Friday, February 23, 2007

Blessings

I was inspired by the Radio Ventriloquist blog (who links to my RefrigeratorRaid.com blog). Her post, "give thanks with a grateful heart," was quite a little wake-up call for me.

She took a few events from one day--lunch with a friend, a breakfast sandwich, a chat with a co-worker--and used those events as an opportunity to see the many blessings of her life.

I am inspired to do the same.

I've been known to complain and gripe about dieting. I've been known to get annoyed and bored with exercise.

But there are so many blessings wrapped up in my diet and fitness plan...
  • I have full use of my arms and legs, so it's possible for me to run 3 or 4 miles at a time.
  • It's so much better to worry about eating too much than to worry about not having enough to eat.
  • My body is healthy and strong, allowing me to lift weights and stretch my muscles.
  • I am fortunate enough to have the means to purchase fresh produce and whole grains.
  • I have a wonderful husband who supports my healthy lifestyle, even if it means he has to eat vegetarian meals or visit my Tae Kwon Do school.
  • When my muscles ache and my body hurts, it's a good pain. I am blessed that I do not currently have any major illnesses that affect my daily life.
  • I have fresh water to drink. Electricity for cooking healthy foods. And a refrigerator to store leftovers.
Sometimes it's important to remember the things that seem so little to us. When we take the time to really examine our lives, we get a chance to see all the extraordinary ways that God has blessed us.

6 comments:

Fatinah said...

What a great post! It is so easy to get caught up in the bul*sh*t that you forget all that stuff. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

Cory said...

It's so easy to forget those little things, isn't it. Thank you for reminding us about them!!!

Tigerlilly said...

AMEN!! That is such a wanderful way to think... thanks for the reminder!

I am thankful.. for friends like you!

the veggie paparazzo said...

After I had surgery for cancer and was recovering--well, it was one of the only times I've appreciated what my body can do (I can now sit up! I can now walk!) instead of being frustrated about what it can't.

Gripperm said...

Great Post and thanks for the Tip on the book

Tee said...

Great post...thank you for reminding me. I have a load to be thankful for...thanks for being apart of the challenge.