Once I came to grips with the disheartening fact that I wasn't going to be 6'4" (topped out at 5'7" if I throw my shoulders back), I have been ok with my body for the most part. We all get-what-we-get, thanks to our parents and their parents. We can make it leaner, fatter, tanner, etc. but we are pretty much stuck with the basics (unless you wish plastic surgery on yourself). Keep in mind it is the only one you will ever have. Take good care oif it.
Gratitude is all about appreciating what you HAVE and not wasting time dwelling on what you don't have. There is some power and pro-activity in, getting and being thankful, for a bigger house, better job, nicer car, but they are 'THINGS'. Learning to appreciate and be grateful for God's gifts of the 'non-things' and seeing them for their advantages is the tricky part.
|Couldn't find a recent pic of myself, |
but I figured this was close enough.
I could dwell on the parts that are diseased or don't work like or look like they did 50 years ago, but I am mostly pleased with what I see (...being grateful for bad eyesight and a forgetful memory can be a good thing).
That said - saw a great observation from a 'Gratitude' poster I follow, Paul Taubman, today that rings so true:
BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR BODY
It is easy to say, “Express Your Gratitude.” Throughout life, you’ll discover personal attributes that frustrate, challenge, or maybe even disgust you; gratitude may be the furthest thing from your mind at that point. Perhaps you don’t have those beautiful blue eyes you want. Maybe you always wanted to be tall but, alas, you’re short. You might pine for a thin, lithe body but you’ve got a thicker, more muscular frame. What can you do to be grateful for and accept your body just the way it is?