Reflections

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  1. Robin Ann

    Wow, I just looked back and it was like 2 years ago I found this site. I have to say I miraculously found this site, not even sure how!! I wouldn’t use the word contentment rather I would say I have a better focus on my life & challenges. Between this site, my faith and my family addiction support group life has become way more manageable. I am able to find some joy again.

    2 weeks ago
  2. Charlie T

    Yes, definitely. Practicing gratitude
    brings me back to this moment.
    The present moment. The only
    moment we really have.

    2 weeks ago
    1. Antoinette

      Me too ! Thank you 🙏

      2 weeks ago
  3. Carol

    It nurtures my ability to accept “what is.” It helps me roll with the punches. It deepens my ability to appreciate each day I am given.

    2 weeks ago
  4. Barb C

    This works both ways for me. If I am content with what I have, I can be grateful for it. If I’m discontented and always seeking more then I’m not appreciating what’s right in front of me.

    A poem by Maya Stein that for me fits with today’s question–

    “Ribbon”

    My fingers are moving, but not on this keyboard. Instead, they’ve opened
    a bag of frozen mushrooms, sliced a quarter stick of butter, given a shake
    to the jar of olive oil, turned the cast iron pan on high. There’s nothing to report
    except how glad I was not to have slipped on the ice, and how the cashier
    looked straight into my eyes, and that everything I bought fit into a canvas bag.
    If you were looking for poetry, perhaps I can point your attention to the quartet
    of ladybugs traversing a front window, the smell of shallots frying,
    the thin ribbon of honey I’ve unspooled into my teacup, a memory I’m
    carrying just now of lunch at the Driftless Café and the bookstore whose aisles
    I wandered without picking up a single book or opening a single page.

    https://mayastein.com/poetry/2024/4/15/march-26-2024

    2 weeks ago
  5. Mary Mantei

    Living from a place of gratefulness makes me slow down, take in the perfection around me, as well as that which is not so perfect. I try to embrace the reality of each, one being easier than the other for sure. I grow from both. I also think living from a place of gratitude brings more whimsy into my life, softens my heart, opens my heart. Which results in more laughter, smiles, even giggles. Make some magic where you can today, Friends.

    2 weeks ago
    1. Michele

      You too Mary:)🔮

      2 weeks ago
    2. Joseph McCann

      Thank you, Mary Mantei,.

      2 weeks ago
    3. Barb C

      I like whimsy as an element! I took improv classes over the last two or three months and it was delightful.

      2 weeks ago
  6. Avril

    I find it difficult to cope in this area. However, I am grateful for all the insightful reflections that have helped me. In the past, I have always been focused on striving and achieving my goals. But now, I am learning to accept things the way they are and differentiate between that and being indifferent. To determine whether I am mindfully pausing or just being lazy, I use gratefulness as a benchmark. It requires constant vigilance and self-love. Some days are better than others.

    2 weeks ago
  7. O.Christina

    Yes it has. it is about changing focus from doing to as well being, which is being grateful as well for allowing space for simply enjoyment and togetherness with friends and loved ones also. Sounds strange may be, but it was kind of excluded in a way. Learning that Gratefulness includes all has made space to include all, acceptance even though sometimes still difficult, peace and joy and sometimes even allowing to be in the moment and in stillness. Work in progress… Greetings to all of you out there, and wishing a lovely day to you all.

    2 weeks ago
    1. Mary Mantei

      And to you as well, O. Christina.

      2 weeks ago
  8. L
    Loc Tran

    Yes, it has. Living gratefully has helped me be more realistic with my desires.

    2 weeks ago
    1. Avril

      I love this comment, Loc. Yes, I also need to be more realistic. Not complacent. But, I realistic about what I can attain.

      2 weeks ago
      1. L
        Loc Tran

        Avril, I remember back in high school phy ed class learning about the SMART model for setting goals. I remember it being
        1. Smart
        2. Measurable
        3. Attainable
        4. Realistic
        5. Time

        2 weeks ago
        1. Barb C

          I learned a while back about setting SMARTIE goals as a manager, which adds to the list: Strategic, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic, Time-bound, Inclusive, and Equitable.
          Dropping a link in case anyone wants to explore this for their organization.
          https://www.managementcenter.org/resources/smartie-goals-worksheet/

          2 weeks ago
          1. Barb C

            Another link in case that one didn’t work that will get you to where you can find the goals: https://www.managementcenter.org/?s=Smartie

            2 weeks ago
  9. Laura

    A grateful attitude encourages me to slow down. At a more gentle pace I have the time to appreciate the quality of my life.

    2 weeks ago
    1. Josie

      Thanks, Laura. Your comment speaks directly to my situation today. Namaste.

      2 weeks ago
  10. Nannette

    I have many grateful moments but I need to work on living a life complete with gratitude and to find ways to live a more simple life. Thank you for this wise question….and thank you for all the wise folks that come to this site.

    2 weeks ago
  11. Joseph McCann

    Yes, it has. I first was introduced to Brother David’s video “A Grateful Day” just about two years ago. As they say in sporting parlance it was a game changer. Newly sober, one more time, it led me to several daily practices. A reflection on this site in the morning and a reading of everyone’s reflections in the evening. A daily meditation, a 20-minute mindful standing yoga with Dr. Lynn Rossy. I wrote this quote down a while back, came across it once more and wrote it down again. “Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.” Chuang-Tzu

    Enjoy the gift and have a nice day all.

    2 weeks ago
    1. Josie

      I agree with Avril, Joseph. Your words today remind me to “work my program” more intentionally. Namaste.

      2 weeks ago
    2. Avril

      You sound as if you are in a very beautifully disciplined place.

      2 weeks ago
      1. Michele

        I agree with you:)

        2 weeks ago
  12. Michele

    Living gratefully has increased my sense of contentment by enjoying this website and the Daily Question. I look forward to reading everyone’s responses and seeing different perspectives. I’ve learned to focus more on the Present.
    Have a great day everyone:)
    https://nationaltoday.com/national-butterscotch-brownie-day/ – mmmm I love butterscotch and this sounds so yummy:)

    2 weeks ago
    1. Mary Mantei

      Michele, some days you crack me up, and I love it. Thank you for being you! I would send you a butterscotch brownie if I could.😉.

      2 weeks ago
    2. Avril

      I love you sharing the daily holiday.

      2 weeks ago
      1. Barb C

        Me too!

        Does everyone know we’re in International Compost Awareness Week? When I saw this I immediately thought of you, Michele. https://www.compostfoundation.org/ICAW/ICAW-Home

        2 weeks ago
        1. Michele

          I still need to do that, ugh.

          2 weeks ago
    3. Joseph McCann

      A sweet treat indeed Michele. Thank you : )!

      2 weeks ago
  13. Butterfly

    Yes, I definately feel more content. I am grateful that all my NEEDS are met. I live quietly amd simply and enjoy what I am able to do and I don’t fret about the things I am not able to do. I am part of everything that exists and that is quite enough!

    2 weeks ago
    1. Avril

      Yes Butterfly, all of my needs are met. Sometimes, I am insatiable, though. If I reflect on when I feel dissatisfied, it’s when I lose gratefulness.

      2 weeks ago
    2. Nannette

      Good Morning Butterfly, I so appreciate your reflection this morning. It gives me something to think about. ..”To live quietly and simply”. Thank you!

      2 weeks ago
  14. EJP

    Living gratefully frees my heart from hatred, frees my mind from worries, enables me to live simply, give more, expect less and enjoy every moment…….my heart is contented.

    2 weeks ago
    1. Avril

      I love that, “being free from hatred.”

      2 weeks ago

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