SGLY: A list to add on to

By Tiffany Chartier
Special to the Prosper Press

As I sit in a booth at a local coffeehouse, I notice my journal is almost full and my cup of coffee almost empty. Two women walk behind me on their way to their table. The younger of the two chastises the unadventurous spirit of her companion.

“Just wear the red lipstick!” she exclaims. “Life is too short not to be daring.”

I laugh to myself. I need this reminder as well. I pick up my pen and record this moment in my journal: Wear the red lipstick.

This one sentence rouses more — eventually the last page of my journal is as complete as the first. Perhaps some of these will serve as good reminders. I hope they inspire you to create some inspirations of your own:

Wear the red lipstick (or whatever your color)

Get up and move

Live your faith

Be grateful for some goodbyes

Don’t be afraid to say hello

Stand tall and walk taller

Find your voice and sing more than shout

Share your smile

Fail forward

Trust God to have the final say

Taste food like a slow kiss

Be more than black or white

Handle your own business

Forgive — the past, yourself, and others

Relinquish egotism — you’re not always right

Never lose faith or hope

Laugh often (especially at yourself)

Breathe deep, smile wide

Pray — continuously and confidently

Let love lead

Be a humble servant

Limit the artificial – foods, distractions, and people

Remember, things aren’t always as they seem

DIVE into your dreams — don’t be afraid to make a splash

Avoid negative words and negative people

Balance your checkbook and your thoughts

Take the next best step

Clean your lens often to avert overstating your strengths and others’ shortcomings

Make kindness your wealth

Live thank-FULL

Stay in the Word so you don’t overthink

Clear your clutter

Be a rose or wildflower — just bloom without comparison

Take care of your health (mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically)

Speak of your joys more than your grumblings

Be you

SGLY, dear reader.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. Submit feedback and connect for more soul lifts on Facebook: Tiffany Kaye Chartier; Instagram:@tiffanysgly; and Twitter: @tiffanychartier. The views and opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Texoma Marketing and Media Group.