MM #20 – Ms. Gratitude – Letty Cottin Pogrebin

In this 20th Mincha Moment, writer, lecturer, activist, advocate and co-creator of Ms. Magazine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin reveals why gratitude is such an essential component in her life. The loss of her mother at an early age and breast cancer have done nothing to dampen her sense of gratitude. In fact, if anything, they have helped her realize the value of each and every moment.

Mincha Moment (MIN-chuh, with the “ch” like in “Bach” or “loch”)… Taking Time to Be Grateful refers to a moment in the afternoon — 2:30 pm is what we’ve been using — when you stop whatever you’re doing, look around and acknowledge to yourself, how truly grateful you are. If 2:30 pm doesn’t work for you, no problem. Choose another time, but stick to it. Better yet, keep 2:30 pm and pick an additional moment as well. Unlike specials in the supermarket, decongestants or hot fudge sundaes, there’s no limit to how many mincha moments you can have in a day. But whatever time you decide, when it arrives, stop what you’re doing. Take in everything around you, and recognize how much gratitude you have. It sounds easy, especially if you’re on vacation. Not too difficult to be grateful for spectacular scenery, amazing food, and daily massages. On the other hand, if instead of vacation, you’re in a boring meeting at work or waiting two hours at the DMV, you might find it quite a bit harder. Yet if you take a minute, you’ll find there’s a lot you’re thankful for. Maybe it’s some of your colleagues at the office, who make working on assignments interesting and help to get your creative juices flowing. Maybe it’s your strong legs that allow you to stand online. Or maybe, when all is said and done, life is just pretty damn good–especially if you have a fresh pound of chocolate malted milk balls in the drawer.

Debra Gonsher Vinik and David Vinik are partners in Diva Communications, Inc, a video programming and production company in NYC. Through an interfaith kaleidoscope, they create, write, film and edit documentaries on social justice issues.

Years ago, Debra and David set their watches (now it is their cell phones) to go off every day at 2:30 pm. In addition to giving them an opportunity to reflect on all they have, Debra and David love knowing that at 2:30 pm, wherever they are, they are united, no matter the distance, in joint reflection.



  1. How beautiful Letty is! Her wisdom moves me. Awesome visuals.

  2. Reminds of me a quote by the late Lewis Smedes. “Gratitude is a pain-killer.”

    Inspired to take out moments to examine and look at the little things and thank God.


  3. Much appreciation to Ms. Pogrebin for taking the time out of her life to remind us the importance of thanking God for the blessings in life we still have despite what we may be going through!

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