Photo by Nika Fadul.
Today's assignment for the Recapturing Beauty Challenge is to take 10 minutes to write all the things you are grateful that your body can do. I've been thinking about this all day and it has really helped me feel more confident and content with who I am.
I am grateful for a body that fills me with breath every moment of every day.
I am grateful for a body that wakes up each morning.
I am grateful for a body that lets me walk, skip, run, and dance.
I am grateful for arms that can hug my sweet roommate as I leave the house in the morning.
(And I'm so very grateful for that sweet roommate - but that's a post for another day.)
I am grateful for hands that can tousle my little brother's blonde hair.
I am grateful for eyes that can see the yellow leaves of autumn, the pink and purple sky of sunset, and the golden kiss of sunshine.
I am grateful for ears that can hear music, and for vocal chords that can sing along.
I am grateful for a nose that can smell yummy food, and for a mouth that can taste it.
I am grateful for skin that can feel the warmth of sunshine, the cool drops of rain, and the embraces of those I love.
I am grateful for a mouth that can smile, a head that tilts towards the heavens when I laugh, and eyes that squint up when I do.
I am grateful for my toes that wriggle as I type this, and the ability to paint them pretty colors.
I am grateful for my legs, strong and steady, that ground me. They carry me up those dreaded stairs and around campus every day with hardly any thanks. They endure lifts and kicks and turns in my dance class without a complaint. They anchor me and yet provide me mobility. They are amazing.
I am grateful for a belly that receives. It receives breath, it receives food, and it takes those and miraculously turns them into life. That is a miracle.
I am grateful for hands that can work, that can play, that can create.
I am grateful for a mind that can think, and create, and soak in the beauty of this life and all that God has given me.
Wow. I feel so richly blessed.