A Moment of Gratitude

Mary Beth of The Fat Diaries has undergone a major transformation in the past 18 months. She has documented the journey of losing 186 pounds in 16 months. I was struck by the zest of what she wrote last weekend:

I felt gloriously, ridiculously, unbelievably…..normal, average, human, and just like everybody else. I wanted to race down the aisles with my cart and kick up my heels yelling “yippee” although I realized that would probably change my normal status to wacko pretty fast. I stopped smiling at others quite so large and made my way to the organizers section, intent on getting my goods now. Because I was just another face in the crowd. Nobody special, just another latte clutching customer out to beat the crowds on a Saturday morning at Lowe’s.

So when I got home and unloaded my supplies, I sat down on the couch and just rested my elbows on my knees and put my face in my hands. My life. My little life. What a wonderous thing it’s turning out to be. Sure, it blows sometimes. So many things hurt in the past, hurt in the present, and I’m sure there are plenty of hurts waiting for me down the road. Disappointments, betrayals, downright meanness. Frustration. But for every one of those moments, I think I’m getting a multitude of blessings to make up for it. Cosmic reparations, let’s call them.

It’s a delight to know that feeling, to experience the sweet poignancy of gratitude. It’s also a joy to see others experience this gift.

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