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  1. Mary Pat

    By taking care of myself. There is a new variant, and none of us are immune. They suspect the vaccines won’t help with this one. By taking care of myself-washing my hands, staying away from crowded places, all the things we have been told in the past almost two years- I can model to others how to react in difficult situations. I am lucky because we have an Open Space very close where I can walk among the trees in Nature, and making sure in my schedule to get out there is very important to my mental health. Meditation is always a struggle for me, but something I can do as well. Just those two things can make a difference in myself and others I come in contact with…

    3 years ago
  2. O.Christina

    When meeting someone, to stay aware and with my heart open and to give whatever I may be able to offer, giving space for what is meant to be in that moment. Then things will have a chance to arrive at the “right” place, without me controlling it.

    3 years ago
  3. M

    Honoring everyone’s opinions and safety. I know that if I am sick, I need to stay home just to make sure I do not infect anyone. Also, whether someone is vax or anti-vax, I want them to feel welcomed and not judge them for their own opinions.

    3 years ago
  4. d

    I especially appreciated the word for the day “love wholeheartedly”.

    3 years ago
  5. Anne Gunn

    I’ve continued my practice of looking for what’s good in the world; the global health crisis hasn’t changed that, as far as I know. I’ve found in my more than seventy years on this planet that smiling, saying please and thank you consistently helps move people I see from a posture of uncertainty to a willingness to consider smiling back. It doesn’t always work, but nothing works consistently. At least I tried — and for now, it’s enough.

    3 years ago
  6. Anna

    It was a time of deep pain and challenges for me, for my family, for my country. it is still a time of challenges.
    but also a time to overcome them.
    Then, times of creativity, quiet joy, kindness.
    Protecting me, taking my booster dose, always wearing my facial mask, for myself and for the sake of others.
    Keeping legal distance, the most difficult but necessary thing.

    3 years ago
  7. Linda

    Be kind. Stay conscious. Act safely so we don’t put others at risk.

    3 years ago
  8. Pollyanna Gladwell

    Wonderful (as usual) to read all of the inspiring contributions. My absence from this amazing forum doesn’t mean I don’t read them frequently, but not contributing is my loss entirely. It is a special day for so many people, although not for many here in Ireland. I wish you all -contributors and staff – another day of Thanksgiving and Gratefulness.

    I can’t resist a quotation from Seneca which seems apt for today’s question:

    “Will I not walk in the footsteps of my predecessors? I will indeed use the ancient road — but if I find another route that is more direct and has fewer ups and downs, I will stake out that one. Those who advanced these doctrines before us are not our masters but our guides. The truth lies open to all; it has not yet been taken over. Much is left also for those yet to come.” (Letters to Lucilius, XXXIII.11)

    Love to all, Pollyanna

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      It’s great to see you back Pollyanna! I’ve missed your reflections:)

      3 years ago
      1. Pollyanna Gladwell

        Thank you, Michele. 🙏

        3 years ago
  9. d

    By being honest and communicative about what’s going on. Making referrals and noncompliance with behaviors i know are wrong.

    3 years ago
  10. Don Jones

    Hmmm, I don’t know. So, I try to keep an openness, devotion to spiritual practice, pay attention to the details of what I do in all aspects of my life within a context of not harming and helping where I am able. Sometimes the internal dialogue can stray into helplessness and a feeling of just giving up on myself, but they haven’t gone beyond a fleeting thought. The deeper message that emerges is to continue to be devoted and that is my fuel. The paradoxical tug-of-war for me is the deep knowing of all inclusiveness, Divine Love and Grace and the aloneness, cold community conversation and the abundance of selfishness that permeates my daily path. Attention, integrity and devotion is the salve to the open sore and when I feel my head dropping, be mindful to lift my gaze.

    3 years ago
  11. pkr

    How ‘bout if we/I just be kind to each other….Everyone has been affected by this “pandemic” in ways I/We cannot even begin to describe. Everyone is hurting, stressed, worried, sad, upset…….we are all going thru something. Just being kind, helpful, compassionate, understanding, non-judgemental might make it easier for all of us. Help when & where you can. Be kind, be nice, smile, offer help, do something, anything…. Pray, send out waves of blessings, & waves of thanksgivings & gratitude….Let us all treat one another with respect & love, PLEASE…..🙏
    Happy Thanksgiving to All here…🙏❤️🙏

    3 years ago
  12. L

    Stay positive and reach out to others. Be happy.

    3 years ago
  13. Hermann-Josef

    I Try to strengthen my physical and psychic immunesystem to stay in a positive mood for sharing it with my surrounding.

    3 years ago
  14. Elaine

    Continue as our outstanding public health officer Dr Bonnie Henry has enjoined us in BC since the beginning: “Be calm, be kind, be safe.” I am grateful for her and all in front line health care, pandemic research, vaccine distribution, every single day. It’s not over yet, not at all.

    3 years ago
  15. Jenn

    I practice self-compassion and I think that being kind to myself helps me extend kindness to others. I am finding that meditation helps me to rest in stillness which is helping me connect deeply with others. I think paying attention in this way is a healing force in the world!

    3 years ago
  16. G

    Be present and kind and open to all without judgment. Give to strangers in need without a reason and love myself.

    3 years ago
  17. Patricia

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind … and love your neighbor as yourself.”

    3 years ago
  18. Holly in Ohio

    This is a complicated question.

    Even though vaccinated, I never stopped wearing a mask when I went into or store or other public place, even though now, in some places, I am one of only about 10% wearing a mask. My thought is, I want it to feel more comfortable to others to wear masks, whether or not they are vaccinated. We are very much “herd” people sometimes.

    Last year I grew and gave away much of my garden in regular, weekly, boxes to families I knew were struggling.

    I have not stopped working towards healing the planet from the climate crisis. It is important we all work towards lowering our footprint quickly… this has become urgent, with wildlife and human lives in the balance.

    In my circle of fellow homesteaders, I try to calm fears and draw people away from “the end is near” kind of survivalist thinking and behavior, and instead towards building community and serving humanity and the planet.

    And importantly, I speak up against prejudice and hate. I choose not to get embroiled in debates, I don’t get worked up, but on the other hand, when someone expresses an opinion they heard on Facebook as if it were fact, yes, I will say something, every time. It is the modern version of hearing someone make a racist joke, and sitting by and saying nothing. Nope. Not okay. “Silence is the voice of consent.” We need to speak up against false information, fear mongering, and scape goating.

    3 years ago
    1. Carol

      I give thanks for you, dear Holly. You are an inspiration..

      3 years ago
      1. Michele

        100% agree:)

        3 years ago
      2. Holly in Ohio

        Aw, Carol, thank you!!! I hope you had a good day today. I’m feeling very mellow right now and your words affected me deeply. You are so generous of spirit!

        3 years ago
  19. Marnie Jackson

    I can understand where people are at and that many behaviours come from fear.

    3 years ago
    1. Carol

      Yes, fear and anger…reaction instead of response

      3 years ago
  20. Michele

    Paying attention, being aware – watch the news, read the newspaper, but as I write that out I think ‘ well some will watch CNN, others Fox’, and there ya go we are divided….. ugh.
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone:)

    3 years ago
  21. Antoinette

    I am grateful and thankful this thanksgiving morning for what this precious life offers me every moment. I set my intention each moment to be of service in any way and shape I can. I am grateful this thanksgiving for all of you and our space to hold each other and care for each other. Thank you for being here .

    3 years ago
  22. Kevin

    “Attention and Integrity” are certainly desirable characteristics for engaging with the needs of others during this pandemic, but there are masses of people the world over who’s lives have been tossed into chaos and ruin, having lost loved ones, jobs, homes, and everything else. These dears souls, whose needs were immense even before Covid struck, need food, meaningful work, healthcare, a government that works, vaccines, and now in some cases, a country to call home. If my “attention and integrity” is to mean anything, never mind “the story of humanity,” I should instead be laser focused on alleviating, in whatever small way that I can, the suffering of those who are hurting in a myriad of ways right now.

    In the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving today. At our table midday today, covered with scrumptious food and surrounded by loving family and friends, I will be leading grace, and expressing our thankfulness for all that we have, yet always too, with a measure of remorse for the fulness of my plate.

    I remain thankful, and grateful, this day and every day, for the dear hearts on this forum, and for the caring good people comprising the Gratefulness Team as a whole.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Thank you Kevin! Such good thoughts. I confess I feel helpless at times in alleviating the suffering. Have you any suggestions of “small ways” we might help?

      3 years ago
    2. Antoinette

      Thank you Kevin! I’m grateful for you being here too! Happy thanksgiving.

      3 years ago

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