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  1. O.Christina

    To be there and share with joy really is a natural response to being grateful, to be present, to pass forward and to possibly be of help, to say “Yes” and thank you, Lord, for the light, here i am.

    1 week ago
  2. barba

    I also feel my happiness and my joy in feeling and experiencing gratitude. I enjoy this joy and am sometimes amazed.
    Actions: It’s more like I automatically pause or slow down and sense this feeling. I wonder. And sometimes I realize that I want to hold on to it. And then it’s over. And life goes on.

    1 week ago
  3. Dolores Kazanjian

    When I feel gratefulness I am inspired to pass it on and extend kindness to others.

    1 week ago
  4. Barb C

    As others have said, I want to pass the feeling along and nurture it in some way. I’m grateful for my delicious breakfast this morning (rosemary-garlic bread from the bakery down the street, eggs from a nearby farm stand, chimichurri I made from herbs and peppers I grew). Today I’ll spend some time in the garden caring for the plants that are part of this interactive network. I’ll feed my sourdough; I bought from the bakery because I didn’t have time to bake this week but I’ll be able to tomorrow.

    I’ll also be going for a walk with a friend. She’s recovering from jaw surgery and I had laser surgery yesterday to repair retinal tears in one eye. Fascinating experience (uncomfortable at times but not unbearable) and I’m grateful for the technologies that helped us both. I’ll talk about that gratefulness with her.

    1 week ago
    1. L
      Loc Tran

      Barb, enjoy your sour dough. I love sweets.

      1 week ago
  5. pkr

    When I feel gratefulness, it makes me want to share that good, grateful feeling. I want to share in whatever way I can at the moment, in the moment. 🙏🏻❤️✨

    1 week ago
  6. Carol

    I agree with Charlie. Major illness in my family right now so not getting on line each day. Miss all of you so very much. Blessings, Carol

    1 week ago
    1. Michele

      Thinking of you and your family right now.

      1 week ago
    2. Yram

      🥰

      1 week ago
    3. Mary Mantei

      Blessings on you and yours, Carol.

      1 week ago
    4. Joseph McCann

      Compassionate Healing thoughts for you and yours dear Carol.

      1 week ago
      1. Carol

        Thank you Joseph

        1 week ago
    5. pkr

      Dear Carol, prayers up for you & your family.🙏🏻✨❤️

      1 week ago
      1. Carol

        Thank you PKR

        1 week ago
  7. Charlie T

    Normally, feeling gratefulness helps me
    release the desire to take action and instead,
    sit with what is. Or maybe it helps me take
    the “right” action. But mostly it helps
    reduce my desire for more, better, newer,
    and my habit of comparing myself with
    others. Sometimes the best action is
    no action. I used to like to say
    “just because you can,
    doesn’t mean you should”.

    1 week ago
    1. L
      Loc Tran

      Charlie, there are times where doing nothing is the best option. Yes, “Work smarter; not harder.”

      1 week ago
  8. Cathie

    When I feel gratefulness, my actions are quiet, peaceful, joyful. I can more readily enter into my daily life. For example I would readily do the vacuuming instead of putting it off, or go visit my 94 year old neighbor vs. sitting around. It propels me to enter in, instead of sitting on the sidelines wasting time.
    I am also thankful I am alive and have life to experience.

    1 week ago
  9. Michele

    When I experience the feeling of gratefulness I am inspired to share that with others.
    Enjoy the weekend everyone:)

    1 week ago
  10. Ngoc Nguyen

    When I experience the feeling of gratefulness, I am inspired to give thanks to my Lord and share whatever I’m grateful for with my loved ones, either orally or through actions. When I experience the feeling of gratefulness, it also inspires me to finish tasks that I’m typically too lazy to do. For example, I need to vacuum my house, but I usually postpone it. However, as I’m grateful for the large cup of bubble tea that I will have, I immediately grab the vacuum and thoroughly finish cleaning the house.

    1 week ago
    1. Dolores Kazanjian

      Bubble tea shops are springing up everywhere. Can you describe it? Is it very sweet?

      1 week ago
      1. Michele

        I recently tried my first bubble tea – but in a can – it was sooo delicious, I tried the Brown Sugar one and the Melon one, I would absolutely get them again.

        1 week ago
      2. Ngoc Nguyen

        Dear Dolores,
        Bubble tea is a kind of cold drink that is typically made from a combination of milk and tea (it can be Lipton tea, green tea, or red tea…). The toppings usually include tapioca pearls. The level of sweetness can be adjusted based on your preference. My favorite type of bubble tea is green tea. Many people like tapioca pearls, but I don’t. I prefer the salted foam covering the top of the cup instead. According to many resources I’ve read on the internet, bubble tea is not good for our health. But somehow, many young people, including myself, love it. Luckily, I don’t get to drink bubble tea very often. I only have it a few times a year. That’s why I’m so grateful when I have the chance to enjoy a cup of it.

        1 week ago
    2. Barb C

      Ngoc, I also work for treats!

      1 week ago
      1. L
        Loc Tran

        Barb, Treats and awards are fun. They’re very pleasurable and have a way of motivating us to keep doing more. I totally get the feeling as someone with a words of affirmation love language.

        1 week ago
  11. L
    Loc Tran

    Today, my parents, Ngoc, and I will be going to my mom’s friends house today to see their new house and have lunch. Vietnamese people deeply value intimacy. Personal conversations show care. It’s a family of families culture. Bringing food and dining together is their way of socializing and showing care and intimacy. Eating slows people down building avenues for people to have deeper and meaningful connections and enhancing personal conversations.
    For dinner, we’ll be going out to eat at a Chinese restaurant as a bigger family unit to celebrate my dad and brother’s birthdays. My dad’s birthday is tomorrow, and my brother’s was a couple days ago. With that being said, a couple actions I will take to show my feelings of gratefulness are to committ to raising awareness for the people on my boat and dining out.
    In terms of raising awareness, we must learn how other people think before implementing our ways. Some of the things that jump out that Vietnamese people and many Asian cultures deeply value are: visibility, social life, hard-work, and obedience. Honesty and simplicity are a couple shared values between Asian cultures and me which is a good starting point. Learning their system helps me appreciate those who come before me and strengthens my base in the long term.
    See the Boston Celtics. They’re about to win their 18th banner. These Celtics led by their young superstar dual of Jason Tatum and Jalen Brown are a historically balanced offensive team who play fast and shoot 3s and make them at a blistering rate. They’re also a strong interior and perimeter defensive team as well. Everyone eats on that team.
    Dining gives me a way to show grattitude for where I come from and those who come before me. I am an ennielgram 3W4, the achiever who focuses more on inner growth. I’m clearly a 3 with quite a few qualities gearing towards a 4 focusing on authenticity and inner growth giving me a 4 wing. No matter how challenging, I’m motivate to do something if the opportunity presents itself to prove my values.

    1 week ago
    1. L
      Lauryn

      …we must learn how others think… so true. Also, I love the Tatum – Brown duo, and I’m from Boston, but, Mavs in 6….Celtics had it too easy this year lol….

      1 week ago
      1. L
        Loc Tran

        Lauryn, I see where you’re going with this. I’ve seen the Celtics have too many lapses when they have big leads. The Mavs have played really hard. But however, I still have Boston in 5. The Seas are too talented from top to bottom. Kristaps Porzingis just came back from an injury in game 1, and he was great at both ends. He happens to be a strong 3rd option and borderline all-star.

        1 week ago
  12. Josie

    One of my favorite Scripture quotes is “The gift you have received give as a gift.” Today I am particularly grateful for my gift of being a compassionate listener. I hope to give that gift freely to others….today & everyday. Namaste.

    1 week ago
  13. sunnypatti

    I think practicing gratefulness inspires me to continue the practice! It also inspires me to share that light with others and do my part to increase the good energy flow.

    1 week ago
  14. J
    John

    When I feel grateful, it is almost always a sense of happiness for the existence and love that my wife showers on me, and I want somehow to thank or worship or show her that I am grateful for her love and affection.

    1 week ago
  15. Mary Mantei

    When I experience feelings of gratefulness, there are often a myriad of others feelings going on. Deep appreciation, satisfaction, humility, lightness, openness. The action/s I take as a result of these feelings is simply continuing to show up in the world as a grateful being. That’s the kindling for me being a decent member of the bigger scene.

    1 week ago
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