Sunday, December 17, 2006

Getting some perspective

A few days ago, I was at the gym as my usual routine and going around the indoor track. I was obsessing over the number over the scale and how the numbers aren't going my way and can't seem to break the 200 barrier. I came around the track and saw a lady hobbling back and forth and using a walker and had a peculiar gait. I instantly got a new perspective. God, I felt so self absorbed. Here she was, barely getting around the track while I worried about a silly thing such as a number on a scale. I stopped to say hi to her and we had a little conversation. She was so happy and smiling and wanted to know how I was. I felt like crying as I went around the rest of the track. Maybe having a emotional day, but I realized how lucky I am just to have my health and be able to move freely. I've noticed quite a few people at the Y that have some disabilities or just some physical challenges they must face every day. I stop now and say hi to them and offer to help if they look like they need it on a weight machine or one fellow needed help to get his cup off the back of his wheelchair and to get some water. Talk about getting some perspective!! Sometimes I think, I could do so much more and help people out and I do it in little ways for now. Sometimes, I think God or some other force gets me to stop and realize, life is about so much more than ourselves. So, think I need a gratitude list.

Things I'm thankful for:

my health

the love of my family

my friends

my freedom

the ability to go to school again

the beauty of washington, the sea, the mountains

honesty, with myself and from others

the kindness of strangers

the holiday season and being with family and remembering the reason for the season!

my blogger buddies!

Of course, there are many, many more but gotta get going!!! What are you thankful for?? We have to do xmas cards and then will go to the gym and my mom is babysitting today so we will have some time for some fun too if we get all are work done today. Hope everyone had a great weekend!!


Flo said...

Those people are my heros. I complain because I don't want to get up. Yet, they not only have to deal with some physical problem but get up every morning and work out. They are the real heros.

christie said...

Yes, Patty... yes! I have been thinking the same things lately. Recently there was an episode of extreme makeover:home edition with a woman cop who was shot and is now paralyzed... she loved to keep in shape, loved surfing, loved working out... when she spoke about how she can't run anymore and how she does lots of upper body work she started to cry about how much she misses moving her body.... and it hit me how grateful I need to be for my ability to exercise, even if i don't feel like it all the time... it is a GIFT to be cherished!
I also think you are building up some killer karma for all your good deeds at the gym :) Very sweet of you.

TrixieBelden said...

Wow! You made me cry. I am literally wiping the tears away as I write this, no lie. You are so right. We have so much to be thankful for! I have the love of my parents and my sister, for one. And the freedom to go back to school too! Thanks for reminding me life is more than just the scale milestones.


celtic_girl said...

Hi, I've been reading your blog for a short time now and wanted to tell you what a great post. I think your right, God does do things like this to keep us grounded.It's good we recognise this and give thanks.
Well done on the weightloss, you can certainly see a change between your two photos.

Living to Feel Good said...

Great post and so true!