This morning I am waking up on Thanksgiving Day of 2016. My normal routine would be to shoot out the door for a run on my beautiful Georgia dirt roads, for prayer and thanks. However, this year is somewhat different. I am grinding it out on a stair master early am at my gym.
Glancing around me I see an empty gym full of equipment, but I also see determination and steer will from my own heart and soul. And I give complete gratitude to this just as I do when I ponder out on those beautiful dirt roads each year doing my marathon training. This year my gratitude is giving back to the same mission as last and the same mission as its been over most of my life. It’s being grateful for life in general.
“Life is not about receiving at all times; it is a combination of being thankful for what you have as blessings and sharing those blessings with others who need a little fraction of what you have.”
In 2 short days I will be representing in a crowd the injury that almost took my life in 1993, brain injury. As I am grinding out this stair master I am giving complete thanks back to that injury. To every disability that came along with it. Because it brought to me this will and determination to be on this machine so early this morning and every morning and evening over this past year, and over my 23 years… I am giving thanks to my health, my body, to this brain. The brain that has taken so long to heal and understand. The brain God chose to bring a message to so many individuals I have met and spoken with over the past few years that you can overcome and you do have that strength deep inside you even after circumstances such as this. I give nothing but thanks for this message…
To end my entry on this Thanksgiving Morning I want to share something I have acquired through the years. I have learned there is responsibility that comes with my message. That I am blessed to bless. Gifted to give. I am not lucky, fortunate, or merely disciplined; I am expected to do something with the grace I’ve been given… But I have also learned so is everyone else… Share Your Strong!