My goal for today is actually to compel you to do something extreme. I want you to see the value in doing something that for many women (especially those of the stay-at-home mom or college student variety) is on the same difficulty level as running a full marathon, changing your own oil in the car, or actually finishing a Keanu Reeves movie.
Today I want you stretch yourself beyond your normal capabilities. Take a few deep breaths, steel your spine, and put one foot in front of the other. Go to the bedroom, open your closet, and just do it. Get dressed. (Gasp!) Today I want you to get some clean, non-stained, decent clothes and put them on your body. No sweats. No t-shirt. And yes ladies, I even want you to put on a bra. And when you’re done with that, brush your hair and throw on a little makeup and perfume. I know it’s confusing. You may be asking yourself, “But where I am I going? Do I have an appointment I forgot about today?“ Don’t’ worry, it’s o.k. I am asking you to do this EVEN IF you’re not planning on leaving the house.
I’m not saying we need be like June Cleaver and wear heels and a corset under our house dresses while we tackle dirty diapers, dishes, or that 10 page paper that is due. But what I am saying is that in our eagerness to embrace the fact that we are more than nice clothes and pretty faces, we have abandoned all hope of looking like Audrey Hepburn and adopted more of a 90’s grunge/Kurt Cobain look. As a matter of fact, I am sitting here right now in a pair of torn cotton Capri pajama pants, an oversized t-shirt with not one, but two stains on it, and a messy bun on the top of my head. But today I am going to buck the urge to stay this way and am going to get dressed before noon.
Just do it. You will feel better about yourself, you will be more productive, and your husband will appreciate it (because like it or not, they were created to appreciate physical beauty as well as inner beauty). Of course our inner beauty is what truly radiates out of us and does the most brightening of the world, but sometimes we have to look the part outwardly before our inner selves can fully function on the level it is supposed to. As any woman who is having an I-have-nothing-to-wear-that-fits-me day, an I-hate-my-nose day, or simply a bad hair day knows, when we feel gross on the outside, we usually start a downward spiral emotionally as well.
And if none of that is motivation enough for you, just do it because I don’t care what anyone says, it is always better to smell like soap and water than to smell like diaper rash cream or yesterday’s leftover Mexican food.
“You have ravished my heart,
My sister, my spouse;
You have ravished my heart
With one look of your eyes,
With one link of your necklace.
How fair is your love,
My sister, my spouse!
How much better than wine is your love,
And the scent of your perfumes
Than all spices!
Your lips, O my spouse,
Drip as the honeycomb;
Honey and milk are under your tongue;
And the fragrance of your garments
Is like the fragrance of Lebanon.” - Song of Solomon 4:9-11