My Best Feature
Sunday, September 20, 2009
One of my best features has always been my fingernails. They are naturally long and strong and have a nice shape. People often comment on them, especially when I take the time to paint them. They look so close to perfect that I've even had people grab my hand to go in for a closer look when I tell them they're real!
Unfortunately, busyness/laziness typically leads me to neglect them and I wander around with naked nails. Because of this, when I DO take the time to paint them, they tend to catch my attention each time my hand passes before my eyes. I find myself taking a few seconds here and there to admire them... long, smooth, bright, and beautiful. If only the rest of my body were like this!!
A few years ago it occurred to me that my nails don't look this way naturally. Sure they're naturally long and strong, but it takes time and effort to make them look this good. Almost daily, I file away a rough edge or trim them back to so they don't grow to the breaking point. And keeping them polished takes even more time and effort.
As I was admiring them one day, it occurred to me that I could use my nails as an inspiration to treat my body right so that it can be as beautiful and healthy as my fingernails. Have you ever tried to eat without seeing your hands? You may not notice them, but it's pretty much impossible to eat without them passing into view. Since I can't help but notice my nails when they're painted, I decided they would serve as a effective reminder to check myself whenever I put something in my mouth. My eyes would catch a glimpse of my hand as I it to my mouth to eat and I would be reminded to ask myself if what's about to go in my mouth will help me to develop a body as beautiful, strong, healthy as my nails.
This technique has served me well over the years. But only when I've used it. I'm not sure why I quit painting them after awhile. It could be that I simply get lazy or it could be that I get sick of the constant reminder to do the right thing. Whatever the case may be, it's time for a manicure, because I need that constant reminder. My hope is that it will help me make better choices, but if nothing else I'll at least be forced to face what I'm doing to myself.