Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for the body. It encapsulates our essence and mechanizes our thoughts and feelings in ways that are not only socially meaningful but also personally fulfilling. The skin alone, about 20 square feet, holds us all together. Our skeleton, all 206 bones, gives us shape. Our hearts, which functions without any conscious action on our parts, beats 2.5 billion thumps in the average lifetime. All of our organs and systems give us life while we're sleeping, while watching the caucus results, while at work and while driving and laughing and crying and living. So much that it can do. So much that it cannot. How it can heal itself. How it cannot.

This body is also our tool for experiencing this world. Seeing the ocean, smelling fresh clothes from the dryer, feeling a hug, hearing the birds, tasting a homegrown tomato. What a marvelous invention! And so many times we abuse it by what we think about it, what we put in it, or we take if for granted by not activating our muscles or our brains or our hearts. Sometimes we blame our bodies instead of our decisions. Today I'm thankful for this bag of bones—moles, frizzy hair, cellulite and all. More than that, though, I appreciate more that my body is my vehicle for that which doesn't really even need a body. Interesting, huh?

What are you thankful for today?


motherof2 said...

I am thankful for living in the moment. Somehow in the last year I have learned to stop looking forward and now i just live in today. You know?

Clarkers said...

I am thankful for freedom. Freedom to read my bible, worship and raise my kids to know our awesome God. I am thankful for the people that have fought so hard to provide us this freedom.