Friday, June 5, 2009

My Body

Dear Body,

How is it that I know I was only given one of you when I consistently never take as good a care of you, as you do of me. For 43 years, you have given me good health, birthed babies and provided me with the strength to do so much. It is because of you that I am here and I will continue to rely on you to carry me through this life.

And in return for all you have given me, I feel as though I haven’t treated you well. I am sorry. There’s been too many years where you have just taken the abuse with little or no retaliation. What I have fed you isn’t what you deserve. Too much sugar for you to process, too much fat to store and too many chemicals, which I’m sure have polluted you in ways I don’t even understand. I know you need exercise to stay healthy, but why do I seem so resistant to give you what you need? Is it my mind’s own laziness? It must be because you, my body, are always willing to do what I ask. Never have you failed when called upon to move me from one place to the next. You are always willing and I must start giving you more of what you what you need.

My body, I have put you in jeopardy. For that, I am regretfully sorry. I can’t change the past, but I can change the future.

Thank you for all the years we’ve been together. You have given me more than I can imagine and now it’s my turn to thank you. I will feed you food that will strengthen you, to give you the power and energy to function and stay healthy. I will exercise you so you may feel the exhilaration of movement. I will push you and make you do things you never thought possible. I will treat you with respect. I will honor you.

Love,

Me

16 comments:

H.K. said...

Your post made me cry! Thanks for giving the inspiration that I need to get thru a difficult weekend which will be filled with parties and lots of food. It's time that I take care and love my body. Thanks for an inspirational post.

Christine said...

Such a good post. I can relate...

Teresa said...

Wow, It couldn't have been said any better. I love this post, it touches me.

Have a great weekend to you too.

TJ said...

Great "letter" :)

Sagan said...

Thanks for the reminder to write letters to our bodies and take them into consideration more often.

Aleta said...

*sigh* I could so write this letter too. You'll inspire me yet!

Katie J said...

Wow that was very eloquently said - thanks for sharing!

Missicat said...

Great post. I could have written if. That is, if I wrote as well as you do!

Honib1 said...

LOVE THIS POST!!

anna said...

awesome. it makes me feel like i owe my body an explanation. or something like that.

Hanlie said...

Beautiful! So honest...

I've been blogging for almost two years and from Day 1 I've had it in my mind to write a "Dear Body" post. But I'm not ready yet - too scared, I guess. I have done such bad things to my body!

Kelly said...

Beautiful!

herewegoagain said...

This post was absolutely perfect. I feel like I can copy it and paste it directly into my life.

destinationathlete said...

Great post.

My 3 Month Challenge said...

Love the letter you wrote to your body!! It relates to sooo many (if not all) of us.
Thanks for the great reminder that we need and should do this for our own bodies - to treat it with love and respect.

carla said...

Lovely and amazing and powerful.

How was the weekend?
were you able to honor and adore your body for what it can do for you?
what it does for you on a daily basis?