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Monday, November 26, 2012

This is the season for remembering all those things for which we are thankful. Before writing this blog I decided to look up the definition of the word . . . and I found this connection between being aware and expressing appreciation.

At first that seems like a no-brainer. How can I express thanks for something I am not aware of? But what really struck me was the realization of how very, very often I am unaware of simple blessings. How often I take everyday graces for granted.

For instance, I seldom notice how efficiently my body breathes, faithfully bringing in new air and circulating it where it is needed. But as soon as I get a cold, I become acutely aware of what a blessing it is to breathe easily. And I feel sooo thankful when my lungs and sinuses clear again.

Recently I have been including deep breathing as part of my cool down and relaxation after exercise. It increases my awareness of the wonder of being alive. And for that I am thankful.

There was a time when I could not walk without bringing on debilitating pain. Now that I can walk easily again, I don’t want to forget what it felt like to move with difficulty.

Sometimes I walk with my pedometer to see how many steps I can take and I am thankful for the steps. Other times I forget about the number of steps and allow myself to think about the wonder of being able to walk. Then I am thankful for my amazing legs and feet and muscles and nerves that make it possible.

During the years when I commuted between jobs I developed the habit of eating on the run. I didn’t care what I ate as long as I could munch and drive at the same time.

Now I try to be more aware of what goes in my mouth. An apple is no longer merely nourishment. Apples actually have a taste and it is one I enjoy very much. I am thankful for the ability to find delight in the aroma and flavor of the marvelous abundance of foods that are available to us.

My list just keeps getting longer.
I have a bed and I’m able to sleep.
I can get clean.
I can feel the warmth of a hug.
I can grow and learn.
One of the most important things I am learning is
how to be thankful.

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    CJ, I was glad I decided to read this blog, even though it's a couple weeks after you wrote it. I always love how you take a topic and put your own unique spin on it. I have often worked on mindfulness and being appreciative of our everyday blessings, no matter how small. You have to work at it every day - too often the challenges in our life take over our mind and emotions and we forget to keep concentrating on all abundance that surrounds us. Thank you for reminding me to keep focusing on all the goodness! emoticon
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    2004 days ago
    This is a great twist on the traditional thankful list. Thanks for sharing it!
    2004 days ago
  • JILL313
    Thank you for reminding me as I take everyday pleasures pretty much for granted as a lot of people do. I also am grateful for all the abundant things I have. We are blessed to live in the US and are free to make good choices for ourselves. Take good Care.


    2004 days ago
    emoticon for reminding us how glorious life is! emoticon
    2004 days ago
    Wonderful! Life is amazing!
    2005 days ago
  • BEFIT018
    emoticon Blog about the 'little' things in life that we do take for granted. GREAT reminders!
    2005 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon for sharing
    When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.

    B.K.S. Iyengar

    2005 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Terrific reminders! Thank you.
    2005 days ago
  • DBELLE39
    Great blog!
    2005 days ago
    When you travel to countries like China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc., and see how hard people work to scratch out an existence, you realize how fortunate you are to have been born on this side of the planet.

    Yes: walking, eating until we are no longer hungry, sleeping in a bed, wearing clean clothes are all things we take for granted that many people in the world have nexer experienced. Not to mention things like medical care, retirement, postal service, paved roads, cars, refrigeration, etc. etc. etc. etc!
    2005 days ago
    GREAT BLOG, emoticon
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    2005 days ago
    emoticon blog! All of us have many things to be thankful for but don't really stop to think about or appreciate. You have reminded me of things I hadn't thought about that I am thankful for. Thanks for reminding me of some of the things I hadn't thought about but am thankful for. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2005 days ago
    Cj, fantastic blog, I am thankful for being able to get up in the morning and being able to walk Katie.

    2005 days ago
    I somedays i need to step back and think about all the blessings i have, especially when things go wrong.
    2005 days ago
    After almost losing my right leg in a bad car accident in 1978 I am thankful for every step I can take. Illness and injury give us a perspective we wouldn't normally have. And I've lived without plumbing or electricity, so that's also something I can relate to. I appreciate your reminding me of these things. We have so many blessings we forget about some of the most basic ones.
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  • JAMER123
    Wonderful things to be thankful for. Every day that I wake up and get out of bed is a day I say thank you and know it will be a great day no matter what.
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