Healthier living, one day at a time!

I Am Grateful for My Nose

I am sitting down to lunch today, grateful for so many things. 

First of all, this is my view.  

Second of all, I am munching on a wonderful home-made salad of organic kale, peppers, cucumbers, carrots and a juicy sweet red pear with a tahini salad dressing. 

But do you know what I am most grateful for at this very moment? My nose!

What?!  That’s right.  You see, I have a head cold today on my first day of vacation.  A real full-blown stuffy head, runny nose, sneezing, sniffle-y head cold.  I sound like I am speaking through a bad telephone connection (at least it sounds that way in my head!)

I realize I haven’t had a cold like this in years (another thing to be grateful about.)  But what I am missing most right now is the ability to taste!  With my head being so stuffed up it has blocked my ability to smell and with that has gone the ability to taste my yummy lunch. And I love a salad with tahini dressing on it!

This lack of something so basic, made me stop and realize how many things we can take for granted until they are taken away.  I am comforted in knowing that a cold will only last a few days and I will be able to go back to my normal food smelling and tasting routine very soon. But, I am also grateful for having this opportunity to appreciate something so fundamental to my everyday life. Today I am grateful for my nose.

Every night I try to write down at least 3 things that I am thankful for in my gratitude journal.  It can be as simple as seeing a beautiful sunrise, having an enjoyable walk with my husband or lunch with good friends.  In just a small way, it makes me stop and realize how lucky and blessed I am.  It’s these little things that make us smile if we just stop a moment to appreciate them.  They may be little, but little things add up. And that makes my life just that much more pleasant and happy.

Tonight I will write that I am happy for a healthy nose!  In the meantime, I will continue to take my Vitamin C and D (in the form of the sun on the patio) and a bit of astragalus to boost my immune system, and hope that this cold runs its course quickly.

Have you ever stopped to be grateful for the little things?  Does it help you in your life? Have you ever tried a gratitude journal?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Yours in Health!


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