Tuesday, May 22, 2018

HEADS UP

There are only two no-no's after having cataract surgery.

Do not lift anything over twenty pounds.



My Dr Pepper/Iced Tea and Hero, which I repeatedly lift throughout the day are both much less than the maximum, so NO PROBLEM!

And~

Keep your head above your heart (Don't bend over for those of your directionally challenged).



This has created somewhat of a problem.  I never walk by the flower bed that I am not bending over jerking weeds.  AND, you all know, the Wonder Dog is needy and requires lifting up numerous times each day.  He's a little fellow and it requires a bend over to reach him.



Within hours of being home following surgery, I was to discover just how much time in a day I spent bent over.  This has required a change in how I approach things.  In a week's time, I have bragging rights for deep knee bends and squats over all the boot camp attendees combined.  Now WHY have my knees  been aching?




 In my world of loose association, this brought to mind how many cliches about body parts I have been subjected to over a lifetime.

WHERE IS YOUR HEAD?

This has nothing to do with the physical location of said head--but might refer to what was I thinking?



GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE CLOUDS

Again nothing to do with flying or low hanging clouds--but more likely day dreaming.



YOU HAVE YOUR HEAD BURIED IN THE SAND

One of my favorites which I use quite often--I am never speaking of you physically putting your head in the sand, but rather your failure to see the truth.



WEARING MY HEART ON MY SLEEVE

Now we all know this does not refer to putting your actual heart on your sleeve, but might indicate you are placing yourself in a vulnerable position.


FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART

Again not the ventricles which are responsible for pumping oxygen to our bodies, but rather with our deepest emotion.




HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

Certainly if you are home your heart is also, but this does not refer to the physical location of your heart, but instead your love for home.




I can't leave this and not give you one of my favorites--one I tend to do quite often.

PUTTING MY FOOT IN MY MOUTH

I've done this so many times, I soak my feet in salt water for seasoning.



Over the ages, we have come up with multitudes of cliches concerning our body parts.  Why body parts?  Because of their importance to us.  Think about it, most of the cliches are about really important parts.  We don't talk about our gall bladder or appendix or even our kidneys.  We do refer to those most important parts quite frequently.  Without our head or heart, we are in deep trouble.  Life cannot go on without them.  So we come up with quips concerning what we all know as vitally important parts.  To function to our fullest--at our very best--all of our parts are required and necessary.  We might be able to still operate without a few of our parts--as I am living proof--but we are designed to operating at our best when we have all our parts.

When Paul taught about our parts, he considered them all vitally and intricately important.  What a wonderful lesson he gives us in Corinthians concerning the church and the importance of each of us to one another within the church.  We all have a job and each job is important.  When we all are doing our tasks and each making a contribution, the glory is given to God for we operate as one body--not as individual parts, but instead as one body in Christ.  What a beautiful image.

12 There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. 13 We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. 14 So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.
15 Suppose the foot says, “I am not a hand. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body. 16 And suppose the ear says, “I am not an eye. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how could it smell? 18 God has placed each part in the body just as he wanted it to be. 19 If all the parts were the same, how could there be a body? 20 As it is, there are many parts. But there is only one body.
21 The eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 In fact, it is just the opposite. The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are the ones we can’t do without. 23 The parts that we think are less important we treat with special honor. The private parts aren’t shown. But they are treated with special care. 24 The parts that can be shown don’t need special care. But God has put together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honor to the parts that didn’t have any. 25 In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.

27 You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.
I Corinthians 12:12-27

8 comments:

  1. We each have a purpose. You mentioned the gallbladder hardly ever gets talked about, but give it even the smallest twitch and it will bring youto your knees.

    Hey...are those leopard print shorts?? :-)

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    1. Aw, yes, the gall bladder, said bye bye to that one in 2001😖. You are right, Sandi, if they go bad, it’s painful!

      Spandex - that’s another subject for another day😜

      Blessings!

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  2. LOLOL...Thanks Lulu...you sure can tie all of this in with scripture, smiles.

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    1. The Queen of Loose Association 🧝🏻‍♀️!
      Blessings!

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  3. Praying for you that you are soon better, Lulu. Please take care.

    God bless you, my friend.

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    1. I am doing great, Victor. One down and one to go!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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  4. What a great analogy you've given us here, Lulu! And thanks for the update on the cataract adventure. I didn't realize one can't bend over or lift something more than 20 lbs. I wonder why? Anyway, take care of your knees - lol!
    Blessings to you!

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    1. Trading one ache and pain for another!
      Blessings!

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