Gratitude: the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness
It is Thanksgiving week here in the States, and while there is much to be grateful for, today I am filled with gratitude for discovering running. Who knew when I first laced up some running shoes the places it would take me, the friends I would make, the ways it would challenge me?
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
–William Arthur Ward
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I am also filled with gratitude for having found a community of like minded people after 8 years on WordPress. Yes, WordPress reminded me I signed up 8 years ago. Of course this blog isn’t even 2 years old yet, but first there were several blogs about subjects that won’t surprise my frequent blog readers: the furkids and food.
With those blogs, however, I never found my tribe, and eventually they were left to gather dust and taken down.
I have met such wonderful people — in real life and virtually — through this blog. The community is one of the best parts of blogging.
If you have your health you have everything
That might be overstating things a bit, but the truth is, without your health, life is hard. I am filled with gratitude that my body (with slight protests) does the things I ask it to do.
I think I run my strongest when I run with joy, with gratitude, with focus, with grace.
Going on 4 years of maintaining my weight
I am also filled with gratitude for sticking out the hard years with Weight Watchers, the years when I couldn’t lose weight no matter how hard I tried. And when I say years, that’s no exaggeration.
Staying the course paid off in the end. Yes, my weight still fluctuates, but I have been pretty much maintaining my loss for almost 4 years now. Through many hard times. It takes a lot of planning, tracking, dedication, and meetings. But looking in the mirror — and more importantly feeling good about myself — yes, it fills me with gratitude.
Last but not least
I am filled with gratitude that over 31 years ago, Mr. Judy turned to me and said “what do you think about October?”. It might not have been the most romantic of proposals, but indeed, we did get married the following October, just eight months after he proposed.
He makes this blog possible, he supports my crazy ideas (and there are a lot of them), he works hard so that we can take in the hard case furkids. Love you always, honey.
Tell me in the comments:
What would you add to my gratitude list?
Is gratitude on your mind even if you’re not celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow?
Do you think about gratitude on days other than Thanksgiving?