Even though this is a running blog, I can't start a post on the word cherish,
which happens to be today's Wednesday Word, without addressing the tragedy in Paris.
I have one question:
Why did this happen?
In a word, freedom.
Something that so many of us take it for granted.
Freedom to say what we want.
To dress how we want.
To go to school.
To believe what we want.
To disagree with others who hold differing opinions than ours.
To do all this without being censored or worse.
In the clinic where I work, I am fortunate to work with families from all different backgrounds. Many of them are from the very nations where citizens are not allowed these freedoms. These people tell me how grateful they are to be here.
Where they are free.
Never take it for granted.
Cherish your freedom.
"Peace for Paris"
What else do I cherish?
The list is long for me.
I cherish my family.
-My husband, who has a love-hate relationship with my running, but always supports me as I chase another goal.
-My parents, who think my every accomplishment is an achievement.
-My sons, who have brought me so much joy over the years, and so much challenge more recently. The teenage years are tough. Yet we remain close.
-My sisters, because you always have your sisters, right?
She's part of my family, and yes, I cherish my dog.
She loves me, and that's all I care about. When you have teenagers, you need to have a dog. Sometimes, she's the only person who's happy to see me when I get home. She's always happy to see me after a long day at work. Or when I come back from a run. Or when I step outside to get the mail. She's 12 1/2 and I know my time with her is limited.
I cherish my health and my fitness.
If you follow me at all here on the blog, you know that I'm chasing the fountain of youth. I'm so grateful for my continued growth as a runner and an athlete. This year has been phenomenal for me. I hope to continue to stay active the rest of my life.
I cherish this lovely fall weather we've been having.
It sounds so trite, to cherish the weather, but the winters really get me down. Last year, it felt like winter came so early. The fall weather this year has been amazing. I know the weather is going to change, but until it does, I'm going to run happy!
I cherish my friends, old and new.
I am so lucky! I've got friends whom I've known for almost all my life. We don't talk often, but when we do, it's like we saw each other yesterday. There are the neighborhood friends, most of whom have drifted away as the kids grew older, but the few remaining are still good friends. I've got work friends--we've been through it all together, and that is the bond that ties us. And my running friends, who get me! They let me talk ad nausea about the sport we have in common.
Finally, I cherish who I am today.
I cherish my sense of humor, my compassionate soul, and my passion for being the best at everything I do.
Except housework. I'm not so great at that. But does it really matter?
What do you cherish?
I cherish these blog prompts from DebRuns! The words she picks really stretch my brain. Be sure to head over to her blog and see what everyone else says about this week's word!
And I don't know about you, but this sure sounds like a gratitude post to me! I'm linking up with Jill Conyers and Jessica Joy for the #fitdish link up of an Attitude of Gratitude on Tuesday 11/24. So much to be thankful for.