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.
Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Context is everything.
“Normal” doesn’t sound like something we strive for. It doesn’t sound intriguing or exotic.
You probably wouldn’t want to read a blog about (whatever your idea is of) normal.
But introduce a contrast and see how precious normal becomes.
“Don’t worry; this reaction is normal.”
“The test results are normal.”
“I assure you, your child is normal.”
Sometimes normal can make us extraordinarily thankful.
Friday, November 4th, 2011
I’m thankful for progress.
I’ve been doing Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred, which has three levels. On Level 1, I was puffing and wheezing trying to do squatting punches. Now on Level 3, I’m doing punches WITH weights. Yeah!!
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
I have maybe an 8-minute walk on the office end of my commute. It’s not much, but the right shoes make a HUGE difference. I fall mostly into the Heels Were Made to Wear While Sitting at a Desk camp, so in the mornings and evenings, you’ll find me in flip-flops, skimmers, sneakers, or boots, depending on the season.
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.”