Monday, October 15, 2012

Becoming grateful... even when you fall

The other day, I wrote about jumping into a life of adventure and risk.  

But one of the risks of jumping is that sometimes, you may fall... 

or your landing may not be just the way you want it to be...

or maybe you don't get off the ground just the way you would like.

Yet, the beauty of falling is that sometimes you need to learn from the fall to know how to jump better and farther and higher the next time.

 One of my favorite people of all time, Mr. Walt Disney, took a lot of risky jumps... and often had some bad landings.  Yet, if he hadn't continued to leap despite his falls and bad takeoffs, would we have all the wonderful things that have come from his adventurous leaps of faith?   

"To some people, I am a kind of Merlin who takes lots of crazy chances,
but rarely makes mistakes. I've made some bad ones, but fortunately,
the successes have come along fast enough to cover up the mistakes."
~Walt Disney~


It's another week of counting down to 1,000 God gifts... and this week I made it to 900!  Here are a little sample of my gifts this past week.

852... Wise words and encouragement from my supervisor
854... Feeling the pain of others
857... Pink houndstooth
859... Losing the sidewalk in the leaves
860... Apples and caramel
862... Convincing a professor that a classmate and I didn't need to go to a particular meeting
863... Studying with Kate
868... Looking through Sandi's books
870... Chick-fil-a date with Andrew and Quiana
872... High fives from my "dissertation chair!"
873... A card from Mama
874... Spoons ticking time with the Swedish Chef
875... A 2nd friend date with Tammy
876... Bibs and BBQ
878... Dancing like a zombie
879... Someone referring to Tammy and me as "besties"
880... Excited hands and much giggling after being called besties!
884... A drive with Julie
885... A corn maze in the dark!
886... Linked arms with sweet friend Amanda
893... Haunted house hysteria
895... Muddy boots
896... 90s music sing-a-long
897... Darcy stares from the stairs
898... Darcy stares that I wake up to in the morning
899... the back side of leaves
900... A remnant of ebbing life from trees