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Monday, August 15, 2005

Gratitude!

We live in amazing times. Yes, we have created problems for ourselves that couldn't have been fathomed by our forfathers, but then again, the standard of living we all enjoy (based on the fact that you are reading this on a computer) far exceeds that of ancient Pharoes and Emperors. The tools we have, the talents we nurture, the time we've been given - it's overwhelming!

Here's a great exercize. Ask yourself:
What are you truly grateful for?
What are you looking forward to?
Who are you thankful for?
What are some of their best qualities?
TELL THEM!

There. Feel better?

So what are you grateful for today?

All Things Possible!
C

PS: I'm greatful for the internet, my webmaster, and that you are reading my blog. Thank You for your inspiration, interest, and participation!!

10 Comments:

  • At 5:39 PM, August 15, 2005 , Anonymous Nisha said...

    There are so many things I am grateful for today. First and foremost I am grateful for all the wonderful people in my life. I am blessed with family and friends who are very loving and reliably supportive. Second I am grateful for my health. I cherish my abilities to see, hear, smell, taste, & touch. These are all precious tools I use to absorb my surroundings daily. Third I am grateful for my faith. I feel comforted having God there to listen to me when I need to talk. Lastly, I am grateful for technology. I am fascinated with the rapidly changing world we live in. Advancements are made daily and that gives me hope for the future. We can continue to live, love and laugh together.

     
  • At 12:38 AM, August 16, 2005 , Blogger MarathonShannon said...

    I am thankful for my friends & family and their capacity to love and to express their love!

    I am thankful to my artist friends who see the world with the eyes of a poet and continue to paint a different picture every day.

    I love that my world has: music, ping pong, dogs, yosemite, ants, laughing, challenges, empathy, language, diversity, rain, the ocean, the earth and stars and everything in between. Finally, I am grateful that different souls from across the globe share their thoughts and dreams on these internet waves and continue to evaporate the darkness and isolation between strangers--instead building friendships and understanding.

    Here's to our future of peace & joy!

    ~Shannon

     
  • At 10:59 AM, August 16, 2005 , Blogger Linds said...

    I'm thankful for faith, friends and family. I am also thankful for the www because it has allowed me to form relationships with people I more than likely would have never met to begin with. I am also grateful for positive places like this site. It's refreshing with all the fluff and junk you can find or get bombarded with. ~Linds

     
  • At 1:13 PM, August 16, 2005 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Another great question, Chris. There are many things I am thankful for, most of all freedom, democracy, equality, tolerance and humanity. We take all that for granted today, but those concepts have not really been around very long and even today they are not the 'normal state of affairs' for everyone on the planet.
    I am thankful for love, for having been born under a very lucky star and all the good things that have happened to me, for my parents, family and friends, their love, support and inspiration, the kindness of strangers, the places I could travel to and my health.
    I am thankful for all the books and movies and great people that have enlightened and inspired me - including you, Chris, and the people who post on this board. I am also grateful for the decision not to "grow up" and stop being a fan as I wouldn't be who I am today and have none of the friends I have today if I wasn't a fan.
    And I am thankful for the internet and all the benefits it brings, for public transport, which I think is greatly underrated sometimes, for great books, for tea and for chocolate!
    All the best to everyone.
    Ute

     
  • At 3:37 PM, August 16, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    YEAY!! Let's hear it for Faith, Friends, Ping Pong, Family and CHOCOLATE! GREAT ANSWERS!! Really makes you feel lucky when you realize how many ways we are blessed! Thanks for being thankful for me Ute, I'm thankful for you too!

    Thank you all! I want to draw your attention to something I am very greatful for this afternoon as I write this. There is some AWESOME new material on the Fan Contribution page. Check out the short stories by Christine and the music by Shannon. I'm thankful that all you guys are so gosh darn gifted!! Thank you so much for sharing!! Keep It Coming!!

    ALL THINGS POSSIBLE!
    -C

     
  • At 1:47 PM, August 18, 2005 , Anonymous Natira said...

    Hands down the number one thing I'm grateful/thankful for is God, with out Him I would not have what I have today. It is only by His grace that we have a home of my own, warm beds, loveable pet and wonderful family and friends.
    I'm thankful for my children, with out them I don't know where I'd be. They keep me grounded and focused and give me the 'dinner and a movie' act every night. I am happy to say my cousin, Michael, I'm thankful for. He's a brother I never got to have and he pulls me back when I get too excited or upset. Since my last relationship had ended in domestic violence, yes, during my chemo, I'm happy to say Michael will be the first to talk to any potential 'good friends'.
    God willing, I'm looking forward to finishing up my degree and taking that long needed trip to Scotland.
    Some folks earlier had added food to their list of thankfuls and so I will add mine...I'm thankful for SweetTarts, Rum Rasin Ice Cream, Hummus, Pepprocini and non food stuff...Paint, Duct Tape and Scissors. HA! : )

     
  • At 2:06 PM, August 18, 2005 , Blogger Linds said...

    After the last 24 hours I would have to say I am grateful for renewal of relationships. I had not seen my sister in almost 8 years, and had only talked to her twice, when she called to tell me she would be in the L.A. area on business and really wanted to see me. I thought about not going, but then decided that would let the past win, and so I drove up to L.A. I got to be open and honest with her, as she was with me, and it was just a fabulous time! I will always remember being on Hollywood and Highland, and Amy looking down and screaming "The Bee Gees!!" We also did the wax museum and some horror thing. She only said one bad word and I only jumped once (at the same thing) so that was entertaining. Okay I've gone on long enough, I just had to share the experience! ~Linds

     
  • At 7:32 AM, August 22, 2005 , Blogger Pae said...

    I am grateful for living in the United States, where I am entitled to an opinion, whether its correct or not, where I can strive to occomplish my dreams, where I can home school my children. I am also grateful for our men and women in the armed forces, who put their lives on the line for my freedoms. Because without the freedoms that so many of us take for granted it would be a much nastier place. I guess I am just grateful to be living in a time and place where being a woman does not mean I am a second class citizen, and that means my two daughters can achieve what ever goals they work hard for. I am grateful for the "left" and the "right", and for people who differ in their veiws from myself, it keeps us balanced. I am grateful for life. It was not guarenteed to me, but my mother chose it for me. I am grateful for the oprotunities I am allowed and for the people who stand by me and believe in me even when I really muff things up.

     
  • At 8:52 AM, August 23, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Before the topic changes this week, I'd like to register my gratitude for this website, for the wonderful conversations that are developing, for the courage and sensitivity of the participants. I enjoy checking in regularly to see what's happening. I'm thankful for Chris and the insight and inspiration he sends out to us all. Keep on keeping on! MBP

     
  • At 8:57 AM, August 23, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Excellent comments!!! Thank you all so much! Thanks MPB for joining us - Welcome!

    I really loved this topic to see that gratitude is an exercize in enjoying an experience or blessing a second time. Thank you all for letting us share in the blessings of your life.

    Stay tuned. The next topic is MOTIVATION.

    All Things Possible!!
    Chris

     

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