Thankful Thursday 10/29/2015

So what am I thankful for this week?

  • Having big ambitious goals gives me so much room to improve and grow that I can strive to be better in multiple ways every day and know I can do the same tomorrow. I’ll also get to hit smaller goals along the way.
  • Progress – my chiro and I both feel my obliques are improving, though not 100% yet. Also making progress, one step at a time, on other goals, big and small. The obliques mostly take non-action and patience, while the others require effort.
  • My chiro and that I can see him as I need to, I’m very lucky.
  • Stepping out of my comfort zone.
  • Pleasant surprises….My evening walks – part of trying to maintain whatever fitness I can while my obliques heal – have shown me pretty trees, and one night when I really had to force myself to go out, I met Rosie, a beautiful collie, and her person, and we chatted for a few minutes. It was very nice. That made me feel better, and I remembered the library had a book on hold for me, so extended my walk to go get it, making me feel a bit better mentally and physically and of course, walking longer.

Seen on one of my walks….he sat up and practically begged me to take a picture, waiting frozen in position.

squirrel

squirrel!

And tonight – this guy, wandering the streets bold as you please (tomorrow is trash day and people have their cans out)….at first I thought it was a really big housecat.

raccoon

raccoon

  • That I have the resources to have my (2004) car serviced so it can safely take me and DH to see his parents at Thanksgiving.
  • Getting to watch Meb and others at the NYC Marathon! I’ve been looking forward to it. Good luck to all tweeps and readers running it, have a great day! (if you want to watch live, info here, app & runner tracking info here) Did you know NYRR is holding A Night of Champions event on Sunday, with a silent auction?
  • I’m really enjoying podcasts, whether walking or commuting…I need to update my podcast list post so you can enjoy them too. I was encouraged to find out I’m not the only one who’s behind on episodes and still finding new podcasts – Seth Godin posted about it.  Lately I’ve been listening to Julia‘s Running on Om (I remember when she started!) and have heard Karen Smyers (champion triathlete and fellow thyroid cancer survivor) and Joanna Murphy. I’m looking forward to more good interviews including Lauren Fleshman and Jay Dicharry.

On a less lighthearted note….

A dear friend, an incredibly nice, smart person who I’ve known for 20 years (!), shared his 3rd cancer diagnosis this week. (He’s the one whose travelogues I’ve mentioned in other TT posts.) My heart breaks for him and his family. I’m grateful for knowing him and for all the good he’s done and the help he’s provided to others, that he has his beloved and wonderful wife by his side, a grown son he’s close to who’s a good guy, living parents and a doctor brother to support him, and that he’ll be getting good medical care. If you’d like to send some healing thoughts his way, that’d be appreciated.

  • My friend’s diagnosis jolted me and reminded me of how precious our time is, and I’m grateful for the reminder, though I wish the situation wasn’t happening. It’s made me think, and I hope I can continue to move forward spurred by the renewed sense of finite time and by knowing that our choices add up. As Deena says, “Goals aren’t just pursued in the moment, but in the choices we make throughout the day.” I want to live a quality, purposeful life. I keep reminding myself that attention is a currency, just like money, time and energy.

“Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we’re going to be more cheerful in the future, it’s because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now.” -Pema Chodron

What – and who – are you thankful for? 

What are you doing right now, with your choices, to pursue your goals and create the future you want?