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  1. Elaine

    I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada where we are supremely blessed with the awesomeness and beauty of the natural world. I enjoy it daily. Here are some ways the commons also blesses us: universal public health care, safe water, good public education, good public libraries, public transit, parks and community centres , a fair electoral system, maintained infrastructure, art galleries, museums, theatres, transit, a world class justice system emergency services. And more.
    The hard truth is however that many of these blessings (clean drinking water, justice ) are not available to all, notably many Indigenous communities. Ii yearn for more equity.

    2 years ago
  2. Malag

    Having shelter is a blessing in itself. Putting that shelter in a well off country and in a nice place is many degrees of privilege beyond that.

    2 years ago
  3. B
    Brown Rose

    We are spoiled by the bike and walking paths. Can’t or don’t want to drive to the
    mountains? That’s OK. There are enough hidden gems that make you forget you are still in the city.

    2 years ago
  4. Cathie

    Where I live is a blessing due to the freedom to: worship as I wish, speak what I feel, come and go as I want,, breath fresh air, drink water when thirsty, eat food when hungry, walk in nature when time permits, be friends with whom I choose…too many blessings to list.

    2 years ago
  5. S
    Spring River

    Where I live is a blessing since I am able to freely go outside and enjoy the nature without hesitation or fear. I am freely able to practise religon with any wish and connect with those I love

    2 years ago
  6. d
    db82258

    The preciousness of being home within yourself and every breath a gift.

    2 years ago
  7. d
    db82258

    “Dream of the Heart” can be answered.

    2 years ago
  8. Don Jones

    It is a beautiful planet, and from all accounts, very rare and precious.

    2 years ago
  9. semelee

    I leave a bit of myself everywhere I go.
    I feel as though I live in all of those places and among all of those I have touched or spoken to, or even smiled at.
    I live in a beautiful spider’s web of interconnectedness and that is a blessing because even when my mind grows small and I feel very alone, this truth reminds me I never am. None of us are.

    2 years ago
  10. Elle

    Where I live (as a metaphor) is a blessing because it’s about choosing how I want to ‘Be’/ ‘Being’ from my inside {soul & heart}.
    There are a lot of negatives that I had & still have to turn around to be the person that feels best living in my skin. Where I’ve come from = making some very poor choices for myself [or] letting others make too many choices for me…..going against what felt right, from inside.
    For the longest time, I was getting swallowed up by the negatives that I was just existing through, it felt like I was going to loose myself [again], if I did not change my attitude & outlook.
    I use to say where I lived was a prison, but- then I thought about people (& yeah- have seen some of those shows on t.v.) about those who are actually locked up/imprisoned in terrible places. How some of them have turned it around. It’s been happening throughout time…..some people choose to change what does not work for them.
    So, I had to ‘brave-up’, go inside and open my heart, to do better where I live (the actual place) & with those around me!!
    It’s been HARD, yet- I’ve felt like there was a reason {in the bigger picture} of why I landed back here. #1. A reality check…..I was coming from a version of my family that I needed to believe so it would not hurt so much but {facing} the truth with acceptance is always better. #2. Trusting & having faith in what I can not see {but} do believe in assists with my growth on a variety of levels = blessings.

    2 years ago
  11. pkr

    I feel very blessed living in No. California, outside of SF. My neighborhood is delightfully beautiful. I am surrounded by majestic Redwood Trees. Their beauty, their glory take my breath away on a daily basis. I can feel God here. I am blessed & grateful.🙏✨

    2 years ago
  12. Mica

    Let me count the ways! They are many 😊🥰

    2 years ago
  13. Linda

    I live in beautiful Oregon. Apart from the rain (!) it is a perfect place to live. It is a liberal area (like me) and we live an hour from the ocean and an hour from the mountains. I have many longtime friends here that I’ve known for 30+ years. It is truly a blessed place to be.

    2 years ago
  14. Journey

    What a great question. We live in Toronto, in a suburb about 22kms from downtown Toronto. Even though we are in a typical sub-division with buildings and homes and are close to a very big city, our town is full of hiking trails, both wooded and waterfront, plenty of parks and greenery. We enjoy walking everyday in different hiking trails and paths. We can talk to our neighbors over the fence but we don’t feel like we live in a big town. We are also in an old neighborhood with bungalows so the single level houses makes everything more open. The view from by backyard is trees. Love our community and church. Toronto is mighty cold this week -25celsius but our backyard is covered with snow and the sun hitting the snow is blinding, I need sunglasses in the house to look out. Our home is cosy and homey and even though I would love to live in a really small town where I could walk everywhere and where work was a very short drive away, I still love where I am right now. What a great question.I grew up in Mumbai which is a completely different and also exciting experience. I would not trade growing up in Mumbai then and I would not trade living in Toronto now. Each city has been just what we needed for the phase of the lives we are in.

    2 years ago
  15. Layla

    I live in a different town than the one where I was born and raised. It’s forced me to become aware of my fear of being alone, break codependent patterns and learn how to live by faith. I’ve done the most growing here in these unfamiliar grounds.

    2 years ago
  16. sunnypatti48317

    I absolutely love where I live! I grew up in Charleston, SC and lived there my whole life, minus a few college years. Two years ago, my husband and I found the most beautiful piece of land south of Charleston and put a home on it. We are half an hour out of the city, living on old farmland, and it’s quiet and peaceful out here. We have space, our dog has almost 2 acres to run, and it’s the first place that has ever really felt like home to me, other than my parents’ house. I’ve never owned a home before this one. It’s a simple home, but big enough to have family over. The neighbors aren’t super close, but close enough to get to know a little here and there. There are deer in the area, and while there are farms and fields all around, there are also creeks, rivers, marshland, and a beach just 20 minutes down the road. Besides the area itself, where I live is such a blessing because of who I share it with – my husband and our cat and dog. The love here makes it the real blessing that it is, and I’m grateful for this every single day 🙂

    2 years ago
    1. Pilgrim

      Sounds wonderful, sunnypatti!

      2 years ago
  17. Holly in Ohio

    I think, perhaps, it is people that most makes where I live a blessing, for where there are people we love and who love us, we have many blessings.
    I feel fortunate to be in a small town where I can walk or bicycle to a shop, speak with a shopkeeper I know by name, get what I need, and see friends along the way. When I want a city or want nature, they are both close. Like Devy said, I feel fortunate to live free in a democratic nation. My heart goes out to the many people in the world who don’t have that.

    I’m glad to be where I am and feel very fortunate to have food, shelter, a library nearby… but I think most “wheres” have blessings. I think perhaps the question is asking us to “see” where we are, to perhaps notice things we’ve been overlooking. And now I start to see many other things I’ve missed… I like that I live in a place where the birds tell me the seasons… this morning a little female sparrow peeked out from the birdhouse across from my kitchen window as I got tea. I like that I have seasons here… it is very cold this morning, but it makes me appreciate warmth. The sunrise was a bit pink this morning, “earth” is my bigger home, somewhere in the rural countryside of our galaxy….

    2 years ago
    1. Journey

      Has always been a dream to live in a small town just as you described. I don’t know if I would get bored of it but it always seems perfect to me to be tucked away in a small town, like your own universe within a larger universe.

      2 years ago
  18. EJP

    The ocean is a blessing with its comfort, wisdom and guidance, always providing friendship and just the right amount of peace.

    2 years ago
  19. devy

    I live in a country where like everything there are shortcomings. Even though there are, looking at the complete picture I also fortunate.. a good way of life, food on the table,A roof over my head, clothing on y back, hydro and heat on this cold day and living in a democratic society..

    2 years ago
  20. Nelson

    I live about 20 minutes from my siblings and 2 hours away from our parents. Our parents are elderly and are needing more help as the days go by. It’s also really nice to watch my nieces and nephews grow up. It’s be hard on me emotionally if I lived further away.

    2 years ago
  21. Marnie Jackson

    I live in a space that is safe and has neighbours who care about my family’s well-being

    2 years ago
  22. Maurice Frank

    I am fortunate to live in Western North Carolina with mountain views every where I go, a lake in the community where I live, and hiking trails to explore.

    2 years ago
    1. sunnypatti48317

      Oh, I love that part of NC! We’ve visited a few times over the past couple of years, and honeymooned there last fall. Such a magical, beautiful area.

      2 years ago
  23. Carla

    I live in the heart of Minneapolis, that broke and tore open on May 25, 2020, as George Floyd laid dying in the streets. The majority of the country and world broke open that day, as we began to talk about systemic racism, historical trauma, and so much more. I’m grateful to live and work among others who’re beginning and continuing the conversation to change how it’s been, asking how might it be, how can it be. Healing will take a long time. May God grant many of us long lives for the work we’re doing.

    2 years ago
    1. Mary Pat

      You are doing important work…blessings!

      2 years ago
  24. Patricia

    I live in the woods, close to a small town in northern Wisconsin. I am called to love and serve the people I am given here. We are in the deepest cold of the year right now (woke yesterday to -25F though this morning is a balmy 17!) but I even love that, knowing the cleansing power of the cold on invasive bacteria, viruses and insects, for example. Each season has its beauty and purpose. I feel rooted in soil and life here. I’m grateful.

    2 years ago
    1. pkr

      Yay to Wisconsin. Love it……❤️

      2 years ago
    2. Mary Pat

      For some reason my answer went under Patricia’s, but here it is anyway…….My first thought was because my son and grandson live in town. And now my daughter lives in a small town close to us, only 30 minutes away. We have an Open Space right down the walkway, so Nature is very close. On the other side, the opposite direction, is our Old Town. We have a church community we love, and fits us well. We really are blessed….

      2 years ago
  25. Christine

    I wouldn’t trade with anyone.

    2 years ago
  26. Kellie

    I live in NJ, USA! I live in an area with no war or active conflict, I don’t fear for my life when I step outside as in other countries with strife, I feel safe in my neighborhood. I’m so grateful to live here!

    2 years ago
  27. Michele

    USA=our freedoms (religion, speech, etc)
    Florida=sunshine, no state taxes:), The Keys, Tampa, Orlando, other cities I still need to explore-St. Augustine for example, Panhandle area too
    my hometown=neighborhood peacocks

    2 years ago
  28. Antoinette

    Oh my goodness what a great question!
    I’m so fortunate to have moved from the USA to Norway ! There have been many times in these past years where I have gone back and forth in my mind thinking how this is a “bad” place to live based on many different wrong views/perceptions.
    Now I see that this society is a blessing . It’s foundation is built on compassion and taking care of each other. Isn’t that beautiful? I am extremely grateful for where I live because it’s built on compassion and loving kindness.
    Is it perfect? No but what a lovely place to start !

    2 years ago
    1. Mary Pat

      I have a nephew that moved to Denmark, because he fell in love with a women from there, and it was an excellent match, and a great decision. Good for you!

      2 years ago
  29. Kevin

    My blessings are many. I have a comfortable home where my wife of 49 years and I live. My entire family, daughters, sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren all live within a short distance of one another. We live very near to the ocean, and enjoy beach going and seaside walks year-round. My faith community is nearby also, and I have the joy of being on a rowing team called the “Gray Buzzards,” for twenty-two years and counting (back issues prevent me from rowing regularly, so these days I’m the coxswain.) I’ve been retired now from salaried work for six years, but for 31 years I had the privilege of working directly with children and teens in my community, where my commute to work was a whooping 10th of a mile up the road! I frequently bump into old clients, now with their own children in tow, who stop me on the road to say hello, and sometimes still, to say “thank you” for my role, however brief, in their life journey. My blessings are many, indeed.

    2 years ago

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