Thankful Thoughts

Note:  The below post has been sitting in my drafts for the past week, I just never took the time to post it, so the intro is a little dated but rather than revise it, I’m just throwing it up since it reflects what was going on at the time I was putting the thoughts down.
This week I have been traveling for work. If you know me, you’re probably aware that my travel schedule has gotten much more extensive in the past few years. You probably also know that the travel is not always very high on the “things I like about my job” list… especially on nights like tonight where I have been stranded by the airlines in a city that I was only supposed to be passing through. While I was sitting on my delayed plane, on the runway, waiting to pull up to the gate, waiting for my gate checked luggage, running through the airport, and discovering that my connection left only 5 minutes prior… Most people would get really upset (actually most people were really upset – lots of missed connections) but I could only think about this post that I drafted last night. It’s so easy to worry about and get upset over things that are completely out of our control. Things that really don’t matter in the long run. The inconveniences in life. However, with what happened in Boston on Monday and in Waco last night, I can only think about how lucky I am. Even when things don’t go as planned. Even when I’ll only get 2 or 3 hours of sleep before going back to the airport…

But anyway, back to the task at hand. As I said, this week I have been thinking about how blessed I have been in my life.  I’ve had my ups and downs, but everyone goes through various periods of their life that are better than others. However, overall, I really have had a wonderful life with many great experiences and opportunities.  Some of these experiences I have worked hard for and others have seemed to just fall into place, but regardless of the circumstances that brought them to my life, I feel very fortunate and never try to take anything in this crazy ride called life for granted.

In light of this, I thought I would spend today’s post just highlighting a few of the things that I am truly grateful in my life:

  • Family and Friendships
    • Relationships both old and new -my relationships with friends and family provide me with strength to get through difficult times and make the good times better.  I am blessed to have a large extended family and a group of friends that make life fun.  I am also blessed to be involved in a number of groups which allows me to constantly meet new people and make new friends!  

  • Health
    • I am a very active person who enjoys running, biking, kayaking, hiking, swimming, skiing – the list can go on and on… I am grateful to have a body and my health which allows me to do these things.
    • Often I can take my health and wellness for granted, but even a simple cold will make me realize how precious health and wellness is, and how important it is to keep taking care of you body.  
Fronhofer Triathlon, August 2010

  • Opportunities to Travel
    • I’ve been blessed to take a number of trips overseas as well as some travel within the States for school, work and yes even a few fun vacations. 
    • These experiences have allowed me to open my eyes to different experiences and lifestyles around the world – each time I travel I gain a new appreciation for both the beauty and hardship that this world can bring.
Hanging out in Cuiaba, Brazil last Spring

  • Career 
    • I have a great job where I work for farmers – at the end of the day, even on the most frustrating days, I realize that I do have a fulfilling job since I help to give the farmers a voice in the supply chain.
    • Second, the agriculture community is second to none.  Overall, people are caring and kind and look out for one another.  Growing up in a rural community I was lucky to realize this early on, and it’s something I value greatly. 

    • Last but not least: The best JRT ever.
      • No worries, I’d never forget Roxie! She’s been a great sidekick for the past 7 years, and I hope we can spend many more years together.  

    As I finished up my list of the top 5 things, I realized I had another item to add to my list. The fact that I didn’t immediately have to list food, clothing or shelter on the above list. It’s easy to forget that these basic needs are not readily available to every person. I am extremely fortunate that I am not wondering where my next meal is coming from, or where I’ll sleep tonight. I think many too people, especially those of us who don’t have to worry about them on a daily basis, take these basic human rights of food and shelter for granted.

    Ok, I’ll step down off my little podium.  I just felt the need to write something a little more meaningful than my typical updates this week with all the craziness that has gone down.

    What are you thankful for? 


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