I do a weekly post on Facebook to share the things I am grateful and thankful for and ask my friends to share as well.  This week I shared this:

“I am thankful I have legs to dance with, arms to hug with, a mind to make decisions with, a mouth to smile with and a heart to love with. What are you thankful for?”

I focused this week’s thankful post on body parts after a recent trip to see a loved one that had lost limbs.  It made me stop and think about how grateful I am to be a healthy woman.

I think we take for granted the things we have that others may not, like our arms and legs.  I can’t imagine not being able to put my arms around my friends and family.  I take joy in expressing my love in this way.

What if one day your legs didn’t work anymore.  Your ability to dance, to even walk was taken away.  I sit at my desk ALL. DAY. LONG.  I take for granted my ability to get up and stretch my legs, walk around the square on a beautiful Fall day and just walk into a co-workers office to catch up on their life.

What if you didn’t have the ability to make decisions for yourself anymore.  What if you had to depend on a caretaker to speak for you, feed you and ultimately make decisions for you ,whether you liked them or not.

Right now my decisions are my own.  I can say yes or no and each decision I make is mine to make.  I can set my own destiny and live with my mistakes.

Today, I reminded myself not to take these things for granted and to appreciate the little things that many don’t get the chance to.

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Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.