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crescentmoon Wed 19-Sep-12 21:51:54

i was listening to Nina Simone's "Ain't Got No..." here or better one and i got to thinking about gratitude. apparently regular grateful thinking can increase happiness by as much as 25 percent just by wanting what one actually has. so i hope maybe that we can regularly write about the things that go well for us each day, no matter how little they are. from any faith and no faith too.

il start by saying over the past few days im grateful that...

1. its the middle of september and ds1 hasnt had to use his blue inhaler once
2. id worried that dd wouldnt like her new school but shes settled in very quickly
3. the sun shone brightly so i went exploring around my local high street
4. i have learnt how to make chai tea for myself now
5. the house is cosy and warm

crescentmoon Fri 18-Jan-13 09:09:47

Morning all,

poledra im so glad your back, hope all is well in your family! felt abit naked with my last few posts so asked for them to be withdrawn as im - generally - in a good place anyway. smile thanks stressed. hope hillbilly, episkopos and others get time to post. and that we have new posters on this page!


1. like poledra, that i can afford to have the heating on in this weather.
2. that my children are much better today - so maybe by sunday il let them go out in the snow
3. that DH was positive this morning after being very disappointed yday
4. that the snow came at the end of the week rather than the beginning
5. peace and security.

Salbertina Fri 18-Jan-13 09:27:01

Hi Crescent- so glad to see you post, had been bit worried... Glad you're comfortable again now though smile

I'm grateful for
Dc1 - quirkiness, strong sense of self
Opport to rest after troubled sleep

Salbertina Fri 18-Jan-13 09:28:41

And poledra- that was such an evocative description, loved it and would have been quite ruined without your correction grin

crescentmoon Sat 19-Jan-13 11:10:12

namaste salbertina, hope you are doing well.

daily gratitudes;

1. children are much better today after coughing their guts out all yday afternoon just because i opened the door to let them watch the snow falling!
2. central heating
3. our milkman for bringing his delivery even though i expected he wouldnt get through
4. inhalers for ds1, what would i have done if i didnt have them when he was ill?
5. chocolate fingers!

stressedHEmum Sat 19-Jan-13 11:12:51

Nice to "see" you again, Poledra.

Peace and blessings to all.

Today, I am grateful -

for sunshine when so many have awful winter weather
for a warm home to hide from the biting cold
for food, water, clothing and warmth
that we had a client at the foodbank , yesterday and were able to help him with food but also with some companionship and a hot cup of tea.
warm, cuddly children
another interview for DS1

Salbertina Sat 19-Jan-13 14:08:18

Peace and blessings and lovingkindness to you all
Am grateful for
Nice family lunch, all relaxed at same time for once
Dh relaxed by cooking. A Good Thing
Sun, birdsong and summer.

Salbertina Sun 20-Jan-13 06:07:20

Am grateful for:
Lovely brunch today with friends haven't seen for a while
Kids excited about going back

stressedHEmum Mon 21-Jan-13 13:52:54

I am grateful

for a successful supermarket collection for the food bank on Saturday
for escaping most of the really bad weather
for a warm house and hot food
for friends and family
for faith

crescentmoon Mon 21-Jan-13 14:07:25

fabulous work stressed bless you.

daily gratitudes

that the dc's school is cancelled today,
that DH has finished early and is on his way home,
for books and the internet - my mind would have atrophied otherwise!
that ds2 is almost back to his cheerful cheeky self,
that i have a kitchen full of food

Salbertina Tue 22-Jan-13 04:42:28

Morning! Namaste.

Crescent- glad you're all fine in that snow and have food.

Stressed- so pleased you managed to get food for yr foodbank

Am grateful for
Ds enjoying his birthday so far
Such a Beautiful sunrise over the sea this morning
Charity work option moving forward

crescentmoon Tue 22-Jan-13 13:09:42

morning all,

daily gratitudes:

1. lovely walk to school with dc, sun shone and it wasnt too cold surprisingly,
2. snow is melting - thankfully i HATE snow,
3. had to stop our cleaner as needed to save on that to afford ds2 at nursery, i am finding it oookkkkk so far, have to remind myself of long term goals this year!
4. got a job interview yesterday so very happy. i dont know whether it was just for an equal opportunities tick or not but im feeling happy. not going to say anything to anyone this time - i was a little too excited last month!
5. took ds2 to gp today and got some antibiotics, both for free. when we moved abroad i used to pay the equiovalent of 50 pounds each time to see the gp for my children. we could afford it but it still made me baulk and think twice sometimes. what a blessing not to have to think if i have to afford it here.

crescentmoon Tue 22-Jan-13 13:30:09

(i meant AFTERNOON all, not morning!)

msrisotto Tue 22-Jan-13 13:35:19

I am thankful for the snow. (so ner crescent!) I like a bit of variation in the seasons otherwise i'd get very bored.
I am thankful I drove home safely in the snow on Sunday....!
I am thankful to the photographer who inspired me at the weekend to take up a new hobby!
I am thankful that I can afford some photography kit! Expensive hobby!
I am thankful for all the free advice and information online.
I am thankful to my DH who makes such a huge effort to support me.

When you first think about it,it's hard to think of anything but once you get going, you could go all day couldn't you?!!
So! Thank you for this thread! It has pulled me out of a little slump in mood today.

stressedHEmum Tue 22-Jan-13 18:23:19

Well done on another interview crescent. I hope that you have a positive outcome. Also good news that the GP was able to sort out something for DS2. Hopefully, he will be on the mend soon.

Salbertina, are you involved in charity work? How fabulous. What charity are you looking at working for?

"Msrisotto", hello and welcome. I am glad that you are safe and managed to navigate the snow. My brother and his kids are kind of trapped in their house because they have 7ft drifts and howling gales. It makes me grateful that we have avoided the snow completely.

Today, I am grateful

that we have avoided most of the bad weather
for a warm, dry house
for food and clean water
for my children all sitting together and playing Dungeons and Dragons without conflict
for choir practice
for doctors, medication and healthcare.
that my GP has decided to refer me on to a specialist to see if they can find anything to help me even just a little bit.

tuffie Tue 22-Jan-13 21:47:35

Today I am grateful for:
-our church for organising such a stimulating and thought provoking series of events during this Our Year of Faith. The first one was tonight and it was with a group of lovely people and I came away feeling completely uplifted.
-crescentmoon for starting this thread. I always find I feel closer to God when I think of things to be grateful for, rather than when I'm asking for things.
-as ever, my fantastic friends.
Stressed - I do hope the specialist is able to help you.

stressedHEmum Wed 23-Jan-13 18:16:38

Thank you, tuffie. We're not sure what they can do, but GP has rub out of ideas and is hoping for something new to come out of it.

Hope everyone is well, today.

I am grateful for -

family and friends
for shelter from the cold
for the ability to read, write and communicate
for the reduced food section - kids just had rolls with bacon, sausage, egg and potato scone. Bacon - 20p for 16 slices, eggs - 30p for 6, sausages - 45p for 10, potato scones - 50p for 6, rolls 40p for 8. We would never normally buy/cook that kind of thing because it's expensive

crescentmoon Fri 25-Jan-13 08:11:05

peace be upon you all this morning,

glad to see your back tuffie. dear stressed i really hope that the referral you get is more specific and beneficial to your own needs.

daily gratitudes

1.ds2 completely back to his cheeky naughty self - iv missed him,
2.DH cleaned the oven this week as it really needed it,
3.grateful for ability to read and write and to have been TAUGHT to read and write - and the world that opened to me because of that,
5.spent a lovely time in waterstones yesterday and got some great books for DH and i, i buy more books in a month than clothes!

i love reading other peoples gratitudes as it reminds me to look for more goodness in my own life. i wouldnt have kept this up longer than a week if id done it on my own.

stressedHEmum Sat 26-Jan-13 13:10:59

Thank you, crescent. I hope that they can come up with something, even just to improve the fatigue and pain a little bit.

I'm glad that DS is finally on the mend. There are so many wee bugs doing the rounds just now, almost everyone has something.

Today I am grateful -

that the food bank was open yesterday. Someone made a 30 mile round trip on the bus to get to us yesterday evening. Thank goodness we were still open when he found us.
for sunshine and wind to dry some washing
for a quiet day at home with nowhere to go today.
for the nurse who decided to do my blood tests yesterday at the same time as my B12 injections. it saves me going back next week. Although I had 7 tubes of blood taken out unexpectedly and now I can hardly use my right arm - hey-ho.
for the skills that I have that allow us to make the most of what we have.
for another day's life in an incredible world

tuffie Sat 26-Jan-13 17:18:04

"for another day's life in an incredible world" - I love that, stressed !

Today's gratitudes:
-the sun which shone today after what seems like 20 years,
-a lovely walk with my friend and her very entertaining dog who kept jumping in the cows' water trough ( the dog ,not my friend),
-the gift of appreciating good things all around - you don t have to look far.

crescentmoon Sat 26-Jan-13 22:23:59

loved reading your gratitudes stressed, so happy for that man that he found your food bank still open. cant imagine going on such a long journey in the UK to get food, think of all the supermarkets and shops passed on the way, thank goodness you were still open. iv already done a few days of cooking for the scheme done near me but i dont get to hear the personal stories. i just make the food then it gets picked up and if im lucky i get my pans back lol!

daily gratitudes:

1. did a deep clean even with dc playing ontop around me!
2. spoke to my dear friend who had an amazing amazing answer to her prayer - i felt inspired
3. chocolate caramel squares
4. cups of sweet tea all day
5. that DB has come back and that i sent him out to buy things for me all day and he never complained!

crescentmoon Sat 26-Jan-13 22:26:03

i loved this one tuffie 'In the midst of my affliction my table is spread' from a blog stressed posted up earlier.

Poledra Mon 28-Jan-13 09:25:16

Morning all! Today's gratitudes are:

1. the sun is shining and the snow has gone (overnight - 'twas amazing!)
2. DD1 really enjoyed her birthday party and sleep-over at the weekend (though I was threatening to horsewhip them all at 11pm on Saturday night if they didn't Go To Sleep Right NOW!)
3. that I've made a new friend through DDs 2 and 3's dancing class - her children are at the same school as mine and it's so nice to have someone to chat to while the children are doing their class.

stressedHEmum Mon 28-Jan-13 13:01:16

i know, crescent, it's so desperately sad and very frustrating that someone would have to come all that way for a couple of bags of basic food. I can't imagine how it must feel, especially going past all the shops filled with people buying things that they choose for themselves. I think that it might be quite easy to become a bit bitter and angry about it.

I think that it is fantastic that you cook for your local scheme. Being able to give people a hot, nourishing meal is such an amazing thing to do and a blessing to everyone involved.

Everyone's blessings are so lovely just not. You really don't have to look too hard to find good things in life.

Poledra, may you find joy and companionship in your new friendship. Friends are so very precious.

Today's gratitudes -

shelter from the rain and wind
plenty of rest yesterday and nowhere to go today
watching Wonders of Life on TV last night - life really is a wonder
a good chat and a strawberry tart with a dear friend
hot fruit tea to heat me up
hot soup for lunch

stressedHEmum Mon 28-Jan-13 17:33:26

I have another gratitude today.

I am very grateful that I was in this afternoon. One of my elderly parishioners has one of those emergency alert buttons. I got a phonecall this afternoon saying that he had pressed his button but wasn't responding. They had tried all his other contact numbers but no-one else was in - could I go and check that he was all right.

I walked down and had to let myself in. The poor old thing was lying unconscious and unresponsive in his own mess. He was twitching and gasping for breath. I thought that he was going to die. I was able to put him in the recovery position, phone the ambulance and wait until the medics arrived and took him off to hospital.

Thank goodness I was home. He could have been lying like that for hours if I hadn't been.

crescentmoon Mon 28-Jan-13 17:58:00

Stressed that's amazing. And that you could do first aid for him as well! I'm so happy you managed to get him to hospital. I feel so sad for old people who don't have neighbours like you. In the worst case It's awful when you read those stories of people who don't know their neighbours are dead until they smell them.
poledra great news that your daughter's slumber party went well. Im also grateful for friedships with dcs friends parents. I love my dcs current school because of how friendly the parents are. To the extent I like to get to the playground early on in the morning/or before home time to have a chat with some of the other mums as we wait! They are so welcoming and different from the parents at my dcs old school- where I used to time my arrival exactly as dc were supposed to be in and exactly as it was home time so I would spend as little time standing around as possible! Joining the PTA helped alot and I enjoy more for social reasons than helping out the school lol.

Daily gratitudes
1. Ds2 is so much nicer to take out now
2. got to see some good friends
3. Dhs payday today so i stopped off at my local bakery to buy some treats for everybody!
4. Lovely warm home
5. Really kind teachers at dcs school

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