Along with the heart that was gifted to me by my hero, I also received a higher awareness of gratitude, for each day and for the big or little, good and not so good things that happen each and every day.
“It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”
A few days ago, I felt energized as I went and volunteered at my transplant center. I walked a lot there, then came home and still feeling full of energy, I dug out 4 bushes that were dying, trimmed all the rest and bagged up 5 large bags of yard waste. Still feeling the need and desire to go on …. I took a couple of walks and by evening, I had set a new personal record 0f 33,304 steps in one day. That beat my best ever day, since my heart transplant, by about 10,000 steps.
While I was proud of this accomplishment, I was quickly consumed by gratitude …….
At the end of the day, I walked over 20 miles, but I believe and thank God for picking my feet up for over 33,000 times in one day. I felt like all I did was put them down.
“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”
Overwhelming thankfulness for that person, my hero, that gave me an extended life 7+years ago as they took their last breath. Thankful for all my family has done for me and thankful for a great friend that has been gently pushing me to do more. And, of course, thanks to all those medical folks that have kept me alive and well.
I am blessed! Thank you from my entire heart!