The adult human body has 206 bones. That gives us 206 reasons to be grateful. Yet we take all of them for granted until we happen to lose the use of one or more.
Last week I injured a bone in my elbow, and my right arm is now in a cast. I’m typing this post with my left hand. You’d be amazed how much you can do with only one hand when life leaves you no choice. There is only one thing I cannot do (more on that later).
You should try it. Immobilize your right arm in a sling for just one hour, and try to get on with your day as usual. You will quickly learn gratitude for a fully functioning skeleton.
I am so grateful that my injury is temporary, that I will regain use of my right arm in a couple of weeks. I think of those who have permanently lost the use of their limbs and I know I cannot complain about my minor inconvenience.
Oh, and the one thing I couldn’t do with one arm? Tie up my long hair. So the hair had to go and I have a short messy bob now. Still, that too will grow back. So all in all there’s no lasting damage. I’m lucky.
Other reasons to be grateful
After saying “thank you” to all my 206 bones (not one by one, mind you, just altogether in a big groupie hug), I wondered what else I should be grateful for.
How many organs do I have? Google says 78, of which 5-13 are vital. They are feel vital to me right now, so thank you organs, 78 times!
It’s now over 10 years after the original post. Since then, I’ve crashed my bike and lost parts of some teeth. Thankfully the roots remain intact so technically I still have them. So how about thank you to my 32 teeth?
I really shouldn’t wait till I almost lose something to be grateful for it. Guess we humans just never learn!