What is thankfulness?


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It’s November.  It’s not uncommon to hear people express how thankful they are for the things in their lives.  I know a lot of people that post something new each day on social media that they are thankful for.  I also take time to think about my life and all of my blessings.

However, in the past 4 years or so, I have found that I stop and give thanks daily.  There’s just too many things to be thankful for, I can’t fit them all into the 30 days of November.

I am thankful for my husband.  Without him, I am not whole.  He works so hard for our family.  He is my everything.

I am thankful for my four kids.  I am thankful that I was lucky enough to chosen to be their mother.  I am thankful that they are healthy.  I am thankful that one day I will meet my other two sweet children in heaven, since we never got to meet in person on earth.

I am thankful that both of my parents are still alive and that I get to talk with them whenever I want (which is very frequently!) And I am thankful for my wonderful mother-in-law.  I could never have picked a better one to have in my life.

I am thankful for all of my family, both here and far away, and that I can keep in touch with them virtually daily.

I am thankful for my Faith. Without God, I am nothing.  I am forever grateful that my parents have loved me enough to raise me as a Christian that I will never turn my back on my Faith.

I am thankful that both my husband and I can work and provide for our family.

I am thankful for all of my friends that are sharing this ever-changing journey with me.  I know that they are always there and a positive force in my life.

I am thankful for being able to swim, bike, and run my way through this life.  I see injured athletes every day and I feel their pain when they cannot do what they love.  Any season, any day, without injury is a blessing. Especially as I get older.

I am thankful for a car, a warm home, and food.  These comforts become more important, especially this time of year, when so many are in need.  And I am thankful that we are able to support charities that can help so many families.

Really, this list could go on forever.  Some days, when I am alone, I will start to list everything I am thankful for so far during that particular day.  This list can take me several minutes to get through, even early in the morning.  But, it helps me stay grounded.  Even if the kids are driving me a little crazy, I can stop and be thankful that they are my children and that someday, they will have families of their own that I will get to enjoy.  Honestly, life would be quite boring without them and all of the crazy excitement they give me.

So, I guess my point is, why not try to focus on gratitude every month, every day, and not just save it for November?  And why not tell people that are with that you are thankful for them in that very moment?

Be someone’s sunshine today.

Run Happy, Run Long.


Amy is an ultramarathoner and triathlete, a mother of four, an Exercise Physiologist and a Physical Therapist. She lives with her husband, Dan (also an ultramarathoner and triathlete), and kids in Ohio.

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