“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn
A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were invited to an event, a Ball or Gala, held at the Lobkowicz Palace inside the Prague Castle here in Prague. The Gala was a benefit-charity event, was black-tie, and involved exotic things like an immense chocolate fountain, salsa-dancing with a live band, a blackjack table, a performing belly-dancer, and the chance to win a weekend with a Ferrari. The obvious amazing thing was that it all was held in the historic Lobkowicz Palace amongst their family collections of centuries-old armor and paintings. The Gala was the event of the year, and, the event photography proves it. My smile was so wide in each and every photo my eyes disappeared into squinty slits.
But the fun wasn’t from me simply being there. It was from being there with great friends.
Recently, I discovered Audrey Hepburn’s quote (above) and have been unable to stop thinking about it. I especially love the first line: I believe in pink. I love it.
It strikes me not because I’m so outnumbered in my house (1 girl (me) to 3 growing sons + 1 very tall husband). It definitely doesn’t strike me because pink is my favorite color (it’s not). But PINK is in its very nature a POSITIVE color — the hue of strong spring flowers and of hopeful sunrises and peaceful sunsets. Pink, for me, is the color of a positive spirit.
This past weekend, at dear friends’ home for Mother’s Day lunch, one of the teenagers chimed in with a quote I will never forget. We were doing dishes, and brought up the subject of garbage disposals. (No one I know has a garbage disposal. It’s one of the things everyone misses. And it’s possible there may not be a single garbage disposal in Czech Republic.) He said, “A garbage disposal is like heaven at the bottom of the drain.”
We all laughed.
In a life of days filled with tough challenges, the value of laughter with friends is priceless. Shared joy with friends makes that joy multiply, and we’re all empowered to be better than we could be on our own. The power of having positive friends and family is the most important asset, I think, in life.
“Look carefully at the closest associations in your life, for that is the direction you are heading.” -Kevin Eikenberry
And, a great quote from John Maxwell’s Talent is not Enough, “If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then realize that you are its author. Every day you have the chance to write a new page in that story.”
The positive I-Believe-in-Pink friends (and family) are the people with whom I want to spend my time. I know I’m surrounded by I-Believe-in-Pink friends when I’m smiling so much my eyes disappear into slits. Luckily, having that much fun doesn’t depend on the big Gala … it just happens when I’m with dear friends and my family, often.
How about you? Do you believe in being positive?