This morning happens alot at our house. An outfit is chosen for school-we go to a school with a dress code so our options are already chosen for us and this Mom is so thankful for that. So with our choice of collared shirt and skirt or dress the meltdown ensued.
Who would have thought that you can’t wear tights by themselves? Huh. It’s a travesty-at least according to my 5 year old.
So finally, after tears shed, frustration high, time running out, we ended up out the door in a hot pink polo shirt, a courdoroy red ruffle skirt with polka dots of coral and off white, gray knee socks, fleece lined brown boots, and a pony tail.
My sister shed some light on the situation after her similar situation with her daughter this morning (she is the only one in shorts and a t-shirt at school today since the cold front came through)
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
I chose to not even pick this battle this morning. Because why? She picked it out. And you know what? I’m learning a lesson from her, well several.
- Tights are a fashion anomaly. I mean really, what kind of fashion article are those things anyway? I tried to explain that they are to be treated as underwear. That went over as well as putting salt in your coffee.
- It’s fun, it’s okay to be different. Here’s why:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14
We are not called to be the same as everyone else. If we were, how boring would that life be? I can guarantee you I would not like coffee if I drank it like everyone else. I like it on ice, with 2 tablespoons of stevia in the raw, with vanilla almond milk, and fat free french vanilla flavoring. Black smack. I can’t do it. I need foo-foo. And I love my foo foo coffee.
Something I have learned recently about this is with my new Mary Kay business. Mary Kay said if you look at each person they all need one thing: to feel important. In our society it’s not the norm to strike up a conversation with people you meet, we are busy and have better things to do right?
Recently at church we have been studying and practicing sharing our faith. That takes courage. That takes a different perspective than what our world normally has. So I have been using Mary Kay to strike up conversations with women. And something I have found when talking with each one: we all want to be noticed and feel like we matter.
- The checkout lady at CVS
- The lady at Wal-Mart
- The woman sitting outside the library on the curb with a sack.
- The barista at your favorite coffee shop.
Do you know how I have learned this? When you take the initiative, when you dare to be different, their faces literally light up, their eyes twinkle with kindness, their smiles shine with being noticed.
So I challenge you to Dare To Be Different. When you come in contact with someone today stop, ask them about themselves, give them an honest compliment, and see their faces light up.
I’m sure their day will be brighter…
And So Will Yours.