So you’re probably sick of me writing about being in a “funk”… but honestly, am I the only one? Probably not. What do you do when you’re in a bad mood or just out of sorts? I am not great at remembering, but being outside AND smiling really help me. So today, at lunch, I went out to visit with my ladies and tried some scarves on them. They weren’t big fans. Only two had them on, and honestly not for that long. But I gave them treats & told them they were good chickens.
Sometimes we need to look within. What if we just loved ourselves? What if we stopped the internal chatter that is so mean, we would never say it to another human? (Although I think some people on social media really would say this) What if we looked in the mirror and said, “I love your curly hair,” or “Your eyes are beautiful.”? What if…
- What if we appreciated the laugh lines because it means we laughed a lot?
- What if we appreciated our grey hair because it means we got to spend a bunch of years on earth?
- What if we were thankful for the toothpaste in the sink & the inside out socks on the floor because it means we aren’t alone?
- What if we were thankful for smelly teen clothes because we knew we won’t always have them around?
- What if we paused and took a deep breath because it reminds us to be present & thankful for life?
- What if we were thankful for for rain because it brings rainbows and nourishes the soil?
- What if we looked people in the eye when we checked out at the store because it would let them feel “seen?”
- What if we stopped expecting pastors & teachers to be perfect and realized they are normal people like us?
- What if we stopped waiting for “someday” because we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow?
I’m just as guilty of these as anyone else. I’m too hard on myself, too shy to look people in the eyes and too self absorbed to notice things around me. None of us are perfect. We aren’t meant to be.
Many of our kids are distant learning or partially distant. Many of them are struggling, missing their friends and the stability that school brings to their life. Many of our teachers are working in person and remotely or having students with a combination of the two (while trying to care for their own family.) Many of our health care workers are stretched thin, worn out and tired. Many of our small businesses are struggling to get by. There is a lot of crud & struggles & mess, but I don’t believe we are doomed.
What if we found the thing that makes us smile, and did that? What if we showed love to ourselves so we can fully love others? Remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup… it is especially important to remember that around the holidays. I wish you peace on your journey of enough. May you have some “chickens in scarves” moments to brighten your day. Hang in there!