You know that old saying “If you play your cards right?”
Every day I play three games of three card solitaire. They say it helps with strengthening your mind.
The sequence matters. If I play the first red eight I see and the cards I need are behind the second red eight, I can’t win. When I go back and play the second one I have more success. But it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes the first card is the right one. So if I happen to play the right card at the right time, I played my cards right.
I am not Hoyle and not trying to give a lesson in cards but did you ever notice some people can walk right through a situation with ease. And you sit trying to get through the same thing and it’s a fight.
When I was eleven I went to sleep away camp. There was a girl nicknamed Lucky. She was from the Bronx. To me, her skin was the perfect color. She was the perfect height and weight. I wanted to be her. I wanted long straight dark hair. I wanted to be leaner with less curves. I envied her. And I think now I have tried to be that person for many years. And I was always jealous of smaller chested women. Their clothes seem to fit better.
I went to get a haircut and realized I had been hurting myself. My hair was horribly dry from my constant straightening. Yes I have a problem. I straighten my hair. All the time. I love straight hair. I have envy and jealousy over people with straight hair. They wash it and comb it and they are good to go. It hangs there beautifully! When someone tells me they get permanents I am completely lost as to why. To me, curls are awful.
But I read something that said going against what God gave you is saying He made an error. So I cut it. And then this dry country I live in got wet and humid!! And the curls I was born with snapped up and shortened my short hair even more. And poof I had pouf! So much, too much. It felt awkward and uncomfortable.
Yet everyone kept complimenting me on it. Look how it frames your face. Look how beautiful.
It hasn’t stopped raining since I cut my hair so my husband said thank you. Kind of like a ball player not giving up his beard when he is on a roll.
So I woke up one morning and decided it was time to embrace the curl. I am not there yet but I am trying.
But the funny thing is right after that decision, several things started falling into place. I can’t explain it but it was like doors started opening. And I get excited to see what the next thing is.
Is there something it’s time to let go of? Is there something you need to embrace? Some habit that is holding you back? Maybe it’s time to get uncomfortable? Who’s with me?
As Kenny Rogers said, “Know when to hold em know when to fold em.”
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