The pain shot up my leg and into my neck.
One quick ankle twist, and I fell to the ground in agony.
My dog didn’t even realize that I’d dropped the leash and was lying on the sidewalk.
I yelled out, “Hey!” and she stopped and sat down without even turning around.
I got mad. “Hey, stupid!”
She turned around and saw me on the ground. She came running back to me.
I was taking my frustration out on her. This made me feel even worse.
I sat up on the curb and assessed the damage. Later that night, my ankle blew up to twice its normal size. I needed to stay off it for a long while.
That was a few months ago, and now my ankle is completely healed. A few years ago, I probably would have just forgotten about the twisted ankle and kept going about my life.
The more grateful me takes the time to appreciate a simple walk from my car into work without any pain. Sometimes it takes some pain to appreciate how good I have it. To remember how lucky I am to have a healthy body.
When my ankle doesn’t hurt, it’s a glorious day.
Right now, I’m balancing on one leg as I type this, because I can.
A good memory is an important part of tapping into gratitude. Remembering past pain can open our eyes to the joy of its absence. Daily living is full of distractions. It’s good to take a moment every now and again to focus on how lucky we truly are to walk down the street and be able to enjoy everything around us. If you could use a reminder get the 5 Tools to Help You Bring More Gratitude into your life.
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