just breathe

I was running and the air was clear, deep gulps of cold icy air travelled down into my lungs. I could feel the bleak tendrils enter each alveoli. Well of course I couldn’t but it felt like it.

Each breath is a new burst of energy as oxygen is taken from the air and distributed around my body to each place it is needed. The brain needs 18% and the heart 11% but it is the slithering liver that consumes most oxygen.

I wonder as I gulp another frosty gaseous lump where will those pieces of oxygen land. Will the haemoglobin take these pieces to my frozen fingers to try and recirculate warmth.

It only takes 2° to start hypothermia. As I run some more I think I might need to turn around when splat. I upended on a wee patch of black ice. Nothing hurt, not even my pride – there was no one to see, only me.

I walked home, no more running, no more gulping air, The closer I got, the further away from the freezing temperatures and of course on entry into the house the warmth hit like a blanket.

A cuddling, loving, hugging blanket of warmth that made me be thankful and grateful for all that I have. Including each and every breath that God gives me to enter my lungs.

Psalm 150
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.