March 19, 2018 at 5:55 pm #4064Andrew HillKeymasterLet’s get some CHATTER on the Discussion Board this month! Please read the quote below and share your reflections to the questions below with your cohort on the Discussion Board. With gratitude!!!
April 17, 2018 at 7:29 pm #4227Jim MorouseMember
- How does this quote from Mary Oliver resonate with you?
- How does it relate to our session on gratitude?
- How does it relate to what our community has experienced in the last few months?
This poem has been really healing to me/my family as we have processed the destruction all around us in Montecito. We were thankfully spared… but many neighbors lives have been shook to the core. As time passes, I’m grateful for the deeper discussions, the reflections on what’s really important and the meaning of community.April 19, 2018 at 4:30 am #4270Jessica FougereMember
This poem made me think of some very challenging times I’ve gone through over the years with one of my family members. In those moments I felt nothing but frustration and heartache and sadness, but I don’t think I’d be where I am today without those experiences and persevering through those challenges. So although I would not conventionally think of those challenges that person has provided me as a gift, when I think about the strength and character I’ve developed as a result, I do see it as a gift.April 19, 2018 at 7:41 pm #4272Casey McCannMember
Deep gratitude. And perspective. Almost everyone was affected on some level during the fire and mudslide, some far worse than others. However, I do feel that challenging, difficult times make us stronger and more resilient. Gratitude and perseverance go hand in hand in some ways. They make good partners.April 19, 2018 at 8:29 pm #4273Dennis TiveyMember
My friend’s parents belong to a religion that requires followers to shun those who have left the faith…including, in this case, my friend, who happens to be their daughter. Recently her brother, their son, died unexpectedly. It has brought the family together in mourning. It’s the worst possible reason for a family to come together, but come together they have, spending time together and appreciating one another in ways they should have done all along. I hope the lesson sticks and that her parents continue to see that perhaps family is more important than dogma and that family members need and deserve one another’s love and support.
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