During the last period, in my daily gratitude practice, I’m reflecting a lot about how grateful I am for my functioning body.
We only tend to notice how good our body worked when something is wrong with it and we get, for example, injured or sick. Furthermore we are always too negative about our body shape and we wish we were thinner or fitter.
What we forget is that our body hosts us and gives us the possibility to do and reach whatever we want. We can walk, spring, drive, carry heavy things and exercise. Its health is not something we should take for granted.
So be grateful for your body, honor it and be gentle with it: after all it gives your mind a place to be without setting any condition.
On Tuesday I was on the train commuting back from Stuttgart as a young woman sat next to me. Without paying attention my eyes fell on the display of her smartphone. I noticed then that she was on a video-call with another woman, probably one of her friends. After a bit of time I saw they added another women in the call. This made me think about how important it is for us women to have a social network to which we feel we belong.
Having a group of friends is important at every age, relying on them can even save you in negative moments.
I always thought friendship is a mutual relationship but at the same time I think that if somebody is important for you, you should show it. In a friendship it doesn’t count who does more.
You can show yourself to your friends in any status you are feeling because they know you well and they are there to support you.
In these times when everything is virtual, it is crucial to keep in mind that having a real social network counts: people who genuinely care about us and are there for us in every situation.
During this holiday season, I invite you to make a gift to your friends being there for them and showing them how grateful you are for their friendships.