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Think and Be Thankful

Created on Thursday, 22 November 2012

If you are reading this you already have many things to be thankful for. You have your eyesight, something that never should be taken for granted. Possibly you have access to the internet at home which means you have electricity and a computer or tablet, both luxuries unaffordable to some people. Or you might be reading this online at work. Be thankful you have employment. (And come to think of it, when was the last time you thanked your employer?) Or maybe you have access to a public library with computers with internet access. Again, not everyone has these luxuries at their disposal. Even if you are reading this on paper you have someone to be thankful for because they saw some need to share this post with you. Think about why and thank them.

The fact that you can read is one more thing to be thankful for. You had the benefit of getting an education, something else that is often taken for granted and certainly not fully appreciated when you are young and don't fully grasp the importance of it.

Not forgetting the subject of fitness and exercise let me remind you of some of the many things you may not be fully appreciating. How about that gym membership to that club full of equipment. Once again, a luxury.(Next time you're there search for who ever takes care of the equipment and thank them. Chances are it would be a first for that person.)
Do you have a workout partner that spots you, or holds you accountable so you don't skip workouts? Make sure you let them know how helpful that is and that you appreciate their help.

Every time you exercise, or especially the times when for whatever reason you skip or miss a workout, remember to appreciate that fact that you are able to workout. Stop taking your own body for granted. The last thing you want is for it, any part of it, to stop working for you.

So what if you didn't succeed with the 500 pound dead-lift today or you didn't fully lockout benching 335. Use it as inspiration to do better next time. A training challenge is always a good thing. Be thankful you have above average strength.

Don't fret over the fact that the scale or tape measure read the same as yesterday. The fact that you have the capability to do something about it is enough to be thankful for. And if you have the time and are working toward doing something about it is even more reason to give thanks. You have probably made some progress, hopefully consistently and of some significance. Be thankful for that.

Instead of getting disgusted about having bat wings be thankful if you have both arms and the ability to exercise and reduce the flab.

If you have cellulite on your thighs be thankful if you have both legs and the ability to walk, jog, run or do whatever exercise you enjoy.

Stop allowing yourself to get annoyed over the little things. Look at the big picture and see the many things you have to be thankful for. Not just today but everyday. Think about it.

If you have read this far I want to say thank you. I appreciate it and I appreciate you. Happy Thanksgiving.




# Ruth 2012-12-06 22:32
Beautifully put. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. For me personally, I am thankful for yoga. I'm thankful to have a yoga studio so close to my house and I'm thankful to have such wonderful instructors. I'm thankful that my body is strong and flexible enough to do yoga poses. Next time I feel frustrated about not getting a pose just right on the first try I'll try to remember all of these other things I should feel thankful for. Thank YOU for reminding me!
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# Aaron 2012-12-07 22:17
You are welcome.
There is plenty to be thankful for, sometimes we just need to stop and remember how good, or great things really are.

Thank YOU for visiting, reading and participating. I really appreciate it.
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# Ally 2013-01-14 16:07
Nicely Done, its always a great idea to look over your life and think about what you are thankful for. I am thankful for being able to study at a good university and to have enough money to live comfortably every day.
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# Aaron 2013-01-21 22:48
Thank you Ally.
And good- make that GREAT for you! You keep that positive attitude.
Thanks for reading my post and a big thanks for commenting.
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