By: Elaine Hamilton
My husband asked me a week ago if I was going to make a New Year’s resolution this year. I heard myself say, “I’m going to quit smoking”. Which is funny, since I don’t smoke. But what I think a part of me was trying to say to the rest of me is “Let’s set ourselves up for success.” So . . . so far, so good. I haven’t had a cigarette all week!
What I’m really going to do is wear more sparkles. I know, I should probably choose something more significant like read War and Peace or learn to play the violin, but sparkles make me happy. And they make other people happy too. I mean, how can you not smile when you see someone in a sparkly skirt in the middle of the day on a Wednesday. It just makes you feel good, like there’s a party waiting for you right around the corner. Who can’t use more of that? And a little shot of joy helps fortify you for the really hard stuff you have to do every day. Like being nice to your spouse when they are being a butt, or NOT selling your children to the gypsies when they won’t go to bed, and forcing yourself to think before you speak even though so-and-so deserves an earful. Or getting out the door when you’d rather lock yourself in the bathroom. Or feeding your body real food when you’d rather eat cheetos. . . . You get my drift. So much to work on ALL THE TIME!
Life is hard. Do something just for you. Wear sparkles.
We were talking about this at the office the other day and Lisa (Kemble) wondered if she, in her late 30’s, is too old for sparkles . I said, that’s ridiculous, you are never too old for sparkles. Eighty year old women look amazing in sparkles!
So this is what we are doing. Prepare your heart. Expect sparkles at the Soul Care House.