|This picture was harder to take than you might think. It's not easy to snap a photo one-handed, take my word for it.|
I've been wearing my priorities since Christmas, a thing that just fell together but has come to be a great reminder to me. These bracelets are part of my "errand running, mom about town" look. They're not my dressed up, date night look. But they have become a fun part of my wardrobe-- and a meaningful one.
The first bracelet is a Christmas gift I actually ordered for myself. A narrow silver cuff, it has all my kids' names on it. I ordered it on a lark, and then was delighted with the end result when I received it. Along about that time, my 8yo, who received one of those looms that are all the rage, made me the lovely middle bracelet featuring All The Colors So It Will Go With Everything. And the blue bracelet says, if you can't tell, "Live Hands Free." I ordered it here based on a book I've been reading, which I will be reviewing in the near future. I saw the bracelets when I visited the site and knew that wearing a daily reminder might be a really smart move.
I need reminding.
I need reminding what my priorities are. I need reminding that my priorities are worthwhile pursuits-- the only ones that really and truly matter. These kids of mine? These people I live with? They're worth my best. And lest I start thinking that being busy and running ragged and keeping up with the crazy are more important?? Well, I just glance down at my arm and I see... their names, their efforts, and a sweet reminder to free my hands from all the stuff that distracts. By wearing my priorities I'm inspired to actually live them. And it's the living them out-- not being able to list off what they should be-- that matters. This year I want to do a better job at that. These bracelets, it turns out, have been a very good step in helping me remember to do so.