Our Bodies Are Genuine Miracles

How anyone does not see The Divine in that is beyond me. Still, I welcome all to consider this –

I have had two major surgeries in the last 6 months. The first by choice and the second by need. The first was December 29, 2020. The second surgery was May 28, 2021.

Because of the nature of the first, I had lost 38 pounds going into the second surgery thanks to a highly restrictive soft-food diet.

With the second, I experienced something called Post-Surgical Edema or as this boy from Arkansas calls it—swelling and water retention.

All in all, it was about 14 lbs. of fluid.

Apparently, the body responds to the trauma of being invaded by holding water rather than passing it. Plus, if I understand correctly the procedure throws your system off and it takes a while for the fluid to be absorbed or released.

But the amazing thing to me is that when the body reaches the point of healing that it no longer fears a future need for additional fluid, it will simply redistribute it or evacuate it.

When functioning normally, it just knows it is time to release it, so it does.

Wouldn’t it be great if we did that emotionally or psychologically instead of internalizing past hurts and issues? I am afraid those are a bit peskier to release, right?

I remember back with the weight started to come off, a good, trusted advisor of mine encouraged me to think about and refer to the weight decrease as “releasing it” versus “losing it.”

Losing it implies that if it is “lost” I will need to go back and find it at some point in the future. As a result, I have released 38 pounds, collected 14 pounds of fluid, but am on my way to releasing that back.

I often wonder why we are so hard on ourselves.

Why do we beat ourselves up so much and then remember all the challenges so much more than we do the wins?

Wouldn’t it serve us better if we just released all those things that do not serve us well when we FIRST REALIZE we no longer need them?

I am working to be better. Why not come join me on the journey.

Think about that.


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