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  1. ryanmopo

    I got my second vaccine shot, so I will be able to see friends and do normal-ish things soon without fear of getting or spreading the virus!

    2 years ago
  2. k'Care-Reena

    HOW ARE YOU FORTUNATE ??How are we NOT !!! Everyday is another day to be the best version of yourself and live life based off of your purpose. I identify days as ” do overs” “chances”. There are a lot of us who are hard on ourselves and expect life to be hard while associating over working with success.

    THIS IS NOT TRUE, YOU HAVE TO HAVE DRIVE AND A PURPOSE IN LIFE to detect ALL the blessing and gifts you have. Ever looked for your glasses and its on your head? How about looking for your phone while you are on it? Yea thats the same thing:
    WE ARE LOOKING FOR FULFILLMENT, SUCCESS, HEALTH & HAPPINESS outside when the answer is WITHIN US…it is uncovering your TRUE SELF.

    2 years ago
  3. Malag

    How am I not? I am vertical today. My needs are met. I can share time with loved ones and help them. I live at a time when science has advanced so far that we have effective vaccines so quickly. If this had happened even 10 years ago it would have been grim.

    2 years ago
  4. Hot Sauce

    I am fortunate to have my animal companions, my family, plenty of clean food and water, and the wisdom I have gained over the years.

    2 years ago
  5. Kristi

    I have a family I love, a job, a house, friends, my health, and so much more. I am truly fortunate!

    2 years ago
  6. Tori

    I am fortunate to have my good health, my family in good health, a roof over my head, and people around me who are positive and loving. I am grateful for everyday of my life!

    2 years ago
  7. Michael Mac

    Grateful for good friends who appreciate me for who I am, and to those people who have been positive influences in my life.

    2 years ago
  8. Don Jones

    Fortunate to be aware – aware of Grace. And also to have a Kelpie dog in my life who, I am pretty sure, thinks I am the ant’s pants.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      haha. Dogs are so special. 😀

      2 years ago
  9. Elaine

    By accident/miracle of birth I was born healthy and middle class in safe, sensible and splendorous postwar Canada.

    2 years ago
  10. Joy

    I feel it is already graced with fortune to be allowed to live in a western country with no war, no starving, no suffering of cold or lack of any basic needs while most of the world´s fellow people have to suffer greatly of most of these circumstances. I try to spare spending too much of water, food and energy, hoping the balance somehow may beat in favor of these people. I am fortunate to be able to share here, being able to use such a high tech tool like my computer while sitting in my heated flat. The evening sun conjures up a peaceful evening atmosphere before my fellow friends soon will arrive for drinking tea, for sharing of our lives and for meditating together. How can I be other than fortunate facing this richness?

    2 years ago
  11. Linda

    I have lived in a beautiful part of the country for many years. I have good friends and a caring family. My husband is a patient and loving man. I was able to retire this year and am enjoying the downtime for now. I have mostly good health and things to look forward to. I am indeed fortunate. Thank you for the question today. It is good to focus on the positive first thing in the morning!

    2 years ago
  12. John T

    In so many ways that it boggles the mind. I recently asked myself this question within the context of my “economic privileged” life and realized two major economic factors were primarily responsible. First, was my fathers access to the GI bill as a veteran of WW2 which allowed him to get an education. Second, was my great grandfather’s, on mothers side, access to the free land thru the Homestead Act. Both events significant changed the financial fortunes on both my mothers and fathers side of the family. These events were were largely denied to people of color by the way.

    2 years ago
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    Lauryn

    I am fortunate to have a job that allows me to be financially secure. I am fortunate to be in good health. I am fortunate to have a partner who understands me and with whom I can share this life. I am fortunate to live in an area of the country where I enjoy pleasant weather year round. I am fortunate to be able to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Those are a few things that come to mind this morning.

    2 years ago
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    Yram

    This is my first time responding but a long time reader. I will say ditto to all the eye opening answers, except rowing. In a few days we will be able to travel from WI to NM. Fortunate or privileged? Probably both. I will absorb and appreciate the difference in weather and scenery as well as the people I will meet and depend on for my comfort. I am looking forward to new life being pumped into my being. Thank you everyone!

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I’m glad you are adding your voice now, and hope you do often. A belated “welcome!”

      2 years ago
    2. Howie Geib

      It’s never too late to start rowing! Good to hear your voice. Have a safe journey.

      2 years ago
  15. s
    sb

    I just feel fortunate in every way. Of course, I must admit I might not feel this every second of every day – we all have our ups and downs and I have certainly had my share of downs, but in general, I can feel blessed by how fortunate I am. I have reasonable health, I grew up in a wonderful family who taught me well, developing my values, interests, skills, self confidence…..and am now married to a (usually!!) wonderful man. I live in the most beautiful place and get out and enjoy nature – so important to me. I have a nice house, a good job which I (mostly!) enjoy, lovely music to listen to, books to read, my Faith, enough food, money, clothes…
    When I come to put it all down, I feel overwhelmed by how fortunate I am.
    To sum it up – I am alive, loved and loving. What more could anyone want?

    2 years ago
  16. Katrina

    I am fortunate to have had the influencers (as they are referred to these days) in my life that I had. Parents, church leaders, teachers, sisters, friends of my parents that influenced my values, fostered my interests, and coached my gifts and talents in ways that allowed me to fly when I was out on my own. I didn’t always feel secure in that, but looking back, I can see how I was more secure than I felt. And that was all part of the formation.

    2 years ago
  17. pkr

    I am fortunate in so many ways. I woke up today to see the sun, feel the breeze. I have a roof over my head, toast on my plate and coffee in my hand. Plenty of food in the cupboard. I have my good health. I have Source by my side and many Angels. I am very blessed. 🙏❤️

    2 years ago
  18. Chester

    This question reminds me of when many years ago I returned from traveling for several weeks in an impoverished area of the world, where homes were small, simple stone structures with dirt floors and minimal if any furnishings beyond a table and a few chairs. After getting back home, I walked into a grocery store, as if for the first time, amazed by all the items lining the shelves, the fresh vegetables and meats, all neatly displayed and ready to be picked up. While I am certainly not consistently mindful of all the ways that I am fortunate, I suspect it is much like my taking for granted the simple blessing of being able to walk into a grocery store – so many things from which to choose. That said, after having recalled that memory will focus on the great blessing of good memories.

    2 years ago
    1. John T

      Reminds me of when on a family vacation my sons saw for the first time the extreme poverty of the third world. They were about 8 and 10 and both started and could not stop crying for several minutes. When we all flew back home, we kneeled down on the dirty pavement before getting in the car and kissed it.

      2 years ago
  19. SK

    I am the most fortunate woamn on the planet (or as my doctor says “the healthiest woman in my practice and on the planet”).I am fortunate in that I have a life I love, have had purpose in my career, have amazing friend. I have a home to take care of; a meditative garden in which to sit and wonder in; a life of good memories and parents who loved me. after watching a documentary on “The Children of Shame” in Ireland as the children of unwed mothers, separated from them, sold as orphans or allowed to die and be buried in a secret mass grave- I come to the surface of life everyday so grateful and thankful. These babies and children were sold, trafficked, neglected, abandoned and disgraced by the very “religion” that is suppose to promote love and forgiveness. we must never forget the lost ones; the innocents of our world.

    2 years ago
  20. Holly in Ohio

    I had loving parents and have loving children and a loving husband. My living needs are met with many humble but delightful extras that we enjoy. My now grown up children are doing all right… they have bumps in the road, but more or less are learning how to navigate them and it is beautiful to watch them grow and develop as people. Of all the fortunes I have, reasonable health, nature near by, skills, education… it is still the people who make me feel especially fortunate. Friends and acquaintances f-to-f and friends here in this “room.”

    This morning when I got up, as usual, the cat at the foot of the bed got up too. I went to the top of the stair and the cat was with me. He moved one paw as if about to take the next step down but then hesitated and waited to see if I would take the step down. I said, “Go on, boy,” but he wouldn’t until I took that step. We went down to the kitchen together for our breakfast. It was kind of cute.

    Have a wonderful day, everyone!

    2 years ago
  21. Esti

    I Have health, a good family, daughter and son, and being alive I have the possibility of becoming a better person.

    2 years ago
  22. Javier Visionquest

    When the emperor loves music all is well in his kingdom

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      That is a wonderful quote, Javier. Where did you find that?

      2 years ago
      1. Javier Visionquest

        Some obscure Kung Fu film, maybe? I’m sorry, Holly. I don’t remember. My Google hand is ever weakening.

        2 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          haha… no matter. It is still a great quote!!!

          2 years ago
  23. Patricia

    I am counting the ways…. May I always be grateful, God.

    2 years ago
  24. Sarah

    I have been fortunate to be blessed with a family to share life with and a merciful, loving God to light the way.

    2 years ago
  25. sunnypatti48317

    I’m alive, healthy in body and mind, in love with this life and all that it has offered me. I found my soulmate and I love the life we have built and look forward to everything else we will do together. I have a home, a sanctuary from the city, that is in the country but just a 20 minute drive to the beach. Ruger the dog and BC the cat. A good vehicle that gets me where I need and want to go. A life of abundance in many ways, with the most important of those being LOVE. When I learned to love myself and accepted that I am love, that’s when the fortune unfolded. Love is my greatest gift, and I am grateful for it every single day.

    2 years ago
  26. DeVonna

    Wow…so many ways. I feel like I won the relationship lottery with my dear husband. We are, both of us, flawed in many ways, and yet as my daughter once stated, we’re both “loyal and forgiving”. Also, my abilities as a writer are a gift. I am able to reach people around the world with my stories of hope and faith. My life, though far from “normal”, is a gift as well. My children, my grandchildren, my friends, my many experiences…I could go on and on.

    2 years ago
  27. Toni

    I am fortunate to be alive. To have hope for another day. To be here in good health and have my wits about me with peace of mind and love in my heart. It’s enough to get me through this day, come what may.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I hope your day goes well, Toni.

      2 years ago
  28. Roy Howard

    What comes to mind this morning: a warm home, a life partner who cares for me, despite my foilbles, our two daughters with whom I’m close, the chance for bird watching and hiking. These are things for which I’m very grateful – and fortunate.

    2 years ago
  29. Michele

    I am fortunate in many ways: my kids are healthy, I have a home with electricity, water, and food, I have a good job with benefits and pays well, I live in USA with freedoms and rights that others do not have. Feeling very grateful. Thank you.

    2 years ago
  30. devy

    I am fortunate in so many ways.. I have food, a home, able to financially support myself, have reasonably good health albeit aches and pains from wear and tear, I have a great partner and friends with whom I can keep in touch in spite of the restrictions. But most of all I am alive.. I am able to enjoy the senses, to hear and feel my heart beat, to feel and hear air entering and leaving my lungs. I look at others and see how fortunate I am.

    2 years ago
  31. Trish

    There is an overwhelming abundance of love in my life. My cup runneth over……there are a zillion other ways in which I’m fortunate but love is the star of the show~always.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      There sure is, Sugarface. 😉

      2 years ago
      1. Trish

        Love your spirit, Holly!

        2 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          Love yours, Trish!

          2 years ago
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    Matthew E

    I am fortunate to be married to a grateful, patient, forgiving wife. She has believed in me and endured more than 3 decades of an ungrateful husband. I am so fortunate! I am devoting the rest of my life to living gratefully.

    2 years ago
  33. EJP

    I am fortunate in so many ways with my multitude of blessings and my strong faith in being. Gratitude surrounds me.

    2 years ago
  34. Lioness

    In more way than I can imagine, and for that I am ever so grateful

    2 years ago
  35. Howie Geib

    There is a sense I have that the distinction here between ‘being fortunate’ and being ‘privileged’ is important. The later being socially bestowed. I was writing last night and found myself amazed at how, even as a child, I was aware of my own deceit. Able to tell when I was not serving the truth. Awareness born of an acute mental discomfort. I didn’t like it at all. That internal alarm system has served me enormously in my life, and apparently not everyone has it, or if they do they pay no heed. I also have an athletic physiology. I prefer the way my body feels after fresh air and exercise. These are both ways in which I have fallen heir to something somehow passed on to me.

    Any benefits derived from rank or social standing are arbitrary, and frankly embarrassing to use to my advantage. It is like cheating at cards to work that system. As a young person, as soon as I could, I escaped whatever expectations my familial circumstances afforded me. It is a little like giving away the proceeds from a lottery winning. Much has been said about the importance of making one’s own way in life, usually assumed to be in reference to the acquisition of money, yet I find it more appropriate to depending less on legacy and more on intrinsic character traits diligently cultivated through actions: integrity, humility, generosity, persistence, courage…all born of a life lived in the arena and not from watching timidly from the stands.

    So I am grateful for the good fortune to have this awareness of my Truth, a mechanism that has guided me well (so far).

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Powerful words. I will come back to this and be thinking about it today. Thank you.

      2 years ago
    2. Trish

      “Not serving the truth”….what a gift to recognize this as a child.

      2 years ago
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      Matthew E

      Very thoughtful. What do you think is the source of your character and physiology?

      2 years ago
      1. Howie Geib

        Thank you for the question Matthew. Honestly I don’t know with any certainty. I suppose that mystical combination of nature/nurture in the environment I was born into and childhood. I have heard this referred to as ‘historicity’. And that seems right. I was surrounded by a lot of people that were lying all the time as well. So I could see first hand the corrosive effects it has. Most of the people around me that were lying were doing it to remain comfortable, non-confrontational, and very soon realized lying had the opposite result for me. When I first read F Scott Peck’s book ‘The Road Less Travelled’ it really struck home. That the untold truths are the worst kinds of lies. I also was a VERY early bloomer sexually, and that frontier, exciting as it was on so many levels, also forced me to accept early on some essential differences between myself and others. Not in an exceptional way mind you. So I found it important to face these facts head on and truly BE who I am. This was all encouraged by the men in my childhood in a very healthy way. As for the physiology…I was thrown into sport by an athlete Dad, and as a way for bonding it has always felt somehow right to me. Sport is the source of what social life I have in fact.

        2 years ago
  36. Misty

    I think anyone able to read and write and with internet access enabling us to be here on this site is fortunate.
    I am extremely fortunate to be living in a country without restrictions on meeting others, especially with a family member in palliative care. Saying goodbye is so very hard, but it is a privilege to have the opportunity.

    2 years ago
  37. Kevin

    In every way possible! I have the privilege of sitting here, safely, in a warm house, leisurely exploring this site, preparing to write, while sipping my morning beverage. Within two hours I’ll make my way to the harbor to prepare my rowing team’s whaleboat for our morning’s row of exercise, camaraderie, and sheer joy of being out on the water. All this, before eight in the morning! And, I could continue, but more would be gloating.

    2 years ago
  38. Christine

    God… Everlasting Love… beautifull nature…loving friends… Experiencing pain and experiencing comfort…I am healthy…I have great neighbours with smiling sparkling sunny children…I can laugh and I can cry… I have hope and trust in everything that is good. And… I am a member of this gratefulness family. 💐

    2 years ago

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