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SoCS: Thanking All Body Parts

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Here’s our most excellent prompt from our most excellent SoCS host, Linda Hill:

….“body parts.” Pick a body part and talk about it. 

I can tell you right now, I can’t pick just one. But I can say thank you to all my body parts:

Thank you to my gut for telling me when I’m stressed and need to run away or play, or just rest.

Thank you to my heart for being strong and steady.

Thank you to my feet. I know now you have bone spurs in the heels. I am trying to take good care of you. I hope you like the TLC cushiony shoes. I will not walk long distances on pavement or go barefoot any more. I’m grateful the plantar fascitis is finally getting better.

Thank you to my legs for letting me know I need more magnesium and not aching so much at night since. And water probably helps.

Water. Thank you water. I know my body needs more water, more often. Thank you, body for letting me know by getting tired.

Thank you to my hips, flat and wide as you are, you have made room for babies and make my waist look smaller, even though it seems to be getting bigger. Oh well.

Thank you to my back. I know I complain about you, but you’ve had a lot of work to do over these 60 something years, and you let me know when you really need to stretch out and decompress.

Thank you for my neck and shoulders, what a work out you’ve had. Holding up so much weight. I hope you like the stretches, too.

I can’t forget the breasts. Such a mixed relationship we have. Yes, gravity has taken its toll on you ladies, but you have served me well and fed two babies. Thank you.

Thank you for my lips. I know you seem to be disappearing, but we have had many nice kisses over the years and you still know how to sing and speak well when the brain cooperates. Thank you to my throat and vocal chords and the fun with songs.

Thank you to my cheekbones, known as one of my best features.

Thank you to my freckles. I know I didn’t like you when I was young, but now I know they are angel kisses.

Thank you to my skin. I’m sorry I have abused you in the sun for so long. Thank you for teaching me acceptance with all these lines and wrinkles.

Thank you to my soft, hazel eyes that came from my mother. You’ve taught me acceptance, too. Aren’t you glad I don’t use mascara any more? Thank you for teaching me to see the beauty all around us.

Thank you to my nose and ears giving me delightful smells and sounds to enjoy, or warnings when needed.

Thank you to my hair which still has some red in it. Thinner, but still long and wavy.

Thank you to my old bones, thinner too, but still strong. I’m doing better at taking care of you. Thank you for supporting me still.

Thank you to all my body parts I haven’t mentioned, like the private ones. You ….. What can I say…. Thank you for warning me, or trying to, during the stressful relationships of the past that were not right for me. You knew all along. Thank you for letting my babies out and for holding things together all these years.

Thank you to my lungs. I’m sorry for what I did to you in my twenties. Thank you for still helping me breathe well. You like the yoga right? I know, deep breaths beyond yoga.

Thank you to my brain. I know I need to work to keep you in shape, but you still got it when it matters most. Thank you for being flexible and open minded, but helping me along the way.

Oh, how could I forget! Thank you to my hands and arms. You have worked so hard and rebelled during the hardest years, but you healed enough to be able to keep on expressing my thoughts here on this computer. I know you have hated it at times, but it’s better now. Thank you! I’ll try to take it easy on the yard work, pace myself, and wear gloves! What’s that? Okay, I’ll give you more lotion.

Freckles, wrinkles, and all.
Resting body parts

The pokeweed rash is get better thanks to an updated prednisone Rx. Since my plantar fascitis is finally almost gone, I’ve been able to walk more. Here are some places we’ve walked lately:

For more streams of consciousness, rules, etc. visit our host, Linda Hill here.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

26 thoughts on “SoCS: Thanking All Body Parts

  1. Pingback: Thanking All Body Parts – Loving Me, Too

  2. You are a beautiful lady with a beautiful heart. I’m so glad I found your site to follow your inspirational view of life. 😊

  3. Beautifully said – there is so much to be grateful for.

  4. Applesauce! I’m glad you’re doing better, JoAnna. Plantar fascitis is terribly painful. I’ve dealt with it, and it seemed I would never get over it. And it kept trying to come back. I finally realized that (for m) the “just right” arch and heel height in my shoes at work, and exercises wasn’t enough. I started wearing house shoes that accommodated an arch support. It really is a lifestyle adjustment. Take good care of you. Hugs on the wing.

  5. All those body parts deserve a little respect! Nicely done, JoAnna! ❤

  6. A wonderful reminder not to take our body parts for granted. Age does take its toll 😦

  7. A fantastic celebration of being human 💜💜

  8. A most positive list. I consider myself equally fortunate, although my knees are reminding me that I made them work too hard.

  9. Pretty photos. Good you are feeling better. It’s not fun to have foot pain. I have a trick ankle that sometimes gives me trouble with walking. Our bodies do a lot of good things for us for sure.

  10. Very good to show your gratitude to the cast and crew. I’m glad our feeling better.

  11. I have never thought this way about my body. Each individual body part indeed plays a fundamental role in ensuring we remain healthy but their contributions often go unnoticed. Gratitude can help us appreciate the many things we take for granted each day in our lives.

    • Thank you for your understanding! I often took my body for granted when I was younger. With age came more complaints. But I have discovered that sending loving gratitude to the hurting parts, along with TLC, can help with healing.

  12. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wonderful photos!.. may have some issues from time to time but the ole body parts make a pretty good team, especially when following the heart and has got me though many of life’s challenges… wish I had taken better care of it when I were 20 years old, 9 foot tall and bullet proof… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

    • You do have a good heart, Larry. I’m still surprised by the chances I took when I was 20. Ran my guardian angels ragged. Thanks for the lovely Irish saying.

      • Years back I found a quote online and I think it may be fitting for all of us from time to time a we were growing up… 🙂

        “You are evidence of your mother’s strength… especially if you are a rebellious knucklehead and regardless, she has always maintained her sanity.” ( Criss Jami)…. 🙂

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