I just got my nails painted a sage green color. I’ve never done this shade before, which is a bit surprising because I change the color of my nails pretty frequently.
(It’s one of my favorite hobbies.)
I don’t know why it jumped out at me at the nail salon; it’s not in season, but as much as I tried to pick out something darker and more winter-like, my eyes kept glancing back towards the green bottle on the third shelf. This green is new, and it’s soft, and it’s like spring moss on my fingers.
Last night as I was straightening up before I went to bed, I noticed that this nail polish almost exactly matched an elephant statue that sits on the mantel in my living room.
“No way,” I thought as I walked closer. “No way does it match perfectly!”
But it did.
So I stood there, staring at my hand and at the elephant, laughing a little to myself. Just two days before, when my nails were a gray shade, they had perfectly matched the buttons on the gas station key pad and I had a similar reaction — total shock and also laughter and a bit of “how has this never happened before?”
And I realized something. I’ve been missing a chance, every time I paint my nails, to find that same color in the real world and photograph them together . . . and rename the shade to match the moment.
Elephant Sage Green.
Gas Station Gray.
I know, I know. This may sound silly and like I have too much time on my hands (literally), but it’s a fun little something in the middle of my day, or my week, that makes me smile.
I need that. I need little uplifting moments that have no eternal consequence and no real impact on the planet or my life. I need little blinks in my day that are just for kicks.
Life is full of hard situations and important decisions and weighty moments. We can’t get away from them, oftentimes we don’t need to or want to, but we have to find joy tucked in there between them.
Maybe it’s the design in the foam on your latte, or the shapes of the clouds. Maybe you finally got a buggy at Target that didn’t have squeaky wheels. Maybe you purposefully wear mismatching socks tomorrow because it’s nobody’s business and you do what you want to entertain yourself.
(Don’t let the sock police boss you.)
For me, I feel a bit addicted to the idea of matching my nails to objects in my life. It sounds like a game, a challenge, a little way to have fun with the hues on my fingernails (and toe nails in the summer!) and add some levity to life.
I think today is a day you should look for joy, look for fun, look for a moment of laughter and levity. I’m giving you permission to be silly and remember the easy minutes (maybe seconds?) among the challenges, to feel Jesus pulling you towards joy.
Now… let’s brainstorm together… where have you found joy or laughter in your every day life?