I won a trophy last weekend. I placed first in my age division in a half-marathon. The fact that I placed first is not the important part of this. The fact that I was able to place first is.
In my last post, I talked about having a heart attack ten years ago. The last couple of weeks have been such a poignant experience of gratitude for me. We were in New York two weeks ago and I had some great runs through Central Park. This is where I had my last run before the heart attack ten years earlier. Then to win my age group last weekend made me so grateful that I have been able to come back from that experience.
One of the things we do in working with people in recovery from addiction is have them make a gratitude list. Looking at the positives in your life can open a window and allow light to shine in on the dark places. It gives us enough light to see a way out.
Running allows me the opportunity to be very grateful.