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  1. A
    AP

    I am planting the seeds of education and lifelong learning in my kids. For me, personally, I am planting the seeds of strong and sustained health through daily yoga or exercise of some sort.

    2 years ago
  2. L
    Laura

    I found this website by happenstance. I feel called to share my skills it’s others by traveling globally to administer to the poorest of the poor. We as humans need to give to others. And oh the joy that comes from sharing a piece of ourselves

    2 years ago
  3. Manish Arya

    seeds of hope that I am actively planting is to get more energy to do more and learn more but to be honest sometimes i feel overwhelmed.
    I should be more focused on only a few things

    2 years ago
  4. Karen

    The seeds of hope I am actively planting and tending to are through my education and entering the work field. I have been a house wife for quite some time, and I am finding fulfillment in finishing what I start many moons ago.

    2 years ago
  5. QueenHinzman

    I have honestly not been actively planting and tending seeds of hope; I have been struggling, and I don’t feel like I have any hope of anything getting better any time soon; I don’t want to feel this way, but I don’t know how to change it. I suppose, if I’m sewing and tending any seeds of hope, it’s by starting this journal; I’m also looking for ways to change because, if I don’t do something, nothing will ever change that way.

    2 years ago
  6. Robin Ann

    I have 2 people very close to me dealing with health challenges, One is my daughter’s active addiction and the other is my significant other that needs biopsy surgery soon. I am their seeds of hope as much as I can be. I have many praying for my daughter and now my friends as well. I also live with my son and his Fiance and always offer guidance and help if asked and little seeds of reflection when I can squeeze them in : ). My faith also helps be active with seeds of hope.

    2 years ago
    1. QueenHinzman

      I hope that your wife’s biopsy goes well; I am sorry that your daughter is battling addiction because it’s an incredibly difficult battle to win, and it is lifelong. I hope that your daughter is victorious.

      2 years ago
  7. O.Christina

    I am doing my best to deeply listening to people for them to be understood and heard and to reduce theirs or even the suffering of others related to them, trying to accompany them with care and loving kindness. In doing so, the inner movement to a more positive perspective seems to be supported and may be an anchor for hope and faith again. With deep gratefulness to all of you for this very moment of changing perspective again to faith and hope.

    2 years ago
  8. Dusty Su

    When I hold space for the dying or berieved, I uphold hope in the mixture of emotions and challenges. Not the loud rah-rah hope of toxic positivity. Not a hope for healing, recovery, or even ease of acceptance, though those things would be great. Unless they are the things that people want me to speak over them—I speak their speak. But a hope that somewhere, somehow, they will find slivers of grace that can bring meaning, peace, equilibrium, even touches of joy into dark places.

    2 years ago
  9. Elaine

    Just voted! For young vibrant creative, progressive candidates who are elevating the conversation while practicing joyful inclusive politics. My privileged white boomer generation needs to plant and tend in part by clearing the space. .

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      As I often say, it’s a great time to be a person of privileges, especially white. It’s our time to get behind the long overdue changes that are needed in significant ways. To be on the right side of history, in small, humble, understanding, inclusive, even possibly uncomfortable for us moves, perhaps big ones too, while we move off center stage and make room for a lot of other wonderful people.

      2 years ago
  10. Linda

    I am supporting a young Afghan refugee, who escaped her country at the last minute. I want her to feel safe and welcome in her new country, which is so different from her own.

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      Thank you. Such a great way to plant hope.

      2 years ago
  11. Carol

    What seeds of hope am I actively planting and tending?

    I have always enjoyed planting zinnias and I like the giant ones that grow from 3 to 5 feet high. When they are in full bloom, they make me think of smiling faces and I patiently wait for them to bloom each year. Right now they are turning to seed which I patiently gather each fall and store where the seed will remain dry for next years flower bed. They are annuals so they die. The generous amount of seed they produce affords a larger bed each year but it must be gathered and kept viable for spring planting. I hope to be able to plant them in the spring but if I cannot, my son will take the seed and plant it on the hill that faces the busy rural roadway that runs past his house. That location will allow them to cover the hill with their bright colors and smiling faces hopefully bringing joy to those who pass by.

    You might wonder why I’m sharing this when today’s question is: “ What seeds of hope am I actively planting and tending?” The term “seeds of hope” grabbed my attention. For many years, hope was a four-letter word for me and that was not meant to be a compliment. You see, I had so many hopes shattered that I was a lost puppy sitting in the middle of the road. Or in OT biblical terms, I was a child lost in the desert. I no longer knew how to collect or plant positive seeds in my psyche. The word hope had been erased from my vocabulary probably because I didn’t know the difference between hope and hope(s). I still allow my EGO to confuse them from time to time so when I’m asked if I’m actively planting and tending seeds of hope, I remind myself that the biggest and most important garden I must tend is the one that is located in my head. And I can answer “Yes, I am planting, watering and nurturing the seeds of hope in my psyche.” I’ve learned that to do that successfully, I need to remember the “faith, hope and charity” trio. I can’t truly have hope without faith (trust) and charity (love) in both my head and heart. I need all three for life giving seeds to come to blossom and/or fruition. And it is sites like gratefulness.org and the folks who gather here that help me keep planting and tending those seeds, turning them from annuals into perennials.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      Carol you write so beautifully. I loved the ending ..’from annuals into perennials’ 🌻🌼🌷🌹🌺🌸

      2 years ago
    2. O.Christina

      Thank you for your inspiring post, dear Carol. Your saying helps to be reminded and alters perspective (which I was about to lose for a moment) that in order to truly have hope, faith (trust) and charity (love) are the two other qualities for life.giving seeds to blossom and /or fruition.

      2 years ago
      1. Carol

        Ose, Perspective has so much to do with seeing and hearing what we need to grow. Thanks for your response to my post. I have truly found that you cn’t have hope without trust and love.

        2 years ago
    3. Dusty Su

      As a passerby, I admire the beauty of your garden. Through what you have written, I can see the hard work that has gone into it. I can see the loss and pain. I can see the prospect of significant growth, shady areas to refresh, and sunshine to inspire.

      2 years ago
      1. Carol

        Dusty Su, Your comment is uplifting, beautifully written and deeply appreciated.

        2 years ago
        1. Dusty Su

          So glad it landed thus.

          2 years ago
  12. Charlie T

    My hope is, that if I keep doing my practices, I will continue to grow and get closer to my true nature. Like a garden, there is much to be done.

    2 years ago
  13. Racel W.

    I just think being more mindful and present in the now. This sets up the future that is yet to come.

    Chosing everyday to engage in the fight to be the person i want to be. Some days that fight is hard and others it is a subtle battle.

    I never knew there was so much work involved with planting, watering, tilling and be active in the harvest of personal growth

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      And enjoying…I often do the work, and find it as work, but when I enjoy the process more too…ha, to use a garden metaphor, “Stop and smell the roses”…I am content with how much I have bloomed. This kindly moves me forward even more.

      2 years ago
  14. c
    carol

    May the seeds of concentration, mindfulness, effort and action, speech, livelihood enable me to engage more often with the world in the ways of gratitude, awe and compassion.

    2 years ago
    1. Y
      Yram

      So we’ll said. Thank you!

      2 years ago
  15. Avril

    I agree that all of my actions, karmas, create seeds. Some bring me closer to the place I want to be, some bring me further. When I am consistently, joyfully, and sincerely attending to my daily practices the world blossoms into a place where I see solutions, not problems and I find friends, not adversaries.

    2 years ago
  16. Rabbit

    New walking shoes. Think of the places they will go. Hopefully bringing some love and kindness.

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      Mode of travel fueled with hope. Love it.

      2 years ago
      1. Rabbit

        May they will hop too. 😂🐇🐰

        2 years ago
        1. Dusty Su

          Haha, hopping with hope.

          2 years ago
  17. GR8FULL

    Every one of my actions/behaviors is a seed of hope one way or another so I must be careful about the negative seeds I plant. either way, they build upon each other daily and eventually act as a guide for me and the recipient. Negative ones aren’t consciously tended to and hopefully they die before taking hold in the person/soil. The positive ones hopefully take root and flower.

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      What you tend grows, love it.

      2 years ago
  18. Joseph McCann

    Each day that I practice gratitude and loving kindness I nurture the seed I have planted of sobriety.

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      Good seeds they be too.

      2 years ago
    2. Avril

      Keep up the good work. My husband just made 25 years sober. You can do it.

      2 years ago
  19. EJP

    I am actively planting the seeds of hope for good health, happiness, strength, courage, peace, love, faith and safety for all.

    2 years ago
  20. Don Jones

    I decided to give up on goal setting. Instead, I am focusing on what habits I need to change. I am finding that is bringing a moment-by-moment action orientation. For example, I want to be healthy? Then what habits do I need to change?

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      Yes, I like that. I try to focus on ways of being. States. Which, as you say, are habits.

      2 years ago
    2. Y
      Yram

      I am behind that way of thinking.

      2 years ago
    3. GR8FULL

      I think that is a great strategy DJ. One of my morning readings is “Habits form from Behaviors – Behaviors create Feelings – Good behaviors = good habits = good feelings”. I don’t know if it is correct but the message I hear feels correct.

      2 years ago
  21. Kevin

    I am tending to the needs of my faith community as way opens. Measuring hopefulness, if it can be done at all, I will leave to others to ponder.

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      I wonder if even a glimmer of hope can make a big impact?

      2 years ago
  22. Michele

    It is National Do Something Nice Day – I am hopeful many people will do that:) My sister-in-law made eggrolls with my daughters and I am bringing them into work today to share. I had a nice quick visit with them to celebrate my dad’s 80th. I have to get used to my house being quiet again (they all left last night to return home).

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Thanks, Michele – my calendar ways it’s Canadian Beer Day – I like your calendar better. 🙂

      2 years ago
    2. Dusty Su

      We all love a good eggroll, especially when made with loving kindness. Happy Birthday to your Dad.

      2 years ago
    3. Joseph McCann

      32 of us gathered from near and far to celebrate my fathers 90th this past August. I imagine my sister needed just the same adjustment as you Michele when we all went our separate ways.

      2 years ago
  23. sunnypatti48317

    Seeds of growth. I am working on my Yoga Teacher certification and also looking to change things up in another area of my life. I am actively working to see what’s in store for me.

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      That’s marvelous ….

      2 years ago

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