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  1. c
    carol

    Finding gratitude when in a challenging situation allows for including more in my awareness; as others have reminded me, there is a re-connection, strengths and options come to the for, mood lifts,

    7 months ago
  2. Erich617

    I have been thinking recently about the concept of narratives, that people use different stories to understand the world and their experiences. I have heard it used frequently in therapy, and I wonder if gratefulness would help me identify the narratives that create the feeling of struggle that I have.

    Lately I have been torn about some bigger choices regarding my family and where I live. When I begin to look for blessings, I see that I have a wonderful house and steady job where I am currently. I also have a partner and child whom I love. I have developed an amazing community over many years. I also have a family that cares for me very much. I do have the ability to be with them at least part of the year. I may have the capacity to relocate should I choose, but my current locale is beautiful with temperate weather and a vibrant culture.

    Making a decision may be a challenge for me, but that is–in part–because my options have many blessings.

    8 months ago
  3. Robin Ann

    Helps me stay focused and keeps my sanity. Helps me concentrate on my faith instead of doom and gloom. I am dealing with a challenging situation with my daughter’s severe addiction. I can’t tell you how much this site has helped me over the past few months. Thank you everyone that reflects here. We all have challenges and I know it helps me tremendously!

    8 months ago
    1. pkr

      Praying for You Robin Ann & your daughter. Hug to You….🙏🏻❤️

      8 months ago
  4. O.Christina

    Trying to set aside fear and be present. Thank you.

    8 months ago
  5. Diane

    Grateful living invites and calls me to “look for the hugs”. I like what Rabbit shared…it’s like a vacation from the anxieties that can come with life’s challenges. My husband was recently diagnosed with cancer and underwent 8 weeks of daily radiation. Throughout this life event, what gave me strength was the realization that, hidden in plain sight within this surprising development, were abundant blessings and reasons to be grateful. The “hugs” were there. The hugs are always there.

    To my dear friend Pilgrim….I hope all is well in your home and in your heart. ♥ Grateful to be here.

    8 months ago
    1. Robin Ann

      Praying for your husband Diane!

      8 months ago
    2. Pilgrim

      Beautifully said, my dear Friend. I am glad you are here. I have been on the edge of depression, or at least worry, a lot lately. I think it is the unending winter weather, meaning too much time indoors alone. But I expect that when March comes along, I will have some encouragement with the weather.

      Blessings to you and your family. I am with you in prayer for your husband’s full recovery.

      8 months ago
  6. pkr

    Being grateful allows me space; space away & out of the difficulty. Practicing gratefulness puts my focus elsewhere, allows a step back, reminds me how blessed I am in spite of a difficulty.
    Have a blessed Tuesday All.✨🙏🏻

    8 months ago
  7. Rabbit

    It is a vacation from troubles, a realization that there is more this particular challenge, and an awareness of the beauty, love, and kindness that is around if I look further.

    8 months ago
  8. Carol

    Today’s quote from Kristi Nelson: “The ability to wake up to another new day — one with which we will surely need to wrestle and reckon, but one that will also teach and transform us … this is the unpromised gift for which to be gratefu.l” These words lifted me out of an emotionally downward spiral. It’s been a rough couple of days physically and emotionally and I have let my mind deposit itself in the future and the past. I’ve failed to acknowledge the gift of this “new day.” Every day that I am still waking up is a day filled with the opportunity to grow and as one of the other questions from recent days reminded me–to play. I’ve shared many times on this site that if I’m in the past or the future, I go there alone. The strength I need is in the present moment. Being grateful for today anchors me in the nourishing flow of God’s grace which is always available moment by moment.

    8 months ago
  9. Barb C

    Kevin’s answer helped me find gratitude in dealing with my broken wrist recovery. I’m well along the way but still don’t have full range of motion and won’t ever regain some of what I lost. Some days have more pain when I do my physical therapy. But all of this is so much better than it would have been without good medical care, insurance, my sweetheart helping me in the early days when I really couldn’t do anything with that arm, my coworkers’ understanding and support. It’s too easy to be aware of the bad parts and forget the good along the way and there has been so much good. Gratitude prompts me to remember that.

    8 months ago
    1. Robin Ann

      I dislocated my wrist about 10 years ago. It was one of the hardest things to get thru. My wrist isn’t 100% but I have managed to accept its limitations and I’ve been fine with it. At one point the doctor talked about re- breaking it! Umm no! Wishing you well Barb with your recovery!

      8 months ago
  10. Charlie T

    I don’t have any particularly difficult
    situations right now. Just the
    usual stresses. Practicing gratitude now,
    hopefully, will allow me to transform
    difficult situations into situations.
    Gratefulness gives me room to breathe.
    Allowing for other possibilities and
    perspectives.

    8 months ago
    1. Carol

      Charlie, Eckhart Tolle says, “Don’t turn a situation into a problem!” Remembering that quote has been very helpful to me when my monkey mind rears its head.

      8 months ago
  11. Yram

    I realize that the challenge makes me aware that I am so interconnected with others. And with out it my inner growth would be delayed.

    8 months ago
  12. Laura

    For a few moments or minutes gratefulness can take me out of my fears and anxieties. It reminds me that there is more going on than just my challenging situation and that even in the midst of hardship there is support, kindness and beauty.

    8 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      Perfectly said. Thank you.

      8 months ago
  13. devy

    Gratefulness brings inner peace, allows me to live in the present and takes my mind away from what negative things are going on around me in the world. This allows me to be more grounded and able to deal with theses issues.

    8 months ago
  14. Joseph McCann

    To focus my attention away from circumstances to capabilities.

    8 months ago
  15. EJP

    Gratefulness enables me to see the “silver lining” in challenging situations.

    8 months ago
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