As I was getting dressed this morning, ready to begin a new round of bible study, I thought how much I really loved the word "stretch". At that very moment I was definitely referring to stretch in my wearing apparel...the blouse had some stretch in it which made buttoning easier, the jeans were the kind that stretch but also had a little help flattening the tummy area which made zipping easier, yes, stretch is the word of the day. After the holidays and more cookies, chocolates, toffee bites, and peppermints than I care to count, stretch is definitely a good thing.
If I stretched my body more I probably wouldn't feel so inclined to love the stretchiness in clothing but right now I LOVE stretchy. I haven't graduated to wearing the elastic waist pull-on pants on a daily basis, but believe me there are days that stretch elastic around the waist sure does feel better than a pair of just-washed jeans that take a heap of pulling and prodding to get on. When I was younger (at least 179 years ago) I was small, wore a size 5 and looked good in about anything I put on my body. Now that 5 has more than doubled in these 179 years and I really have trouble finding anything that does look good on my body. Just kidding....but looking at something on a hanger and looking at that same something on my body sometimes takes on a whole different look and not necessarily a good look.
I guess it's watching all these "award" shows on TV that are broadcasting almost weekly that I become more aware of my body issues (just a polite way of saying I am over-weight). The stars walk the red carpet in beautiful gowns, exposed arms (horrors, can't tell you the last time anyone saw my exposed arms), and high heels that would tip me right over. Oh I know that's Hollywood and fake glamour and all, but it still makes me sigh and wish that I was still that size 5. If I really put my mind (and body) to it, I could at least shrink a couple of sizes and I am working on building up that gumption that's needed to accomplish that goal, but right now, stretchy feels good.
And speaking of stretching....I am going to stretch these tulips as long as I can...(I did go by Trader Joe's today, but their pickins' on flowers was mighty slim, so I passed, thus the tulips)
"If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness." ~ Les Brown
Until next time....