Day 49 – Inspired By…Horoscope?

5 HUGS, 2 children, 3 adults (1 husband, 2 grocery store employees)

Ok, so I don’t really believe in horoscopes, but today’s was an inspiration for me.  (I am a Leo by the way.)

Take extra time to tend to your appearance and show off a bit today, Leo. Keep your shoulders back and head high. Be the proud person you are. You should feel validated. Your job today is to simply uplift people with your presence. This is no sweat for you. Happiness is right up your alley, so have fun.

Yeah!  My horoscope agrees that I should be hugging people!  (That’s the way that I read it anyway.)  Now, I probably should have heeded all of its advice and if you saw me out and about today you would understand why.  I certainly did not look my best.  I probably should have at least brushed my hair.

At the grocery store, the kids were acting up and I was feeling very flustered.  In the midst of this an employee overheard me say that I needed bacon.  He took the time to ensure I knew about the location of the bacon on sale at $1.99/lb!!!  I grabbed the bacon and as I was walking away realized that I did not take the opportunity to hug him.  At this point he was deep in conversation with someone else.  I missed my chance.  I was still feeling pretty tired and overwhelmed and wasn’t convinced I would have it in me to hug someone today.  Checking out just enhanced this feeling.  Little one was trying to climb out of the cart screaming at the top of his lungs while bigger one was trying to pin him down. (They were in one of the “car” carts.)  I got my cart full of groceries and turned to leave the store with no hug.  On my way out I overheard, “Smile, I haven’t seen you do that all day.”  Someone was speaking with the girl who just loaded my groceries.  What?!  No smile all day?  Oh, I can’t possibly leave knowing that.  I turned right back around, tapped her on the shoulder and said, “Thank you for helping to bag my groceries.  May I give you a hug?”  Well, what do you know, she hugged me and smiled.  After all of the screaming my little one did, I couldn’t leave with just a hug from her, I hugged the cashier as well.  I don’t think the next customer in line minded too much, he was smiling too. What do you think about that, horoscope? I uplifted 3 people with my presence without even needing that extra attention to my appearance.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


8 thoughts on “Day 49 – Inspired By…Horoscope?

  1. Hey, I am a Leo too! I never spend time reading my horoscope as I do not believe being told how to live my day! Love to see you are still busy hugging. Bear hugs from me! Yeay!

  2. Melinda….
    this has blog continues to open me up—I find that I now hug someone every day…today…several people….employee crying because her horse was sick, employee having issues with money, my therapist hugged me twice…..husband…
    this is remarkable for me. I used to shy away from it just like you…now having watched you….or read you….I am changed….I am already dreading when your 365 days are over. Have a great week….I can so remember those days of little ones at the grocery store…OMG….
    mine are 12 months apart….I was always outnumbered but had a husband who stayed home and let me work.
    hugs to you tonight…and give your husband a hug from me as well…since he was part of your inspiration.

    • It warms my heart to hear how you are changing. I am sure those around you love this change! I dread thinking about my 365 days being up too! I have a feeling I will be able to find some way to keep it going.
      I can’t believe your children are 12 months apart! You are my hero! Hugs to you and your whole family!

  3. Hi Melinda
    This is amazing! It’s so great you’re able to do this for yourself and for others. i would so love to do this but i live in Bahrain where some men will not shake a woman’s hand (Islamic laws). If not for 365 days, but I DO want to give and receive more hugs!! Advice??

    • Shabana, I am so glad you are enjoying my blog. I just read up a little on the Bahrain culture, so please forgive me if I am wrong as the internet is not always reliable. If allowed, a hand to the shoulder is a great way of communicating that ‘I care for you’ feeling. If that is not allowed, then I find that a smile goes a long way. Be sure to get their full attention, stare into the person’s eyes and give the biggest most heartfelt smile you can muster. I have found that I can recreate the same kind of joy on people’s faces by doing this as I can with a hug. I know you already have a blog, but maybe you can start a new one talking about the kind of impact you can make by doing this. I know I would read it! It would be amazing to see the kind of impact you can make in Bahrain. {{{HUGS}}} to you my stylish friend.

  4. Hi Melinda!
    I’m so glad you took the effort of researching and replying to me! You’re right, I can do the hand to shoulder thing, but with women only. And I think I’ll start hugging more women than I do. But I LOVE the ‘biggest most heartfelt smile’ idea. I’m shy, and I don’t smile enough. I am SO going to start doing this! I’ll think about the blog idea. Thank you SO much Melinda! Hugging you back!

    • You’re welcome, Shabana! I was honored that you asked for my help. Even if you don’t do the blog, I would love to hear how things are going for you. {{{HUGS}}}

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