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Jun 10, 2019 - 5:10:16 AM
28946 posts since 3/5/2008

Jun 10, 2019 - 5:27:28 AM
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51704 posts since 12/14/2005

It's sort of silly, if one had to consciously express gratitude for everything TODAY, or it would not be there tomorrow.

Gut bacteria keep us alive.
The hydrologic cycle of rain and evaporation keeps food growing.
Trace amounts of various minerals keep us healthy.
The surface of the Earth gives us a place to stand.
Forks and spoons keep us from burning our fingers on much of what we eat.
The ability to cook food makes it easier for our bodies to absorb nutrients.
The rotation of the planet helps make it habitable.

If I had to consciously express gratitude for every part of the Universe which I want to BE there tomorrow, I would have time for nothing else, and, before the list was half done, it would BE tomorrow, and more than half the stuff in the universe would no longer BE there.

The results would be catastrophic.

It would be simpler, if i could just say
"Thank You, Table of the Elements, for being available for Stuff to be made of. And Thank You, Universe, for EVERYTHING ( except of course, certain politicians, peddlers, and preachers", and wake up tomorrow in a world without them.
Is that ALLOWED, under the Rules of Mr. Kwik's game?

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:10:02 AM
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28946 posts since 3/5/2008

Silly me Mike....
I thought you mightah been ..thankfull to have an open discussion on this subject.... ;0)

Now you can have a whole bunch of opinions....!

I would think that..that was good... :0)

Jun 10, 2019 - 7:08:55 AM

69426 posts since 5/9/2007

I appreciate many things about where I live,daily interactions with my friends and the memories and lessons of my people,here.
I just live that appreciation...I suppose the BHO is my running "journal".

Jun 10, 2019 - 7:17:43 AM

5091 posts since 9/16/2004

Good advice but nothing new. The orator is expressing the basic tenet of Christianity.

Jun 10, 2019 - 7:50:26 AM

51704 posts since 12/14/2005

....and a basic tenet of many other religions and philosophies.

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:10:43 AM
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69426 posts since 5/9/2007

I don't think religion needs to play a part in appreciating what we love about living.

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:13:42 AM
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8560 posts since 2/22/2007

The best reason to cultivate gratitude is that it replaces resentment. We tend to harbor one or the other as a background emotion through which we filter all experience, whether aware of it or not. Like much in life, the positive requires effort and focus while the negative is the easy default. Resentful people are quick to anger, to hate, to violence, to selfishness. Gratitude pushes all of those very human tendencies to the background and helps make them more manageable.
And it is possible to feel a profound general gratitude without directing that gratitude towards any particular theological construct, and the same can be said for reverence.

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:17:11 AM
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The underlying precept  [being grateful and thankful]  sounds fine to me, but the rest seems kinda goofy.   I won't be taking up the challenge.

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:06:03 AM
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69426 posts since 5/9/2007

If you are grateful,live it...don't just say it.

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:27:44 AM

2189 posts since 9/13/2018

Goofy isn’t the word Owen... but you’re close.

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:54:32 AM

1116 posts since 1/31/2011

Originally posted by Frisco Fred

Good advice but nothing new. The orator is expressing the basic tenet of Christianity.

That's a pretty broad brush today. As my devout and frustrated brother calls it, Christianity a-la-cart. Just choose the pieces you want.

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:28:21 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)


22892 posts since 8/3/2003

Gee, I never thought about it very much but.... today I said thank you (I guess that would be gratitude) to both my exercise teachers for leading us through our exercises. Is that what he meant by gratitude to everyone and everything? I also enjoyed my noon meal and told myself I was a good cook (expressing gratitude for my cooking ability?). Doubt I'll see anyone else today, so doubt I'll express anything to anyone else.

It definitely wouldn't be a bad thing to let people know you appreciate what they do and why. Might actually make the world a little better, kinder, gentler place.

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:45:58 AM
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51704 posts since 12/14/2005

I appreciate that there is the Banjo HangOut, where I may express an opinion, without fear that I shall be hit upside the head with a bar stool by someone with a different opinion.

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:16:40 PM

69426 posts since 5/9/2007

I've never found it difficult to tell someone how much I appreciate them or to say thank you or ask them if they need a hand with anything.
It's how I was brought up.

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:57:38 PM
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73 posts since 4/4/2010

The narrator wants you to buy clothing.

"The "1 Billion Dollar Habit" IT TAKES 5 MINUTES! ?

Check out our new clothing brand:"


correction: Whoever posted the clip wants you to visit the clothing site.


Disclaimer: I've been wrong before; I've been married twice.

Edited by - rwshade on 06/10/2019 15:02:36

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:54:47 PM
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Brian T


15498 posts since 6/5/2008

I have both a gardener/shopper and a house keeper.
I make up lists of stuff to do, a lot of it is routine from one week to the next.

However, they both do things for me without asking, one little surprise after another.
Those things are a delight and I let them know that I'm grateful for all of it.

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:43:50 PM

Paul R


11336 posts since 1/28/2010

Well, I don't think that a reminder to be grateful (minus the sales pitch at the end) can do any harm. I'll express my gratitude for the generosity of Al White, who has given to more than one BHO member.

Better gratitude than resentment.

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:55:38 AM
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28946 posts since 3/5/2008

Thankyou Paul...

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