getting naked…it’s not what you think


in Personal Growth

Spring is arriving in fits and starts. Soon summer will follow behind her, inviting us to take off our clothes. Exposing a bit of skin. Getting naked.

Seeing the body beautiful.

Bodies are beautiful, regardless of shape, size or condition.

They are amazing vessels that carry us through our daily round. Walking, bending, stretching, running, jumping, twisting, carrying. Doing the hard stuff that our hearts and minds dream up.

Which is why it is troubling to me that I’m just so damn mean to mine. I neglect her. I ignore that her muscles are sore and need to be soothed. Forget that it has been years since important check-up’s have occurred. Get too busy to attend to her needs for healthy exercise, vitamins and nutrition.

How could I?

All too easily. Because I think she’ll handle it. She’ll be ok. She’ll make it.

And, I bet you are in the same boat.

Just for today, let us imagine that our bodies represent someone that we care about deeply. Like a child. A lover. A friend.

Would you treat them the way you treat yourself? Ignore what they need because you are too busy? Neglect aches and pains? Put off making necessary appointments? I think not.

You would act. Because you love them. Because you want the very, very best for them. Because you know that all fears can be faced. Because you know there is only one like them in the whole world.

Act for yourself – because your beautiful bod is the only one there is.

Make the doctor’s appointments that you have been putting off.

Investigate the things that bother you – that interesting mole, the never-ending allergies, or the pain in your stomach.

Invest in what your body craves, be that massage, yoga, or a new mattress to ensure a decent night’s sleep.

Partner with experts – like nutritionists and personal trainers – because knowledge is power and some things are just easier with a little help.

Face what is real and true and stop expending energy ignoring, hiding or worrying.

Lavish attention on that beautiful body. She’s hung in there with you through good times and bad.

Be grateful for her.

Be kind to her.

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Sandi Amorim April 25, 2011 at

Wow, this is so timely I’m a bit freaked out (in a good way).
Maybe it was due to the recent birthday and realization that yes, I am one year older.
Maybe it was the aches that don’t easy up like they used to.
Maybe I’m psychic and felt this post coming…
A couple of appointments now scheduled to start taking better care of me/her.
Sandi Amorim recently posted..Embracing Change and Regenerating


Andrea April 25, 2011 at

I’m so glad it was timely, Sandi! It’s so easy to forget to take care of this stuff. Congratulations on being another year older … you rock!


Justin | Mazzastick April 27, 2011 at

Teaser title. I agree that we must treat our bodies with the utmost care and respect. It’ our most valuable asset: yet we take it for granted. Imagine how wonderful we would feel will regular massages and healthy foods.
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Andrea April 27, 2011 at

Wicked of me, wasn’t it? But, if it gets anyone’s attention and reminds them to do the little things like make annual doctor’s appointments, then I am happy. Thanks, Justin, for your comments!


gee backhouse April 28, 2011 at

Great reminder. Guilty. Getting on with it! ;-)
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Andrea April 28, 2011 at

Good! I’m so glad. :)


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