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Be thankful for your body

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I can’t help but be aware, as another birthday approaches, of the changes transpiring in this physical body that has been my home for more than 80 years. Goodness, is it my imagination? The font that I like to use to compose my posts appears smaller to me today than usual but that can’t really be the case can it?

How loyal this body of mine has been. How brave it has been. Many hardships and challenges have been visited upon this lean but wiry body since it was first created, and it has withstood them all.

I have a scar, about 3 inches long and half an inch wide on the inside of my leg. I was 6-years-old and was walking in the woods with my parents one day when I got caught while trying to step over a barb wire fence. I can only imagine how loudly I cried and the concern that my parents felt. But my body didn’t complain in the least. It just went calmly to work to heal the big gash I had received.

My body – like yours – has experienced many tribulations. But it is still here. It is still doing its very best to handle the challenges that life brings and maintain a balance in these rapidly changing times.

The time does come, of course, when our body can no longer continue to serve us. A good friend named Martin, who is 86, was recently moved to a hospice. He and his wife are neighbors of ours. I visited him a few days back and it was such a pleasure to be with him and chat about this and that, about the gigantic Tom Clancy thriller on his bedside table, about the good food he is getting and the pretty fountain and tree outside his window.

I don’t know exactly when Martin will pass from this human scene but I know he will pass with serenity and grace because that is how he has lived his life. I think he sees death as just another circumstance to handle.

Perhaps it’s a bit like getting ready to go on a trip. I sense that Martin and his wife, married for 65 years, have done what they need to do to prepare for the journey and can face the future with equanimity because there are no unresolved issues hanging over their heads.

Let us be thankful for our bodies. What a gift they give to us. Yes, my friend’s body is coming to the end of its natural life – just as my own body will in due course. But although our bodies are finite, the serenity and grace that I experience when I am in Martin’s presence is not finite. It is Love and it is eternal. It is Love and it is unafraid. It is Love and it is at peace. It is Love and it is who we truly are.

If you have any thoughts on this post you’d like to share please do write. I send you love and thank you for reading my post.

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Carolyn Hughes May 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and many more to come!
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Christopher Foster May 4, 2013 at 10:26 am

Thank you Carolyn. I much appreciate your kind words. Be well.

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Marilyn May 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi Chris,

Beautifully said! You wrote this at a time when I really needed it (as you do all your posts), and I thank you so much!

Blessings,
Marilyn

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Christopher Foster May 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

It’s a joy to hear from you Marilyn. Thank you for your kind words of support.

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Marisa May 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Christopher,
As I read your post I thought about the peace felt as my husband died in my arms. His body had completed this part of his journey. His soul, spirit, love, and essence will always remain alive within my own. Our daughter, and myself, spent many hours sitting on his bed, talking ,laughing, crying, and accepting that his presence would no longer be physical, but deep within every fiber of existence, nature, energy, and love.
Now, when I find myself facing crucial decisions, I know the importance of acceptance, as well as feeding the ducks, walking in the rain, holding a child, chocolate cake, a good book, etc, etc, etc,
I celebrate your upcoming birthday as I celebrate the air, the sea, the Universe, and every living part of my existence.
Marisa

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Christopher Foster May 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

Marisa, thank you for your very touching and beautiful comment. I feel privileged to share your inspiring words and send blessings and love to you and your daughter. My mentor’s wise words from long ago spring to mind: “The truth is true and all is well. Unconquerable life prevails.”

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Evan Griffith May 3, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Christopher —

I’m thankful for YOUR body! In fact, I need it to treat you well for another 20 to 30 years — that’s about how long I figure I need to really soak in your messages to the point where your wisdom becomes mine . . . .

With big love from afar — (Florida far) —

Evan
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Christopher Foster May 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

Thank you Evan. You are a blessing and an inspiration in this world. So thankful life found a way to bring us together.

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June F. McGinnis May 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I really like this post. It is a definite keeper. I tend to be very critical of my 65 year old body with its fibromyalgia, arthritis and other less serious, but reminders that I always took my body for granted. I did not take good care of it; yet it has got me this far and I am still able to do much more than I would have thought at this age. Thank you for reminding me where and what me and my body have survived and to be grateful for that.

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Christopher Foster May 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

Hi June, Thank you so much for sharing. I think we’ve all tended to take our body for granted but as you say, it has brought us this far and we can be very thankful for that. I find in my own life that as I take a few moments now and then to consciously enfold my body with love it’s surprising how good we both feel despite the ailments that come with age. Blessings and love to you.

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Sandra Pawula May 4, 2013 at 12:08 am

What a wonderful celebration of both the body and our inner spirit! Happy Birthday in advance. May you be happy, healthy, and safe – always.
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Christopher Foster May 4, 2013 at 11:27 am

Great to hear from you Sandra. Thank you for your kind words and please let me reciprocate. May you be happy, healthy and safe always. Blessings.

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Gena May 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Thank you Christopher for your amazing posts, as I struggle with health it reminds me to be positive and grateful for all my body provides. Have a wonderful birthday x

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Christopher Foster May 8, 2013 at 8:58 am

Gena, it’s great to hear from you. Thank you for your kind comment. I send blessings and best wishes and I’m with you in your journey.

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camilla dunn May 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

many thanks for this insightful message. it is encouraging to take the time to allow deeply -thes words to rest within me; to acknowledge the cycles contained within the walls of this body -this body that has served me so well.
Camilla

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Christopher Foster May 8, 2013 at 9:03 am

Thank you for your sweet words Camilla. The healing presence of spirit is surely on the job in your body and your life just as it is in each of us. Blessings to you.

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Maureen Moeller May 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Such a timely post Christopher. Experiencing the very first time my body has not been in perfect health is eye opening and humbling. Now I know how my friend feels when she cannot control her epileptic seizures, and my mother who can barely hear or my sister-in-law who is confined to a wheelchair with MS. They have learned to NOT take their body’s for granted. I am just learning.

My father-in-law passed away April 12 after 88 years; the last 3 were in the haze of alzheimer’s. Some may say his small town life was dull and uneventful, but we all know he lived life to its fullest because he gave his all each moment and adored his family and they him. What more is there? Christopher you are greeting year 81 this month, and I LOVE how you keep on giving your gift of writing to so many. So maybe when we begin to lose our strong bodies we draw closer to our true nature. No more conquering the world; though I miss those days of bravado…….now just give and love and find that quiet still place.
Peace, joy and love to you Christopher and JoAnn, and Happiest of Birthdays!

Maureen Moeller

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Christopher Foster May 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

It’s always a pleasure to hear from you Maureen and I thank you for your touching and insightful input. Life sure does like to lay surprises at our door, and sometimes we love them and sometimes we definitely don’t like them. I have learned though that regardless of apparent misfortune there is a hand of grace on our lives and if we persevere in our love for truth greater peace, happiness and freedom will surely emerge. We will, as you say, be drawn into a deeper awareness of our true nature which is actually the answer to all our fears and concerns. Blessings to you Maureen and hang in there, okay?

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Maria Jimenez Frid May 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Hi Chris,
Thank you for your beautiful words!

I just wanted to let you know that I have changed my email address. Please change it on your records. I appreciate receiving your wonderful messages and I don’t want to miss a one.

My love to you!

Maria

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Christopher Foster May 8, 2013 at 9:40 am

Hi Maria, thanks for your kind message. I asked my subscription service how I could change your email but they said the simplest solution is for you to go to my blog and re-subscribe with your new email address. Could you please give this a try? Love to you too.

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Disha @ Taxi in Miami May 8, 2013 at 2:34 am

Hi Christopher,
Thanks for sharing this such a lovely article. I do appreciate this post. Well I used to be a thin girl but when I completed 20 years then naturally my body looks better than last time. In fact now I am not a thin girl. So I’m thankful for my body.

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Christopher Foster May 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

That’s great Disha. I’m glad to hear it. Thanks for your kind words and I wish you all the very best. Take care, okay?

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Christina May 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Hello Christopher, This is really beautiful post. I really love to see this post here & I am gald to read this article.

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Kim Loftis May 11, 2013 at 6:15 am

Hi Chris,

I just discovered your blog, and am delighted to have found you in the vast web of Cyberspace. What a beautiful celebration of both our amazing bodies and our magnificent, infinite presence. I’m in my early thirties now, and while in my early to mid twenties I rarely showed gratitude for my physical body. In my late twenties, I began noticing subtle changes, and with those changes, I found myself caring for and treasuring my body in ways I had not done previously. Even when I find something about this vessel to be frustrating, inhibiting or annoying, I am far more able to express gratitude for both my body as a whole, and for my unique presence residing within it. Thank you, spirit.

I’m so grateful to have discovered this ability now, as I know that I will use it often in my continuing journey. :-)

Wishing you the happiest and loveliest of birthdays.

Serenity and Joy,
Kim
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Ciara Conlon May 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I wrote a guest post today about gratitude and finished it off being thankful for the body that carries me around each day. At 42 I sometimes wish I had the suppleness of my twenty year old body or the stamina of ten years ago but I remind myself firstly that growing older is definitely better than the alternative and every moment is a gift and it’s up to us to decide how to appreciate it. So thank you for the reminder to be thankful for this wonderful body and to appreciate another day that it has given me. Happy Birthday Chris
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Important of life June 27, 2013 at 5:59 am

Many couples are delaying family planning due to a myriad of reasons. Probably at the top of this list is financial .Today couples recognize that the expense of raising a child to maturity has more than tripled even in their lifetime. As a result, mothers are working well into the last trimester of there pregnancy.

Job stress along with job uncertainty places many woman at risk for premature births and earlier deliveries. Too often, couples are unable to give notice to other siblings and family members when the “unexpected occurs.”

Erin’s story (Deans/Dino’s ) early arrival is a story of a four year old who shares her thoughts related to her brothers early arrival. From the beginning we travel with Erin through the maze of thoughts and feelings related to her experiences with this wonderful process viewed through a young child’s eyes. This book can not only help those families who have experience premature births but others who might have complications that could limit the necessary time needed for small children that may not be prepared for the unexpected days ahead.
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Christopher Foster June 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Thanks for your comment and good luck with Erin’s story.

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Nikhil Gavade September 20, 2013 at 12:35 am

Hello Chris,

I am just 23 years guy from India. After reading your post, I remember the Albert Einstein’s thought that “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep our balance, we must keep moving”. I wish you all the best for your future life.

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