Gratitude and Blessings

Gratitude

Thanksgiving is the time to focus on gratitude. It is a celebration, started over a century ago, when the pilgrims gave blessings for what they had in their new country. Mimicking that celebration we, ideally, gather with family and friends to pay homage for all that we have.

There has been mention, as of late, of gratitude journals and encouragements by some writers to start or maintain one. If you have not experienced this, it is an excellent suggestion, as it is quite surprising how powerful of a tool it is.

Today, I would like to share some of the things that I am most grateful for. The list includes blessings from my past and current situation.



My Gratitude

Above the love I hold for my two, wonderful daughters, and my four awesome grandkids, is the love I have for reconnecting with my Spiritual relationship with God. I feel so blessed that I have a personal relationship that is filled with love, dependability and trust. I am grateful for the spiritual path I am currently following, which led me to this intimate relationship. It fills me with joy to deepen this experience with my meditation practice and retreat work.

When I became a mother, I experienced a fulfillment unlike any other. I knew that there was nothing and no one that could ever break that bond and tear us apart. I was wrong. I learned never to say, “It will never happen to me”. I wish I could say it has been an unending, positive experience, but I became quite ill in my personal life and alienated my daughters. I am so blessed that I have two forgiving children and have been successful in rebuilding my relationship with them. Initially, it was a trying time. They did not trust that the mother who raised them was back and reliable. I understood their skepticism. I am grateful every single day for our relationship and the love we share. I’m also grateful that I have been able to forgive myself and have a better understanding of the dynamics of what occurred.

Friendship has always been important to me and has been a part of my life since I was very young. Not everyone has friends, nor are they capable of making friends easily. I’ve recognized, through the years, that I am a very social person. I have high expectations to have my social needs met. Not good or bad, just a fact I am aware of. So, my circle of friends run from the very old to the most recent ones that I’ve met these past few years in North Carolina. They also include the friendships I’ve made through the Hub pages Community. I am also grateful for the few friendships which offer a deeper connection in my life.


I am blessed

It would be an incomplete list if I did not count the blessings received from the obvious: heath and wealth. Am I in perfect health? No, but I am aware and striving to make positive changes. So, I would include, at this point, the gratitude felt for having the intelligence and motivation to make the changes necessary to become healthier. Some of these changes include an improved dietary regime; a return to a regular exercise program; and a determination to lose the extra weight that I’ve gained these past few years.

My financial goal was laid out at the beginning of the year as a ‘direction’ I was moving toward. Again, the gratitude is extended to having a steady income, having made a choice over two decades ago to move into a stable career, and having the resolve to never say ‘die’. Tenacity has been a characteristic I’ve carried from childhood. It is a razor sharp edge between staying steadfast and being stubborn. As for the goal to become debt free: I stubbornly stay steadfast! It is a mantra that keeps me moving toward that horizon despite all of the unforeseen setbacks, as well as my own personal undoing, such as falling into old habits, like spending before planning.

I am blessed that I have a home to live in. My heart goes out to all of the people who are homeless, or who have been homeless. I know that there is a reason for all things, but sometimes it is beyond comprehension. I’ve taken care of patients who are homeless, more than I can count. I have a dear friend who was homeless for quite some time. I know it can happen to anyone. I know it has nothing to do with worth or being good or bad; smart or stupid. I know the numbers are increasing because of our current economic situation. It is frightening and can feel overwhelming just thinking about it. Therefore, I’m grateful that I do have a place to live.

I’m grateful for my job. People tell me that a nurse will always find work. However, some jobs have lower employment opportunities and many places are putting hiring freezes on their facilities. Therefore, even in the worse of the working conditions one has to think twice about leaving.


Power of Gratitude

Put into practice what you are grateful for.
Put into practice what you are grateful for. | Source
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I am grateful for:

Louise Hay is an amazing woman and metaphysics teacher. She influenced me back in the ‘80’s when I was attending the (then named) Church of Today, in Warren, Michigan. She offered a workshop about gratitude and could find anything a worthy cause for being thankful for. So, here is a short list of some of the things that one would and would not ordinarily think of:

I’m grateful for my body. This body of mine is an awesome structure. Its heart beats regularly, despite having been broken a time or two; the muscles and bones are strong, despite the pain I feel from old dance strains, which are put to rest with mild over-the-counter medicine and massage; the brain is still sharp, even though my memory seems to be more select; my eyes still see, despite the need for reading glasses; the ears hear very well, to my nephews dismay, when I catch him muttering under his breath; my kidneys function well, as proven through my visits to the bathroom wherever I am; my skin still has a glow, despite the wrinkles that abound; and my hair is full and thick-and any color I want it to be!

I’m grateful for my son-in-laws. They are part of my life, and part of our family.

I’m grateful I am a grandmother. The joy of being a grandparent is indescribable.

I’m grateful for my siblings. Yes, even the ones I don’t speak to. We have a history and that is all part of our story together.

I’m grateful for the animals and plants that nourish my body giving it fuel, energy, and brain power.

I’m grateful for the world of people who are different from me-cultures and colors make up a beautiful tapestry of life.

I’m grateful for my sense of humor. Inherited by both my father, who loved puns and taught me to appreciate limmericks, and my mother, who loved jokes and a good time, I have been known to forget the punch lines of good jokes.

I’m grateful for the traffic on the road-it allows me to practice my cuss words…er, I mean my patience.

It is astounding how subtle the positive support can show up in our lives when we are in sync with best intentions. We live in a remarkable world filled with great opportunity and endless potential. Stop and think of the myriad of ordinary things that make your life easier. Modern technology has created miracles for those who do not live in third world countries. We have much to be grateful for.

Count your blessings; look around at all that you have and think of what you are thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Dr Deepak Chopra

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carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Hi Denise, this is one of the most beautiful and honest hubs about gratefullness I have ever read so far. I'm so happy that everything turned out okay for you. The power of positive thinking is amazing to say the least. I think that if you could get hold of the dvd "The Secret" or the book it would help even more. I watch it as often as I can. I strongly recommend it.


Danette Watt 6 years ago

Denise, You are one of the people I am grateful to have in my life. You have taught me a lot over the years about gratitude, accepting gifts and other spiritual lessons you've learned and passed along to me.

Thanks for sharing your hub.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Hey, having the chance to read this hub is one of the best blessings I had today! I am grateful even more... Thanks for sharing! God bless! =)


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and commenting. I've added a video about gratitude from one of the 'wise men' that I've learned from. Take a peek at it. It has a nice guided meditation.

Carrie-although I have not read the book, my oldest daughter has and attests to its remarkable outcomes. Thanks for your comments.

Danette, Thanks. And, it is reciprocated. The lessons keep coming and we learn from each other. :)

Dj-aww, thanks. I'm glad you were touched.


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schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

Hi Denise, I was very pleasantly surprised by this hub, it was a beautiful read, and very inspiring. I loved every minute of it, and was happy to hear of your experiences and how you stayed and stay positive! Sharing one's experiences I feel is the best teacher...

So I am very grateful for this upbeat hub on the eve of Thanksgiving, which is a day I usually feel cynical about.

Thanks Denise! And God bless!


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Rose-it's good hearing from you. I love your profile photo-beautiful. Thanks for your candid comments. I appreciate them. Have a blessed Thanksgiving. :)


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

It sounds like you've got just about everything you could ask for... Happy Thanksgiving !!!!!


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sofs 6 years ago

Denise, I wish like you, all of us can learn to count our blessings..Not a day goes by when I do not thank my God for all the people in my life.., the attitude of gratitude is what makes life wholesome.

Actually it takes humility to be thankful... to be able to look at what you have and say thanks with a grateful heart.

Thank you Denise for who you are and sharing your thoughts.. I am glad to know you.


AnnieRoseVA 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing so honestly your gratitude and joy of life. It is inspiring!


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richtwf 6 years ago

A great reminder to us all that we need to practise the art of being grateful rather than look at the deficiencies in our lives and to moan at our lot.

There are so many things that we can be grateful for like our relationships with family and friends, having a roof over our heads and good health, the list is endless if we really make an effort to focus on the good things that we are blessed to have in our lives.

Thanks Denise for sharing these beautiful thoughts of gratitude, and keep spreading the word!


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks everyone, for your comments.

@Carolina-Yes, ALMOST everything...grateful for what I have, listening to my heart for what else is needed in my life. :) Happy Turkey Day back to you--do you do the deep fried bird, or the oven roasted? My brother has done both in the past. I prefer the oven bird.

Hi Sofs-thank you for your thoughts. I'm glad to know you as well. :)

@AnnieRose-thanks for reading the hub. I appreciate your kind words.

@Rich-You're welcome! I will. Hopefully, we all will. I think you are right-sometimes it seems to be a habit of our society to name what is wrong and put the blame on someone.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, Shuvo, for reading my hub. I'm glad I could be of some help. Have a wonderful weekend! Many blessings to you.


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Happyboomernurse 6 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Denise,

Thanks for sharing this beautiful, heartfelt hub about gratitude and blessings, as well as some of your personal struggles to make improvements in your life and relationships.

I'm rating this hub up, useful, beautiful and awesome. By the way, I see your hub score is at the 100 mark again, which is another thing to be grateful for (smile).


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for your kind comments and your vote! I just saw the score at the end of the day. What a nice surprise. It is such a fickle little thing and it catches my attention far too much, LOL But, it's all fun. Yes, I am grateful...grateful for finding hubpages. It has been such a blessing in my life. Hope your holiday was a good one. :)


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kids-toy-box 6 years ago

Hi Denise-a beautiful hub--I am grateful to you for reminding us of the simple things-'hidden blessings' we ought to be most thankful for yet we often take them for granted--reminds me of the saying I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man with no feet.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Good morning K- yes, I remember the poem. It serves our own place of gratitude to recall the simple things that many don't have. Thank you for reading and commenting. Enjoy your weekend. :)


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I smile with you as you itemize your blessings with so much self knowledge :-)


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello, De Greek. Self knowledge comes with age LOL...and experience. Thanks for commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving........... like me, you have much to be thankful for! We are blessed ~ Kaie


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Kaie, Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Yes, yes, yes. Much to be thankful for. Take care.


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MonicaRobinson 6 years ago

Very well written! We do need to be thankful every day, I guess that is what the journals would be for. Yes we should be thankful for the obvious as well as those things that we wish we could change. Great hub! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Monica-I like your photo. :) Thanks for reading and commenting. I had a lovely week with my family in Michigan. It was great seeing everyone and playing with the grandkids. Thanks. Hope yours went well, also. Stay in touch.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

This is a great hub and I admire you so much for telling your story. I've only just found you on here and look forward to reading more of your work. Thank you for sharing this and I hope you gave yourself a pat on the back for writing this hub.An awesome and up for this one.

Well done and take care Denise.


Kevin Schofield 6 years ago

Hi Denise, All I can say is thank you for your wonderful testimony, and for this transcendent and healing hub. I work with clients who have desperate problems, and some have terminal illnesses. But I know that to them and to me words well said and genuinely meant are beyond price, and work such as this heartfelt article is an inspiration and gift to everyone. You have a great power with words and you have the gift! Kindest regards, Kev.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Eiddwen-so nice to meet you. Thank you for reading this hub. I'm glad that it resonated with you. I appreciate your comments and vote up. I'm looking forward to reading your work as well.

Kevin-Thank you so much for your kind words and compliments. I appreciate hearing that. My writing is healing for me, as well. But, it's so nice to know that what I write is helpful to others, too. Thanks!


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Loved this hub Denise, actually made me think ; )


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL That's wonderful, TG, (I think????) Glad to see you here and I'm happy it started things perculating, LOL Thanks for your comment.


Matt 6 years ago

Always remember that if you recognize God as perfection, wealth, health, success, love, happiness, ect....And that your an exact image of God, you too will be all these things. Great hub, thanks so much! Happy Holidays to all!


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

thank you Matt for your visit and your comments. Happy Holiday to you as well.


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Sundaymoments 6 years ago from United States

What a great hub!

I loved the many wonderful comments that were posted as well. Denise this hub most certainly made my mindset right early this morning.

I voted it up and most certainly as an awesome hub! Fantastic writing.

Thank You for more my morning start as a blessed reminder of God's greatness!

SM


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

This was a beautiful and heart felt piece of writing and I so enjoyed reading it. Thank you so much for allowing me to read your excellent hub.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Nice to meet you, Sundaymoments. Thank you for such kind hearted fan mail. I'll be stopping over to your site when I am back home...am in the middle of my spiritual retreat this w/e. Thank you for your comments. I'm glad I was able to act as a humble reminder.

Aceaetnna, always good to see your smiling face visiting my hub. Thank you.


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Joy56 6 years ago

I just met you in the what colour is, forum. So glad i came over to read your work, i feel as if i know you now...

Things in life do not always turn out exactly as we would plan, but you seem to find a way to turn things around. Congratulations on your success, as a writer. mother. grandmother... and in your career... Your honesty shines through


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

thank you, Joy, for connecting with me. Those forums are good for piquing the curiousity about other hubbers, aren't they? I appreciate your heartful words. It's nice to meet you, too.


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Beautiful. I like your list of gratitudes. Thanks for sharing.

Namaste.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Deborah, for stopping in to read and comment. It is difficult to feel despair when one counts ones blessings. Have a joyful holiday. Namaste


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Let's be thankful. Thanks for the hub and God bless Denise!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I thank you immensely for this beautiful and truthful hub. I have now added to my list of blessings - you! Rated a big up.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Awww, Micky-you're a sweetheart. Hugs to you, my friend.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi VocalCoach-thank you for such a warm comment. I appreciate your kindness. And, thanks for the lift up. :)


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Pente 5 years ago from Planet Earth

Being grateful is so important. This lesson can be applied anywhere and anytime. Even adversity can lead to inner strength. I have seen people in terrible conditions that are much happier than the rich. Their Secret? Being thankful for what they do have and helping others.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Pente, you are so right. Being grateful is very important to being content with our lives. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment.


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lctodd1947 5 years ago from USA

Loved this read and the heart felt thankfulness. It has been said that we do not have more because we are not thankful enough for what we have. Some of us...you seem to have your thankfulness intact.

Thanks for sharing.

Linda


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Linda-thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments. Gratitude is a precious gift that keeps on giving...to ourselves. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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perfectperception 5 years ago from USA

Wonderful! Simply wonderful. Thanks for sharing


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Nice to meet you.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...an appropriate title for how I feel about your vast array of life affirming hubs and the wonderful writer that you are - and of course your continued support of my writing which always humbles me - and that appropriate title is Gratitude and Blessings!!!!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Colin-you are always so complimentary in your comments. I am the one humbled by them. Thanks for stopping for a moment to read and comment. Most appreciated. Hugs.


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jagandelight 5 years ago from Florida

It is always good to know your blessing and can outline them, because they did not happen in your own ability but through the grace and help of our Lord and Savior.

Very nice hub.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello jagan-nice to meet you. thanks for your comments. Welcome to hubpages.


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jewelsofawe 5 years ago from Oregon

Gratitude is so important! I try to remember to be grateful all the time and most of the time I am which brings me joy, but being human I can complain and forget.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Jewelsofawe. I'm the same way. There is much to be grateful for.


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guy.e.lawson 5 years ago from Forest Park, IL

I am grateful for our connection. Thank you for showing up in the world as you do; a brilliant light of the Love and Beauty that Spirit is.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

What a sweet comment, Guy. Thank you. I am a firm believer in synchronicity. I know nothing is by accident and it is all a part of the Divine unfolding. I once belonged to a Unity church in Warren, Michigan. I was first introduced to the metaphysical concepts through The Church of Today. I know longer follow the Unity church, however, my spirituality is my primary focus-the continued development of my soul. I attend retreat in Michigan several times a year with the same grp of people. We support each other in the deeper truths of our Being. It is a beautiful life when we 'see' with clarity what is Truth. Thank you for your comments and taking the time to read the hub. You may want to read Silence: a meditation experience to get more information of what my spiritual practice involves.


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Taleb80 5 years ago

Thank you Mrs. Denise for this nice Hub.

For a while, I thought that I read your hub before I wrote mine -Privileges God has been giving us (Characteristics of privileges) - but then I recognized that God gives all the human being & he who thinks a little will know how much he has received from God.

I know there were difficulties you faced through your life, and sorry to say that we will face more in future.

These difficulties are hints from God to tell us & let us make sure that It's God's blessings which save us, not our knowledge or experience.

Thank you my God that although I live in one of the third world countries, I am able to read this article although English is not my mother tongue.

Thank you again

I voted "UP"

Regards


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Taleb80 for your insights and comments. I agree with you-it is not through our experiences, nor through our intellect that we are in gratitude...it is through the recognition that we have been touched by God through Holy Grace with blessings that go beyond what we mere mortals could achieve. Thank you for visiting the hub.


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Taleb80 5 years ago

It is my pleasure to read your hubs.


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RichERich1175 5 years ago

I am so glad that you responded to my rants, so now I can immerse myself with your wonderful writing skills. Gratitude is at the heart of what it is to be human; it is something which we should give each and every day...and on unrelated note, every time I see someone from the great state of North Carolina,I regret not going to UNC at Chapel Hill...that's my random thought for the day!! Amazing stuff


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

RichERich-Wonderful random thoughts. Thank you for your kind compliments. I've enjoyed your visits and comments to my hubs. I agree with you regarding gratitude. A grateful heart gives credit to the Greater Power that offers blessings in unexpected ways...unexpected places.

Come on down to NC anytime, LOL


ed77burns 5 years ago

Wonderful hub.Quite inspiring thoughts you have put in here.Good Job!!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello ed-thank you for reading the hub and commenting. I appreciate it. :)


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No_Clue 5 years ago

One powerful, positive, inspiring hub! "When the student is ready the teacher appears...! and right on time! Thank you!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello NC-I think you'll have to change your name to 'Clue' soon, LOL. I'm glad that you enjoyed this hub. I support you in your writing and your goals. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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CarolineVABC 5 years ago from Castaic

Hi Denise!

Thank you for reminding us to be grateful for what we have, and it could be the simplest things in life-children, grandchildren, siblings (yes, even the ones whom we do not ncessarilly get along with), our heart (a muschle which pumps blood in our bodies to keep us alive) and so forth. Many times, these things are overlooked by people. We get too busy or involved with life, and we do not stop to let them know how grateful we are for them. We only have "one life," and this is the only time we can let them know that they are important in our lives. So, we have to make it count. We hope that someday, we will see them eternally rejoicing with our Creator. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful hub. Looking forward to reading your other hubs. Keep at it. God bless!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

This is a well written article Denise, and a wonderful subject that has lit up my morning! And yes, I am thankful for that! PS My husband grew up near Warren in Centerline, went to school at Lincoln! Know of it?


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi CarolineV-thank you for reading the hub and commenting. We really do have much to be grateful for each day, don't we?

FL - My gosh, of course! I graduated from Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights. My two daughters are still living in Michigan and all of my four grandkids! Wow! one more thing we have in common. Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad it was an uplift for you. Take care.


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HartMurengu 5 years ago from Nairobi

Hi Denise,

Your hub reminded me not to take for granted the people, gifts that are in our life, they all add value and an extra ordinary feeling of love .Parents, siblings, in-laws, nieces/nephews . to quote you ,'I’m grateful for my siblings. Yes, even the ones I don’t speak to. We have a history and that is all part of our story together.'They make us who we are. Thanks for sharing, thumbs up! Great hub.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello HartMurengu-thank you for reading this hub. I appreciate your comments. Yes, it is most important to be mindful of what we are grateful for each day. We are given blessings and gifts that we may or may not take for granted. Have a wonderful week.


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Ashantina 5 years ago

I loved this Denise! Esp the list of things we wouldn't ordinarily be grateful for.. healthy kidneys, heart etc.

I hear a deep sense of peace within your words..

Stay Blessed and thank you for sharing.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Ashantina-thanks for reading and commenting. It's amazing how we take the miracle of our bodies for granted. Enjoy your week.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

Writing a hub to express gratitude in this way must have had a profound and very positive effect on you. If more people took the time to say thank you like this the world would be filled with happier people who could enjoy the game of life. Gratitude is something I deliberately practice everyday until it becomes something I do naturally and spontaneously without having to think about it. I have begun to do the same with forgiveness. Thank you Denise for an inspiring read.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Spirit Whisperer-it truly is a 'game of life' isn't it. It is amazing to me that more people are not grateful for all that is--not just all that they have.

My spiritual path focuses on various aspects of living. Currently, the focus is forgiveness. It is a complex subject and one that allows many opportunities of inquiry into the heart. Life offers many opportunities to practice forgiveness, doesn't it?

Thanks for your feedback. Much appreciated.


stessily 5 years ago

Denise Handlon: Gratitude and forgiveness are two of my favorite perspectives, and I love it when they are balanced and intertwined in my life. I hear about the commercialism of Thanksgiving and of how it's been relegated to the sidelines in the hot pursuit of Black Friday. I am grateful that Thanksgiving has remained a precious expression of thanks for me throughout my life, and it doesn't hurt that the traditional fixin's, or variations thereof, are my favorite holiday meal. I strive every day for gratitude and forgiveness, for they are closely connected, blend well together, and enhance life.

Thank you for sharing your thankfulness.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, stessily, for adding your thoughts here to the Gratitude and Blessings Hub. Nice to meet you.


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workingmomwm 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

Wow! That point about being thankful for your body was so interesting to me!

I'd never really thought about it before, but the body certainly is an amazing creation, and mine is still working - even if I do have a sinus infection and it took me more than six months to recover from having my second baby.

I'm here. My heart is beating, and I can still enjoy both little girls who were miraculously housed IN MY BODY. Now I'M thankful for MY body! Thank you for sharing that wonderful thought! :-)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi workingmomwm-THank YOU for sharing your experience with me about reading my hub. I'm so happy to learn that this has opened an area of awareness for you! That is my ultimate goal, I think, to increase awareness through my writing...whatever the subject may be. I appreciate you leaving this comment.

I'll have to share another hub about the body-gratefullness, and the surgery I went through soon. So, keep your eyes open for that one. (Thanks for the reminder. :) )


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Genesis 5 years ago from Canada

This Is A Beautiful Hub Denise. I'm grateful for my life, family, friends, and the kindness of strangers. More than anything in this world, we all need to show gratitude for everything that comes to us in life, even the adverse situations.

~~~ Live With Gratitude.

Genesis.


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England

Hi Denise,

We learn something new each day....like who on HP are related to each other. :0)

Voted this hub Up and Awesome. Had a tape by Louise Hay, and wore it out. :0)

Funny...was thinking about writing a gratitude hub for the last HP contest...but didn't make the deadline. Will still do it, though...for I am every grateful for those in my life who have filled my days with love!

Thanks so much for your ideas and inspiration.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Genesis-Yes, it is important to remember and feel true gratitude...even when things appear to be dark and bleak. Thanks for reading.

Hi Seafarer Mama--LOL Oh, secrets do come out. :) So glad you read this hub and I await reading yours!


renne curtis 4 years ago

Denise you are an amazing woman and I have enjoyed reading your inspiring words! Please continue to help others.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Renne-thank you for your kind words. I apologize for just responding...I work three long midnight shifts and do nothing but work and sleep when scheduled! Nice to meet you and I hope you visit more hubs. :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I am grateful for this hub. We should never take being appreciative for granted. Voted UP and Awesome Denise!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Sunshine! I appreciate you reading and commenting on this hub. I agree...taking anything for granted is just not a position that is healthy for anyone or anything, even our wonderful planet!


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baygirl33 4 years ago from Hamilton On.

Thanks Denise! In my own grief,I sometimes forget to be grateful for all the wonderful things in life.Much the same,I should add,as yours.this is an honest and humble hub and I am grateful for having read it.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you for reading and commenting, baygirl-I'm glad that it was helpful in some way. It is important and easy to forget all the blessings in our lives when we are grieving.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I don't have the space in one hub to count my blessings. I gained a very clear perspective on life when I almost died from my addiction so there is no day that passes by that isn't treated like the best gift ever. Great hub, well worth reading.

It is a pleasure getting to know you.

bill


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Bill-I understand. Being brought back from the dead would certainly warrant a daily gratitude. Funny how some people 'get it' and others really don't despite the near tragedies.

Thanks for commenting. Yes, I'm glad our paths have crossed.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Denise, it's hard to explain...I did not fear dying; I just found that I wanted to live more than I wanted to die. It was a matter of weighing both and making a decision. There is a tenacity inside of me as there is in you that would not allow me to give up. I am so grateful for both of us hanging in there. :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for your feedback, bill-I appreciate it. Funny you should use that word...it's a word my father first described me with when I was around 9. I had not heard that word prior to that, but it became part of the fabric of who I am today. :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Denise ~ I am so glad that you found me and in turn, I found you. Your writing draws me in. You are open and honest which makes the reader quickly feel like you are speaking to them as a long-time friend. I have been down some tough roads in life and am proud to say that I still remain grateful and feel extremely blessed. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself here!

Sharyn


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Sharyn-I agree, I'm glad that we met--it appears we have had some similar experiences along the way. Thank you for your sweet comments. I appreciate them. :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thank you for sharing your gratitudes. Your list is inspiring and filled with love and appreciation. It's awesome!!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

We have so many blessings in life. The little ones are sometimes overlooked and some larger ones we take for granted. Thanks for reminding me of what is important in life. Voted up.


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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thanks for thoughts on gratitude. It is such an important lesson! Voted up and awesome!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I give thanks every night for my health, my family, everything. You wrote a lovely Hub here.

I voted it UP, etc.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Linda-thank you-I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment.

Teaches12345-thank you for reading and your vote. :) Little ones can sometimes escape our attention...but, hopefully only for a brief time. :)

jenbeach21-glad you liked it. Thanks for the votes :)

Hi Mary-thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate you vote up, etc. LOL


Kerry43 4 years ago

I love this article - I am grateful that we crossed paths :)

Kerry


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Aww, Kerry-that's so sweet. Thank you, me too.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful hub! It is always good to take stock in life and what is good and a blessing in life. You certainly do that here. Thanks for sharing your blessings with us. I like Deepak Chopra too and his philosophy is very inspiring and wonderful.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Suzette-I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. I agree...it is important to self reflect. Thanks for your comments. :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Gratitude and Blessings a beautifully thought of hub and life should be appreciated every day so interesting and such a great message here.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello DDE I'm going to add you to my gratitude and blessings list! I'm grateful that you are so diligently reading my hubs! And feel you are an asset and blessing here on Hubpages. :)


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

I never regretted reading this hub. They surely made me realize the value of life. You certainly delivered the message... Up for this one!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

JPSO138 I am glad you found this hub inspirational and appreciate your kind comments. Have a blessed weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving celebration...or whatever way you enjoy celebrating family time together.


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I do not celebrate Thanksgiving due to the negative connotation it has for many people of the First Nations. The abundance which Europeans found on Turtle Island (North America) and are grateful for, came at an incredible heavy price for Native Americans: experiencing genocide.

To not be all gloomy though, I must say that being grateful and appreciative of each and every day is important (in my opinion). I personally like my Sunrise Ceremonies. Every morning first thing: thank the Day, the Gods, the four directions, Wakan Tanka (The Great Spirit), for all the opportunity received, the well-being, etc.

Great article! Being thankful is wise. Will share. : )

Cheers!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Mr Happy. I support you in your choice to celebrate a clearly painful holiday for a culture that has paid a heavy price. I am also aware that you and I share a deep respect and honor of First Nations traditions and culture-you even more so than I. Further, while I respect your practice not to honor the Thanksgiving holiday, I am aware that you have a discernment to acknowledge those who practice gratitude and blessings in their lives, as do you, in and around this annual date.

I appreciate your wise reminder here, and your deep respect for the First Nations people. It is obvious that you have acquired the lifestyle of living your beliefs. Not too many people do this and I admire you for that.

Thanks for sharing. :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

What a beautiful article! Every day is a good day to be grateful, but now in this holiday season with everyone rushing around, I think it's especially important to stop and think about all the good things in our lives. There is so much going on, so much to do, that it's easy to forget about the things we already have and may be taking for granted. We need to take a few minutes every day to consider this before we resume our mad rush with worldly things . . .

Voted up and BAI!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Au fait Thank you for your lovely comment. I appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for the votes. :)

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