So what are we to do?
Just like the weather, I have discovered that our bodies are in a constant state of flux and change. One day I wake up and feel that I am flexible and move about with ease and on another day, I get a kink in my knee or shin or someplace else and my body simply doesn't want to move with ease.
When this first happened to me, I got upset and alarmed thinking that something was happening to me was I getting sick or was there a sign that I needed to pay attention to or some other worrisome thought that triggered fear and anxiety.
I am sure many of you can relate to what I am speaking about; however, today, I have finally came to the realization that just like the weather which is unpredictable and continually changing, so are our bodies. In truth it is simply the process of getting older; and believe me, itdoesn'tmatter what your chronological age is today, tomorrow you will be older!
So my next thought was: "What are we to do about it?" Just like we have no control over the weather, it seems to function exactly the way it wants to and we simply must adjust to it or we fret needlessly. I think I am beginning to feel the same way about my body. Now don't get me wrong, I will continue to exercise, eat well, get sufficient sleep and generally speaking treat it with love and respect but having said all of that, I still have to accept my occasional ache and pain and look at the shifts in my flexibility with grace and acceptance.
Maybe on one day, I move slightly slower than I do on another but I have come to realize and know that what was a bodily discomfort one day was gone the next and itwasn'tbecause of something that I did ordidn'tdo, it simply shifted.
I have therefore come to the conclusion that I will take each day as it comes, enjoy it to the fullest of my capabilities on that day and look forward to the changes that will present themselves to me tomorrow. I am not sure if my thinking is worthy of review by the deep thinkers of the world, or if Plato or Marcus Aurelius in his meditations gave it any thought, but for me I can truthfully say, I will live each day that is given to me with laughter and joy breathing in contentment as my eyes absorb the beauty that life has to offer.
Joan Marie Ambrose