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Old June 19th, 2014, 10:24 AM   #1
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Thumbs up what are you grateful for?

what are you grateful for?...

i can think of numerous things but before i divulge, i'd like to hear from a few of you first.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 10:33 AM   #2
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You mean grateful in general, or grateful in a specific direction?
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Old June 19th, 2014, 10:42 AM   #3
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in general.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 11:06 AM   #4
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in general.
I was gonna say I'm grateful to my kids for none of them got in trouble growing up, but that is specific direction, so I retract.

Let's see, in general.... um.... I'm grateful the guy in car in front of me on way to store this morning, didn't get out of his car & shoot me, when I beeped at him for not going turning left in front of traffic, when I felt he had enough room to do so!
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Old June 19th, 2014, 12:28 PM   #5
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Almost a year ago, when we went to pick up our RV at the dealer, I noticed in their RV supply store, a counter top ice maker. I never heard of one before, took note and found one just like it online for considerably cheaper.

I am quite grateful/glad/happy I spied said ice maker, because we don't have to manually make cubes in the RV anymore!
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Old June 19th, 2014, 01:34 PM   #6
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Synonyms for grateful

adj appreciative, beholden, indebted, pleased, thankful, gratified, obliged.

I use the word in the context of pleased & gratified.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 03:52 PM   #7
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i am grateful for your thoughtful responses here. that is to say grateful to to the entity that is you. there is a direction with the word. from me to you.

it would, afterall, be absurd to be grateful to some non-entity.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 04:01 PM   #8
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Synonyms for grateful

adj appreciative, beholden, indebted, pleased, thankful, gratified, obliged.

I use the word in the context of pleased & gratified.

a synonym can be exactly the same meaning or nearly so. i'd say your choices fall into the "nearly so" category in that unlike all the others, the ones you chose lack the "direction" discussed already.

so, you could just say "i am happy" and i suspect you would if that encompassed your thoughts and feelings. you don't though; you say "grateful and thankful and blessed".

i just find that interesting.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 04:08 PM   #9
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a few of mine:

life
health
meaningful work
beauty in nature
being married to my wife

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Old June 19th, 2014, 04:18 PM   #10
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it would, afterall, be absurd to be grateful to some non-entity.
Your statement is absurd.

You can be grateful to a situation; example: "We were grateful the whole family got along at the Christmas dinner for once, and nobody caused as scene as they usually do".




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Old June 20th, 2014, 01:42 PM   #11
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Your statement is absurd.

You can be grateful to a situation; example: "We were grateful the whole family got along at the Christmas dinner for once, and nobody caused as scene as they usually do".
i didn't think of it like that, and now that you mention it, your right. in fact i very frequently find myself sending thank you cards to situations for happening.
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Old June 20th, 2014, 02:31 PM   #12
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I am grateful for the oddity of being born in the United States.
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Old June 21st, 2014, 12:00 AM   #13
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I am grateful for Evan and Chris.
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Old June 21st, 2014, 05:38 AM   #14
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I am grateful for the oddity of being born in the United States.
See!!! No "entity" there! He is merely happy/grateful/glad he was born in U.S.A. (situational gratefulness).

Those three words can be used interchangeably.
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Old June 21st, 2014, 02:42 PM   #15
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I am also grateful that I live in Texas.
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 04:20 PM   #16
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The bottom line is that virtually everybody's list of what they are grateful for, is literally endless.

If you asked people on the street corner stuff like: Are you grateful you never went blind? The answer would be YES; Are you grateful your house didn't burn down last night? The answer, of course would be YES.

So asking what someone is grateful for, only touches the very tip of the iceberg.
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 09:31 PM   #17
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The bottom line is that virtually everybody's list of what they are grateful for, is literally endless.

If you asked people on the street corner stuff like: Are you grateful you never went blind? The answer would be YES; Are you grateful your house didn't burn down last night? The answer, of course would be YES.

So asking what someone is grateful for, only touches the very tip of the iceberg.
having a sense of gratitude for something is quite different from liking something, as i spelled out. I was asking about that not merely liking something.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 04:42 AM   #18
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having a sense of gratitude for something is quite different from liking something, as i spelled out. I was asking about that not merely liking something.
It's like talking to a twelve year old with that guy sometimes.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 07:44 AM   #19
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having a sense of gratitude for something is quite different from liking something, as i spelled out. I was asking about that not merely liking something.
Perhaps from your perspective that is (or you want it to be true), but from my own perspective, being glad/happy/grateful are words that are fully interchangeable.

Example:

(a) I am grateful my neighbor saw my fall down in my front yard & perform CPR on me until ambulance arrived.

or

(b) I am glad my neighbor saw my fall down in my front yard & perform CPR on me until ambulance arrived.

I see no real difference in statements; you are basically saying you are positive about an event.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 08:54 AM   #20
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Perhaps from your perspective that is (or you want it to be true), but from my own perspective, being glad/happy/grateful are words that are fully interchangeable.

Example:

(a) I am grateful my neighbor saw my fall down in my front yard & perform CPR on me until ambulance arrived.

or

(b) I am glad my neighbor saw my fall down in my front yard & perform CPR on me until ambulance arrived.

I see no real difference in statements; you are basically saying you are positive about an event.

I am very glad my wife is beautiful and hot.

I am very grateful she allows me to take advantage of this.

I am happy that I can be grateful.....and have something to be glad about.
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