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Strength – Day 51

Strength – Day 51

By Renée Bodkin



First, I should start with my grateful mindset throughout the day.   Fleetingly throughout my day, I wonder… “what is worthy of writing about today”.  Some days my topic hits me… other days I have to really reflect. 

Our garage also known as our basement — they are one in the same — is flooding.  We knew this would happen.  We live at the bottom of a hill on a dead-end street.  There are piles and piles of snow and as they melt they make their way down the street… hopefully to the sewer grate.  But inevitably much of it then flows down our driveway into our garage/basement.  Fortunately, everything is either in bins or “up” so we don’t have to worry “as much” but still we don’t exactly want standing water in our basement/garage. 

So, I made the decision to go get sand tubes to barricade the garage door in hopes of keeping out MORE water.  Sounds like a plan.  Ben and I head out to the ONE place in town that has sand tubes (DeFranco Hardware) and buy 5 of them.  The guy was nice enough to help us get them to the car (Ben did carry 1 and I carried 2).  Well, when we got home we had to carry them down the snowy, slushy, wet driveway to the garage door.  For some reason, they were heavier when we got home.  Ben and Seb were UNABLE to carry them.  They really were THAT heavy.  I don’t know how heavy but they were HEAVY! 

Which leads me to my focus of gratitude today… Thank God I Am Strong!! 

I am fortunate to be have physical strength.  I would probably have more strength if I was regularly going to the gym.  When I was a regular at the gym, I was pretty darn strong.  Now, I’m just strong.  But my arms ache now.   I have mixed feelings about this.  It kinda motivates me to kick my fitness back into gear but it also overwhelms me. 

Mental and emotional strength.  I flip flop on those ones.  At first thought, I think, “I am such a strong woman.”  Then some silly, inner voice whispers of weaknesses and insecurities (why else wouldn’t I be “eye on the prize” focused on my health, weight, and fitness).  I think though, sometimes we all hear that little voice. 

The good thing is overall, I am a pretty strong woman, in all aspects of the word strong.  

And for that I am so very grateful.


Until tomorrow…
Renée Bodkin

Renée Bodkin

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