I don’t usually think about my toes unless I need to replace polish or cut my nails. Toes are one of the smaller parts of our bodies. It’s interesting how a small part of something affects the larger part. Last month I stubbed my toe on the leg of my bed. It hurt SO MUCH!! Three of my toes were black and blue. A month later, when the bruising was gone, but the pain persisted, I went to the doctor’s office to get it checked out. I found out yesterday that I do have a fractured toe. I need to stay away from weight bearing exercise like walking, jogging and yoga, but I can ride my bike or use the elliptical machine.
In the month of January when so many of you participated in the Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge, a lot of us commented on how “the little things” made a difference. At that time, we were focusing on small everyday loving behaviors. Today, I am hyper aware of the small, everyday loving behaviors of my toes. I don’t usually think of them very often and yet they are so important for balance and alignment of my body.
I realized I had been compensating for my broken toe when I had to quickly move out of the way when my granddaughter came running by me. A small, instinctive movement brought on an acute high level of pain! That’s when I knew I needed to go to the doctor’s office. That’s also when I realized how much my toes do for me.
Here is my thank you letter to my toes:
Thank you for all you do for me every day. You keep me standing up straight and balanced. You spread out and grab the earth and allow me to walk. You bring me pleasure when I’m at the ocean’s shore and I feel the soft, wet sand between you, which grounds me and connects me to the earth. Thank you for responding with delight when my loved ones played “This little piggy!” with you when I was little. (I may invite that game back into my life!) Thank you for stretching and helping me find that sweet spot when I’m doing a downward dog position in yoga, and thank you for helping me balance when I’m standing in the tree position. I love the way you look after a pedicure, all pink and rosy, cuticles conditioned and rejuvenated and nails trimmed, filed and painted!
With everlasting love,
Which parts of your body will you thank this month? I look forward to reading your posts this month.
May’s self-love writing prompt is Body Gratitude. You can share your self-love journey with the Love Warrior Community by submitting your self-love posts to be published here on Self-Love Warrior, or you can share them on the Self-Love Diet Facebook page.
Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at stores in Petaluma, Sonoma and Healdsburg, California. You can also purchase a copy Michelle’s book through Amazon. For upcoming events and book signings, visit Michelle’s Events page.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.