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amy green
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Today I am grateful for....not being a refugee.

It would seem that today's photo of a drowned Syrian boy - shown widely in the media - has finally catalysed significant developments. Politicians appear to be concerned and are saying the right things about proposed actions...we shall see.

Meanwhile there are many charities that are taking donations to help those in this crisis situation. A spokesman for one of these charities said that the public have shown eagerness at finally being able to do something to help i.e. not with the apathy that the media is depicting. This is heartening...that people still care and respond.

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Certainly on Facebook (and of course, people who are 'friends' with me on there are a sub-sect and therefore possibly not typical) I get the impression that there's an outcry against callousness. Politicians will follow if they think there's votes in it.

We've had two generations since "there's no such thing as society". Maybe (just maybe) things are swinging back.

Yes, it is heartening.

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Today I am grateful that someone has finally come into my life who truly appreciates me (with my various abilities) in the way that I have always wanted.....better late than never!

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Congratulations:)

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Today I am grateful for not being homeless.

I was reminded of this when donating items to the food bank in Waitrose. I was once street homeless for 6 months
as a teenager, through the winter - due to circumstance. I still recall being constantly cold, tired and hungry and
have enormous compassion for the homeless.

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Today I am grateful for being alive, being able to write, and having such a solid support system.

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amy green
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I have only just seen a similar thread to this one of mine, that has actually been going longer.

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Hi Amy, I had no idea that you had one too! 9 years old and 12! Both resurrected - must be a record! πŸ™‚

Today I am grateful for all the love I see expressed around me - from humans, animals, every part of life, but most of all for what I call God, which is divine Love. Love fills all space.

Love and peace,

Judy

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I am grateful healthy living foods to nourish my mind and body. I am also grateful to be alive in this information age where knowledge and personal empowerment are accessible to the masses.

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At this time of year particularly, I am grateful for not being street homeless.....because I was once...
(for 6 months and through the winter). I have enormous compassion for them and hope they survive the cold.

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Today I am grateful that my mum's birthday went well for her, i.e. that she was pain free. She is 95!

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Congratulations to your Mum! πŸ™‚

She might like this by Mary Baker Eddy:

Science and Health p 247
Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, — the radiance of Soul. Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness which transcend all material sense.

Love and peace,

Judy

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Today I am thankful for being able to walk briskly without any hip twinges (that stop me in my tracks)!
Felt great!

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Today I am grateful for a surprising discovery - my next door neighbour became active in her garden and the tall obstacle that overshadowed much of my back patio is now gone! I now have more light in my kitchen (overlooking the garden) and the SUN can now shine on previously shaded plants!

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Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

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Today I am grateful for waking up pain free. I am also grateful for living in a wonderful Country, I know not all can say that.

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Today I am grateful that I was able to connect to nature in a very special way on my mindfulness teacher training course.

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Today I am grateful for my naturalistic gardens - mostly the back garden. I finally have the lawnmeadow how I want it. The pale blue flowers are nigella in the foreground (look a bit blanched); the darker blue ones are bugloss.

In my front garden, I had a garden escape called red valerian that cropped up....and now it looks like this!

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What a gorgeous garden Amy! Thank you for sharing your photos - they've made my day. πŸ™‚

Today I am grateful for the warming sun, the way it glitters through the leaves, dances on our pond and makes everyone feel brighter and happier.

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Today I am grateful for those that support and understand me.

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Today I am grateful for the ability to breathe through both nostrils again (after over a year), following a successful operation.

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Today I am grateful for the opportunity to feel useful...I have just taken part in the excellent FoodCycle project. It is a successful nationwide scheme whereby surplus food from supermarkets is used to create meals for those disadvantaged (e.g. the homeless, refugees, the unemployed).

I can heartily recommend doing voluntary work to help make a difference in the world and nurture our humanity.

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Today I am grateful for the chance to run a qigong class for some special needs children. It was quite an experience for all os us!!!

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Wow...close shave today!

Today I am grateful for my high blood pressure tablets being fast tracked. I realised today that I had renewed the other medication (for Vit D) in error and, when I realised I had no tablets left (i.e. no new packet) I panicked slightly since the weekend is looming! I thanked the chemist and medical centre for efficiently making it available to me in time to collect today. Brill!

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Today I am grateful for the good relationship I have with my son. He popped in for no other reason to see us, and to warn us he has a stressful few weeks coming up at work so may well be round more than normal. to vent. He lives less than 30 seconds walk away from us but we rarely see him. I am pleased he felt able to ask for the support he needs

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Today I am grateful for having a kind brother who is looking out for me.

It's a complex situation but, long story short, my sister is trying to undermine my mother's intentions for me here at this flat. He gave me hope that this situation could be upturned and set the ball rolling re. solicitor's advice. Having now spoken to them I currently feel hopeful and empowered about my future here.

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Today I am grateful for the availability of the food that we eat.

I was just thinking and appreciating what I was eating and how it all came together, i.e. from different countries, people all working to enable myself to be able to buy and enjoy the end products!

With families now tending not to eat together so much, it stands to reason that saying grace (which doesn't have to involve God) is now a largely forgotten custom. I found these different ways of saying grace (online)

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Very interesting. Particularly - to me - that the Native American one is the only one that actually thanks the animals and plants that are being eaten.
Do you say grace yourself? What do you say?
Mine (given to me by my spirit helpers) is (addressed to the plants and animals) :
I need food as you needed food.
You are food as I will be food.
Thank you for feeding me.

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Very interesting. Particularly - to me - that the Native American one is the only one that actually thanks the animals and plants that are being eaten.
Do you say grace yourself? What do you say?
Mine (given to me by my spirit helpers) is (addressed to the plants and animals) :
I need food as you needed food.
You are food as I will be food.
Thank you for feeding me.

I am always grateful for the food I eat but haven't, until today, become more aware of how just amazing it is that I am able to eat as I do (i.e. I am mindful of those starving and in war zone situations where access to food is very uncertain). I think I would feel more comfortable with a thought acknowledgement before eating, rather than saying something out loud (I live alone).

A less reverential grace - good drink, good meat, good God let's eat!

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Today I am grateful for getting back lighting in my frontroom! I have been 2 days without it (due to a fault). Being without something you take for granted enables renewed appreciation of it when it is restored.

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