With total innocence my precious grandson uttered these words while sitting in my lap playing with the skin around my neck. As he was flipping the loose skin from side to side, I calmly told him, âHoney, thatâs Mimiâs neck.â Response, âWhatâs wong wif you neck Mimi?â I abruptly ended the conversation with, âMimi is old Adam!!!â
Several years ago I laughed as I read Nora Ephronâs book, I Feel Bad About My Neck. Iâm not laughing anymore. I have a chicken neck and am fearful the next step is the rooster neck. The thing about the neck is, you canât cover it up. I canât see me sporting a fashionable silk scarf around my neck. May it never be!
I have concluded that there is nothing I can do about my fallen neck so I will simply avoid looking in the mirror. The frightening thing is that others can see it clearly while I try to live in denial. I wonder what other areas of my life I may be avoiding while they are visible to others. The last few years have taught me a lot about embracing parts of my life that I didn’t want to see. I had three choices: denial, change or acceptance. This prayer has become a helpful guide when I am willing to embrace my humanity and reach for peace.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Iâm still not happy about my neck!
â¢ What areas of your life do you avoid? Is it time to face the truth? Are you willing to make necessary changes or is it something that requires acceptance?
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