Pearls or Cowboy boots is a statement not a question. Those two items were my go to items when I needed to be reminded that being positive in the midst of all that was going on was the best option. So I would wear pearls to work. Or I would wear my boots. And sometimes I wore both. It didn't matter what else I was wearing. I personally think pearls go with everything. Just like the image below of this precious "pumpkin".
I have my reasons of course. Boots just feel strong. I like the way they sound when I walk. They make me feel like I can do any kind of work and do it well. Peals are the epitome of something beautiful that was created over time by being an irritant. Just that small piece of sand that developed into a lovely object. And when I wear them I remember that these life events that might strain my nerves, will turn out okay if I remember to have a good attitude and "take the high road." And I did take this road less traveled. To get a good mental picture you need to know that I was a school teacher for twenty-six years. I always got long looks when I adorned my chosen objects but that didn't concern me much. What was important was how I acted and these two items helped me to stay on track. In fact I stayed on track so much so that someone gave me a sail boat. I named the boat Lizzy Pearl. (And later I adopted this as my stage name for my original music - fun, huh?)
Lizzy is short for Elizabeth, my favorite name (although I didn't use this to name my daughters) and in honor of the lizard I found on the boat after I got her home. It took me over a year to clean up the boat and recondition the wood, make new cushion covers, get new lines... you get the idea. But she is ship worthy and she is mine and it was a gift. After all those daily irritations, I got a boat. A sail boat was a gift from someone who worked with my husband. A boat? How incredible! I felt like it was my payback for doing the right thing all those many years. A sail boat that I can enjoy. Wow! I learned to sail as a young woman of 14 years. And I spent many summers on a friend's sail boat while my girls were growing up. Now I have my own boat to share with those same friends. And that means I get to be on the water. What beautiful thoughts!