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  1. Shahizzat Maajih

    After the adversities strikes me recently, the one who deserves thanks is, absolutely me. Thank you my mind body and soul, for cooperating to make me stay alive, feel alive and enjoy the life to the fullest. Losing a father, all of sudden, due to heart attack is not something easy. I lose part of me when he go. I just keep praying that one day, we will meet again, in heaven.
    Next, who deserves my thanks is all my family, who tries to help as much as they can during this grieving period. They cook, they provide and they help as much as they can for this youngest siblings. My bestfriends also always there whenever I need it.

    This is really my down time. But Im grateful to God as well, because He, is the only one who arranges the good people coming into my life, to comfort and provide love and care.

    2 months ago
  2. Dusty Su

    I have a history that is so richly filled with people, situations, and organizations that deserve my deep gratitude.

    Presently, in my most immediate world, it’s my mother. She’s 89-years-old, has terrible Alzheimer’s disease, and is dying of stage four cancer, yet we can daily share moments of joy and gratitude. That is largely because of a lifetime of positive attitude, the ability to see the grand in the small things, and appreciation for companionship on her part. She makes it easy to be with her in her last chapter and the most challenging part of life.

    3 months ago
  3. Don Jones

    Everyone, seen and unseen who help me along this mysterious journey each day.

    3 months ago
  4. Mica

    My friend Anna, for mentioning popcorn in connection with movies, when we watched Diane Keaton’s new movie on her laptop – later I got out my old stovetop Whirley-Pop and made a batch that I ate with cashews. Surprisingly, it satisfies the need in me that usually calls for sweets! … Time to make a new batch 🙂

    3 months ago
    1. Dusty Su

      That sounds good with cashews. MMM.

      3 months ago
  5. Erich617

    I have been dealing with a back injury recently. Last night, my partner handled making dinner and putting our little one to sleep so that I could rest.

    3 months ago
  6. O.Christina

    This is countless; beginning with my parents and my family of origin and all the good souls who were kind and even those who were causing difficulties, as I feel all have contributed to this life full of people whom I am allowed to be close to, interact with, work together with, enjoy life together, who reflect about essentials like all you dear ones here in the sacred space of this website and all those whom I love and who love or care for me and for others as well as for the world. A deep thank you and with a deep bow to all of you, my dear friends in life.

    3 months ago
  7. KC

    Spirit. Mother nature. My and the ancestors. Tara Brach. All who are with me and us on the path – past, present and future. All at gratefulness.org who make this daily question possible, and all of you who show up day after day, and/ or on occasion, to generously share your reflections.

    3 months ago
  8. Y
    Yram

    I am grateful for the herbalist who introduced me to making a tea with rosemary and yarrow. I am thankful for nature.

    3 months ago
  9. Barb C

    My husband, for being such a good caregiver to me with my broken wrist. My best friend who took me shopping to get sleeveless dresses I can wear with my arm in a cast and who checks on me daily. My work colleagues who immediately took on things they can do that relieve me from having to worry about things getting done that were on my list.

    3 months ago
  10. Cathie

    The Divine Reality who gifted me the ability to experience this life, and all those who share in it.

    3 months ago
  11. A
    AP

    My English teacher in 7-10 grades whose efforts helped me become better at written communication skills, which in turn, helped me immigrate to this great country. Also, my parents, who supported me throughout my educational years. The people at my first job who ensured I felt at home. This website, which I discovered just a couple of weeks ago. Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, who made it easy for everyday people to save for their retirement.

    3 months ago
  12. Charlie T

    Definitely all of you that make this beautiful resource happen and the people that share there wisdom and insight with the rest of us here. I am truly grateful that a friend (someone who was also suffering) sent me this link.
    This is such a key part of my practices and has had a truly positive impact on my life.
    Thank you all 🙏

    3 months ago
  13. Antoinette

    Thank you guys for making this website! Hugs 🤗

    3 months ago
  14. Carol

    It depends on what one means by “now.”If I limit it to the last few days, my son tops the list. That said, for me, “now” is the only thing eternal so the list is endless. For example, daily I give thanks for the strength of my ancestors and claim their strength frequently.

    3 months ago
  15. dragonfly

    My 22 year old cat, Shadow, who greets me in the morning and comes for a cuddle. He gives and faithfully has given me a wonderful start to the day.
    I have to say, though, that the word “deserves” makes me somewhat uneasy, because it feels like my thanks needs to be earned and I’m the one who decides who “deserves” it and who doesn’t when there are so, so many people to be thankful for. Many of them I take for granted because I don’t know them personally like all those who made my breakfast possible.

    3 months ago
    1. Barb C

      Thank you so much for calling out the use of the word “deserve” this way. You’re so right that so many people we should be able to thank are invisible in our system.

      3 months ago
  16. Chester

    Henry Parsons Crowell – founder of Quaker Oats – as with most mornings, I’m eating a quick breakfast, thanks to the ease of preparing oatmeal. Thank you Henry, although acknowledge oatmeal greatly preceding you, you helped with the accessibility and ease of preparation.

    3 months ago
  17. A
    Angela Miller

    Tammy Bowers for leading me to Summerville Baptist

    3 months ago
  18. Rippleffect

    Sept 7- Who deserves my gratitude today.
    Well who doesn’t?! …of course friends and family, strangers that help me today as I stumble around with my broken foot finding such kindness along the way…but mostly, those people who teach me the most..the ones who anger or upset me. They reflect back to me what I may need to work on in myself …or remind me to always reflect loving kindness to others…might just change the world one person at a time!
    I am grateful for all living beings too….animals, trees, running water…the list goes on.

    3 months ago
    1. Mica

      That’s what the Dalai Lama says, Rippleffect – that we learn so much from those who upset us – thanks 🙂

      3 months ago
    2. Barb C

      Thank you so much for the reminder that everyone has something to teach us if we’re willing to learn. My sympathies with your broken foot! I have a broken wrist so I feel your pain.

      3 months ago
      1. Rippleffect

        Sending you some healing vibes Barb!!

        3 months ago
    3. c
      carol

      Thank you for reminding me to be thankful for those interactions where my anger and its cousins close and far, need my attention and eventually my gratitude .

      3 months ago
  19. Avril

    Especially since it’s my birthday, my parents deserve many thanks. I’m blessed with two kind souls who still nurture me regularly. My husband who blesses me everyday with coffee and compassion so I can face the world. My children for stretching me and teaching me unconditional love. My best girlfriends for supreme nonjudgment and listening ears. My Guru for my sadhana. My minister for his faith. Too many others to name. I am aware of my interdependence. Gratefulness overflows right now.

    3 months ago
    1. Michele

      Happy birthday Avril:)

      3 months ago
    2. Y
      Yram

      Happy Birthday! If I could give you a gift, I would give you love and laughter, a peace-filled heart, a special dream, and joy forever.

      3 months ago
      1. Avril

        Thank you Yram

        3 months ago
    3. Barb C

      Happy Birthdayweekmonth Avril! That’s what we say at our house because we see no reason to stop celebrating after 24 hours.

      3 months ago
      1. Avril

        Thank you

        3 months ago
      2. Mica

        Yes! Celebrate throughout the month, Avril! 🙂

        3 months ago
        1. Avril

          Thank you

          3 months ago
    4. sunnypatti48317

      Happy Birthday!

      3 months ago
      1. Avril

        Thank you

        3 months ago
    5. Carol

      Your post is inspiring, Avril. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!

      3 months ago
      1. Avril

        Thank you, Carol

        3 months ago
      2. Avril

        Thank you

        3 months ago
    6. dragonfly

      Happy birthday, Avril. May you be blessed with health, joy and a peaceful heart. <3

      3 months ago
      1. Avril

        Thank you

        3 months ago
  20. sunnypatti48317

    God for letting me wake up to another day.
    My husband for being so loving and wonderful.
    My friend, Tanya, for reaching out to me about the surf this morning, even though I slept in and ruined today’s opportunity.
    Those who run this website, and those who contribute to it! I appreciate all of you so much!

    3 months ago
  21. Joseph McCann

    At the bottom of auction sale bills there is usually a line that states “Many small items too numerous to mention.” That is who deserves my thanks…”Many people too numerous to mention,” So many friends and relatives who never gave up on the self that was hidden beneath my addiction to alcohol.. I thought the same thing about the colorful song bird as Michele did, that thanks is in order for Jason Hafso for capturing that beautiful image.

    3 months ago
  22. Laura

    The Divine, for another glorious day to experience life in all its glory and messiness.
    And, everyone who posts here. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and joy.

    3 months ago
  23. Kevin

    As they say, funny you should ask! I need to thank my son-in-law, Jason, who ran a terrific hour-plus meeting last night regarding capital planning for our Quaker meeting property and buildings. For me, it’s dry, boring stuff that I would rather avoid dealing with all together, even though it was I who asked for the meeting! Finances are not my thing, yet Jason broke the whole thing down so that even I could understand it. A note of thanks this morning is clearly in order.

    3 months ago
  24. Michele

    Right now the Gratefulness Team deserves my thanks as I am on their website doing my daily ritual and answering the daily question. I also want to thank Jason Hafso who took the photo for the Word of the Day, I loved seeing that beautiful colorful lil birdie.

    3 months ago
  25. Carla

    In early August I became ill with COVID19. I’m grateful for having access to health care and medicine, as the symptoms weren’t as severe nor fatal. I’ve known some who’ve died, and there’s been thousands world wide. For medical care centers, their staff and scientist, Thank You!

    3 months ago
  26. Helly

    God. He’s been with me through every dark night of the soul, every wobbly moment, every grief and loss. He was also with me for the first 38 years of my life, when I felt myself to be truly abandoned and alone. He waited for me to notice him- and for that I am truly thankful.

    3 months ago
  27. Christine

    Chopin. This morning I played a piece by Chopin from my new piano book like I’ve never played the piano before. It was as if I was cradled and caressed by the music. This was a completely new experience for me. The most beautiful memory came back into my life. I feel gratitude.

    3 months ago
    1. KC

      My goodness Christine. Thank you! It too wish I could hear you play it! Are you able to share the piece you played – the name of the piece, a recording, or perhaps even yourself playing. Such a joy and delight! I too adore Chopin …

      3 months ago
      1. Christine

        Thank you KC. I am not a good pianist, but I am one with passion. Usually I accompany singers or a flutist. I do that well, and playing together gives me great joy. The Chopin piece I played is actually way too difficult for me, but I had new sheet music that was simplified. And it’s so nice to play a beautiful piece without studying a lot. The music touched me enormously. It was ballad no 1 in G minor Op. 23.

        3 months ago
        1. KC

          Thank you Christine! I watched Olga Scheps playing your ballade with tremendous passion. I thought of your love for Karel as she played. So moving. I so appreciate your sharing that nugget of your day and life … Warmest wishes, KC

          3 months ago
          1. Christine

            Dear KC, Thank you so much. And it’s always so nice when someone mentions Karel’s name. It warms my heart. I am going to listen to Olga Scheps too 😊. Love from Chris 💕

            3 months ago
    2. Rabbit

      Wish we could hear it. Thank you.

      3 months ago
      1. Christine

        😘

        3 months ago

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