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Daily 5 ... taking a different path

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

So today I am thankful for these things on my body:

1. My nose. Yep, another thing I really can't say I like - its too big, too long, too lots of things - but it functions! It brings me all those yummy smells - and some yucky ones too AND it holds my glasses on my face so I can see! Loving it a little more now!

2. My neck. Critical me - its too short, too wide - but it swivels my head from side to side. Can't imagine only being able to see what is directly in front of me and having to turn my entire body to get another view! Sure would make driving difficult! Oh, and it helps me breathe when I am swimming! It may be short and wide, but it does its job too!

3. My fingers - again they are short and pudgy - delicate rings look hideous on them - but they type my blogs, hold my utensils, pick up things, even flip people off occasionally, they could do sign language if I took the time to learn it, they help my creative side express itself with pen, knitting needles or paint brushes, they push the buttons on the phone so I can talk with someone or express myself on social media. I love the dexterous little things that they are!

4. My legs - yep those short chubby things have been on EVERY list! While my eyes are my windows to the world - my legs are my vehicle! They propel me through the water and carry me on land. Again, short and chubby but they get it done!

5. With that I am brought to this one - which really isn't just one body part, but a bunch of them. I am grateful my body is mobile. I can get myself out of bed in the morning. I can get myself into the shower. I can get into my car, or take a walk. I can dance with joy. While I can't run like the wind, I can walk and maybe someday I will again be able to run like the wind! Even a 60 year old girl can dream, right?

So there are my daily 5. What are yours?

My desktop background on my computer is a slideshow of photos from my photo gallery. One of the photos that keeps popping up numerous times today is one of me and my friend Cat. I have the feeling Cat is trying to tell me something.

Cat passed away about a year and a half ago. I miss her dearly. Cat was obese. She was a wonderful spirit trapped in a fat body. We shared many struggles. I watched as she lost her mobility and became a captive in her own body. I watched as she groaned with pain to move her body. I comforted her when she was denied knee surgery because of her weight and denied weight loss surgery because of her age and physical condition. I watched her as she struggled to breathe with the least little movement. I cried when her daughter called me to tell me that her struggle was over. When my doctor says morbidly obese..... I think of Cat and her struggles. As much as I love my friend, I don't want to follow in her footsteps. I want to take a different path.

So tonight I am going right from work to my granddaughter's school for her band concert. It is at 7pm. Following the concert, I will be going home. I am hoping the sun is still out and it will be light enough for me to get in a 2 mile walk with my big black dog. If not, in honor of my friend, I will be walking those 2 miles on my treadmill - because I can. Not because I need to ..... but because I can. I am not going to take my body or my mobility for granted - it is not a given. Run, jump, dance while you can people! Life is short!

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