I am just grateful to be alive.
I come here each morning for encouragement each morning. Sometimes a Bible verse during meditation. A conscious choice to focus on positive. Really, during this time, that is all I have access to. But this site, in spite of occasionally disagreeing with the question, is where I find encoureagement.
I have no idea. I wakeup in thankfulness each day and practice gratefulness in my life. I don’t know what else I can do besides constantly challenging my thought patterns.
I think the best thing I can do is to continue to wake up grateful and go to bed grateful, recounting the best of that day. By being grateful I am aware of all that Kristi says and I try to share that with each person I meet as I move through the day. Granted, right now that is tricky due to all the hours I spend alone, but it makes me aware of how much we need each other. And as Kristi says, it IS work to be stay grateful in each moment. But so worth it. Thank you Gratefulness.org for being ...
I think the best thing I can do is to continue to wake up grateful and go to bed grateful, recounting the best of that day. By being grateful I am aware of all that Kristi says and I try to share that with each person I meet as I move through the day. Granted, right now that is tricky due to all the hours I spend alone, but it makes me aware of how much we need each other. And as Kristi says, it IS work to be stay grateful in each moment. But so worth it. Thank you Gratefulness.org for being here.
I don’t know and I don’t know. I don’t know if I should express the fact that I don’t believe the word of the day. I don’t conceive of the universe expressing itself through me. I see the universe as a creation we are responsible for taking care of and we choose to respond or not. Perhaps by working together it could be said that it is expressing itself through collective action. But individually, no.
An hour of gentle running outside in the afternoon sun. Same high it always gives me. Time in a good book. Time at the piano. Time spent studying Dutch on Duolingo. Time writing letters to the elderly via Letters Against Isolation. Time writing letters to my penpals. Time making bread or cinnamon rolls. A video chat with my daughter. Meditation. Just a walk outside. There is much to enjoy in spite of everything.
Exercise. I have always used running or pickleball to drain off stress. It is harder to run now, but I still do speedwalking 2–3 times per week and a walk every day. If my personal stress is under control, I have the energy to comfort others.
What are ‘fresh eyes’? I also don’t believe freshness can come with out first withdrawing from a situation even for the briefest of time, putting a bit of mental space between us. Then we can gain perspective and come back to reapply ourselves. Freshness demands a change in thinking which can take time to cement, such as trying to reverse a lifelong habit of ‘seeing negatively’. It does take time to reverse. But it does impact how we view life generally.
This community gives me energy. I derive joy from jogging. I have no idea other than financial support, how to help this place thrive. Perhaps the day will come when I can give $5.00 per month. I would like to. If anyone has other ideas feel free to leave a comment.
Yes absolutely. While my stint with homelessness had a huge permanent impact on my life and that of my kids, I can honestly say I am grateful for it. It opened my eyes to how greedy those with the most money are and how materialistic we are as a society in general. It reshaped my values and forced me into being more compassionate. It was a severe way to wake up but 15 years later I am still a changed person. I am grateful for that.
I just finished a book called Eyes to the Wind by Any Barken attorney diagnosed with ALS at age 32. His story showed me another view of the realm of political activism that I didn’t know was there. Because of his book I have hope for America. His book highlights all the amazing activists making sacrifices to make America’s future a better one. I really needed to know about these warriors.
To the universe I offer thanks for the gift of strong health. For the incredible gift that exercise is. For clean air and water. For warmth and hot water. For the gift of sight for reading and seeing sunsets. For my phone and what it does for me. For fresh homemade bread. For my piano and the ability to play. For Duolingo and learning languages. Shall I continue?
Everything. Since I started my journey of awareness last June I don’t think I have taken anything for granted. Perhaps I am unconscious of it in which case I cannot be held accountable. But I wake up in gratefulness and end in gratefulness and go through each day being amazed at my blessings.
First of all, I don’t believe we wake up grateful. It is something we choose the moment we become conscious. What does it do? Puts our focus on positive right away. It keeps our heart open and vulnerable to possibility. It is a painful way to live but so necessary.
The euphoria that comes from a 45 min jog. That feeling of having been given an unbelievable gift that money can’t buy. The connection with the spiritual realm that is felt when hearing or taking part in making, a piece such as Beethoven’s 9th. A simple sunset. These are moments we are allowed to feel one with the Divine. It is miracle.
I honestly don’t know. The question assumes that life is only positive. What I have learned is that there fleeting moments of perfection that quickly disappear. With a chronic pain condition there rarely a moment not tinged by physical pain. All life is viewed through pain. I think sunshine, sunset is a miracle every day. Exercise is something ecstatic because for a very brief time I am pain free. Because all is touched by pain for me, I cherish the positive moments that much more.
This is a circumstantial question. I rarely see total strangers anymore due to the virus. I haven’t left town in over a year. It is hard to believe the best about someone whose habits negatively impact me on a regular basis. The best I can do is notice my thoughts and distract myself to something pleasant. And in response to the daily word about joy. Joy is a miracle that hits us when least expected. I last felt it after a short jog a few days ago. I always wonder why people deprive the...
This is a circumstantial question. I rarely see total strangers anymore due to the virus. I haven’t left town in over a year. It is hard to believe the best about someone whose habits negatively impact me on a regular basis. The best I can do is notice my thoughts and distract myself to something pleasant. And in response to the daily word about joy. Joy is a miracle that hits us when least expected. I last felt it after a short jog a few days ago. I always wonder why people deprive themselves of the euphoria resulting from exercise. It is a miracle.
Everything. There would be peace. Not only personal peace, but relational peace. But here on Earth peace will not happen. Humans are far too fickle and stubborn to stop hurting each other. Our very humanity demands the need for a savior.
My kids. They are both far stronger than I. I have underestimated the world’s, societally made systems, to cause misery. I find it odd that some people must work so hard to make it and others need do hardly anything. But in the midst of the disparity humans can shine. Community can shine, if we only let it.
Time. The earth. The sun. The universe. Mother Nature. Clean air and water. Clothing. Warmth. My piano. My phone. My bike. My health.
That I don’t have much. That I really trust myself. That I don’t trust leadership or other people much.
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