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  1. SK

    The rain, the trees budding, first light.

    3 years ago
  2. Malag

    Am looking at a bottle, the brown glass olive oil kind, seeing the light from the window reflecting at different points and the subtle mapping of room to its curves. If this were a painted still life I would marvel at it. But it’s the real thing. If not for this question I would not have appreciated this beauty in my daily gaze. Thank you.Β 

    3 years ago
  3. M
    Mike

    The solitude, if I have the courage to embrace it.

    3 years ago
  4. Mica

    The view from where I sit at my laptop, out the doors to my balcony and its plants and the sky

    3 years ago
  5. Riza

    How I stumbled upon this site at the end of a work day. How uplifting it feels. How blessed I feel to be part of a community of caring individuals from around the world who have come together based on shared values. This moment of random, serendipitous discovery – it is beautiful right here, right now.

    3 years ago
    1. sunnypatti48317

      Hi! I remember how grateful I was when I stumbled across this website myself. It’s a great place, and I welcome you, too πŸ™‚

      3 years ago
    2. Michele

      Welcome! Gotta love serendipity.

      3 years ago
    3. Holly in Ohio

      Welcome, Riza!

      3 years ago
      1. Riza

        Thank you!

        3 years ago
  6. hellokasi

    Spring! The smell of the lilacs, the chamomile starts, the tomatoes dutifully growing in my window. I’m finding it so easy to see beauty right now.

    3 years ago
  7. O.Christina

    Some dear friends arriving today again after a long absence. One of the friends is currently busy picking them up, and we bought some food and fruits, prepared a welcome soup and put the lights on to make them feel coming home in the middle of the night. Beautiful to know they are with us again!

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Wonderful, Ose – enjoy!

      3 years ago
  8. SharHolls

    I am SO grateful for my health, my life an my career. I am a high school teacher and SO HAPPY to be back to hybrid but face-2-face learning with my beautiful students. It brings me so much joy! I AM BLESSED! πŸ™‚

    3 years ago
  9. Hailey

    This wonderful weather we are having and all of flowering plants blooming.

    3 years ago
  10. Lexie

    The fact that I can start a new semester in college! I love school!

    3 years ago
  11. Don Jones

    The ability to work with and create with my hands.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      What are you making, Don?

      3 years ago
      1. Don Jones

        I restore and preserve antique furniture. Such a joy to work with the master creators from another time.

        3 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          I love old furniture, too! This summer I am going to replace the seats on two Danish chairs that used to be my father’s.. I wish I knew more about restoring wood finishes, too. The wood on the chairs is in good shape, but I have a couple of dressers that could use some care.

          What a wonderful skill you have, Don.

          3 years ago
  12. Melissa

    Walking my puppy through the oak forest and hearing the delightful songs of so many birds.

    3 years ago
  13. d
    dcdeb

    The thought of getting some blueberry coffee

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      yess, DD makes really good blueberry coffee, get a blueberry muffin to go with it:)

      3 years ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      hee hee! I know just what you mean!

      3 years ago
  14. L
    Leslie

    Understanding that gratitude is expansive – we do not diminish the world by being happy.

    3 years ago
  15. K
    Karen Thorpe

    Being able to add my voice to this beautiful community
    karen

    3 years ago
    1. d
      dcdeb

      Amen sister

      3 years ago
  16. L
    Lauryn

    The birds chattering and chirping. A perfect blue sky. Green leaves on the trees. A slight breeze. My flowers growing on the fence.

    3 years ago
  17. Carol

    Beautiful is a word that means so many different things to different folks. I’ve attempted to answer today’s question but I guess I’m just not comfortable with it.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      What is beautiful to you, Carol? I think it is a fine thing that we see beauty in different ways. I will never forget a conversation I heard in a family one time. They were friends of mine and three of them were talking (sincerely) about how beautiful Madeline was. Madeline was in her 80’s. She was alert, but bedridden and had Alzheimers. Her false teeth had been lost so her mouth looked a little gummy. Her hair was a bit mussed up. And I’d never thought of it, but as they were talking about her, I looked over and could see her beauty. Madeline had an amazing life and had raised a family with lots of love in it, and perhaps that love colored their vision of her a little, but after that, I saw her beauty, too, and I never forgot what I learned that day.

      Love to you, Carol.

      3 years ago
      1. Carol

        Thank you, Holly. Your care and compassion is deeply appreciated and was so welcome on this day. You have planted beautiful seeds in my psyche! Yesterday was a difficult day and I did not have a lot of spunk this morning. I’m receiving a series of injections in my left eye to quell swelling and hopefully secure its vision. Had the second shot in my left eye yesterday…It was an interesting visit with the doctor. He was very upset that I had questions concerning side effects I experienced from the fist injection a month ago and her took it very personally. He seemed to interpret my stance as a personal criticism of him which it was not. I wondered what had happened in his life that seeded the need to be perfect. I recalled how gently and carefully he had administered my first injection. But in this second injection he was tense and barked orders so rapidly that I could not open and close my eye fast enough to avoid a feeling that he was scratching the surface of my eye and eye lid with his tools. It was painful and may be the cause of more irritation and swelling than the previous injection. Fear guides the trowel with which we plant unhealthy seeds. I doubt the doctor is aware of the fertility of his fear but I am aware of mine. I’m not interested in him planting unhealthy seeds in me. I hope I can turn my fear into compassion and deal with him lovingly and honestly next month. My eye hopes so, too!

        3 years ago
        1. Michele

          Sending you some healing energy Carol:)

          3 years ago
          1. Carol

            Thank you, MIchele. It’s deeply appreciated.

            3 years ago
        2. Mica

          Oh, dear Carol – my Resilience teacher last night was telling how hurtful doctor negativity was, and a couple of the doctors in the class told how unemotional they sometimes were with patients’ family, what with the stress of having done the surgery. But your doctor was worse than unemotional. I’ll light a candle for you. … May your eye and heart heal well, in spite of the doctor’s harsh words!

          3 years ago
          1. Carol

            Thank you, MIca. I’m doing well. Swelling is subsiding.

            3 years ago
        3. Holly in Ohio

          Oh how awful, Carol. No wonder you were feeling a little low.

          Let us try to think the best of him. Perhaps he was upset because he genuinely cares for his patients and wants to be perfect for you and others, not for himself. Parents yell at their kids when they themselves, are frightened. When my husband and I got together, I learned it took me exactly one week before I felt like a real parent. The kids disappeared in a very large ASDA (Walmart). We could not find them for about 30 minutes. The kids barely knew me, and when I found them, I yelled at them for wandering off. One week and already I was a crazy woman! People are funny.

          I hope your treatment works perfectly! Think positive thoughts and be gentle with yourself. You are doing everything you should, and I’ve admired you before for taking a proactive role in your health. You see your fear, but I see your courage and spunk!

          3 years ago
  18. pkr

    The birds singing loudly, joyfully, happily.

    3 years ago
  19. Shar

    My willingness to walk away from suffering

    3 years ago
  20. GregC

    The music I am listening to that is helping to overcome my suffering.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      What are you listening to, today, Greg?

      3 years ago
  21. Toni

    My cat purring as I pet him when he woke me up. His soft fur as I held him as we looked out the window as we fed the birds and squirrels after the morning rain. Seeing the dew on the grass and the green trees when I opened the living room window. Hearing the sounds of this quiet morning ; an occasional car driving by, the birds singing, my cat running and playing up and down the hallway stairs as I went out to see if a package has been delivered. Now all quiet again as I type and sit and wonder what’s next. The stillness of the morning calls me to enter into this day with gratitude for all that is waking up at this moment.

    3 years ago
    1. Hailey

      This sounds like the most perfect morning.

      3 years ago
      1. Mica

        Purr-fect, Hailey? 🐈 😺 🐱
        Aren’t we fortunate, Toni, to live with little furry creatures?

        3 years ago
  22. Holly in Ohio

    It is so quintessentially Spring around me. The greenness of everything grows each day as the trees erupt in leaves. The narcissus, tulips, violets, and lilac are in bloom. Magnolia scents the air. There are flowering trees on my street – Serviceberry, cherries, apple, and others I don’t know. I was in the garden the other day, composting and mulching around the red currant bushes, which are showing baby green berries. I can hear many birds – Blue Jays, Robins, Golden Finch, Downy Woodpeckers and others. Mr. and Mrs. Hopeful, which I named the two sparrows which are nesting in the box I hung just outside my kitchen window, are still expecting. They sit on their “deck,” the stick I mounted beside it for a perch, and watch the morning, and he sometimes sings.

    3 years ago
  23. sunnypatti48317

    Windows open after a big rain last night, enjoying some fresh air in the house before the heat sets in. Listening to the birds welcome the new day, some frogs singing, seeing my dog run by with his favorite bone. The sun peeking thru the clouds. This deep breath and being grateful for another day to be alive. And a big cup of coffee in my favorite new mug that says, “All you need is love.”

    3 years ago
  24. DeVonna

    Hope for the future.

    It’s what drives me to get up each morning to face the day. It’s been a very difficult year with lots of personal loss. As I write this my 39 yr old neice languishes in a transplant ward, waiting for a liver transplant. She is a beloved wife and mother of three, it’s a very difficult situation. And yet we encourage her, daily, to continue the fight and hope for the future. Without hope, we have no drive.

    Blessings to each of you today.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Prayers for a successful liver transplant for your niece and prayers to the family of the donated liver.

      3 years ago
    2. Toni

      May love sustain and comfort all of you as you wait in hope for the best possible outcome. I pray the transplant happens asap and her body accepts it and your niece goes on to live a fulfilled and happy life with her loving family and friends.

      3 years ago
    3. Holly in Ohio

      I’ll pray for her.

      3 years ago
  25. devy

    Sitting here looking outside my patio window, seeing the sun starting to lighten the sky with a cardinal chirping in the background. Hearing the ticking of our wall clock which sounds similar to a heart beat. . A sound which minds me of how fortunate I am alive and able to experience life.

    3 years ago
  26. Howie Geib

    My home. My nest. In one main room it’s an incubator and lab. The gym and locker room. The library and of course the kitchen. All in one room. It fits. Not too big, or too small. I am like a happy hermit crab.

    3 years ago
  27. Trish

    It’s beautiful that I can hop on an airplane this morning to be with my parents at the Mayo Clinic where my dad will have heart surgery tomorrow. What an amazing gift it is for us to be together during times of concern.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Prayers for a successful heart surgery for your dad.

      3 years ago
      1. Trish

        Thanks, Michele

        3 years ago
    2. Toni

      Prayers for your flight and your fathers’ surgery and recovery.

      3 years ago
      1. Trish

        Thank You!

        3 years ago
    3. sunnypatti48317

      I’m glad you can go and be with them. Sending love and prayers.

      3 years ago
      1. Trish

        Thanks, sunnypatti ❀️

        3 years ago
    4. devy

      Thoughts and prayers to your dad for his surgery.

      3 years ago
      1. Trish

        Thank you, devy

        3 years ago
  28. EJP

    This new day filled with endless possibilities and opportunities.

    3 years ago
  29. G
    Gregoire

    My lovely best friend and wife of 35 years that I woke up next to you this morning, my two loving healthy and now fully independent children, and the Rainy earthy smell of the morning in my backyards with my two loving dogs. Life is about love. It’s a sharing and caring group on the Gratitude website Kristen strube

    3 years ago
  30. Kojiao

    What is beautiful to me is that I have a loving wife and 2 fantastic children that I have gotten to know a lot better this past year. Even when faced with a difficult lifestyle change that the pandemic brought upon all of us, I found beauty in being with my family.

    3 years ago
  31. Kevin

    I woke up this morning. And my friends here did too!

    3 years ago
  32. Michele

    My Siamese cat mug that I’m enjoying my morning coffee from is beautiful right here, right now:)

    3 years ago
  33. Christine

    Today it is raining, and I think of a little poem I once heard. I had to translate in to english myself.
    I am always amazed,
    I am always surprised,
    that such a clear and beautiful drop,
    can fall from drab gray skies.πŸ’§

    3 years ago
    1. Pollyanna Gladwell

      …and create rainbows as I saw today, when we are alternating between sunshine and rain, as is a frequent occurrence in Southern Ireland. I sometime refer to Ireland as Rainbowland, because I have seen many, many more in the last 15 years of living here than I did in 30+ years in Canada and USA. What a magical and beautiful phenomenon! 🌈

      Thanks for the poem, Christine!

      3 years ago
      1. Palm

        You are lucky to live in rainbowland, Pollyanna!

        3 years ago
        1. Pollyanna Gladwell

          I think so too, Palm!πŸ™πŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸŒˆ

          3 years ago

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