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In preparation for feeding my face later this afternoon, I headed out for a morning run. Sunny, nearly 50 degrees, crisp air. Cranked up One Republic’s “Good Life” (definitely worth listening to). Perfect.

Within two minutes, my throat was constricting, I had tears in my eyes and my heart ached. No, I wasn’t sad. It’s simply my reaction to Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. A holiday purely about eating, drinking and spending time with people you love without expectations. It’s perfect.

So here is what spewed from my heart this morning I ran, listening to an endless loop of “Good Life.” I am thankful for my husband who puts up with my moodiness and inability to make decisions, who is the stable one in our marriage and who spent endless hours building my website because he knew it would make me happy. For my daughter who makes me laugh multiple times a day (when she’s not making me want to pull my hair out) and has taught me to live in the moment. For book club whom without their love and support I would have never become the woman I am. For my family and friends who may be scattered across this country but whose love and thoughts I feel daily. For the creativity and passion that I seem to have found again. For a good job at a good company working with coworkers who are brilliant and kind-hearted. For our landlord who leaves a mess every time he fixes something (infuriating) but who fixes everything. For Symone’s teacher who may be the most amazing woman I’ve ever met. For our “Colorado” family who we’ll share this wonderful day with. For the challenges of the last few years that have made me grow and change in ways I never imagined.

I’m thankful that my life has flexibility, that I want for nothing, that my body can still run even if it’s slowly, that my heart can still love, that I still find immense joy in listening to a favorite song or reading a good book, that I am learning to dream and to open my heart.

With every year I am more thankful to be alive. And even more, I am thankful to reach a point in my life when I recognize how truly lucky I am and can feel grateful for every moment (even if it’s so very hard for me to live in the moment).

Life is challenging, chaotic and sometimes bittersweet, but mostly it is simply sweet. Yes, One Republic, this could really be a very good life.

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  1. Gigi

    Gigi on 11/23/2012 8:44 a.m. #

    I am thankful for your blog and the opportunity to know your inner most thoughts by reading them. It is difficult to maintain a long distance relationship by phone and emails. Our daily lives get crazy and all of a sudden days go by without any contact. When we do talk on the phone we have so much to catch up on. Every one of your posts have touched my heart. I am so thankful for my beautiful daughter and her family. You continue to inspire me.

  2. Amy

    Amy on 12/09/2012 5:51 p.m. #

    Thanks for the reminder to appreciate the good stuff that we have, and stop whining about all the things we want!
    Love your blog. Can't wait to read more.

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