Ki Moments Blog

Support for life’s “key” moments.

November 1, 2006

Ki Moments November 2006

Cultivating Gratitude

Take a moment to think about this question:

What are you thankful for?

  • What came to mind?
  • A person?
  • A pet?
  • A place?
  • Good health?
  • Home and family?
  • Work?
  • Friends?
  • Peace of mind?
  • Your spiritual path?
  • Life itself?

One of my favorite people in the world, a retired Episcopal minister, often shares a prayer at our weekly Rotary meeting that goes (something) like this:

Some would eat but have no meat,
Some have meat but cannot eat,
We have meat and we can eat,
And so the Lord be thanked.

Whenever I hear this statement of thanks, I think how simple true gratitude can be. While striving to improve the quality of life is laudable, obsessive pursuit of a good thing often causes me to focus on what's missing instead of the abundance in which I live. So I've begun to practice what I call "cultivating gratitude."

Each morning upon waking, I ask myself: What do I have to be grateful for today? Over the years, my list has grown longer. I usually start with the same one, two or three core items but also try to think of new things each day. I find more and more to be grateful for.

This practice helps counterbalance my tendency toward worry, doubt, and constant striving.

Later, at different times during the day, I take a moment to remember a blessing or two - especially when life seems hard. I feel younger, stronger, and happier when I do this.

What do you have to be grateful for today? If it's a person, why not tell them? You know, it takes about two minutes to write a thank you note. Go ahead - make somebody's day!

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Count Your Blessings

When I'm worried and I can't sleep,
I count my blessings instead of sheep,
And I fall asleep counting my blessings.

When my bankroll is getting small,
I think of when I had none at all,
And I fall asleep counting my blessings.

I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads,
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds.

If you're worried and you can't sleep,
Just count your blessings instead of sheep,
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings

-- Irving Berlin

Listen to Judy sing Count Your Blessings

Conflict in the Workplace CD

I have a new CD! "Conflict in the Workplace: An Aiki Approach" is available now as an automatic download to your computer or iPod, or as a CD you can listen to in your car or home system. The downloadable audio is $5.00, the CD $10.00

Portsmouth Aikido

Many of the principles reflected in Ki Moments come from aikido, the Japanese martial art that teaches self-defense through the redirection of energy.

If you're interested in practicing aikido and you live locally, Portsmouth Aikido is an ongoing martial arts school at the Seacoast Family Y in Portsmouth. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 and 2:15 p.m. You can stop by anytime and watch a class.

The next Aikido Beginner Class starts January 14. This new 8-week course will run through March 4, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. each Sunday. The cost is $95.00 per person for the course and includes a Portsmouth Aikido t-shirt. Anyone aged 12 or older is welcome. Gift certificates are available!

Learn more about Portsmouth Aikido

Contact Information
Judy Ringer
Power & Presence Training
76 Park Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
voice: 603.431.8560

Judy Ringer is Founder of Power & Presence Training, a Portsmouth, NH company specializing in unique workshops to help you and your organization manage conflict, communicate effectively, and co-create a more positive work environment. E-mail Judy at for a free initial meeting to discuss your training needs.

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