Gratitude for our Ungratifying Traits

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Point to Ponder:
What physical attributes of yours do you regularly wish were different?

Kathleen Parker

by Kathleen Parker

A couple of months ago I went to lunch with a group of friends that I have known for a very long time. All of our kids grew up together and we gather for birthdays and other celebratory events. One of our interesting topics landed on plastic surgery, which drifted to that despite our efforts to keep our faces looking youthful, our hands show our true age. At that moment I looked down at my hands and smiled. I noticed that they were larger than most women my size, and my fingers are long with maybe more “knuckle wrinkles” than most too. I also have a sunspot on my right hand that looks like a huge freckle.

As I was driving home, I continued to look at my hands on the steering wheel. I felt this overwhelming sense of gratitude as I was reminded of all the amazing things my hands have done and continue to do. They held, loved, and raised our four babies. They may not be delicate and beautiful, but they are strong! They can grip and hold a ski rope behind any boat (which is when I am my happiest!). They even won the “grip test” at the Austin’s Fittest Competition and they were great to have at the pull-up station, too. They enable me to live my dream job everyday! They are holding my husband’s hands.

Realizing that one of the least aesthetically pleasing parts of my body is actually one of my best assets has made me appreciate my big, long-fingered and sun-spotted hands.

Through our critical eyes we may see some of our greatest blessings as unattractive, too big, too small, or not good enough, but they are actually allowing us to walk, run, hold, clap, see, hear, hug and so much more. We are all perfectly made, and we are all given different gifts. So, rather than wishing we had less, more or were created differently, let’s focus on being grateful for everything we do have.

Action Item:
Practice appreciating your so called “flaws” by saying “thank you” and making a list of all of things that body part allows you do.

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5 thoughts on “Gratitude for our Ungratifying Traits

  1. Sarah Hamilton

    Please tell Kathleen that this is so good and could not have come at a better time for me!!! I will try hard to apply what she said to all the negativity I throw at myself 🙂 Sarah Sarah Hamilton 210-884-7317


    1. neissa

      I agree with you, Sarah! We do need to throw away the negative talk. It’s counterproductive, keeps us stuck and prevents us from living our fullest potential and God’s greatest calling on our lives. Living in gratitude for everything we have (even our “ungratifying traits”) as well as focusing on the fact that we are God’s masterpiece is the best antidote for eliminating the garbage in our heads.

    2. Anonymous

      I’m so glad this spoke to you Sarah. We are all hard on ourselves and turning our thought process around and trying to view our flaws with gratitude is difficult. Thank you for sharing and I am so grateful for you in my life!

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