Thursday, June 01, 2006

Appreciating What I Still Have

Back in my 20's and 30's I had a cute little figure.
A pleasant face.
Great hair.
And I felt great, too.

But now, my figure looks like a bag of flour cinched tightly in the middle.
My face looks like a road map they'd sell you at a convenience store on the Moon (lots of tiny lines and huge craters. Did I ever tell you how I had chicken pox when I was 33?).
But I still have mostly-great hair.
And I still feel mostly-great.

Yesterday I was off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard My friend, Lee, has an adorable little salon in a tiny cabin painted yellow. While she rolled my hair into oodles of perm-scented curls, I asked her if my hair was still thick, or if it had begun to thin-out, being as I am now nearly as old as dirt.

Lee gave a delirious little laugh. She told me I had nothing to worry about--my hair was as thick as ever and she still has to use more curlers than is normal.


I've been learning more lessons this week. I've been remembering how horrified I was years ago when I first weighed what I believed was an incredibly-heavy 145 pounds.

Now, oh my... I'd treat myself to a Hawaiian vacation if I could get down to 145 pounds again. I'd buy myself a whole new wardrobe if I could once again wear just about anything and look great... if I could wear thick sweaters, shorts and pants with pockets. If I could still eat lightly over a weekend and then weigh two pounds less by Monday...

...if I could walk into an old-fashioned candy store JUST TO BREATHE-IN THE CHOCOLATE and not walk out one pound heavier.

But for now,(here is what I'm learning), I will just choose to be happy at my present weight (while I calmly try to lose a little of it).
And I will remember that I still have mostly-great hair.
And I will rejoice that I still feel mostly-great.

For someday, that all may not be true, but at least, I will not have missed celebrating it while it was.

(Taken 12 years ago, back when Debra had her cute little figure.)


"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you are called in one body; and be thankful." ... Colossians 3:15

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