The Mother of Adventure

Gratitude

on September 25, 2014

Trail 2I woke up in a bit of a funk this morning.

It was a choppy night; my 10-year-old daughter woke up with a nosebleed and I was up helping her for a bit. After what felt like forever, I finally fell back into a fitful sleep, filled with bizarre and unsettling dreams.

Getting out of bed, I looked out the window to see a heavy fog over the neighbourhood. It gave me the slight sensation that I was still asleep, maneuvering my way through a series of strange, unlikely situations.

I had to shake it off. So I did what I *least* wanted to do – I geared up to go for a run. I promised myself it could be slow and short; I just needed to get moving.

As I headed out to a nearby trail, the sun came out and quickly burned off the fog. My sun-splashed trail led me right by the river, which was as smooth and calm as glass.

Continuing on, I passed a seniors’ home and noticed a few people out on the grounds, enjoying the day. In the distance, I saw a man in a wheelchair; he turned and watched as I ran by along the path. Suddenly, a jolt went through me. It was one of those reality-check moments, where you’re reminded of the blatantly obvious that, somehow, you’ve conveniently forgotten.

TrailI have legs that work. I can walk, I can run. I can move freely on this beautiful, autumn day. I am so blessed.

It shouldn’t take looking at someone in a wheelchair to appreciate my own body and abilities, but sometimes complacency sets in. It’s so easy to complain about my little aches and pains, until I encounter someone who is truly suffering and I stop to realize how fortunate I really am.

I may not be the world’s fastest runner, and others might go much farther than I ever could. All I know is that on this day, I’ll breathe a little deeper, crank my favourite tunes a little louder and run just a bit farther than I originally set out to go…simply because I can.


6 responses to “Gratitude

  1. Geoff says:

    I understand. Glad you could shake it off, capture that sense of gratitude and turn your day around. All the best.

  2. Melissa says:

    What a beautiful post. Thank you for the reminder; when I was younger and would complain that I didn’t have the brand name clothes that the other kids had, or some other silly complaint, my mother would always say the same thing to me: “Do you have your arms? Your legs? Can you see? Can you hear? Well then, quit complaining!” At the time I thought she was being flippant, but now that I’m older…. I totally get it!!

    • I love that childhood story, Melissa! Funny how those parental comments stick with you, eh?? When I moved to Ottawa, I would call home and my dad would always ask, “So, are you happy and healthy?” Like you, I sometimes thought it was flippant, but now I realize – that’s really all that matters…the rest is gravy.

  3. Funny how life sends you little reminders, hey? So glad your found your bliss.

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