Have you ever been having “one of those days” then the sun peaks through the clouds to form a beautiful rainbow? Have you ever had to drive into work at a very early hour of the morning then suddenly the rising sun turns the horizon beautiful shades of pink, orange and yellow? My favorite, because I am a dog lover, is when I am driving along and a car passes me with a dog’s head sticking out the window. The dog is as happy as can be with the wind in its face and ears flapping. All of these things bring a smile to my face, even on the days that I don’t feel my best.
Unfortunately, each day is not filled with rainbows, beautiful sunrises and cute puppys. On most days, it is up to us to find a little bit of joy, and finding something to be thankful for is a great way to do it.
Over the past six months I have been dealing with a crazy amount of food sensitivity. My body has been in a constant state of fighting most food that I try to put in it. It has been a real struggle working through pain, inflammation, fatigue and skin irritation.
Earlier in the year I had decided to sign up for a two day 150 mile bike ride. I love to ride my bike and I love a good challenge, so why not? That was before all of these food challenges, but I decided to keep going, to keep taking baby steps to see if I could do it.
Going into the ride this past weekend, I knew my training was not perfect, but I felt like I was as ready as I was going to be. I rode my first 75 mile day enjoying the beautiful day until the last 15 miles. The first hill was not so bad, but just as I topped it, I saw the next hill. And then the next. And the next. By the time I crossed the finish line I was in tears. I had nothing left.
Day number two was cancelled due to thunderstorms, but even though I had an “easy out” I still felt like I had failed. I knew, rain or shine, there was no way I could ride another 75 miles on the second day. As I started to feel down about my body and how I feel like it has let me down, a reminder of being grateful popped into my mind. It quickly turned my mounting pity party into a feeling of strength and accomplishment. I had ridden 75 crazy, hilly miles! For that I became thankful for!
It is hard to feel thankful when you get some really bad news, but there is always something to be thankful for.
When life is tough and it feels like you do not have any energy left, finding something to be thankful for will give you a small boost.
- Think about the important people you have in your life. Find gratitude in each of those relationships.
- Think about the health you do have. Find gratitude in what you do have.
- Think about the opportunities you have in your life. Find gratitude in them.
- Think about your surroundings. Find gratitude in the big and small things.
Finding something to be thankful for is something we have to be intentional about on both good and bad bays. It is a daily habit that, if prioritized, will bring joy into your day.
Here’s to finding one thing to be thankful for and enjoying that moment in your day today!
Let's Do It Together: Sometimes when life throws us challenges, the best medicine is hearing from a friend. Sometimes we feel all alone and a phone call or text can make all the difference. Who is one or two people in your life you could encourage right now? Don’t wait another moment. It could make all the difference to someone today!