Today was wonderful! I can truly say I had a great day. I have now spent 5 days wearing dresses and I haven’t passed out, lost my mind, hurt anyone, or spilled anything on them. I am even wearing them long after I get home. I am cooking, cleaning, and doing my general after school lounging in them.
Today was dress down Friday (jeans and spirit wear, I work at a high school). My breakfast buddies (Friday mornings are sacred!) asked why I was still “dressed” up. They all know that I love any excuse to wear jeans to work. I was so confident in telling them about why I was wearing dresses! Amazing start to my Friday!
Later in the day a student came in late (we were taking a test) and asked to speak to me I that hall. With tears in his eyes he told me that he hadn’t told anyone abut that he felt like he could trust me and so he told me why he was late. My heart broke you this young man who was so willing to show me his heartache in the hallway if school. Without going into details, he felt like I was trustworthy and would care about him. He isn’t the first student to say those words to me and he won’t be the last.
Later in the day I went and visited one of my cohorts and we talked about books, artists, & Dressember. My colleague was excited about this journey and wanted to know more. As we talked the words, “Are you trying to inspire me right now” were uttered in my direction. My direction!
Then after a family night of Chinese food, Santa Clause 1 & 2, & an attempt at decorating the Christmas tree (not successful I might add), my daughter called!! That was an hour and a half of a blessing. We prayed together at the end of our conversation ❤ <3. I love that our lives have intersected.
I know that feelings like the feelings I had today do not last. I know that when we are experiencing amazing things there are really HIGH points and really LOW points.
I realize that this post has very little to do with the fundraiser BUT THIS….if I was in bondage none of this would have happened. If I lived in a different country it is likely that I wouldn’t have the wonderful students and co-workers that I do. But my life isn’t different. I am seeing my life for the first time as a blessing and as a gift that I can no longer take lightly. I must DO. This month I am doing, what will I do next month. How will I effect those around me? How will I effect the world? I have no idea but I will do something.
Look at the picture of my dress. I didn’t take a photo of the whole ensemble today but this shot is the epitome of who I am. I am who I say I am. I try my best not to put on airs for others. I want to be as authentic as I can be. My mix of patterns is how I see myself, a nice mixture of colors and patterns all somehow connecting and making sense although they shouldn’t. It is the beauty that is everywhere if you choose to look for it. I hope that you will stop by my donation page and check out what Dressember is doing with IJM. Donate if you can, but more importantly, learn about the cause, tell other people about it, & find out how you can help. Every little bit counts.