Giving Thanks

“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.
A family doing a Turkey Trot - Photo taken from

A family doing a Turkey Trot – Photo taken from

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you grateful for today?

About Susan Ekins

Freelance writer and blogger at Women Making Strides. Interested in personal leadership and empowerment. Wanting inspiration and to inspire. Leader in church ministries. Blog: Facebook page:
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5 Responses to Giving Thanks

  1. Julie Benes says:

    I too ran a 5k on Thanksgiving. Running is not my ‘cup of tea’, but I wanted to do it with my family. I went into it with realistic attitude: I’m going to run slower than my other family members, so I will run alone listening to my music, be at peace, and come in last. To my surprise, Amy completed the race first and turned around and ran back to run with me. She loves to run and was very encouraging. I felt blessed for many reasons. Just goes to prove, that “attitude is everything” and where there is passion and desire,there will always be new horizons.


    • Susan Ekins says:

      Julie, we were basically on the same page. That was awesome of Amy! Your statement “Where there is passion and desire,there will always be new horizons” is going into my Favorite Quotes file.


  2. Giving thanks is a sign of a grateful, generous and endearing person, a truly noble spirit. So, happy thanksgiving to you too!


  3. Jenny says:

    It’s always great to spot the little moments of inspiring humanity happening all around us. Sometimes if we just open our eyes a little the world starts to look brighter and better than we sometimes feel it is!


  4. Congratulations on your run Susan! I recently had to give up running and I miss those 5km runs! I love how you have taken the time to notice others and found so many good things apart from the exercise. Your quote at the top of the page is an inspiration and for me sums up what gratitude means for me. Thank you for reminding me of how blessed I am!


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