Thursday, October 15, 2009

Storm of Blessings

Today was my day for a six mile walk. I have a weekly schedule for alternate days of cardio or weight training and yoga. Today was a cardio day.

Before going off to work my husband gave me his condensed version of a weather report. "Could rain or possibly snow all day". Neither one sounded very good to me. I don't like being challenged by the elements when I exercise and I already had a three mile walk in the rain earlier this week.

By the time I was dressed and ready to head out the door, it had started to snow. The flakes were those little ones with hardly any space in know like rain drops that get a little fluffy as they fall from the sky.

I decided I would hope for the best...maybe this snow is just a little shower and the sun will come out by the time I reach the top of my first hill. That didn't happen. Soon after beginning my trek, I realized I had to come up with a positive perspective about this first (and premature) snow fall of the year, or it would be a very long six miles.

As my eyes scanned in front, back and to each side all I could see were snow flakes, softly touching the ground and then melting. I decided to see each snow flake as a representation of a blessing in my life. For awhile, I was correlating particular things I'm grateful for as I focused on individual flakes. Next, I thought about people in my life that were showing up as flakes. I gave those flakes names.

As I continued on my trek, my little game of appreciating this snow storm as a show of all that blesses me and all that is waiting for me, made my time through the country back roads especially enjoyable. When I was at the highest point of my trek, I could see for miles in three different directions. That expansive area was also filled with snowflake blessings. Since there were way too many to count, I then shifted into massive appreciation for the many blessings that have yet to come into my life.

I don't know what's coming next on my path....all I know is by today's experience the snowflakes predict a great life ahead with much to be grateful for. God was certainly having a great time giving me gifts today.

By the way, these snowflakes weren't meant just for me.....they're yours too. What are you grateful for?

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