It appears that my hair is the problem. I find myself about a week shy of my color and cut appointment and you know how that is. The color looks dull with too much grey in critical places. To make matters worse, some angry strands of hair have chosen to do their own thing. Simply put, it’s a “bad hair day!”
I don’t get it. Yesterday I looked like a million bucks. I wore a pale yellow -striped sun dress—a great color to offset my tan. Not to mention that the dress fit me just right. It was short, well above the knees, (my legs are my best feature) and flattered my body making me look younger than my years. Wherever I went, people smiled at me. It was that “lookin’ good today” smile you get from others. Generally accompanied by a slight nod, the smile says you caught someone’s eye. These looks of approval are not quite the whistles from the all male construction crews of years ago but then again that attention always unnerved me. This kind of attention tells me that the healthy eating and many hours in the gym have paid off. Today, however, there will be no smiles with nods—not on this bad hair day!
Where did it all go wrong between yesterday and today? Today I am wearing another great sundress: good color for my tan, above the knee, no evidence of the dreaded protruding stomach. Yet today, I do not look good! Yesterday, just 24 hours earlier, my hair still needed help with the color and cut. And the wiry grey hairs still mocked my attempt to pretend I’m blond. But yesterday I looked great. I’m sure I did– I “got the looks”, remember?
Maybe, a “bad hair day” isn’t about hair at all. Maybe a “bad hair day” isn’t even an external problem. No matter how much time I spend primping the outside to look good, if the inside thing, the SUCCESSTROGEN, isn’t right, then I just don’t like the way I look. Perhaps, I don’t like me today!
Certainly there are days when our hair, our skin, or a glimpse of our profile in the mirror, doesn’t please us, but when we are feeling grounded and good about ourselves, we seem okay with our lack of external perfection! We know it isn’t about the hair, protruding stomach or the dress. It is about who we are and how we live the moments of our lives..
A quick review of how I spent my day yesterday reminds me I started the day in the gym with a 50 minute workout. Then, I visited a friend in need of some company, and I was very productive producing another blog and designing a workshop for a new client. Tennis was fun and well played by all. And, I spoke with several of my children. Yesterday was a banner day. I felt good about myself. Yesterday I did a lot of the things on my Top Twenty List that keep my Successtrogen level high and keep me enjoying the moment. Today, I still have time to work the internal stuff and save the day!!!!
And you? How is your day going? If it is a “bad hair day” for you, there is still time today to turn it around!