Thursday, February 26, 2009

Get Your Gratitude On

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Albert Schweitzer

Today I am filled with gratitude. I am so grateful in fact I thought it might be fun to just make a gratitude list…something I encourage you to do…real quick and right now! Don’t think too hard about it….just go…just write…just let it flow!

Alright so here goes…simple, to the point, not planned and straight from me, in this very moment at 4:50 p.m. on Thursday.

Today, right this minute I am grateful for:

The New Girls on the Run Council Training I was part of yesterday (and the day before) and the strength, humor and bravery exhibited by the women in attendance.

The amazing people in my life (both professional and personal friends) and their passionate belief in me, my gifts and my power.

My two children Hank and Helen. Hank for his tender understanding of the daily challenges I face as a single mother and Helen for her uncanny ability to constantly remind me of “what can be.”

My legs…their strength and their ability to move me across 6 miles of asphalt with very little difficulty.

My age…all 48 years of me…and my genuine desire to joyfully embrace the wisdom and perspective that comes with each passing year.

My 51 year “boy”friend, Richard, who celebrates my strength and encourages me to dream.

Chocolate…I love chocolate. Need I say more?

My arms. I like ‘em. They are strong.

The army of women who have gone before me…courageously laying down THE foundation that allows our efforts to in-power girls and women to be embraced, honored and valued.

You…for reading this blog.

So now, it’s your turn. Right now, right this minute, shoot back in the comment section with at least one item that brings you gratitude. Come on now…do it! You’ll be surprised how good it makes you feel!


  1. family, my 14 1/2 year old daughters head on my lap, sunday mornings in bed, the smells stirred up by todays wind

  2. My super awesome 4.5 year-old son who consoled his crying 2 year-old sister for 2 hours with the babysitter while we were at a school meeting tonight, my husband for leaving work early to attend said meeting, 7:00 AM runs on the treadmill while the kids eat breakfast, the refreshing thought that there is no single right answer

  3. I'm grateful that I found running, or rather, running found me. I'm grateful that it lead me to this great organization, so that more girls can feel as powerful as I do when I run.