Gratitude Lounge Welcome! We are glad you are here. This is an open space where everyone belongs, and everyone is welcome. Please introduce yourself as you feel comfortable and join in sharing your experience of grateful living. To get started you might reflect upon questions such as these: What am I grateful for? What is grateful living inspiring me to do? What are some blessings in my life (including ones in disguise)? How am I being supported right now? What connects me to wonder, awe, or a sense of the sacred? You are welcome to include images and links for videos to illustrate your reflections. Honor our Community Terms & Conditions Click here to cancel reply.Please log in or Create a Profile to post a comment. Notify me when someone replies to my comment via e-mail. Holly in Ohio4 weeks agoHolly in OhioGood morning, everyone! How are you doing? I found this quote this morning – I absolutely love it! 😄 4 Reply Kevin4 weeks agoKevinOh for sure, Holly, this quote rings so true for me! Thanks. 2 Reply Mary3 weeks agoMaryHi Kevin! Good to see you in the Gratitude Lounge! I had been away from this site for close to a year but am back. I’m wondering how your sweet dog (Gracie?) is. Apologizing in advance if I got her name wrong. I’m also wondering how you are with your back issues. You are probably the most consistent person answering question of the day. Unlike me, very concisely. Sometimes, after reading a question that stumped me, I would go down to the earliest responses, saying to myself- Let’s ...Hi Kevin! Good to see you in the Gratitude Lounge! I had been away from this site for close to a year but am back. I’m wondering how your sweet dog (Gracie?) is. Apologizing in advance if I got her name wrong. I’m also wondering how you are with your back issues. You are probably the most consistent person answering question of the day. Unlike me, very concisely. Sometimes, after reading a question that stumped me, I would go down to the earliest responses, saying to myself- Let’s see whatKevin said. 😊 Would you give me your website address. I used to stop by now and then but don’t have the address anymore. Blessings, Mary Read More2 Reply RR Cabooser4 weeks agoRR CabooserFor better or worse? Lost opportunity and burned bridges? Staring through a shattered looking glass unable to change the past what I do today writes the future 5 Reply Mary3 weeks agoMaryLove this quote!! 2 Reply Holly in Ohio4 weeks agoHolly in OhioAbsolutely! What a wonderful quote, RR. 😊 1 Reply Mica4 weeks agoMicaI was delighted to find this in my journal for Dec 17, 1996: “What if I write about gratitude now… Am grateful for the feeling that comes when thinking of gratitude…” 3 Reply Holly in Ohio4 weeks agoHolly in OhioLovely!!! Don’t you just love it when you forecast the future? 😄It’s like stepping into your own footprints! 👣👣👣 What are you grateful for today, Mica? 2 Reply Mica4 weeks agoMicaI'm grateful for the beautiful sunny day, my little Christmas tree that I just put up yesterday, it's wonderful ornaments [a subset of my collection] including one my dad gave to his mother when he first came home from college and one his sister sent us long ago, which I 'upgraded', also long ago, and many others - a beautiful 'ugly Christmas sweater,' for example, and a number of balls that I decorated beautifully with my dear former sister-in-law long ago and and... Thanks for asking! My emoj...I’m grateful for the beautiful sunny day, my little Christmas tree that I just put up yesterday, it’s wonderful ornaments [a subset of my collection] including one my dad gave to his mother when he first came home from college and one his sister sent us long ago, which I ‘upgraded’, also long ago, and many others – a beautiful ‘ugly Christmas sweater,’ for example, and a number of balls that I decorated beautifully with my dear former sister-in-law long ago and and… Thanks for asking! My emojis don’t show up automatically on the MacBook Touch Bar when I type a word, like they used to, so I’m not using them so much. It seems to be a feature that has disappeared since I bought the MacBook nearly a year ago.🤗 warm wishes to you and all -🕯- well, at least they’re giving me a big line of choices now 🙃😊 Read More3 Reply Holly in Ohio4 weeks agoHolly in OhioSounds like a wonderful tree! 🤗🌲 2 Reply Holly in Ohio4 weeks agoHolly in OhioPsalms, 1639. Ohio State University Library. Good morning, everyone! I hope you have a lovely day. 🙂 6 Reply RR Cabooser1 month agoRR CabooserI am hurting and lack confidence & equanimity of psyche yet I am grateful today not a bad day a day to stay in bed my job has ended just in time as I get sick twice in a row and feel my body can now heal from the recent traumatic experiences of excruciating proportions surely I should change what I am doing to avoid them from now on I came here to practice grateful living though not whine about everything I think is wrong! 6 Reply Alicia3 weeks agoAliciaWelcome. Thank you for posting the picture and explaining the symbolism- lovely! I hope you will feel better. 1 Reply Mica4 weeks agoMicaWhat a beautiful image, RR! Welcome to this site and may you find gratefulness, but the ‘whining’ doesn’t need to stay stuffed inside you, hiding! 3 Reply Holly in Ohio4 weeks agoHolly in OhioQuite right, Mica! 🙂 2 Reply RR Cabooser1 month agoRR CabooserMongolian. The Tumbaash, made of the elephant, monkey, dove, and rabbit, is a symbol of friendship and cooperation. 3 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioI like that symbol. Very nice! You are welcome here, RR Cabooser. I am sorry that you have had traumatic experiences. I hope you become a regular part of this healing community. What would you like to talk about? I hope you enjoy your time of rest. 4 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioIt is a cold, rainy day here and we are all enjoying our laziness! We can call it a "cat day." One of my favorite lazy things to do is to look at pretty things on Pinterest, and one of my files there I call, "Lovely Textile Pieces." This is my happy thought this morning. Textiles bring joy to some in a way crafters and book lovers can understand. It is a delightful romance! I never get over the joy I feel when someone put patience and method into a piece and you can feel the love of the art. On...It is a cold, rainy day here and we are all enjoying our laziness! We can call it a “cat day.” One of my favorite lazy things to do is to look at pretty things on Pinterest, and one of my files there I call, “Lovely Textile Pieces.” This is my happy thought this morning. Textiles bring joy to some in a way crafters and book lovers can understand. It is a delightful romance! I never get over the joy I feel when someone put patience and method into a piece and you can feel the love of the art. One of the things I love about textile arts is quite often it is done with very humble supplies that a person of very modest means can afford, even if they live without indoor plumbing and electricity, and yet, one day the objects often wind up in museum collections! The value is in the doing, the patience, and the skill or design, but sometimes it is just the patience! There is such devotion in needlework, both figuratively and sometimes literally. There is a church here in our town that has some amazing needlepoint kneelers, designed and stitched by local women. But sometimes I delight in the care that is given the most humble articles, like an apron, or a tablecloth, a lampshade, or underwear that no one will see. It was hard for me this morning to pick just one image to share. What do I pick? Something bright, something new, something old? Embroidery, felting, weaving, knitting, lace? A vest for a bullfighter, cutwork on a slip, a purse, a rug? Spoiled for choice I picked one almost at random: This is sort of an invitation to look at textiles. You may have something lovely in your home. “French, 17th century embroidered satin book with floral motif” [probably covering a prayer book] Read More 8 Reply Ose1 month agoOseDeeply beautiful and touching. Thank you for sharing this piece of universal truth and beauty! A prayer book of Love, how affecting. 2 Reply Holly in Ohio4 weeks agoHolly in OhioYes, it kind of makes me want to attempt to make one. Of course mine wouldn’t be as lovely, but that’s not the point. It is an expression of love. 😊 2 Reply RR Cabooser1 month agoRR CabooserThat is fantastic 3 Reply Mica1 month agoMicaLovely, Holly – thank you. I have lots of Hmong needlework, having lived and taught in a neighborhood with lots of Hmong residents. One large one has ‘Banvinai Camp Thailand’ hand-stitched at the top, with lots of colorful animals stitched on it. It hung in the hallway and was an ongoing inspiration- the women in a refugee camp doing this beautiful work. 3 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioWow. I would love to see it. 🙂 2 Reply Mica1 month agoMicaMe too! Hopefully I have a photo of it somewhere, but not in my google photos. Here is a much finer Hmong art, in terms of composition and detail; If I find the Banvinai, I’ll post it. 6 Reply Butterfly4 weeks agoButterflyThat is so beautiful, Mica. The amount of work and hours put into that – Wow! Thank you for sharing ❤️ 3 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioIt takes my breath away! 😄 2 Reply RR Cabooser1 month agoRR CabooserOh my what vibrant fun! 4 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioI am grateful for a good, simple, day. I have been working on our kitchen reno, and today I made curtains and hung a curtain rod and soaked, scraped, and polished the parts of the antique (i.e. old and disreputable, lol) door handles into a shine and put them back onto the five cupboard doors that hopefully I will hang again tomorrow. I took a break to buy thread and stopped by some neighbors and received a LETTER from the six year old... this (below) is from the boy whom I made the terrariu...I am grateful for a good, simple, day. I have been working on our kitchen reno, and today I made curtains and hung a curtain rod and soaked, scraped, and polished the parts of the antique (i.e. old and disreputable, lol) door handles into a shine and put them back onto the five cupboard doors that hopefully I will hang again tomorrow. I took a break to buy thread and stopped by some neighbors and received a LETTER from the six year old… this (below) is from the boy whom I made the terrarium for. 🤗 And we went and picked up my friend for dinner as we often do on Fridays and had a wonderful dinner and conversation, laughing about the first movies we remembered seeing in our lives, and while my husband and i did the dishes, we could hear our friend and our son talking and laughing in the other room, and it was wonderful! Read More 8 Reply Elaine1 month agoElaine“good simple day”’. Lovely. Doesn’t get any better. 5 Reply Elaine1 month agoElaineSisters in a tunnel of light. Grateful for spectacular lighting art festival enjoyed with my sister, a sparkly prelude to the tourtière feast! 7 Reply Anna1 month agoAnnaFantastic, Elaine!! 4 Reply Alicia2 weeks agoAliciaAnna, how are you? I have been absent on line, but not in heart. 0 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioHow magical! That is so lovely! 😃 5 Reply Drew Blanton1 month agoDrew BlantonI was in a drum circle, but I only got the opportunity to go once at Thrive Upstate before the director left. I left eventually because the everyday field trips were just too much for me. Apparently before I came everybody did drumming every Wednesday, but my drum’s at my feet now. Besides, that’s not the only Thrive Upstate program. I know of at least three more in my area. The one I left was PCA. The others are HASCI, Blue Ridge, and Fountain Inn. I’m on the waiting list for HASCI. 6 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioI think it’s really cool that you play the drum. I tried it, hahah… but i really have no rhythm! But I love listeniing to drums. It is so earthy and spiritual. 🌖 3 Reply Cintia1 month agoCintiaHello lovely friends! Starting a new day, a rainy day. Experiencing many challenges, sometimes with some tears, but counting many blessings!! I'm so bless and I'm so grateful to be alive! I wish you a day full of harmony, peace and health for everyone! May God bless you lovely friends "It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you've known forever don't see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memori...Hello lovely friends! Starting a new day, a rainy day. Experiencing many challenges, sometimes with some tears, but counting many blessings!! I’m so bless and I’m so grateful to be alive! I wish you a day full of harmony, peace and health for everyone! May God bless you lovely friends “It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on”. Nicholas Sparks Read More7 Reply Alicia2 weeks agoAliciaCintia,I haven’t been here for several days. I’m wishing you well. I have found people I knew for decades do not see or feel things as I do…and so rather than feel less than, I had to make the choice to move on. There is a grieving for what I thought existed, but did not. And, like your quote, I’m grateful for better memories. Much love and comfort to you. 0 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioGood morning, Cintia! I hope that you find some solutions today to your challenges. The sun is coming out this morning, after several gray days here. Such is life. Your sunshine will come out again. 5 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioA happy thought… I would like to be a cat when I grow up! 7 Reply Mica1 month agoMicaOh, Holly – that’s adorable! Thanks so much. I think it ‘needs’ to be in my gratefulness quotes doc. Warm wishes to you and everyone. 2 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioThank you, Mica! If you look at the cat closely, you will see its tongue sticking out just a tiny bit… just like my cat does when he’s sleeping in bliss. It’s so adorable! 😋 7 Reply Mica4 weeks agoMicaMy friend with the cat was excited to hear about that photo – I’ll send it to her. She invited me to see the lights in our local Central Park – I’ll post one. My piggies purr is probably a bit higher pitched than that of a cat. She also has her cry that sounds sort of like “EAT! EAT!” and a fussy noise that she makes quite a bit. 2 Reply Mica1 month agoMicaMy friend with a cat seemed to agree that it qualified as a ‘purr’ – a deep contented rumble. 2 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioI don’t doubt it. I bet that is one happy guinea pig! 2 Reply Mica1 month agoMicaWhat fun! Aren’t pets wonderful? I got my guinea pig to ‘purr’ for my friend yesterday 2 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioPURR! Really? I didn’t know they could do that! 😃 1 Reply Drew Blanton1 month agoDrew BlantonI played my drum today. It’s a jembe, an African drum. I think it’s African, anyway. 6 Reply Anna1 month agoAnnaDrew, may I link a You Tube song for you,? Carol of the Drum, composed by an Italian priest who is a musician. My choir sings a lot of his compositions. Not this one below, but it is my thought for you. 4 Reply Drew Blanton1 month agoDrew BlantonThat;s one of my favorites. 2 Reply Mary1 month agoMaryBeautiful Anna!!!🥁 2 Reply Mica1 month agoMicaThank you, Drew – I have a drum from Ghana, Africa – I didn’t know what they were called. Enjoy! 2 Reply sunnypatti1 month agosunnypattiThose are great! I bet it felt good, too 🙂 3 Reply Mary1 month agoMaryHi Drew. That sounds like fun. I would like to play a drum. It’s a great instrument. Mary 3 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioNice! Are you part of a drum circle? 2 Reply Mike S1 month agoMike SWhat a wonderful holiday gift to have this little deer resting in our back tard. Not in the photo is our cat which is happily observing this visitor. B.essings all my friends here. 10 Reply Alicia3 weeks agoAliciaOhhhhhhh! How very delightful! Thank you. 0 Reply Palm1 month agoPalmYes, wonderful, Mike. Thank you 1 Reply Anna1 month agoAnnaWow Mike, a fantastic surprise! I imagine your awe, it is a gift! Thank you for sharing with us! 2 Reply Mary1 month agoMaryBlessings Mike. Such a sweet picture! I would love to see a picture of your cat! Mary 2 Reply Mica1 month agoMicaWow, Mike! [I see Pilgrim said the same, but what else can one say?] That is a wonderful gift! How big is the dear? [deer, I mean] The size of a large dog or larger? You say ‘little’. Many thanks for sharing – 3 Reply Mike S1 month agoMike SShe is smallish…about three feet tal and about four plus long. She’s been coming in regularly. 3 Reply Mica1 month agoMicaThank you, Mike – how wonderful! 1 Reply Pilgrim1 month agoPilgrimWow, Mike! What a wondrous surprise visitor, quite comfortable in your yard! Thank you for sharing this. 3 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioOh my goodness! What a treat! And look, she totally knows you are there. It reminds me of an old zen lesson: Master and student are walking and see a rabbit. The rabbit runs. The Master asks the student, “Why did the rabbit run?” The answer comes later when the Master says, “No, it is because you still have a killer instinct.” Animals know. The deer knew you were there, but did not feel threatened. What a blessing! And such a treat to see this, for us, too! Thank you. ❤ 4 Reply Mike S1 month agoMike SAmen. I trust that our house and its people radiate love and peace. 💕🙏🏼 5 Reply sunnypatti1 month agosunnypattiDeer are such beautiful, gentle creatures. A customer of mine lives out on Edisto, and she & I talk about our country/beach lives. She has a family of deer who hang out on her property, one of whom will come up to her if she’s sitting on her porch and put it’s head in her lap! I didn’t believe her, but she showed me a picture the last time she was in my store. So cool! 4 Reply Mike S1 month agoMike SWow. I love the image of the deer putting its head in your friends lap. Thanks for sharing. 3 Reply Palm1 month agoPalmThinking of Mary, I have been wanting to share with you and everyone. My daughter named him Entropy, because, well.. he can be just chaos 8 Reply Alicia3 weeks agoAliciaVery dear. And I so very much like the name Entropy. 1 Reply Palm3 weeks agoPalmThank you, dear Alicia! I admit that, at first, the name seemed inadequate to me, then I let go of prejudice. It is a good reminder and it is so good to hear from you, friend. Love from Palm 0 Reply Cintia1 month agoCintiaLovely!!! 2 Reply Mary1 month agoMaryPalm !!! What a beautiful kitten!! Gorgeous eyes, such a pretty face! I bet your daughter is really enjoying him!! If your daughter is still doing art I would love to see it! Sending love Palm!♥️ Mary 3 Reply Palm1 month agoPalmShe is enjoying him, Mary! She wants more cats but the two of them are already quite a handful. I will send you her art again some time. Sending love Mary! ❤️ 2 Reply Mary4 weeks agoMaryDear Palm, Two kittens are definitely quite a handful They are like little children, into everything, and everything interesting goes in their mouths. Love to you Palm. And it is so good to be in touch with you again! Mary 2 Reply Palm4 weeks agoPalmDear Mary, it is so good to get validation from you on this. I fear that the kitten is too lonely on his own, but I really feel I can’t take another one. I hope you and your mom are doing well, Mary. Sending love from Palm 0 Reply Mica1 month agoMicaThank you, Palm. His eyes do look rather intense. I love your use of “Entropy” and ‘chaos’ in the same sentence – indeed it makes sense. Thanks again – 3 Reply Palm1 month agoPalmThank you, Mica! 2 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioOh my gosh! He looks so much like my cat, Fisher! 7 Reply Palm1 month agoPalmYes, and like the cat that used to visit us in South Africa, I don’t know if you remember I had sent you a picture. Fisher is gorgeous! 2 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioI do remember! Fisher is getting on in years and has arthritis, like me. He has unusually colored eyes… an iridescent blue-green, like a dragonfly. But my favorite bit is his tummy which always makes me smile…. his coloring outlines the ends of his ribs, so you can make out his ribcage exactly… it’s so cute! 😊 Right now with Nathan just home last night from college, Fisher is following Nathan around everywhere. 🐈 2 Reply Mary1 month agoMarySo cute when cats follow their humans around! I love his green eyes!!!😺 2 Reply Mary1 month agoMaryCute Holly! Love the white whiskers! 2 Reply Anna1 month agoAnnaWonderful name, for such a nice cat, Palm😂 4 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioEntropy is lovely, and he does look like he’s plotting his next misadventure! 😂 3 Reply Diane1 month agoDianeLovely friends: So grateful to be here, if just briefly, on this sacred prayer Tuesday. I am house and dog-sitting for my daughter and her husband. After 3 years of marriage they are finally taking their long-awaited honeymoon! I am so happy for them. And grateful that we are living here now for times like this when we can be a help to them. They are 2 of the best people I know and I'm so proud to be their mom-diane. :) I just got back from walking Diesel, their lovable mutt, and as w...Lovely friends: So grateful to be here, if just briefly, on this sacred prayer Tuesday. I am house and dog-sitting for my daughter and her husband. After 3 years of marriage they are finally taking their long-awaited honeymoon! I am so happy for them. And grateful that we are living here now for times like this when we can be a help to them. They are 2 of the best people I know and I’m so proud to be their mom-diane. 🙂 I just got back from walking Diesel, their lovable mutt, and as we walked I looked up at the moon. It occured to me as I gazed up, that they are perhaps looking up at the same moon…connecting us while they are away celebrating the gift of God’s grace in bringing them together. I am grateful for how much and all the ways my son-in-law loves my daughter. It makes my mom-heart cry happy tears that they are having this special time together…they are so deserving. Grateful too that we all share the same moon here in this sacred space! Perhaps when we gaze upon it we can remember the miracle of our connection across the miles, the oceans, the continents. ~Om Shanti friends…have a blessed and peace-filled night. Read More9 Reply Anna1 month agoAnnaSo happy for your daughter, her husband, and for you dear Diane, I feel your happiness. Many blessings to the new family, may they enjoy this journey. And I wish you a lovely dog-sitting time! 2 Reply Palm1 month agoPalm❤️ 2 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioIt is so nice you can take care of your grand-puppy while they are away! And so wonderful that they are made for each other! It is also so nice that they have you! I looked up at the moon earlier this evening, so high in the sky and almost directly overhead here, a misty gibbous moon through a veil of thin clouds… very pretty!.This evening I was away at the spinners and weaver’s guild meeting / holiday potluck. I took my neighbor who moved from NYC this year and introduced her to the only ot...It is so nice you can take care of your grand-puppy while they are away! And so wonderful that they are made for each other! It is also so nice that they have you! I looked up at the moon earlier this evening, so high in the sky and almost directly overhead here, a misty gibbous moon through a veil of thin clouds… very pretty!.This evening I was away at the spinners and weaver’s guild meeting / holiday potluck. I took my neighbor who moved from NYC this year and introduced her to the only other person I know who tats. They hit it off, so my neighbor sat with her and I joked later that that is why I came home with someone else’s unfinished project! I wasn’t watched!!! But I’m sharing this Diane because I thought you would appreciate it, particularly on this prayer Tuesday. A lady had been given a knitted breast project through friends. It is a charitable project for breast cancer, where people knit prosthetic breasts. The lady said she couldn’t understand the project and it was beyond her skill but a promise had been made to finish it, and she knew I was an expert knitter. Anyway, I thought of my dear friend Liz, whom I taught to knit and we had many good times knitting together, and who later died of complications from breast cancer. She would have wanted me to do this project. And I thought of Ursula, too. And on prayer Tuesday. It seems it was meant to be. ❤🙂🧶 If anyone else would like to participate and perhaps do some knitting for breast cancer survivors, here is the website: https://www.knittedknockers.org/ Read More2 Reply Mica1 month agoMicaAwesome, Holly – I shared your story and the knitted knockers on my quilt guild website 🙂 2 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioSweet! The guild-member who gave me this said that one of our local libraries is sponsoring it, and they give out gift bags with the pattern and yarn in it simply for the promise of finishing it by April 1st and returning it to the library. The library then ships them all to the charitable organization. Libraries are awesome! 😁 2 Reply Mica1 month agoMicaYes. libraries are awesome, aren’t they, Holly! Maybe I’ll finally make my year end donation to my local library today. I made a 3D printed thing at mine, and I love their adult craft classes. 2 Reply Anna1 month agoAnnaThank you Holliy, for your kind thoughts and your commitment in this special knitting project. 2 Reply Palm1 month agoPalmDear Holly, I have thought about our dears Ursula and Liz meeting on the other side 😊 2 Reply Holly in Ohio1 month agoHolly in OhioThat is a happy thought! 😊 2 Reply Sandra1 month agoSandraAnna, how are you faring now after your surgery? I hope you are doing well. And Mary, I am thinking of you 🙏 3 Reply Anna1 month agoAnnaDear Sandra, I’m fine, I’ll go back to my work tomorrow! I can drive, the carousels in my head have stopped and I’m waiting for my device to activate next Wednesday.