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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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| Freedom Of Choice ||Nov 26th. at 9:31:58 am EST|
|Nancy Ikley (Beggs, Oklahoma) ||Age: 47 - Email |
My Siblings in Wicca, Blessed Be you all,
I cherish my ability to choose above all else. That the gods loves us enough to trust us with such enormous responsibility is, to me, the greatest gift of all. Oh, but, the wit to make the best choices, that's a nice stocking stuffer.
Joyous Thanxgiving within us All,
| Addendum To My Earlier Post:-)) ||Nov 26th. at 9:01:11 am EST|
|Dylan (Portland, Maine) ||Age: 27 - Email |
What am I most grateful for as a musician? Music! Inspiration and joy! Silly me to forget that. Also, as a person with Spina Bifida and many other conditions, I am grateful for being as healthy as I am and in a country with such could healthcare...and the support my family and friends have showed
| Symptoms Of Inner Peace ||Nov 26th. at 8:19:22 am EST|
|Dylan (Portland, Maine) ||Age: 27 - Email |
A friend of mine just sent me this and this helps me measure how I am growing spiritually...and it reflects my "gratitude attitude". I love that phrase!
The Symptoms of Inner Peace
1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously, rather than from fear
based on past experiences;
2. an unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment;
3. a loss of interest in judging others;
4. a loss of interest in judging self;
5. a loss of interest in conflict;
6. a loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others;
7. frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation (this is what I meant!)
8. frequent attacks of smiling through the heart (I get these too!)
9. increasing susceptibility to love extended by others; as well as (This is the one I have felt most recently; I can say I love you even to a stranger and mean it. And I am not being irresponsible or careless with the expression)
the uncontrollable urge to extend it;
10. an increasing tendency to let things happen, rather than
manipulate them and make them happen.(I need to work on this a lot...I get stuck in habits real easy and don't like it when things change...must be because I am Irish, Scottish and German):-)) LOL.
I am most greatful for number 9) on the list and my family and creative work systems support during rough times, along with my close friends, Keith Pulsifer, Tony Mcalpine, and Peter Lund. I am grateful for little things, I try not to expect so much and then can enjoy the things I already have...such as beautiful weather sometimes, the sun on a building, creating an interesting design, the mountain ash trees glowing with a silvery-crimson shade after the ice storm, etc....
| Love, Life...Everything ||Nov 26th. at 12:05:09 am EST|
|Angie (Indiana) ||Age: 29 - Email |
This is my best year by far. I have 4 wonderful kids who bring such amazing smiles and giggles and fun to my life. A terrific husband. A wonderful lover. Friends like you'd never believe. A good stable life. I have learned more about myself and love in this last few months than I had in the previous 28 years. (most of the credit here due to my hubby)I have wonderful animal friends to pet and love. I am happier now than I have ever been. I smile now. I have found myself a step closer to the great cosmic truths, and think there's maybe a chance that one day I will actually find the answers. I have found an inner peace through Wicca that I never dreamed I would have. I am amazed by all the wonderful, intelligent, witty people who post on this site -- where in Goddess' name have you been hiding all these years? I have faith in humanity once more. I love and I am loved. And how could anyone have any more? I have been blessed to have my family, friends, health, love and to meet all of you wonderful, wonderful people. I have been missing you all my life, and I never even knew it.
Blessings and Deepest Thanks,
| Pardon The Poem, But Its My Best Attempt ||Nov 26th. at 12:03:33 am EST|
|Titania T. Moonfoster (Wisconsin) ||Age: 20 - Email |
I'm greatful for the laughter
that seems to lead me through
a life full of boredom
and hardships difficult to endure
Grandma has been the pillar
that stands tall and true
ready to dry my tears
whenever I am blue
Mother is the voice of reason
logical and sure
always with an answer
for when I need the truth
I am the one they look to
for laughter and love
my jokes let happiness
fly like the dove
Feelings like this
are the reason for life
without the joy and love
we all would live in strife.
Blessings of good cheer,
| One More Thing To Be Grateful For ||Nov 25th. at 11:27:04 pm EST|
|clio (York PA) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I did forget to mention one more thankful quotient (shame on me).
The Lady and Lord have blessed me with a very wonderful friend, Herb. We are so close even though I am in Pennsylvania and he is in Nebraska. We talk lots (I am also very thankful for my prepaid phone card *grin*) and even talking to him (be that online or over the phone) makes me so happy. A small void in my heart has been filled and words can not truly express how much he truly means to me. He rescued me from loneliness and despair. In a time of great stress, he was there to talk me through it and just be there for me. Thank you Herb and thank you Blessed GOddess and God for leetign him touch my soul so deeply.
| I Shouldn't See A Silver Lining ||Nov 25th. at 11:21:16 pm EST|
|WolfFriend (Caldwell, Idaho) ||Age: 53 - Email |
I do see silver linings, and I have always been an optomist. I can't plan for tomorrow, not a day ahead and sometomes not an hour ahead. The reasons are many. I am watching my father slowly decline in health as I care for him. I see my wife struggling against termainal cancer. But I am the optomist.
I have lost friends from the past who now try to find me, I have new friends of the present and will have friends in the future. I am thankful that I have that. I do all I can every day to help, and I am thankful I have the health to continue helping. I cry at nite for the friends I am losing, but there is a purpose in everything that has ever happened around me.
It will just be tomorrow when I learn that purpose, some tomorrow.
Are my thoughts too narrow? Destrucion throughout the world beyond me? No, I feel that pain, and wonder what I can do. I am grateful no one has destroyed my life, but do not fear it. I fear most the loss of freedoms and maybe the loss of choices on how I live my life day to day, hour by hour. I fear governments becoming their own religion. But there is always tomorrow.
| Things I'm Thankful For And Such ||Nov 25th. at 10:19:36 pm EST|
|MoonWater (Missouri) ||Age: 18 - Email |
There is so much to be thankful for.. And Unthankful for right now.
I'm thankful for....
...being alive (its a great feat for everyone)
...(some *wink*) family (Poster child for DYSfunCtionAl FaMily)
...My friends. Those who i have met, hopefully will meet irl soon, and those yet to be met or thought of.
...music. Life isn't worth living without it. And it doesn't matter if everyone can't hear it, we all have our own inner Mariachi band *grin*
Just thinking of those things makes me happy. Infact, I had a pretty lousy day and listing those did a wonderful thing.
I think everyone should take a few moments to refelct on things.
Then maybe, we all can work on fixing the negative. Not that everything has to be perfect, but, a bit happier for all (or most however you see it)
| Grandpa ||Nov 25th. at 8:00:39 pm EST|
|Hippie2u2 (Netherlands, Utrecht) ||Age: 26 - Email |
I had my grandpa around for almost 26 years. He died in june. But with all the pain of the lose there is a lot of graditute that he whas there for so long. My grandpa whas one of those silent types. When something had to be done... he just did it...he helped you when you needed it even when he didn't agree with your actions. He whas one of those persons that where just around. No big opinions... no politics talk so common in my family. Last time I saw him I fed him his dinner. He whas not able to speak, he whas not able to write or point. But we understood eigother and he whas there. We held hands for two hours or so and I sit with him on his bed.
The love he gave me is endless. The sparkel in my eyes I have when pulling a joke on somebody is from him. I whas gratefull to have him for so long, I burried him with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes. Some kids are daddy's or mommy's little girl. I whas grandpa's girl.
| Thanksgiving ||Nov 25th. at 7:24:08 pm EST|
|lilith (los angeles) ||Age: 33 - Email |
we get into fights and have serious disagreements about things, she is a christian and i am a witch, she is more conservative than i, she doesnt like guns, she wants to cut down the sycamore tree in our back yard, she frets about her hair too much, she says i wear weird shoes, she thinks i have too much clothing, she drinks to cope, she replaced my dog's bed basket with a new one which he doesnt like. but she is perfect. i cant think of anything else to be particularly grateful for at the moment, except perhaps moderately good health, and my beast of a familiar, but if im only able to be grateful for my mom, thats a hell of a lot of gratitude, i can tell you.
| Beauty Everywhere! ||Nov 25th. at 6:18:35 pm EST|
|dragnmyst (Texas) ||Age: 55 - Email |
I'm so very thankful for the love of my life...he keeps me focused. My family, even though we could be poster people for dysfunction...I love them dearly. For the wonderful people who "decorate" my life...thank you.
For "finding" Wicca - I thank the Goddess!
| Grateful For The Pain ||Nov 25th. at 3:20:26 pm EST|
|Bittersweet (New Jersey, USA) ||Age: 29 - Email |
Healing from old wounds and mourning for what was lost has freed me to deal immediately with new pain and grief. This has been a wonderful and unexpected gift. My energy is no longer bound to the past, but can be used to help me cope with current difficulties.
I lost a beloved companion animal in July and am in the process of losing two more over the course of the next couple of months. A fourth may also be leaving within the next year. I cannot replace them. But I can tell you that I am humbly grateful to have shared my life with them for the last six and a half years, to have learned so much about love from them, and to have the honor of helping them during their last days of life. I am grateful to have them as teachers in the mystery of death. I am also grateful that I can feel this pain and grief. It is the greatest gift I have ever received. It really is the gift of life.
Every moment I spend with my ferrets is precious to me. When they have all left me I will have to learn how to live without them. It is that gift of pain that will guide me as I navigate through the grief, because I know the other face of this coin is joy. I'll always have them in my heart now that it is no longer crowded with old wounds. For this I am grateful.
Magna Mater. Blessed Be.
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