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A Day of Rest and Giving Thanks

Today is a scheduled rest day and one for reflection and to really start thinking about things that I want to accomplish in the coming year and years ahead, along with the things that I am thankful for in my life.

Thanksgiving has turned from a celebration of family and being thankful for what we have, into something complete different.

It has become a paid day off from work, where most of us in the Unites States will gorge ourselves on way too much food and even more deserts, then settle in for football or napping and getting online to peruse the best deals online for the stuff we plan on buying for Christmas presents.

Instead I hope that everyone pauses more than a few times to actually give thanks and mean it, to those who mean so much in their lives. Especially if you are lucky enough that they happen to be in the same house with you today.

We get so focused on the doing, the chase and the getting that we forget to appreciate the now and to be thankful for what we already have.

Family and Friends

The love and support of our families and friend should be first on everyone’s list. Wishful thinking and I know it is not the way it is for everyone. However, if you think about there is always one family member or friend that in spite of everything and all the water under the bridge that is still there for you.

Start with being thankful to that one person and you might just think of others who you should be thankful to as well. Sometimes it is just about stopping and thinking about it. Maybe it is time to reach back out and try again. None of us are the same people we were yesterday – life changes us.

Forgiving, does not mean forgetting. It means it is time to move on to a better life for everyone.

Yes, I am thankful for my family and friends. You know who you are and what you mean to me, even with the miles between us.

Health

Then comes health. I am very thankful for how healthy I am now. It has not always been that way and it has taken a lot of work to get where I am now.

However, being healthy is your personal responsibility and we cannot pawn it off to doctors, lawyers, judges, snake oil salespeople or the Internet. Yeah, as much as we hate to admit it – it starts with looking in the mirror and deciding that it is time to do what needs to be done. No it is not easy and yes, we all will have bad days, backslide, bad news and all the other crap that goes with being a human being that gets older every day – we cannot stop the aging process.

So it is better to take control of what you can while you can. Think about the things you can do to take control of your health, it might only be baby steps at first, but take them – you will be surprised.

No it is not easy and life seems to get in the way of being healthy too often. Just remember there are no quick fixes or pills that are going to make you whole or healthy. It takes hard work and being willing to delay gratification of the moment for long-term gains.

Yes, I am thankful for a body that allows me to do most everything I want or need to do. Nope the old body ain’t perfect and it has aches or pains that bother, but sometimes you just gotta do it anyway.

Eating

Talking about eating think about what we do eat, yeah what you put down the pie hole – you make the choices about what goes in your body – think about what you need to do. Yeah, there are so many conflicting diets, ways to eat, what tastes good versus what is good for you, organic versus CAFO farming and all that kind of stuff. There is so much conflicting information who do you believe?

Think about how humans ate throughout history or at least until the 1950s and 60s, I tend to think that is what we evolved to eat.

Be thankful that most of us have enough to eat on a daily basis and that many of us have the luxury of being able to pick or choose what we want to eat. Think about those who do not on a daily basis.

Home

I am thankful that I have a nice, but modest home in a safe neighborhood, where I am safe, warm and comfortable. Many others do not have that today, due to fires, storms, war, natural disasters or whatever other reasons. I do not have to struggle to stay warm, be safe like so many others are in today’s world.

Home is where the heart is and my heart is right here.

The reality is that

I am one of the lucky ones, there is so much in my life that I am thankful for and today is the day that I get to reflect on the good things in my life and know that the positives vastly outweigh the negative.

I know that it is not that way for everyone and it always has not been that way for me either. However, at this point in my life it is easier than it ever has been to give thanks for the way my life has gone.

So on this day where we all should stop and think about what we are thankful for – do it and say it to those that it will mean a lot to hear that you really do appreciate them and you might be surprised that you have more in your life than you thought about to be thankful for.

Think about what you should be and are thankful for.

Now to find those imaginary or is it elusive perfect for me running shoes that will allow me to run like the wind and never get injured again. Then I will really be thankful. 🙂

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