A Month of Gratitude: Embrace the Place Where You Are
|I'm grateful for the big, noisy family God gave me.|
I grew up with itchy feet. Not from athlete's foot...from wanderlust. From as far back as I can recall, I wanted to travel.
Perhaps it was from all the books I read about faraway places. When I read about the Connecticut Yankee, Huckleberry Finn's Mississippi raft trip, Robinson Crusoe's island, or the gold prospectors in Michener's Alaska, I longed for similar adventures. My life seemed pretty stale in small-town Kansas.
I wanted to be out there, trying new things and really living. The world looks pretty inviting from far away; a beautiful blue planet chock-full of grand sights. As wonderful as Earth is, it can be a cold place when no one is around to share. I love to travel, but doing it alone sounds completely uninteresting.
When my family took summer vacations, I stared out the car windows, wishing I had a daredevil life. Instead, I should have been looking inside the car, at the people around me. That's where the real adventure lies.
Family relationships can be hard work, and that's what makes them so worthwhile. I believe the greatest exploits reside within our hearts and minds, not outside the front door. Home is where the real living begins. Are you up for the adventure?
Female in Motion Health Update: As you may have heard on my Facebook fan page, I am cancer free!!! My trip to Cancer Treatment Centers of America last week confirmed it. The cancer is gone. Now the hard work begins. I want to get my former strength and endurance back, so I've started exercising again, in earnest. Feels good, too.
The family is a haven in a heartless world. ~Attributed to Christopher Lasch