Reflections

Please log in or Create a Profile to post a comment.

  1. Misty

    Humbling because when you acknowledge all your blessings, in their many forms, you become more aware of others who are less fortunate, through no fault of their own.

    2 years ago
  2. Emily

    I agree that Gratefulness can be humbling and I have to say that this statement does resonate with me. Gratefulness can help me to grow as a person and have a good attitude in life. Gratefulness can help me to be happy, positive, joyful, considerate, caring, compassionate and thankful. I want to try to be Grateful on a daily basis.

    2 years ago
  3. k'Care-Reena

    Gratitude Attitude is the way to go!!.
    Being appreciative has impacted my mental health condition as well as my client’s.
    Being grateful allowed me to reduce any tension or stress I had in my day to day routine.
    Being grateful allowed me to travel and scuba dive even with Anxiety. Being grateful has enhanced my relationships with my parents.
    Being grateful has allowed me to give recognition and acknowledgement especially in difficult times.
    Being grateful has allowed me to grow into my desired career field, that I would degrade and belittle in my past.
    Being grateful has allowed me to love myself and understand what TRUE LOVE is; which will allow me to LOVE OTHERS genuinely and have valuable long term relationships.
    Being grateful has allowed me to leave behind my old life (9-5 stressful, living paycheck to paycheck, not going on vacation, being unhappy lifestyle).
    Being grateful has allowed me to meet SOME AMAZING PEOPLE that I most likely would of not met.

    Being grateful has allowed me to see the warrior in myself and truly appreciate myself

    2 years ago
  4. Anna

    I feel connnected with something greater than me. I am not greater than other human fellow. My joy is pure.

    2 years ago
  5. Malag

    1 connecting to something much greater
    2 Realising the good fortune surrounding me is not because of anything more special about me – I don’t “deserve” it any more than someone else
    3 When I remember that I forgot to be grateful I know I’ll forget again. We are far from all powerful and perfect.

    2 years ago
  6. Hot Sauce

    This resonates with me because, when I look at the moon and the stars and planets outside, I kind of feel insignificant, but in a sacred, holy way. When we look at the vastness of the universe, our affairs don’t seem to matter much.

    2 years ago
  7. Kristi

    When I am grateful I am much happier! There is so much good in my life that sometimes I choose not to share as I feel way to blessed. There is so much good when I look for it, and it can be humbling to know how lucky I am!

    2 years ago
  8. O.Christina

    To me gratefulness is deeply humbling. When I feel the love of my dear ones, for their kindness and care, and trust. For my life and for the gift of sharing this precious life with all of you. For you all here, where often enough, your comments are inspiring transformation. It still may happen that I loose this thread of gratitude, especially when allowing doubts to enter my mind. In the mean time, coming back to gratefulness then shows the way. I am deeply grateful for having been inspired to start the gratefulness journal while sharing here, as this daily turning to it already helped a lot to brighten what had been quite dark inside. I am deeply grateful for this change and feel deeply humbled.

    2 years ago
  9. Melissa

    When gratefulness humbles me it is when I realize how incredibly lucky I was before I lost something. Like now in the pandemic being able to hug my son and grandchildren. Until we are all vaccinated.

    2 years ago
  10. Don Jones

    Whenever I gain new insights and grow in awareness. They always remind me just how little I really know.

    2 years ago
  11. Linda

    Today I took my husband to get his first Covid shot. I was deeply moved by the dedication and kindness of all the volunteers working the event, mostly from the local fire and rescue groups. It reminded me of the greatness of this nation, politics aside, that I am privileged to live in. I am a grateful person today.

    2 years ago
  12. L
    Lauryn

    When I think of things I am grateful for – nature, sunshine, my partners love, my cats, etc – it’s humbling because all those little things that get me upset – a bad day at work, my lack of exercise, the fact that I can’t travel – are so minor and narrow in scope- it makes us re-frame our points of reference.

    2 years ago
  13. Antoinette

    I’m humbled by gratitude for this precious human life that I have. It’s an amazing gift to be alive and be breathing freely. This body is a wonder and this earth and all its beings are wonders. It’s humbling to be a part of it all.

    2 years ago
  14. pkr

    Being grateful, living grateful reminds me how truly blessed I am. I am thankful for all the riches in my life. Happy Saturday All, make it a great day. 🙏❤️

    2 years ago
  15. Chester

    Experiencing all that I have been provided and all the greatness within individuals, the natural world, the spiritual world, the history that preceded me, all vital parts of who I am, how can I be anything but humble, while sitting with gratitude and orienting towards just doing my part. Individually humbling, but collectively and universally magnifying.

    2 years ago
  16. Cathie

    When I recall all the gifts that I have and have been given, gratitude bubbles up, the wants and desires that I may have had pale, there is a shift in focus – and at that moment I am humbled and grateful in an authentic way.
    However, it is trying to perpetually live in that gratitude disposition that is a challenge for me.
    Yet those humbling moments reground me and I start again.

    2 years ago
  17. Journey

    When I am grateful, it’s like a switch has been switched on and I am aware. I am aware of the infinite universe, of my cozy spot in it, of my family and friends that are like a protective blanket, of my church that provides food for my soul, for my job that allows me to have a good life. When I am in this aware state, I realize I am just a tiny speck on this planet and so is everyone else, we are all here together now, our paths cross virtually or physically, some of us may go sooner than others and other people will take our place. It is very humbling to know we are a tiny piece of such a big system and yet have our own space and time to make our own.

    2 years ago
    1. L
      Lauryn

      Well said.

      2 years ago
    2. sparrow

      This truly puts things into perspective,
      doesn’t it,
      dear Journey?

      2 years ago
  18. Toni

    As I sit here listening to the sound of gentle falling rain in the quiet of the morning and reflect upon this question, it is humbling to be in that awareness of a new day beginning of which we are all experiencing in our own neck of the woods. And as one bird chirps, and my kitten sleeps exhausted from a playful early dawn and I sip my coffee with all of you, I feel such gratitude to be alive. That is humbling. I did nothing to deserve this moment of wonderment and peace but so grateful to be here now with all of you in this moment in time.

    2 years ago
    1. A
      Ana Maria

      What a lovely comment. Thank yo for sharing it, it helps me center around the magic of the morning.

      2 years ago
  19. Carol

    The statement “Gratefulness can be humbling” resonates with me in this way. We are all wounded. We are all broken. Leonard Cohen put it this way: “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” It is also how the light gets out. Sometimes my brokenness is all I have to offer and for the gift to see this and accept it, I am grateful. My failures, my limitations, have often been my greatest teachers. The Indian philosopher J Krishnamurti once said something like (paraphrase)”Today I held a precious jewel, it reflected everything that I needed to see; it was fear.” That quote shared with me many years ago was very humbling. It offered me a “blinding gift of the obvious.” Fear of “not being enough” plagues most of us. It can rob us of the ability to see what is good right now, right here. Gratefulness reminds us that life itself is a gift. It releases, allows, acknowledges a powerful energy and empowers us to be its instrument in the world. Laughing or crying then becomes fruitful. I share a poem, “Clear Seeing,” I wrote many years ago.

    CLEAR SEEING

    WE ARE PILGRIMS ON THE JOURNEY.
    WE SEARCH BUT ALL PATHS LEAD NO WHERE.
    WHY? BECAUSE, WE NEVER LEFT THE GARDEN.
    WE JUST THINK WE DID.

    AND WHAT WE THINK MANIFESTS.
    AND WHAT MANIFESTS BECOMES OUR REALITY —
    A REALITY THAT DENIES OUR BIRTHRIGHT
    AND IMPRISONS OUR VERY SOUL.

    SO LET US RE-MEMBER THE GARDEN.
    GATHER BENEATH THE TREE OF LIFE.
    ROOT OURSELVES IN ITS AGELESS WISDOM
    AND BECOME WHAT WE WERE MEANT TO BE.

    WHOLE, HOLY, ONE WITH NATURE,
    FATHER, MOTHER, BROTHER, SISTER, FRIEND,
    SUMMER, WINTER, SPRING, AND FALL,
    BEING GRATEFUL FOR IT ALL

    2 years ago
    1. Howie Geib

      Carol, I am deeply moved by your share. It resonates so with me. I no longer fear adversity, as it can be so fruitful and, life, such as it is, brings that along with magically wonderful times on its course from source…thank you.

      2 years ago
      1. Carol

        HI Howie, I just finished reading the novel, “Above” by Isla Morley. I can’t get the following phrase from the last chapter out of my mind: “Freedom’s not something big. Freedom’s other name is choosing.” My son often says, “Every day’s a good day, Mama.” His attitude of gratitude always inspires me. Yes, things can get worse but they can also get better. Makes me think of that popular song from the Sinatra era, “That’s Life.”

        2 years ago
        1. Howie Geib

          WOW what a great quote! Thanks!

          2 years ago
    2. A
      Ana Maria

      Wow! Thank you Carol for sharing, what beautiful post. You are inspiring me to just be. It is the most wonderful of weekends for me, it is my kids birthdays, I am in awe of the gift they are to me. They are part of my garden. They make me whole. Beautiful humans. Your poem is one I will write in my dairy today; how gorgeous!

      2 years ago
      1. Carol

        Ana Maria, Enjoy your weekend! Blessing always and all ways!

        2 years ago
    3. Holly in Ohio

      Beautiful Carol.

      2 years ago
      1. Carol

        Thanks, Holly

        2 years ago
  20. LeanIn

    When I remember that the many things for which I am grateful are a gift to me from God and the people around me, I feel humble. Gratitude is not bragging about my life’s blessings in person or on social media. It is feeling an inner sense of thankfulness and humility that is not pride or my ego’s arrogance. My gratefulness practice can be my daily reminder that I am connected to God and others.

    2 years ago
  21. Howie Geib

    A while ago I came to the realization that my posture here in this life is one as a guest. So this resonates with me. Humility as a default is a learned behavior for me, one that comes with constant practice. My sense of self is less brittle that way, not as quick to take offense. Much less work than running everything. The relative simplicity of this also allows me to consider how I might be a channel for others to use.

    2 years ago
  22. Trish

    I have everything I need & truly want for nothing. God’s love is immeasurable & it is evident wherever I go. What a blessed life have I.

    2 years ago
  23. Michele

    When I struggle with depression what brings me back is gratefulness. I have to be thankful for what I have. There are always people who have it worse. One day at a time and staying focused on breath. Smile and remember there are so many kind and good people in this world. Thank God.

    2 years ago
  24. Kevin

    Humbling indeed! Maintaining and nurturing an inner sense of being grateful for all that I have, from being able to express myself right here using words and transmitting them out into the world, to smelling the salty air over the harbor at sunrise, as I wait for my rowing teammates to arrive, it is all gift, here for today, and for this moment, with no guarantees of the same for tomorrow. That simple realization stops me. It takes my breath away. And as my breathing returns it does so with prayer and thanksgiving.

    2 years ago
    1. Judith

      Thank you, Kevin! Your words came as rain to parched ground today, “all a gift…with no guarantees.” I’m struggling this morning with concern over a problem faced by a beloved adult grandchild, a problem over which I have no control. Accepting that, letting go, and trusting him to God is humbling. Not being in control is always humbling. Being reminded that all is a gift with no guarantees is just what I needed! Thank you!

      2 years ago
      1. A
        Ana Maria

        Sending you and grandchild, all the love and prayers; may all the blessing come to both of you. Much love to you.

        2 years ago
  25. sunnypatti48317

    While I know what the word ‘humble’ means, I looked up humbling, to set my early morning mind in the right direction and it says, “causing someone to understand that they are not as important or special as they thought.” I’m not sure that my gratitude practice makes me feel less special or unimportant. I don’t ever think I’m MORE important or special than anyone else out there, but I don’t really think it’s good to feel LESS than others, either. I have felt so much gratitude that it has brought a sense of awe, and while I can say it may have felt humbling, thinking about the true definition of the word makes it seem not so humbling! Gratitude helps me recognize the little miracles that happen all the time. Gratitude makes me feel like I am a part of the bigger picture. Gratitude makes my life better every day. And while it can be overwhelming at times, causing tears of joy, it never makes me feel more or less than anyone. I would say it leaves me with a sense of inner peace and love more than anything.

    Perhaps I am over-thinking this one! Have a great day, everyone!

    2 years ago
    1. Ed Schulte

      You have great-fullness day too!

      I too rethought the question several times and then decided it was a contradiction to equate “great fullness” with humbleness……

      by definition great fullness is “feeling of showing an appreciation of kindness, or, thankful.

      My experiencing is the great-fullness is …it is Flowing of love ….and it is Empowering ….but I live by the premise that there is NO punishing God, only that God Is Love empowering itself. It would never Humble nor would God expect any one to be humbled, only strengthened by Love …that is just an attitude taught by some religions, unfortunately!

      2 years ago
      1. sunnypatti48317

        Thank you, Ed! I am with you!

        2 years ago

Stay Grateful

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Give yourself the gift of free bi-monthly inspiration including uplifting articles, diverse stories, supportive practices, videos, and more, delivered with heart to your inbox.


Show your support for Grateful Living this #GivingTuesday