These past few weeks, I have felt a slow slipping away of my muchness. I blame it on the ever-popular scapegoat, PMS, the cold, dreary "Spring" that we've had so far, the monotony of my daily farm chores and the ferocious case of stomach flu that recently took out the whole family. But whatever the reason, there seems to be a slow leak. Life is losing its luster.
So what do you do when you know your muchness is fading? You don't feel like yourself, and you're stuck in that proverbial rut that all too often takes longer to climb out of that it did to fall into? I stopped to consider a few of the beautiful woman that I know who've not lost their muchness. They seem to have it in abundance, for all different reasons, and it's taking them in all different directions.
|Julie's doing some tig welding|
|Jessica's campaign photo|
Photography by Victoria
|Samantha's doing the Scorpio|
|Lisa's eyeing her husband behind the camera|
This is Lisa, my next door neighbor, looking fabulous with her Black Widow hair flower and crazy, curly wig. In the midst of chemo treatments, Lisa still had enough gumption to do her face, glue on eyelashes, don the wig and dress it up. Okay, she didn't look like this every day, but over the course of six long months (plus all the months of pre- and post-chemo testing), she still invited me over for coffee. She still took care of her family and made it out to the chicken coop to gather eggs. Trust me, Lisa's far too young to have cancer, but she didn't waste time wallowing in self-pity. Her positive attitude was amazing. And now her muchness is recharged and raring to go. Cancer free! Lisa's son is taking driving lessons this Spring, and she needs to be back on her game. And then there's that tan she needs to work on for her trip to Hawaii in August...
Now if you asked all these women, I would guess that they'll say they are no different than anyone else. They're wives, mothers and businesswomen just surviving the daily grind like the rest of us schlups, and sometimes even they veer dangerously close to the edge of that rut. But maybe the secret they know (that now you know, too) is that even when Life becomes cold, dreary and monotonous (as it inevitably will), you just need to go down deep inside you and rediscover your muchness. Pick up a new hobby, like Julie. Let your passion take you to the next level, like Jessica. Tackle something brave and fantastic, like Sam. Or simply have the courage to keep on smiling no matter what comes your way, like Lisa.
As so in light of all this inspiration, I am off to feed the sheep, shovel out the hay, water the chickens and feed the cows, just like I do every. single. day. But I'm smiling! Well, it looks more like the Joker's sinister smile right now, but pretty soon the sun will shine! Right? It will.