A colleague shared this at work one Friday morning. How fitting for our Spectacular lives.
It is our belief that forms our impressions. It is our belief that makes our lives spectacular. It is our belief that living alone does not mean we are lonely.
So, as we settle in with the latest ‘must read’ book. Or dress for the weekly grocery trip. Or lace our shoes for the solo walk to the park. Whatever the task: we do it convinced, determined, defiant, Spectacular!
Because that is exactly what we are: Sixty and Specularly Solo -Yes!
The past nine to 12 months have given us plenty of time to think, to reflect. Our every-day routines have been up-ended. Our relationships put on ‘pause’. Social events have been non-existent. Visits with family and friends have been reduced to ‘Zoom’. Groceries are delivered. Physician visits conducted by computer. Children learning? Are they?
So much around us has changed. But have we? Have we worked to understand how we view the world we live in? What role we play in the world we see? How we can make it better for ourselves? For others? Have we come to understand what about us has changed? For the better? Or not?
As a kid, we would call NEXT! if we wanted the next open spot in a game, at the jump rope, or jacks, or on the play-ground rides. I encourage you to think NEXT in your quest for SaSS-Y! Yes, NEXT!
Do not reach for the dress or blouse you just returned to the closet. Instead, reach for the next one, the one you have not worn for a while. If you’re like me, it may be a little snug. So go for the next, or the next. But whatever you do, refuse to return to the same old thing. After all, you are Spectacular. You deserve to be clothed in anything but the hum-drum, everyday item you were about to put on.
Yes, you have a favorite grocery. But the chain has many locations. So…… go to the next one on their list of ‘nearby’ stores. Sure, the brands are the same. The store layout may be similar. But YOU are new to that scene. Yes, Spectacular YOU! New people at the deli counter. In the florist shop. The produce section. At check out. Yes, you there to give them a taste of someone new. Someone different. Someone Spectacular: YOU!
Next time you pick up the TV remote, check out the next station on the listing, not your regular channel. What could happen? You spend a half-hour seeing and hearing something totally new. Or maybe slightly different. What is important is that you give yourself an opportunity to explore. To stretch just a little. To see Spectacular in a different way.
So, as you return from the grocery store that was NEXT on the list – don’t make the usual turn as you approach home. Instead, go a little further and make the NEXT right turn. Explore a little. Live a little. That’s the SaSS-Y! way. NEXT!