341. Candles. We lost power for a while a few nights back when the storms were going through. Just as I was about to step into the shower the room went black. There’s nothing like a candle lit shower.
342. Our church worship team. We just mesh really well and I love that even practice is used to really praise God. Getting together with them is something I look forward to each week.
343. Relaxation methods. I have a terrible time when it comes to sleeping. I lay down and my mind runs. If I ran as much as my mind I’d be a marathoner. One thing I’ve found that helps is using relaxation techniques that force me to focus on relaxing my physical being so I’m not thinking about everything else which allows me to fall asleep.
344. Water filters. We may not have the worst tasting water, but it’s definitely not the best tasting water. I drink a lot of it so I’m very thankful for my water filter.
345. Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark. It might be the one treat that I look forward to the most at Christmas time. I received some as a gift this past Christmas and I’m rationing them.
346. Rehab exercises. I’ve had shoulder problems since an injury in high school. I didn’t seek any treatment at the time, but that was back when participation in sports was more important to me than the long-term effects not treating were going to have on me. I didn’t seek treatment for it until I was in chiropractic school when it became a major problem again. It hadn’t bothered me since I stopped throwing shot put, but once I started adjusting people on a regular basis I was getting shooting pains in my arm. I had to take care of it now. It threatened my livelihood. I sought treatment from a chiropractor who specializes in sports injuries and I’m glad I did. Not only did it improve my shoulder, but it also created a great friendship. She adjusted me and performed muscle work, but part of the treatment was my responsibility. I had to perform the rehab exercises she gave me. It was determined that my past injury was a small tear in my rotator cuff; not enough to warrant surgery, but enough that if I didn’t rehab the muscle it would never be right. If I don’t keep the appropriate muscles strengthened it puts strain on the muscle that was injured. So even though I don’t always feel the pain I know that it could come back so I keep doing my exercises and appreciating that I am able to use my arm everyday.
347. Water pillows. I was skeptical at first. How could a pillow with water in it be that special? I needed a new pillow and didn’t want to go buy one so I used the last one that was left in stock in my office that had been included in the sale of the business. It took me a few days, but once I found the right amount of water to suit my needs I was converted. I used to wake up in the night and mash my pillow around trying to get comfortable. I never do that now. I’m still amazed that it works as well as it does, but I can’t deny the results I get and others have gotten with them. Needless to say, I restocked.
348. Scriptures that speak your core. I was recently invited to be a part of an encouraging scripture exchange. You emailed the scripture that you go to in times of need to someone else in hopes that it will encourage them. The two scriptures that I shared are as follows:
Romans 8:26 – Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
These two scriptures can bring me up in situations that seem way too big for me. I love the idea that even when I’m speechless the Spirit will pray for me.
349. Upward Basketball. It put’s two great things together: God and basketball; in that order. My favorite games to watch are the 1st and 2nd graders. Sometimes that make awesome plays, and sometimes their just comical.
350. The imagination of kids. I recently attended the 1st birthday party of my cousin’s daughter. There were a handful of other children there as well. One particular little boy had come in wearing his boots and cowboy hat. Later, he had taken someone’s cane and was riding it like a stick horse. It definitely provided some added entertainment.
351. Super Bowl parties. My family has a Super Bowl party every year. We mostly go for the food, commercials and fellowship, but occasionally we’ll watch the game.
352. My Neu Year calendar. I won it over on my friend Julie’s blog which I’ve linked to numerous times, but hey, what’s one more. It’s helping me keep track of loans and bills and various other financial benchmarks.
353. Biofreeze. When I’m training hard this stuff gets me through the next day.
354. My Sunday school class. They’re not the biggest talkers in the world. It was like pulling teeth to get them to interact in the beginning. I’m no dentist, but they’re starting to come around and their getting excited about seeing our class grow and serving the Lord. Today we actually decided to sponsor a child through Compassion International. We can’t wait to support this beautiful girl from Columbia. We look forward to pouring into Sara’s life and seeing the ways that God will bless her.
355. Twitter. I’m not exactly the most Twitter-savvy. I’m still working on it, but I have found that it’s a great way to keep up with the stuff I love, like Cardinals baseball, my favorite music and trends in chiropractic. It’s also become a really great marketing tool for my business. If you want to follow me personally: @BMeeksDC or professionally: @FFChiroClinic.
356. Fiction. Sometimes you just need to get away from real life.
357. Unexpected text messages. I love hearing from friends unexpectedly. Those texts always seem to come at the right time.
358. Things to look forward to. I kind of miss living in the city and hanging out with all my chiropractor friends. I love being home closer to my family, but a lot of the people that I hung out with before I left for school have moved elsewhere. I feel like I’ve started kindergarten all over again. I don’t really like having to make new friends. I haven’t done much of that over the last year and I’m beginning to feel like a recluse. I do have two events coming up this year that I have to head south to attend. So I’m looking forward to getting away for a little relaxation time and and hanging out with some old friends.
359. A new treadmill. I mentioned to my step-mom that I was in the market for a treadmill and she offered me hers. She just had to have it and then it became a close rack. I’m looking forward to having it because I don’t like running in the cold, and if this summer is anything like last summer I will also not like running outside then either. I have an aversion to running in weather that you can bake cakes in.
360. The Weekly Sticky. This is a tool that I use to help educate people about chiropractic. This week’s sticky was about football.
361. My new vacuum. I think it’s safe to say the the majority of people don’t get excited about vacuums. I am not the majority of people. I asked for it for Christmas, and Santa (my mom) delivered. It’s so much better the ones I had in the office before. I only have to cover a section of carpet once to pick everything up.
362. I’m my own boss. There are days that this has it’s drawbacks. The day the air conditioner went out, for instance, was not a good day to be in charge. However, most days I am grateful that I can do things the way I want.
363. A network of doctors. I keep in touch with several of my friends from chiropractic school and we have become a sounding board for each other. If there’s ever a condition we’re not sure about or something isn’t working the way it should we send out group texts and everyone throws in some ideas. It’s a great resource to have.
364. Snow. I love that it makes everything look clean. Secondarily, and I’m almost ashamed to admit it, snow means people will be shoveling out their driveways. Most people don’t use the best form and that leads them to my office. The two busiest weeks of my practice were the two week following the blizzard. (How’s that for a chiropractor’s confession.) It’s bad, I know, but it could not have come at a better time for me financially. I was wondering how I was going to pay all the bills, but God provides.
365. All of you. I’m thankful for all of you who have stuck around. You’ve put up with ridiculously long posts and even longer hiatuses between posts. I looked back at all that I have been thankful for. Some of the posts made me laugh and some made me cry. All in all, I’m glad I took on this adventure, and I’m glad you came along with me.
That’s the end of the Thanksgiving 365 series, but don’t be mistaken it’s not the end of my thankfulness. Today I saw a post on Facebook from Operation Christmas Child. It read, “No matter how good or bad you think life is, wake up each day and be thankful for life. Someone somewhere else is fighting to survive.”