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Sherry from my women’s circle online. I have never met her in person but I see her twice a month. I am also reading the Miracle Morning Book by Hal Elrod. This book and his teachings are transforming my life for the better.
The individuals here on gratefulness.org and the masters who teach enlightenment, peace and meta. Their influence has changed my life immensely..
Lots of people of course – more than I can ever count.
Gosh. Such a thoughtful question, and so many beautiful answers.
I offer gratitude for all those who have spoken, written and taken steps – however small, to support, honour, protect and preserve our natural world against the forces of development and / or destruction. Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, David Suzuki, Terry Tempest Williams and so many unsung heroes … Also the bees and pollinators, the farmers and all in the chain that bring the food to our tables daily, as Kevin, Hot Sauce and others mention.
The hands that have picked the plants that make up the food I eat have made it so I can have good clean food on my plate. I have never met those who have harvested my food, but it is good to remember those who have put in labor so that we can put food on the table.
So many people here have given me new perspectives, reminded me to look closer, go deeper and, of course, to see and find so, so many things to be grateful for, even the ones I don’t notice and take for granted, or especially those I take for granted. How often have I read comments here and thought, “Wow, that never occurred to me! How could I have not seen that?” These comments are gifts to help me grow, to shift my focus, to think outside my box. Even though I have not met any of you I often feel a bond and that makes my life brighter and my burdens lighter. Thank you!
Immediately Gibran came to mind; someone gave me “The Prophet” when I was 16 yo. It was magical to me and though at that age I didn’t understand it all, I grew to understand more and more as life went on. Now at 68 yo I still love to open it and feel the calm of his wisdom.
The first thing that came to mind was the authors of many, many books filled with wisdom that I have read over the years. Br. David, Rumi, Gibran, Merton, Angelo, Keating, and on and on.
I love the comments here about the chain of people who make it possible for us to eat a meal. Extending that, everyone who built a road or laid a power line or installed plumbing (thank you, wastewater treatment workers!) — all the taken-for-granted infrastructure that means the lights come on, the sewage goes away, the workings of government and business, imperfect though they are, mean my paycheck arrives and my savings are tallied and insured, and on and on and on! Such an intricate web of interconnectedness.
The leaders from local to international who have inspired me have helped me continue to hope that we can be better and do better.
And then there are the writers! So, so many amazing and beautiful stories and poems and inspiration that fill me up.
Wow, amazing responses. This took me a minute, but of course there have been so many. In particular, the guys that decided to commercialize the mountain bike. Gary Fischer, Tom Ritchey, Joe Breeze, and Charlie Kelly. This became my passion, my livelihood, my social network, and gave me direction at a time that I really needed it. It is a thread that runs through my whole life.
Too many to mention. There are so many people who come to mind, Some are famous, others are just everyday people, and I am truly grateful for every one. I am just as grateful for everyone of you here, because you give me insight, and help me start the day in a good, positive way. Thank you!
The guy who hosts a wellness podcast that I listen to
A bunch of y’all here on this wonderful website 🙂
Thay has helped me in so many ways. He has taught me that every moment is a moment is an opportunity to give thanks. I’m so grateful to have met his teachings and the teachings of Plum Village in France. I’m also grateful for having this website of gratitude to share and meet with you all. I appreciate that you are here and how much support we are for each other.
Every time I sit down to enjoy a meal there are scores of people who have made the food before me possible. I envision a massively large dining room table and sitting around me are farmers, truckers, grain elevator workers, educators, scientists, office workers and grocery store clerks. We’re having a wonderful meal together, and grateful for each other’s role in making it all happen.
A wondrous gathering!
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