Monday, October 11, 2010
Month of Gratitude
Since today is Canadian Thanksgiving, and with President Monson's words from Conference, deep in my heart, I want to do a month of gratitude posts. I love when President Monson said, "...do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love." I have so much for which I am grateful. Two years ago I participated in a month long gratitude challenge, and it really did help me focus each day on all that I have. I loved when President Monson quoted Greek philosopher Epictetus, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” So I'm going to spend the next month REJOICING.
A friend of mine posted this quote from John F. Kennedy on her FB status "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." So I want to make sure I do more than just write about--I want to live with a spirit of gratitude, and not for just the next month.
(I will not post on Sundays)
Now these will not be done in any kind of order. I will start with:
GRATITUDE FOR A HEALTHY BODY
I think the human body is a wonder--a miracle. I love that each morning I can get up and get out of bed. (For that simple thing, I am grateful) I love that I can put on my running shoes and go out and have a great run. No, I don't have the ability to run at any great speed (and I will not focus on that), but the fact that I can run and enjoy the beauty of this world is WONDERFUL to me. Yes, I find I huff and puff, but so what. And lately, unfortunately, there have been some muscles that have been showing signs of wear and aren't working as good as they should. This mornings run was pretty good, my foot didn't hurt as much as it has been. I'm just trying to forge ahead. I want to take care of my body. I have been trying to eat better, and it seems to be having a positive effect because I actually feel pretty good ; ) I have a physical in a couple of weeks and we'll see how that goes.
For my Canadian friends, Happy Thanksgiving. For everyone else--Happy Monday ; )
Sidenote #1: I'm curious to hear from my little Elder later today and wonder if he's cooking a turkey today ; ) We are not having a big Thanksgiving dinner--we'll wait and have the missionaries over for U.S. Thanksgiving next month.
Sidenote #2: Allan was out of town for 8 days and it was so great to have him come home on Friday night--even though he was up early the next morning to fly off to Saskatoon for a few hours for SP training. Glad he doesn't have any trips planned in the near future.