Body Parts: Time to Take Inventory

I don't know about you, but whenever I take a shower I get an opportunity to check that all my body parts are present and correct. I am fairly confident that I would notice if anything was missing. Once I have confirmed that everything is where it should be, the next thing is to ensure that all items are in working order, you know, functioning properly. Again, having lived with this body for a good number of years, I am quickly able to detect a malfunction in one of my attachments or body parts. Each part has an intended use and when it does not operate as it should, it stands out glaringly for me to recognize and hopefully take steps to rectify.

Yesterday, I had an opportunity to once again take bodily inventory and I was shocked with what I found. I had problems with several body parts all at the same time. I was practically falling apart at the seams.

Let's start with my ears...

Over a period of time it appears that I had allowed my ears to stop functioning in the way they were intended and it was causing problems in my relationships. Only the day before my ears were apparently blocked. My wife had been trying to tell me something that was of great importance to her at the same time as I was watching a playoff hockey game. Because I deemed that my viewing was more important than what she was telling me at that particular time, I chose to allow my ears to block out what she was saying. After all, I get to control what I listen to don't I? That is all well and good, but my ear failure in this instance, led on to a relationship breakdown because my wife felt that I was not interested in what she had to say. This body part breakdown is easy to rectify thankfully. I need to be aware that other people (in this instance my wife) are trying to share from their heart with me and my relationships are harmed by my not listening.

"One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears - by listening to them" ~ Dean Rusk

It's really important to listen to other people. I wonder how much I have missed out on in life by not really listening.

Then it was my eyes...

On the day of my self-examination it occurred to me that my eyes were not functioning in the way they used to either. I realized that as a result of life's circumstances, the way I was seeing things had subtly changed over the years. My faith in the goodness of people's intentions was no longer present. Instead I only saw them through my eyes of cynicism and mistrust. When someone complimented me on something I did at work, my initial reaction was a question as to what their real motives were in their comment. My vision of life had become misaligned. I had been bitten too many times to be optimistic any longer. I no longer recognized the beauty in others or even in nature itself.

"He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed" ~ Albert Einstein

I needed to rectify my eyesight and allow myself to see the best in others instead of the worst. To see the glass as half full again instead of a global drought in the making. That starts with me.

Moving on, I examined my feet next...

Wow, even my feet had problems. They just didn't seem to want to take me to the places I needed to go anymore. Again, just the day before, I had an opportunity to get involved in a community event that meant I would have to go out of my normal routine and attend a meeting on my day off to plan the event. I decided that my day off was more important to me than taking my lazy butt to the meeting and making a difference in the community.

"A spirit in my feet said go, and I went" ~ Matthew Brady

I came to the realization that my feet would take me where I told them to go, so to fix my broken feet I needed to fix my broken attitude. I needed to go when there was a need to go.

My chest was broken too...

Inside my chest I could feel my heart beating which was actually reassuring me that I was still alive considering that my body was disintegrating all around me. Yet, as I listened to it's beating I realized that it too was malfunctioning. The once strong and true heart that had never failed me was starting to do just that. The compassion I had enjoyed when serving in the poor areas of Mexico with my youth groups was missing. My heart was more willing to look away from the homeless man on the street than ever before. It was feeling cold and hardened. Even in my close relationships I could feel the barrier of self-protection standing there, instead of my heart being open and vulnerable, to love without condition, laying myself bare before those for whom I cared.

"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead" ~ Oscar Wilde

I needed to perform open-heart surgery, but on myself. I needed to take the biggest obstacle out of the way of my heart – and that obstacle was me! For my heart to truly love unconditionally I needed to take my opinion out of the equation and to give no regard to what I would get back out of the relationship, whether it be with my wife, my kids or a stranger.

Lastly, I checked my mouth...

It was when I checked my mouth that I saw that my body meltdown was of epic proportions. My mouth seemed to have a mind of its own. It would spout off sarcasm, words spoken in jest, quick witty comments with no regard to the feelings of the other person, words lacking faith or substance, and wild opinions with no basis. My mouth was in a poor way. It wasn't that I was spewing obscenities, but the words I spoke were akin to sewage poisoning my own life and the lives of those that heard them. When had I lost control of what my tongue wanted to do? When had I slackened of the leash that had my tongue tamed? It was a subtle thing, but very evident nonetheless.

"If you keep your mouth shut you will never put your foot in it" ~ Austin O’Malley

I needed to fix my mouth. The simplest way I concluded was to keep it shut. I concluded that the problem with my mouth was about 6 inches long. It was the connection between my mind and my vocal chords. If I could successfully sever that connection, or at the very least put a check valve in it, I could repair my damaged mouth. So that's what I did.

My body inventory report

The conclusion I came to is that a thorough self-examination of our own body is essential to ensure proper operation of all area of our lives. I just did mine and am going to schedule my next one for a weeks time on my calendar. Not that I only shower once a week, coz that would be a little icky!

Now examine your own body...

Which of your body parts is not working as you would like it to?

  • Ears
  • Eyes
  • Feet
  • Chest
  • Mouth
  • Other body part
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mbwalz 4 years ago from Maine

Cleverly written and a great rendition of the humble pie we should all have a piece of every so often. Voted awesome and up!


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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks... gotta have that pie on my daily diet from now on.


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dkalvarez 4 years ago from Boca Raton, FL

Nicely done.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

petenali, this is funny, but oh so true. Yes, as each year passes, what else falls apart. As they say in the south, getting old ain't for sissies!!! Well done! I loved it. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@dkalvarez - thanks bud

@Faith Reaper - thanks for reading. Hopefully you don't fall apart too quickly...


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Maybe not, petenali, I also loved all the funny pictures and the old game I used to play as a child, Operation! Too cute. I believe you are holding together very well. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Great hub...sharing and voting up! Loved the game Operation as a kid!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

This hub was a breath of fresh air (my lungs are working!), great job, very original! Voted up, awesome, interesting, and useful!


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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Julie - thanks for the vote/share. Operation was an equally fun and frustrating game for sure.

@weestro - I was sharing honestly the thought process I went through at the time of writing. Glad it connected with you.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This didn't go the way I thought it was going to .What a refreshing approach to a really enjoyable read. Love the picture of the Operation game!


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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@rebeccamealey - thanks. I was just being honest.


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Well, i must say this is a very creative way of looking at things. Just now i have examined my body parts in an attempt to take an inventory and wolla! I didn't go far, i have realized some have ceased to function like i expected especially my ears! Thanks petenali for reminding us about this. Voted up, useful and shared.


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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@dwachira - glad I could help you with your body parts... wait a minute, that didn't sound quite right! Glad I caused you to self-evaluate... Thanks for reading and voting.


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Huntgoddess 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

Up, awesome, funny, interesting, beautiful, useful.

But, most of all ~~~ reminding us of our interconnectedness as human beings.


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Excellent and thought-provoking advice. I think we are all guilty of allowing our body parts to run into disrepair from time to time. You've done a great job at presenting us with the solution--simply paying attention to our attitudes as well as our bodies.

Voting up and sharing. This needs to be read by everyone!

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