Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wonderful You Wednesday: Gratitude Changes Everything

Welcome to Wonderful You Wednesday at My Life as a Trimommy.  This is an ongoing series where I will have a post by myself or a guest that focuses on body image and self esteem.

As I was thinking about what I would write for this week's Wonderful You Wednesday post, one thing kept coming back into my mind over and over...gratitude.  This isn't directly related to body image, but I really feel that if we start to apply this idea we can't help but see changes in all areas of our lives.

In the past few weeks, this is a theme that I have seen repeating in my life as well as others.  For my Syracuse 70.3 race, one of the mental strategies I used to get up and over the hills on the hard bike course was gratitude.  As I prepared and during the race, when I started to feel nervous or anxious, or the going got tough, I reminded myself to be thankful that I can even do what I do.

In all the interviews I have done during my stint as Aflac Iron Girl Across America host, these women who have overcome obstacles that many of us will never have to face say to me again and again, they are thankful for every day they wake up.  They are thankful to be with their family, they are thankful for their health, and they are thankful for the opportunity to share that with others.  No matter how hard an event is for them, they are just grateful they can get out there and do it.

I am supposed to do a 45 minute run today, and Noah woke up with a sore throat, so I kept him home from preschool.  All of you mommies out there know what that does to a run:  it either cancels it or it gets moved to the treadmill.  I've been putting it off for hours, and now Noah is napping, so I could just hop on.  But instead I am making excuses:  I'm tired, I have work to do, I'll run later so I can run outside, I don't feel like running on the treadmill.

Instead of making excuses, I will be grateful.  Grateful that my son is healthy, and it's just a virus.  Grateful that I can spend some unexpected time with Noah today. Grateful that I can run.  Grateful that I have a treadmill at home.  Grateful that I have a job that I love.  Grateful that I can relax tonight.

Gratitude changes everything, BUT in order for it to work, you really have to believe it.  The interesting thing is, once you start to remind yourself of all of the things you have to be thankful for, it's really hard to remember what the problems were to begin with.

What are you grateful for today?

  

8 comments :

  1. I'm grateful opportunities and the ability to stay home with my kids and pursue the things I love.

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  2. I'm grateful that I was able to eat lunch with my husband today. It's something we rarely get to do together, and it was awesome!

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  3. i do my gratitude journal in every single post because it keeps me mentally on track with what's important and that life really is pretty good

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  4. I am grateful to have such a wonderful, beautiful, encouraging daughter..... YOU! I love you. Mommy :)

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  5. I am grateful for all the love and support I received from all of my wonderful friends while I was battling an illness in and out of the hospital. I thank God everyday that these people are in my life!

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  6. I am grateful for the fact that I have two awesome sons who are proud of their mom for competing in triathlons.

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  7. I'm grateful for so many things that you all are mentioning already :-)and now I am tearing up because I am so overwhelmingly blessed and have no right to ever forget that! I have a God who satisfies my every longing and gives me no less than I will ever need. In fact, He gives me more! Thanks for the reminder, Kelly.

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  8. Great topic for sure! I try to ask our kids each night to name something they are grateful for. I like the idea of working it into a workout. :-)

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