Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Welcome welcome!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
My apologies for being a couple of minutes late, I’m helping a friend paint her place and couldn’t get an Internet connection to start with
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ChestnutHelper
21 May
Hi 🙋‍♀️ Norma.
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
And now I’m here! Is there anybody out there who is joining me today?
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
I was thinking about the power of gratitude, and of thanking whatever is in our lives
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
It is such a powerful tool! It helps us appreciate what is, which makes room for more beauty or happiness or great health, vibrance or worthiness or wealth!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Even our vices- for instance, if it’s drinking too much or smoking or eating too much- Taking a look at what’s the reason you’re doing it, for example it may be for comfort, for connection, for fun, whatever!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Once you identify why you have the vice, , then thanking the vice for the role it’s played in comforting you, or connection or the fun or whatever.
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
And really feeling grateful for it, rather than hating it!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
You thank it and then you release it.
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
For example, thank you wine for the connection and fun that you have given me. I bless you, and I release you, I am now going to have connection and fun without you
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Gratitude is such a powerful powerful tool, and off and when it’s challenging times, we forget to feel grateful for all that is around us. It’s easy to feel grateful and appreciative when things are wonderful, a little more challenging when we’re experiencing challenging times.
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Lol That should have been @often when we are” not “ off and” ! I speak into text due to arthritis, and sometimes I forget to check to see that I was understood LOL!
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ChestnutHelper
21 May
I can relate to the arthritis
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Welcome Mary! Thank you for joining me! How are you today?
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Yes, I am so grateful that my phone has the ability that I can speak into it and the text appears!
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ChestnutHelper
21 May
Amen
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
and I am grateful for the arthritis, as it helps me appreciate what it feels like to be in pain!
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ChestnutHelper
21 May
I am going to have to work on that
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
And how grateful I am that I can still walk, and hike and dance!!!
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ChestnutHelper
21 May
My arthritis is in my hands and feet
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Fabulous Mary!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Yes, we have so so much to be grateful for!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Even with this Covid, there has been so much to be grateful for!
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ChestnutHelper
21 May
Yeah Wisdo
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
I have found so many wonderful blessings from this, as well as some adversities! For instance, there is far less traffic in my beautiful city, there is less pollution, the cruise ships aren’t coming in, less air traffic, more peace!
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ChestnutHelper
21 May
I love 💕 Victoria
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Fox
21 May
I have to work on being more grateful, I often just see what is missing
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Fox
21 May
I always feel like as soon as I express gratitude for something, I lose it
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
So true Becca, and welcome!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
yes we are geared to have a negative bias! Are instinct is to look out for what is wrong, so we can protect ourselves from it. So for instance, will remember the berry bush that were poisonous if we’ve been poisoned by it before, whereas we may not remember the beautiful flowers that were around that berry bush
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Interesting about how you feel That you lose something if you’re grateful for it! Could you give an example?
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Fox
21 May
It happens to me a LOT. One time I wrote a blog post about how lucky/grateful I was to have the opportunities I had at work. The very next day they were taken away. Another time I told my closest friend how grateful I was to have him in my life, and hours later he was no longer talking to me. It’s happened more than just those two times, it really does make me anxious about gratitude. It’s like a curse or something!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Yes, Victoria is one of the most beautiful cities on earth! I feel so so blessed to live here!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Hmmm... I can only see part OF your text Becca
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Fox
21 May
That happens a lot on this app. If you click reply it usually brings up the whole message
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
The opportunities you had at?
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Fox
21 May
Wisdo has a lot of glitches
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
I didn’t mean to interrupt your train of thought, I was responding to Mary’s post!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Thanks Becca, that worked! Welcome Linda!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
So you have connected gratitude with loss, and have proof, correct?
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Fox
21 May
Yes, it certainly seems that way. I try not to express gratitude to others anymore, which isn’t a great thing
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
We make up the meaning of everything in our lives, and we can make the meaning serve us if we choose.
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
We do have the ability to change the way we look at things, which can change the way we feel and how we act.
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
It sounds like perhaps you’re beating yourself up for not being able to share gratitude with others?
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Fox
21 May
Not really, as I will express gratitude, then lose the thing I was grateful for and wonder why I did it
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Sometimes we judge adversity and challenges as something that we’ve done wrong or are doing wrong. But what if we held the belief that we are exactly where we are meant to be on this path of life
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
That everything is happening in divine timing?
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
What if you let go of the thought that you are responsible for the loss?
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Fox
21 May
I don’t know. I always believe you should tell people thank you, show them what they mean to you whilst you have the chance. It’s just afterwards, when it’s gone I start to think I messed up by saying something
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Our greatest learnings can come out of our greatest adversities, often while we’re in them we can’t see the gift.
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
So when we say something with good intentions, that is coming from our heart, there is no bad!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
No wrongdoing.
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
It’s the second guessing that gets in the way! It sounds like you blame yourself when something goes wrong, afterwards correct?
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Fox
21 May
Yes, sort of. I mean I know deep down I didn’t cause it, but I can’t help feeling that every time I express gratitude to someone I end up hurt
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
I hear you! You have created a habit of thinking that which has become a belief!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
So how could you change that belief?
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
It sounds like that belief is trying to protect you, from being hurt in the future.
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Fox
21 May
I still do tell people when I’m grateful, I just feel like I let myself down when it goes wrong. I guess I didn’t, because I don’t control how people react to things, or what happens in my job and so on, but it’s just one of those things
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
So when you get that feeling, maybe thank aunt for trying to protect you and then releasing it. And choosing a thought that serves you better.
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Darn, I’ve been trying to read the rest of your text Becca and I can’t get it to come up!
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Maybe it’s focussing on the times that it hasn’t created a loss for you, and remembering those times instead
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Just saw it now! Yes, we don’t control other peoples reactions, And you can let go of the heavy burden new place on yourself
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
I am so grateful for you all showing up today, it was a great conversation, a wonderful start to a Friday! This is a long weekend for us and Canada, and each of you added some beauty to the start of it for me!
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ChestnutHelper
21 May
Thank you Norma
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Often times we link things together and make meaning from them. Yet the only meaning anything has is the meaning we give it! We can change the way we look at things and choose thoughts of an abundant universe, that everything is working out perfectly, and that can help us feel more gratitude and appreciative for this one beautiful life we have!
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ChestnutHelper
21 May
Yup
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Norma ReidAuthor
21 May
Thanks Mary! You have a blessed weekend too! Thanks again for joining me!💝🙏💫
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