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  1. Mica

    I heard an artist speak at the opening reception of his display at a local gallery last weekend. His son was in one of the paintings. He told us that this son had not spoken to him in 3 yrs. I’m so grateful that my problems are all so much smaller than that!

    2 years ago
  2. t
    taoterob

    Recently, I was invited into a group chat with over twenty people I had not had contact with for almost twenty years. The purpose of the group was to reconnect with each other and share the news that one of the folks, who we had all known way back when, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

    Seeing their names, and reconnecting with these people, I reflected on my own development over the past twenty years. Have I developed as much as I could have? I have no doubt my adult life has been shaped by those early years, interacting with the people I was now connecting with again. I sometimes wonder what my emotional intelligence would have been if I hadn’t been exposed to this group of people and the zen-like teachings we would share and discuss into the late hours when internet communities were in their infancy.

    We did not always agree. Out of the twenty-something people in that group, I had a strong fondness for maybe only five of them.

    But all these people helped shaped me, so thank you.

    2 years ago
  3. d
    db82258

    during our morning walks, we always pause at a yard that has different artistic touches about, varies with the seasons. this morning the owner came out and I told him how much we love their garden and how we look for the creative touches that are so charming.

    he said that he and his wife have a fairy garden, this filled me with delight.

    stardust is in the air

    2 years ago
  4. sparrow

    Suffering and grief
    paved the way to gratitude . . .
    before then
    I don’t believe I really knew what gratitude really was.

    2 years ago
  5. Don Jones

    Perhaps the realization that there is a voice (close to the surface) that is not grounded in Truth. I call it Craig. I have learned not to listen to Craig. There is however a much more profound knowing that is definitely Truth, but to commune with it requires stillness and silence.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Dear Don – God talked with my son when he was quite young. My son wrote a piece about how to know God, but he later said it came from “The Imposter.” Maybe that’s your Craig. Warm wishes for your communications with Truth.

      2 years ago
  6. Jenn

    Having Covid. I got a chance to get some rest and because I didn’t have a light case, I survived and now appreciate all the tiny things I missed when I was well like walking slowly, breathing, and resting with no purpose other than to rest. I have recommitted to setting firmer boundaries and can see how I was doing way too much before Covid. It’s been like a soul reset in a lot of ways.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      ‘soul reset’ – love that:)

      2 years ago
      1. Jenn

        Yes ma’am! 🙂 xo

        2 years ago
    2. Mica

      Thank you, Jenn – I tend to get irritated and frustrated with myself when I have only enough energy to walk slowly. I appreciate your positive reaction to a similar situation. You’re setting a good example for me 🙂

      2 years ago
      1. Jenn

        Right? I hear you on that! xo

        2 years ago
        1. Mica

          Thanks, Jenn 🙂

          2 years ago
  7. Mark Piper

    My family. My wife in particular; she found a discarded bike, fixed it herself, and this week for the first time we were all able to go on family bike rides (wife, seven year old daughter, four year old son, and myself). Joy seems to be a companion of gratitude and from the joy experienced, viewed, or shared, I was (and am) most grateful.

    2 years ago
  8. Barb C

    Big investments by the legislature in the area I lead for a state agency (active transportation) that explicitly named our plan as one of the things that will guide those dollars to where they can do the most good. I led a tiny team in creating this plan, which is ambitious and far-reaching, without any idea that it would get this level of funding this quickly; I hoped only that it would make an incremental difference over time.

    I’m working in an area of public policy that I couldn’t have predicted would become my calling. Knowing that everything I’ve done along the way feeds into what I do now, and now getting funding to make a real difference, overwhelms me with gratitude for being on this path at a time when my work is part of tackling so many huge issues, from climate change to mobility justice and transportation equity to public health.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Congrats Barb! That’s so wonderful! 🙂

      2 years ago
  9. Charlie T

    Being told of a friends cancer diagnosis or of a friends death, has reminded me to stop hesitating and to enjoy this
    life as much as I can and to be grateful for every day that I get to be here.

    2 years ago
  10. Hot Sauce

    I always feel gratitude when I receive an unexpected gift card or other gift from someone at times like graduation or birthdays.

    2 years ago
  11. devy

    When others do things for me that are unexpected. I truly realize how much I mean to them and I feel grateful for them being in my life

    2 years ago
  12. Mary Pat

    Quite a few lately! A friend came over to help me garden on Saturday, and another bunch of friends are coming over this Saturday to help as well. Then we are having a nice lunch, more like a party!
    AND a women who has energy and strength came over yesterday to take almost all of my Russian Sage and make it hers in her garden. She doesn’t have alot of extra money, as she is a young mom, so I also gave her some pepper plants and tomato plants. She was grateful, and I am very grateful for her being able to dig out all that Russian Sage!
    I am a dabbler, an experimenter, a gardener! But I am now old and do not have the physical strength to do many of the tasks I need done. I am so very grateful for all these people in my life….I am so fortunate… A few weeks ago none of this was in my life, and I had no idea how these things would get done, and it is such a GIFT!

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Wow, Mary Pat – that IS good news – thanks for sharing 🙂

      2 years ago
  13. c
    carol

    I felt blessed by having the good fortune of being the recipient of the kindness, understanding, generosity, and compassionate approach that a government department worker extended to her clients. She was always one step ahead, and able to guide me through challenging situations and the processes. She was always on my side. As I reflect– when I am the benefactor of someone’s skills and knowledge that seem to emanate from their intention to enable the well being of others I live in a safer kinder world. This is not the norm for that government department. The question arises: why is this not the norm, why is this the exception. It is disturbing to know that it was all up to good fortune. Hmm– it is also good fortune that I had a good role model for how one person’s beliefs and values and intentions can have a beneficial effect on building a safer kinder world one person at a time.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Dear Carol – I read about some well known person who seemed to adjust her personality to fit the expectation of the person she was interacting with. Maybe you bring positive expectations to to your gov worker. 🙂 I need to try not to bring my negativity to some of my interactions! 🙁

      2 years ago
  14. EJP

    Unexpected loss creates time to stop, be silent and reflect on my true gratitude for all that I am and all that I have.

    2 years ago
  15. Pilgrim

    The unexpected kindnesses of so many people throughout my long life have brought me deep gratitude. A primary physician who called beyond the local practice and health system to a colleague to get me in with a brilliant doctor who thinks outside the box, and saved my life 10 years ago … gratitude! A sudden opportunity to move to my new home town, where I have wanted to live for years … gratitude! The sweetest thank you note from my granddaughter following her college graduation recently … gratitude!

    2 years ago
  16. Jenn6701

    The ability to heal within myself. What an amazing gift/tool we have built right in us.

    2 years ago
  17. Antoinette

    Deep suffering led me to repentance/ meditation/ prayer and I am eternally grateful! Thank -thank -thank you so much .

    2 years ago
  18. Kevin

    When I was younger, I did not expect that I would one day become grateful for the growing list of physicians and other health practitioners in my phone’s contact list, but I’m sure glad I have them now, and the ability to afford them.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Dear Kevin – I’ve been wondering whether you minister to a Quaker Church or a Quaker Silent Meeting? My son’s father-in-law lost a dear friend recently, but he didn’t attend the funeral – first, because it was on the anniversary of his beloved wife’s funeral and, second, because it was a Quaker Silent Meeting funeral and he, as a Catholic, wasn’t comfortable with that format. I, on the other hand, remember Silent Meetings as some of my favorite worship services.

      2 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Hello, Mica, I am a member and recorded minister at Westport Friends Meeting in Westport, MA. Our meeting is “silent,” or, unprogrammed as the term is used today. I have attended, and frequently officiated at funerals and memorial services both under the care of Friends (Quakers) and other times interdenominational in nature. For us, memorial services are also worship, and they usually are anything but silent, or quiet. Verbal testimony from those in attendance is typically rich in spirit, with a clear sense of thankfulness and gratefulness for the life and loved one being mourned. Many people who attend a Friends memorial service who hail from other faith communities frequently come away moved in ways that they had not anticipated.

        There are basically two types of Friends meetings, or Friends churches. One is called “programmed,” oftentimes meaning that the service of hymns, readings and preaching, is conducted by a pastor. “Unprogrammed” meetings mean that no program is planned, and while we have elders who have “care of worship,” no pastor or minister (even though ministers may be in attendance) leads the service. Within unprogrammed worship, we wait in the silence in order to hear how the spirit may be moving within us as individuals, and, how Spirit, or the Holy Spirit, may be at work amongst the whole of those present as a body.

        There are some Friends meetings that may refer to their worship as being “semi-programmed,” which means they employ elements of both forms of worship.

        2 years ago
        1. Mica

          Thanks, Kevin – indeed, my favorite form of worship was ‘Silent’ Meetings where no one was inspired to speak.. My college roommate told me about a Meeting where one of the participants believed he was Jesus, which was a problem. Your description of an unprogrammed memorial service sounds wonderful, as I would expect. I look forward to talking with my son’t father-in-law about the one he went to, when he next visits. He’s from the Philly area.

          2 years ago
  19. Michele

    All the unexpected terrible news … Ukraine war, mass shootings…makes me grateful to be alive.

    2 years ago
  20. Hermann-Josef

    Expectations are desires. Something should come or something should not come. They are based on the past. The past should be or not be in the future. All happiness coming out of these thoughts is very temporary. Gratefulness comes from seeing that which is always there. That which is always loving, giving and nourishing. It will manifest in different situations, feelings, forms. It is always fresh and unexpected. The way to see it Moment by moment is , surrender and let go. This is how I become grateful in this moment

    2 years ago
    1. Antoinette

      Beautiful 🤩

      2 years ago
      1. csalt

        “Gratefulness comes from seeing that which is always there. That which is always loving, giving and nourishing. It will manifest in different situations, feelings, forms. It is always fresh and unexpected. The way to see it Moment by moment is , surrender and let go. This is how I become grateful in this moment”

        This is a really helpful statement, especially the advice ‘surrender and let go’ It coincides with some advice on the Marist web site ” Think as Mary, Act as Mary, Judge and speak as Mary” I have to remind myself of this constantly each day especially when difficulties arise. My husband was taken to hospital as an emergency a few nights ago and I am still trying to surrender and let go and leave all in God’s hands. I feel a terrible failure as it’s difficult to stop worrying.
        CSalt

        2 years ago
        1. ch

          ❤️🙏🏼

          2 years ago

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