I’ve decided to rename April First. Instead of April’s Fool Day, I am making it for myself — THUMBS UP DAY!
This little girl, has it right! Her sparkle and check up in the mirror gives her the right reflection of her eternal Truth. You ARE a “Thumbs Up Gal!” Take it to the world.
I think that is God’s original thought of us all. Yet I, myself, lost sight of the truth the mirror has to offer. The things that “smudged” my mirror were: self-judgment followed many times by self-condemnation, erroneous body value beliefs, fears of what others “saw” in looking at me, and numerous other “error beliefs.”
I have a 4 1/2 year old granddaughter who jumped on my bathroom scale and squealed in delight, “45 pounds! Now that makes me happy!” I can’t say I’ve ever had that communication with the scale. It was probably happy that Amy shared her good sentiments with it.
Rev. Lauren McLaughlin’s five year old granddaugher, Anya, is pictured above at the mirror. This is a picture I’m putting ON my mirror so I can remember to duplicate the self-approval shown here.
I had a THUMBS UP day today, sharing time with two granddaughters, “doin’ lunch and birthday gift shopping for a gifted 17 year old young red-headed miss who has all brilliant possibilities open to her in her young future. She’s been given many talents, and she has not buried them, but taken and multiplied as the Word of the Lord tells her to do. This is thrilling to watch through grandmother elder’s eyes.
THUMBS UP to our days and our lives. Do as much as we can with them, and see and feel the gratitude as each day’s sun slips below the horizon.
Recently on Facebook the Rev. Lauren and several friends had small discussions about the “tricks” and “fool” notion of April 1. Now I like a good laugh, as well as anybody, and I need to laugh more and more. But there is something of an insidious side to the trickery of April 1. It comes “at the expense” of the “fool”. And being fooled sometimes feels like being bruised. No one likes a bruise.
THUMBS UP to a great effort, if not a victory. THUMBS UP to a problem solved. THUMBS UP to inner peace and outer compassion. THUMBS UP to knowing the true gift and value of any day and every day.
And THUMBS UP to two small, young reminders who celebrate their bodies in front of the mirror or on the scale. These bodies are the containers of the soul, the temples of the most holy.
Ah, the wisdom of the young! As Rev. Lauren tells it: ” Anya, in this pic, loves to be cute and is good at it. I think we “more seasoned” girls can learn a thing or two from that..so let’s take our outfits one level higher next time!”