Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Back to Gratitude

I tweaked my knee over almost a week ago.  I don't know how it happened.  I could still put weight on it and walk, but it was a little uncomfortable to bend.  Plus, it was swollen.  

I was in Birmingham with my crew and we got a bit crazy every day at lunch with all of the good, yet bad-for-you, eatin' down there.  I desperately wanted to go to the gym and walk off the excess calories, but I couldn't.  

One morning, I was especially disgusted with myself for not going to the gym and I was mad that my knee was the reason why.  In the middle of my internal tirade, something out of the ordinary came to mind.  Gratitude.   

In October of 2009, I wrote a post called Be Grateful.  In it, I talked about following in the path of people like Oprah, Jim Rohn, and plenty of other successful thought leaders in being grateful.  This includes finding things to be grateful for during trying times especially.  
My knee reminded me of what is important.  In that moment, I stopped berating myself and instead thought of things for which to be grateful.  I purposefully focused my gratitude on my knee.

I am grateful.
I am grateful for my knees for being an integral part of moving me from place to place.
I am grateful to my knees for supporting all of me throughout my life.
I am grateful for this pain.
I am grateful that my knee is telling me something that I need to hear.
I am grateful that I am still able to walk without much pain.  Things could be a lot worse.
I am grateful for the sign that I need to take it easy, otherwise I would be at the gym possibly causing more damage.  
I am grateful for the sign that knees are fragile, need care, and strenghtening.
I am grateful.

I gently massaged my knee and repeated some of the statements above.   Shortly afterward, I noticed that the swelling had decreased and that my knee felt better than it had in the past few days.  It's heald even more since.

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What is one issue that you're currently experiencing?  What are somethings about the situation for which you can be grateful?  

This may be difficult, but in thinking through it to find ways to be grateful, the healing process can begin.  Just start with one reason.  I found that once one thing came up, more reasons started to flow.  

As always, your comments are very helpful to the community and we look forward to reading them.  Until next time...  Take care!! 

Photo credit lurve: Photo by Chris Lofqvist


  1. As difficult as it is I try to see the bright side of bad situations. I am thankful that in those times I get to see first hand God making moves in my life.

    1. You are my Voice of Reason and you have truly helped me to see the bright sides. I appreciate you greatly. :-)

  2. I can't think of anything at the moment, but if I consider what you experienced and the result then I can def relate and agree. I have done chronic medical issues and have been on my feet more than I should have over the last couple of days. The result is more pain, pronounced weakness in my legs and I can't get the swelling to go down. It's hindering how I walk. I haven't been complaining, but I am disappointed.

    Using what you've written then I could/should put the effort into being grateful for my legs. Thanks for this; great post and very well written.

    1. So sorry to hear about the issues with your legs. I hope that you are resting them as much as possible. I know it's hard, but it's definitely necessary. I hope that you get better soon and please keep us posted on how you've shown more gratitude toward your legs and if you've noticed any progress. :-)

  3. This is a lovely post, Ms. Pillowz! Along the same lines (kinda), I've found when I have pain somewhere, it can really help to visualize how that part is supposed to work. (So, for instance, the knee joint is really complicated with its sliding / rolling movement, and picturing that reminds me "My knee is *amazing*!") Sometimes gratitude feels a little like, "I have to do this so that you'll feel better" but recognizing the physical truth can get me there even when I'm cranky ;-).

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Jessica! I really like the idea of visualizing the inner workings of the part. It's like you're really appreciating and taking into consideration all that it truly does. It is beyond lip service, so to speak. lol This is very helpful and I'm going to try it out. Thanks again!