Celebrating our Bodies

With Easter being this past Sunday of course I’ve been thinking about the concept of new life.  It reminded me of a quote by Steven Hall: “Every single cell in the human body replaces itself over a period of seven years. That means there’s not even the smallest part of you now that was part of you seven years ago.”  Of course this gets me thinking about all the possibilities there are for healing and recovery from sicknesses, not to mention those who quit smoking or doing other drugs.  It also makes me question why we do such bad things to our bodies that we even need to know that it’s a 7 year cycle.

So part of me is really thankful that we’ve got the gift of a body that regrows itself, even if it does take 7 years to happen.  I mean, how cool is that?!  But part of me is upset that it takes that long!!  I know, I’ve seen too many crimes solved in under 60 minutes and food cooked and delivered in under 30 minutes to have any kind of real time perception, not even what people had 50 years ago.  But why doesn’t our body do the replacement every year or every 5 years, why does it have to take 7?  There are tons of things that we could question, but I think this is one of those that is better seen as a gift rather than something to complain about.

So as you dive into this new week I encourage you to remember that your body refreshes itself, and so should you in the other areas of your life.  Take time to celebrate the new opportunities in your life and those that pop back up again.  Be thankful for the body you have and all that it does for you on a daily basis, especially the things you don’t think about.  Celebrate that you’re alive and able to move around however you do it and able to enjoy each moment of your life.

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