Gratitude Spin Ride

Gratitude Spin Ride: Thursday, November 17th at 8:45am with Aesha in the Spin Studio

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." --Cicero

As thanksgiving is approaching fast I wonder if the holiday is just meant for family gatherings and having Turkey dinners, cranberries, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? Do you picture a time of thankfulness toward God—or is it merely one of eating, partying, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the NFL game day?  For many of you think of it as a kick off for the holiday season. For many, the worries are already piling sky-high: In-laws, turkeys, decorations, pies, finances and what not. Is this really what is intended?  My guess is probably not.

Sadly it seems like that's what Thanksgiving has become.  Although the tradition started with the feast of the pilgrims of the Plymouth colony in 1700's it carries on to this date and I feel like it is a good way to look back at the year count your new blessings during this year and day to day blessings that we have been carrying with us and take for granted. Thanksgiving should be an important time in everyone's life because it's a time of giving thanks.

We should look back give thanks to God, people, achievements and those things they could not achieve. "No" person can always accomplish everything they set out to attain throughout the year but they do have the ability to give thanks for those goals they did achieve. Thanksgiving is a special day that people should stop and dwell on their lives, reflecting on the hard times and the good times about achieving their goals and escaping different tragedies in life. And yes you might be wondering why the hard times well you need to go through hard times to grow and become a better version of yourself. If there were no negatives in life you will not be able to develop it into a positive.

I am thankful for healthy family, my work, roof over my head and food I eat as a person. As a spin instructor and health coach/personal trainer I am so thankful to God for enjoying excellent health. I thank God every day for my healthy joints and muscles that I can make sore every day and become physically stronger.  I am so very grateful for being able to carry out daily activities with ease and being able to run and walk for miles, to have this kind of endurance. Apart from my physical ability and material gains I am especially blessed to have YOU as my riders in the class and I am gratified because of YOU, the ones who make the best part of my day. All the people and clients I get to coach very single day, people like you who carry and build the strength with me and put a smile on my face every morning and make my day more productive and joyful. I never take any rider in my class for granted you all become part of my big gratitude circle.

I wanted to make a difference this thanksgiving and I couldn't think of any better way than to involve my spinning community in the effort. So on Thursday November 17th, I will be holding a 45 minute long Gratitude ride. Not only will the ride help you reflect on your own blessings but I thought we should pay it forward by collecting food items for local food pantry. If you would like, you can help feed someone by bringing in a non-perishable food item to the ride.

It's my hope people will stop to ride with me in the spin studio have a good workout and have fun along the way. Most important of all I hope you can remember the real meaning of THANKSGIVING; it is an expression of gratitude.


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