on christmas eve frank bruni published an article called these wretched vessels. his timing was flawless. for it’s about then that people get serious about their resolutions, and many resolutions involve how we’ll fix our bodily imperfections.
as he shares:
“from the time we become fully aware of our bodies, so many of us are at ceaseless war with them. we obsess over their imperfections. we will them into different contours and hues.
“we’re so much more than these wretched vessels that we sprint or swagger or lurch or limp around in, some of them sturdy, some of them not, some of them objects of ardor, some of them magnets for pity. we should make peace with them and remain conscious of that, especially at this particular hinge of the calendar, when we compose a litany of promises about the better selves ahead, foolishly defining those selves in terms of what’s measurable from the outside, instead of what glimmers within.”
guilty as charged! that is, until i began to see my physical body as a vessel of energy, mobility, expression. with that shift came many others, in terms of what i fed my vessel. how and how often i moved it. and when i let it sleep.
while we’re helping employees quit tobacco, exercise more, and eat better, let’s also consider how we can support a shift in attitude, so they don’t view their vessels as wretched, but as partners in their long, long journey.