SGM November 2015 Theme: Gratitude
I thank you God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes.
Check in Share briefly what’s been on your mind lately or your highs and lows since we last met.
Thoughts to Ponder
“For all that has been – Thanks!
For all that shall be – Yes!”
~ Dag Hammarskjold
“Gratitude is the heart’s memory.”
~ French Proverb
“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.”
~ Nigerian Proverb
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
~ Maya Angelou
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you,’ it will be enough.”
~ Meister Eckhart
“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”
~ Native American Prayer
“The Joy that isn’t shared, I’ve heard, dies young.”
~ Anne Sexton
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie
“How many of us go through our days parched and empty, thirsting after happiness, when we’re really standing knee-deep in the river of abundance?
Let’s choose today to quench our thirst for ‘the good life’ we think others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our own lives. We can offer the gift of our grateful hearts.
A French proverb reminds us that ‘Gratitude is the heart’s memory.’ Begin this day to explore and integrate this beautiful, life-affirming principle into your life, and the miracle you have been seeking will unfold to your wonder and amazement.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
1) Keep a Gratitude Journal. At the end of each day, write about something from that day for which you are grateful and reflect on your blessings at the end of each week.
2) Each night at the dinner table, share one thing from your day for which you are thankful. Perhaps someone did something to make your day easier, or happier, or helped you have a good day. Make a mental note of it and share it at dinner with your family. Have everyone take a turn sharing. See if you pay closer attention to “small” blessings throughout the day knowing that you’ll be sharing something at the dinner table.
3) Gratitude is also about thanking those around us. During the day, send a thank you to someone who has done something for you, either big or small. Say it in person, send a note, or simply thank that person in your heart and mind.
Questions for Contemplation
1) As you go about your day with a grateful attitude, what small things do you notice that you might have missed?
2) Gratitude is about keeping an open mind. It is about not having your mind so set on an apple that you don’t appreciate the luscious pear you’re given. How have you found ways to be grateful for the ways that life turned out, rather than the ways you expected it to be?
3) Have you found ways to be grateful for difficult people or circumstances?
4) How do you cultivate a thankful heart?
Sitting in Silence Take a few moments to sit quietly and reflect upon your thoughts.
Sharing/Deep Listening Respond with your thoughts/experiences with the topic.
Reflection This is a time to supportively respond to something another person said or to relate additional thoughts that may have occurred as others shared.
Singing For All That is Our Life #128 (Singing the Living Tradition)
For all that is our life
We sing our thanks and praise
For all life is a gift
Which we are called to use
To build the common good
And make our own days glad
“Just as millions of snowflakes pile up to create a blanket of snow, the ‘thank yous’ we say pile up and fall gently upon one another until, in our hearts and minds, we are adrift in gratitude.”
~ Daphne Rose Kingma
The Social Justice theme of the month is Ending the Inequality in the Criminal Justice System. Visit usguu.org/page/social-justice-activities-and-opportunities for information on how you can get involved.
The Adult Spiritual Development Committee has a number of classes currently running, visit usguu.org/asd for more information.