Reflections

Please log in or Create a Profile to post a comment.

  1. Malag

    Am currently physically supported by my feet on a tiled floor. I’m in someone else’s house, their tiled floor. It’s made and laid by unknown craftspeople (at least unknown to me). And when I look up from the floor I am taken by a stunning view of nature. 

    3 years ago
  2. Don Jones

    If I was to pick one (out of a crowd), I think I would pick trees. What they have done in the history of this planet is truly remarkable. I love their presence, their inspiration, their generosity and Grace. What a wonderful blessing they are!

    3 years ago
  3. s
    sb

    A great question for raising awareness and making me pause to be grateful and to thank people – otherwise, gratitude simply sits on the back burner. My wonderful husband who supports me in EVERY way; my teaching assistants who are always there for me and the children; my Mum who never lets me down; God for walking with me; nature for keeping me sane, grounded and happy – and, of course, this website for all the advice, ideas, thoughts that I value every day as I read through the comments.

    3 years ago
  4. d
    dcdeb

    My ex is helping me a great deal by providing me with work and company. I have other friends that are providing me with much needed conversation.

    3 years ago
  5. R
    Ramya

    my friend, who stays with me through and thin. He knows when I am sad. He belives the situation and guides me through that, irrespective of anthing. I feel more than lucky to have a friend like that. evry one should have someone who understands us no matter what.

    He just makes things simple for me … in the whole mess I find my self in.

    3 years ago
  6. Antoinette

    I’m being supported in every way possible and I’m so grateful. The universe is amazing and I am humbled by all the kindness that surrounds me. Thank you so much. 🙏♥️

    3 years ago
  7. Linda

    By my wonderful circle of loving friends and family. I am deeply grateful for all of them.

    3 years ago
  8. L
    Lauryn

    I don’t drive and I live in a place where there is not much public transportation available. I rely on my partner to drive me places – this is only one of many ways he supports me.

    3 years ago
  9. SK

    In my Noom journey I have an entire support system on-line with words of encouragement and the sharing of our struggles with weight loss and remaking our habits into healthy, life sustaining habits. In my home I have no support- only depression, anger, self-destruction with Dennis as he dives deep into his own world of food. I have risen to the surface with the help of my new Noom friends and coach and will live to breath the clean air of health and vitality once again.

    3 years ago
  10. Mica

    Quite well, thank you. I also have an online therapist to whom I can post concerns. My immediate need for her disappeared with her first piece of advice, but it’s fun to have someone there, just for any little concerns I have, for a couple more months.

    3 years ago
  11. Carol

    Over the years, I’ve read several books on spirituality and they all seem to agree on the fact that our first experience of God comes through the compassion of another human being. I saw this play out many times in 12-step gatherings and was definitely true in my life. I was raised with a very strict religious man-made dogma but that was not where I found God. I’ve been blessed with many mentors but one stands out as my Moses. He definitely led me out of the dessert. Another discovery over the years that holds tremendous sway on me is the relationship I’ve nourished with my ancestors. Most of whom I never had the privilege to meet. I call on them; I claim their strength when I’m struggling. Some indigenous cultures teach that when we call on our ancestors, they have to come. For me, this has proven true. I feel their presence and I feel their strength and I find it helpful. In my immediate circle, I’m blessed with next door neighbors who check on me regularly, pray for me religiously, and help me take care of my yard. I’m blessed to have a son living nearby and if I call in need, he’s Johnnie on the spot! I also have a sister in the area and we check on each other daily. I moved to this area just before COVID hit so have not had the opportunity to meet many folks and the isolation of the past year has been very hard for me. I’m missing the close friendships that sustain one’s daily life but I do enjoy phone conversations with the folks back home. I understand that this is my home now and I’m hopeful that the future will produce local friendships. In the mean time, I feed the birds, chipmunks and squirrels that frequent my yard. I surround myself with flowers and potted plants and spend time watching the cycles of life through their daily rituals. Mother Nature teaches us that birth, death, resurrection is going on every where and I’m doing my best to birth the peace I seek; to die to what no longer serves that purpose so I can rise to every occasion that crosses my path. Thanks to all of you for listening.

    3 years ago
  12. Nelson

    Last night, my partner and I had date night. It was a nice downtown evening dinner. He was looking at the menu, and I was looking at the sunset. And I said, “Thank you.” He looked up. I continued, “Thanks for helping me out. I can go days not stepping outside the house. But uhhh, yeah. Thanks. You take good care of me.” He said, “Of course, babe. Always.”

    Like many people, the last year has taken its toll on my finances and career. Leading up to bouts of anxiety and depression. My partner has been my rock, helping me out with money and all aspects of health. He’s a great man, and I’m so blessed to have him by my side. I’ve been doing a lot better nowadays. 🙂

    3 years ago
  13. Katrina

    I acknowledge the support I have from unknown thousands in making my life safe, secure and comfortable. I am fully aware of the support I have from God, prayers of those near and far, and social media communications that prop me up with everything from book recommendations to funny memes, to newsy catching up texts, emails and posts. However, what I am really missing right now is someone to just have coffee with, someone I can sit across a table from and laugh with, cry with, listen to and be heard. Someone to go shopping with, take a class with, take a road trip with. I haven’t had that in a really long time and it’s a real hole in my well-being.

    3 years ago
    1. Carol

      I hear you and I can identify with your need. It’s my need, too.

      3 years ago
  14. DeVonna

    My friends are all so overwhelmingly happy for me about me finding my family… It is truly humbling. I’m meeting my Bible study group for lunch today ( we agreed to take a break from group study for the summer ) and the women in my group have been emailing their happiness to me. I love my Community!

    3 years ago
  15. O.Christina

    Lovingly! As I am still off sick and due to heavy pains unable to go outside, my friends and even colleagues call and ask how I am, or if I would need something, which they would bring then. My friend even brought a homemade soup! Such a gift, and so much of unexpected care in a moment when I feel hardly able to do anything but lying on the sofa, sleeping due to constant painkiller medication. I am so grateful for this unexpected and very kind support.

    3 years ago
  16. Carla

    I lost my only younger brother on 3/30. His Celebration of Life was just last week, 6/3 on his birthdate. I received an outpouring of supportive cards from my local parish community & friends. At his service I was overwhelmed with 3 out of state cousins who traveled to be with us along with many local childhood buddies & a cousin from my mother’s generation. I weep as I recall the array of faces & feel their love holding me up during this time of loss & grief. Many on this site have reached out with support too & I’m grateful. I have 3 remaining older brothers. I’ve been speaking daily to one of them. Being 1 year apart we were inseparable as children. This loss and grief will take time to walk and work through.

    3 years ago
    1. V
      Vincent-Edward Ciliberti

      What a terrible loss. I am totally with you regarding the loss and time to work it through..
      The loss of somebody so close always makes a person feel helpless, but rest assured of my prayers to you and your dear brothers at this really sad moment. Keep strong Carla. .

      3 years ago
    2. Y
      Yram

      My heart goes out to you. Hugs! Losing a loved one is very difficult. I am glad you are able to soak up the support you have. I will hold you in my prayers also.

      3 years ago
  17. sunnypatti48317

    God supports me every day, all day just by being there for me. My husband supports me by constantly lifting me up, pushing me towards my goals in all the right ways, and loving me without any strings attached. My team at work is supporting me in my role and on my path to become a CCP. I am blessed with parents, family and friends who are there for me when I need them, offering love, advice, an ear, a shoulder, a hug. And all of you here support me with the things you share on this site daily. I truly appreciate all of you!

    3 years ago
  18. Patricia

    In answer to this question, I decided to focus on the untold (thousands and more) people who are out there doing their daily work which makes my life easier or possible. Sometimes I look at my grocery store workers and thank them, or smile — but behind them, in our food systems are all those people I’ll never meet. A vegetable from Mexico… whose hand picked that? And that’s just one area of life.

    3 years ago
  19. Howie Geib

    The illusion that I was self-sufficient was crushed long ago. In the dance of life we whirl around on a dance floor and all we touch is a form of exchange. Energy passses between us all, plants, critters, inanimate objects (like overpasses and sidewalks). All means of support. The most obscure, like with plants, are critical. But I suppose the question is meant to uncover those around me who generously contribute to my sense of security. My family, friends and colleagues who seem to be intimate parts of the system that allows me to function. The people I don’t know, for instance, that run the software that allows me to work with Uber. Also the people who are giving their time to support our boathouse and rowing club, and the condo board, the thankless tasks they all do without much recognition. The list is endless.

    3 years ago
    1. Sondra

      Hey, Howie, thank you for pointing out something I’ve never considered before: ” … inanimate objects (like overpasses and sidewalks). All means of support.” What a great concept to add to the long list of connected support that each of us has on a continuous basis, without really recognizing it. “Support” doesn’t have to be so narrowly interpreted to mean “people” in our immediate circles, nor limited to the thousands (millions?) who grow our food, build our houses, maintain our electrical grids, treat our water, and keep the world humming. Cheers!

      3 years ago
  20. Pilgrim

    With a great deal of listening, understanding, and talking me down off the edge when I am frustrated by the everyday limitations caused by hands that cannot work without pain. By grocery shop/delivery services as needed. And by the simple gifts of everyday life … music, my little plants, bunnies and birds in the open area behind my large kitchen window, and meds as needed.

    3 years ago
    1. Butterfly

      I can relate to your post, Pilgrim. ❤️

      3 years ago
  21. Trish

    My sweetheart & I are planning our wedding for early August. There are lots of restrictions due to the pandemic and so we have to be creative thinkers. I appreciate his support along w/ the emotional support of family & friends. It will be a beautiful celebration!

    3 years ago
    1. sunnypatti48317

      Oh, Trish, that’s so exciting! Being a newlywed myself, I know what the planning is like during a pandemic. A little stressful, but the love you share with each other will manifest one of the most wonderful days of your lives. Best wishes over the next two months!

      3 years ago
      1. Trish

        Thank You, sunnypatti! I’m definitely hanging on to all the love!!!!

        3 years ago
  22. RATASHIQ

    DAILY QUESTION, JUNE 9
    How are you being supported by others right now? I am really grateful for social media and zoom that keeps me in contact with my CLA sisters. This is the best support anyone can wish for to help with my issues.

    3 years ago
  23. Toni

    Praying gives me the support I need. God directs my attention and guides me to action. My sister supports me by listening when I call. My spiritual director helps me by meeting with me and listening and giving me feedback and guidance. The people on this site. I feel your presence. When I pray or journal I talk to God and feel supported by the Spirit of comfort and guidance.

    3 years ago
  24. devy

    WE are still under partial lockdown . Thankfully through social media, (including this site), I am still able to maintain some connections with others. We are able to support each other with words of encouragement and gratitude which making going through this experience easier.

    3 years ago
  25. Michele

    The members on this site help support me by seeing how uplifting everyone is to each other.

    3 years ago
  26. Christine

    I had a grief counselor. She taught me to look at everything in my life that is going well and to see the strength in myself as the most important thing in the grieving process. Now I have noticed that real support comes from my inner strength. It’s a voice I can listen to and a strenght I can lean on. The kindness I get from others is also an important support. It’s a kind of fuel for a feel-good life. It gives me inner warmth.

    3 years ago
    1. Anna

      Christine, thank you! This soft inner voice that gives strenght, it is deeply rooted in our hearts, it is a source of courage. So true.

      3 years ago
    2. Palm

      It helped me too, thanks, Christine

      3 years ago
    3. Holly in Ohio

      That was very helpful to me, Christine, thank you.

      3 years ago
  27. Kevin

    In the being supported department, I’m a blessed man indeed! I have a circle of friends in my life whom I’ve known for decades. I am lucky to say that my entire family, daughters, sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, all live within 10 miles of my wife and I. My faith community, including some folks on this site in fact, provide me with a sense of spiritual nurture and a sense of purpose that completes who I am as a person. I can only hope that what I am blessed to receive day in and day out from other people around me that I might return the same to them in one way or another.

    3 years ago
    1. Christine

      And you, Kevin, provide me with a sense of spiritual nurture. Thank you.

      3 years ago

Stay Grateful

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Give yourself the gift of free bi-monthly inspiration including uplifting articles, diverse stories, supportive practices, videos, and more, delivered with heart to your inbox.