Lipstick on a Pig

Have you ever seen a photo (a real one) of a pig with lipstick on? If you have, you know that it just looks bizarre. We all can agree on one thing, you just don’t want to put lipstick on a pig.

You know though, it is something we do all the time. There are things, habits, in each of our lives that need to be dealt with. We need to change them, stop them, do something different, but instead of doing what we need to, we just accept them, put a little lipstick on them and keep on going.

For instance, do we harbor some ill will towards someone? Instead of forgiving them and moving on, we just secretly hold on to it and make excuses for it. Do we take pleasure in gossip about someone we are jealous of? If so, we are enjoying our pet pig and putting lipstick on it in order to make it more palatable to our conscience. 

What about those bad habits we imbibe in that are destroying out bodies? Perhaps we have one too many drinks when we come home from work. Or maybe we continue to smoke when we know it is killing us. We might be sneaking candy when we know it is making our blood sugar skyrocket. You get it, these are pet pigs we are harboring and we just put a little more lipstick on them each time we continue to imbibe in them.

How do we confront those pigs in our lives and do something about them? The first thing we must do is to take a good hard look at them and acknowledge them for what they are. They are pigs…and we need to get rid of them. Let’s stop putting lipstick on them and pretending that they are acceptable. They’re not and let’s face it. Lipstick never looks good on a pig!

Old Shoes


Last week, I glanced on the floor of my closet and was surprised by what I saw…a pair of old shoes I won’t wear anymore. I’m a minimalist and so when I replace a pair of shoes, I usually throw the old ones away. I don’t keep them…period. Why hadn’t I thrown them away? I really don’t know, perhaps because they were SO comfortable, I hated to see them go?

We’re coming into a New Year. Most of us want to change at least one thing in our lives, but in order to do that we are going to have to let go of something comfortable, something familiar. You see, old habits are like old shoes…we need to let them go. Experts tell us that in order to create a new habit, we must do an action for twenty-one days. That’s how long it takes our brains to create a new neural pathway and for that behavior to begin to become familiar or comfortable for us. 

I don’t try to make a lot of New Year’s resolutions, but I do pick one or two things that I would like to work on or change in the coming year. This year, for me, it’s time management; I would like to make better use of the time I have. So I have a choice, old shoes on old paths or new shoes on new pathways.

What about you? What would you like to work on in the coming year? Are you ready to let go of the old habits that rob you of your vitality and productivity? If so, let’s throw out the old and make way for the new!

Happy New Year to All!!

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