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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?
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| Luck Of The Irish... ||Nov 24th. at 11:57:33 pm EST|
|Sasha (Australia/QLD/Brisbane) ||Age: 25 - Email |
We don't have Thanksgiving over here, but I thought I would add something to the list anyway.
Although I might find a lot of things to complain about,(the kitchen's a mess, I need more shoes,I don't get flowers)when I think about it, I guess I'm not doing too badly.
I have access to my boyfriend's superpowerful computer, and the internet.
I always have enough to eat, and I get my groceries delivered via online grocery shopping.
We eat out or get take-away probably once or twice a fortnight, and we are able to rent a nice place in a nice area that's close to transport and shops.
There are a lot of people I know that don't even have a car, let alone a computer, and there are some people who just scrape by from payday to payday, hoping they can pay the phone bill.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that I have a wonderful boyfriend that gives me what he can, and takes me wherever I want on the weekend, time and money allowing.
So if you find yourself focusing on lots of niggly little things, stop a while to notice all the things you do have, and are able to do.
When I look at it that way, I think I am pretty lucky.
(I hope this didn't sound like bragging, it's not what I meant)
| What I Give Thanks For ... ||Nov 24th. at 11:48:06 pm EST|
|Ali (Florida) ||Age: 17 - Email |
Each day I give thanks for all the people in my life. Without my friends, I would definitely not have made it this far. I am now at a point in my life where I can more easily see the meaning and beauty behind small gestures. I am thankful for my life! :) Happy Thanksgiving, all!
| ' Life' Is What I Am Grateful For. ||Nov 24th. at 11:46:12 pm EST|
|Katrina Cheney -French (AUSTRALIA) ||Age: 38 - Email |
My list of Gratitude could and would go on forever, so I will TRY to keep it short.
Yes we do live in a world that seems to have gone mad, but there is still Hope, while most grumble and wollow in their own negitiveity, some of us keep shinning on, and thats the key!!.
I am Blessed with a wonderful Husband, three beautiful children, a Grandchild and Good friends.
And I am Grateful to them for their love and surport. I am Grateful for the beautiful home I have and for all those things that make life a little more simple.I am Grateful to the Goddess and the God
for showing me that love and truth overcome all addversity if we wish it to be.
But most of all I am grateful for my "life",and show Gratitude for it each day, For without the experience of my existence CALLED LIFE, I would KNOW that which brings GRACE, that being
( GRATEFULNESS ) among many others.
Love the world and it will Love you Back, Show Compassion and the change will happen
Blessings to all
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| I've Got A Lot To Be Grateful For... ||Nov 24th. at 9:32:41 pm EST|
|Jane Raeburn (Wells, Maine) ||Age: 37 - Email - Web|
I have a job, a wonderful husband, a house, a brand-new kitten, a great bunch of friends, and a religion that brings me joy and responsibilities and learning. I am very, very lucky and I thank the Gods and Goddesses of my faith for their help.
One of the things for which I am most grateful this year is the ability to draw reasonable boundaries for myself. It's something I'm still working on, but when I do it I feel ever so much better.
Gratitude is a good point of view to cultivate. I've fought with depression and will no doubt fight it again. When I can find one small thing to be grateful for -- the beauty of the trees on my street, or the untrammeled joy with which my dog chases a leaf -- it's a chance to choose health and life.
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