“Gratitude is the real treasure God wants us to find, because it isn’t the pot of gold but the rainbow that colors our world.”― Richelle E. Goodrich, author
This morning I participated in a local Turkey Trot as part of my family’s Thanksgiving tradition. Many years when I’ve done this 5K race, I began with a litany of complaints:
- I didn’t train enough
- I forgot my water
- I’ve got plantar fasciitis and don’t feel like running
This year, I began and finished the race with a litany of thanksgiving instead. As I waited for the race to begin, I thought:
- I’m so grateful to be able to run!
- I did my best to prepare by drinking water yesterday and eating carbs for dinner.
- I know I can run a mile straight, so let me try to run a little farther.
- What a great thing to do with my family. I hope to be able to do this in the years ahead.
Mostly I ran the race just listening to inspiring music on my IPod. But I did notice a few people:
- A father with his young son, maybe five years old. After just a quarter mile, the son said, “I’m tired.” Dad answered, “So am I, but we’re not going to quit, are we?” The son said, “No way!” Dad answered, “You’re doing awesome.”
What a wonderful role model and supporter of his son.
- As I passed the one-mile marker, I saw a young girl (again around five years old) standing by the side of the road with her Dad. She wore a race number and apparently had tired out. After a couple of blocks, Dad and daughter passed me. Dad was carrying his daughter on his shoulders.
It is easy to think of what we don’t have instead of what we do have. It is easy to notice the bad in the world instead of the good that is around us. My challenge for you is to go out and take a walk or go for a run, whichever you prefer. Go half a block or go ten miles, whatever is right for you. If you can’t go today, go tomorrow. I challenge you to think only positive thoughts as you step forward, and I challenge you to give thanks along the way.
What are you grateful for today?