Thursday, November 25, 2010

giving thanks ...

It's funny to me that so many people ONLY feel the need to profess what they are thankful for at Thanksgiving. I honestly believe that appreciating and being thankful of the things in your life needs to happen on a daily basis. Tomorrow isn't guaranteed. And things could ALWAYS be worse. We need to take stock in all the good and shift the focus away from the bad. Perspective is the key.

I only say this because I can remember being a child and expecting things to be handed to me on a silver platter. I didn't know or understand all that my parents did to provide for us. And now that I have my own family, I do and I hope I can impart that message to my daughters. To help them see that it is not the material things in life that matter, but rather the experiences and people that fill our days.

In the past year, I have had plenty of moments that I have been thankful for and plenty that I would like to forget. And I am stronger and wiser and better off because of all of them. I have worked to remove negativity and replace it with positive people, experiences and energy. And today, like everyday, I am feeling blessed by all the things that fill my days, including ...

  • My loving and supportive husband. He encourages me to follow my passions, understands my quirks and is there for me 100%.
  • My three beautiful daughters. They light up my day (even when they are driving me crazy). They give me reason to live the best life I can, to be a positive example and to cherish the moment.
  • My mom and sisters. The older I get, the more I appreciate them. We don't agree on everything and we all have our moments, but in the end I love them more that I can express.
  • My running solemate, G. She gets it. Good run. Bad run. And every run in between. She pushes me and lets me push her back, something that should not be underestimated.
  • "The Posse." Runners first, logical thinkers second. They are all crazy enough to sacrifice sleep to run with a friend (even if they have "better" options). They know when to push the pace and when to hold back. We are united by a common love and drive with a little bit of healthy competition thrown in just to make things interesting.
  • My body. No, it's not perfect. But, it has created three of the cutest creatures I have ever laid eyes on. And it proves to me everyday just how powerful it is.
  • A healthy family. Enough said.
  • Patience. My girls can prove to be a challenge. And the one thing that keeps me from complete insanity is patience. And coffee. But mostly, patience.
How are you filling your days?

17 comments:

Rene' said...

Happy Thanksgiving T! great post:)

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Laura said...

Awesome post and 'thanks'.

Silly Girl Running said...

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

Lisa said...

Happy Thanksgiving

Pam said...

Happy Thanksgiving, T. :)

momof3 said...

love it ...and coffee.

Tricia said...

Happy Thanksgiving

Marlene said...

That's a great list of thanks. You are so right about the "posse" - don't know what I would do without mine.

And hell yes to the body!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

ajh said...

Yes thanks to the body - even when we are injured - we come back and it could be so much worse! Your kids are pretty darn cute! So are mine - just old cute!!

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

awesome post thanksgiving! hope you can join my thanksgiving bloghop/giveaway =)

Terri said...

Great post - have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Kayla said...

Its true we should be giving thanks everyday! Happy Thanksgiving!

Karen said...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! And you are right...we should be Thankful EVERY day! :0)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

You're right, tomorrow isn't guaranteed. Great reminder to be thankful 24/7/365!

Wifey said...

Great post and great reminder. Being thankful definitely needs to be a daily thing!

Hope you had a great Turkey Day!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Cathy said...

wow! I have 35 shoes alone...and not including running shoes. You're a strong woman, I don't think I would be able to meet this challenge. Although you did inspire a little closet cleaning.