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  1. Misty

    A terminallly ill relative. I get tangled up in sadness and grief. Practising gratefulness could help make the most of the time remaining.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      That’s a great idea, Misty. I wish for both of you peace and connection.

      2 years ago
  2. Malag

    I hope with everyone I connect with. It’s easy enough where there is something I am benefitting from eg the postman delivers my letter, I appreciate that and may have a more grateful connection. Those close to me are so bound up with mutual beneficial connection (I hope) that it is similarly easy. Where it’s a random person it must be something to do with the inter-connectedness of us sharing the planet, that everything and everyone is in some way to be cherished. 

    2 years ago
  3. O.Christina

    Care inspired by gratefulness leads me to connect more deeply with all people I am with and do encounter, as well as with all living beings, including nature and our Earth as a whole. It is heartwarming and reconnecting in all levels of being. Thank you!

    2 years ago
  4. Cathie

    My Hubby! When I focus on the things about him that make me count my blessings!!!

    2 years ago
  5. Elaine

    The question has done its work in me. It’s been simmering all day and prompted me to write my cousin with whom I rarely connect. Gratefulness inspires me to not take her presence in my life for granted and to take a few minutes to express my appreciation and love for her – just not too overtly or she would squirm. lol.

    2 years ago
    1. Misty

      Cute, Elaine!

      2 years ago
  6. Dusty Su

    Anyone who needs a compassionate eye to see and understand them. To respond, not react. Including how I view and treat myself.

    2 years ago
  7. Don Jones

    It is a moment-by-moment proposition. If I am with others – those I am with. If I am sitting on a rock – the environment. If I am in meditation – the Devine.

    2 years ago
  8. Melissa

    It actually helps me let go of my old stories, resentments or my “ego to be right ” with two family members that I struggle with. What a gift it is to have gratitude shift my judgement to see the good as well as the challenges of working out relationships. Because there is always good even if my ego wants to sometimes overlook it so I can justify my view point. Gratitude balances it all out to be a more truthful painting of my few family relationships I struggle with.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I’m impressed by your self-honesty. It must have taken a lot of courage to examine your “old stories.” Thank you, Melissa.

      2 years ago
  9. SK

    I would connect more deeply with the earth. I am tired of people. I want the earth to nurture me. I am grateful for the time and silence to be out there.

    2 years ago
  10. Mica

    With climate change – I just started a book that I’d read a review of: Psychological Roots of the Climate Crisis. Neoliberal Exceptionalism and the Culture of Uncare – Sally Weintrobe

    I feel an uncaring about climate change, at a deep level. How can I?/Why would I? go so deeply into climate change as to care deeply about it? How would I endure the pain of doing so?

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Those are courageous questions, Mica. I wish you the best in finding your answers. 🙂

      2 years ago
      1. Mica

        Thank you, dear Holly in Ohio – I’m regretting blowing off a fellow quilt guild member who is very worried about the coming heat from climate change – we both live in rather hot apartments. Talking about climate change is supposed to be good, according to the book.

        2 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          Many people are getting anxiety about climate change. I have to admit, some days when I’m struggling against the heat or weird weather at the farm (like the late frost that took the apple blossoms and this year’s apple crop) I get to feeling discouraged and wish that I had more power to help world behavior shift just a little bit. I have a teen who takes it and other news stories hard and sort of rebels against them in denial, because he doesn’t feel like what he does makes any difference. I am sure the human race has experienced this kind of thing before across many issues, like before WWII when many people could see war coming, but felt helpless, and others were in denial of the racism and danger, and yet others did all they could, sometimes at great personal risk. It seems to be part of our human nature to struggle with both personal empowerment and acceptance of what is beyond our individual control, and this internal struggle can come to us in any form, such as a personal health crisis that leaves us wondering if we are going to die. I don’t have any answers, Mica. With my self I just try to keep deepening my self empowerment by doing, but ALSO my acceptance, by trying to embrace inner peace and non-judgment, and by having faith that things will work out if we do what we can.

          2 years ago
          1. Holly in Ohio

            Interesting, Mica. Tell me the book title, please! I will ask you further up the daily question!

            2 years ago
          2. Mica

            Thank you, Holly in Ohio – certainly if I lose my peace of mind but do nothing else, I’ve just added 1 more unhappy person to the world. I’m reading a book about the problem and am actually pretty happy – AND I stopped my tiny bit of anaerobic composting after learning that it releases methane and such –

            2 years ago
  11. Toby May

    I am in the process of growing to know a special person. My gratefulness journey is allowing the distance between us to be more fulfilling rather that a hindrance..

    2 years ago
  12. Howie Geib

    I can commit to writing more letters. Lots more letters. Letters allow the recipient to mull the words, over and over. It is a testament, a powerful connector. And the care piece is essentially my taking the time to not only write, to write with intention and precision so as to strengthen the bond. Gratitude is the oxygen for me in doing this. The ground of being.

    2 years ago
  13. Carol

    I find myself quoting Br. David: “Gratefulness is a prelude to happiness, not vice versa.” An attitude of gratitude enriches all connections, all relationships, because it brings a positive perspective in even the most difficult circumstances. Just being reminded of this by my visits to this site and the sharing that occurs here makes me feel like I’m receiving a big and much needed hug. For this I’m grateful.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Yes, it does feel like hugs, doesn’t it? 😀

      Good night, Carol and everyone. See you tomorrow!

      2 years ago
    2. Mica

      ‘Love your quote, Carol – I’ve copied it to my gratefulness doc. Thanks 🙏 ☺️ 😊

      2 years ago
  14. Toni

    My family. They don’t connect with me even after I tried to keep us all connected during covid. I speak to my sister often but the rest of my family I only see on special occasions. I don’t know why that is exactly but instead of taking it personally and feeling resentful, I could just call once in a while and see how they are doing.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Warm wishes, Toni 💕👍🏾

      2 years ago
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    dcdeb

    I would say a friend of mine who is always seems contented with simple things.

    2 years ago
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