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  1. Adrisoren

    When you live gratefully you are at peace with life and with others. It matters because when you’re in that state you don’t take things personally, you go with the flow and that energy spreads to those around you.

    2 years ago
  2. SK

    I am called to stop, look, listen. feel. and appreciate no matter what the current circumstances. I am called to breathe slowly and know that each breath is the ultimate gift for that day. I am called to look at everything every day and know that God has blessed me with so much abundance that i can scarce take it all in. I am called to let my heart burst with joy. It matters because that’s what gets me through my day.

    2 years ago
  3. Malag

    I am called to be more present-moment oriented and in appreciating what is around me I inevitably care more. And in caring more I might take more action to care for what I appreciate. At the small level it could be finding those opportunities for silence. On the big stage it’s the future of the planet’s species including our own. 

    2 years ago
  4. Elaine

    Every word, every gesture, every intention, every thought, every prayer of gratitude is important. It all matters.

    2 years ago
  5. Hot Sauce

    When I live gratefully, I feel called to appreciate every moment in life for the wonder that is truly present all the time. Above all the noise and tumult of our lives, the beauty of galaxies and stars hovers above our busy lives, and the moon and sun remain in the sky, regardless of what we’re going through. This matters because it can be difficult to see beauty when we’re stuck in our own hectic lives without paying attention to the wonder all around us.

    2 years ago
  6. O.Christina

    It is an invitation to wholeheartedly care about everything and everyone, including animals, nature and all which is. To do what is necessary to protect or support others, a flow of loving kindness in every direction, which I feel is a base for the flowering of all.

    2 years ago
    1. Malag

      Thanks Ose. That hits where I was trying to get to.

      2 years ago
  7. hellokasi

    When I live gratefully, I am called to indulge in sensory experiences, live mindfully, and flow with calm content. Gratefulness is one of the answers to my anxiety (along with physical exercise and meditation).

    2 years ago
  8. Don Jones

    Slow down… linger a little longer in the little moments of this life… notice more, open up and appreciate, become more available. It opens up a compassion for everything around me.

    2 years ago
  9. nadders

    I am called to ‘pay in forward’, to be actively and proactively kind.

    It matters as hopefully these behaviours will inspire others to be kind to others. It may engendour respect and trust in others.

    2 years ago
  10. Joanders

    Seems to be called to be humble. See yourself as dependent or connected to something other. It matters as a vast opportunity presents itself. .

    2 years ago
  11. Linda

    I am called to be caring and kind to others. To avoid talking about others, and complaining about minor things. I have so much to be grateful for when I remember to focus on that.

    2 years ago
  12. Mica

    I’m called to keep my mind from rehashing negativity of the past.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      good one.

      2 years ago
      1. Mica

        Thank you, Michele – [it’s a ‘slow news day’ today].

        2 years ago
  13. seashell

    Be fully alive, sensory awake, caring to all.

    2 years ago
  14. L
    Lauryn

    Pay attention to the details. Slow down. Think about your intentions, your thoughts, the words you speak. Notice the less obvious. It matters because so much of the time energy gets misdirected and mishandled. Things we think are super important really aren’t.

    2 years ago
  15. Javier Visionquest

    To share
    I’m not always confident that what I share does matter
    and maybe whatever doubt I have about it ought not concern me, either

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Give it time, Javier. Keep practicing gratitude. I find the daily question helpful, but I also use the Private Journal feature and think of three things each day for which to be grateful. Gratitude practice like physical exercise, you have to keep showing up, like you have, but it doesn’t happen quickly, but over time. You are grieving and have had other challenges this year, and sometimes this may affect what you see or how confident you feel, but your life and how you choose to live it, does matter. It matters to you, but also, it matters to us. You have gifts to offer this world. Peace and love to you, Javier.

      2 years ago
      1. Javier Visionquest

        It’s the call that I miss. I’ve never been called
        Where love attracts and fear repels
        I’ve been prompted, prodded, poked. . . always pushed to action and never pulled.

        2 years ago
        1. Michele

          8675309, Jenny misses your call. did you laugh?

          2 years ago
          1. Javier Visionquest

            “for a good time call. . . ” I’m only here for the LOLz

            2 years ago
    2. Mica

      I have that feeling about some things, too – but doing them helps me let go of whatever it was, Javier Visionquest

      2 years ago
  16. Rose

    When I live gratefully, I am called to pass my joy and light onto others. We are all family. We are all connected.

    2 years ago
  17. Carol

    The sharing this morning is so overwhelmingly beautiful and helpful. As I read each post, I realized the importance of remembering that life is about relationship. How I relate to myself, to you, to my environment, matters. Richard Rohr says, “God is a verb called relationship more than a noun called monarch.” When one lives gratefully, it’s hard to objectify any one or any thing. Being grateful, makes all things relatable.

    2 years ago
  18. Maeve

    When I am grateful, I can see beauty around me. It matters because it opens me to the world around me, and to my interactions with others. I notice and am awake to delight in the moment. It matters because it makes life richer and happier and
    And if I am happier I can spread that to everything and everyone around me.

    2 years ago
  19. Carla

    When I am on the beam filled with a grateful heart, I am directed to initiate more spontaneous random acts of kindness be it while driving & letting cars into a lane or taking an extra moment to hold a door open regardless of the age of the one behind me. When I am centered & engage in these small activities, I’m aware that the other I help in whatever way, IS my sister, IS my brother, IS a person on this tiny planet during my lifetime; I do not have to help, I’ve been given the privilege to help & be of service. My eyes & heart consciously See the Divine in the other.

    2 years ago
  20. Patricia

    When I am calm, grateful and centered, that’s also the energy I transmit to those around me and to the world.

    2 years ago
  21. Holly in Ohio

    In addition to vocalizing my gratitude of/to the people around me, I find that gratitude calls me NOT to do many things, but instead to live more simply.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I missed the second part of the question, an important part.
      It matters that we appreciate each other. Love always matter. It matters to people (and family) to feel loved and respected.

      And living more simply matters for both the inner and outer ramifications. Living just a bit more simply will help our planet, but it also helps our souls. The jumble in our houses and our calendars equates to a jumble in our minds. I would rather have less, but do it well, and have a clearer purpose.

      2 years ago
      1. Javier Visionquest

        “The jumble in our houses and our calendars equates to a jumble in our minds.” I’ve said this many times to those I share space with: “the chaos and clutter in this room, house, etc is a direct reflection of the clutter and chaos inside me” and I cannot live this way. . . .but, apparently, they can

        2 years ago
  22. sunnypatti48317

    I am called to share the light. To share how good life can be when we find things to be grateful for and practice being grateful. To show that life is still good and there are still things to be grateful for when ‘bad’ things happen. Gratitude calls me to think before I act, to be sure that I am looking onto a situation with an open heart, and to remember that nothing is permanent. It matters because I matter. It matters because others matter. It matters because I know we are all connected, that my thoughts and actions affect the world around me. So I strive to stay conscious as I go throughout each day, and I remember to take time here and there to pause and say thank you for it all.

    2 years ago
  23. Toni

    It matters because It brings a fresh perspective that otherwise might not have been noticed and if there is a need to act or pray the guidance might not otherwise be given to help the situation along. It helps to be not caught up in drama and see clearly and act justly. The space or pause gratitude brings is like a flash of lightning that can have a rumble before it strikes like a warning bell to get out of the way. I’m in the way or unconscious if I am all consumed with thought of self. It misses the mark of unlimited potential or clouds what is best even if that means just observing.

    2 years ago
  24. C
    Clare

    I feel called to be fully present in the moment, which is my greatest challenge. When I am present I’m filled with gratitude for all that is in my life. Just turning on the faucet, throwing clothes in the washer, flushing a toilet. These are things that are an incredible luxury. I grew up with no running water so it will never leave me the incredible struggle it was to just wash your clothes, bathe with the least amount of water possible. It matters because I am aware that this struggle for clean drinking water goes on unnecessarily for millions. This propels me to give towards changing this hardship. I am full of gratitude for all the beauty in my life if I just remember to pay attention.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Wonderful, Clare. My mother grew up with just one indoor hand pump at the kitchen sink, without a toilet, and without electricity. I have the lantern by which she studied for high school, and yet I often forget that I am fortunate, and that so many in our world don’t have the “luxuries” we do. You are quite right, we need to do something about it. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, both the call to help others, and how fortunate I am.

      2 years ago
  25. Howie Geib

    Well essentially it seems to impact my disposition. I am less proprietary in a way, not as concerned about having to control outcomes, and this allows for a relaxed grip on my day. Not to say I don’t have my part to play, I do. But it is not mission critical. Victimhood is impossible. And all this is fertile ground for a spiritual focus and deeper connections to life around me.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Spot on.

      2 years ago
  26. Trish

    I’m called to pay attention to the smallest of details & that truly changes everything. I’m called to train my brain & reframe situations or remind myself of the beautiful side of that story/person/picture. It keeps me from being a little whiner and growing into a gorgeous human being. That’s cool stuff….

    2 years ago
  27. devy

    If I focus on gratitude, it gives a whole new perspective to the world and what’s around me. I realize how fortunate I am, the fact that many others have worse scenarios. It is important as well because it opens up compassion in my heart wanting to help others .

    2 years ago
  28. Kevin

    Hopefully, my gratitude for all that I have, gratitude for my very life, gratitude for living in a place and time that affords me the luxury of not worrying about my safety, where my next meal will come from, or where I will sleep tonight, and gratitude for being able to feel gratitude itself, compels me to work to help other people in ways that I can so that they too, might experience a lightening of their heaviest, daily burdens.

    2 years ago
    1. Patricia

      “Gratitude for being able to feel gratitude”….. ah, that really resonates. Thank you.

      2 years ago
      1. Mica

        Thank you, Patricia – and Kevin

        2 years ago
  29. EJP

    Living gratefully creates a life of ease and simplicity which greatly effects the whole world around us. one step at a time.

    2 years ago
  30. Dusty Su

    I am called to sacrifice (or work through with diligence) my immediate pressing feelings, which want to react, wallow, growl, despair, and quit.
    I am called to show up despite what is going on. This matters because I want to condition myself to respond with love, kindness, and yes, honesty and truth (never just rah-rah gratitude) that says this is hard, but, (and the buts are big things) which says, all will be well if not now, eventually. Or simply, “Thank God it is not always like this!”
    This then allows me to say, “Amen, and so it is…” and move on with a sense of hope, faith, and the peeking through of joy.

    2 years ago
  31. Michele

    I think living gratefully is calling one to reflect which makes it personal. It matters because it changes your perspective on things. Being grateful is calming and makes me feel better. I love this site and everyone who participates on here. I value all the responses. Thank you.

    2 years ago
    1. Patricia

      “Being grateful is calming”…. yes…..

      2 years ago
  32. Christine

    I can influence my own life very positively with my attitude.
    I opened this website with reverence (Yesterday’s question), and it gave me a sense of sacred and grateful feeling. And when I read the question, I realized that I had already received the answer before I read the question.
    Live with reverence.

    2 years ago
    1. Debra

      So true. So wise!

      2 years ago

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