August 18, 2013, Day 79 - A Life Worth Living. . . A Sunday full of Gratitude!
Sunday, August 18, 2013
For those of you who read my blog yesterday and took the time to comment. . . thank you! I got so much out of reading your thoughts and pondering what each of you had to say. Best of all? The responses were real and daring and honest and personal and from the heart. Healing is happening in my heart largely because of all of you.
Sunday mornings are my fav. I can stay in bed late as I want. I can get up early - watch the sun come up - and then climb back into bed and take a nap if I want. I can read the paper, sip on coffee, write a blog, read a good book without ever getting dressed . . . if that is what I choose. Yep, it's fairly laid back around my house on Sunday mornings. I love it!
One of the things I like best about Sunday mornings is. . . "Sunday Morning". . . a weekly news program of sorts that airs on CBS. It's full of inspiration! If you have never had an opportunity to watch it, I highly recommend it. If the program doesn't air in your hometown, you can view it on the internet. Just Google Search "CBS Sunday Morning".
This morning, Nick Vujicic, author of the New York Time's Best Seller, Unstoppable" was interviewed. This was no sit in a room with four walls and two chairs type of interview. Rather, it was an active interview - one where the reporter went to Nick's house and hung out with him while "doing" all the stuff Nick does.
And what exactly does Nick do? Well. . . let's see. . .he plays golf, restores old cars, dives into pools and then swims around a bit, sky dives, writes books (typing at a speed of 60 wpm), gives motivational speeches, dances, cooks his own meals, plays soccer and surfs the ocean's waves. Sound incredible? Probably not. Until you learn that Nick has NO arms and NO legs and uses no prosthetic devices. He does all this - living life fully - by believing that he is NOT disabled and by finding ways around obstacles.
To say that I was impressed would be an understatement! As I watched this amazing man live his life before my very eyes doing all the things he wanted to do. . . letting nothing hold him back. . . I was reminded of all the time. . . all the opportunity. . . I've let pass me by. Why? Why have I lived life my way - sort of checked out and not fully engaged - while Nick Vujicic was out there creating ways for himself - to be able to do all the stuff I could have done with little to no effort? Why?
And just as I was considering the "whys", Nick said something. He said, "this life is full of great things if we'll just give it a shot. I embrace what I do have. . . meaning, I remain thankful and grateful for what I have instead of being angry about what I don't have." That pretty much answered my question I think.
I have two arms and two legs. I can walk wherever I want to walk, I can hug my husband, I can drive a car, I can lift weights, I can climb mountains or hills, I can ride a bike, I can play tennis, I can. . . I can. . . I can. . . That's it! That's the word! "Can"!
Instead of being angry about what I don't have or what I can't do, I need to focus on all that I have and all that I can do. Daily. It really does all boil down to gratitude, doesn't it? If we live a life of gratitude, we live a full life pursuing our goals making dreams come true. Otherwise, we live a life of regret never appreciating or really even seeing what we have. . . what we can do. . . because we are too wrapped up and absorbed in the ungratefulness.
I've blogged about gratitude before. Several times. But I keep coming back to it. Probably because I forget. God keeps giving me these "aha" moments, I live them for about a minute, and then I forget all about them. Until the next time. I don't want to forget. Not this time. Nick Vujicic's message was powerful. I want to remember it always. I want to embrace it and live it. No time like the present, right?
Starting today, I will find things that I am grateful for and I will then blog about them. Every day for the next 30 days. This is my commitment to myself and to all of you. Care to join me?
Today, I am grateful for quiet Sunday mornings when I can kick back, forget all my problems, and open myself up to new ideas. . . new possibilities. . . new inspiration.
What are you grateful for today?