Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Our bodies have so many ways of protecting us. The gag reflex is just one. I ate something that almost went down the wrong way today, which prompted me to reflect on this little blessing.
Saturday, December 17th, 2011
I saw someone at the grocery store who was missing a leg and sitting in a wheelchair. Unfortunately, legs – like arms – are something I take for granted far too often.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Sometimes I think about how much of our time is spent on hair – cleaning it, styling it, removing it, adding it… Men and women spend a lot of time and money removing unwanted hair, yet if we start to lose hair we wanted to keep, it becomes a big deal.
I’m thankful to have some.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
“Avast, ye scurvy dogs!” People say that only in pirate movies, but when I think of vitamins, I think of that phrase. As you may recall from playing Oregon Trail, scurvy was/is a real disease. Somewhere along the educational line, I learned that it came from a deficiency of Vitamin C. And there you have it: how my mind works. Vitamins, Oregon Trail, pirates.
But seriously – in addition to our access to a healthy diet, we can get extra vitamins cheaply, even in gummy form. (Or the perhaps too-yummy Flintstone variety, of which I ate an entire bottle as a child. Which Poison Control didn’t exactly recommend, but I’m still here.)
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
It’s my birthday!
When it comes to being thankful, it’s always good to go back to basics. Keeping my heart beating is one of those things I can’t do on my own. And since everything else stems from that… I can’t really make much happen, can I? I can choose to let this make me feel powerless – or to thank God for keeping it all going.
Chris Rice’s song “The Power of a Moment” reminds me that “I have no guarantee of my next heartbeat” and God “knows the number of my days.” This song’s message, “right now’s the only moment that matters” and “show me the importance of the simple things,” is great fuel for thankfulness.
Friday, November 18th, 2011
Hand-eye coordination: It’s not just for athletes! How many things do we do each day that require it?! Typing, opening and closing doors, brushing teeth, drying hair, preparing food… yeah, it’s pretty key.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
As much as I hate going to the dentist, I’m thankful it was just routine. As I sat there grimacing through having my teeth cleaned, I repeated to myself, “I’m not having oral surgery. I’m not having oral surgery. This will be over in just a few minutes.”
Sunday, October 30th, 2011
As I was eating some almond granola today, I was once again amused by the labeling on nut products. They usually say something like, “PEANUT PECAN ALMOND GRANOLA: This product may contain nuts.”
Amusement aside, I was thankful to be able to eat it.
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
I also prayed that my husband and I would have good health leading up to and during our vacation. We were blessed with that and with energy to explore and enjoy our time. There’s never a “good” time to get sick, but I especially didn’t want to feel icky during our precious vacation days!
Thursday, September 15th, 2011
I have seasonal allergies, and by “seasonal” I mean “year-round.” A few years ago, a couple of friends suggested I try the Neti Pot. At first I thought it was really weird… but it works for me. It helps when allergies are kicking up, or you feel a cold coming on, etc.
I realize some people will be grossed out by this. But go ahead, do a Google image search for “neti pot.” I laughed and laughed. It is not a glamorous experience.