Be thankful. Focus on what you can do.

As I was finishing a quick run this morning (something I've recently taken up…I know, you're shocked), I passed a girl in a wheelchair on the track at the park. She was being pushed around the track by a friend, and we smiled at each other. I said hi and she waved, and I was on my way. But I couldn't stop thinking about our little encounter.

By the time I was done running, I was thinking of how cold my head was, how I couldn't breathe, and how I was ready to quit. But after seeing her, I began to think about the fact that I have the ability to run. It's not something I take advantage of much, but it's something I can do. The next time I think that I don't want to run in the morning, I hope I remember that girl and get out of the house and get running.

It's like that with a lot of things. Too often we focus on the things we can't do. We try to make excuses and are not very thankful for those gifts we have been given and the abilities we have. Too often I'm running around past people who wish they could run. Too often I take for granted the blessings I have in my life and complain about what I don't have. I hope I can remember to be thankful for the blessings and abilities I have and focus on them instead of constantly complaining about those things I feel that I need or do not have.

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