The Mindful Gratitude Thread

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I'm grateful for the 80 years my family had with my uncle, who passed today from a long history of COPD and other complications. He was a faulted individual, to be sure (as we all are), but loving in his gruff, over the top way and hard working. He had carved out his own slice of life, which he shared freely with his close circle. He may not have touched the world broadly, but what he touched he touched deeply.
 

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I love Thanksgiving (aside from the problematic American mythology erasing white colonialist barbarism) and am looking forward to sharing a meal cooked with Mom and friends.
 

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I'm grateful for the 80 years my family had with my uncle, who passed today from a long history of COPD and other complications. He was a faulted individual, to be sure (as we all are), but loving in his gruff, over the top way and hard working. He had carved out his own slice of life, which he shared freely with his close circle. He may not have touched the world broadly, but what he touched he touched deeply.
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

We'll chant for him. Holding you and your family in thoughts of peace.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal
 

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Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

I like Thanksgiving too. A day devoted to gratitude has got to be good. Even though I refuse to eat a bird or anything else that was once a living creature. It'll just be me and Mr. Siri this year, but we've enjoyed lots of Thanksgiving potlucks with the local Sikh community.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal
 

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Thanks for the condolences, everyone.

I agree Thanksgiving should be celebrated more as the gratitude opportunity it provides. I am grateful to be doing most of the cooking this year, as I love cooking and I have some new praline brownies to try my hand at.

My in-laws run a choose and cut Christmas tree farm, and the weekend of Thanksgiving is their busiest time. I dislike the commercialism as much as I dislike being the one with the chainsaw crawling through the snow and wind to get someone a tree, but they decorate the farm really creatively and it's a chance to see folks we don't see much anymore. Plus praline brownies.
 

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All this Turkey Day preparation reminded me of something that happened years ago when my son was quite young and my mother was still alive. There was a serious windstorm on Thanksgiving. Power was out all over the county including ours. Not knowing what to do with our as of yet not cooked turkey somehow I found out (can't remember if I called or went in person) that Larry's Market (sigh, they are gone now) would cook our turkey for us. And they did, no charge!

It was a wonderful day and I'll always remember and be grateful for when Larry's grocery store was part of the neighborhood.
 
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I had a moment yesterday, right in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner, of all things, where I suddenly missed my late father. I don't know if it was the holiday or the food or the candlelight or the background music, but I just burst into tears. Couldn't speak, couldn't even catch my breath. My poor husband - he had no idea what was going on, but got right up to comfort me.

My dad's been gone for more than 20 years now, but I am so grateful that the occasional memory of him is still that strong.
 

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My fully-vaccinated, very cautious family made a COVID bubble when we all got our shots. We've gathered before, but not for a Major Holiday (tm).

They're also nuts, so it was kind of nice to spend holidays with more space last year, but dang I missed it more than I realized . . . :)
 

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I had a moment yesterday, right in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner, of all things, where I suddenly missed my late father. I don't know if it was the holiday or the food or the candlelight or the background music, but I just burst into tears. Couldn't speak, couldn't even catch my breath. My poor husband - he had no idea what was going on, but got right up to comfort me.

My dad's been gone for more than 20 years now, but I am so grateful that the occasional memory of him is still that strong.
Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

This happens. I haven't thought about a person for years and suddenly I'm having a mental conversation with someone who's dead...or who's been out of my life for years.

Glad you have a good husband to be there for you. I've got one of those too, thank God.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal
 

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I am grateful I found a spouse with a wonderful sense of humor. :)
I am grateful I found a spouse who, though brilliant in every other way, is so incredibly stupid that even after more than two decades she hasn't figured out that she could do way, way, waaaaaay better than me.
 

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I am still incredibly grateful that one of the things that helped me decide to divorce my spouse (apart from Stuff) was that he never got my jokes and always told me that no-one ever got my jokes and everyone knew I hadn't been to Uni and that's why I said dumb stuff that wasn't funny.
 

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I’m grateful for a family Friday Thanksgiving at the beach, and little cousins fascinated by the park staff’s Deck Talk with bones and shells. (“No, Daddy, listen!” every time Daddy tried to move away.)
 

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he never got my jokes
My ex often said at my jokes, “Why must you be so weird?”

To be able to stand living with you was the answer it took me too long to figure out. I’m eternally grateful that I found someone who laughs with me, not at me.

Today, looking at #&[email protected]! snow on the ground outside, I’m grateful for a warm house.

I’m not grateful for our big black cat, though, who insisted we get up at WTF’o’clock so he’d be less lonely downstairs staring out the window. I’ll be looking up marinade recipes today…
 

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I’m eternally grateful that I found someone who laughs with me, not at me.
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Yes. I've come to the conclusion that this is the key to a healthy marriage. Not looks, not money, not sex, not status, not any of the things that so many people think are what they're looking for in a spouse. But do you share a sense of humor? That seems to be the real heart of the heart.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal
 

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