Monday, November 29, 2010

A lot to be Thankful for

With Thanksgiving behind us now, and the winter season now in full force, it's a good moment to reflect back upon what I have to be thankful for in my life. Thanksgiving kind of came and went for me, and actually was just another day. I had to work for the holiday, and my husband went on without me to celebrate the holiday with his family.

Holidays can be a difficult time in my household. It is a common occurrence for me to have to work the late afternoons into the late hours of the evening. Often times my husband is forced to go on without me to celebrate the holidays which leaves us both feel like we are missing out on a lot in our marriage. Thanksgiving 2010 was no different for us.

While it made sense for me as the holiday was happening to feel down and gloomy, I do have a lot to be very thankful for in my life. Doug and I celebrated our Kelly family Thanksgiving last night with our dogs. The four of us dined on turkey, green beans, au gratin potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy, and a ugly looking but very tasty pumpkin pie. It was wonderful.

Often times I find myself being caught up in the moment of craziness and not being able to reflect on all the great blessing which I have in my life.

I am thankful for my husband and his wonderful ability to put up with me and love me in my moments of insanity. I am thankful for my family and the humor hey add to my life. My dogs have been one of the greatest blessings in my life. They have taught me patience and love, and are the best little cuddle buddies ever. I am thankful to have a job and an income that exceeds all my basic needs in life, even if my career does not provide the challenges that I feel I need in life it is amazing to have paycheck through uncertain economic times.

Often times we can have something in our life that we experience on almost a daily basis and have allowed it to become such fixture in our life, that we take it for granted. For me this is my ability to be able to run. I am so thankful that God has blessed me with the strength and ability to be able to move my body in a way that some can only dream of. Running has provided me not only with physical strength in my life but has also taught me how to budget my time, challenge myself in vulnerable moments, to clear my mind of toxic thoughts, and has allowed me to experience the city of Chicago in a way that a lot of people have not.

I am amazed by the way running has taught me to appreciate the late fall sun setting and casting long golden shadows on leaf laden grass, and the crisp breeze touching my skin. It is an amazing thing to be able to run, and it's an even more amazing thing when I can stop and remind myself that I do not run to be the fastest or to be the best. Rather I run to be able to feel and experience life in a way that is untouchable by the toxicity in this world.

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