Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
Don't purse your lips
When I was a little girl and made a face or had a "sour" expression my Mother would say to me..."be careful. Your face may just freeze that way!"
Of course I didn't believe her! Now I do!
Sometimes when I look into the mirror I see that parts of my face have "frozen". Especially my lips!
I told John boy the other day that I think my lips are disappearing! He said "well, Mom, that does happen when you get older!"
As I looked this morning and tried to put lip balm on them (forget lipstick...there isn't enough lip for that!) I noticed that they seem locked into a perpetual "purse".
I looked up purse in the dictionary. Besides being something you carry, it also means "to pucker or contract, typically to express disapproval or irritation."
I remembered all the times I had looked at my boys growing up with disapproval, or irritation....especially in church, of all places! Ask them how many times I reached over and pinched them for misbehaving in church! I also "pursed" my lips while doing so.
Now, 50 plus years later, my face has "frozen". My Mother was right!
Now I have decided to work on unpursing my face! I am going to practice smiling more..looking with approval rather than disapproval or irritation. I am going to try and work on looking for the good in people rather than the things I don't like about them. I am going to try and make my eyes send forth rays of joy rather than storm clouds!
It matters what your face looks like! I don't mean all of us are beautiful...at least on the outside...but all of us can be full of beauty! I used to avoid grouchy old people when I was a child. I want to draw children in! I need to unfreeze my face! Or at least freeze it into something beautiful!
I also want my lips back!
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