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  1. O.Christina

    Like many already mentioned, really everything. Your post, dear Malag, is what I will do my best also, be or become aware when I am taking something for granted and gently move to being grateful again. Thank you for your inspiration.

    2 years ago
  2. Malag

    I can notice when I am taking something for granted and gently nudge in the direction of gratitude. The mind will wander around those two states; its just what the mind does. Committing “from this moment forward” is like putting a straight jacket on a waterfall.

    2 years ago
  3. mam_gigi

    I take my time for granted, often misspending it doing mindless things or things I don’t love completely. I sometimes take my co-workers or family for granted, using them to vent instead of for positive things.

    2 years ago
  4. pkr

    Life, my life. Having just lost my mom, a month ago & dear close brother, 10 months ago, I am feeling very empty, hollow, untethered, sad. I vow to not dismiss me, my life & move forward as best I can and embrace all the changes. I am thankful for each new day and all that it brings, the joy, beauty & ups & downs. I have a new appreciation for all that is.
    Happy St. Paddy’s to All…☘️🍀☘️

    2 years ago
    1. Mike

      So sorry for these great losses over the past year. May their memories be a blessing.

      2 years ago
    2. Anna

      Dear pkr, I am sorry for your loss. You are an example for the way you accept it, and for your inclination to gratefulness.

      2 years ago
  5. M
    Mahua Seth

    the true care and love I get from my family … my son, my sister, my nieces , my parents, my aunts and my friends.

    2 years ago
  6. Don Jones

    The weave and waft of this happening. Look to see what really is. Open up, embrace. Be the expression, uninhibited.

    2 years ago
  7. devy

    Nothing should be taken for granted.that is the reason we should focus on gratitude rather than what we do not have or the negativity around us.

    2 years ago
  8. Linda

    Our freedom as Americans. We must recommit to protecting ourselves from the evil forces in the world. There are many; currently just look at Ukraine.
    I am helping a young woman from Afghanistan settle here; she escaped but her family is still there, under constant threat from the Taliban. She worries constantly about them. Why can’t we all just get along??

    2 years ago
  9. Cathie

    My life!

    2 years ago
  10. Chester

    Not sure if there is anything that I can truly commit to not taking for granted, despite all that I may will. This is the reason I find this site and what it represents so important – pausing for intentional gratitude, at least for a moment. So, for the moment I am not taking this site for granted, but that will not last. So, I will have to return to continue to “practice”.

    2 years ago
  11. Charlie T

    I take very little for granted and practicing gratitude is only deepening my awareness.
    I acknowledge all of the suffering in this world, but I’m attempting to live a more balanced life, with both darkness and light.
    Seeing the darkness is my normal tendency. There is kindness, light, love, sacrifice, and beauty in this world. Seeing this, takes intention.

    2 years ago
  12. Marnie Jackson

    Oh so much….that I am safe, that I have food and shelter, that I can express myself freely, that I can love and am loved

    2 years ago
  13. Barb C

    I don’t usually bring my sorrow here but it’s running pretty deep this week and Patricia’s comment is where I am.

    I can’t take the America I grew up in for granted because it’s gone. Parts of it were never real anyway–I know so much more about our history and its effects than I ever learned in school, where I got the sugar-coated white colonizer version, not what really happened and continues to happen. But much more is being taken away every day by fear and fascism. Hard-won progress is eroding on every front.

    I already wasn’t taking the survival of our species for granted and had added functional representative democracy and voting rights in the US to the list. The list I would write is more the list of things I am mourning than things I don’t take for granted.

    2 years ago
  14. alara87350

    Everything.

    2 years ago
  15. Y
    Yram

    EVERYTHING! I commit to savoring every moment!

    2 years ago
  16. Carol

    I watched an interview with a father in Ukraine whose wife and children were gunned down. One child was in his second year of college. The other just 9 years old loved to dance. One of my sisters lost her infant daughter to illness; Her husband died young of cancer and her son died a few years later of cancer. I know several families whose children committed suicide. I am blessed with two children and two grandchildren and I’m still around to enjoy them. I guess what I’m really saying is I’m committed to not taking the gift of life for granted. I so wish all of human kind could come to that realization from this moment forward then may be we could heal the world instead of destroying it.

    2 years ago
  17. Laura

    My health.

    2 years ago
  18. Mary Pat

    My family and my friends. They are more precious to me than anything else I can think of in my life. Secondly, my health. And my freedom to come and go as I please, without the worry I see in the faces of the people of Ukraine. May we all pray for them today….

    2 years ago
  19. Patricia

    Life. Peace.

    I had trouble even reading the quote for today: “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” I’d just read a dispatch from Mariupol, Ukraine. Maybe sometimes, while being grateful for many things, it’s also important to live with anger at evil and deep, heart-breaking compassion for the victims of that evil.

    2 years ago
    1. Hermann-Josef

      In the street where I live, which is near a railwaystation, I see so many people, mainly women and children coming from the Ukraine. It really brings tears in my eyes seeing people having left everything what was dear to them. And I am asking why this all has to be. But I remember there were some weeks , when I was young when it was not shure if I would survive. At that time I didn‘t want to have people around me bringing tears and their suffering because of me. But it gave me strength when people came with a strong aura of inner joy, faith and peace. I was thankful for their strength and faith in life. Since I was born, so many wars are going on constantly. We are exploiting nature, giving cruelty to animals and killing them in millions. This all has to stop. For this big duty we must be very very strong. In my view it is possible. But only if we stay in inner joy, faith and peace. May be Europe will go through a big change the coming years. Then to stay in love and peace will be of utmost importance. I hope I will manage.❤️🙏

      2 years ago
      1. Patricia

        Thank you, Hermann-Josef, for your thoughtful and personal reflection. I hope we all manage to stay in that love and peace. 🙏🏻

        2 years ago
    2. Barb C

      Thank you for saying this, Patricia. I recognize a self-centeredness in “working on myself” and some of the quotations don’t feel like they acknowledge the pain around us and through us. Whatever work in progress I represent in my effort to pay attention, it isn’t just so I can feel calm and quiet and joyful. It’s to bring more of myself to our collective imperatives.

      2 years ago
      1. Elaine

        “It’s to bring more of myself to our collective imperatives.”
        Exactly. Thanks Barb C. for widening the lens.

        2 years ago
      2. Patricia

        And thank you for these thoughts. I continue to ponder and wrestle with this and maybe that in itself is reason enough to be grateful: having an open heart that doesn’t resist holding all of this life…

        2 years ago
  20. Geni Hyde

    My family.

    2 years ago
  21. sunnypatti48317

    All my blessings, from each breath I take to the job that supports me, the land that I live on, the freedom and safety of where I live, and the love I’m surrounded with.

    2 years ago
  22. ADP

    Things that are done for me. Friendships that I have. Actually we should take nothing for granted while we are here on this earth. Everything God has given us or put in our path we should appreciate and be grateful for. Everything He has laid in front of us has a purpose and a reason.

    2 years ago
  23. Kevin

    My freedom..

    2 years ago
  24. Michele

    Life.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

    2 years ago
  25. Iamme

    Tomorrow.

    2 years ago
  26. Hermann-Josef

    Rene Magritte once made a painting where one can see a big pipe. Below there is written (in French ) : this is not a pipe. He is right. It is canvas with oilcolors on it.
    I should not trust to much in my thoughts and concepts to be free in many ways. Anything can manifest in any moment. It is unpredictable. So I need to stay open for the good. The only thing that is a fact for this moment is that I am.

    2 years ago
    1. j
      joGary

      Love this. thank you.

      Here’s my reflection inspired from yours Hermann-Josef.
      I commit to not taking this moment, this now, for granted. That I will be open to change, accept impermanence and treat my thoughts like clouds passing by.

      2 years ago
    2. Mary Pat

      Wow! I never thought of that! Thank you for that insight.

      2 years ago
    3. O.Christina

      Thank you, dear Hermann-Josef for your precious and kind reply! To stay open for the good, and the unpredictable, and to doubt my concepts. A timely and a fundamental reminder for me today. 🙏💜

      2 years ago

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