Do you ever stop and think how lucky you are? Do you do it enough?
I know I certainly don't.
It can be so easy to get caught up in the stresses and worries of the world that all we see is "cloudy skies" and the "bad things" that are happening to us right now. Not realising that there is good things happening too. We perhaps just take them for granted.
The other day whilst out running, I realised how much i have to be thankful for.
Firstly, the fact with Covid currently locking down Greater Sydney, with which the border is less than 50km away, I have the freedom to leave my house when I want. I can run as far as I want, for as long as I want.
I can still operate my PT business. Yes on restrictions, and differently to how I was 18 months ago, but I can still do it.
These are just two examples of being grateful during Covid.
I am also blessed to have a supportive, loving wife and family who have more belief in me than I do, and encourage, support, and sacrifice a great deal for me to chase my dreams.
I'm grateful to be surrounded by a community both in the flesh and online that supports and cheers for me every single day as I share this Mission 231 journey and offer the fitness service that is ANT Fitness.
I'm grateful that I'm showered with the gift of running and talking that has provided the opportunities to be given a platform to talk of fitness, health, the Heart Foundation and mental health. One such opportunity came tonight, with the chance to talk to the boys on the Pick 199 Podcast, providing a wider audience with which to share my Running With Heart message. Truly grateful.
So many things to be grateful for, yet I can catch myself some days, most days if I'm honest, complaining, whinging and worrying about things not going how I planned, or the weather or something far less trivial.
As they say, there is someone always worse off, we just need to remind ourselves of that.
I also believe there is a positive in every situation - even when it appears there are only "cloudy skies".
We just need to change our outlook and our attitude, and we will soon realise how much we have to be truly grateful for.
Run With Heart.