I woke up in a funk the other morning. And like any other day when you haven’t had enough sleep and wake up on the wrong side of the bed, nothing seemed to be going right. This all came to head when I inevitably needed to put on some clothes. (Apparently going to work with nothing but a bathrobe is frowned upon.) It seemed nothing looked quite right. As I tossed everything I owned out of drawers and the closet creating a beautiful work of art (some may see a mess, I see unintentional art). My room resembled a…well, me trying to get dressed in the morning. I fell prey to that age old adage of “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR”. Except I did. I had A LOT to wear, and it was currently scattered all across my room displaying all it’s fineness. That’s when I realized, the problem wasn’t my closet. The problem was me. My thoughts about my clothing were a direct reflection of the attitude I had woken up with that morning.
Attitude, attitude, attitude check!
When I was growing up, I went to Sunday School a lot. The most common thing about all the Sunday Schools I went to were the “attitude checks”. This was a time when most of the kids were acting up (as kids do) and not listening which I’ve found is their greatest skill. The instructor would just yell out “Attitude, attitude, attitude check!” and everyone was supposed to respond with “Praise, praise, praise God!”. It was basically a method to get everyone back on the same page, but it came back to me in the moment I was having a hissy fit that rivaled even the biggest tantrums from a toddler. All I needed was an attitude check.
I suspect most of us are like this. We have days when we can’t find anything to wear, we throw out half our clothing, and go buy more. In actuality, all we’re treating is the symptoms. Our closets aren’t the actual problem. Sure, we gain weight and we lose weight. For us women, somethings don’t always fit right at certain times of the month. However, recognizing that most these fluctuations are an internal issue, will help us not try and fix them with external solutions.
If we start dealing with all our issues on the inside, we might not have as many problems to fix on the outside.
- You have clothes to wear. Maybe not everything you want, but you have something.
- Buying more isn’t going to make you smarter, cooler, prettier, or gain more friends. (Not the kind that really matter at least.)
- You are perfect just the way you are.
- Losing or gaining that last bit of weight isn’t going to make you happier.
- It’s not the clothes that make you, it’s the person you are inside.
- Pretty clothes and buying ethically don’t make up for ugly personalities.
- You do absolutely have the power to change the world. Yes, little ol’ you.
A Conscious Consumer (well…trying to get there)