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953: “Gratefulness is a setting of the heart, one that I can choose like a wavelength on the radio.”

Day 953: Tuesday, October 25, 2022

“Gratefulness is a setting of the heart, one that I can choose like a wavelength on the radio.” -Susan Mazrolle

“Gratefulness offers a merciful path for walking through life with our eyes and hearts wide open. It supports us to attend to the potency of what is life-affirming, beautiful, and moving in our exact moments of brokenheartedness. It invites us to sit with paradox in more fully noticing the magnificence of humanity as we face the mire.” -Kristi Nelson

I am grateful for the red pistachio tree in my yard

- Jacqueline

How do I cultivate gratefulness within myself and with others?

“As my life has slowed down with a never-ending list of things to do,

I am learning to take my time, and be present to both my tasks

and with other people . . . this gives space for gratefulness to occupy.”

– sparrow

“Stop, look & go throughout my day. Gentle reminders to stop & soak up the abundance in my life. At the end of my day, I list all the things and events I am grateful for from my day; my list is long.”

– pkr

I try to cultivate gratefulness in others by trying hard to being my best self in all the circumstances, sharing happy and nice vibes to those around me from the security at the building to my colleagues, everyone throughout my day. The reality is bad things spread fast but so do good ones. For a long time in my life I feel that people share things with me and feel grateful to spend time with me because I always treat them with kindness.”

– Maria Martins

“Stop. Look. Go.

It’s a daily practice. Grounding oneself.”

– Michele

“Everyday I forward my daughter the Word for the Day

and in the email I include a list of everything I feel grateful for that day. She then replies back with her list. I think it’s really making a difference.”

– Jay

“In myself, it’s become a part of me, as it’s been a part of my daily practice for several years now. And I hope that my practice is a light to others to help cultivate gratefulness in them. Sometimes I help my husband remember to be grateful by helping him see a situation from another perspective.”

– sunnypatti

“By taking a moment each day to pause, take a few breaths, reflect on the love of family and friends, as well as the kindness and generosity of neighbors and strangers. I thank God for their presence in my life and say a prayer for them.”

– Martha

(The Poole Family)

“Having a ‘gratitude’ section in my morning routine helps me stay centered, present and prepared throughout the day for those moments when I struggle and lose sight of what’s important and meaningful in my life. When others see me shift perspectives and benefit from getting back on a path to gratitude, I’d like to believe it inspires them to try and use gratitude for what ails them. I also am not embarrassed to point it out when I see something they are overlooking. My teenage children especially.”


“By letting go gratitude arises naturally like the flow of water. When water flows and is not stagnant everything is alive. Letting go and acceptance create gratitude within.”

– Antoinette

“Pause to switch off the autopilot. Look around. Take note of the surroundings. Share those observations with the people around me. And if I’m alone, thank the Divine for the beauty and love all around me.”

– Laura

“With love….self-love, deep love for those nearest my heart and love for all in between.”


For the past year I have tried to swim each morning. I walk into the water and look up at the sky - sometimes sunrise, sometimes night and a sky filled with stars and the waning moon. I whisper "Thank You." - David

Announcement from JoAnn:

Dear Ones: here's the movie I mentioned in the announcements last Sunday. It's called Moonlight.

Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. The film stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali.

The film presents three stages in the life of the main character: his childhood, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up.[4] Filmed in Miami, Florida, beginning in 2015, Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. It was released in the United States on October 21, 2016, by A24, receiving universal acclaim and grossing over $65 million worldwide.

Moonlight has been cited as one of the best films of the 21st century. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney from a total of eight nominations, at the 89th Academy Awards. It became the first LGBTQ film with an all-black cast and the second-lowest-grossing film domestically (behind The Hurt Locker) to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Joi McMillon became the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar, and Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar.

Announcement to Share with the World: Diarmuid O'Murchu visits! Please send this announcement to friends and family and could be, would be friends.

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