Cherished Blogfest: This Body Beautiful

I have made several attempts to write this post for the Cherished Blogfest.  No matter where I started from, my thoughts always seemed to end up in the same place … I’m so grateful for this amazing piece of biological machinery I was gifted at birth.

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Irrelevant photo #1 – Quebec City

I guess this preoccupation with my body is the result of the injury I incurred in June which has forced me into slow-mo.  I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time in taking inventory – of memories both good and bad, the wouldofs-couldofs-shouldofs, and of course the things still left undone.

But an undeniable truth has emerged from all this navel-gazing.  This package of skin, bones, organs, and “other stuff”,  is truly remarkable in the magic of its function as we blithely go about our lives without giving it any thought – at least until something goes wrong.

… and then it tries to repair itself.  Pure Magic.

I have dragged this body of mine through 60 years of often careless living.  For all the good things I’ve done for my body, I’ve also exposed it to an equal amount of really bad things.

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Irrelevant photo #2 – Frogner Park, Oslo

As a result, this body bears a road-map of scars, bruises, bumps, wrinkles, fat cells, and other imperfections that marks its journey through each of my sometimes misadventures, repairing itself as needed, getting stronger to meet the endless demands I’ve requested of it.

So although this current recovery stage has forced me into Spectator Mode on the proverbial sidelines of life, I’ve realized that this pervasive tired and achy feeling is just my body telling me it’s still healing.  This is only temporary.

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Irrelevant photo #3 – Frogner Park, Oslo

I cherish this body of mine.  It is the most precious thing I have.  It is beautiful in its function and absolutely priceless.

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This is the 2nd Annual Cherished Blogfest co-hosted by Dan AntionDamyanti BiswasPeter NenaCheryl PenningtonKate Powell, and Mary J Melange.

This year it is being held the weekend of July 29-30-31 and everyone is encouraged to participate by sharing something they cherish in whatever medium(s) they choose – with writing or poetry (limited to 500 words), photography, art medium, etc.

For additional Cherished Blogfest posts, click HERE.

 

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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103 Responses to Cherished Blogfest: This Body Beautiful

  1. Ok, awesome choice! The vast majority of us search externally for our valued articles, however why disregard our bodies? We wouldn’t have the capacity to welcome our other valued items without it. Great post!

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    • joannesisco says:

      Thank you for the lovely comment. I’m usually body obsessive in a different kind of way – ie whining about all its imperfections – but nothing like an injury to give me a reality check 🙂

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  2. dweezer19 says:

    Indeed! We all need to cherish the temple we call body. Thanks for such a great reminder. So glad you joined the CBF. I am amazed at the many different cherished objects we have had in this year’s collection. Cheryl, cohost.

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  3. Great choice. We really don’t realise what a gift a fully functional body is until it’s only semi-functioning. Hope the mechanic gets yours back up and running (or cycling) very soon.

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  4. You have a lovely way of interacting with your world! 🙂
    Kindness – Robert.

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  5. Great post and wonderful photos, Joanne. Not only does our body repair itself, but it is this amazing universe of perfectly integrated functions – billions of things happening in sync with each other constantly, covered with helpful icky symbiotic microbes and living within and as part of a perfect planet. We are rather blithe about this miracle, aren’t we 🙂

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  6. simonfalk28 says:

    I love the creativity of this post. If only we groaned less about our bodies and wondered more about their mysteries.

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  7. miladyronel says:

    Love the irrelevant photos. The body is truly an amazing thing. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. agmoye says:

    So many of us take our bodies for granted until something starts to go wrong. As I have aged I realize how much I have disregarded it until it comes back to haunt me. You are right, take care of this fragile thing we dwell in.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Thank you. The past couple of months have been rather trying. Thankfully, this is an injury that will heal in the fullness of time and it’s not something more serious … but it has given me a wake-up call.

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  9. NancyTex says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for reminding me to be grateful for my cherished body too.

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  10. Paul says:

    Ah, great selection! Most of us look outward for our cherished objects, but why neglect our bodies? We wouldn’t be able to appreciate our other cherished objects without it. Good post!

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  11. Sue Slaght says:

    Joanne what an eloquent and beautiful post. Currently I find myself in a bit of ‘you’re so out of shape’ thinking and your words are a needed kick in the pants. This body has endured a great deal like yours and I should be so happy to have it, even the saggy, baggy bits and bobbles.

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    • joannesisco says:

      You? With saggy, baggy bits? After a 4 day bike ride in the mountains only a month ago? Out of shape?

      Good God!! I don’t want to know where I sit on that scale!!

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      • Sue Slaght says:

        Joanne one day we will sit down over a glass or two of wine and chat more about this. Body image has been a life long challenge. As to the fitness thing I reflect back on when I ran the marathon and now can barely squeak out 5km or when I used to rock climb overhanging cliffs and now strain at scrambles. Your post was very good for me in shaking me up a bit and realizing that I may not be in that kind of shape but for a 55 year old I am so fortunate to do what I do. A long winded thank you for a kick in the butt. 🙂

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  12. So true! Being menopausal had me made come back into this bag o’ bones and hair like never before! A wise woman said to me a couple of years ago “Without your body, you are a no body!” Best wishes for a good recovery. A speedy recovery would be great, I am sure, but the body does what it needs to do at it’s own pace!

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  13. Joanne an unusual choice, and I loved it. The irrelevant images supported the posting in a beautiful way. I’ve had back issues due to dancing injuries in my teens. I SO appreciate my body when it is not in pain, and also learned to live with a great deal of it. Our bodies shoudl be cherished and this is an excellent reminder. Thank you for participating — one of the CBF co-hosts. Following you! Kate

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    • joannesisco says:

      When one body part doesn’t play nice, it seems like the entire body hurts in sympathy. The back is definitely one of the worst. I’m so grateful I don’t have back issues – you have my sympathy!

      I cherish the days when everything is working seamlessly.

      Thank you for the visit 🙂

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  14. I wasn’t able to cherish or love myself when I was younger. I was overly critical with both, my inside and my outside. My behind was too small, the top too large. I wanted to be smaller and thinner. I dragged my body through the mud, ate and drunk what I wanted, didn’t think about it twice; didn’t think about the bill twice.

    I took risks I shouldn’t have taken, jeopardized my wellbeing and smiled while doing so.

    I will never be the “careful” type, but I make better choices now.

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    • joannesisco says:

      When it comes to personal angst, being young is really rough. As I get older, it is so much easier to live in my own imperfect skin.
      I agree that I too will never be the careful type … and I still make less than good choices 😉

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  15. Quite an unusual choice for Cherished blogfest, but the best part about this festival is that we get to see different perspectives. I agree that we need to take care of our body. It is the only means through which we can achieve our dreams, do good for others and move on. I usually push my body to some extent, but I also make sure that I take some time out and relax because at the end of the day it is my body that keeps me going. As a co-host I thank you for sharing your story in the Cherished Blogfest.

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  16. cleemckenzie says:

    We take these vessels so for granted until they falter, then we realize how vital it is to take care of them, respect them and cherish them. I enjoyed reading about your awareness and hope you continue to grow to health.

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  17. loisajay says:

    Good gosh, Joanne–I read about your biking. Ouch. I broke my collarbone when I was 13 year old. Bike injury. My oldest son did the same. Same age, too. Our bodies are miraculous, for sure. Very positive post.

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  18. Norm 2.0 says:

    Here, here! So true; our health and the things our bodies allow us to do are so easy to take for granted. It’s only when they start to fade that we realize how precious they are.
    Loved the irrelevant photos too 😀

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  19. dconnollyislandgmailcom says:

    What a great post, Joanne! Our bodies are truly an amazing thing to cherish. I just finished walking eight-days of the Camino Trail in France and Spain — with an incredible amount of tough uphill and steep downhill! Like you, I began to thank my body aloud. This trek also was a great reminder that if one aspect of my body wasn’t working (even a baby toe), then everything else was ‘off’. Thanks for a great reflection — and spectacular photography!

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    • joannesisco says:

      Although I haven’t done the Camino, I’m quite familiar with it. It’s a significant undertaking! Congratulations.

      You’re so right though … if one body part isn’t happy, it throws everything else off. As I’m recovering from a broken collarbone, I’m reminded of this reality on a regular basis throughout the day :/

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  20. nrhatch says:

    Walking and talking . . . miracles!

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  21. Nancy says:

    Thanks for this reminder to appreciate, care for and cherish our bodies through all its many stages. It really is a miraculous machine!!

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  22. reocochran says:

    Oops, hope you can tell I meant to be coherent, silly me. Should have proofread better!
    “.Y” should be “my”
    “lost” should be “list,”
    and repetitive joint pain is the last mess I made! 🙂 . . . Did I mention my eyes are a little bit messed up? 🙂 Cataract surgery in October.

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  23. reocochran says:

    Joanne, I also feel blessed to have most of .Y body in working order. Those now defective parts will get repaired as time goes by. Cataract surgery, seems redundant after two eyes having laser surgery for narrow eye glaucoma. The dot or spot dystrophy is weird, but all to say, that and repetjoint pain seem insignificant compared to what Stephen Hawking’s or Michael J. Fox face daily. I lost two famous people who are known for their challenges, despite millions who face theirs courageously alone.
    Yes, to our bodies! Celebrate what we have. 🙂 Joanne, by the way, those art sculptures are not irrelevant! They are pertinent and so beautifully illustrated your post.

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    • joannesisco says:

      It’s interesting you should mention cataract surgery. I just had lens replacement in both eyes this past spring – one of the many distractions in my life this year. Although I didn’t have cataracts – yet – I had the surgery to enable my prescription to be embedded in my eyes. I had some wonky issues with my eyes that made this a good long term solution. I was VERY nervous, but I’m happy with the results. Although it’s been 6 weeks since my 2nd eye was done, I still have a tendency to reach for my glasses in the morning when I wake up!

      I agree that our creaky, aging bodies are a minor issue compared to what many have to endure and overcome on a daily basis. The older I get, the more I seem to appreciate my good health. I hope it continues for a very long time!

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  25. RuthsArc says:

    Thank you for this thought provoking post, words and photos. We all take our miraculous bodies for granted when we are well. Hope your recovery is going well.

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  26. badfish says:

    I know…we take our bodies for granted, until one day…
    But get this, once I needed surgery in my knee, a meniscus tear, no way to fix it but surgery. When they told me the possible problems, it scared me so bad, I healed that tear…a miracle, the doctor’s said. Perhaps, but perhaps just the body telling us something about ourselves we didn’t know? Love the photos here.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Thanks Badfish.
      It’s ironic that as we get older and our bodies become less “perfect”, we seem to appreciate what it can do even more.

      I’m not familiar with the issues associated with a meniscus tear, except that it’s painful! Hope the knee is 100% again. It’s amazing how adaptive the body can be!

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  27. Wonderful post! I’m fully on board with how amazing our bodies are. A recent (as in this Thursday) injury that will take me out of commission for awhile – and necessitated me missing out on the Cherished Blogfest – and force me into slo-mo for at least a month. Here’s to self-healing… let it begin!

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  28. Helen C says:

    A good article, Joanne. I should tape it all over my house so I can be constantly reminded about what you said. Thanks.

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  29. Ally Bean says:

    I’ve never thought about my body in this way, but you are certainly right. When I was younger I tended to ignore my body more than cherish it, but now as I’m getting older I appreciate it more. Fascinating that you thought of this when forced to not use your body.

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  30. Lovely post – so good to focus on the positive side of all our lives…like getting to our 60’s pretty well still intact! Oh those aches come a little more often and stay a little longer but it means we’re still trying. Hope that healing is moving right along😊

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    • joannesisco says:

      So true, Carol. Do you ever look back on some of your adventures and breathe a silent prayer of thanks that you made it out alive?! Making it to 60 intact is pretty much a major achievement!

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  31. Good one! It is interesting how we mature and enjoy a day with no pain and it really is appreciated. 🙂 My husband chuckles with the old adage: if I’d known I was going to living this long I would have taken better care of myself. 🙂

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  32. Dan Antion says:

    I think you made a great choice Joanne. Between the time that you wrote this and now, your body has healed a little bit. Pretty soon, you’ll be back behind the handlebars. It’s pretty interesting to chart all the phases we go through with respect to how we think about and care for our bodies. I guess it’s natural to start paying a little closer attention after we hit 60.

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    • joannesisco says:

      So true, Dan. I think I might be becoming the worst hypochondriac ever. I think I’m dying at least once a day :/

      Seriously, it’s funny how we reach this stage of our lives wishing we had taken better care of ourselves.

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  33. My goodness Joanne that was beautiful. The photos and your words… just beautiful. This is my favourite post that you’ve written. It brought tears to my eyes. Our bodies are our greatest treasure.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Wow, Annie. Your comment has brought tears to my eyes! Aren’t we a pair?!
      For those of us who use our bodies and often push it beyond what we think it is capable of, our bodies truly are a magnificent work of art ❤

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  34. joey says:

    Well done! I understand how useful our bodies are. I deeply appreciate my broken and flawed body for all the things it can still do. 😀

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  35. Wendy Brydge says:

    Wow, what a beautifully original take on a “cherished object”, Joanne. The body is something that is often underappreciated but really, where would we be without it!

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  36. mickscogs says:

    Well written. You know there is a lot of fuss about bodies and perfection. But I’m with you; it’s great to be alive and well and have a body and be on this Earth. Glad you’re recovering well.

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  37. wgr56 says:

    Very poignant, and very well-written. Thank you!

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  38. Heyjude says:

    Sigh… I just wish my body could return to its premenopausal status. It wasn’t in great shape then, but at least it had a shape….

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  39. Meghan says:

    I love it. Your words are like butter and the photos are gorgeous. I’m trying to be more mindful of my body these days – I’m not as young as I act! Thanks for such a poetic reminder 😀

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    • joannesisco says:

      “Words like butter” … wow, that’s a nice compliment and very much appreciated! 🙂

      I don’t particularly want to start acting my age, but I do acknowledge I have to start being a wee bit less reckless. I’m not bouncing back quite as easily as I once did.

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  40. Tippy Gnu says:

    I agree. A body (in good health) is invaluable. I hope your healing is coming along well. Who knows, maybe very soon you’ll be able to risk your neck on a bike again.

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  41. I’m sure your body is mending, in the meantime, thanks for sharing the irrelevant pictures. I’ve been to Frogner Park a couple of times and it stirred up some pleasant memories.

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  42. bikerchick57 says:

    I love this Joanne! Our bodies truly are miracles, even though we abuse them and tend to not always appreciate how they work. I’m glad to see you are taking it easy and allowing yourself to heal. You have only one body to cherish! 🙂

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  43. Fran says:

    Beautiful post and I love the sculptures that you included. We should all appreciate, value our precious bodies. It is where we live.

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  44. Lynn says:

    I love that you chose your body as the thing you cherish Joanne. We push our bodies every single day, often not taking the time to give it the rest it deserves. There have been numerous occasions, usually when I am on my bike, when I will literally thank my body out loud for allowing me to do the things I do. Anyone within ear shot most likely would think I have a screw loose if they heard me thanking my legs for pushing & my heart for pumping but like you, I do not take this for granted. Continued success in your healing my friend💛

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  45. jan says:

    Love your irrelevant pictures!

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  46. It’s definitely pretty miraculous…and may you experience the miracle of healing…and quickly!!

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