This month, many of us have been focusing on gratitude for all that is in our lives.. It reminds us of all that we take for granted and how many blessings we have in our lives. Unfortunately, the only other time I think we reflect this way is when something tragic happens around us. Then somehow, we are forced to look at what we have and be thankful for it. Even if it is only for an intentional month, it has been uplifting to hear or read people's posts on Facebook.
I've recently been reflecting on the gift of my life in this world and my amazing, perfect human body. And I don't mean that in an arrogant way! During every pregnancy (all four), I have been completely amazed and in awe of my body. In that sense, I am especially grateful that I am a woman and get to experience the miracle of growing life within me, birthing a baby, and then nourishing it through breastmilk. I am amazed that beyond the effort trying to compensate for being extraordinarily tired during parts of the pregnancy and the efforts to take care of my physical health, I am completely out of control of this process.
Some might argue that the birthing process is also effort but in my experience, I was better off when I stopped trying to be in control and simply let my body do what it is designed to do. Sure it was painful and challenging but my body knew exactly how to implant, grow, and expel the baby. Even when I had my miscarriage, my body worked perfectly on its own.
Beyond all my exclusive female parts, it astounds me that my body is actually sitting here in front of the computer even typing words with my fingers. All the while, my heart is pumping blood through my body, blinking, breathing, maintaining a sitting posture, and using all the rest of its senses-all automatically! When I'm sick or have hurt myself, it fights off the bacteria and heals itself. If I had to put in all this effort with thought, I can honestly say that I would not have survived.
I definitely take my life for granted almost every second of the day. But right now, with this growing and healthy baby inside me, I am grateful that I have been able to give it life and have my body grow it for me.
Jen Starks, Owner