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Posted: Nov. 17, 2002
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How’s Your Gratitude Attitude?
It has been a rough couple of years in this world of ours. Wars and terrorist threats make the news every day. You seem to run into every cranky person on the planet. You think that your phone might be tapped -- or soon will be -- or really should be. Your family is a little less than Brady Bunch perfection and the holidays haven’t even reached full swing yet and already you have run out of money and gained ten pounds. (You know where!)
Has your 'gratitude attitude' taken a big hit of late? Or are you still the poster child for the ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ platform? How do you maintain an attitude of -- or develop an aptitude for -- thanksgiving when the going gets rough?
Who and/or what are you the most grateful to/for?
| Reponses: There are 64 responses posted to this question.
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| Family, Friends, And Being A Pagan ||Nov 28th. at 5:45:49 am EST|
|Simonis (Uzbekistan) ||Age: 47 - Email |
I'm thankful for my family, my few close friends, my cats, and for all the growth and internal peace I've found this year. Despite all the highs and lows, some things remain constant - the glow of the moon at night, the stillness that accompanies snowflakes in the country, the constancy of trees. I'm thankful for learning that every day I wake up is a good day - it may go to Hel in a handcart from that point, but at least I woke up and have the opportunity to make things a little better in the world.
| My Thanks ||Nov 28th. at 1:09:09 am EST|
|rochelle barton (IL) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I'm thankful to my great-grandmother she raised me to be kind and have respect to others.she thought me how to be a woman and not just a lady. I'm thankful for my kids they are my world with out them i'm nothing.. I'm thankful to my mom whos always had my back no matter what thank you and blessed be to all...
| Nine And One Half Years Of Sobriety And Karma ||Nov 27th. at 10:33:56 pm EST|
|Bellanotte (Long Island) ||Age: 36 - Email |
Each year another layer of my true self is revealed. Sometimes I am willing to look and other times I avoid it but inevitable what lessons are instore for me come to the surface. I know now what is meant by the saying "I'm not getting older , I'm getting better." Except I am grateful to be getting older.
To be specific I am grateful for my life partner who along with our son, picked up and move with me to Long Island because I wanted to "come home." And while many parts of this island are breathtakingly beautiful, I am grateful to have learned this year that "home" is where my family is most happy. And that means moving back to where we came from.
I am grateful for karma because this year has been one of incredible emotional and spiritual growth for me. I have faced things I ran away from nearly 20 years ago. Today I am even more clear about who I am. After nearly 13 years of not practicing the craft, I have been called again and this time my mind is clear and I am more focused and mature enough to apprecuate the lessons that the Goddess has instore for me.
Lastly but most importantly I am most greatful for the privilege and honor of being granted the opportunity to be a mother. My son is my joy, my inspiration and my teacher.
Bright bleesings to everyone this holiday season!
| Grateful ||Nov 27th. at 9:46:54 pm EST|
|Bryan (Indiana) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I am grateful for my wife and hers. I am grateful for my network of friends. I am grateful for my children, and all our pets. I am grateful that my motorcycle accident earlier this year didn't hurt me any worse. And I'm thankful for the fact that there are a lot of diverse opinions in the world, and while the world is largely intolerant of them, that's slowly changing.
| El Respeto Al Derecho Ajeno Es La Paz ||Nov 27th. at 8:43:28 pm EST|
|Marcis (Mexico) ||Age: 21 - Email |
I am just greatfull for life and all that in it sorrounds me. My family and all the people who have crossed my path, good and bad. All have make me grow in some way or another.
| I'm An Average Person..... ||Nov 27th. at 7:40:26 pm EST|
|Etain (Ohio) ||Age: 31 - Email |
with an average life. I'm just a regular person out there trying to make it in the world. Like everyone else I have good days and bad. But I have to admit my life is good. Yes, I'm worried about our govt and the environment and every little thing everyone else is worried about.....but I love my life. I don't have any money, but I wouldn't trade my life for the world. I'm grateful I have the most wonderful husband and daughter in the world. (And no we're not perfect.) I'm grateful that I know my family will love me & suppoert me no matter what happens. I know that what I put out into the universe comes back to me. Naturally I am generous to friends and family....I don't try to force it or be fake about it(eg: yeah if I do this then the universe will give me that). I just give what I can (and sometimes I have nothing for myself), but I swear I get so much in return that cannot be measured. I am rewarded and blessed so many times over with conspicuous and inconspicuous gifts that I cannot even to begin to describe them. I guess I always live like today will be my last day, because I never know when it will be.
Enjoy you lives and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families!
| For The Little Things.. ||Nov 27th. at 2:39:30 pm EST|
|morrianna (lake zurich, il) ||Age: 35 - Email |
I am grateful for my three precious cats, who seem to always know how to cheer me up and make me laugh! I am very grateful for to my soulmate who inspires me in so many ways to live my life to its fullest potential. I am very blessed in so many ways and I thank the goddess for her loving presence in my life. Bright blessings to all!
| Life Goes On ||Nov 27th. at 11:32:23 am EST|
|Aislin Ordella (quebec, canada) ||Age: 21 - Email |
There is no way i could list all the things I'm thankfull for but here are a few.
I am thankfull for the love I give and recieve everyday. I'm thankfull for my family and my homes. I'm thankfull for all the things of beauty that i have seen, and all the places that i have been. I'm thankfull for my loved ones and the angels that keep them safe. I'm thankfull for every blessing in my life. I'm thankfull for the lord and lady's patience with me. I'm thankfull for everyday I wake up in my lovers' arms. I'm thankfull for being able to meet so many other pagans online and share information.
Always as you are...Aislin
| That's Easy! ||Nov 27th. at 11:12:59 am EST|
|Joelle Mullins (Michigan, USA) ||Age: 32 - Email |
What am I grateful for? That's easy! I'm so very grateful for my husband and the fact that he loves me for who and what I am. His love is unconditional. I'm grateful for the laughter he brings me, and everything we share. I am grateful for my son. For the joy he brings me, and for making me want to be a better person. For showing me joy in the small and simple things and for showing me the awe in the things I take for granted. Things like a fuzzy drifting on the breeze, or an airplane high above our heads. For comforting me when I'm down, by something as simple as his presence, or him coming up to me and putting his little hands on my face and saying, "I love you Momma, you so pretty." That, makes any problems I may have, compleatly meaningless. :o)
That is what I am grateful for, and it is more than enough.
Brightest Blessings to you all.
| What A Beautiful World! :^) ||Nov 27th. at 8:19:48 am EST|
|Starsinger (San Antonio, TX) ||Age: 44 - Email |
This has been a year of incredible evolution for me. I realized for the first time that I don't HAVE to "acknowledge that Christ is my Savior" and I won't "burn in hell for eternity"!
All of those ideas, half-felt whimsies that had been nagging me for years are really true: this is a beautiful world, and our purpose here is to enjoy it! It is not try to ignore it for our spiritual development, not abnegate it or our bodies or the pleasures they offer. What a wonderful day when I allowed myself to believe that it is not only OK to take intense pleasure in sensory experiences--the feel of grass, twigs, and soil underfoot, an incredibly brilliant sunset, the feeling of a hand on my body—but it can be a part of ‘devotions’!
I will spend the holidays with my (very) Baptist extended family, who will never understand my leaving the “path of salvation,” but I can have an deep relish in the feeling of family, hearth and home. I am grateful for my new viewpoint, my new-found sisters in the Goddess, my dog, who allowed me to run with her when I couldn’t find the “wolves,” my husband who just shakes his head when I share my latest discovery with him, yes, for my family, too, and this beautiful, ever-changing, delightful world!
Brightest Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!
| British Thanksgiving ||Nov 27th. at 6:53:35 am EST|
|Bruce Fraser (Northumberland, England) ||Age: 42 - Email |
Oh, how I wish us Brits had the equivalent of a Thanksgiving. It's a long wait here in between Guy Fawkes Night (November 5th) and Yule.
On our side of the pond,we, too, sit and wait for the latest war to begin and our troops to head off into battle. I suppose I have to be grateful for being over the age of conscription.
Love to everyone in the US!
| I Am Thankful For ||Nov 26th. at 9:02:27 pm EST|
|Lorna (new hampshire) ||Age: 36 - Email |
I am thankful for another year to be with and enjoy friends and family and I hope that the years ahead will be good ones.
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