The Gift of Good Health

December 22, 2010

in Life Lessons, Mixed Bag

I feel so blessed to be in good health. I am able to be physically active, which allows me to fully appreciate all life has to offer. I have the ability to do something as simple as play catch with my son or help my daughter practice her tennis stroke. And, on the more extreme side, my good health means I can train for a marathon and participate in multisport racing. This is something I never take for granted.

“Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.” ~ Kak Sri

As grateful as I am for my good health and all the possibilities in life I have as a result, I am equally appreciative for the medical challenges I have faced. I don’t lose perspective on what a blessing it is to be healthy because I have had periods where my health has not been good.

And, even though I have had my share of medical issues, I know these challenges aren’t as serious as what others have faced. The friends who have bravely faced more are heros to me. Two friends in particular didn’t have the “poor me” attitude, but instead looked at their situation as something simply to get through so they could move on with life. One friend had a double mastectomy and intense chemotherapy. The other had major surgery and then almost died from complications. She unexpectedly spent months in the hospital and had several more surgeries as a result. These brave ladies would tell you their experiences impacted their lives, but certainly not say it defined who they are or affected their ability to move forward and embrace life again. These women are an inspiration.

Good health is certainly a gift in my life.

What gifts are you appreciative for this holiday?

NOTE: This is part of a one week series.

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Kate December 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Personally, I’m so thankful for finding cycling and running, and making new friends who are always introducing me to bigger challenges. I’m thankful that, because I’d started running, I was able to teach my little boy to ride a bike (because A LOT of running next to the bike was involved!).

Most of all, I’m thankful for the good health and proximity of my family. I don’t take it for granted, and even when we’re playing holiday ping-pong among all the different places we have to (and WANT) to be, I keep in mind how lucky and blessed we are to have them near.
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Naked Girl in a Dress December 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Kate~
These are wonderful things to be grateful for; thanks for sharing them.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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