Pumpkin pie, a little turkey, some cranberry relish, sugary sweet potatoes with perfectly toasted marshmallows ... Did you know that Thanksgiving is not just a holiday that should be celebrated yearly? Every day is a great day to give thanks. And not just the big things either, but the small, everyday things we take for granted. Food for thought: Imagine if what you took for granted yesterday, you didn't have today?
It's been 2.5 weeks since my winter mountaineering adventure turned almost winter mountaineering death adventure. I thankfully survived, but my feet and hands suffered first degree frost bite. In fact, just now am I able to actually type and it doesn't hurt. I still can't run. Walking isn't as painful and my skin is peeling like a snake shedding it's skin. My toes are still numb and the feeling is slowly returning. I say slowly because they tested my feeling by having me close my eyes and say certain words if I felt "sharp" or "dull" pain. I felt neither. When I opened my eyes, guess what I saw? A pair of scissors. Yeah, so that should describe the extent of my injuries.
The first few days after the adventure I was reminded just how much I took my hands - fingers particularly - and feet for granted. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING I touched, hurt. From touching the covers on my bed to getting out of bed to opening doors to holding a water bottle or cup of warm water with chia seeds to turning the faucet on - it even hurt to eat! I had no idea how much I took for granted on a second-by-second basis. I am always reminded how much I am thankful for on a daily basis, but this experience really gave me a deeper perspective. Besides my feet and hands, I was also thankful to still be alive. (If you didn't read the story, go do so by reading this.)
As I started being thankful for the use of my fingertips, I realized how many other little things that help my life that I take granted. Like running water. Do you know how much you use running water? Washing clothes, dishes, shower, flushing the toilet, your coffee, cooking, baking. Water is something most of us not living in a Third World country, take for granted.
When we are verbally thankful, it gives us a sense of happiness and joy. Being thankful is good for the soul! So on this Thursday, what are you thankful for? The little things that make your everyday life enjoyable. Be grateful and acknowledge them.
Food for thought: Are you taking something for granted that you might regret if you didn't have tomorrow?
Have a happy thankful Thursday!
peace, sweat, love: life
photo credit: TheCulinaryGeek