We all have those things that we have to do that we dread, or even resent. Whether it is exercising, moving, or even carrying a bunch of groceries up three flights of stairs because your apartment building doesn’t have an elevator. But we forget something, we forget that we have the ability and health to do these tasks that we complain about and dislike so much.Because let’s face it, these things suck. IT sucks that we have to exercise to stay in shape – no pain, no gain. It sucks that we still must do errands in the rain…
My friend Melissa talked about this when I went to see her three months ago. She talked about how she missed being able to walk to the mailbox. And later, when she was so sick with cancer, she vlogged about not taking your health for granted. She talked about resenting having to run for exercise, or all the cooking and cleaning she did, or having to take her toddler out to run errands out in the the rain. And she talked about how we should not resent those tasks, because we were able to do them, because she would do anything to be able to do them again.
And she was right. I have resented running on the treadmill, even called it the dreadmill. But how blessed I a that I can run, that have the energy and ability. That I have the stamina, that my knees are still good, that my body still works in the way in which it was designed.
Her recent passing has taught me many things. And she has inspired me to run more, but not just to loose a few pounds or get in better shape, but to also celebrate my body and my health. Never take your health for granted, or your abilities or what your body can do. Even those things that we don’t like, celebrate the fact that you can indeed do them.
So today when I run, when I am moving furniture around, when I have many grocery bags to bring in, or when I am bending over weeding my large garden…I will be thankful that I am doing all of these things.
So get out and celebrate what you can do, what you were designed to be able to do. Exercise, lift, move, be active. Appreciate it all. Go out there and do something that sucks today.