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What face will you put on today?

It is still dark outside. My family is asleep.

I haven’t gotten dressed yet. I still have on my pyjamas. Soon I will go upstairs and shower. I will brush and floss my teeth, and put on deodorant. I will put on a clean pair of underwear, a clean bra, then socks, jeans and a t-shirt.

After I am dressed, it will be time to put on my face.  No, not make-up, foundation, or eyeliner, my real face.

My face is something I have a choice about. I have given myself four choices today for my face.

Four Choices for A Face

A. Happy. I can choose to smile today, and be happy. I will be happy today and think of all the things I am grateful for.

B. Sad. Today I will cry. I will weep and focus on all that is missing in my life. I will not notice the sunrise or the bird that is singing on my bird feeder. Today I will only notice what is wrong in my life.

C. Angry. I can paint on an angry face. I can hold a grudge, and have steam coming out of my ears. I can choose not to forgive and harbour resentment.

D. Neutral.  My face can have no expression. I can decide to be neutral, to keep all of my feelings inside, and isolate myself.

Hmmm, what will I choose.  I really do have a choice. No one can make me angry, or sad, or happy. How I act is my choice. I am responsible to put on my own face. Just like it is my responsibility to remember my deodorant.

Today I  choose A. I will be happy.


What face will you put on today?  It’s your choice.



About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Berdeane Bodley

    Oh yes, I always choose “A”, the happy face, that face even makes me happy when I could be sad. Only yourslef can decide how your day will turn out, so of course, doesn’t “A” make the most sense? Love to you from Mom

  • That is Awesome! I have never thought of it that way – each day you can choose what face to put on.

    • pamelahodges

      Hello Michelle,
      What face did you put on today. Did it have a red nose with a tissue? Hope you are feeling better.

  • pamelahodges

    Anne, Thank you for sharing your poem. What you see is what you get. A nice feeling to not wear a mask. Thank you again.

  • I liked this post. I used to be really good at putting on masks. I wrote this poem about it.

    Inside Out

    Don’t be fooled when you look at me
    things are not as they seem to be,
    The smile I put on carefully,
    does not reflect the inner me,
    It cannot hide, the pain inside
    So don’t be fooled,
    when you look at me.

    And then I got help and worked through issues and now I’m congruent.

    What you see is what you get.

    Just wanted to share it, since you were talking about faces.

    Anne 🙂

  • I chose to have a sad face today. Today I’m letting myself hurt for things unresolved. I may give myself tomorrow as well. I want to grieve freely and openly–but I can’t with a house full of kids who wouldn’t understand . . . I’m going to take down the Christmas lights and cry–I’ll blame it on the wind. I’ll cry in the shower. I’ll cry on my walk. I will stare down each and every hurt.

    Hopefully by Monday my super powers will return . . . joy, peace, patience and overflowing love.

    Be blessed.

    • pamelahodges

      Dear Renee, I am praying for you today. May your tears wash away all the dirt and hurt and pain, and when the tears stop you will feel joy. Hugs to you friends.

  • La McCoy

    Nice one!

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you La. What face did you put on today?