Friday, September 27, 2013

30 days of Gratitude

I'm stealing this idea from my sister, Lisa, as I think this is a great way to "refocus". We have so many great things to be thankful for.

This summer adventure has put light on that. From the bad moments to the best moments ever -- if I've learned anything it's that my life is very full and my husband and family are rockstars.

So here it goes!

1.  I'm most thankful for my ability to adapt. I feel like I am a very "adaptable" person. In fact, my old manager (you know, the guy that didn't let me run the marathon) once described me as a cat. And that I could be throw from any height, and will find a way to land on my feet. I've moved to new cities twice now where I knew no one, and had no idea how to get around...and I've found my way. I learned to work at 2 new hospitals this summer, with completely new charting systems, department flow, etc. Back in AZ, I was the Nursing House Supervisor, as basically a new grad, googling policies and procedures when surgeons would call me to get the OR operational during the off-hours on weekends. I've lived in a sorority, I've lived in a big house, and I've lived in a hotel room. I am proud that I can adapt, and still feel calm wherever I am placed.

2.  In this moment, the things I love most about my family are their love and foundation they gave me. I am who I am because of them! There is a sense of joy that is indescribable that I feel when I'm with my family! 

3.  Something that made me smile today -- my 41 mile bike ride. A little foot pain is forcing me to take a break from running (until it feels better, and until my podiatrist tells me I can resume marathon training). I'm going to be honest and say I sobbed uncontrollably shedded a few tears this week over the matter. It felt really empowering to get on my bike, and just ride for 2 1/2 hours today. It made me feel "me" again!

What ability are you thankful for? What do you love about your family? Or what is bringing a smile to your face today?


Marlys said...

Now if I could ride 41 miles in 2 1/2 hours, I would fall on my knees in gratitude! But if I did ride that far, I probably would just fall on my knees without trying! LOL!
It's good that family is important to you as we hear of so many families who don't speak to each other and get in big fights etc etc! I'm glad that we have each other. I, too, have lived in quite a few different places, like dorms, a little tin-roofed shack, a couple of small, humble homes and now we are looking to move into our retirement home! But "living" in a motel room - not very high on my list of places to be! One night - maybe two - that would be enough! You are almost done now, except Ryan will have to endure 5 more months of it! I feel for him! I think living in a barrack might even be better? Maybe not!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am glad you are going to play along! It's going to be a good way to really focus on the good in my life over the next 30 days, and hopefully I will continue to practice that attitude of gratitude.

Being adaptable is so important! I can not say I have that talent. I can adapt to short-term situations, but long term, not so much! But I think you definitely do a great job at that!

Can't wait to see you in 2.5 weeks! :)