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Again, greeting everyone I meet by silently offering a rose saying “thank you for being here with me”.
It comes to me in being here now. I can’t make myself do more of that. It’s there when it’s therenwhen there’s awareness.
I just wake up, get grateful and be filled with gratitude for being healthy and alive everyday…
I see each day as a blessing and a bonus to be grateful for and pray for the blessings/positives of each day to be my portion.
Writing down a list of what i’m grateful for.
I look for ways to “do the right thing” in most situations and I feel it helps balance what is going on in the world.
On a whim, I just wanted to try something. When I say thank you, I add one more sentence. Anything. Like when I end a Zoom call, “Thanks for your help. I really appreciate it.” Or talking a barista, “Thanks for the suggestion. It was really tasty.” I wanted to see if that split second, the one additional sentence, would make a difference in how I felt. What do you know, it worked. I don’t do the automated thanks just to end conversations. That split second done over several conversations throughout the day got me more and more present to the specific things in my day that made me feel good. I also noticed specific gratitude made people feel good. It’s win-win for everyone. And all it took was getting into a new habit that really didn’t require any effort.
Thank you Nelson! I will try it with my husband 🙂
This is good suggestion! Sometimes I do that, and you are right, it makes a difference.
I will.try to keep on.
Thank you Nelson for the precious help to my gratefulness daily practice.
Genius! 😄 Thank you Nelson. You have given me a new habit I will take to heart! ❤
I, too, will try this! Thanks Nelson:)
Such a good idea. Thank you for sharing. I will try and adopt this as well.
I love this idea. I am going to give it a try. Thank you for adding to my thinking about gratefulness.
When I begin to think negatively, to pause, and replace it with a positive thought, or remind myself of something I am grateful for.
Living in the moment and cooperating with the grace to be continuously and consciously aware of the gifts around us.
This is a challenge for me.
When I look around everyday life I see so many amazing people who help to make our lives go around and I’m so grateful! How could I not be ? I’m so grateful for nature and Mother Earth !
To catch myself when I begin thinking negatively, and ask myself “What am I learning in this situation about myself, life, others, and how can I respond with gratitude?”
Keep practicing daily and consciously telling myself what I notice and am grateful for and appreciate.
Today: thankful for a friend who was stepped up willingly several times to help me in my move to my new house. Including last night in rush hour traffic. With ease and cheerfulness.
I am grateful for landing in a clean, freshly painted apartment and the care that others put into making it a welcoming space for me.
Best wishes to you Maeve in your new home:)
I could slow down. The ability of me focusing on being grateful has alot to do with me slowing down and thinking about it…really, thinking at all! I have gotten busy again, and am not over Covid yet. That is not good for me. I need to step back again a bit until maybe next year. I am going to try today to focus on how grateful I am to not have gotten so ill that I had to be hospitalized, instead of thinking how far behind in things I am. And in just slowing down, I realize I am very grateful! And to realize I am grateful for alot of other things right now…but I do need to slow down….and as Patricia says, stop and breathe! I have a reminder to do a minute Take A Breathe meditation on my phone. Lately I have looked at it and thought-I don’t have time-I’ll do it later, but later never comes….I will do my best to slow down again…..thank you…..and thank you Patricia for reminding me!
I could stop more often – just momentarily – and consciously breathe a grateful breath.
I have to say I actually think I have been doing a great job lately of living gratefully – with this website’s help. The challenge will come when something hard happens – to maintain this daily practice of finding the joy in my life.
By appreciating every small things that brings smile to our face or to others…. spending more time with family and friends and thanking God for that moment.
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