I experienced a profound revelation this week: towels don’t ever dry well in the cramped bathroom on their towel bars. They end up emitting that glorious musty-mildewy perfume within just a few days.
I decide to reject–once and for all–the towel bar in the bathroom.
Instead, I let all the towels dry by spreading them out on a drying rack. I position this rack right in front of the window so lots of sunshine and fresh air could dry my towels. Watching these towels this morning, I consider what it means to stay fresh in my own life. Am I hung up on a towel bar of criticism, bitterness, regret, or cynicism?
I have to let things air out. I need to put myself in new, expansive, open environments to keep fresh. There’s something horrible about staying in the cramped, folded-up position that breeds the must and mildew. Living with flair means not letting mildew grow in my own heart.
Journal: Where does life feel cramped and musty?
This morning my daughter brings out her whiteboard easel and draws me a coconut palm. She says, “Mom, you will love this.” My coconut obsession has infiltrated my daughter’s imagination.
She carefully chooses the right dry erase markers. A whiteboard offers the kind of freedom and mistake-proof activity just right for her age. Permanent errors do not exist with whiteboards. You just start fresh with a simple wipe of a cloth.
“Let’s start fresh,” is a phrase we repeat in our family, not just with the whiteboard, but after disagreements, complaining, failures, or bad moods. We give a hug and say again, “Let’s start fresh.”
Reading about whiteboards, we discover that the non-porous surface means the ink cannot sink in, and even if it could, the dry erase markers have a chemical compound that makes the ink dry too fast for staining. So the color rests on top, and you can wipe it away, leaving no residue on the surface.
Living with flair means we work as a whiteboard. No matter what happens today, we can start fresh right now. This failure doesn’t sink in and doesn’t stain. We don’t let it. We start fresh.
Journal: Who needs a fresh start today?