Sometimes, now that Iâ€™m in midlife, I feel as though it takes a lot more effort to get my playful mojo going. Itâ€™s as though words like â€œmatronlyâ€ and â€œsturdyâ€ have run amok with my self-esteem. Nothing looks good on me, my hair is misbehavingâ€”but not in a good wayâ€”and even my eyebrow sprouted a grey hair. Not both eyebrows. Just one eyebrow, with one grey hair. Yeah. Â Feeling great about myself.
But things changed for the better when my new shoes arrived. I had spotted them in the Hotter catalog and fell in love. They have a retro styleâ€¦sort of like a woman with a veiled face walking into a 1940â€™s detectiveâ€™s office would wearâ€¦ and they are oh so comfortable.
I wore my new shoes to church last Sunday and immediately started getting whispered compliments on those babies. Women are like that. We can worship and acknowledge.
Then I went grocery shopping. As I wandered down an aisle a young manâ€”one who was wearing sweats and looked like he had just left the couch to grab some snacks– walked past and muttered, â€œThose are great shoes.â€ He kept going, never making eye contact. I was happy.
My husband said he would pick me up after he finished an errand, and as I waited by the storeâ€™s door I continued to get compliments on those shoes. One gentleman said, â€œGreat shoes.â€ Then he looked me up and down. â€œWell actually, the whole package is pretty fine.â€ I laughed.
Sturdy? Matronly? Pffft.
How about you? What item has the power to change your attitude in a good way?