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Who is someone you have immense gratitude for, either known or unknown?

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This week's question asks:

Who is someone you have immense gratitude for, either known or unknown?

This week I invite us to share a short reflection on someone we are grateful for. Whether this is someone who is quite close to you or someone you have never met in person, what is it about them that you are thankful for? Remember that this is an online platform, so please do not disclose any personal or sensitive information.

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One person I have immense gratitude for is my teacher....she is part guide, part sister, part friend, part confidante, part role model, and part spiritual warrior.  Her teachings and practices have helped me move through some challenging things, as well as help me to pause and notice all of the good there is around me in moments big and small.  She walks through the world with so much integrity and heart, it would be difficult to not feel grateful being in her orbit.  I honor and cherish her presence in my life.

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I am very grateful for a friend who has taught me so much about acceptance and contentment.  She and her family lived in a very small house with a tiny kitchen without even room for the refrigerator that sat on a landing to the basement.  Every meal and every day were made to feel welcome with her homemade muffins, a special adornment for the table,  appreciations  for the small things in life.  She marked each change of season with special decor - the emphasis was not on the smallness of the house but the warmth and attention to detail.  She has been caring for her husband for the past ten years - he is now close to transitioning and she never complains about the care and time she provides and he also, has never complained about his condition. He is grateful to her for his care and she is grateful to him for his amazing fortitude in spite of the challenge of his illness.   Her friendship has been a true gift and I am so grateful to be her friend.

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The person that comes to mind for me now is my therapist. I saw her for a couple of years a few years ago, and then sometime during this past summer, I reached out to see if she was holding virtual sessions. Due to covid, she was. I have since had a few sessions with her again.

She is thoughtful and curious, kind and compassionate. She meets me where I'm at and yet still pushes me to consider other alternatives and new ways of thinking. I remember when I first met her many years ago, she said something about the fact that she wouldn't have any answers for me. In this way she doesn't claim to hold or know any truth absolutely; rather, she helps me to tap into my own truth and to honour my inner wisdom.

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I have immense gratitude for you Gillian and this whole forum.  It is so amazing to have a place to go to ask anything and get real responses from real people!  It is a great place to connect, learn, and grow.  It is comforting and at the same time can nudge you out of your comfort zone with its inspiring offerings and new opportunities.  I am truly grateful to have this resource at my finger tips and incredibly appreciative of the quality and timeliness of all the responses I have received.

Immensely grateful,

Jillian

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Thank you for your kind words @JillianZ and @Rachel! To extend the gratitude, I am very appreciative to Sean for creating the community and to every member that contributes and shares here. I live a pretty quiet life in Sweden and have a few friends with similar interests, but it is so nice to have a collective of people here that are also exploring these topics as they apply to their own lives.

It feels as though this community came at a really great time. 2020 has stirred up so much all around the world and so it is so nourishing to have a place like this to share and seek support. A few months ago I deactivated my Facebook account simply because it wasn't nourishing me (in fact, it was doing the opposite). I am so grateful for the respect and compassion that everyone here offers, which goes to show that it is possible to have different views or perspectives and still be able to connect with one another's humanity. I am grateful!

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I agree with the comments above.... the last few months I have been tremendously busy and haven't been able to be on here, but thankfully now I can be here. I am very thankful for this community and the opportunity to be apart. i believe that every human seeks and desire to be apart of something meaningful, especially a group or team of individuals with like mind and mutual encouragement to name a few things....... I am always grateful to chime in here and get encouraged in way or another. Thank  you Gillian and everyone who post here. It makes a wonderful difference, especially in times that we are living in. Much Gratitude  for you Gillian!!

One more, if I may. I have much Gratitude for one of my clients who has greatly encourage me through my branching off  into my own practice....in such a time as this. It has not been the challenge that it could have been with everything thats going on with COVID and the extra precautions having to be taken. This partitcular client always has an encouraging word that has caused me to be encouraged, look at all things positive and press forward. 

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