Thankful Thursdays…Gratitude and Peace

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Thankful Thursdays…Gratitude and Peace


We need these in our lives…gratitude and peace. As it so happens, today is World Gratitude Day and International Day of Peace. 


Being grateful is not just about saying Thank you. We’re taught to do that when we’re toddlers. 


Being grateful takes thought…it means recognizing the people, experiences, things, and achievements in our lives that bring us joy. 


Being grateful is also an art we can develop and make a habit. It’s learning to find the positive where others may see all that’s wrong. 


It is also the International Day of Peace. It’s sad to think that there are countries where the children there have never known what it is like to live in peace.  


Being grateful for our lives and the people in them opens our minds and hearts to seeing the world around us in a more positive way.  We become more accepting of the small irritants we encounter.

We’re more willing to accept those who are different or who think differently than we do. 

What am I grateful for today?

~I am grateful for today’s technology that allows me to keep in touch with out-of-state friends

~I am grateful that I grew up in a time when kindness and civility were the norm

~I am grateful for my family and friends and for the good health they have

~I am grateful that I have so much to be grateful for

Gratitude turns what we have into enough. 


When you recognize and appreciate what you have, you find inner peace.  Your inner soul, which you project to others makes those around you want to find the peace and joy you’ve found. 



What are you grateful for today???

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Comments (21)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Unfortunately no gratitude for our current administration whose actions have prevented to a large degree a celebration of international peace day. Well played if the desire was complete failure. Maybe, just maybe, the next administration can bring these ideals back. Enjoy your day.  

Sep 21, 2023 05:48 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin many are waking up. You hit the nail on the head about what the real desire was. 

Sep 21, 2023 04:54 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Kathy!!! Makes so much sense, Need both in our lives!!!

Gratitude and Peace. today is World Gratitude Day and International Day of Peace. 

 Being grateful is not just about saying Thank you.

Sep 21, 2023 06:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Sham Reddy CRS We've put an emphasis on wanting more and getting more that we forget to be grateful for what we have. 


Sep 21, 2023 04:59 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy,  Cherishing all your blessings everyday should be a daily activity!

Sep 21, 2023 06:34 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I agree. It's one of the first things we should recognize at the end of the day and when we wake up. 

Sep 21, 2023 05:00 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Dropping in to say hi. I am grateful that I am able to travel because I haven't been able to fot 2 yrs. So this year I have traveled to Vermont and Maine with a stop in New Hampshire where I met Sharon Tara which was awesome.  Now I am in South Dakota heading to Oregon and Washington before heading back to Arizona. Lots of miles from the perimeter of the US and a bit across  the middle.  Have a great day.  

Sep 21, 2023 07:41 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Lee I am thrilled to see you here!!!!  Grateful that you are able to travel again!!! Drop me a text!!!

Sep 21, 2023 05:02 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

There is a huge need to focus on what we DO HAVE versus what we DON"T HAVE and the " I want, I need" thought process.

Sep 21, 2023 07:48 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert I have a feeling that we are part of the problem. we feel blessed to have all that we have and want to shower our children with what they want. Advertisers are constantly letting us know that we need more .

Sep 21, 2023 05:06 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

I'm so grateful our office is able to return to our Annual American Society Fundraiser luncheon and silient austion! It is today and I was happy to chair this return event and grateful to abe able to!

Sep 21, 2023 08:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I know that your Fundraiser-Luncheon was a success!!!!!  You are blessed. 

Sep 21, 2023 05:12 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm so grateful for so many things. Reminding myself of those things is my best way to handle difficult situations.

Sep 21, 2023 08:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I do the same thing and it does lift me up when i realize how blessed I am. 

Sep 21, 2023 05:13 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes


Such a double edged sword. I love all it can do. I hate all it can do.

Sep 21, 2023 09:22 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty same here. There's a lot I love about it but especially lately it is getting scary. 

Sep 21, 2023 05:14 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Thank you for the thoughtful message and a reminder about World Gratitude Day. It's an opportunity for each of us to think about those things we are grateful for, something we should be doing every day.

As you point out it's sad that there are those who have not experienced Peace in our world, and perhaps never will. I really liked what you said about finding inner peace by recognizing and appreciating what we each have...something that IS attainable even if on a larger scale true peace does not exist.



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Sep 21, 2023 09:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS Thank you...I do appreciate your very kind words. A friend used to volunteer for the Israeli Army two weeks a year. He loved it. He took small toys for the children to give to them when they had to run to the bomb shelters. Imagine having that for your childhood!

Sep 21, 2023 05:17 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy it is our practice to begin and end (as well as all day long) be grateful for all the good.  I have a little saying over our kitchen sink - All Good Comes From Gratitude!  And I feel that often.  We are truly blessed!

Sep 21, 2023 10:04 AM
Kathy Streib

I know how positive your attitude is Anna "Banana" Kruchten It starts with being grateful. 

Sep 21, 2023 05:18 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday afternoon, Kathy.

Let's continue to spread love and kindness every day.

Sep 21, 2023 11:12 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley I agree!!!!! Love and Kindness...spread it like butter!!! 

Sep 21, 2023 05:19 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy, 

I volunteer with the Salvation Army, and this Saturday, they are showing their gratitude for all of the volunteers at a luncheon.  I am grateful to volunteer and help those less fortunate than me.

Sep 21, 2023 11:27 AM
Kathy Streib

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Volunteering is a big lifter of spirits...yours and the recipients. 

Sep 21, 2023 05:23 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, so wish our world could see peace, but like Nina said, probably won't at least in our lifetime.

Sep 21, 2023 01:05 PM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox I think there will always be some part of the world where people are struggling for peace. 

Sep 21, 2023 05:24 PM
Daniel Ramsey
MyOutDesk - Sacramento, CA
MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Professionals

Kathy Streib, first up, THANK YOU for sharing this! It made me step back and pause, take a deep breath, and be more grateful for the life I have. Great share. 

Sep 21, 2023 02:45 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi Daniel Ramsey And THANK YOU as well. It's so important to set aside part of our day to search inside of us and realize all that we have. 

Sep 21, 2023 05:25 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy if we are at peace, than we need to take the time to be grateful for it.

Sep 21, 2023 03:52 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto we get so busy we don't stop and acknowledge all that we have. 

Sep 21, 2023 05:26 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It is amazing how perception of your life changes, when you take a few moments a day to count your blessings.

Sep 21, 2023 07:55 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 21, 2023 07:58 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  I have always been about gratitude, and it is a life lesson keep trying to pass on to Diane:)Endre

Sep 21, 2023 10:29 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

We should have this daily in our lives, not just one day each year, haha.

Sep 22, 2023 04:42 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Gratitude plays a major part in my life and I thank you for reminding me how much I have 😃

Sep 22, 2023 10:06 AM