Dungeon Prompts: Gratitude

This week’s prompt is:   Gratitude 

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Karuna Poole
Karuna Poole

This week’s Prompt is hosted by Karuna Poole:

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.”

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

“A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.” Plato

“We respect nothing until we are grateful, until we take nothing for granted.  There may be no quality which causes as quick a transformation from sorrow to joy, from depression to elation, from dejected futility to awakened usefulness than overflowing gratitude.”

– Aadil Palkhivala

I was present once when Jean Wiger, a psychotherapist from the Midwest, was asked what she considered to be the best predictor of success in therapy.  Her response was, “The client’s capacity to experience gratitude.”  Later, I was taught that depression and gratitude cannot co-exist.  That isn’t to say that we should feel grateful for the many ways human beings abuse each other, but rather once we have had a chance to work through our anger, sadness and fear, we can choose to put our focus on the skills and positive qualities we’ve developed as a result of having survived whatever trauma we’ve experienced.

Suggested Prompts:

*Tell us about a time when you felt gratitude.  Was it just a glimmer or so strong it was all- consuming… or something in-between?  Did it change your perspective about your life or help you create balance?  Did it help you appreciate the little things? Did it change the way you saw yourself or the way you saw or acted towards others?  On the other hand, do you find yourself so stuck in the memories of the past or overwhelmed by the challenges facing you today that you are unable to remember anything you’ve felt grateful for?

*Write a short story, poem, or share a picture or song that talks about your experiences with gratitude.

*Any inspired offering that somehow relates to gratitude.

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Dungeon Prompts are meant to open up the abandoned rooms inside ourselves and dust them off a bit.  Explore the recesses of your mind and get back with a poem, story, essay or creative offering.  Link your post to this specific prompt page and I’ll share your link back with our readers.

To participate, all you’ll need to do is:

1.            Tag your post with: “DungeonPrompts”

2.            Link back to this page in the body of your post *

3.            Dive deep within and give us a glimpse of your soul!**

 

*note: If the pingback doesn’t work, then please leave the link to your post in the comment section.

**If you don’t have a blog please feel free to join the discussion in the comment section.

 

This Week’s Contributors are:

A Requiem for Gratitude – Finale to Entrance

The Company You Keep – Dana Constance Thomas

Grasping Greatness – Dream Cloud Diaries

Living in Gratitude – Living, Learning and Letting Go

Thank You for the Music – SplitSpeak

Reaping Life’s Rewards – Cher Shares

Thank You’s Along the Way – Traces of the Soul

Gratitude – Davekester

Forever Grateful – MartaOstout

Gratitude is a Great and Wondrous Thing – It’s a Lonely Place

Gratitude – Kayla’s Only Heart

 

Please, also check out last week’s offerings on Death

Death of a Loving Man – Cher Shares

Drowning in Death – Dream Cloud Diaries

Death Becomes Her – Dana Constance Thomas

Why Must I Cry – Traces of the Soul

Safety in Death – MarthaOstout

The Scars of Death – It’s a Lonely Place

Death:  My Shadow, My Friend – Finale to Entrance

Death: “Dance with Me.” – Garden2day

The Reality of Death – SplitSpeak

When Did Death Become Real for Me – Davekester

Of Ferocity – Anawnimiss

19 Comments

  1. Good morning/afternoon,
    I think you know that you are an inspiration to not only me but I would imagine lots of people. I know this award is for Sisterhood, but I think the gender can hopefully be ignored as I would really like to nominate you for this award, for the support and encouragement you give to others to open up;

    http://eclecticoddsnsods.com/2014/02/28/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award-fiesta-friday-5/

    big hugs, x

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  2. I wrote a poem on my blog expressing my gratitude for the people who have taken the time to see my potential and help me step forward in my professional career. It’s posted here: http://wp.me/p2kyYC-ci
    Thank you for the prompt! It had perfect timing as I just reached a transition point in my life and am starting a new job in a new city!

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