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wishboneIt’s Thanksgiving week. All month long, I have been reading and hearing a lot of folks expressing their gratitude for things in their life. Some take a moment each day in November to be thankful.

Whether on Facebook, a blog, or in person, it is an uplifting experience to hear others focus on positives rather than negatives.

It’s a lovely practice.

Truly, what we focus on we amplify.

I believe this is part of why so many women dislike their bodies. Sometimes it seems like there’s enough self-hatred to start a war.

We focus disproportionately on our perceived flaws.

  • Legs not thin enough.
  • Nose not graceful enough.
  • Neck not long enough.
  • Chin not firm enough.
  • Tummy too big.
  • Breasts too small.

If you listen to your body, though, you’ll be able to hear it speak to you.

It’s saying, “I don’t get no respect around here.”

Or maybe, “Would it kill you to say thanks once in a while?”

So this is for you, body, with much gratitude:

  1. Thank you for strong legs that allow me to walk and dance without pain, even up and down stairs.
  2. Thank you for healthy blood that can be donated to others in need.
  3. Thank you for the joint flexibility that lets me dress up like Elastigirl for Halloween and convincingly act the part.
  4. Thank you for a rockin’ immune system that gets a little riled up over cats (and wine), but doesn’t let many bad bugs through.
  5. Thank you for surprising me every now and again – like allowing me to carry a baby when I was told it would never happen.
Turkey doesn't waste time fretting about its chin. © Sugar Penny | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

Turkey doesn’t waste time fretting about its chin.
© Sugar Penny | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

It’s amazing how a little shift in perspective can make a big difference in the way you see things.

I would love to hear you give your body respect, too.

You can write in the comments below.