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Old 09-01-2008, 07:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A big dose of gratitude


I wait tables in a 24-hour restaurant, and as I was ready to get off work this morning, the road in front of work was closed for "road races".

It was cool to watch the bikes go by, then the roller skaters. Then came the people in wheelchairs. The first 1/2 mile is uphill, and as I watched them go by, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for all that I have.

I've been frustrated over several things, most of them consequences of my using.

Today, I realize how blessed I am that I am pretty healthy, despite abusing my body with one substance or another for 20 years. I am able to work a job that requires being on my feet for 8 or more hours, but I'm blessed that I HAVE legs and feet and they work pretty good.

One of the wheelchair racers was really struggling and I wanted to go out and help him. But I knew I couldn't...it would disqualify him and he was trying really hard. I went back inside the restaurant, said a prayer for him and the other racers, then went back out to check on him and he had made it to the top of the hill.

Several people were on the side of the road, watching the race. There was far more cheering on and clapping for the people in wheelchairs.

I realized I take a lot for granted. Today I am reminded that every breath I take, every step I take, is a miracle, because I could have died or caused permanent damage when I was using.

Hugs and prayers!

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Old 09-01-2008, 07:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So true Amy....
Thanks for sharing...thru you I was there too!
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Damn sis I am crying!!!! You are so right......and ppl wonder why I love you ....you tend to put things in perspective.......I think I am going to quit ignoring E and go cook him breakfast.....I love you!!!!


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Old 09-01-2008, 08:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You are so right!

It has always worked for me, when I'm feeling sorry for myself, to take a look around me, and see so many that much less fortunate than me.
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Old 09-01-2008, 10:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for reminding my life doesnt suck.
I ahve been a complaining cry baby lately. I know all those things too/
But I temd to forget when "life" isnt how I like it to be.
Still got that spoiled brat syndrome.
SO ashamed.
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing mate.
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It didnt work.........but thanks anyways sis!
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