MM #10 – I’m Grateful

Taking time to be grateful. “I’m grateful for… I’m thankful for..” This is set to the music of the amazing Bianca Merkley who can be found at  We’ve been doing these short videos for some six years now, and this was number 10– and the music and the feel of this have stayed in my mind like no other Mincha Moment.  I think it’s the beauty of the music wed to the simplicity of the words– “I’m grateful for these worn-out shoes that I wear, and I’m thankful ’cause at least I have a pair, ” “I’m grateful for the struggles in my life I’ve had, ’cause it’s times like these that make me who I am.” Words to write on your heart. – DGV

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. Great music! Whose song is it?
    I’ve bookmarked this post to listen to this song again 🙂
    Thanks for the mood!

  2. I came across your site when looking to see what Diva up to several months ago–sort of rummaging around the Internet attic. I came across the link to Mincha, visited and was blown away by the simplicity of the act and the impact it could have–since we tend to focus on the latest crap and not the most significant aspects of our life that are the blessings (not always easy to remember–I’ve been unemployed since my job was eliminated a year ago March 4). What really grabbed me was Debra’s one post that talked about all the stuff she was dealing with one day, only to have you bring home her favorite ice cream. Nice touch.

    Anyway, since coming across Mincha, my wife, Beth and I have made an effort (which, admittedly, needs to be much more earnest) to remember that one thing–or more!–at 2:30.

  3. Hi there. Beautiful! Can you let us know please about the music that is being used with your videos? Name of song? Singer? Thanks! Happy Passover!


  4. Thanks for the pause from life’s pre-occupations
    SFX’s are perfect 🙂

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