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  1. MHS

    I have managed to keep my family healthy through Covid. I am still working from home, and plan to keep it that way. I get to feed my hummingbirds every day. I am providing for my family mostly single handedly.

    3 years ago
  2. Sandhya

    My new job is going well, and i am so grateful for that.

    3 years ago
  3. Elaine

    Blessings abound, I am awash in gratefulness.

    3 years ago
  4. Malag

    I woke up this morning and realised I’m still alive. And I find that I am more able, over time, to drop into stillness sometimes, and appreciate that aliveness. That, and I live a fortunate life, one that I can often appreciate. 

    3 years ago
  5. Linda

    Day by day, all is well.

    3 years ago
  6. nadders

    My new healthier life style is going well. I have lost weight, I am eating well, exercising very regular ly, volunteering, doing daily mindfulness, regular reflection on gratitude. And I am feeling better for it!

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Wow, nadders, I’m happy for you!

      3 years ago
  7. s
    sb

    I have hard a hard few days and am exhausted and when I first saw the question, I thought “nothing”! But I knew if I stopped to reflect, my perception would change. I did, and it did! So here’s my list…
    I still have my Mum who is about to celebrate her 90th birthday and despite serious health issues, is livelier than I am! I have a wonderful husband who knows how tired I am and is doing as much as he can to help. Although I have health problems, I am able to get out for a walk every day. So far we remain relatively untouched by Covid. My lovely class really are lovely and I have been so proud of them recently. I began my “50 challenges” this year and still am finding interest and excitement in the ongoing challenges, satisfaction in the completed ones and excitement about ones to come. Although it can be a tie, I am pleased to be able to help two elderly relatives and a lady from the village and they are so grateful.
    Finally, this site! ensures I always remain positive and grateful.

    3 years ago
    1. Anna

      Sb, I wish you all the best I can for your 50. It is really an interesting time, and it can bring an unexpected serenity.

      3 years ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      That is fabulous, sb. I hope the days to come are easier for you, too!

      3 years ago
  8. Neil

    The simple answer is life in general and having the health, curiosity and acceptance to all that it offers.

    3 years ago
  9. Dusty Su

    I’m in a recently stable situation. I’m feeling hopeful about the future. Im able to write again. I’m grateful.

    3 years ago
  10. Don Jones

    The warp and weft – by all appearances, seems to be ordered most days…

    3 years ago
  11. O.Christina

    It seems to find back to joy is going to become more stable, as letting go of the “old loads” of times long passed was and is possible more and more and to become more present again. With this, some peace of mind and happy moments return. Almost couldn´t believe it first, and so grateful for being able to seeing some light again after really difficult times. Hope came back, which was almost completely lost, and slowly, happiness unfolds. The turning point was to accept that now, things are as they are, and to become aware more of what is now and let go of what has been in the past, no matter if long ago or recent. Although I knew about this truth, it was something completely challenging to give myself over to this process. So now, I try my best to be with what is, no matter what is, and what might not be. To find balance in being aware still of my innermost longing while having to let go of the longing in the mean time is the current paradox to be with. I am deeply thankful for your support towards all of you who share here.

    3 years ago
    1. Mary Pat

      Ose, it is good to “see” you here again! Blessings to you. For me, it is a challenge to let go of some things, so even though our things might be different, i understand, and will keep you in my prayers…..

      3 years ago
    2. Malag

      That is beautiful, Ose. I have been tugged by that paradox in my own life. I guess it makes us human.

      3 years ago
  12. Jenni Joy Nicolella

    We just sold our house for a good profit and were able to find a suitable temporary home that will bridge the gap until we can find our forever home!
    My cats had a rough time when we first moved, but now they are adjusting and everything is starting to feel more at ease.

    3 years ago
  13. pkr

    I woke up to a new day. Thank you dear Lord. I have coffee, toast, quiet time, happy birds singing in the background, this sanctuary, gratefulness.org, poppies in the garden and so much much more.
    My beautiful daughter is in a loving relationship with a really nice, good, decent fella (after a few bad apples) and for this I am thankful.
    I am trying hard to stay focused on all that is going well as I am in the midst of a “great storm”, have been for awhile now, and it just keeps on going & gains more steam daily. Not sure how it will all end. Please pray for me. Thank you kindly.
    Thank you to the folks @ gratefulness.org, for this reminder, FOCUS ON THE GOOD. 🙏❤️🙏

    3 years ago
    1. O.Christina

      My prayers are with you, dear pkr, and my heart. May balance of mind and emotions be with you until the storm has subsided, May you find back to a calm and peaceful state of being, healthy and happy. It will take as long as it takes, but for sure, it will change again, as everything changes. You are courageous to meet the storm the way you do. May your path be blessed, dear friend.

      3 years ago
      1. pkr

        Dear Ose, thank you for your kind words & prayers. I offer prayers for you too. Blessings & Love…..🙏❤️

        3 years ago
      2. Holly in Ohio

        Yesterday I saw a beautiful, bright, double rainbow… a reminder that storms do pass and the sun comes out again. I will pray for you, too, pkr.

        3 years ago
        1. pkr

          Dear Holly in Ohio, thank you for your prayers & thoughtfulness. Blessings & Love……🙏❤️

          3 years ago
  14. Mica

    I just discovered that I’m at the same level of preparedness as others in my same category. I had felt dreadfully behind, but none of them have much detail about their presentations yet either! Mine does have a problem, though – if I’m talking about an ‘elephant in the room’, then I’m not going to be able to name others who have talked about the same thing, because that’s the nature of ‘elephants in rooms.’

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      You will figure it out, Mica. 🙂

      3 years ago
      1. Mica

        Thanks, Holly – I figure we can have a ‘brainstorming’ zoom instead of one with a list of speakers 🙂

        3 years ago
  15. Maeve

    My health first and foremost. So far I have energy and a strong body, for which I am thankful everyday. I will be biking and swimming today, I hope. I have a stable job, working with delightful, diverse students, and a cheerful, hard-working school staff. I have the summers available to explore the world! I wake up with bird songs, I have flowers in my garden, and basil growing. I have friends who care about me.I will be visiting my sister, my nieces and my two great-nephews tomorrow. First time since the pandemic, over a year ago.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      That’s exciting! 🙂

      3 years ago
      1. Maeve

        Yes. So these are the positives, but there are definitely some sobering challenges as well.

        3 years ago
  16. Nelson

    There’s a lot in career, health, finance. My teams are really coming together. We figured out and are rolling out revenue streams truly unique to our business models. I have incredible mentors. My family is healthy. My dogs are healthy. I’m healthy. Not just physically, but I’ve been more open talking about my mental health. Nowadays, I feel more in control over my finances. And my partner and I still prioritize our date nights. We still make each other a priority. Stop everything, and go explore a new restaurant and walk around and talk about what’s going on in our lives. I’m blessed.

    3 years ago
  17. Katrina

    Our gardens are flourishing; we are well, as are our kids and most of our grandkids; retirement is being good to us – starting into my third year, I am learning the rhythm; I’m discovering new hobbies, interests and opportunities, but taking it all very slowly as I don’t want to “work” at volunteerism. Looking and listening for a new passion – awaiting Spirit’s leading.

    3 years ago
    1. Mary Pat

      OH! You are wise…..I retired early, and ended up doing more volunteerism than hours I had worked! It was awful. This has taken me years to undo. Am happy for you….

      3 years ago
  18. Patricia

    We have my 92 year dad with us this week and on the morning of Day 3, it has been pleasant and I am grateful for this time with him…. We just have to steer him back to the right bedroom when he gets up at night! 🙂

    3 years ago
    1. Malag

      Your steering duties brought me a big smile, Patricia. Bless all the old dads and the caring daughters and sons.

      3 years ago
  19. Fei-Fei

    Having a roof over my head, having a daughter who connects with me in a deep way, having enough experience to understand the courses on the website and learning so much from them, having access to therapy, having a meditation practice, having reached a frontier of my life.

    3 years ago
  20. Mike S

    My wife and I live in a beautiful area in Beaufort South Carolina which is near the coast. Our lives are blessed by being very serene and conducive to contemplation with all the natural beauty that surrounds us.

    3 years ago
    1. sunnypatti48317

      Hey neighbor! My husband & I live about an hour up the coast from you, near Edisto Beach. The lowcountry is so beautiful! I grew up in Charleston, but am happy to be out in the country now. Serene is just one of many ways to describe it 🙂

      3 years ago
  21. Mary Pat

    After three surgeries since April 6th(no, not cancer, just alot of maintenance type stuff since I am older, and have put things off-don’t do what I have done!!!), I have had time for reflection. Well, I have finally made time for reflection…..and it is going well. I stopped doing alot of volunteer work, just quit a committee last night that has drained me for months, and am doing my best to visit a county or state park once a week, because it helps me to see the beauty that surrounds me where I live.
    Being able to walk our dog in our Open Space that is only 3 minutes away, and that is not driving, that is walking for 3 minutes, having the absolute best kids and grandkids in the world, and this morning? I got up, walked into the kitchen, turned the coffee grinder on, made coffee, stood at the open window above the sink, and heard a cacophony of birds singing a symphony of sorts….so many good things when you think about it! I am beyond grateful and thankful. It hasn’t always been like this, so I find much joy in my life today….blessings to all of you….

    3 years ago
    1. Patricia

      Ah, blessings abound!

      3 years ago
  22. SK

    Life in general is going well right now. I an successful at Noom and losing weight while gaining back my self-awareness and love of good decisions and choices. I have come to make well discerned decisions about people, places, activities and what gives me joy and who does not give me joy. My garden is going well this year and my time, effort and ideas are coming into being.. I finally feel in sync with the universe and I haven’t had that feeling for a long time. AMEN!!!!

    3 years ago
  23. Ann43741

    Retirement is going well. I am learning to relax and realize that I have all day to accomplish chores around the house. I have no alarm clock and no time constraints hanging over my day. I am able to work in the garden whenever I want. I watch all of creation every day and I am always grateful for the beauty.

    3 years ago
    1. Linda

      I get this, as a recent retiree. All the best!

      3 years ago
  24. Holly in Ohio

    I’m sitting on the porch, watching the day begin, watching the neighbors get up one by one, watching the bumblebees enter the hosta flowers this early morning. More things are “going well” than I realized before asking this question! Slowly, I have less (fewer things) while caring for and appreciating more. Listening is deepening my relationships. My health is slowly improving because of my taking the time to care for myself. The farm, the home, improve more slowly than my expectations, but they improve, again because of care. What a beautiful lesson to learn this morning about paying attention!
    p.s. Mr. Hopeful chirps good morning from his perch outside the kitchen window. He is still a regular!

    3 years ago
  25. sunnypatti48317

    I woke up, so that’s going well! I have a home, love, a great family and friends, a decent job, a connection to my inner light and God, and good health. I am blessed and incredibly grateful for this life.

    3 years ago
  26. devy

    I am retired, generally I am in good health in spite of some medical problems, since my heart procedure last year, my arrhythmia is gone and so I’ve been able to resume physical training such as cycling, my learning to play guitar is coming along (even though it is a slow process—some make it look simple!).. I am able to wake up every morning and take in the beauty that surrounds me!

    3 years ago
  27. Kevin

    I am alive, and generally healthy, and for that I am satisfied. Currently, however, I am flat-out on my back with what amounts to the latest back flair-up that happens every now and then. But, I’m getting better too day by day, thank goodness!

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Sending healing energy your way, feel better:)

      3 years ago
    2. Katrina

      I missed you yesterday and said an extra prayer for you, hoping it was not back pain that was keeping you from posting as of my reading. You are so loved, respected and valued.

      3 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Thank you, Katrina, for the kindness of your words and concern for me. I didn’t post until the day after because it was too painful to sit or get into any position so that I could write. The good news is that prayers are working, and I am feeling much, much better today for sure. So thank you, Katrina, and the many wonderful spirit-filled people of this community!

        3 years ago
    3. Patricia

      Lighting a candle for you this morning, Kevin, and we’re all sending healing prayer beams of healing to surround you!

      3 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Thank you Patricia, a beautiful Image for me to hold with gratitude.

        3 years ago
    4. Mary Pat

      I know how pain can wear you down, so have you on my heart and in my thoughts today, as well as praying you will get relief. As I remember, this has been with you for quite awhile, a constant companion of sorts…..I am hopeful it will dissipate soon….and maybe some day, just be a bad memory…wouldn’t that be nice!

      3 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Oh, it certainly would, Mary Pat, as your memory is correct!. But, I am 11 years in to chronic back pain and have had surgeries, a spinal cord implant, and a flotilla of meds to keep the pain in check. Then, every once in a while which seems to be once every two years, a slight jerk move in one direction sets off a cascade of nerve pain and I am down for several days. But, I focus on the getting back up and on my feet part, knowing that there are so many more folks out there who suffer greatly more so than I, and I try to keep that in mind every day,

        But as I think you know, it’s actually the every day, constant “drip by drip” never going away pain, that, as you so wisely point out, wears me down the most. When l’m flat out like I am now, in someways that’s easier because I can’t do a damn thing except tool around the house using my walker and cane and confusing the dog and cat wondering what’s that strange contraption and what are you doing anyway?!

        3 years ago
    5. O.Christina

      Such a relief that the pains seem to slowly become better! Wishing for you to have the occasional spikes of pain reduced to Zero as well as the chronic. My best wishes for all your well-being, dear Kevin.

      3 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Thank you, very much, Ose.

        3 years ago
    6. devy

      Prayers to you that your flare up will be short lived so you can resume with your activities!

      3 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Thanks Devy, My timeline for recovery from these flair-ups is always sooner than my back decides. I relearn the lesson of patience every time that I have to deal with this!

        3 years ago
  28. EJP

    My multitude of blessings that I am truly grateful for every single day.

    3 years ago
  29. Michele

    My job is going well in my life. I will receive Bean’s ashes today and he will be home again.

    3 years ago
    1. Kevin

      A tender day for sure, Michele. I’ll be thinking of you today.

      3 years ago
      1. Michele

        Thank you:)

        3 years ago
  30. Christine

    Taking care of myself. Living with trust or faith (I do not know the difference) in God. Enjoying things that are realy important to me: nature, music, all that is beautiful, inspiring teachers and books, bicyle tours. I can have a good cry. And there is much more that is coming well in my life.

    3 years ago
    1. Maeve

      Nice that you “can have a good cry”! I can’t always even if I need to!

      3 years ago
    2. Carol

      Hi Christine, I agree. To have faith is to trust. It has nothing to do with dogma. It took me many years to realize that life is trustworthy. That living my questions was more important than getting answers. I do my best to Be here now and claim the wisdom Presence offers. I think of the Psalm that tells us “To be still and know that I am God.” My bible translates that as “Desist and know that I am God.” Go with the flow. Desisting is a lot different than resisting! Blessings always and all ways.

      3 years ago
  31. Antoinette

    So many blessings! This is a perfect time to say thank you to the present moment and I’m grateful for all of you supporting all of us. So much love and gratitude to the universe. I’m grateful for this life and kindness. Deep bow.

    3 years ago
    1. sparrow

      Namaste . . .

      3 years ago
    2. Christine

      I bow with you, Antoinette 💞

      3 years ago

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