first, i wanted to say i'm SO sorry i forgot about scrappy Sunday! it completely slipped my mind. i actually didn't have anything at all to share, but i'm sorry i forgot anyway. ack. scatterbrained mcgee over here!!
the studio calico february reveal is in a few days and i'll have lots to share then!!
so there's something that's been on my mind, that's always been on my mind,
and i wanted to talk about it today.
i want to point out that there is a difference between being a kind, nice person...and being a pushover. i'm not suggesting it's a good thing to be a door mat.
anyone who knows me knows i have a sassy side. i can be snarky with the best of them. i have to watch myself. i don't like hurting anyone's feelings and one of my resolutions this year is to not gossip. at all. i've been hurt by it too many times and i shouldn't be doing it. at all.
let me backtrack here for a moment. i'm sure lots of you have seen the video of conan o'brien's goodbye speech. it's circulating all over the internet. a friend sent it to me yesterday.
i am going to show you the short clip b/c what he says is something i believe with all of my heart and soul. and they are words i try to live by. this is the short version...tara whitney linked it on twitter and it cuts to the chase. so i'll share this one instead of the 4 minute version.
"If you work really hard and you are kind, amazing things will happen."
My favorite part? He included the word KIND. and i love this.
According to what you see on TV, it's not cool to be kind. You've got the Bad Girl's Club. The resident bully on every reality TV show. Dating shows on MTV where parents talk to their parents like they are you -know-what on the bottom of their shoe. You've got parents who let their kids do whatever they want, whenever they want. Girls gone Wild...Mean Girls.
And you know what? It's not okay.
Words you say to someone? They stay with them.
I still remember that boyfriend years ago that made me feel ugly. I still have to work to feel good enough some days. I still don't like what I see when I look in the mirror some days. And I STILL hear his words ten years later.
The girls that were too cool to be my friend in junior high? I still remember that.
You know what I also remember?
The man who carried all my packages into the post office when I was crying outside b/c my husband was deployed, I had two screaming little girls, and i couldn't get the STUPID boxes in the door.
I remember the counselor that held my hand the first day of camp when i ten and a little bit scared.
And if you think it doesn't you are wrong.
I know that there are days that everyone feels too busy. In a rush. You've got to answer that phone call, hurry out the door.
But smile at someone. Help a mom that looks frazzled. Teach your children to not be cynics. To be kind.
Because I really believe that kindness can change the world.
Whether it's the "in thing" or not.
Have a beautiful Tuesday, sweet friends. xoxo