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I felt like privately expressing gratitude or doing for others was enough. I have recently learned that I need to verbally express my gratitude to the person and to the universe. I do not want or expect anything from other people, therefore I have just given to others without wanting anything in return. I feel like it should just be a give and take. I am not one who verbally expresses gratitude. However, I guess I should start verbalizing my gratitude towards others, hopefully this will uplift others to give of themselves amongst this troublesome time.
I just love it’s limitlessness. It is always like, “no matter what, no matter where” there is always an inclusiveness, an invitation of hope and love. And not just a weak-kneed hope – but an absolute certainty, a we’ve got this (together – as one – there together for each other), lovingly. And the invitation go on, look deeper, let go, open and bloom to what is. It is always, wow!
I can choose to be be grateful for all that is good in my life, or I can choose to just tolerate life and react to all that upsets, angers, and frustrates me. A third way is to be grateful for my life while still feeling my disappointments. I am choosing to love life for the rest of today even while dealing with grief and some physical pain. I get to be alive, breathe air into my lungs, eat healthy food (well mostly😁) and decide how to spend the rest of my afternoon. I know enough, when I’m making conscious choices, to be kind to myself, to strengthen my boundaries, and to feel grateful and joyful and filled with love!Thanks for this question made me conscious of the fact that I was starting to feel sorry for myself. I choose gratefulness for the rest of my day.
It guides me to take nothing for granted. It guides my choices. I’m aware that I am secure and in every way abundantly blessed simply because of cosmic accident. It could be otherwise — as it is for the people of Ukraine. On a local and practical level, I started volunteering as a food rescuer awakening me to the perversion of so much food wasted while so many people don’t have enough. The bright lights who are addressing the crucial need of food security are among those who truly make the world turn. They are the signs that goodness and creativity are stronger than darkness and destruction. I choose to stand with the likes of these – and the likes of you in this beloved community.
Gratefulness can serve and guide us in this moment by first allowing us be present in the moment to truly see our situation for what it is. From there if we are grateful this usually opens up opportunities to flow into a more positive and loving space.
It grounds me in this moment and allows me to realize that despite the news headlines, despite advertising that tries to turn my wants into needs and make me feel inadequate, despite the thoughts in my head that are worrying about all the things I must get done today, being grateful allows me to trust life, to trust myself. I have so much abundance.
Being grateful means to reflect what we have in our lives , to really know how lucky we c
Are compared to other and stop the self loathing and complaining. It also has us compare others who are less fortunate, and create empathy so we will reach out and help however we can.
Thank you, Kevin, for helping me think about what’s missing in this question.
I can reflect on my gratitude to increase my own self-awareness and mindfulness. If that’s all the further it gets–in service of my own growth–it isn’t enough.
Gratefulness for my own good fortune needs to include awareness that it isn’t the same for everyone else. It needs to move me to action to improve conditions for others who don’t have much to be grateful for.. What this looks like: supporting what they identify as priorities and not imposing my very middle-class, white, privileged view of what matters and what needs to change.
This isn’t only the people of Ukraine fleeing violent invasion. It’s people in my own city, state, and country. It includes changes that aren’t to my personal advantage. It includes doing the hard thing because it’s the right thing.
I think this now and know that I’ll get caught up in my busy day with its work overload and home things and a scheduled walk with a friend and I can’t just default back to being grateful. That’s honestly too easy and comfortable.
Gratefulness is one of the tools I use to keep me on the path. It is a reminder. A practice. It helps provide balance and a counter weight to all the suffering in this world.
Gratefulness keeps me rooted.
It helps me keep faith that better things are yet to come.
Gratefulness urges me to reach out and help others – a space in traffic; holding a door; really listening when someone responds to the question, “how are you?”; food drives; cash donations.
I have so much to be grateful for, not just materially, that sometimes I feel like I’m brimming over. It seems miserly not to do something to help someone else have a better day.
Gratefulness enables us to live in the present with all that we are and all that we have.
To be grateful for this time I have with my family, my friends, and to savor the good moments and times in my life, I am so very grateful. It could have been so different…and to somehow through prayer offer those who are in danger safety and protection, to show the country of Poland how grateful I am they are offering shelter and protection for others in massive quantities at this very moment….that others will step forward and offer an outreached hand of care…may others be guided to step up and help….may our prayers be answered….and in this union of gratefulness miracles are happening…I am grateful…I can do very little, but I can offer my prayers without ceasing……
There are many moments during the week, and all year through, when my wife and I look at each other and one of us says, “We are so fortunate, so lucky, to have what we do.”
And that’s good to do, of course. But these days, being grateful for my good fortune gets me immediately thinking about the Ukrainian people and the horror that they are facing at this very moment. As I sit here feeling grateful for living in a stable and free country, dwelling on how gratefulness “serves and guides us” feels to me rather insensitive and self-serving at this moment in time.
Hi Kevin. When I read this question, the first thing that I noticed was that it addressed us-plural rather than me-singular. I had not seen this in a question of the day before. So I thought this question might be addressing community or society rather than the individual. If that is the case, the question is not self serving because it seems to be asking how we as a grateful community are guided to take action during this crisis in the Ukraine.
So that is how I read it. It’s not how I answered it, but that’s how I read it.
I’m wishing now that I had read this question the way you did, Mary! Interesting how we sometimes take different meanings from the exact same question. Thank you for your perspective.
You are quite welcome Kevin!
I appreciate your critiques of the questions, Kevin. I have the same feeling about this one, tempered by thinking that my sense of gratefulness guides or inspires me to do more to enable others to have the same peace and stability I’m privileged to have.
Yes, Kevin and Barb – ‘grateful that I’m not in Ukraine’ leaps to mind..
I’m grateful for the peacefulness of the morning and that it is Friday, the end of a long work week.
By keeping us present instead of lamenting over the past or future tripping. There is always something to be grateful for. I’m grateful to be awake and alive. Happy Friday!
Being “awake and alive” is about as wonderful as it gets. Happy Friday to you, too, Sunnypatti!
Gratefulness shows me how beautiful this moment is!
I can not make the world a better place but I am grateful that I have the ability to try it. It is like working on a piece of music. The intention to play it as good as possible brings the best out of me. No matter how good or bad I may be as a musician. To be fully concentrated in making the best out of it makes me extremely happy. There is no more aim. Something in between me and music has taken over…
This is beautiful, my friend. Thank you.
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