My granddaughter Lilly’s fine hair is often tangled. I used to comb out her tangles with a fine-toothed comb. (See the light blue comb in the photo above.)
No matter how gently I combed, Lilly pulled away even when her hair was not tangled.
Finally, I decided the comb’s teeth were too sharp for her tender skin. I found a wider-toothed comb with rounded teeth. The comb just happened to be pink. (See photo.)
“Let’s try this new comb,” I said. “Maybe it won’t hurt so much.”
She grinned. “And it’s pink!”
I combed through her tangles. For once she didn’t pull away or wince in pain.
“Is this comb better?” I asked.
“Yes! Because it’s pink!” Lilly’s favorite color is pink. No surprise there. If allowed to choose, many young children will automatically select colors that are the most becoming for them.
When we look our best, it does help us feel better.
Still, I think we can all agree, it was not the color, but the teeth of the comb that made my granddaughter’s scalp hurt less.
Lilly isn’t the only one who gives credit to the wrong things for her happiness or blame for her sadness. Sometimes more facts are needed for us to judge correctly. Sometimes more maturity is needed.
Self-examination is good for our mental health.
What’s happening in your life today? Who or what are you giving credit for the good? Or blame for your sadness?
Tell me about it in the comments below.
Until next time . . . Travel Light,
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