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    Beth Wu

    I try not to take any part of my body for granted. I didn’t realize the value of any part until it stopped functioning as normal, like my left upper arm. Last year I suddenly woke up one day to find I couldn’t lift my left arm. It’s still aching, but it’s getting better. This experience taught me a lesson: take care of my body and stay healthy. Without a sound body, one would find it difficult to achieve anything.

    1 month ago
  2. Robin Ann

    I do not take any part of my body for granted. I am blessed with good health at almost 64 so far. I have asthma and allergies but thankfully well managed along with anxiety at times. When I was 40 yrs old my Mother died of cancer and it was a huge eye opener so I try my best to be aware of any health concerns & do all my annual health checkups and try to eat healthy and exercise. Way too much sitting at work though so I try to remember to get up and walk around every hour.

    1 month ago
  3. Dolores Kazanjian

    The whole human body and how all the parts relate to each other is a miracle. I try not to take any o it for granted. I highly recommend a book called The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton. The intelligence of the cells and their critical functioning is nothing less than awesome. Lipton’s studies turned him from a nonbeliever to a believer.l

    1 month ago
  4. devy

    My senses including my eyes. May I learned to appreciate that I can see and take in all that is around me at the present time. Often our thoughts are elsewhere so we are not aware of the beauty .

    1 month ago
  5. Linda

    At 69, I take nothing for granted! I am grateful for a strong, healthy body, and hope for many more years of activity.

    1 month ago
  6. O.Christina

    This wonder of each human being in a wonder of a human body is just a breathtaking mystery, mainly functioning without “me” doing anything at all to make the body work as it should. Only when things fall out of place, we get to know that this part is normally not sending signals and so often then stays unnoticed. A secret and a mystery, as life is itself also. So in daily life, even my breath often appears to be unnoticed, which can come more into awareness by cultivating meditation more. Thank you life, thank you for the breath given to live.

    1 month ago
    1. Carol

      Beautifully said

      1 month ago
  7. Kevin

    I can’t afford to take any part of my body for granted! On days when every part of it seems to be screaming at me I can barely keep up with all its demands. Though I do love my body and my life there are days I would like to send my body on a vacation somewhere… Without me! Can someone please arrange that for me? 🤪

    1 month ago
    1. Carol

      I hear you!

      1 month ago
      1. Kevin

        Thanks Carol! Perhaps we can all get a group discount, and send out our aching parts of our bodies away on vacation, then we all go somewhere and party! Ha!

        1 month ago
        1. Carol

          Yes, and I intend to dance like I use to!

          1 month ago
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    Carissa Thomas

    I would say my stomach for one. I am always so critical of it, but it shows that I am healthy and that I eat well 🙂 I love food! I am also too hard on my brain sometimes. But I have grown so much and even though i relapse in my mental health sometimes I always keep growing and my brain has done all of that too.

    1 month ago
  9. Charlie T

    In my day to day reality, I take my body,
    in general, for granted. And when I do,
    my body swiftly reminds me, by causing
    parts of me to experience pain.
    Weather it’s my back, my shoulder, my
    stomach, or any other vital and necessary
    part. I have certainly gotten better at
    taking care of this one body that I have.
    Luckily, I have time this morning to do
    my yoga/stretching before I go to work.
    When I made some big changes a few
    years ago, committing to this routine,
    was one of the many things I did and it
    has been an anchor for maintaining my
    new life.

    1 month ago
  10. Nannette

    I have always been Blessed with health- now as I age I feel the aches and pains. My one hip is giving me a bit of trouble…I am hoping that it will pass. As I realize and experience some pain; I am appreciative that I do not have many of the problems that folks my age do (I just turned 72–hard for me to fathom that!!). I can walk without any assistance…and even run if I need to! I do all of my own household chores, work outside in my garden…mow – when my husband has not gotten to it!! He uses the riding mower as we have a good deal of property. I use a gas push mower to do around the house….I enjoy it!! I do not seek medical care often…only on needed check ups. I am very, very grateful for this body…a little chubby but all the more to love (and extra padding when I take a spill!! 🙂

    1 month ago
  11. Barb C

    Love all the answers so far. I’ll offer up a new one: My circulatory system. I say this because my mom developed vascular dementia due to a series of tiny strokes that gradually stole who she was, her memories, and her language, although not her smile or her appreciation for a hug. This was later in life, but apparently she had a tendency to blood clots as a younger woman; my older sister remembers Mom having phlebitis when she was pregnant with me, with one leg swollen and having to wear a compression sock.

    I’m getting back into my yoga practice and this question made me remember telling my daughters years ago, who worried that I might have a similar problem in future, that I make sure I turn upside down every once in a while to flush out my brain.

    I’ve had my clotting factor checked and it’s perfectly normal so I don’t expect to have my mom’s problem in future, although there are no guarantees. I guess with all this effort I’m not really taking it for granted, but I hadn’t thought consciously about it for a while.

    As I mentioned in a reply to Loc, I work in transportation–active transportation specifically–and I definitely think about the body’s capabilities, appreciate what I have in good health and mobility, and recognize that it could all change in an instant. I’m trying to create a system that will give people transportation independence without driving. We’ll all need that someday if we don’t need it every day right now.

    1 month ago
    1. Michele

      Last week was National Medical Laboratory Week – a good reminder to thank all the lab staff you run those important tests that your doctor orders:)🔬🧪🧫🥼🔖🏷🩸🅰🅱🆎🅾
      apparently labtestsonline.org was rebranded to this-> https://www.testing.com/tests/
      as a former MLT I like to help others to be more informed about lab tests.

      1 month ago
    2. Avril

      I need to check my clotting factors, too. Thanks for the reminder.

      1 month ago
      1. Joseph McCann

        I did not even know about clotting factors!

        1 month ago
        1. Barb C

          Some people have stickier blood than others. Who would have thought?

          1 month ago
  12. Carol

    At my age, I do not take any part of my body for granted. I realize how well it has served me even though I have not always taken care of it well. I’m sure it has found me and monkey mind to be quite a challenge!

    1 month ago
    1. Linda

      Love this, Carol! I can relate.

      1 month ago
  13. Michele

    All of it – I need to make better choices… stuck in a rut. One day at a time and forgiveness too.
    I have an eye exam today – my annual check-up and next month the eye specialist.
    Monday I have to have a follow up mammogram and ultrasound – hopefully everything is ok….

    1 month ago
    1. Carla

      Michele, tucking you in my weekend prayers as you mentally and spiritually prep for next week’s follow up. Sending you Light 🕯️ and gentle thoughts 🌈and a rainbow to enfold you of God’s embrace of you. Peace. Carla

      1 month ago
      1. Michele

        Thank you so much Carla.

        1 month ago
    2. Joseph McCann

      You will do fine Michele.

      1 month ago
      1. Michele

        Thank you Joseph:)

        1 month ago
    3. Barb C

      I hope all goes well for you, Michele.

      1 month ago
      1. Michele

        Thank you Barb:)

        1 month ago
  14. Laura

    My legs. They get me where I want to go at a brisk pace and help me lift heavy things. All with little or no complaint.

    1 month ago
    1. L
      Loc Tran

      Laura, I’m glad you can do all that. I’m sure every visually impaired or blind person has wished they could drive at some points in their lives, myself included. When those desires pop up, I always remind myself that there are many people using walkers and wheelchairs. We need to appreciate the freedom of movement given to us in the moment even if we’re unable to drive.

      1 month ago
      1. Barb C

        You might be interested in a book by a friend of mine that just came out if you want a dose of transportation policy. When Driving Is Not an Option: Steering Away from Car Dependency by Anna Letitia Zivarts https://islandpress.org/books/when-driving-not-option#desc. She has nystagmus and bikes and takes transit for her transportation. I work in transportation policy and a big emphasis in my work is making it possible for people with disabilities to move safely and have what they need for walking, bicycling, rolling with whatever they use to get around.

        1 month ago
  15. Yram

    My muscles! I forget how important they are to get me to the places I want to be, receive and give food, to talk and chew, and read and gain information.

    1 month ago
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