God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other."
This prayer came into my head this morning. And it got me thinking about how we all try to change ourselves and our bodies. Increasingly as a society we have accepted surgical modification as a way to either preserve beauty or to enhance it. But what are the things we can really change without the assistance of a medical professional?
I cannot change my height but I can change how tall I stand.
I cannot change the size of my feet but I can change how rooted they are to the ground.
I cannot change the color of my eyes but I can change what they see.
I cannot change the shape of my mouth but I can change the words the come out of it.
I cannot change the length of my fingers but I can change the frequency of their touch.
I cannot change the placement of my heart but I can change how I often I extend it to others.
I cannot change my IQ but I can grow my emotional intelligence.
I cannot change the fact that my body needs food as fuel but I can change the quality and quantity of the fuel and how frequently I refuel.
And a fun one:
I cannot change my LOVE of chocolate but I can change the frequency with which I eat it.