to me. I pause and review my two sentences. Gosh, they exemplify what a first world privileged child I am—my first thoughts are of consumption. Smelling and eating. With this awareness of my self centeredness, I will add, I will share what I’ve been given.

    1 week ago
    1. Barb C

      I appreciate both your first thoughts and your second, Carla.

      1 week ago

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