29 October 2009

Who's ready for Turkey Day??

I know, its not Thanksgiving yet - not even Halloween - but for some reason Thanksgiving has been on my mind quite a bit lately. Maybe not the typical Thanksgiving... sure, I'm planning meals and digging out the recipe for my famous Maple Roasted Turkey (not for me, booo hoooo!), but that's not where my thoughts have been.

My thoughts have been deeper - much more philosophical in nature. Its ok, I won't bore you too much! I promise. Well, I hope anyways...

But, really, I've been wondering - do exercising, eating healthy, recycling, and community involvement go hand in hand? NO, I don't mean eating a snickers bar while volunteering to walk the recycling bin to the curb...

I mean, if you start focusing on being good to your body, good to your environment, and good to your community - does that motivate you to do even more?

For me, it all started with some tiny changes. I've been recycling forever. I've always believed in giving back to your community - I was even a candystriper during my high school years (I bet you didn't know that, dear!!)! Then, a year ago I made nutrition a top priority. A little later it seemed logical to join a gym... 

Now, we're going even more green: new lightbulbs, less waste, less paper products, donating clothes, growing our own herbs. That has spurred a trip down vegetarian lane... and a Couch to 5K program. I'm volunteering more - from extra days running the school store to pumpkin carving with 4th graders to baking...

I think I see a pattern here!  It been about making small changes, small sacrifices - because its the right thing to do. These small things are building on top of each other - supporting and helping to make sure that the foundation is strong.

And, its been about showing support to your community - in the many different ways that you can. Sometimes, its buying girl scout cookies, or donating to Goodwill.. and other times, maybe its just a little bit larger... maybe its donating some deer. Just like Walt...



(Trenton Evening Times, August 10, 1942)

So that brings me back, full circle, yet again - It really IS all about Thanksgiving - about being happy and thankful for where you are in your life, for what you've become, and wanting to pay back, to show your appreciation for all you've been given. And the more I realize that, the more motivated I am to say "Thank You!" in any way I can.

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