We can debate strength training verses aerobic workouts, or short workout sessions verses ones that last hours, I suppose, but the greatest exercise is perfect for this time of year: Thankfulness.
A lot of people this month are writing Facebook posts every day of what they are thankful for: from small delights of nature to large miracles of healing. Thankfulness is about perspective: Am I looking at what I have or what I want?
I can list of the members of my family, my business, my health quickly on a thankfulness list, but the exercise that really builds those muscles are the ones that are not easy:
I am thankful for difficult people because I can strengthen my patience muscle.
I am thankful for challenges because they teach me to overcome.
I am thankful for rules and taxes and tickets because they produce order and safety.
I am thankful when my kids spill because it reminds me that they are in fact children and it is just spilled milk.
I am thankful for a husband who sometimes comes home grumpy because it reminds me of the grace he gives me in the same situation.
I am thankful for the sweat that produces health; for cold stiff mornings after a big workout because that pain reminds me that I am getting stronger. I am thankful that my body will respond when I push it, and sometimes when it doesn’t as I age.
The Bible says (Romans 5:3-5) “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame…”
I am alive, I am not perfect or have everything I want, and I am thankful.
What are some not-so-obvious things you are thankful for?
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