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I had yet another epiphany this morning, another revolutionary thought about ‘body image.’ I wondered what it would be like to be thankful and grateful for the parts of my body that I don’t like.
Generally speaking, those of us who have body image issues have been asked at one time or another to zero in on one part of our body that we like. Maybe your eyes, ear lobes, legs, back, wrists, whatever part is most pleasing to you, so that you can see that it’s not all bad.
This morning, however, I was pondering what it might be like to seek out a part of my body that I wasn’t so hot on and be grateful for it anyway.
I started with my left foot. My big toe specifically tends to bend to the left more than the right foot and makes it difficult to buy fancy shoes. (I hope this isn’t too much information (TMI) – but I needed an example.)
What good has come from this ‘funny’ toe? Well, I’ve been ‘forced’ to buy better, more comfortable shoes, which my right foot, legs and back are totally grateful for. Ever heard the expression, “My dogs are barking?” Now that I’ve given up 4-inch heels, pointy toes, all parts of my body are sighing a major sigh of relief. No dogs barking here.
I can now look at my toe that bends to the left, and say, “Thank you for sending me in a new, more comfortable direction.”
I noticed that while moving through this ‘mentalCISE,’ I began to smile and my energy shifted into a more positive place, a better, healthier place.
Today, I invite you to be grateful for what you’re not grateful for; be thankful for what you’re not thankful for … appreciate what is and if you have to fake it before you make it, do so!!!
What part of your body might you like to take a fresh look at today?
Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Janice
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