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18:07 Feb 29 2012
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19:35 Feb 28 2012
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Gratitude Q&A





The image in the last post proclaims that gratitude is intentional, not something that just happens. I agree wholeheartedly!


Why even care about developing a grateful attitude?


Because the grateful person is a joyful person.


Do they suddenly stop seeing the negative things that happen to them?


No, but it's not where they live. And here's a mind-blower...within every bad thing that happens lies the possibility for growing, and so...for gratitude. Within many bad times in our lives, there are pockets of joy and gratitude. For example, at times of death, sickness, and sorrow, many people are supported by those who love them. There may be a gratitude that suffering is at an end. There may be gifts of laughter provided by the loved one while they are ill. No matter how small, those gifts enrich our lives if we let them.


So many things happen in one day on this earth, one day in this life. I try to stay conscious of them and not dash past them...because if I do that, I will have forgotten them by day's end.


OK, Jo...lotsa talk, but HOW EXACTLY do I do that without all the mumbo jumbo?


Easy Peasy. Inside your head, outloud, or in a whisper...respond to it with a thank you.


That's it?


That's it. This isn't rocket science. You already have all the tools you need. Do the stuff you're already doing, but be awake to the amazing, to the small cool stuff, to the beautiful, to the thought-provoking.


You don't necessarily have to stop and watch the violinist if you're running late for work, but you CAN listen as you walk past...treasuring a few golden notes in a rushed moment. You can feel gratitude that we live in a world where someone would give his time and talent to make a subway station filled with music.


Gratitude doesn't cost anything, but it buys you a new outlook. It allows you to soar above the trees for a moment beside the bird you glimpsed and recognized for the gift that it was to your eyes this day.


I'm not gonna walk around with a goofy smile on my face all day, am I? Sounds kinda hippy-dippy to me, Jo.


Yeah, maybe. But if I walk this earth beside you, I choose joy and gratitude. I choose not to miss the little gifts I am given along the way when it is so easy to simply appreciate them while I am on my way...just living and doing stuff and junk like the rest of the world. No magic formulas...


You are a gift to me. I hope that I sometimes am a gift to you. Your words and the shared moments of your lives make a difference in mine. Thank you.


Gratitude doesn't happen. We happen.

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Requiem
Requiem
20:12 Feb 28 2012

Truth.





Abstract
Abstract
20:25 Feb 28 2012

Could you please write my mindfulness book I have to work through in therapy? Because this makes much more sense than what I have to read.





Joli
Joli
22:01 Feb 28 2012

I promise to write a journal entry on my opinions about psychology.





Elemental
Elemental
04:16 Mar 01 2012

Like- simple and to the point.





 

06:03 Feb 28 2012
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sahahria
sahahria
06:23 Feb 28 2012

Exactly :)





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
16:57 Feb 28 2012

:D What wonder you bring to our day.





Elemental
Elemental
04:17 Mar 01 2012

Lovely--





 

05:47 Feb 28 2012
Times Read: 440


A motivated kid


Toffee ice cream


Collie eyes


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Today's Gratitude

05:36 Feb 26 2012
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It's dusk and time for my evening walk. Want to come along? Ancient oak trees are a feast for the eyes, the Spanish moss swaying in the lake breezes like the lace scarves of refined ladies. Efforts are underway to protect this 100-year-plus oak from toppling after facing the wrath of Hurricane Katrina.




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The lake is coming alive as the sun drops lower in the sky. Pelicans roost, preen, and hunt for dinner. When they drop from the sky, it is so fast that they look more like arrows than birds.



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We're north of New Orleans, separated by the 24 miles of Lake Pontchartrain. The Causeway twinkles against the darkening sky like a string of diamonds. You can JUST make out the city on the horizon.



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Beautiful old homes face the lake and grace the walk with their stately southern elegance.



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This fine old gentleman is as resplendent as any peacock and my pitiful iphone camera is not up to the task of capturing all of his finery.



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The drama of wind, tree, water, sky, and human is a delight to the senses. There is the top note of the salty gulf tickling the nose and we are graced to be under such a canopy. We are dancing brushstrokes on a living canvas.

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BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
11:28 Feb 26 2012

Today's gratitudes in words that are painted as beautifully as the pictures.





Requiem
Requiem
14:48 Feb 26 2012

♥ Thank you for bringing your walk to us. :)





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
16:25 Feb 26 2012

I would love to walk with you any time. :)





birra
birra
16:35 Feb 26 2012

Wonderful. Simply wonderful.





Elemental
Elemental
04:18 Mar 01 2012

Peaceful, soul restoring, calming, and yet, envigorating reminder of life. Thank you for sharing.





 

08:17 Feb 25 2012
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The gift of pelicans feeding at dusk.


The gift of dining out.


The gift of a Scottish accent that made the character come to life.


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Requiem
Requiem
20:09 Feb 25 2012

:: happy sigh ::





 

20:43 Feb 24 2012
Times Read: 483


The gift of my book club ladies


The gift of love that came in the shape of a pizza


The gift of a sister's words of encouragement


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06:25 Feb 23 2012
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The waves cresting against the sea wall sending cool, misty spray over me on my walk.


Terry Pratchett books


The day off from work and time all to myself. What a luxury!


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Requiem
Requiem
12:11 Feb 23 2012





 

07:21 Feb 21 2012
Times Read: 510


The gift of a Patchouli bath bomb


The gift of a percussive gurgle under the drain beside the lake as the waves slopped into the sea wall during my evening walk


The gift of a little miracle girl and her mother's immeasurable love


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01:03 Feb 21 2012
Times Read: 518


43. the gift of birdsong in the rain


44. the cooperation of friends who helped until it was done


45. the gift of quiet and a full heart


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15:48 Feb 19 2012
Times Read: 526


The gift of raspy-tongued kitty kisses on my arm


The gift of a duck nestled into her befluffed nest beside the pond


The light and lingering smell of bleach on the freshly pressed uniform of a daughter who says thank you


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20:49 Feb 18 2012
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Cold apples just out of the fridge


Rain


Hazelnut coffee


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03:19 Feb 17 2012
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Morri. She brings me joy, especially her laugh.

Unexpected late lunch with my sister.

Fluffy purple slippers.


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Requiem
Requiem
09:57 Feb 19 2012

MY Cthulu house slippers do this. :)





 

14:57 Feb 15 2012
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A bottle of chianti shared

The gift of a rose plant

Compassion witnessed


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05:48 Feb 14 2012
Times Read: 571


The gift of an hour and a half all to myself to walk along the lake

Reconnecting with an old friend

Knowing so many grateful people


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06:52 Feb 12 2012
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Old time radio podcast

A warm fire

Victory in Scrabble!


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Requiem
Requiem
07:01 Feb 12 2012

This is very nearly a haiku ♥





 

18:37 Feb 11 2012
Times Read: 599


The gift of being a friend when death visits

The gift of a ride to a New Orleans hospital despite parade traffic

The gift of other friends united in prayer and support


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Requiem
Requiem
21:42 Feb 11 2012

:hug:





 

21:49 Feb 10 2012
Times Read: 606


The gift of a long walk along the lakefront yesterday evening


The gift of technology that allowed me to listen to podcasts while I walked


The gift of a meal cooked


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18:31 Feb 08 2012
Times Read: 620


16. Finished my article by deadline!

17. My friend's surgery went well

18. the gift of rock that led to God and keeps giving


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03:09 Feb 08 2012
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13. My wonderful husband put the Do Not Disturb sign on the door when he left for work, allowing me to sleep in!

14. The best Tex-Mex I have ever tasted.

15. the gift of a hungry chinchilla who eats her one raisin bran flake with two hands and looks cuter than a bunny!


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Elemental
Elemental
04:18 Feb 08 2012

Gotta love a guy that will let us sleep in instead of "make me something to eat woman" mentality.

We are lucky gals!!!





Joli
Joli
06:12 Feb 08 2012

That, we are!





Requiem
Requiem
07:37 Feb 08 2012

May we see a picture of the chincilla, please?



:D





 

18:09 Feb 07 2012
Times Read: 668


Yesterday


10. A safe drive to Houston

11. A neighbor willing to watch our pets

12. Finding another room in Houston at midnight after the first hotel inexplicably cancelled our reservation


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23:56 Feb 05 2012
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7. Trip to the zoo with everyone!

8. Orangutans...zomg!

9. Kid sleeping at her sister's...house to ourselves!


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Requiem
Requiem
00:35 Feb 06 2012

My brother and I went to the zoo last weekend - it was an amazingly good time. :)





Elemental
Elemental
00:43 Feb 06 2012

All to yourself.......ooooooohlllaaaallllaaaaa :)





sPerAnZa
sPerAnZa
01:11 Feb 06 2012

A house to yourselves?? Lucky dogs.

The small joys you learn to really appreciate once you have children.





 

02:51 Feb 05 2012
Times Read: 703


4. The gift of birra's journal (it resulted in me having a breakfast burrito feast this morning!)


5. The gift of a daughter leading a Relay for Life team


6. The gift of a husband's amazing cooking prowess.


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18:57 Feb 03 2012
Times Read: 750


And here is my first entry in this new section:


1. A gift of a mother's service

2. A gift of a friend's trust

3. A gift found in message


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18:44 Feb 03 2012
Times Read: 755


I'm changing this section into a dare, not just for me, but for you. Based on Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts, I am challenging myself to find 3 gifts each day that inspire gratitude in my life. At the end of a year, I should have about a thousand.


Why am I doing this? Because it changes our focus. Yes, I already feel gratitude, but what if I were INTENTIONAL about it? How could a day be completely negative if I found 3 gifts a day just for me?


Here are how some of the entries look in other journals:


1. 3 gifts found in writing

2. 3 gifts found when bending down

3. 3 times I heard laughter today

4. A gift in losing something, finding something, in making something

5. 3 gifts found in shadows

6. 3 gifts found in giving/serving

7. 3 gifts that were "Plan B's"

8. a gift of tin, a gift of glass, a gift of wood

9. 3 gifts seen as reflections

10. 3 ugly-beautiful gifts (See beauty in ugly)

11. 3 gifts from the past - that help me trust the future

12. a gift dull, a gift shimmering, a gift cleaned



I love that each day's entry can be very short, just a quick log.

I love that it's personal

I love that it is positive and aimed at my own heart, my own eyes, and my own thoughts



I come from a position of faith, so, for me, there is the element of looking for God's hand in my life. I don't know where YOU are in relation to God, but I believe that even if that's not a motive for you, this exercise will have positive merit for you, too.


SO...will you join me? I dare you (and I dare me) to find 3 gifts each day.


I dare you (and I dare me) to be intentional about gratitude in the gifts we find each day and to log them. Who knows...maybe reading about your gifts will be someone else's gift!


Come on...do it with me.



You know you want to.



All the cool kids are doing it!



I dare you!


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Morrigon
Morrigon
18:49 Feb 03 2012

You're on missy. I'm ready to bring it! It feels good, doesn't it? DOESN'T IT?!?



I need more water..





Joli
Joli
18:58 Feb 03 2012

I can take you! I'm more gratefuller than you. BRING IT!





Requiem
Requiem
19:33 Feb 03 2012

::picks up the lovely gauntlet and prances away::





Joli
Joli
19:33 Feb 03 2012

In fact, I'm most grateful for how much humbler I am than you. I can out humble you standing on my head!





Canislupus
Canislupus
19:42 Feb 03 2012

We become what we focus on. Good fortune :)





faeriemoon
faeriemoon
19:49 Feb 03 2012

I love this idea! Especially after the blessings I have received over the past few days. You're ON sister!





Joli
Joli
20:12 Feb 03 2012

Yay! How exciting...and yet another way that we can express support using the Honor system as we read about each others' gifts.



You guys make me so happy.





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
23:40 Feb 03 2012

Well since you dared me. ;)






Elemental
Elemental
01:49 Feb 04 2012

hmm a new challenge.....I like it.





Nekirena
Nekirena
06:36 Feb 04 2012

This is definitely something I am going to try.



Starting now.



:D





LadyKrystalynDarkstar
LadyKrystalynDarkstar
08:40 Feb 04 2012

Thank you for this. I am doing it too.





imagesinwords
imagesinwords
16:57 Feb 04 2012

Easy breezy Cover Girl! I will :)





PandorasBx
PandorasBx
23:07 Feb 04 2012

Curiosity brought me here to your Journal and what did I find? This is simply wonderful, what a positive spin to ones day :)








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