Reflections

Please log in or Create a Profile to post a comment.

  1. Malag

    I don’t really get this question. There’s something missing in it. The conditional bit (if) is not there. So I’ll go at this koan-like. I’ll expand the “if” as my answer. If I stopped and savoured what is here now. If I appreciated that I have more than I need. If I  saw appreciation in others. If gratefulness moved me to action. If I saw abundance more than scarcity. If it spawned more action to help others. 

    3 years ago
  2. Mandy D.

    Keep me present and appreciating my life as it is. When I am grateful my expectations are more reasonable, as am I!

    3 years ago
  3. Hajira 💕 Buser

    Gratefulness would increase happiness by appreciating what we have instead of what we desire (for as Buddhist teach, desire and ignorance are the roots of suffering). Gratefulness brings an immediate wave of
    🌸grace🌸
    even in the wake of tragedy.

    3 years ago
  4. Cathie

    Using the paradigm of gratefulness can shift perspective.

    3 years ago
  5. Heather

    Today’s quote reminded me of the mindful techniques we work on with young students about the power of yet. I’m not good at math yet but I’m getting better. Fail is first attempt at learning.

    3 years ago
    1. Hajira 💕 Buser

      I like how you use “yet” with children. Makes me think of Dr. Dweck’s _Growth Mindset_ and an article you might enjoy from Edutopia entitled, “The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle.”

      3 years ago
  6. L
    Lauryn

    Help me to focus more on the positive aspects of my life.

    3 years ago
  7. d
    dcdeb

    Reorder my conceptions.

    3 years ago
  8. Don Jones

    Be the catalyst for a Divine smile.

    3 years ago
  9. SK

    Open up a huge space in my heart, in my soul, in my very essence. It would carry me away on wings of the gentlest breeze and allow me to see what the eagle sees from his vantage point high in the sky.

    3 years ago
  10. B
    BasicMarsh

    Help break away from the grasp of regret.

    3 years ago
  11. Debra

    I find that grace imparts when gratefulness flows.

    3 years ago
  12. Mica

    Lead me toward peace of mind.
    ‘Loved the quote today – I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. – LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
    ‘What a treat to ‘meet’ an old ‘friend’ with such a wonderful quote.
    I’m grateful

    3 years ago
  13. Antoinette

    Gratefulness let’s go of expectations- let’s go of everything and allows gratitude in.

    3 years ago
  14. Javier Visionquest

    Be at peace with the coming and going, in the presence and in the absence; with what is, what was, and what might yet be.

    3 years ago
  15. RATASHIQ

    What would gratefulness do? Gratefulness will help me appreciate the simplest things we so easily take for granted.

    3 years ago
  16. pkr

    Gratefulness makes me happy. Being grateful adds sunshine, laughter, happy to my day. Even on my most trying, difficult days adding gratefulness to it makes it all so much better.
    Happy Saturday All. Make it a grateful day. 🙂❤️🙏🌟

    3 years ago
  17. Toni

    Gratefulness is why we show up for each other especially when it might feel awkward. I went to a another wake yesterday. A friend of mine’s son crashed his car and died. He was 24. I knew his father not his mother or grandmother. When I went to give my condolences to the women, they both said they were grateful I came and that it meant a lot to them. Moments earlier when I asked a friend sitting next to me if the women in front of us was the boys mother she said yes and not to bother going up to her. I went anyway without hesitation. Both the mother and grandmother were appreciative. I don’t know why my friend said not to go up to them. It was the right thing to do. Maybe because they didn’t speak english well. Even so both said thank you we are grateful I came. That hit me. I didn’t even know them. When I sat down I noticed most people were friends of the father and not many people were going up to the women. I’m glad I did. I think gratitude is a shared response and not something done in isolation. I’m not sure. All I know is I’m glad I went and didn’t just pray for them at home like I wanted to since I didn’t know any of them well. My heart was moved and looking into the eyes of the women touched my soul.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      My heart is moved, too. You taught me something, Toni.

      3 years ago
    2. Mica

      Thank you, Toni, for the wonderful sharing –

      3 years ago
  18. Patricia

    It opens my eyes and heart.

    3 years ago
  19. Katrina

    This calls to mind for me how easy it is to say we are blessed when we have the material possessions that make life comfortable, we are healthy, and life is generally good for ourselves and those we love. But we have to look deeper for the feelings or for what it means to be blessed when we are in the midst of life’s challenges. What would gratefulness do in the life of one whose days are ruled by injustice, inequality, bullying, and lack of power? How can gratefulness empower? As one who has mostly lived a privileged life, it is usually easy for me to live a life led by gratitude. But I have not been open to the ways that gratitude can empower, or I haven’t tapped in to that. That’s what I will be looking for.

    3 years ago
  20. DeVonna

    This question reminds me of the classic book, What Would Jesus Do? I think grateful people are kind, open to others’ life experiences and choices and creative in their problem solving. Gratefulness pushes us to be the better person, to strive to recognize and accept our failings and weaknesses (and those of others) with grace.

    3 years ago
  21. Holly in Ohio

    Gratefulness makes everything lighter of heart.

    3 years ago
  22. Michele

    Gratefulness makes one feel thankful and blessed.

    3 years ago
  23. devy

    Gratefulness brings peace, contentment and harmony with oneself no matter what is going on to them or around them… a means of celebrating life and all its positivities and positivities

    3 years ago
  24. Trish

    Gratefulness would slip into the dreams of every person & infuse all of us with the ability to (wait for it…) awake with grateful eyes & hearts. Sneaky little gratefulness…..

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      ‘sneaky little gratefulness’ – that’s delightful, Trish!

      3 years ago
  25. EJP

    Gratefulness would allow life to be simple and easy…the way it should always be.

    3 years ago
  26. Dusty Su

    Say, even though I may not see it as good now, I understand that I will someday.

    3 years ago
  27. Kevin

    What would gratefulness do, WHAT? (Funny. I think that the writer of today’s question must have dozed off!)

    I’d say that gratefulness does just about everything!

    3 years ago
  28. sunnypatti48317

    Gratefulness would make the world a better place. Actually, gratefulness does make the world a better place. Gratefulness looks for the positive and good, and offers us the chance to pause and reflect. I love it!

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      You opened my eyes. Just imaging what the world would be like if all people could simply be grateful for all people! wow.

      3 years ago
      1. sunnypatti48317

        It feels good thinking about that! Let’s all keep practicing, and it will naturally draw others to do the same. Gratitude begets gratitude!
        Funny, the song “what the world needs now (is love, sweet love)” just popped into my head 🙂

        3 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          Yes! Or the Beatles, “All You Need Is Love.” 🙂

          3 years ago
  29. Christine

    Grateful, being me.🙏

    Not grateful, not being me.🧐

    3 years ago

Stay Grateful

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Give yourself the gift of free bi-monthly inspiration including uplifting articles, diverse stories, supportive practices, videos, and more, delivered with heart to your inbox.