A couple of months ago I wore a scarf to church.
Not a big deal, I know.
However, I tend to look around.
I gaze at a sea of scarf-laden people.
People who look like they can toss a scarf in the air, it lands
and results in a casual yet put together appearance.
I feel I lack this skill.
But that morning as I looked at my drawer crammed full of scarves, I decided
I fussed with my scarf a couple of times, looked in the mirror one last time,
put my coat on quickly and ran to the car before I could change my mind.
I walked through the doors with an attitude of “this is I how I
roll wear my scarf!”
I walked towards two women as I was ready to enter the sanctuary.
Both women almost in unison declared,
“Oh, I like your scarf!”
I said thank you amid a slight laugh, explained
to these two cheerleaders my decision
to act as if I had enough flare to pull off a scarf.
To my surprise, they nodded in agreement and expressed
my plight was shared, an instant support group formed in our midst.
We laughed some more and then we each went on our way to find a seat.
The next Sunday, I don’t recall if I wore a scarf or not but as my eyes happened
to roam around the sanctuary, I saw both women from the previous Sunday looking lovely
and each wearing a scarf.
Envision my grin.
This little tale may seem silly.
What’s all the fuss about a yard or two of fabric?
What I wonder is what is crammed in our drawers?
What part of our lives are we hiding because we fear we
cannot do it well enough?
Or think someone does it better?
Wear a scarf.
Wear a bright color.
Show someone your art.
Sing a song beyond the four doors of your car.
Oh and those photos residing on your memory cards,print them and
create a gallery on your walls.
Join a writing group.
Deliver your “can’t stop at one” cookies to your local firefighters.
I would imagine most firefighters are living the dream they had
as a child. Say thank you for their example.
Share a dream with a safe and trusted friend.
When you are brave,
it gives others the permission to do likewise.
May you open your drawers this week,
wrap yourself in a scarf of bravery and feel the
tails flap in the breeze of promise.