Reflections

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  1. O.Christina

    Every experience of receiving I would consider meaningful. What makes it stand out is to perceive the heart in it, of the giver, of nature, of life itself, so that even if it is about the very difficult ones, I felt loved. I had and still have to be aware to perceive this ever present gift, and for the ones who gave it and for this possibility and Love, I am deeply grateful.

    4 months ago
  2. Mica

    The incredible improbability!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 months ago
  3. Rabbit

    I am answering this with a recent event that brought joyful laughter. We went to dinner with friends recently. I brought a bag of dog treats and told them to give it to their dog Oakley. A few days later, we got a thank you card from Oakley. It is just how you would imagine a dog writing it if one could. The simpliest things can bring joy to someone. Will try to post a picture of it in the gratitute lounge.

    4 months ago
  4. Don Jones

    Like for the lobsters in the aquarium of the restaurant on the Titanic – there is always hope beyond our imagination.

    4 months ago
    1. Michele

      love this too.

      4 months ago
    2. Rabbit

      Love this! Thank you.

      4 months ago
  5. KC

    I received a phone call this morning from a long-time friend. It has been a difficult and painful friendship for some time, and I was in the painful process of severing ties. Through the voice communication (she only communicates by text), and her honesty about her situation and struggles, I was able to hear and understand a bit of what she is is struggling with. My heart was touched and remains open.

    4 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      Bless you. Causing me to think how much we might change our opinion about some people if we understood more about their journey.

      4 months ago
      1. KC

        Thanks Rabbit. Bless you as well.

        For some reason this is leading me to lyrics from the popular song from the 1960’s- Make me a channel of your peace. The stanza that stands out is – Oh Master grant that I may never seek, so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love with all my soul’.

        Not sure if it resonates for you. Sharing on the chance it does.

        Warmest wishes for your day …

        KC

        4 months ago
        1. Rabbit

          Oh, that is a wonderful song. I remember it too. I wish everyone would sing and believe it. May kindness visit you today.

          4 months ago
          1. KC

            … and what a wonderful world it would be! And you as well, Rabbit. Wishing you much kindness in your day …

            4 months ago
  6. Carol

    A dear friend took me in to her home when my marriage fell apart after 35 years and said, this is your home for as long as you need. After more than 25 years, it still warms my heart.

    4 months ago
  7. Linda

    Our grandson is a budding movie director. He was invited to a big event that showcased young directors like him and their movies. He had a perfect time until he tried to fly home, and of course the airlines were cancelling flights and he couldn’t get home. What happened was amazing–the festival directors comped him a room and he was able to spend the last night of the festival being recognized and saying goodbye to all the people he had met. A beautiful experience of receiving.

    4 months ago
  8. Hermann-Josef

    My mind is like a great receiver. It depends on how he is tuned to understand what he is receiving. He always was in need of guidance for many things. Like guidance of my parents , school teachers, guidance in arts, music and so on. When I was seventeen it was clear that he needs spiritual guidance not to get lost in ideas and concepts that would lead nowhere. Life always forced me to make a next step. That I have received the ability to receive and also to give it back or pass it on to my daughter is what makes me grateful , keeps me humble and is giving me the strength to go on.

    4 months ago
  9. Elaine

    I’m receiving a generous unbidden act of hospitality right now. We’re staying in the beautiful home of friends of friends who simply wanted to be generous. This impulse to share, to extend the webs of connection is just what humans do!

    4 months ago
  10. Chester

    About a week ago, while on a long, cross-country road trip with my wife and kids, I stopped by my elderly parents’ home in the morning to just say a brief hello. There was a moment when my increasingly frail father slowly walked through the kitchen to make me coffee, then proceeded to prepare a small serving of oatmeal. His lifetime of sacrificial giving to my family, and me personally, struck me in that moment as he continued to give from his increasingly limited supplies of energy. Powerful then and even now.

    4 months ago
    1. KC

      Chester,

      Thank you so much for sharing your reflection about being with your father, his ‘lifetime of sacrificial giving’ to yourself and your family, as he continues ‘to give from his increasingly limited supplies of energy’. I have a very similar experience when visiting my elderly father these days.

      Your reflection helps to deepen my understanding and appreciation of my own father and the tender, ever shifting balance of giving and receiving. So much to practice and learn every day!

      Warmly, KC

      4 months ago
  11. Barb C

    I’m with others–in trying to make this open-ended it became so abstract I’m having to dig to find something. Perhaps part of this will be taking away thoughts about how I could give to someone else in a way that would make *their* receiving memorable.

    The element of surprise is one thing that several occasions have in common: I received something delightful and unexpected, whether it was an award for my work or a chocolate bar from my husband. He had the very brilliant idea of working his way through all the varieties of chocolate bar carried at our local food co-op so we can try them all over time–no wonder I love him so much. The first chocolate bars were a total surprise–now the surprise is in which flavor varieties will come home.

    This week I’m making a surprise visit to my best friend in another city on her birthday. (I’m sure she’s not on here so I’m not spoiling the surprise.) Early in the pandemic I wrote letters to some family and friends; receiving a handwritten note or card in the mail is always meaningful because it embodies time, thought, and physical effort beyond the electronic.
    So that’s my list for now:
    – Surprise
    – Time
    – Thought
    – Effort

    4 months ago
  12. s
    stait

    I have recently joined a new internship position and the manager approached me and paired with a shyer girl. He had talked with me about how he had heard about how outgoing I was and said that if I do anything this summer, bring her out of her shell a little. It meant so much, especially as I don’t see myself as a friendly outgoing person. Someone else noticing it has brought me joy and comfort. (And I think that I have as well 🙂 )

    4 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      What a sensitive person your manager is and also you for giving it a try. What is the rest of the story? Is it working?

      4 months ago
  13. Charlie T

    The experiences that stand out, are the ones that came at the exact moment that I needed them. Even very small gestures loom large. A book, a smile, a phone call, a job offer, a healing touch, a sharing.

    4 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      Very much agree. Thanks.

      4 months ago
  14. Butterfly

    Well, the most meaningful experience I have received is this lifetime.
    What makes it stand out is having had three amazing, gorgeous children who have all stayed close and supportive to me. And I now have two beautiful granddaughters as well. My life has been, and still is, quite difficult, but these blessings make everything worthwhile.

    4 months ago
  15. Cathie

    During the covid rebound, or reopening, I received an invitation to cochair a program where the leader of many years retired! This stands out as I was new myself. It also stands out because of the amazing support received by the leader who extended the invitation. And the Grace that brought the program to fruition.

    4 months ago
  16. Laura

    I think what made those experiences meaningful was that I didn’t expect to receive any thanks. So it was nice to be recognized or tended to.

    4 months ago
  17. Christine

    Every experience is meaningful to me. Every experience makes me a little bit richer and also in knowledge about myself. I find it difficult to choose one to reflect on because I have had so many experiences in this life. Mistakes I made …. I must also have done something right …. learned from other cultures …. dealing with difficult people, came into contact with loving people………and so much more……

    4 months ago
  18. EJP

    The kindness, compassion and love received from complete strangers during a very difficult time.

    4 months ago
  19. Kevin

    There are so many ways, forms, and reasons for receiving. I might receive “good news” about something that would have little meaning to others, or, I could “receive” compensation or an unexpected raise. I could, receive, God forbid, very bad news about my health, yet that too, would be meaningful, though unwanted. But perhaps I will receive some act of kindness which is aways meaningful, that for some people, never seems to come often enough.

    Since today’s Daily Question is so abstract in nature, a response could go on forever. But I remember how meaningful my first cup of coffee is in the morning, so I’m leaving to receive and experience that! 😊

    4 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      Oh, I can just smell it. That is the best part for me.

      Your comment about the bad health care news touched me too. I have received quite bit of that this year but I least I know and can try to get help.

      4 months ago
      1. Kevin

        So sorry my friend that receiving bad news was not just a statement, but a reality for you. My hope and prayer is that real help becomes a reality also. Take care.

        4 months ago
        1. Rabbit

          Thank you Kevin. Lots of reminders to enjoy each day. This site has been helpful. Thank you for being here.

          4 months ago
    2. Pilgrim

      Gotta love that first cup of coffee!

      4 months ago
      1. Barb C

        Here for Team Coffee.

        4 months ago
  20. Michele

    I’m a bit confused … aren’t all experiences received? Maybe it is some lessons that are hidden? The memories that tend to stand out are the strong ones. I look forward to reading others reflections.
    🐇🐇🐇

    4 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      Yes, but does one stand out and touch your heart? That is what occurred to me and how I answered it. May you have a heart touching event today for which you are grateful.

      4 months ago
      1. Michele

        OMG I sure did! My employer sent an email letting us know that we were getting another bonus:) Very grateful and surprised. My rabbit rabbit rabbit sure did bring me good luck!

        4 months ago
        1. Rabbit

          So glad for you. Don’t you just love it when these seem to connect like this? I sure you earned it. Thank you for sharing it with us.

          4 months ago

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