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  1. k'Care-Reena

    WHO HAS HELPED PAVE THE WAY FOR ME? HOW MIGHT I THANK THEM?

    God, my parents, my siblings and cousins and close friends.
    With God I give all my trust to and have faith in our creator.
    My parents I have told them I love them and admire them telling me they love me. I will tell them their love is something I desire for happiness.
    My siblings I will be present and available when they need me. I will apologize for my fear based actions and will ask them to tell me ways they want me there for them as well.
    My cousins, and close friends I have sent a message and Ecard expressing my love of their support while advising them what’s been going on with me. I have taken time away from them because I feared being let down and searched for love in other places and noticed it is temporary and I will always come back to my family, NOT BECAUSE I AM DEPENDENT OF THEM but because I love them and they are my family my forever home!!!

    3 years ago
  2. Mica

    I just remembered to be grateful to my former parents-in-law, Jack and Kay, who, by their example, introduced me to the practice of donating generously to charitable institutions – thank you, Jack and Kay!

    3 years ago
  3. Malag

    This could be a big answer because there are so many. But I’ll narrow down and pick one. My dog is an emotional connecting point to the family and paves the way to help that connection happen and also spreads joy wherever he patters. He knows how he likes to be thanked and won’t be slow to remind me.

    3 years ago
  4. Dusty Su

    So many dear ones have helped influence, pave the way, kept me going throughout my life. Sometimes it is not a WHO, but a set of circumstances. It is a choice. It’s my bravery that makes a way. Life is a collaboration of many factors. But without those who stepped out for the dance, I’d not have gotten as far as I have! FOREVER grateful! My thanks are by using the gifts bestowed upon me in the best way possible and passing on the favors.

    3 years ago
  5. O.Christina

    There are so many, known and unknown, all who came before me, and I would say all who are with me, you here all who share and help finding my way through listening to your contributions also, for which I am deeply grateful. I don´t know if this could be a thank you, but by being present and sharing what might be of service in return, in words, in deeds, sometimes with little drawings or paintings, or through music (through arts it is too rare so far, I must admit), or by being present for people in need, at the phone or being there personally if possible and do what I can to be of service in the best way possible, I hope to express my thanks to you, as I hope to do in my encounters with friends, loved ones as well as people unknown to me. I can only hope it is a gift and so to express my gratitude.

    3 years ago
  6. Don Jones

    For me it is a happening, a blooming, an unfolding, so there hasn’t been any paved path prepared. Instead, a few helped me prepare for a spontaneous unfolding. They don’t want thanks, praise or worship. They just want to see blooming. That is how I will thank them.

    3 years ago
  7. d
    dcdeb

    My ex has helped me a lot by getting me into various work assignments. I don’t know how to thank him because he seems to be the type of person who will never get enough of the attention he craves. He’s like a double edged sword.

    3 years ago
  8. pkr

    I would have to say my parents. They instilled in me a strong moral compass & the gift of integrity. They are & were some of the finest, good, decent people I have had the privilege to know. I am blessed. These 2 qualities, characteristics have gotten me thru many many ups & downs in this life, especially this past year, 1 of thee most tumultuous ever for me. I thank & honor them & try to be true to all they taught me by being the best version of Me that I can be.
    Happy Birthday to Me today, the 14th…..🎂✨🌟🥂❤️🙏🎂

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Happy birthday!

      3 years ago
      1. pkr

        Thank you Michele. ❤️

        3 years ago
    2. Pilgrim

      Happy Birthday, pkr!! This is a beautiful tribute to your parents.

      3 years ago
      1. pkr

        Thank you Pilgrim. ❤️

        3 years ago
  9. Linda

    My father who sacrificed so much for his children. I try to live a decent life, like he did.

    3 years ago
  10. Antoinette

    All beings everywhere have helped pave the way ! I thank them by being grateful and saying thank you . Thank you universe, thank you so much. Sending you all loving kindness and gratitude.

    3 years ago
    1. Mike S

      Antoinette,My sentiments exactly. We are all interconnected with all beings through all time. So our thanks and I deep gratitude must be to the universe itself which gave birth to life out of which we have also come. I could thank all my ancestors known and unknown.? I can thank the sky and the sun and the rain and the earth and everything that grows on it and all the people who have come before me that I’ve made life possible for me. Where does it end?

      3 years ago
  11. Cathie

    Besides the family and friends that have loved me through this life – people I don’t even know!
    Thanking family is easy – to thank those unknown who have paved the way – maybe I can thank them by living the best and most authentic life I can…

    3 years ago
  12. Pilgrim

    A whole line of matriarchs along my pathway, now among the Communion of Saints. Specifically in later years, two women professors at seminary, and two wondrous women spiritual directors whose way along the pathway of light changed and continue to change and honor my life. Theirs is the way of kindness and deep wisdom. I have been greatly gifted and my gratitude runs deep.

    3 years ago
  13. Ed Schulte

    Pierre Pradervand,, and I thank him by sending Prayers and “Blessings” of Golden and also Brilliant-white nebulas of Life-Light each morning.

    As an Essene , practicing the teachings of Josheau Emmanuel, one encounters many Powerful visible, and invisible teachers, the list is long, way to long to try to post. But there are human beings which, thanks to the positive aspects of the modern communication modes share their wisdom. Wisdom which echoes the teachings I am energized and expand on……Pierre and his “The Gentle Art of Blessing” is one such…..examples below ….

    “One of the secrets of an unburdened Happy Life is to realize that absolutely everything we believe is ours is actually simply lent to us by the universe so as to grow in love, service and joy…., bless ourselves in our ability to discover the profound joy, deep contentment and lasting peace born of unselfish service. We bless ourselves in our ability to serve with no strings ever attached to our activity as a simple gift of our love we lay on the altar of the Divine Love.”

    “We bless ourselves in the understanding that sees absolutely every single encounter, challenge, fear, appearance of lack… as an opportunity to grow in love.
    May we meet every hurting soul with the oil of compassion which lifts up, consoles, and pours the healing balm of love on every wound or resentment, every hatred or hurt.
    May we meet every broken or solitary heart with the gentle companionship of love so that those concerned may feel the deep caring born of such solicitude.
    May love be our constant inspiration and energy – and mold every thought, word, deed or feeling which we express, that those we encounter may experience us as the very presence of the Divine in its radiant splendor. ” Excerpt from pierrepradervand.com/365-blessings-to-heal..

    3 years ago
  14. Michele

    I have to say this website. I have been visiting this site everyday for 3 yrs now. Thank you to everyone on here. I look forward to the daily question each day and reading all the responses/reflections. I feel grounded and most importantly grateful.

    3 years ago
    1. Antoinette

      Thank you too Michele ! I agree I feel like we have all been ok this journey together. We have been here together for a while now! I wonder how long I have been here ? Where do we check?

      3 years ago
      1. Michele

        click on your name/profile – it is in there:)

        3 years ago
      2. Elaine

        Cluck on your profile Antoinette!

        3 years ago
  15. Mark Piper

    Being “thankful” appears to require an acknowledgement.

    One might state they are thankful to the person they are thankful, or state their thankfulness publicly in front of others; one might state what they are doing or going to do is because or on behalf of a person or that persons mission/passion (and they wish to further that paved path). Perhaps in the silence of prayer one acknowledges to God the persons.

    There are more ways than acknowledgement but I think that’s a core aspect of thanking someone, especially someone who has paved your way.

    3 years ago
  16. sunnypatti48317

    Oh, this is a tough question because I could write a book about those who have helped pave the way for me. I truly think that every single person in my life and every encounter I’ve had has made a difference in my life whether large or small. I am grateful for all of them. For those who lifted me up and nurtured me, and also for those who broke me down for they helped me find the demons that needed to be worked out so I could heal and live my life the way God intended me to. And each of you on this website… I thank you all for sharing your stories and wisdom. I don’t always comment, but I always read and I gain so much from you. Thank you!

    3 years ago
    1. Patricia

      And I thank YOU, sunnypatti, for the same! You have brought so many gifts to this online community and to me….

      3 years ago
  17. Howie Geib

    Paying it forward has always seemed the best expression of gratitude. Holding the line. By embodying their legacies through my behavior, my actions and the witness I bear through my posture in this time.

    3 years ago
  18. Kevin

    I routinely “thank” the people who have helped to pave the road for me down through the years. I do it by saying or printing their names, occasionally holding them in thankful prayer and appreciation for their place in my life. I would love to be able to look them in the eye and say “thank you” yet again, but unfortunately, all but one or two of these mentors have passed away.

    3 years ago
    1. Patricia

      The same for me, Kevin. Most of the people who initially paved the way or formed me are among the communion of saints but no longer earthly present. But I try to honor their legacy by the way I live my life…

      3 years ago
  19. Mary Pat

    I think of my ancestors first. All those who came before me have helped me in some way, whether persevering through their own life challenges, or making what may have seemed like drastic changes in their lives at that time……
    One in particular came to America alone, without anyone else because he believed in a better life. I can only imagine how lonely it must have been for him on that ship, not knowing anyone, not having a lot of money, and not knowing what was in store for him. Thankfully, he survived, raised a family, and hopefully died at peace…but how hard and brave he must have been to change his life and our lives in that one decision so many years ago….
    I thank him by leading the best life I can, and I “carry on”.

    3 years ago
  20. EJP

    My faith …I give thanks and praise daily for my multitude of blessings.

    3 years ago
  21. Christine

    Karel, my husband , in every way. And now, he is “out of the time”, I still feel he is there for me. He moved to my heart, and paves my way with love. How do I know? I always feel a fonkeling in my heart when I think of him. (That is most of the time 😍😊) How can I thank him? By taking good care of myself, because that is what he asked me to do. And I do have pleasure in it. 💛

    3 years ago

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