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  1. Dominica

    I tend to take for grated the access to education I have had that has enabled me to “get ahead” in life, compared to many of the people I serve in my professional work. I mentally complain day and night about not being “further along” in the comparison game with others, but that comparison is always with those who have, or have done, more. It’s good to remember that for someone else, the blessings I have had would be a dream come true.

    2 years ago
    1. Dominica

      I just realized I misread the question as “what”, not “who”… well, the sentiment still stands 🙂

      2 years ago
  2. Natalie Sofia

    Honestly, I believe to take my youngness as something that I take for granted.

    I constantly tell myself “Oh, I’m young I can fix this” whether “this” is an unhealthy lifestyle or just blatantly treating someone poorly. I can’t be like that. It isn’t right for me or others that it may be affecting; I need to discipline myself and truly push my own limits and prove to myself that I’m worthy to be someone and become something.

    2 years ago
  3. Mr. Jewels Jasper aka Loose Cabooze

    The simple but highly reliable joy of sobriety.

    Perhaps it is true joy of real depth and lasting substance I speak of when sober not bogus shallow controlled substance induced jollies that lead to grave follies.

    I can keep coming back…

    2 years ago
  4. Mica

    I don’t take my son or my younger granddaughter for granted now after hurting both of them a lot, quite unintentionally. I said a highly critical thing to my son about the laptop he’d recommended, and it turns out I was wrong, and I complained to my younger granddaughter about not letting me into their house when I had forgotten the door code. So be it. It is good to try to make amends. My younger granddaughter is taking lovely photos, and I’m excited about printing out several of them and putting them in the picture frames I’ve bought and not used – I’ll offer the pictures to her and her family and hang some of them in my back bedroom.

    2 years ago
  5. Don Jones

    The enormity of space. The immensity of time. The incredible perfection of the design of all creation. This life unfolding in space and time. The robustness, yet at the same time, fragility of this Life. And how in an instant, one crooked thought here and it becomes THE most important thing? Daily practice (Zazen, Sadhana, Devotion, The Way, Dharma Practice – call it what you will) …

    2 years ago
  6. Hermann-Josef

    I take for granted that I can satisfy the needs of body and mind day by day. I could be grateful for air that I breathe, the space that I use, the right temperature that I need, clean water and food. Same thing with my mind and soul which need good food like nature, friendship, good books, music and so on. Thanks to that being who is offering himself as all of that which I need. . I feel very happy when I know there are people living on this planet along with me. I am shure I would feel very bad I f would wake up in the morning and I would be all alone having everything I like but nobody else would be there

    2 years ago
  7. P
    Pallavi Rawat

    Sometimes I so easily ignore How Blessed Am I , I know I am blessed but I turn so greedy and crib about what could have been. I just want things under control at all times. I can make an effort to change myself, to express love, faith and happiness with pomp and start celebrating life. I LOVE MY LIFE.

    2 years ago
  8. Linda

    Sometimes, the kindness of my husband. He is quiet and unassuming, but he is doing things in the background that make our lives easier and happier. I thank him often, but I can do it more.

    2 years ago
  9. Cathie

    I know I take for granted my hubby, and try to remedy that, but have not found a way to make living in gratitude for him in my life “stick.”
    I am going to read others comments on how they have learned to change as a way to help me.

    2 years ago
  10. Chester

    The power of every individual and their vital role in contributing to the potential in this world. I can do better by looking, seeing and appreciating more consistently.

    2 years ago
  11. Charlie T

    My friend/business partner/former employee/all round solid as a rock person in my life, Marty Wendt. I do tell him how important he is to me and what a great friend and partner he is, but I could do it more often. And I think maybe more celebrating our longevity and connection.

    2 years ago
    1. Cathie

      Ahh! Charlie, Thank you for sharing! Here is something I can put into practice in my life! I don’t think I actually verbalize to my hubby how important he is! I am going to try and find a way to actually mention this to him on some regular basis – and this will help me remember in addition to letting him hear how I feel!!
      Thank you for something so simple that I missed:)

      2 years ago
  12. Nannette

    I would like to thank Kevin for his insight. The way he posed today’s question was beautiful.

    My first thought is ..Me, I don’t take advantage of anyone”…then be truthful. I take advantage of myself, of my body. I know that I need to be more mindful; to take better care of myself, exercise, and healthy eating. To acknowledge my gratefullness for my health.

    I think my husband may be the one that I don’t extend gratefullness for. Thinking about not having him is a thought that I don’t even want to voice. He is my foundation, someone I can always lean on, the one I love and trust with my whole being. So, Kevin thank you for adding…”Could something change for the better?”. Indeed it can- I have now become aware to be thankful for who I am, to take care of myself in a better manner and to be more thoughtful and grateful to and for my husband.

    Thank you for today’s question.

    2 years ago
  13. c

    If love be like light when passed through a prism all of its colours are held within. Although I thought I was attentive to extending appreciation, I can see what, where, when and who I have unintentionally and maybe even intentionally withheld this colour or frequency of love. The list of who may well be as long as my life.

    If in deed one of the basic needs for a contented life is appreciation or recognition of our value- to experience knowing that our efforts and intentions are
    valued. Will it then be a signal that we are connected, part of the great flow of a kind of love in the world? Then I shall begin with myself: to understand the experience of appreciation, given and received, within myself. I might then be better equipped to recognize when and where and how I can contribute to another’s
    knowing that I valued their intentions and actions and words. Maybe this is an aspect of wishing a person be happy. As to the past, repair may or may not be possible outside of wishing them happiness. As to the present, it will require being present.

    2 years ago
  14. Mary Pat

    Last week, when I went to the pool to swim, all was well. Until I tried to take a shower. No hot water. At all. There was one shower head that had some lukewarm water, but that soon ended.
    After dressing I went to the front and told the office staff. Sometimes, for reasons they could not explain, there just is no hot water. In a modern building! Now, someone must know why this happens, but the front desk has no idea. So that got me to thinking…how many other things do I take for granted? A whole. bunch! And I like being able to take those things for granted.
    So I guess I am grateful for living where I CAN take these things for granted. I don’t think we can change this human behavior. And I don’t see a thing wrong with this. Perhaps thinking about places where hot water is a luxury and being grateful because I live where it is expected is enough.

    2 years ago
  15. Laura

    For me it feels more like a “what” rather than a “who.” I do appreciate people – family, friends – and those who provide services to me – such as retail workers, professionals.
    What I take for granted is that there will be time later to express my appreciation. “Next time I see her.” “I’ll send the email later.” “Oh well, I’ll do it next time.” I get too caught up in moving on to the the next thing. I will practice inhabiting each moment.
    As I wrote that it struck me that there is so much to feel, do and observe in each moment. Maybe that’s what the expression “fullness of the moment” tries to describe.

    2 years ago
  16. Maeve

    I tend to take my health for granted. At least these days, when I notice that I have more energy and strength than people younger than me.

    What can I do? Make sure I eat well. Be aware and thankful. Remember and support those in my life who have ailments, such as my brother with his bad back, and my sister with her thyroid condition.
    “There but for the grace of God go I” at some level.

    2 years ago
  17. EJP

    I tend to take for granted our sweet, yellow lab, Millie, who provides endless joy, friendship and unconditional love to our family. Moving forward, I will change this by being more patient when she needs to go out at the “wrong” times, understand her needs to be social with every other animal and appreciate her simple way of life.

    2 years ago
  18. sunnypatti48317

    I try not to take anyone for granted, especially after working in retail through the pandemic and seeing and experiencing all of the hardships that retail workers have had to tolerate. While I’ve been in the service industry for many years now, I make extra effort to be kind to anyone serving me, to thank them, and to help them when viable – like bagging my own groceries while they’re being run thru the register.

    2 years ago
  19. Kevin

    I read today’s Daily Question as a flat, straight line, “case-closed” judgement statement. And reading it on this site felt disappointing. While it may be a characterization of human nature for some of us, including myself, to take some people for granted now and then, and for no particular reason, I feel that a kinder, and gentler opportunity was missed in shaping today’s question.

    “Might there be people that I take for granted in the course of living my day? Could something change for the better if I addressed it?” This kind of Daily Question would have engaged me more readily.

    2 years ago
    1. knelson

      Hi Kevin – I read your reflection with appreciation (as always) and I want you to know that we will talk about making this change in this DQ going forward. Thank you. The nuance of which you speak is important. If people are more moved to answer the question as Kevin lays it out here, by all means do. Both forms of the question get to the same heart of the inquiry we are intending to pose. Thank you!

      2 years ago
  20. Michele

    I try to not take anyone for granted. My line of work I see death everyday so it is a constant reminder of how precious life is.

    2 years ago
  21. K

    I tend to take the people in my life for granted sometimes. I always put a lot of time into romantic relationships, but I forget about my friends sometimes.I also forget to put myself first if it means I will hurt or neglect someone else.. I need to make more time for friends and myself.

    2 years ago

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