Thursday, November 24, 2011

with a side of thanks ...

It's funny to me that so many people ONLY feel the need to profess what they are thankful for at Thanksgiving. I honestly believe that appreciating and being thankful of the things in your life needs to happen on a daily basis. Tomorrow isn't guaranteed. And things could ALWAYS be worse. We need to take stock in all the good and shift the focus away from the bad. Perspective is the key.

I only say this because I can remember being a child and expecting things to be handed to me on a silver platter. I didn't know or understand all that my parents did to provide for us. And now that I have my own family, I do and I hope I can impart that message to my daughters. To help them see that it is not the material things in life that matter, but rather the experiences and people that fill our days.

In the past year, I have had plenty of moments that I have been thankful for and plenty that I would like to forget. And I am stronger and wiser and better off because of all of them. I have worked to remove negativity and replace it with positive people, experiences and energy. And today, like everyday, I am feeling blessed by all the things that fill my days, including ...
  • My loving and supportive husband. He encourages me to follow my passions, understands my quirks and is there for me 100%. I could accomplish nothing if it weren't for him. We are a team and we do our best to help each other get to exactly where we want to be. In the last year, I've come to realize how important this is and how lucky I am to have him. Not everyone gets this kind of support and I shouldn't take it for granted. (Note: He's also the kind of husband that will buy his crazy runner wife a high-end treadmill just because it's a "good deal." Thanks J.)
  • My three beautiful daughters. They light up my day (even when they are driving me crazy). They give me reason to live the best life I can, to be a positive example and to cherish the moment.
  • My mom and sisters. The older I get, the more I appreciate them. We don't agree on everything and we all have our moments, but in the end I love them more that I can express.
  • My running wife, G. She gets it. Good run. Bad run. And every run in between. She pushes me and lets me push her back, something that should not be underestimated.
  • The Core 4. Runners first, logical thinkers second. They are all crazy enough to sacrifice sleep to run with a friend. They know when to push the pace and when to hold back. We are united by a common love and drive with a little bit of healthy competition thrown in just to make things interesting.
  • My body. No, it's not perfect. But, it has created three of the cutest creatures I have ever laid eyes on. And it proves to me everyday just how powerful it is.
  • A healthy family. Enough said.
  • Patience. My girls can prove to be a challenge. And the one thing that keeps me from complete insanity is patience. And coffee. But mostly, patience.

Happy Thanksgiving!

10 comments:

Stacy said...

I love how you choose to be positive and have so much confidence in yourself! Inspires me to be kinder to myself and not doubt my abilities so much. Happy Thanksgiving!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you Tonia. Well said and wonderful things to be thankful for. I agree, being thankful and expressing gratitude should be a daily thing. Great to get to know you a bit over the last year.

Marlene said...

Excellent post and a good dose of perspective. Enjoy this day with all of your blessings! Happy Thanksgiving!

Beth said...

Happy thanksgiving!

Run with Jess said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Kerrie T. said...

Happy THanksgiving, friend!

Silly Girl Running said...

That's a lot to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

workout mommy said...

well said! I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving! :)

Michelle said...

We are right there with you! I make sure my children understand how thankful they/we should be all year long!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Its hard to limit the list of things to be thanksful for but yours is a great one.

With "life" on hold for a few days while we are off work and all together, it reminds me how great my future looks!