SparkPeople ThanksGiving Community Team Messageboard An attitude of gratitude: "When someone expresses thankfulness, it not only impacts the receiver, but it also has benefits for the one giving thanks..." SparkPeople ThanksGiving Community Team Messageboard May 2021 Grateful for May Day. Sat, 1 May 2021 09:55:43 EST APRIL 2021 OMG! I was interrupted yesterday, and totally forgot to come back and set this up! Forgiveness, please. <BR> <BR> My April First gratitudes are... <BR> * The pool dig has begun! Got off to a rocky start, but it was reconciled easily, and things are now moving along. <BR> * Error in pool design plans working out for the best. Anyone who saw my old pool can recognize the shape of my new one! <BR> * Second Covid vaccine in the arm. With the exception of short lived arm pain yesterday, and a goo... Thu, 1 Apr 2021 14:58:12 EST MARCH 2021 Life's journey is never totally smooth. We all will encounter mountains and valleys along the way, but in the hard climb up the mountain or the difficult descent into the valley, we learn life's lessons and become stronger in character. Be grateful for the challenges you face because they help you grow, understand, and soften your heart, and they give you strength. <BR> <BR> I have found in my life that it is vital to start my day with thankfulness. I begin with exercises and affirmations ev... Sun, 28 Feb 2021 18:26:08 EST FEBRUARY 2021 A while back, I posted a thought that action/kindness was the next step in living a grateful life. I have subscribed to Sherrie's 365 Days of Gratitude as long or longer than Spark People. I am quoting one of her emails, because, it tickled me. My surprise! Kind of summed up the action part of being grateful. <BR> ____ <BR> <BR> Here's your Daily Dose of Gratitude! <BR> <BR> Be grateful for surprises and your ability to <BR> surprise others. <BR> <BR> I've been reading "The Happy Brain: Wh... Sun, 31 Jan 2021 20:29:04 EST JANUARY 2021 <link><BR>xusercA </link> <BR> <BR> Welcome to this new year! <BR> <BR> So grateful for the Strathdees! Jim has written and performed folk music since the 1970's. So cute to see their old pictures with Jeanie in pigtails, singing like an angel. They both remain active in fighting for social justice and peace. Proud to know them. <BR> <BR> I heard this song a while back, and it seems more pertinent this year than ever! It's been playing in my head all... Fri, 1 Jan 2021 02:08:31 EST 2020/2021 REFLECTIONS (Post in all of January) December 31 is always a marker. The date changes to a new year, and the "resolutions" are made. Well, I don't believe in resolutions, because they set you up for failure. They are usually broken and it is difficult to rebound. Goals, on the other hand, are something we look at (long term or short term) and strive to achieve, recognizing we may or may not get there in a straight line... <BR> <BR> Put on your thinking caps and search your mind and hearts for the "Lockdown Lessons" and document... Thu, 31 Dec 2020 18:34:17 EST DECEMBER 2020 Taking stock of what I have and what I haven't <BR> What do I find? <BR> The things I got will keep me satisfied <BR> Checking up on what I have and what I haven't <BR> What do I find? <BR> A healthy balance on the credit side <BR> Got no diamond <BR> Got no pearl <BR> Still I think I'm a lucky girl <BR> I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night <BR> I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night <BR> Got no mansion <BR> Got no yacht <BR> Still I'm happy with what I got <BR> I go... Tue, 1 Dec 2020 14:42:50 EST NOVEMBER 2020 Thankful today, that there is only one more month to go before this crazy year comes to an end! Sun, 1 Nov 2020 11:29:23 EST OCTOBER 2020 As we head into our seventh month of the Covid Pandemic, I know I’m struggling more than usual. Some days it takes more effort to notice the little miracles we tend to take for granted. I love this song and felt it was a special way to kick start the new month. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4LpnA </link> Thu, 1 Oct 2020 03:04:50 EST September 2020 The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths, it has its pearls too. <BR> <BR> ~Vincent van Gogh <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2020 09:35:36 EST AUGUST 2020 Thankful today for a man that not only inspired me, but many. <BR> <BR> If you're not hopeful and optimistic, then you just give up. You have to take the long hard look and just believe that if you're consistent, you will succeed. <BR> <BR> John Lewis Sat, 1 Aug 2020 08:06:25 EST JULY 2020 <img src=""> Wed, 1 Jul 2020 04:33:43 EST June Gratitudes The Summer Day <BR> <BR> Who made the world? <BR> Who made the swan, and the black bear? <BR> Who made the grasshopper? <BR> This grasshopper, I mean- <BR> the one who has flung herself out of the grass, <BR> the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, <BR> who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- <BR> who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. <BR> Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. <BR> Now she snaps her wings open, and fl... Mon, 1 Jun 2020 08:13:45 EST May Gratitudes Welcome to May! <BR> <BR> On this Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for <BR> - trash to the curb <BR> - breakfast finished <BR> - neighbor who mowed the grass <BR> - neighbor who will help us start the sprinklers <BR> - PT, OT and home health aide visits <BR> Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the <em>144</em> Intentionally, Daily and Gratefully while not letting doubt build mountains and BE-lieving! Fri, 1 May 2020 08:52:55 EST April Gratitudes On this first day of April, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for <BR> <BR> - life moving forward in a world none of us could imagine <BR> - new challenges and opportunities <BR> - new Lessons in Trust <BR> - breathing in and breathing out <BR> - understanding we are all in this together <BR> - Life is GOOD - Here's to Intentionally Living and Celebrating the <em>144</em> Daily and Gratefully while not letting doubt build mountains and BElieving! Wed, 1 Apr 2020 10:26:54 EST March 2020 So leap day is behind us. A new month ahead of us. And all we have for sure is this moment. Let us live it in a state of gratitude. <BR> Sun, 1 Mar 2020 03:33:20 EST FEBRUARY 2020 Just in case you run out of ideas.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-to-be-grateful-for-list_n_56420d6ce4<BR>b0b24aee4bcc63 </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2020 20:26:21 EST January 2020 - Happy new year!! The calendar shows a new year, and the start of a new decade. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on our lives, our blessings, and our goals. <BR> <BR> Gratitude. The acknowledgment of tiny miracles that might have gone by unnoticed. Wed, 1 Jan 2020 11:17:40 EST December 2019 Grateful this first day of December for ... <BR> <BR> ~ watched a fun football game with my dad <BR> ~ dad &amp; I had a come from behind win at cards <BR> ~ good cards and gentle ribbing of losers made dad laugh <BR> ~ thanksgiving leftovers for dinner <BR> ~ fun conversation with niece and her husband <BR> ~ more time with nieces today <BR> ~ first Sunday in Advent <BR> ~ an unexpected invite to a special event <BR> ~ all is well <BR> <BR> shine <BR> sandra Sun, 1 Dec 2019 05:22:00 EST NOVEMBER 2019 Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I really haven't forgotten you all....and have good reason for not posting! I sold my house this summer, cleaned out 30 years of my life, purged like crazy and finally gave up material reminders of my husband. And a month ago, I MOVED! I bought a beautiful new home in a 55+ community. It has been an arduous (both physically and emotionally) ordeal, but I finally feel the worst is behind me. For a while, I was truly questioning my sanity! But...I know now, it was a very... Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:57:28 EST OCTOBER 2019 Grateful for: <BR> <BR> successful (so far!) eye surgery. mom is very tranquil and very happy to have had the surgery and for it to be over. She's been resting a lot today. So happy for her. <BR> <BR> Thankful for a peaceful day and that I had a chance to run errands, fed the parents with good food, and will be able to do some cleaning tomorrow... yay! Tue, 1 Oct 2019 17:54:07 EST SEPTEMBER 2019 SO many things to be grateful for! <BR> <BR> As we start a new month, we have another clean slate. Let’s fill it with our gratitudes! Sun, 1 Sep 2019 11:11:21 EST August 2019 Giving thanks for all of you! Happy August! Thu, 1 Aug 2019 07:52:26 EST July 2019 Thankful this first day of July for .. <BR> <BR> ~ less than 24 hours until surgery <BR> ~ keeping busy so the day is passing quickly <BR> ~ kids and extended family are checking in with well wishes <BR> ~ found a contractor to make our bathroom &amp; entry steps accessible <BR> ~ 10 degrees cooler today than yesterday <BR> ~ ferns growing like weeds (we love them) <BR> ~ black eyed Susan reseeded and are flowering <BR> ~ sweetie took photos of the bedding plants so I could see them <BR> ~ b... Mon, 1 Jul 2019 12:50:42 EST June Hello all from the U.K! It's been awhile. I'm resting today and have good internet access so I decided to start the June thread. This first day of June I give thanks for ... <BR> <BR> ~ safe travels <BR> ~ learning and experiencing so much in such a short period of time <BR> ~ overcoming many physical and emotional challenges <BR> ~ feeling more empowered than when we left <BR> ~ our trip is winding down and soon we will be home <BR> ~ leaving wanting more <BR> ~ quality time with daughte... Sat, 1 Jun 2019 08:04:28 EST May 2019 “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” <BR> ~Maya Angelou Tue, 30 Apr 2019 23:35:56 EST APRIL 2019 No kidding!!! NEW MONTH, NEW BEGINNING <BR> <BR> For in gratitude, we find our grace ... thanks to each of you ... <BR> Sun, 31 Mar 2019 23:37:37 EST March 2019 "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." <BR> <BR> -William Arthur Ward Fri, 1 Mar 2019 00:14:32 EST February 2019 Some days, you’ll have a lot to be thankful for, and 5 entries won’t feel like nearly enough. Other days, coming up with 5 items may be a struggle – all you might be able to show appreciation for is the fact that you’re breathing, or the morning coffee you get to enjoy before you face a day of misery. <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, forcing yourself to come up with 5 items and expressing daily gratitude for the positive things in your life will make you a happier person. <BR> ~ keepinspiring.... Fri, 1 Feb 2019 03:11:29 EST A New Year! JANUARY 2019 <link><BR>2w50 </link> Tue, 1 Jan 2019 04:49:22 EST December 2018 To another new beginning ... Fri, 30 Nov 2018 23:33:28 EST November 2018 To new beginnings ... as we usher in November ... Wed, 31 Oct 2018 22:22:21 EST October 2018 Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower. <BR> -- Albert Camus <BR> <BR> Another month, another opportunity to be grateful! Mon, 1 Oct 2018 09:03:21 EST September 2018 <link><BR>2uqE&amp;index=10&amp;list=PLVcCpcoVT0<BR>By0PZ1PTnhAk4W-YCTHzsgV </link> <BR> <BR> I will be out of town For the next several days, and may or may not have Internet access. Setting this up early to make sure it will be there when tomorrow comes around. <BR> <BR> All is well. I’ll see more of you next month! Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:32:56 EST AUGUST 2018 <link><BR>8Zpzg8 </link> <BR> <BR> This video gave me goosebumps! I hope you are all equally blessed. Tue, 31 Jul 2018 20:29:18 EST July 2018 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I am extraordinarily grateful to have been born when and where I was. Our forefathers founded our nation to ensure religious freedom and equal opportunity for all. We have been a beacon of hope for many throughout the years. Despite our internal differences, we have the rights and opportunity to express them. This month marks another anniversary of our freedom. May we continue to focus on the beauty of life here, express gratitude ... Sun, 1 Jul 2018 11:09:12 EST June 2018 #liveliketori Fri, 1 Jun 2018 09:19:15 EST May 2018 Another new beginning ... each day we are grateful, every month, any small step we take ... I thought this was well worth 2-1/2 minutes, even though it reinforces what we already know. I hope you enjoy. <BR> <BR> I'll be back tomorrow to post on the first day of May. For now, I'm grateful for each of you in this amazing ThanksGiving Community ... and I bow to you for all we share in this practice. <BR> <BR> Stephanie <BR> <BR> <link><BR>XLDMG0Q </link... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 22:49:19 EST April 2018 I searching for something special for April, I ran across this amazing video. And to find out it was filmed in nearby Sacramento, in one of the poorest, crime ridden areas, I was thrilled. <BR> <BR> This practice of documenting daily gratitudes is matter what age we are! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-87-Qo </link> Sat, 31 Mar 2018 15:31:19 EST March 2018 I think we all know this... But pretty cool to see others do too! <BR> <link><BR>/video?fr=yfp-t&amp;p=youtube+video+gr<BR>atitude#id=22&amp;vid=761b10fd2e116da2<BR>985b1f5de1cb88b8&amp;action=view </link> Wed, 28 Feb 2018 22:06:47 EST February 2018 In all things, give thanks... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 02:29:37 EST Happy New Year! January 2018 January 1, 2018 <BR> The start of a new year… A clean slate. The time just set new goals. And to look back on the last year with gratitude. When you look back on 2017, Are there specific things that make you feel exceptionally grateful? Has your life changed in anyway this year? Mon, 1 Jan 2018 03:42:55 EST DECEMBER 2017 When many of us think of the holidays, we turn to Christmas images. As a Christian, I enjoy seeing reminders of the birth of Jesus. I also respect and acknowledge that we need to be open to all faiths and beliefs during these difficult times, focusing on similarities rather than differences in our religious, or non-religious practices. For those of you who celebrate Chanukah, Kwanza, simply time with family, or nothing at all, I am posting a schedule of gratitude that will apply to everyone. ... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:36:35 EST NOVEMBER 2017 NATIONAL GRATITUDE MONTH <BR> National Gratitude Month is an annual designation observed in November . <BR> <BR> Gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you.” Gratitude’s amazing powers have the ability to shift us from focusing on the negative to appreciating what is positive in our lives. Practicing daily gratitude gives us a deeper connection to ourselves, the world around us and to our Creator. <BR> <BR> Everything in our lives has the ability to improve when we are grateful. ... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:58:17 EST October 2017 It is good to give thanks.... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 10:56:00 EST SEPTEMBER 2017 Be grateful...with every breath <BR> <em>390</em> #liveliketori Fri, 1 Sep 2017 04:47:54 EST August 2017 Happy August all! <BR> <BR> On this first day of August, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for <BR> - <em>17</em> glasses <BR> - zero balance massage <BR> - scheduling support for a <em>223</em> triathlon <BR> - cooler temperature <BR> - license plates on my <em>433</em> (otherwise I'd be illegal!) <BR> Life is GOOD - Here's to Intentionally Living and Celebrating the <em>144</em> Daily and Gratefully and not letting doubt build mountains while learning to respond instead of r... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 11:09:43 EST July 2017 Here's to new beginnings, in whatever form fits! Sat, 1 Jul 2017 13:34:28 EST June 2017 <img src=""> Wed, 31 May 2017 22:31:54 EST May 2017 Grateful on the first day of this new month <BR> <BR> *That I remembered to start a new thread! <BR> * for three fabulous weeks in Europe <BR> *For a great traveling companion who sees life very much like I do <BR> *for safe landings after flights that were a little turbulent <BR> *For my sweet little dog, and my dear friends who care for her while I'm gone <BR> *For fresh berries and an egg strata in my fridge… Because my neighbors knew my fridge was empty and that I would be hungry this ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:26:49 EST April 2017 A Prayer In Spring <BR> <BR> Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; <BR> And give us not to think so far away <BR> As the uncertain harvest; keep us here <BR> All simply in the springing of the year. <BR> <BR> Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, <BR> Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; <BR> And make us happy in the happy bees, <BR> The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. <BR> <BR> And make us happy in the darting bird <BR> That suddenly above the bees i... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 03:32:05 EST March 2017 Oops! It snuck up on me! Thu, 2 Mar 2017 11:25:36 EST FEBRUARY 2017 The first of every month is a reminder… That we have a clean slate in our lives… Will we fill it with words of gratitude? This is the forum… This is the place… This is the community of like minded people. Wed, 1 Feb 2017 10:10:32 EST January 2017 <link><BR>/ralphwaldoemerson104452.jpg </link> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:05:02 EST December 2016 <link><BR>-wtvd-random-acts-of-kindness-calendar<BR>-img.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> Kindness. The natural progression of gratitude.... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 04:59:50 EST November 2016 Here it is, November already. The month that includes a day that the USA sets aside as a day of thanks giving. A day where gratitude is recognized. A day to reflect on our many blessings. Aren't we lucky, to set aside every day as a day of Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> Do you have traditions for the holiday? Do you have a special way of celebrating? Please share… Tue, 1 Nov 2016 01:36:36 EST October 2016 <img src=""> Sat, 1 Oct 2016 00:10:17 EST SEPTEMBER 2016 <BR> “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” ~ Ralph Marston Thu, 1 Sep 2016 01:59:49 EST AUGUST 2017 Since I have been somewhat remiss in remembering to set up the thread, I thought I'd do it early, while I am thinking about it. <BR> <BR> I think I could have written this video, because it clearly identifies so many things I am thankful for....I am sure you all can relate as well! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>DvO6hA </link> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 20:45:13 EST JULY 2016 Here's to new beginnings ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 12:39:29 EST JUNE 2016 On this first day of June, I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> -A new month with new beginnings <BR> -Being able to drive to Chicago to attend a century birthday celebration; so life-affirming after the multiple losses I've had in the past 2+ years <BR> -Forgiving a dear friend who apologized - easy, done! <BR> -Acknowledgement, an amazing thing in life <BR> -My sweet kitty girls <BR> -My comfortable home <BR> <BR> Stephanie Wed, 1 Jun 2016 20:08:30 EST MAY 2016 YAY! It's MAY! <BR> <BR> Take A moment to remember what this day symbolizes....all the many types of celebrations that are taking place throughout the world. Be grateful for the spirit that connects all of mankind on this special day… <BR> <BR> Do you have any traditions, or memories of May Days past? <BR> <link>www.<BR>ay_Day </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> (I'm having a difficult time getting either link to work! May I sugges... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:16:46 EST APRIL 2016 Everything is interconnected. Gratitude improves sleep. Sleep reduces pain. Reduced pain improves your mood. Improved mood reduces anxiety, which improves focus and planning. Focus and planning help with decision making. Decision making further reduces anxiety and improves enjoyment. Enjoyment gives you more to be grateful for, which keeps that loop of the upward spiral going. Enjoyment also makes it more likely you’ll exercise and be social, which, in turn, will make you happier. ~UCLA neu... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 03:17:03 EST APRIL 2016 Please go to the other April thread. Duplication was an error while trying to post from my phone! Fri, 1 Apr 2016 03:14:40 EST March 2016 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another month...another chance to express gratitude! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 11:39:55 EST February 2016 <img src=""> <BR> (A larger model of this graph is included in the link below) <BR> <BR> "Gratitude (and its sibling, appreciation) is the mental tool we use to remind ourselves of the good stuff. It’s a lens that helps us to see the things that don’t make it onto our lists of problems to be solved. It’s a spotlight that we shine on the people who give us the good things in life. It’s a bright red paintbrush we ap... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:44:15 EST 2016 - Goals and Affirmations I am sorry I didn't get this set up sooner. I don't believe in "New Year's resolutions". They only set one up for failure.... But I DO believe in setting goals for the new year...and checking your progress quarterly. MUCH more achievable... <BR> <BR> I have set some for myself, and as soon as I have time to figure out a way to concisely post them, I will. Please feel free to post yours here in the meantime. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:03:45 EST Happy New Year! JANUARY 2016 More to follow... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 04:30:05 EST DECEMBER 2015 Here we are...closing out another year. For those who have posted regularly, this video is just a reminder...and a blessing! For those who are new at this...take the 7 minutes and watch. Then decide how you want to finish the year! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vTKD6lg </link> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:51:59 EST November 2015 Every month, I try to find something to trigger each of us to feel a deeper sense of gratitude, to find new ways to express it, or to share ways that others have found to do so. This video is unlike anything I have posted before. It takes a few minutes to watch, but I found it interesting and worth taking the time... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>P0SWeAE </link> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 01:54:58 EST October 2015 "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha Thu, 1 Oct 2015 02:14:39 EST September 2015 Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. <BR> ~ Cicero Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:04:58 EST Sons death My 43 year old son was killed in a motor bike accident . he was only married to his new wife a year. He leaves behind a son of 17. I know your thoughts will be with me and I appreciate all the support over the years. Connie Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:48:45 EST AUGUST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Please begin posting August gratitude here. <em>220</em> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 09:07:55 EST August 2015 <img src=""> <BR> grateful <BR> for a morning full of laughter <BR> for the privilege of weekly visits with S <BR> to love grandmothering <BR> for kindness witnessed <BR> to be without fear <BR> <BR> ann Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:19:51 EST New Hi everyone I am new to the site. I am 34 married with 5 children. Working on losing weight,lower Cholesterol levels and Sugar levels. Ready to begin my journey with everyone. Want to get in shape so I can get out and do more things. Just so thankful that I came across this website. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 02:05:00 EST JULY 2015 "Gratitude is like a magnet; the more grateful you are, the more you will receive to be grateful for." <BR> — Iyanla Vanzant Wed, 1 Jul 2015 02:49:57 EST JUNE 2015 Just to shake things up a little... Dig out your sense of humor, and we'll start off the month! <BR> <BR> From Woad Warrior's Blog <BR> <BR> Grateful vs Greatful <BR> This is a quick rant. I don’t like the word grateful. I always feel it should be spelt greatful. But I am always told that is incorrect spelling. Apparently it is supposed to be spelt like this g-r-a-t-e-f-u-l . What drives me crazy is that I feel like this is evidence that nobody is paying attention. Have you ever looked up t... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 01:10:25 EST May 2015 grateful <BR> to set this up for Kathy before leaving <BR> for time away from technology <BR> to know you will be here <BR> for abundance and challenge <BR> for inspiration in these words of Frederick Buechner: <BR> <BR> <BR> "Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness; touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and l... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:30:26 EST APRIL 2015 Can you believe it is April already? To start another month feeling grateful for all we have...and each of us is SO very blessed. Each in our own ways... <BR> <BR> I encourage you to read this article on SUPER CHARGING your gratitude list! <BR> <link><BR>/5-tips-to-supercharge-you_b_6233724.html </link> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 01:28:48 EST MARCH 2015 To Say Nothing But Thank You <BR> by JEANNE LOHMANN <BR> <BR> All day I try to say nothing but thank you, <BR> breathe the syllables in and out with every step I <BR> take through the rooms of my house and outside into <BR> a profusion of shaggy-headed dandelions in the garden <BR> where the tulips’ black stamens shake in their crimson cups. <BR> <BR> I am saying thank you, yes, to this burgeoning spring <BR> and to the cold wind of its changes. Gratitude comes easy <BR> after a hot sh... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 03:37:51 EST FEBRUARY 2015 Every month, I try to find something different to inspire, encourage and uplift us here as we practice the habit of documenting our gratitudes. There are SO many ways we can express the appreciation of the miracle called life. I hope you take advantage of this lovely, 3.47 minute video by watching it... <BR> <BR> After several attempts, I could not get this link to open. So I removed it as an embedded link. You will have to copy and paste it. It is worth it... <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 01:19:44 EST 2015 KINDNESS interactions Again, with a new year, a new time to focus on kindness....the extension of gratitude. <BR> <BR> As we witness acts of kindness, we can also increase what WE do to demonstrate being kind to others. PLEASE feel free to post anything you received, did, or witnessed that touched your life, or that of others. Not a bragging session but a sharing so that we all can be blessed... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:54:34 EST Goals and personal affirmations for 2015 As we move into the new year, it is often a time of reflection and introspection. Using January 1 as a marker, people resolve to change, often make unrealistic demands on themselves...and thus break their "resolutions". <BR> <BR> I like to think of a new year as a time of starting over... a clean slate. Laying down past resentment, grudges, and hurts. A time of forgiveness, of kindness and of soul searching. AND a time to set attainable goals. NOT resolutions to be broken, but things we can ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:50:48 EST JANUARY 2015, a new year....a new beginning Health practitioners often tell us that gratitude has a power to heal. We dwell on the blessings and not on the deficits. It helps us let go of limited thinking and dwell on the limitless power of God working within us and among us. We can turn to the source of our blessings each day and find solace and strength to be a blessing to others. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving means "thanksliving." Blessings are never just for ourselves alone. They are given to be shared with all those who cross our path. ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:46:15 EST December 2014 Gratitudes grateful <BR> for the persistence of this lovely group <BR> for feelings of kinship <BR> for the delight of rain <BR> hope abounds <BR> my chin is up <BR> <BR> ann <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:49:34 EST November Gratitudes Hello Thanksgiving Community! <BR> Our dear friend Kathy is in Israel, and I am honored to start a thread for the new month. <BR> <BR> I will begin by saying that I am forever inspired by and grateful for each of you, for your willingness to build this practice and support this community. It is always a gift to read your gratitudes, to touch that piece of your lives. <BR> <BR> Rachel <BR> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:15:47 EST October 2014 - KINDNESS INTERACTIONS <em>220</em> <BR> I am starting this a day early as a sample of what one can say. ANYTHING about kindness is fine! <BR> <BR> Today, I demonstrated kindness by <BR> <BR> * Making a pot of soup for a neighbor <BR> * Listening to a friend while she cried in grief as she faced another loss. <BR> * Allowing kids at the grocery store to hold my Tiger Lily... <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:35:16 EST October 2014 - GRATITUDES <link><BR>98Zpzg8 </link> <BR> <BR> PLEASE Also join us on the October 2014 KINDNESS INTERACTIONS Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:32:37 EST SEPTEMBER 2014 HAPPY September! <BR> <em>355</em> <BR> <link>/ </link> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:39:59 EST AUGUST 2014 <BR> <link>www.shinethedivinecreativityisaspiri<BR><BR>e-quilt.html?m=1 </link> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 02:25:33 EST JULY 2014 One of the most beautiful films I have seen…takes only a few minutes. and WELL worth watching! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>FsdWKQ </link> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 02:43:25 EST JUNE 2014 While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation. <BR> <BR> Maya Angelou Sun, 1 Jun 2014 03:47:24 EST MAY 2014 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If you are interested in daily emails that are very down to earth with specific things to be thankful for each day....check out Sherrie Austin's 365 days of Gratitude. At the bottom of the April 30 email is the link to sign up. <BR> <BR> Example for April 30. (And I've never thought of this before!) <BR> ----- <BR> Here's your Daily Dose of Gratitude! <BR> <BR> Be grateful for your name. You've lived with it all your life. When... Thu, 1 May 2014 03:05:41 EST APRIL 2014 To start April with a little joy. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:14:16 EST MARCH 2014 The Cycle of Gratitude and Compassion <BR> (excerpts from a blog posted on April 30, 2013 by Jennie Locati) <BR> <BR> I have been thinking a lot about the twin virtues of gratitude and compassion lately, and have just realized how tightly coupled these two feelings are. They are two sides of the same coin and by opening yourself to experience one more deeply, you expose yourself more fully to its mate. It is a cycle we can set in motion!.... <BR> <BR> ....Gratitude is beautiful, even in it... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 03:25:32 EST FEBRUARY 2014 <BR> “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” <BR> &#8213; Cicero <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 01:26:17 EST JANUARY 2014 <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> As I start this January 2014 topic to begin a new year in the absence of our leader, Kathy, who is traveling her own special journey, I reflect, of course, on 2013. We have been here, together, through it all. We continue, together, this amazing practice of gratitude. I bow in gratitude to each of you for your presence in this special community. <BR> <BR> I came across something that I REALLY loved and felt it was very relevant. This is what I choose to share for... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:09:23 EST to much info Is it me or are there others that are sick to death of all the info coming down. Like on Monday Do not drink coffee it is bad. But on the next Monday it is the best for you. Dont take vitimins,take vitimins. And on and on it goes. gees Tue, 3 Dec 2013 11:12:38 EST DECEMBER 2013 “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” ~ Henri Frederic Amiel <BR> <BR> I am honored to know the person who put together the Kindness Conversations. In fact, I recorded a video for her collection (Won't tell you the have to find it!). Not only has she interviewed people all over the world, she is now been asked to transcribe the spoken word into the written w... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 23:34:02 EST NOVEMBER 2013 As we start November, (the month that has the day set aside in the USA as a day of thanks giving) let us keep working on the list of 101 things to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> THE THINGS WE ENJOY <BR> <BR> 46. The glory of nature. Sunrise and sunsets. Clouds and blue skies. Raindrops and rainbows. Ocean waves and soothing streams. Birds in the air. Flowers everywhere. <BR> <BR> 47. Lovable pets. Finding joy and love in taking care and nurturing animals. I know of stories of people whose liv... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 03:27:12 EST another blog??? when I tried to post a new blog it takes me back to my old blog. Help please all you veteran <BR> blogers Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:15:48 EST OCTOBER 2013 Continuing on with the 101 things to be thankful for.... <BR> <BR> This topic (ANGELS ON EARTH) really hit home for me. I have experienced the most amazing 31, 32, 36, 37, 38, 40 and 42 in great abundance this past two months. Which ones have been most significant in your life? <BR> <BR> ANGELS ON EARTH <BR> 31. Be grateful for YOUR FAMILY. Isn't it great to belong a family? Imperfect our families may be but here we find the opportunity to grow, share, give and receive love. <BR> 32. Be gr... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:54:05 EST September 2013 In May, I started the thread by posting the first 15 things on a list of 100 things to be thankful for...a great website I found. So moving on to numbers 16-30 <BR> <BR> OUR AMAZING BODY <BR> <BR> I grew to appreciate our bodies and how wonderfully it has been designed when I studied human anatomy as a dental student. A particularly strict yet very interesting teacher explained our immune system so well that up to today, I still remember her story. And I continue to be grateful for my body... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 01:27:33 EST AUGUST 2013 Gratitude in Tough Times <BR> <BR> By Traci L. Gaffney <BR> <BR> As we know, many people are going through tough times right now. It can be a real challenge to be grateful for what we have, when we have less than we may have had before. It is difficult to be grateful when we feel something has been lost. <BR> <BR> If you are up to a challenge, try looking at the circumstances around you from this perspective: When you think of what you have compared to what you had, it may feel like a loss... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:44:58 EST JULY 2013 Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. <BR> Melody Beattie <BR> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 03:03:44 EST JUNE 2013 With the devastation in Oklahoma and other areas of the U.S. the past month due to tornado season, I'd like to dedicate June 2013 gratitudes to the many people who lost their lives, their homes, and the basic things we often take for granted. <BR> <BR> I'll be back when it's June 1st in my time zone to post my gratitudes. Fri, 31 May 2013 21:52:45 EST Support Home Front Hearts via our new FB page? Would be so grateful if you would visit, "like" and share HFH's new FB page - <BR> <BR> Showing we have "reach" in social media helps with funding efforts which means service and support to more military families! Thu, 16 May 2013 05:20:45 EST MAY 2013 I know we all reach a place sometimes where we are stuck. "What should I post today?" "What do I have to be thankful for?" " Where should I begin?" <BR> <BR> In searching for something "profound" to start this month's thread with, I came across a website that listed 100 things to be grateful for. I am starting with the first 15, related to THE BEAUTY OF YOU. As I started reading them, I was struck with how similar these were to what I was posting yesterday.... A great starting point if you ... Wed, 1 May 2013 02:11:23 EST APRIL 2013 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> What I find so interesting about being grateful is the universal fact that "living with the attitude of gratitude" brings blessings to your life. <BR> <BR> How MANY ways we see expressions of thanksgiving. How many faiths and religions and secular teachers remind us of the importance of appreciating our blessings. <BR> <BR> And what a blessing it is, indeed, that each of us, in our own way, yet in a shared way, has discovered ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:47:16 EST MARCH 2013 I don't have it in me tonight to even TRY to do as wonderful of a job as our fearless leader, but I wanted to at least get the March thread going for her, while she travels the world, currently India ... <BR> <BR> I will return when it's March 1 for me and we can start a new month of gratitude together. In the meantime, celebrate life, my friends, in every way possible ... <BR> <BR> Bowing in gratitude for your continued presence here ... <BR> <BR> Stephanie Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:52:48 EST Hidden Angels in our day Hey eveyone, is it just me or have we encountered hidden angels that appear out of the blue to bring exactly that message or assistance that we need? Lets give thanks for those and share our angel encounters. Drawing attention to them and giving them our gratitude! <BR> <BR> I was recently on a trip for work in a city I did not know well. While there for my job I met the most amazing peron who leads a volunteer effort to create positive changes in healthcare in countries without modern ad... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:14:07 EST FEBRUARY 2013 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> As some of you know, my mom, my best lifetime friend, gently passed away in the wee hours this past Saturday I had the blessing and the honor of being there, holding her hand and stroking her head as she took her last breath. <BR> <BR> In 1989, the Jazz Band Ball Orchestra (JBBO) sang this song for my mom on her birthday. On Jan 26, 2013, I played it for she transitioned out of this world. <BR> <BR> I hope you take t... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:30:32 EST Happy New Year! JANUARY 2013 May the blessings of this new year fall upon you all....and may you live each day filled with the spirit of gratitude. <BR> <em>26</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 05:22:28 EST DECEMBER 2012 <em>446</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>500</em> <em>445</em> <em>442</em> <em>407</em> <BR> Less than an hour to go (here on the west coast) before we step into the last month of 2012. No video, no music, no nothing to kick off the new month of gratitude. This month the inspiration will come from all of you. And hopefully, in addition to posting here, you will step up and participate in the December Challenge! Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:13:19 EST new to this team Hello everyone,been told this is a good team to be on ,i will be back in to the habit of being grateful and giving thanks,just fell of the wagon of doing so. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:21:34 EST NOVEMBER 2012 <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> As we welcome in November, please take a few moments and watch the video. A delightful reminder.... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 01:12:35 EST OCTOBER 2012 Another video. This one....ah....PLEASE take the time to view it, and to share it. (Even my grouch of a hubby smiled...and promised to wake up and follow its orders!) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> SO glad you are all here! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 01:23:11 EST SEPTEMBER 2012 Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. G. Eliot <BR> <BR> I love September. No matter where in the world I am in September I think of red and yellow leaves and the smells of autumn. It's a time to bring in the sheaves of the days of the year and prepare for the few months left of 2012. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Enjoy some fall foliage! <BR> <BR> Wishing all here a wond... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:57:49 EST AUGUST 2012 For this is the will of God - That ye should be always happy; that ye should ever be in the spirit of prayer; and that ye should profit by every occurrence in life, and be continually grateful and obedient; for gratitude and obedience are inseparably connected. ~~~~ <BR> Clark's commentary on 1 Thessaloneans 5:18 Wed, 1 Aug 2012 03:50:45 EST JULY 2012 Welcome to July! So VERY much to appreciate in each of our lives, and this is the place to share it. We not only bless ourselves by doing so, but we bless the rest of this amazing community.... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 01:42:43 EST JUNE 2012 I will return when it is June 1st for me, but I wanted to get the June thread posted now, because I know it's already June 1st in some parts of our world!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 'Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more.' ~ Brother David Steindl-Rast <BR> <BR> <BR> Although we are now forging ahead into June,... Thu, 31 May 2012 18:16:31 EST Hello My name is Dana and I like being positive every day. Looks like I found the right group of people! Fri, 25 May 2012 07:37:30 EST MAY 2012 <link> </link> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <em>184</em> <em>434</em> <em>184</em> <em>434</em> <em>184</em> <em>434</em> <em>184</em> <em>434</em> <BR> <BR> Expressions of gratitude. Each in our own way. And if we don't have our own voice? We can always borrow one... Tue, 1 May 2012 04:30:49 EST error Happy April Fools Day! Sun, 1 Apr 2012 16:26:00 EST April 2012 And so we forge ahead, well into spring, as we begin another month in this community where thanksgiving is the only premise of the team! <BR> <BR> Speaking of gratitude, Louis Schwartzber's no fool on April Fool's Day. May this presentation on the life-changing gift of living in "Gratitude" bless you. Check it's worth the less-than 10 minutes you will invest in watching: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-Schwartzberg-Grati </link> <BR> <BR> Louie Schwar... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 14:39:19 EST I bring you SPARK KITTY! (Just for laughs). :) Laughter is the best medicine, right? So I'm giving you a hefty dose, here... <BR> <BR> I bring you <em>241</em> SPARK KITTY! <em>241</em> <BR> <link><BR>feature=share </link> <BR> <BR> Made me laugh so hard. Had to pass it on! <BR> <BR> Spark On, Spark Friends! <em>252</em> <em>241</em> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 15:45:54 EST MARCH 2012 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Please take a few moments to start March off with this video. Another reminder of what this team is all about.... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 04:15:04 EST Rosetta Stone Latin American Spanish (full set) If this is not the place for this - my apologies... Does anyone have or know where I might be able to obtain a donated copy of this? Home Front Hearts serves many Spanish speaking military families and this would be very helpful to me. It's also been a long time dream of mine to acquire Spanish fluency and with my birthday coming up soon - I'd like to "gift myself" the chance to meet that goal. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 07:57:55 EST FEBRUARY 2012 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I was so moved while watching this. What joy I receive each month as I search for the "perfect" way to start the new thread....I hope you will each take a few moments to play this brief video. And may you each be blessed the way I was... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 04:00:42 EST Hello everyone Hello everybody. My name is Naomi and I am also known here at Spark as Bluebirdsfly. <BR> Thank you so much for the graciousness to welcome new members into your community. <BR> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:02:29 EST Discuss: Can gratitude lead to complacency? Okay, peeps ... please don't get your knickers in a knot. (AT can always "kill" the thread if y'all don't like it) .... <BR> <BR> But as I was moseyin' about today, this thought came into my mind & in the light of the past year of the Tea Party, #Occupy, protests all over the world ... I can't shake it ... I'm reminded of an old song ... can't remember but this phrase in it ... <BR> <BR> '... there was a man who asked, "why do you ask for so much?;" and a woman standing in a door said "why... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 18:35:24 EST January 2012 PLEASE do not post until the new year has begun.... <BR> <BR> Then I highly recommend watching this short video...just a reminder that expressions of gratitude are not limited to us humans... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=share </link> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 13:23:38 EST DECEMBER 2011 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My first gratitude, is for this amateur film...with a simple message that rings so true. Hope you appreciate it. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 23:55:48 EST Help Support Military Families in One Second Your vote in Harlequin's More Than Words will mean direct support for the military families Home Front Hearts serves. Please vote, FB and Tweet daily from now through November 11th and spread the word! And I solemnly vow to never ask anyone to vote for anything again :) Love a proud Army spouse of a currently deployed soldier... Randi <BR> <BR> <link><BR>randi-cairns/ </link> Sun, 6 Nov 2011 09:45:11 EST NOVEMBER 2011 Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> When I read this quote this morning, I pondered on it for a while. And then, remembering a conversation with a friend of mine last night, I was reminded of this very special group who has managed to bring beauty across the continents. I am attaching a link to their website and encourage each of you to listen to the musical clip from their recent concert. They are ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 01:11:09 EST Starting up... Hi! I'm Christy, mom of 3 and on a career track, trying to finally find time to get myself back and get in shape for good.. after each kid it has gotten so much harder! <BR> Sun, 2 Oct 2011 17:15:14 EST OCTOBER 2011 So that we can continue to be inspired by others' expressions of gratitude, I am thrilled to give you this link. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:14:17 EST SEPTEMBER Welcome September! So glad you are here! Thu, 1 Sep 2011 05:00:38 EST Give Thanks Giving thanks everyday makes you feel warm inside and wants to smile. <em>41</em> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:09:28 EST Shameless Plug? This morning I read an email from a dear friend and realized that she had very generously nominated me as a "Mom Changing the World". It made my morning and that was almost the end of it until she asked me why I wasn't "plugging" the nomination. Wasn't sure what she meant until she showed me that the winning mom receives $5000 for the charity of her choice. I could do a lot of good for military families with that kind of money. <BR> <BR> If you're so inclined, you can learn more about my ... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:48:23 EST AUGUST 2011 It is good to be back...and to see my memory is still relatively intact. Another gratitude! <BR> <BR> I may have posted this before, but still think it is worth watching. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>playnext=1&list=PL1C0EE833468618E4 </link> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 00:34:40 EST JULY 2011 grateful <BR> ~for motivation to challenge myself for July <BR> ~to recognize a rut and want out <BR> ~for this place to be reminded of others' intentions <BR> ~for sound sleep and the energy that brings <BR> ~for cool night air to refresh before more heat <BR> <BR> peace <BR> ann Fri, 1 Jul 2011 11:03:37 EST Who is Mary Oliver? Hello, <BR> I am new to this team, but have been reading some of the threads, where people mention Mary Oliver and that her poetry is inspirational. <BR> <BR> So my question is: Who is Mary Oliver? Tue, 7 Jun 2011 15:24:05 EST JUNE 2011 As Rebecca says so well: <BR> <BR> "The idea here is to write at least five things you are grateful or appreciative each day, thus cultivating an attitude of gratitude." <BR> <BR> Please post on this page when it is June 1, 2011. <BR> <em>214</em> <BR> The common meaning of gratitude is to be thankful for benefits received. While this is important, I feel that the energy of gratitude is one of the most powerful attracting forces in the universe. A heart filled with Thanksgiving, even w... Tue, 31 May 2011 20:20:41 EST MAY 2011 Sometimes <BR> I go about pitying myself <BR> And all the while <BR> I am being carried on great winds <BR> Across the sky <BR> <BR> -- Chippewa Indian <BR> <BR> <BR> HAPPY MAY! <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> WHAT? Is it already the start of another month? <BR> <BR> Soooo...since this Thanksgiving Community was our mutual idea those many moons ago, I'm totally happy to fill in for Kathy here...I'm doing this in a hurry to get it up-and-running, sin... Sun, 1 May 2011 08:32:40 EST APRIL 2011 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Another beautiful way of reminding us to be thankful.... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 02:39:33 EST MARCH 2011 <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> I challenge each of you to take this seven minutes and use it as a time of reflection and meditation....we are SO blessed! Tue, 1 Mar 2011 00:11:18 EST FEBRUARY 2011 <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> Ah...Youtube. How wonderful to be able to find such a lovely meditation. <BR> <BR> I challenge EACH of you to use this video this month. Whether it be daily for a week or the entire month. Wheather it be only once. It is well worth it. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:18:15 EST JANUARY 2011 (HAPPY NEW YEAR!) Found this link, and thought what a better way to start the new appreciation of ALL things, big ones little ones. Events of all kinds. Daily miracles. Moment by moment. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you are ALL looking back with gratitude over 2010...its ups and its downs, its joys and its sorrows. AND that you are all looking forward with anticipation to the gifts that lie ahead of you in 2011. <BR> <em>235</em> <em>1... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:20:29 EST The Power of Gratitude By Ellen Goldman, SP Coach Hi I came across this article today, wanted to share with the TG team! I know we already practice this here, but if you're like me, I always like to refresh my practice. Namaste! <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> The Power of Gratitude <BR> <BR> 4 Ways to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> SparkPeople <BR> <BR> I’m sitting on my deck, laptop perched on my outdoor table, and my beautiful dog by my feet. Finally, after weeks of humidity tha... Sat, 25 Dec 2010 16:52:33 EST thank you so much Thank you to all my SPARK family, you have given to me the will and motivation to press into the new year with hope that I will meet my healthy goals, thank you all for your support and encouragement!!!!!! xoxox Fri, 24 Dec 2010 05:56:42 EST Quotes that help us to stay positive and thankful I love reading the inspiring quotes under signatures here on SP, so I thought that a thread for them would be great! Please share quotes that help you to focus on thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> "I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance <BR> but by our disposition." <BR> - Martha Washington Sun, 5 Dec 2010 10:01:28 EST DECEMBER 2010 <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> I am going through a very difficult time right now, spending many hours each day at the bedside of a friend who is dying. I wept as I watched this video. <BR> <BR> I hope each of you watch it and are as blessed as I was by the experience. Wed, 1 Dec 2010 01:29:37 EST NOVEMBER 2010 Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. <BR> - Melody Beattie <BR> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 20:04:16 EST Never Give Up Make your day special in the site of the Lord. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Listen to your heart and follow your goal in Him, who died for us and took your penalty to save us. For those who loves His name, we can do everything through Him for our health. Be faithful to the truth, and continue to walk in the truth. Do not turn around, keep on walking and you will see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you. For the Lord is here. Keep it in yo... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 17:19:29 EST OCTOBER 2010 Strengthening Your Inner Child Through Gratefulness (from <BR> <BR> We have all heard it said that childhood is too short to become the child you are meant to be. Fortunately, it's never too late. Right now, this beautiful child full of promise is there inside of you, just waiting to leap, skip, dance, and above all, look at every moment with fresh eyes. Let it come out. <BR> <em>318</em> <em>188</em> <em>76</em> <em>183</em> <em>40</em> <em>179</em> <em>334</em> <... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:59:01 EST Be Thankful <BR> Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, <BR> If you did, what would there be to look forward to? <BR> <BR> Be thankful when you don’t know something <BR> For it gives you the opportunity to learn. <BR> <BR> Be thankful for the difficult times. <BR> During those times you grow. <BR> <BR> Be thankful for your limitations <BR> Because they give you opportunities for improvement. <BR> <BR> Be thankful for each new challenge <BR> Because it will build your strength... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 11:30:19 EST Need a "do-over". (forgive the re-introduction - I need a fresh start on Spark People and on life in general). <BR> <BR> Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm a military wife and mother of four (15, 14, 7 and 5). I'm the founder and executive director of Home Front Hearts - a 501(C)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to serve the families that serve our country by: providing support and resources to the families of service members, increasing public awareness of the struggles and sacrifices of military families, and engaging bo... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 06:43:41 EST Serenity Hi. I'm a 65 year-old wife, mother of 2 and grandmother of 5. I'm a retired teacher (HS English and Computer Apps.) I'm facing major life changes (DH will retire within 2 yrs., and we will move yet again.) I've been stressing over many things these past few months, and have eaten everything that didn't move during that time. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for serenity, and I've come to believe that thankfulness is the shortest path to that place. Today I awoke with a light heart and an upbeat sp... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 08:58:59 EST SEPTEMBER 2010 <link><BR>feature=PlayList&p=210CE54E65DB9E50&in<BR>dex=0&playnext=1 </link> <BR> <BR> There are SO many ways to express our gratitude! <BR> <em>218</em> <em>224</em> <em>90</em> <em>334</em> <em>185</em> <em>67</em> <em>9</em> <em>218</em> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 21:50:55 EST AUGUST 2010 Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. <BR> Marcel Proust <BR> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 01:29:15 EST new to the team It's great to be a part of this team of people - changing our ourselves, our relationships, our lives and surroundings with appreciation and gratitude. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 13:00:39 EST JLY 2010 “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” <BR> ~ William Arthur Ward~ Thu, 1 Jul 2010 01:10:36 EST I'm back... Hi it's me..Risa (formely Sunflowerisa)I am back..and I missed you!I've been goin through some health problems and depression...and I am back to Spark and to my ever favorite team to not only get back on track with nutrition, fitness but also wanted to get back some positive forces in my life! <BR> Plan to get back on track posting ! <BR> Risa Wed, 23 Jun 2010 22:09:52 EST Accountability Buddy Anyone? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I belong to several Spark Teams but the energy and positivity of this team really stands out for me. I'm in need of an accountability buddy both to help with my weight loss efforts and my attitude in general if anyone's game. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> Randi Tue, 1 Jun 2010 07:54:20 EST JUNE 2010 To learn the grammar of gratitude, practice saying "thank you" for happy and challenging experiences, for people, animals, things, art, memories, dreams. Count your blessings, and praise God. Utter blessings, and express your appreciation to everything and everyone you encounter. By blessing, we are blessed. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 31 May 2010 22:15:27 EST MAY 2010 At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. <BR> <BR> Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. <BR> <BR> Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 May 2010 02:55:57 EST Hello! <em>213</em> Hello! I would like to have some help, <BR> motivation or support. I need to lose 50# but I can't <BR> stay on track. <BR> <BR> All man's ways seem innocent to <BR> him, <BR> but motives are weighed by the <BR> Lord. <BR> Commit to the Lord whatever you do, <BR> and your plans will succeed. <BR> Proverbs 16:2-3 <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 16:53:48 EST Hi Team I am new to this team and just thankful for the sparkpeople site and all the wonderful members. I have had a weight problem all my life. Sure, I have lost here and there, but it usually returns and not just what I lose, but another bunch of weight also. I really have to stop this from ever happening again. So, from the beginning, one moment at a time, here I go again. I need all the encouragement and support that I can get and will do the same for you once I learn how to maneuver posting... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 21:25:25 EST APRIL 2010 Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. ~Buddha~ <BR> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 00:11:33 EST I am not having fun "ona diet" Hi there, <BR> I am so priviledged to live on Vancouver Island where my 3 sons aged, 20, 22, and 23 (yes, it was a handful ha ha)live along with a sweet little Rottweiler, and my son who lives down the road has 2 as well. Loved raising them, the boys I mean, dogs and cats too, and my husband who works extremely hard running a construction company.and even though I ended up going on disability due to lupus, I always felt the best way was staying positive, and having faith that God had it all u... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:08:23 EST The Empowerment Dynamic - Challenger of Victimhood I am using David's book at my company to break the "drama triangle" and get our people into a "solution oriented" mode. <BR> <BR> I happened to find a talk radio program that David appeared on yesterday. I am attaching it here. The host rambles quite a bit in the beginning but I hope you will hang on through that and listen to what David has to say. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2-emerald.mp3 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> His work is really powerful and he... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 08:33:01 EST MARCH 2010 In addition to reading the wonderful postings that show up daily on our threads, there are several other places one can go online to get inspiration and encouragement to maintain an "attitude of gratitude" <BR> <BR> You can subscribe to daily emails through several websites. Here is February 28th's, "Daily Dose of Gratitude" These particular emails have a little different twist than many of the other ones I see. They often include and example or a question...simple, but always calling for s... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 11:23:09 EST I Am New To This Team I have been on SP for a year this month. I really enjoy <BR> getting on here to check with my friends, on each team. <BR> So far, I have been pleased with my weight loss, but I have not reached my goal. I saw this team while on another. A Blog I read caught my attention & I went to their SparkPage and found they were on this team. I am glad to be here. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 14:40:46 EST FEBRUARY 2010 I found this and thought it certainly validated the purpose of our team. It is an excerpt from the article "How thankfulness contributes to change" By Eileen Flanagan <BR> ------- <BR> Gratitude is a habit recommended by every spiritual tradition, as well as by contemporary science. <BR> <BR> Recent research has confirmed what humans have known for centuries—that counting your blessings really does change your perspective. It’s not just that we should feel grateful; feeling grateful change... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 12:46:45 EST The Weather Report poem & Dance in Rain video A great video and poem about gratitudes, thought I'll share with my Thanksgiving friends :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ml </link> <BR> <BR> Weather Report by BJ Gallagher <BR> <BR> Any day I'm verticalis a good day" <BR> ...that's what I always say. <BR> And I give thanks for my health. <BR> If you ask me, <BR> "How are you?" <BR> I'll answer, "Great!" <BR> because in saying so, <BR> I make it so. <BR> And I give thanks I can <BR> choose my attitude. <BR> Wh... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:19:56 EST I hope to see you all later. Hello Spark Friends. I'm sorry to say that I am going to be leaving the team for a while. I have lots going on right now and cannot keep up. I have to many teams and I am not able to spend as much time on Spark as I would like. I will still see you all on the other teams. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all the best and good luck in reaching your goals. <BR> <BR> -:¦:- God's Blessings-:¦:- <BR> ((¸..•´¨¨)) -:¦:- <BR> ¸.•´ Irene.•´¨¨)) <BR> ((¸¸.•´ ..•´ -:¦:- <BR> -:¦:- ((¸¸.•´* <BR> Fri, 15 Jan 2010 22:39:29 EST January 2010 "To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven." - Johannes A. Gaertner Fri, 1 Jan 2010 04:39:31 EST Dear Friends I hope that doesn't seem premature to you. I couldn't resist! I was led here this morning and am grinning as I read through some of the posts. I say my 'Thankfuls' each morning before I get up. Some days my heart is in it a little more than others, but I do try to begin each day like this. What a treat to find you all posting & sharing these lovely feelings of gratitude. I'm excited to be here. <BR> Karen Sun, 6 Dec 2009 10:47:26 EST Just Being 1. I am grateful for libraries and the free wealth of information. <BR> 2. I am thankful for second chances. <BR> 3. I am grateful for my online university for really challenging and inspiring me. <BR> 4. I am grateful for Zen masters and the whole new way of living. <BR> 5. I am gratful that God is always providing for me when I can't seem to make it. Tue, 1 Dec 2009 00:56:51 EST DECEMBER 2009 We just ended the month Americans celebrate a national holiday, with the simple purpose of giving thanks...In looking for inspiring words this month, I stumbled upon this quote of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. How appropriate for December....after just celebrating the holiday! <BR> <BR> "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." Mon, 30 Nov 2009 20:08:27 EST Life 1. I am grateful for life and the choice that I have to choose the better with mine. <BR> 2. I am grateful for my five children without them I would truly be bored. <BR> 3. I am grateful for both my parents who has done the best they could with me. <BR> 4. I am grateful for my loving boyfriend of 7 patient he has been. <BR> 5. I am grateful for SparkPeople Web because I would have chosen a bad method of weight loss that would not have encompassed the natural loving way. Sun, 29 Nov 2009 01:52:09 EST Hello everyone! My name is Irene and I am not new to Spark. I am trying to be more positive and look on the bright side of life. I hope to meet some positive people here. <BR> Have a Healthy Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> -:¦:- God's Blessings-:¦:- <BR> ((¸..•´¨¨))to all -:¦:- <BR> ¸.•´ Irene.•´¨¨)) <BR> ((¸¸.•´ ..•´ -:¦:- <BR> -:¦:- ((¸¸.•´* <BR> Thu, 26 Nov 2009 16:28:43 EST New to Thanksgiving Team, New to SparkPeople Gratitudes <BR> - an "aha" moment yesterday <BR> - sunny and crisp fall mornings <BR> - watching the sunrise <BR> - Mahalakshmi who told me about SparkPeople <BR> - Ralph who told me to shut up Thu, 5 Nov 2009 10:25:48 EST NOVEMBER 2009 At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. <BR> <BR> Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. <BR> <BR> Albert Schweitzer Sun, 1 Nov 2009 01:01:08 EST Hello I am new I am Connie and I am 59 and am a wife, mother, grandma ,and great grandma. My friend STRAWBERRYMOON told me about this site Sat, 31 Oct 2009 20:05:15 EST Let's write to Oprah! There is a link on where anyone can write in and suggest a show topic. <BR> <BR> I just wrote to Oprah at that link and suggested making SparkPeople and Chris Downie a show topic. <BR> <BR> Here's what I wrote (simple and to the point): <BR> <BR> Please consider having a show about and it's founder Chis Downie. His vision has created a website that has encouraged 1,000's of people around the world to lose weight and live healthier lives. He has just written a new... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 15:38:30 EST OCTOBER 2009 Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. <BR> ~Buddha~ Wed, 30 Sep 2009 20:04:20 EST September 2009 Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art....It is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world. <BR> <BR> Joanna Macy <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Aug 2009 21:30:14 EST I'm Michelle How are you all doing? I'm Michelle, and I live in Kansas. I'm a 41 year old wife and mother of two. Sun, 23 Aug 2009 13:15:09 EST Final Question When thinking about the answers to Question #1, what are the biggest STRENGHTS to be reinforced and maximized ... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Again, pick your top three Fri, 7 Aug 2009 23:41:28 EST Question #3 In regard to the first question, what three OPPORTUNITIES are there to be focused on and captured. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Again, pick your top three and prioritize Thu, 6 Aug 2009 18:01:01 EST Question #2 When thinking about your answers to questions #1, what fears, concerns or dangers need to be eliminated in order for you to reach your goals? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After you are finished listing those, please cirle your top three... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 23:41:05 EST Question #1 I must stress that you read the question carefully several times. Make sure your answers are in the affirmative, as if they have all ready happened. Some Example: I will have purchased a new house, I will have a job making "x" amount (whatever "x" is for you) Of course, your answers will be completely different and you may put anything down that you wish. This is your passport, so stamp it as you please :) <BR> <BR> ________________________________________ <BR> <BR> If we were meeting ... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 23:11:58 EST My Spark Goodie to you ... "My wife and I have an agreement in our marriage, and part of that contract is that we are going to shine our lights on each other" Ashton Kutcher <BR> <BR> My unique ability and training involves coaching people and helping them blossom by shining a light on the person and their goals. Beginning this evening, I will put four questions here with instructions. If you wish to share your answers with our group, we can all support you in your endeavors. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, decide what... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 07:52:33 EST AUGUST 2009 ~Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.~ <BR> <BR> Melody Beattie <BR> Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:44:52 EST See the Beauty In Life This is a beautiful story about seeing the beauty in life and I would like to share it with you .. <BR> <BR> The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read <BR> Beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree. <BR> Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown, <BR> For the world was intent on dragging me down. <BR> And if that weren’t enough to ruin my day, <BR> A young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play. <BR> He stood right before me with his head tilted d... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 16:35:20 EST Gratitude Wisdom Many of us come across gratitude gems of wisdom. I thought I would share mine here and hope you will add yours. Blessings to everyone in this very special community :) <BR> <BR> "Gratitude, as a value, means that you're always appreciating what you already have. You're always happy with the achievements, the progress, and the rewards you've already received. <BR> <BR> You'll recognize from your own experiences that nothing contributes more to a positive environment than gratitude. Every... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 14:20:09 EST JULY 2009 When humans learn to be gratefully present every moment, they become angels. It’s not the wings that make the angel, but the message of courageous presence and creative acceptance, no matter what the moment brings: “Fear not!” <BR> <BR> ~ Mon, 29 Jun 2009 13:19:59 EST JUNE 2009 Gratefulness brings a great fullness to life. The choice to adopt and hold a moment-by-moment attitude of gratitude is the choice that differentiates those who suffer the slings and arrows of misfortune and those who are blessed with a joyous and abundant life. <BR> ~Leslie Fieger~ Sun, 31 May 2009 13:07:29 EST MAY 2009 <BR> "When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself." <BR> <BR> Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief Thu, 30 Apr 2009 16:06:46 EST APRIL 2009 "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." <BR> -Melody Beattie Wed, 1 Apr 2009 00:25:46 EST March 2009 "You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you." <BR> ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach ~ Sun, 1 Mar 2009 02:19:26 EST MARCH 2009 Gratitudes (all are welcome) <BR> So sorry I posted to the wrong forum!! <em>198</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 15:55:04 EST February 2009 The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <em>425</em> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> <em>27</em> <em>88</em> <em>129</em> <em>425</em> <em>67</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Can you believe our little team has been together for almost a month...sharing out abundant blessings. Let us continue posting daily, or as ofte... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 15:50:36 EST Introduction Hi everyone, <BR> I joined this group because it reflects a balance in my life full circle. I began sparkpeople out of self interest to change my lifestyle but I found that one cannot just change the life you have without looking at all the closets within. While one aspect of myself needed to take inventory of my eating addiction, there are so many others things that needed attention and acknowledgment. A work in progress. <BR> As my spark page indicates, I am married (35years), and I have ... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 11:29:02 EST Team Logo Because we are all part of a special community, I want to make sure that we all have input. I chose a logo that seems appropriate, but I have since found a couple more I also like. And would love feedback. <BR> <BR> I have posted two new pictures in my spark page gallery, "Gratitude" and "Giving Thanks". <BR> <BR> There are now three choices: <BR> 1. Keep it as is <BR> 2. Gratitude <BR> 3. Giving Thanks <BR> <BR> If you can respond to this post, and let me know your thoughts, I'll update i... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 19:24:49 EST January 2009 Saturday afternoon...and I am exceedingly thankful <BR> * For the opportunity to be a part of a thanksgiving community. <BR> * For the gift of friendship that has emerged from knowing my fellow gratituders <BR> * For the joys that giving thanks...especially on those difficult days...has brought into my life <BR> * For the deep appreciation of tiny miracles that could go by unnoticed <BR> * For being surrounded by love Sat, 3 Jan 2009 17:50:47 EST READ THIS FIRST Rebecca, who started the Gratitudes' message boards WAY back, posted this on November 2008's thread....and it pretty much sums up the purpose of this team. <BR> <BR> "When someone expresses thankfulness, it not only impacts the receiver, but it also has benefits for the one giving thanks. Recognizing the blessings in your life and acting upon them regularly increases your awareness and appreciation. Sharing your gratitude improves your quality of life because it can only result in positive e... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 17:44:20 EST