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Time For My Daily Prayer

There's only one prayer that I think is valid, and only one prayer that I know. That is the prayer of gratitude.

Thank you. Thank you God. Thank you for this blessed life.

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This thread is inspired, of course, by our friend jrd3820's original, powerful, epic, and transformational post, "Time for my nightly jam session."

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If there is one thing I would like to impress upon all of my friends here at the Daily Paul it is this: Whatever is going on in your life, please always remember to come from a place of gratitude. It is not always easy, I know.

However, the simple twist of fate of having been born American, with all of the resources and advantages that Citizenship entails, including having access to free education, government imposed or not, is the greatest gift you'll ever know. As a result of this gift you know how to read and write, which enables you to use the most powerful, cutting edge tool in history: The Internet. It allows me, in my bunker in Boston, to communicate you, wherever you are in the country or the world, in near real time.

As a result, you are in the top 5% in the world, in terms of education, material resources, and standard of living. Don't ever underestimate that.

Maybe some of you have never traveled outside of the US, and therefore don't know how lucky you are.

I am an American Citizen by birth, thanks to God, and have traveled extensively throughout the world. The advantages bestowed upon us as Americans by this accident of birth are beyond belief to 95% of the world. Electricity. Running water. Vaccinations against deadly disease. Clean air. Food. Unlimited fresh water...

I understand that things are not perfect. I understand that there are problems and injustices.

But having just returned home from two months overseas, I am grateful to be home, and I am grateful to be an American.

Thank you. Thank you to the Daily Paul.

I realize that this place is sometimes overloaded to the breaking point with biitching, moaning and negativity. Sometimes I'm so disheartened I want to just pull the plug on it.

But when I shift my focus, and change my perspective, I realize how much I have learned from all of you. I realize how important the Daily Paul is to me.

I invite you to do the same. Please just set aside your complaints for a moment to focus and share what it is you're grateful for. Think about Him. Think about how He feels. He created all of this. What would it be like to only hear a constant and never ending litany of complaints and negativity? If you were Him, how would you feel?

I know there are atheists here as well. If you're one of them, please indulge me. Do me one single favor and answer me this: Which feels better - biitching and complaining about the state of the world, or finding something in your life that you are truly grateful for, and just feeling that emotion of gratefulness?

Having spent two months traveling overseas, I can honestly tell you this: You are blessed to be an American.

I am thankful for all of you, who have read this far. God bless you all.

Happy New Year Everyone. May this one be your best. Be thankful for what you have, and you will live a fuller life.

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Best post ever! My Lord,

Best post ever!

My Lord, it's been a year already? I remember reading that like it was 2 weeks ago.

And time goes by, so slowly...not anymore.

Remember when you were a kid and Christmas took FOREVER to come?

Now Christmas comes too fast, to the point where many people get burnt out by the holidays.

Christmas is not special.

Every day I wake up is a miracle.

Every breath I take is a gift from God.

Every day is a blessing, sometimes in disguise.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Michael, you are growing

in the right direction.

Didn't notice the date until after I clicked to comment.

I thank God for God! We wouldn't even be without Him!

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Excellent advice

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!

Michael Nystrom's picture

Hey Nystrom, that was good.

Got any more where that came from?

I've got one thing to add, though. I'd say there are two valid forms of prayer.

Gratitude is definitely one of them. The other one is Love.

jrd3820's picture

Today I am thankful for the 'positive distraction'

The DP community gave mingeem during a dark period of his life which is the same positive distraction I found here once.

That would require me to say I am thankful for....wait for it....ahem....the internets....

I am thankful mingeem was able to find a community here and one so supportive that he felt he could share such a personal story. I am thankful BT found it important enough to post it around a few threads last night. I am thankful that the people here responded with so much love.

I am thankful mingeem has a place he can share and I have a place I can listen to music with e friends who I am also thankful for.

It's funny you should say

It's funny you should say "community".


I am thankful for you and "My

I am thankful for you and "My nightly jam session". Many days it would be the only thing that brought a smile to my face.

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
Thomas Paine

Michael Nystrom's picture

12º outside, been snowing all day.

Samantha's in bed - down for the count. She got the flu on the flight back from Taiwan, and has been miserable for the last several days, sleeping most of the time.

Outside the snow is piling up, but it isn't even bad yet. Tonight it is supposed to be like a blizzard.

On days like this, I think about the early settlers, and how they had to brave this weather in primitive conditions, with primitive clothes. Drafty houses without insulation. I think about Washington's soldiers in their raggedy torn clothes.

I'm thankful that we have this apartment that is warm and dry. I'm thankful that I'm not homeless. I'm thankful for that electric radiator that keeps the bedroom toasty warm, and the thick blankets that have Samantha wrapped up tight in bed so that she can recover soon.

Wow. Gratitude is a wonderful feeling.

jrd3820's picture

Today I am thankful for boxes of music

Listen. I can't get it to embed, but listen....

Oh, and of course we are publishing around here. The Lost Generation did not 'post' things, they published. I'm going to need you to try to keep up here ok? I can't hold your hand the whole way. I'm pretty busy being the black sheep of the group of black sheep. Talk about being lost.

Edit, ok that was the wine talking. Well not the part about being the black sheep of a group of black sheep. I'll take that title. The part about you keeping up that is what I was talking about.

Ok, Edit again....I see you already saw the music box thing so this whole wine induced comment is unnecessary now.

Maybe I should just delete it.

Anyways. Grateful for boxes of music. Think that is what I was going for here.

I also think about those

I also think about those things. Also VERY thankful to be in a warm house with a fireplace, food to eat and comfortable. Praying for others less fortunate. Praying that Samantha will get well soon.

Forever Thankful

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~


widya Holbrook
forever grateful for I have been redeemed !

I am kind of wondering

how people's resolutions went from last year. For that record I have no resolutions. I just find it interesting. I do find it easier to lose weight this time of year but I think that is just the natural cycle of winter-early spring.

Today I visited a friend who nearly died. It is always good to be around people who are grateful to be here! Speaking of, I am grateful to be on this site with all these diverse people- lots of genX-ers too.

Psalm 50:23

"Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.”

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

I'm thankful

for your perspective here. I went through a time of extreme paranoia, and all I could think about was getting my family the hell out of the U.S.
Once my eyes were opened about REALITY I panicked.

I've been told more than once by various folks that we are blessed to live here, and I felt that strongly as a child. I have not experienced the rest of the world much, and I do realize a lot of folks out there have it really rough. REALLY rough.

I am thankful to be here too. I am thankful for people in our country who work tirelessly to help fix the problems.

There are people here who have greatly impacted my life, and you are one of them.


The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens-BrightCopperKettle...

Some 'of my favorite things' I am most thankful for include good music, good conversation with intellectual people (and with women whenever possible is the icing on the cake), and the pursuit of knowledge/truth which can only be obtained through the process of critical thinking. But above all this I would have to say I am thankful for the DailyPaul, because there is no better place I know of where a person can pursue all of the above, and more.

Michael, I think your website is the best blog on the Internet. So is there any chance of me making a new years resolution for whatever may be your terms, in exchange for being able to once again post new topics on the DailyPaul? This would be an enormous thing to be thankful for.

Great post by the way!

- AMAZING PHOTO delineating where UNRESTRAINED CAPITALISM has taken us: http://www.rense.com/general96/whatare.html
- "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."-- Mohandas Gandhi

I want to repeat

What you said below.

"BTW - what is so special about the Jam Session thread that makes it an inspiration? People don't argue there. They share. The author / DJ of the thread pointed that out to me."


Debbie's picture

So true Michael - thank you and God bless.

Have a wonderful New Year!!! (And welcome home, too!)


Thank you Michael Nystrom

That was wonderful. We do indeed have so much to be grateful for.
My husband and I have something just two days ago we are very grateful for: We just became great-grandparents! (the baby was born to Paul/liberty lovers, and one of the baby's names is actually "Freedom". We also have 21 grandchildren, and another on the way. With our 6 children, their spouses, the 21 grandchildren and now a great granddaughter, we could have a revolution, just with our family alone. God is so good.

DJP333's picture

Great message Mr, Nystrom

I've also been in and out of the US this year, and have also had to cope with life and death up close. I'm still trying to figure it all out and why things happened the way they did. Even though the events have place a few heavy burdens on my wife and I, I am so grateful for my blessed life and the people I love around me. Even though knowing some of the truths and doom and gloom about this country and the way things work on a global scale, you are right on the money when you mention how lucky we are to be American. Things are really rough out there in the rest of the world. We all need to love and laugh more and put things into perspective. A lot of our problems in the US are first world problems.....

"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different." ~CW

Michael Nystrom's picture

FWP. That was hilarious.

DJP333's picture


Thanks for sharing that. Sometimes I think we Daily Paulers can feel like we are overloaded with DPP (Daily Paul Problems). We can become negative and critical of everything, because we've read too much on this site, when in reality, things out there in the real world are fine, if we have our health, love ones around us and an internet connection we are doing better than most of the people in the world. Things are what they are, the world and us crazy humans will always be changing and evolving and things will go up and down. Happy new year to all, hope everyone finds tranquility and happiness in the year to come.

"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different." ~CW

Michael Nystrom's picture

DPP - Daily Paul Problems. That is a good insight

We'll have to keep that one, and use it in the future.

If you haven't seen this, it is classic, and good:

A Group is its Own Worst Enemy

I'm going to read it again. It has been a while.

Thanks man. Happy New Year.

Michael Nystrom's picture

About social groups, he says this:

The second basic pattern that Bion detailed: The identification and vilification of external enemies. This is a very common pattern. Anyone who was around the Open Source movement in the mid-Nineties could see this all the time. If you cared about Linux on the desktop, there was a big list of jobs to do. But you could always instead get a conversation going about Microsoft and Bill Gates. And people would start bleeding from their ears, they would get so mad.

If you want to make it better, there's a list of things to do. It's Open Source, right? Just fix it. "No, no, Microsoft and Bill Gates grrrrr ...", the froth would start coming out. The external enemy -- nothing causes a group to galvanize like an external enemy.

So even if someone isn't really your enemy, identifying them as an enemy can cause a pleasant sense of group cohesion. And groups often gravitate towards members who are the most paranoid and make them leaders, because those are the people who are best at identifying external enemies.

Our external enemy is the Fed, and now the NSA.

This was hilarious. And groups often gravitate towards members who are the most paranoid and make them leaders, because those are the people who are best at identifying external enemies.

LOL! Paranoid? Our leader?

Michael Nystrom's picture

That old lady at the

That old lady at the beginning reminds me of Samantha's mother. She's illiterate. She was raised in a time when females weren't educated. Samantha's a neuroscientist, and she's fascinated by how her mom's thinking is affected by that lack of not being able to read.

Can you imagine what that would be like? To have never been able to read anything more complex than prices?

And yet, and in fact, that is my reality when I'm there. I can't read Chinese either!

Talk about a blessing: Being able to read.

Nice video and nice song. Thanks.

"Can you imagine what that would be like?"

I'm 62.
I didn't like school until I was 15 and switched to a vocational school.
Then I finally got good grades at the 'trade' school.
Since 2007 when I really began to use the web daily, I know I've learned more than all the 56 previous years.
Now just 7 years later, I participate in global business, sitting here in my gym shorts. And I know stuff I've never heard of.
My thirst for learning is higher than all of my years in school.

Grateful? You bet.

I do not think there is another person who has been blessed with a second chance in this world as have I.

I have a career, a wonderful wife, two terrifically intelligent daughters and we live a house that provides for all the needs of a family of four. Most importantly our home is built on a love.

The fact that I have been so blessed is truly a miracle because I spent the first 25 years in this world trying to ensure I would not see 30 years, let alone find myself in a life that is far more more than I truly deserve.

Thank you Lord.


Liberty = Responsibility

One of the very best

Yours Rx, is one of the very best comments that I have ever read on this site!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Michael Nystrom's picture

Ok, so I was a little sauced when I wrote that last night.

But the sentiment stands.

BTW - what is so special about the Jam Session thread that makes it an inspiration? People don't argue there. They share. The author / DJ of the thread pointed that out to me.

So I think there is something we can all learn from that example / model.