We have a lot to be thankful for in this life.
The list is extensive, and it’s filled with all the normal things I give thanks for in our day-to-day life.
Josh. A loving family. A great, fulfilling job with a great team. Best friends that are family now. A beautiful house that we work hard for. Adorable dogs. The opportunities to experience new things, travel, and grow as people.
But then something happens at work, and it puts it all in perspective.
I’m thankful for the big things every day, but when a safety event happened, one that dramatically changed one teammate’s life and could have ended it, I had to stop and think about how grateful I am, just for the life that I have and for a healthy body to allow me to climb mountains (let’s be real: walk the trails), run up a set of stairs, and go about my normal day without any disability or chronic pain.
I’m not saying that we should all go around just being thankful for our own selves, but at the same time, it’s something I forget to be thankful for when I look at the blessings in my life. I preach over and over that it’s the people in our lives that make it so wonderful, but it’s also so important to focus inward and think about the things we can do to celebrate and grow our own selves, in appreciation of the gifts we have. It’s kind of like having a cold. When I don’t have a cold, I don’t give a second thought to breathing through my nose. After a few days of sniffling and being congested and not being able to breathe through my nose, I wonder how I could ever have taken breathing for granted.
In 2018, I’m looking inward and focusing more on how I can avoid taking my own life and self and body and mind for granted, and working to grow myself, instead of just working on how to appreciate those around me. That classic saying that you cannot pour from an empty glass is true. I’m working on some specific New Year’s Resolutions around this, but for now, I’m working working working at my job to ensure that everyone is safe, involved and feeling secure about their jobs and life. In the midst of it all, I continue to give thanks for the wonderful people around me, and for my physical and mental health: they can all change so fast.