A Walk of Thankfulness
Last night I was taking one of my dogs for a walk (yes, I only take one because the other one literally barks and chokes herself the entire time – bad parenting, I know). I use this time to clear my mind of the day, greet neighbors, and get a little time away from technology. Last night was a beautiful evening. The temperature was comfortable and the air was moving softly. As we rounded a corner behind my house, we entered a story book setting. The sidewalk took us past perfectly groomed plants and trees that have had years to branch toward the sky and jet out over the walkway. There was a playground with a wooden bench. I could almost see the swing swaying as if a child had just jumped off to head home for dinner. There was a picnic table for a picturesque lunch. To our right was a pond surrounded by lush greenery with fish swimming to the surface, frogs talking to each other and a reflection of the setting sun. On our left was a babbling brook whose water ran over smooth rocks, the sound so mesmerizing, I wanted to stay all night. The rope swing invited children of all ages and the birds seemed to be singing just for me and my pup.
Suddenly I realized I was smiling, ear to ear. This is how I have felt when I have been on vacation, walking through a beautiful city or driving through country hillsides. Haven’t you visited a place and wished you could move there? Have you been on a trip you never wanted to return from? My heart was flooded with thankfulness. I LIVE here! I live in the type of place that I have dreamt of. I was immediately grateful for the beauty that surrounds me in my own world, my own city, my own neighborhood.
I have lived with very little to my name. I was just as happy – it was just different. We can find things in our lives, no matter what our circumstance, location, or bank account, to be thankful for. Sometimes we may have to look a little harder but we can be assured that there is always someone else that would be HAPPY to have our “problems”. I love times that I am shown a little perspective. If you need some, maybe you should take a walk.
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Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. Wife to Robert, “Mom” to Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.