Giving Thanks – Day 17

I give thanks to still having my senses (all ten of them).   Besides the fact of being able to navigate through life easier, it brings me great pleasure having the ability to do things like listening to music, seeing and hearing my favorite movies (both new and old), and reading a good book.

It sounds cliché (and very Ferris Bueller) but I really do take the time occasionally to sit and reflect on what many term as “life’s simple pleasures”.   A beautiful sunset, the sound of running water along a brook, the laughter of a child, the light touch of fingernails along the skin, the smell of fresh coffee.  Sometimes, we take these things for granted…and we don’t realize what we are missing…until it’s gone.

By the way, if you happened to notice, I mentioned the ten senses.  Most people only recognize the main five senses (and the 6th thanks to various movies).  To elaborate…

  • touch
  • taste
  • smell
  • sight
  • hearing
  • thermoception (the ability to feel temperature)
  • nociception (the ability to feel pain)
  • equilibrioception (the ability to sense your body’s balance)
  • proprioception (the ability to know how your body parts are oriented)
  • extra-sensory perception (ESP, the ability to know outside of normal senses)
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