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Cultivating Gratitude…on my lunchbreak.

Dear Toronto,

If you work or live downtown you may have seen me.  A blonde woman rollerblading quickly down the street clad in office attire, sunglasses on and music up.  You probably thought I looked pretty silly or wondered what I was doing or where I was going.  So let me fill you in.

About once a week on my lunch break I don my blades and skate down to St. Michael’s Hospital.  You see, it is the hospital where all my children were born.  I skate up to the building, maybe touch the glass of the clinic, and I whisper a silent “Thank You” to the universe.  Then I turn around and skate back to work, barely making the trek in the time allotted.

Why do I do this?  Because for me, every day is Mother’s Day.  Every day is a day that I am thankful for the privilege and honour of being a mother.  Every day that I am a mother is a gift to me, one that words cannot describe and money cannot buy.

I used to feel angry.  A lot.  And sad.  I first started rollerblading to help me cope with these big emotions.  Since my lunch break is the only time I am sans children it became my heels to wheels time.  Eventually I realized that while the exercise did help, I had to make a choice to choose to be happy.  I had to let go of the baggage and focus on all the gifts I had in life.  And so my pilgrimage was born.

So, with joy in my heart and love on my mind I go on my lunchtime treks to honour the gifts I have been given and to remind myself of exactly how wonderful my life is.  And I would encourage all of you to do the same.  Make a little habit or ritual of gratitude.  Who cares if you look stupid?  And don’t tell me you don’t have time because I know what busy is!  Trust me, once you do it a couple of times you will feel amazing.

And to all my fellow mothers I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day.

Gratitude Printable



About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


12 thoughts on “Cultivating Gratitude…on my lunchbreak.

  1. So beautifully written!! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

    Posted by Elisha | May 10, 2014, 10:02 am
  2. I love it! Our daily hikes in the conservation park serve a similar purpose for us. But more a gratitude for having amazing dogs, health, each other, and nature. Hopefully we’ll add babies to that list soon. I’ll keep my eyes open for a blonde lady on rollerblades the next time I’m downtown on a weekday 😉

    Posted by mamaetmaman | May 10, 2014, 11:12 am
    • I think its so nice that you go together. I think my partner comes on a dog walk about once a year! Hopefully you’ll be complaining about pushing a stroller in the snow to walk your dogs too 😉 Cheers.

      Posted by Shannon | May 10, 2014, 12:28 pm
  3. Happy Mother’s Day Shannon! You definitely have been blessed!

    Posted by Heather C | May 10, 2014, 4:03 pm
  4. I love your tradition! Heels to wheels is adorable and so very healthy! I never foresaw that things would become more complicated when my kids were older. There are things beyond my control; things that happen “in spite of” what we have done as parents. I am generally a very upbeat and grateful person. I long for those days and am confident that they will be returning. Have a fantastically Joyful Mother’s Day!

    Posted by Cate Pane: The Clear Parent | May 10, 2014, 5:27 pm
  5. Aw. This was a beautiful post. (btw I’m also a fellow Canuck – didn’t realize you were too)

    Posted by Awaiting Autumn | May 10, 2014, 10:51 pm
  6. Happy mothers day!

    Posted by mumziemadness | May 11, 2014, 2:18 pm

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