Several years before I connected with the man I would eventually marry, I had a bad break-up with someone I thought, (at the time), was ‘the one’. Thank heavens that didn’t work out because the true ‘real one’ ended up being my husband.
Nevertheless, I was devastated at the time. You know the feeling, where a thick, dark cloud seems to hang over you everywhere you go. And more often than not you’d rather stay in bed all day than face the world.
Yeah, it was rough!
But through pain there’s usually a strength we discover we never knew we had. And whether it’s heartbreak, the loss of a loved one, or trouble with your professional life, bumpy times like these allow us to learn many things about life, and love, and loss…if we pay attention. And almost always we come out a better person. I know I did. And I’m sure I will again, at some point.
But what makes me bring this up today is the image below.
Image via love maegan
After this tough breakup, I went to visit my sister where she lives in Lake Tahoe, California. And although she was nearly married at the time, we made the visit several days of “girls only”…a pajama party in her living room, cocktails at any hour of the day and beauty treatments like we were at a spa, (because we couldn’t afford a real spa).
We even bought matching “sister toe-rings” at a local artisan shop, which to this day I still wear always. Basically it’s a part of me.
But the thing that was the most fun of that trip, the thing I continue to do even now – just to add a smile to my face whenever I need it – is a thing I call happy fingers and toes. My sister and I got the idea out of a glamour magazine, to paint each one of our nails a different color. And let me tell you, if you need a jolt of happy…it works! There’s no way to look at them and not smile.
And guess what? A smile and unhappiness can’t live in the same place.
So, whether you’re planning your wedding and feeling overwhelmed by it all or if you’re married and just need a “pick-me-up” or perhaps you’re single and maybe in the same frame of mind as stated above, give yourself some happy fingers and toes.
I’m telling you, just looking at them will make you know everything’s going to be alright!
Happy Tuesday friends!
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