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  1. Elle

    I try to be open & understanding in regards to where others are coming from/their perspectives (yet), depending on what’s going on in my life- I can have a more closed view. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of Gratefulness.org…..to be more aware & alive, in regards to the bigger picture.
    Something I can have difficulty with when it comes to other people:
    {friendships/acquaintances}
    Are we even meant to be on going?…..OR, was our experience together suppose to be a finite period of time?
    Does our reason for knowing each other match up/have similar goals anymore?…..OR, are we just going through the motions because we are afraid to be on our own, to explore what that could bring?
    {With family & our strained relationships}
    Can I be more compassionate?????…..OR, am I allowing myself to be used as a doormat/treated with disrespect?
    Do I want them [still] telling me what I should do, how I should be- so THEY are comfortable and happy…..OR, do I respectfully (with loving kindness) say, “enough” & REALLY let go…..having Divinity come into my experiences to transform the negative, while believing in the best for them without them being in my life?

    2 years ago
  2. Malag

    Everyone including me. I operate with limited information looking through filtered lenses.

    3 years ago
  3. Chung van Gog

    Maybe Khatia Buniatishvili? 🙂 (I thought she was merely an excellent pianist, but after hearing her play Sergei Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto, I think she’s phenomenal, and the criticism levied against her silly.)

    3 years ago
  4. MEG

    We learn self- awareness from knowing others. I could be wrong about anybody at any given time, even more likely if I don’t know a person on a more deeper level. So I try my best to look for the good in others.

    3 years ago
  5. ADP

    I feel I may be wrong about people I work with and interact with daily. Sometimes I feel I pass judgment or assume things about their life or their behavior. When really I have no idea what they are going through. I need to realize that people behave differently and handle situations differently than I do. I occasionally feel like my way is the best way. I need to be more open and receptive to others

    3 years ago
  6. Javier Visionquest

    A different version of us exists in the mind of everyone who knows us, none of which are complete, or necessarily accurate. You might say that I’m wrong about everyone but I’m clear about how others affect me.

    3 years ago
  7. Don Jones

    Right-wrong thinking… hmmmm, I think I will just being quiet.

    3 years ago
  8. d
    db82258

    Classic cluster ……….. Thoughts.

    I had to stop thinking so hard. Over and over and over again. Recovering serious person, sounds funny but it is so very painful. ❤️‍🩹

    Just be, let others be. Do no harm and Live gratefully with the little time left.

    Know who you are. Celebrate your life. 🎉🎁🙏🏼

    3 years ago
  9. A
    Gratitude

    I might be wrong about a situation that happened a week or two ago. My friend, who I thought/think was/is my bestfriend, decided to tell my boyfriend that I was hanging around and getting close with other dudes. The case is further from that and I was not trying to hide anything from my boyfriend by any means. I am mad because I was not handing around and getting close with other dudes, that was not close to the case. She made my boyfriend think that I was when truly, we were laughing as a group, in which had other girls, about the way the teacher responded to something. I feel backstabbed by my best friend because she is trying to ruin my relationship, when I did nothing to her to even deserve that for myself. She really hurt me by doing this and I do not know if I will ever be able to get the guts to confront/talk to her about it civilly because I feel like if I did say something to her about it, he would be mad at me. I could be wrong about the impression my of my bestfriend. Is she really my best friend, or is she just a backstabber?

    3 years ago
  10. d
    db82258

    Know who you are.

    3 years ago
  11. Journey

    Such a good question. It causes me to re-evaluate how I view others and question whether they really are that way or is there something going on behind the scenes that I don’t know about that maybe causing them to behave that way. This question reminds me of the age old line ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’.

    3 years ago
  12. Mica

    I told a friend that one of our zoom members had been critical of me for being 3 min late in starting the zoom. Then I told her that, actually, the zoom member hadn’t said anything, so maybe I was imagining that she had been critical, and it was just me, being critical of myself for starting the zoom late 🙃

    3 years ago
  13. Sherri

    I might be wrong about Marcia. While she seems quite judgmental, the many people whom seem to love her would suggest my assessment could be wrong.

    3 years ago
  14. M
    MbCP

    Myself.

    3 years ago
  15. L
    Lee Anne

    Of late, it is not only ‘who’ but so many. A depression has shrouded my ability to discern. When I see the whole world as being wrong, then I know I’m in trouble. Emotionally, spiritually, and endangering others as well as my own well-being. Oh, dear. I need to take good action, and soon.

    3 years ago
    1. L
      Lee Anne

      Sparrow is a beautiful name or ‘handle’. Thank you for your heartfelt ‘prayer poem’. It nurtures me as I read it over and over. It reminds me to take care of myself, following a brutal verbal assault yesterday and this morning. I am wounded. Thank you for the soothing words that warm my heart and soul.🌺

      3 years ago
    2. sparrow

      I’ve been where you are,
      dear Lee Anne,
      and I know how painful it is to be in that place,
      so I hold you close,
      and pray that you will find positive meaning in your life…
      hold a flower in your hands,
      look into the eyes of an animal,
      hold your self as you would hold another person…
      take care of yourself
      with love…
      sparrow

      3 years ago
    3. Holly in Ohio

      🤝 I’m sorry, Lee, that you are feeling this way.
      Might I suggest a news-fast, just for a while? I know it won’t solve the bigger issues, but I know for me, sometimes I need to do this to get my head straight. The world has always still been there when I go back to it. 🙂
      I hope you have a better day, today, Lee Anne.🌻

      3 years ago
      1. L
        Lee Anne

        Thank you, Holly. I’ve been off the news cycles for a couple of months. This is a sense of uselessness, loneliness, and people falling away in my life ( a long story) for we no longer align. I am starting to work with Lovingkindness meditation…for myself first. It’s been years since I’ve had a meltdown like this. It is helpful to hear from you. I grew up in northeast Ohio! 🧘🏻‍♀️🕉

        3 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          Oh did you? I am in Oberlin. Im glad to hear you are practicing Lovingkindness. Loneliness is unfortunately common, these days, and magnified by the pandemic. Better days will come, Lee Anne, one step at a time. I hope we get to chat again soon.

          3 years ago
          1. L
            Lee Anne

            🌺🌸😌

            3 years ago
  16. Holly in Ohio

    I am probably mistaken in ways about my brother, and I still don’t know what to do, but I think I should do something because he isn’t talking now. The nice thing about this question is that it is like turning a page and getting a clean sheet of paper, to start again. 🙂

    3 years ago
    1. sparrow

      My younger brother
      chose to remove himself from my life,
      after being very close for years,
      dear Holly.
      I waited for him to come to terms,
      four years,
      and in November
      I received a call that he had died of covid,
      after 6 weeks in intensive care.
      That time has passed . . .

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        oh, dear sparrow! That is so very sad!
        I will! I will do something about my brother today. I promise!
        I’m so sorry for your loss. It seems that in this modern world, people “cancel” each other often. “Cancel culture” is about how they deal with things, or rather, don’t deal. I hope you know that whatever the circumstances between you, that he loved you. And I’m certain that if he knew what lay ahead of him, he would have reached out to you. My sincere and heartfelt condolences, dear sparrow. 🕊♥

        3 years ago
        1. sparrow

          Thank you so much;
          dear Holly…
          it means so much to me
          that you reached out.

          3 years ago
  17. Kate

    I’ve been wrong countless times about people that I project *who I think they are* onto them, thinking they will be that way, and they aren’t that person at all. What a lovely and important surprise to be wrong!

    3 years ago
  18. EJP

    Some days I’m wrong about myself as I find that I do have the inner strength and courage to accomplish anything that I put my mind to.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Wow, EJP. What a fabulous insight!

      3 years ago
  19. Maurice Frank

    Most likely, anyone I have held an opinion about for the longest time, without reflection.

    3 years ago
  20. Mary Pat

    There is a Buddhist class on Tricycle I am taking right now that has a meditation of sorts on this. I found it very interesting, because I often see others through the filter of my own, as well as someone else’s if they have mentioned to me what they think of that person….this is a second “wake up call” to take another look at my presumptions….interesting….

    3 years ago
  21. Michele

    I’m hoping to be wrong about my older cat, Hannah, but I had to call out sick of work today bc I need to take her to vet … pretty sure it’s time and will have to put her down. ugh. Rough morning and yesterday I had to have plumber out – $425. my nerves are shot.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Thank you everyone for your responses and well wishes. Hannah went over the Rainbow Bridge at 9am. She is with Beans now. I bawled driving over there, while there, driving home, and on and off throughout today. It is so hard. When Beans passed, I remember thinking well whenever Hannah goes I am going to wait awhile before getting a new kitten so that I can travel and do things in peace without worrying. Then Daphne came along unexpectedly. She is so cute and is clueless what is going on. I am glad I’m not alone. The house feels so empty still. Love our pets. Thanks again everyone.

      3 years ago
      1. MEG

        ❤️🙏

        3 years ago
      2. Holly in Ohio

        oh Michele. I’m so sorry! 😢

        3 years ago
      3. sparrow

        I’m so sorry,
        dear Michele,
        that you are going through this yet again,
        but that is how it is with we animal lovers…
        my heart breaks all over again
        when I hear that someone’s beloved companion
        has gone.
        My heart is with you…♥

        3 years ago
    2. Christine

      I think of you, Michele. 🧡

      3 years ago
    3. ch

      ❤️

      3 years ago
    4. pkr

      Michele, sending you & Hannah love & prayers. Remember to breathe. 🙏❤️🙏

      3 years ago
    5. Holly in Ohio

      I wish I could loan you my plumber, who was excellent and cheap for what he accomplished! But at least you have your plumbing fixed.
      And I am so sorry about your cat. I hope that either she regains health or has peace. It is unfortunate that our pets have shorter lives than we do. Wishing you the best, Michele, with love. 😿❤

      3 years ago
    6. Maurice Frank

      Michele, sending loving and caring thoughts to you both. Our cat Maple may need her final visit to the vet today too.

      3 years ago
    7. Mary Pat

      Oh, that is so hard! My thoughts and prayers are with you both…..

      3 years ago
    8. Maya

      Oh no, Michele! I really hope so, too. Empathizing a lot with you. In fact, my older cat is also called Hannah, and I had a scary vet moment with her two months ago. But she’s fine again, enjoying warmth from the sun, blankets or from one of her humans. Fingers crossed that your Hannah will be well. Big hug.

      3 years ago
  22. Kevin

    Presently, I cannot recall anyone at the moment. But the question does remind of the need to make sure that I am drawing my own impressions of a person whom I may not know very well yet, and not through the filter of someone else’s eyes and opinions.

    3 years ago
  23. sunnypatti48317

    I might be wrong about one of my team members. My assistant, actually. I’ve seen some of her true colors since she got promoted, and while I don’t feel like typing it all out at 4:30 in the morning, I really hope I’m wrong about her.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Sometimes people are insecure about their new position and try to compensate with what they “think they should be doing.” Let us hope. But perhaps you should say something at the right moment, and see what comes of it. You are always diplomatic, Sunnypatti, so I’m certain you can find a way to make a point gently. Best wishes to you!

      3 years ago
  24. Christine

    Maybe about myself. I can perhaps do more than I think that I can do.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      What would you like to do, Christine?

      3 years ago
      1. Christine

        Dear Holly, On my own a weekend to the sea. A small cozy hotel, walks along the beach, a pile of books. I am afraid that I will feel a lot of pain because of the loss of Karel. That I’m going to feel very alone, even though Karel is in my heart. I should just try it, only then can I say if it hurts. In Dutch we have a saying “Man suffers the most because of the suffering he fears”. Thank you for asking. It is if you have planted a seed in my mind. xxx Christine

        3 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          🌱 well, good!
          I’d like to know what you decide and how it turns out.

          I know it is not the same thing, but when I was young I missed my sister very much, and I decided I just had to “save up new memories,” to make new memories, to share with my sister later when we were reunited in afterlife. It is like I felt that I needed to experience what she could not. I’m not sure I’m explaining it, but, let’s see… sort of like if you were able to go to some event but your sister couldn’t, you would expect to come back and tell her all about it. It helped me to feel like she was there, just not present. I still feel that way. Love to you, Christine. Go find something fun to do! 🏨🏖🌊📕🌞

          3 years ago
          1. Christine

            Sweet😍🤗!

            3 years ago
        2. Mica

          Yes! Thank you, Christine – all the suffering we feel because of the suffering we fear. I’ll share that with my kids, whose dad has lots of Dutch ancestry. Warm wishes to you ❤️ 💕 💝
          There. I emailed the kids and added a memory about our old dog Rama, whom we had in his last years: “That reminds me of Rama, who just licked his oozing butt wound but didn’t worry about it :)”

          3 years ago
          1. Holly in Ohio

            hah. Dogs! 🙄😄🐕

            3 years ago
          2. Christine

            💞🤗

            3 years ago

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