I’m Seeing Red

The color red, coming back into my life.

Someone said, “You have a boldness to you, but a sweet heart.”  Then Bossman at the pizza place said, “You’re blossoming Barb!”

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Red has been my favorite color most of my adult life, but somewhere along the path I lost that color. I leaned toward the more neutral, softer colors and felt I had lost my boldness.

Red is loud and vibrant which were words used to describe me, but without realizing it, I had become quiet and soft spoken. That’s not me.

The first time it resonated was in December. I wanted some new house shoes and saw these booties. I had seen women wear them to Yoga, so they would have dual purpose.

booties

What I didn’t realize at the time of purchase is that they are hand knitted, so they didn’t arrive in time for Christmas. No lovely, they arrived in January which was fitting to have them in this new year.

I wear them all the time!

Then came blanket with balls.

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When I bought this blanket, I had a choice between pale pink or red. I have gravitated toward pink this year, but the red one spoke to me more.

Well lovely….Pink is a pale red and that is how I felt. Like my red had faded to pink.

After the blanket, Foxy showed up and I placed him in this planter. When I learned how to make memes, I used a fox quite often in the picture.

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I’ve noticed a change in my voice from working at the pizza place. My job there is to love on people, but some people need a lot of love.

A couple of weeks ago, Bossman asked me to call a dissatisfied customer. We needed to make him happy with our services so Boss said, “Don’t use your big Barb voice. Use your sweet one.”

As I made my bed this morning, I noticed at some point this year I placed these two pillows there. These pillows have with me for over ten years, but they were packed away during our last move. I bought a new pillow, (the one with the bugs) and it has sprinkles of red, but the other two are a nice pale red. Red has always been my color.

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Don’t allow life or people to fade your color.

Don’t shrink yourself to fit others needs.

I’m grateful the color red has come back into my life and my being. God made me to be bold and I lost it for a while, but today I’m seeing red.

Let them Unload

Listening is an act of kindness.

Sometimes my acts of kindness are intentional. I really have to stop and think, “What can I do today to extend kindness?” Who knew it takes thought!?

I was out running errands yesterday, and I felt led to stop by the pizza place. I knew Boss man would be there alone preparing for another day of business, but I also knew, he’s had a rough week.

I walked in and found him sitting at a table.

I sat down beside him, touched his arm and asked, “How’s your heartbeat? Tell me about your week.”

That’s all it took for the floodgates to open.

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I just sat and listened.

I didn’t offer my opinion or any advice. I gently touched his arm when he shared something painful, just to reassure him of my presence.

Twenty minutes later, he was unburdened.

He began laughing and joking with me as he walked into the kitchen to get it ready for lunch. He was a little more free to enjoy this part of his day.

As I was leaving he thanked me for stopping by, but I didn’t really feel like I did anything. All I did was listen, but that’s all he needed. Let them unload.