I write grateful notes in my phone all during the day and review them at night and at the end of the week too.
Withholding critical or harsh comments to others. It makes us both feel bad. Even when warranted, I try to be kind.
Serving others however I can, when I can.
I am often aware that my daily life depends on the efforts of people I never see. When I buy food or anything at a store countless people behind the scenes did things that made it possible for that item to appear before me. I drive on roads and hike on trails someone else builds and maintains for me and others. And I can only hope that in return I sometimes contribute to others in ways I don’t see either.
One of my close friends is moving out of town soon, and I will miss getting together in person every week. I will need to establish a new long distance connection with him. I already do that with another old friend, so I feel confident it can work.
And the time we spent in person now will open up new possibilities that I must be alert to.
Don’t be too quick to assume a person’s values based on what they wear or how they describe their background.
Electricity, my home, my health.
Staying in bed a while after I wake up, my morning coffee, sitting quietly in the dark for a few minutes before I go to bed.
I can remember and be grateful for the grace of impermanence: everything will change, whether I judge it as bad or good.
I need to think about this more. It’s not usually top of mind. Good question. I do tend to be around people mostly similar to me.
I remember now: I organize a meetup group that has always met during the day, and sometimes in late afternoon. This attracts mostly retired people like myself. A new member recently asked if we ever meet on weekends because he works days. I need to extend our group to weekend events to include more full time working people. I’m grateful for this gentle push forward.
Sometimes a simple “Hello, how are you?” text can remind someone they are not alone and not forgotten.
The one where I don’t know how to talk to people beyond a superficial level.
All of the cats that have graced my life, especially our elderly Maple who is our last one.
The people I encounter while doing the typical things I do every day. This can include myself too.
Kevin, I admire the way you can feel your feelings while also finding a lesson from a painful experience. Still, it hurts and that’s real for you.
Dusty Su, thank you for sharing your wisdom. I hope you find peace, joy, and energy.
I am well Mica. How are you? Thanks for asking.
Thank you, Lee Anne
May your path forward be peaceful
Stay connected to the community by adding people to your list.
This site is brought to you by A Network for Grateful Living, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are fully tax deductible in the U.S.A.
© 2000 - 2021, A Network for Grateful Living
Website by Briteweb
We are delighted to announce the release of Kristi Nelson’s book Wake Up Grateful