One Year of Gratitude — Day 9

First thing’s first… I want to thank my son, Chase. Two days ago, I tweaked my back pretty bad. I was stuck in bed, unable to offer much of anything to my nine year old daughter. This happened on a day my wife was on call at the hospital. She was out of the loop, too. So, I reached out to Chase for help. In a flash, he drove across town to help out his sister and his old man. He had dinner with her. He made sure she bathed and brushed her teeth before bed. He tucked her in. He checked in on me several times, too. Awesome big brother. Fantastic son. Chase, to you I am grateful. You did your family proud! Thank you!

I am thankful that this injury isn’t as bad as the last one. It hurt a lot Monday, but yesterday I was able to get up and go to work. Last time I had a similar injury, I had to lay in bed for a couple of days. My wife had yesterday off, so she spent time looking out for me. She made several trips down to my office in the basement to make sure I was doing alright. Needless to say, I am thankful for her, too.

So, I’m intrigued now. What could I do to stop all this nasty back pain from happening? I’ve been eating better. I’ve been sleeping somewhat better. I’ve been exercising at the gym 4–5 days a week. I’ve been drinking a lot of water. I’ve been meditating every day. What haven’t I been doing? Oh… Duh! Stretching. I haven’t been stretching. I think it would be a good idea to add that to my daily routine. Stretching. Yeh, I’ll try that. So, in a roundabout way, I guess I have my current back situation to thank. It’s reminding me to do something that can have a positive impact on my life. So, thank you back pain? Thank you for continuing to expose an issue that I should have fixed long ago. Never too late, I guess.

Alright, I’ve updated my list. Now I’m off to try something new.