Let’s face it: 2016 was a humdinger. There were several life altering events that taught me a lot about myself. Luckily, my tribe held me up very high because there were moments when I wanted to give up and give in.
From a job not being what I anticipated, restarting my business, going in for emergency gall bladder surgery, etc., etc. – I had not planned for several “lessons” in 2016.
And then there was the craziness with African American males and injustice, bombings, the election (don’t get me started) and then we lost several icons, even as the year is ending. Huhhh.
The best way I made it through – with my face. When you “fix your face,” it gets your mind right. I’m sure my kids agree.
So . . . here are my 2016 faces with the lessons attached:
January – It may be cold outside, but no need to show a mean face in spite of how others may be treating you. Continue to smile – it makes people nervous and it will warm you from within.
February – Yes, it’s the month of love. Show your kissy face because everyone loves to be kissed. It also helps with wrinkles and shows off that beautiful red lipstick you like. Blow them a kiss and sashay away.
March/April – Spring has sprung. Get out of your funk and smell the darn roses. Put on your enthusiastic face and cute shades – but show no shade. They’re not worth it and you’ll be ai-ight!
May – Have the look of “MAY I help you?” It’s the season of weddings, graduations, and whatever else. Everyone needs help – so grit and grin. It not worth the argument because you’ve already won by keeping your cool. Keep it movin’.
June – Summer is getting ready to start. You should have a big smile. And give someone a hug for that matter. The summer is too short and hot- don’t “sweat” the small stuff boo. Get your sunblock and enjoy what’s in front of you.
July/August – It’s hotter than. . .and school will start soon for the kids. Wait, did you say kids and school? Yes! Smile BIG time. You will soon get your time back; well maybe not. (confused face).
September – The summer is ending and fall is beginning. It’s a change in seasons and worth a reflective look on how you have changed thus far. Be encouraged and show a face of gratitude. Seasons are a good thing.
October – Refer to January. It may be getting cold again but stay warm by smiling no matter what the odds look like. Have the faith and determination and show it through your actions. You got this.
November/December – The end of 2016 is coming. Be grateful for all the blessings this year – because it could have been worse. Lift your face, say “thank you,” and then close you eyes and pray for an even better 2017.
This was my year and I remain thankful for the faces and lessons. Be happy with where you have come from, where you are at, where you are going, and put on your face accordingly.
Because the sun always comes out after the rain…
Happy New Year!