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  1. Tharshini

    For the coming year, my hopes and longings are for hope, having better mental-health, no more contact from ex-family, being hired for a job and not be homeless. For longings, to live in an atmosphere of light, love and laughter, to continue to explore, learn, and love and to own my own home and pet dog.

    2 years ago
  2. Marose

    Freedom. To begin again. Finally and legally leave a painful marriage.

    3 years ago
  3. Malag

    Same as I had last year: that we may move freely again and interact at less than 2 metres distance and be able to see someone’s face.

    4 years ago
  4. Maeve

    Looking forward to adventure and exploring new places, the natural world and being delighted in what I am doing and who I am meeting.

    4 years ago
  5. Kristi

    I hope to continue to enjoy the great outdoors and to have more adventures! I’ve spent too much time indoors, and have recently reconnected with the outdoors, I want to continue that healthy, peaceful habit!

    4 years ago
  6. Holly in Ohio

    My hopes and longings are for vaccinations to outrace Covid and death, like Secretariat coming from behind to win by 31 lengths!

    I hope for renewed commitment to each other and to democracy for my country, and for this I understand that we all have a role to play, to reach out with compassion to our neighbors, to others who may share different views, and who need us.

    I long for a healed planet and climate, and here also I accept that I have a duty to not just sit on the sidelines hoping for things to turn out.

    I wish for healing to come to my friends here. I am thinking of you.

    And personally, I want a big, freakin’ vegetable garden! Maybe this year the voles won’t get my sweet potatoes! 😀

    4 years ago
  7. devy

    Just watched the inauguration on tv. I have renewed hope for my friends south of the border with a leader who promotes compassion and wants to unite rather than divide.

    4 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Thank you. Me too!

      4 years ago
  8. Dusty Su

    Kindness, always kindness, for others, the planet, and self. By self, the planet, and others!

    4 years ago
  9. expati

    My memoir will draw readers into my adventure and prompt them to look at their own with fresh eyes. This will be published along with an eBook I’m creating from my blog. “Better Living in Mexico,” and “Letters From Mexico.”

    4 years ago
  10. Don Jones

    To live in an atmosphere of light, love and laughter.

    4 years ago
  11. S
    Sophie

    That society will not have been harmed by the pandemic beyond repair. That we can begin to feel some sort of hope for the future. That the most lonely of people can feel some sort of physical touch soon

    4 years ago
  12. KC

    Inner and outer peace for Mother Earth and all …

    4 years ago
  13. Mica

    That Biden and Harris and Congress can get some useful work done in these crazy times.

    4 years ago
  14. L
    Lauryn

    I hope that we can get through this pandemic. I hope that we can restore dignity to our country. I hope that I can learn to be more content with myself. I hope that I can continue to explore, learn, and love.

    4 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      “…that I can learn to be more content with myself.”

      I don’t know you well, Lauryn, but I see you as a light and look forward to reading your entries. You are kind and gentle. As is with everyone, you don’t need to be perfect, or even need to be better than you are now, to be deserving of love, respect, and deserving of self-contentment. If you give kindness to yourself as I have seen you send towards others, I’m sure you will find your way to contentment.

      4 years ago
  15. O.Christina

    For the world, as so many here, it is peace, and enough food and water for the starving and the thirsty fellow people. And may the pandemic subside. For myself I hope and will be grateful for whatever I may contribute of which might serve the community and friends and loved ones. And , if I may add, in order be able to really support peace and contribute to stop hurting, to overcome my fatal reactions to the fear of being left out.

    4 years ago
  16. Linda

    A return to civility and respect in all our interactions, nationally and individually.

    4 years ago
  17. Javier Visionquest

    The cure for type 1 diabetes is revealed.

    4 years ago
  18. pkr

    Peace.

    4 years ago
  19. Katrina

    I’ve been away for awhile – away from Gratefulness.org. I was so weary, of everything. I still am. Weary of the hurt, the pain, the fear, the anger, the same old, same old. My gratitudes and the questions had become repetitive, hopes and longings had come to a halt. And today, though, a day of new beginnings, I feel nothing has changed – except the growing mountain of death, sickness, destruction, frustration and assaults on humanity and humility. So I am searching. I have prayed, I have worked puzzles, I have baked, I have cleaned, I have attempted new hobbies, I have watched Netflix, and I have tried to be kind and to serve others. Now all I know to do it to quit, and to be still and know that God is God. Thanks for a place to vent.

    4 years ago
    1. Michele

      Welcome back:)

      3 years ago
    2. Dusty Su

      I hear you Katrina. Bless!

      4 years ago
    3. Mica

      Thanks for your ‘vent’, Katrina. I’ll add humor and exercise to the wonderful list you give. Jigsaw puzzles are back on my list now, after a long absence.

      4 years ago
  20. K
    Katherine

    I hope to feel better and to heal from this pain and disability that has struck me down at such a young age. I wish that I could be optimistic and full of hope that I will make a full recovery. I wish for a simple walk with my friend, the Labrador, Sammy. I hope that people see others as they are and in a way that brings us together as friends, lovers, and family.

    4 years ago
  21. Papilio

    Peace for our nation and whole world as well as inner peace for myself.

    4 years ago
  22. Carol

    “Like the exposed roots of a tree, reality unveiled can be many things at the same time: sharp, smooth, ugly, beautiful, painful, and healing.” I do not know the author of that quote but I hope that in my country and throughout the world our species can move from longing to belonging–that we can come to realize how much we need each other and how much Mother Earth needs us to cherish her and each other.

    On this inauguration day in America, I am drawn to these words from Fr. Richard Rohr: “I invite you to continue practicing some form of contemplative prayer this year. Our problems begin when we fight reality, push it away, or insist that the way I “see” reality, from my own limited perspective, is the only valid reality. Any contemplative practice that serves to welcome life as it is will change us. We will dive into this “unveiled”—and even unpleasant—reality positively and preemptively, saying, “Come God, and teach me your good lessons.” We need such a practice to lessen our resistance to change and our tight grasp around things. Let us seek to pray this way for as long as it takes us to arrive at a full “Yes” to Reality. Only then can its lessons come through to us.” Richard Rohr, Daily Meditation, Jan 8, 2021

    4 years ago
  23. Mike S

    On a personal level I am in the process of healing and transformation and expect that to unfold this year. For my country I trust that with our new administration we will see some peace, calm, and hope and perhaps some reconciliation. On the world stage I hope to see some real progress on fighting climate change as well as and improvement with our international relations.

    4 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Well said! I second that! 🙂

      4 years ago
  24. Trish

    Certainly I hope & long for a peaceful country/world. For my person, I long for a part-time job that is meaningful & will offer me more time to feed my spiritual tank. It’s calling out (& not so quietly) for more.

    4 years ago
  25. sunnypatti48317

    I hope for better health for the world, for the medical experts to get a true handle on CoVid. I hope to travel safely again so we can plan a honeymoon for the fall. I hope to take bigger steps to get out of the corporate world. I hope for peace. I hope people around the world will learn to love more and extend that love to all beings everywhere.

    4 years ago
  26. GratefulOne

    Today is Inauguration Day in the US. I pray, long and hope for peace for today and throughout this year.

    4 years ago
  27. EJP

    Good health, happiness, strength, courage, peace, love and safety for all.

    4 years ago
  28. G
    Gregoire

    That I find employment that is financially adequate and fulfilling. That God will heal the divisions in this country. That God will also awaken me to realize a lasting inner peace.

    4 years ago
  29. Michele

    I hope to be able to travel again and visit my family. My brother bought a cabin a year ago and I would love to see it. I want to go to my favorite October camping state park. In almost 52 yrs I’ve never been to Cape May, NJ – been to Ocean City, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Beechhaven, but not there. Yes, definitely longing to travel again.

    4 years ago
  30. Lioness

    I have hopes for my three older nieces, that this year brings them happiness, stability and a light to guide them on their new journey. I have hope that my baby sister will be able to marry, I have hope that my brother’s life settles for him and becomes filled with opportunity. I long for a world where people see each other for what we all are, the same, human beings that ought to love and respect one another. But until then I will do my best to work on me and bring hope to others.

    4 years ago
  31. Kevin

    Sustainable peace around the world and an easing of political tensions in my own country.

    4 years ago

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