I am thankful

A brief conversation with a close friend of mine spurred this post today.  She has battled a recurring back problem that leaves her with constant pain, a pain that she pushes through every single day…with a smile 99.9999% of the time. And that amazes me…probably more than she knows.

She mentioned (in the context of a separate conversation we were having, the context of which I won’t share here) that the reason she doesn’t regularly read my blog is because it’s hard for her not to feel jealous or sad that she can’t do most of the things that I am downright lucky to be able to do.

I am able. She is not.

And that’s hard for her to swallow – and obviously, I cannot blame her for that in the least. Yet, she does accept it – as best as she can. And she pushes forward. She lives her life, despite the pain that’s always there. Every single day. I can’t even imagine how that must feel. She inspires me. So much (again, I doubt she realizes this). And honestly, she’s a big reason I am constantly grateful and thankful that I am able.

So today? I am thankful (yet again) that I am able
Thank you, friend, for reminding me of that.

What else am I thankful for today? 

I am thankful that one of my best friends got to experience a baby shower. Her baby shower. Something she didn’t think she’d ever get to experience personally. It was a true blessing today to see her unwrap gifts with glee. With a huge smile, the cutest baby bump I have ever seen, and a room full of beaming faces, all there to celebrate with her…I am so thankful for those moments today. And, not gonna lie – cannot wait to be an honorary auntie. I’ve had lots of practice with Isabel, afterall. 😉

Thankful…it’s a good feeling. A blessed feeling. And I dig it.  

I bet if you each took just one minute today to think about it, that you could rattle off at least two or three things you’re feeling especially thankful for.

So…what are you waiting for? Ready, set, go!  

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24 thoughts on “I am thankful

  1. I love this sis. So great to be at that baby shower today. A miracle in the making. And we ARE able…it’s easy to take for granted, but really shouldn’t be.

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  3. Beautiful post, I’m thankful for meeting you both, for my good health and being able to workout. I’m thankful that all my family and friends are in good health too.

  4. Being thankful is contagious!! I am so glad that you are finding persective and choosing to be thankful. So glad you are going to get to use your auntie skills again soon!

    • I’m so glad sis – because you’re right, we *do* have the choice – to be happy, to focus on those good things in our life, or to focus on the bad. I’d much rather focus on the good.

  5. Beautiful post, my dear! I really think we’re on the same wavelength a lot of the time…and Lindsay, too. The 3 of us need to meet and hangout. The husbands can come,too. I think they’d get along. 🙂 Through my faith, my family, Billy, and blogging, I really do take time everyday to think about all I have to be thankful for…it’s humbling and I am so blessed. xo

    • I totally agree – I LOVE how similar in mindset we are (you too, Linds!)…and I honestly would loooooove to come back to Austin/Dallas to visit you both. My husband has never been to Texas, I’d love to bring him sometime! xoxo

  6. I too am thankful that I am able. Time away from working out commonly makes me worry about putting on weight, losing definition, losing fitness… But I must remember that I should be thankful for the fact that I can get back to working out once I am well again. And that a little extra fat here and there is nothing compared to some of the things others go through.

    I am also thankful for you and for the blogging community for keeping me in check over these things 😉

    • And, I am thankful for YOU – even in the short time we’ve been “blog friends” – I have learned so much from you and have seen such good changes in you (all good ones!) which is awesome. I’m thankful we have eachother to learn from and to lean on when we need it!!

  7. Love this! I am have this really cheesy song on my iPod. It’s called They Live In You from Lion King on Broadway. It’s not your typical running music but I play it during every race because it really motivates me to run for all of the people that cannot. I am so very thankful for my body and all that it can do. I am also blessed to have an incredible circle of family and friends that stand by me in everything I do.

    • Love this – what a great mindset…to run not just because you love it, but to run for those that cannot. Awesome running mantra…and now I’m about to go download that song for my own iPod!

  8. This post is beautiful, Jess. 🙂

    I FBed about how happy I am right now for everything that’s been happening lately. I have a lot of friends expecting babies in the next month or so, I have an amazing family, I’ve had victories in the gym, and there are so many of my friends out there running races and beating PRs…I’m thankful for all the wonderful things happening to so many people I know these days.

    • Aw, thank you, my dear! I am SO GLAD you are finding so many wonderful things to be thankful for. It’s so awesome to see – I can sense your happiness oozing from your words. Love that.

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