(Find Maria’s Everyday Inspired – January 2014 Edition on Amazon.com)
At the counter of the coffee shop, I perused the selection of pastries and other indulgences. The woman behind the counter exclaimed, “Your hair is so beautiful! I love the way your gray is coming in!”
Wow! Her words were the opposite of what the voice in my head had been saying, which was, “Color that mop!” Or imagining others thinking, “Why doesn’t she cover that gray?” Truth be told, I’ve tried coloring my hair. I hate the whole process—the smell, the chemicals, the expense, the upkeep. The way I really want it only lasted a week or so. Every day, I’d search for the one strand that exposed itself, betraying my secret to the world.
Here’s the real secret: I love my gray hairs! They’re wild and coarse and pulling away from the pack. They speak of wisdom and beauty. I love them on my head and giggle when they show up on my hairbrush, because they’re strong and resilient. They are my report card from what my dad called “the school of hard knocks.”
So, there you have it: inspiration that came my way through the kind voice of a woman behind the pastry counter. I’m grateful she had her say, over the other voices in my head. How might we welcome the kind words of a stranger today?
What invitation is here for me, today?
Today I am grateful for:
My intention for today is:
My to-do list for today includes: