Goin’ Gray!

Woman coloring her hair to remove grayAllow me to clarify for a moment here.

The hair coloring process of Cookie Rosenblum will not be stopping anytime soon.

Nope. Covering my gray hairs will continue indefinitely.

The gray I’m talking about is beneath my crowning glory. And yours too.

It’s your mindset.

You know how you (and a million others) may have a tiny tendency to think in black and white?

Here’s how it goes:

  • You see yourself as either a good person or a terrible person.
  • Either you’re on a strict diet or eating everything that doesn’t have a pulse.
  • You might be glued to your couch eating chips, or you find yourself training for a marathon.

Sound familiar?

Well, here’s the deal.

Nothing is all good.

Or all bad.

Especially not you.

Striving to be all good all the time is guaranteed to do nothing but make you feel bad about yourself.

And why would you want to do that?

Conversely, telling yourself you’re a terrible person because something you tried wasn’t perfect puts you down that slippery slope of self-judgment.

Neither extreme works.

Neither extreme feels good.

So, go for gray.

Be okay with being just okay.

And know that being okay doesn’t mean giving up, not trying at all, or doing your worst.

It means, simply, that sometimes it’s okay to just do okay.

Not great.

Not terrible.

But okay is okay.

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2 Responses to “Goin’ Gray!”

  1. Nancy says:

    This is so true. I have finally learned, after a full year of major transitions, that life goes on…whether I am perfect…or whether I am not…the sun will rise and set…whether I worry about things…or whether I don’t. I am FINALLY learning to relax my perfection and embrace the gray areas.

    Thank you Cookie!!


  2. Nancy, thanks so much for your comment. Lately when I make a choice that isn’t what my ‘ideal’ self might make, I say to myself, ‘OK, I’m going gray on this one’…somehow, it feels good to name what I’m doing. And it feels like I am giving myself credit for being able to not be so black and white. Good for you for easing up on yourself. It’s never too late!