I’m scheduled for some minor elective surgery next week. And in order for that to happen, my primary care doctors have to give me medical clearance. So out of an abundance of caution, they’ve been conducting some tests on my 65 year-old body. One of them was an Echocardiogram which I had never had before.
It was quite interesting to watch my heart beating on the monitor in front of me. It was a bit surreal to hear the swoosh and clicks of blood flowing and valves opening and closing inside my chest.
Unless we have heart problems, we probably don’t think much about this awesome organ that has been beating even longer than we’ve been breathing.
I do occasionally thank my heart and other organs that have served me so well for so long a time. And I spent most of the 20 minutes or so of the ultrasound being awe-struck and feeling very grateful.
No results yet, but I expect everything is OK as I have zero cardiac issues. But I definitely saw that I have a heart. Some of my kids might have wondered about whether that was true sometimes when I had to practice some tough love as a parent. It’s all good.
I’m going to mention my health and specific organs more often when I do my gratefuls, and I encourage you to do the same.
Love your heart, love your lungs. Acknowledge and bless the complexity and wonder of your body. Be grateful for how well your body supports you—even if you have some parts that cause trouble.
What you focus on expands, so focus on health, vitality and vigor. And be sure to bless your heart.
Oh, and if you haven’t had a physical or checkup in a while, schedule one today. Taking good care of our health is a way to be grateful and honor the vessel that carries our soul.
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