Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
So I’m not Irish, nor do I decorate my house in all possible shades of green for this holiday. It’s always been low-key for my family, but we did ‘celebrate’ a bit, just to get into the festivities. You know, the basics. Wearing green (and pinching anyone who wasn’t). Eating a boiled dinner and then serving some kind of green dessert. Wishing everyone else a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. After all, I’ve never needed much of an excuse to eat good food and celebrate. 😉
This year, I’m a bit stuck. Apparently, green is not a popular color in my wardrobe and I have exactly one green sweater… which I wore yesterday. Why I would wear my one green sweater the day before St. Patrick’s Day, I’ll never know.
Unless my hunch is correct… All of the stores are selling green everything, and you can’t go very far online without being reminded of the green-themed holiday. So maybe all of this green publicity made me subconsciously reach for green. It’s like I couldn’t help it or something. And I don’t think I was the only one… I kid you not, absolutely everyone was wearing green yesterday. The woman I sit next to at work was wearing an identical sweater, so we were twins for the day. There was a board meeting, and I’d say that half the crowd was wearing some shade of green. Then I showed up to church that night, and my husband (the worship leader) was wearing green… as was my pastor. (Apparently they did get the memo).
It’s like we all either thought St. Patrick’s Day was yesterday… or we subconsciously grabbed for green, because of all the green colors displayed around us.
It got me to thinking… Our attitudes are a lot like holiday decorations. Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day influencing us to go green or Easter encouraging us to take out our light pinks, purples, and greens; holidays really influence our wardrobe. Why not, right? If you take one step into Walmart, you’re bombarded with the colors of the season, and it’s impossible to ignore. It’s the same thing with our attitudes. When we step into the office or into a classroom, our attitude affects and influences the people around us. It’s up to us if we want to be the shiny rainbow or the dull, black kettle at the end of it.
A positive attitude and a smile are contagious! It’s so easy to groan and complain, because — well — everyone else is doing it. But when we start to focus on the good and laugh about situations instead of whine about them, people take notice. People want to be around that. And people will be influenced by that.
Me? I’m going to focus on having the best attitude possible today. Not because I’m faking it. I really am so incredibly blessed, and even if work is stressful and life is hard sometimes, I have so many reasons to smile. So many reasons to be joyful! And maybe, just maybe, if I smile enough, people won’t notice that I’m not wearing green. Pinch!
Are you wearing green today? Did you at least wear your smile? 🙂