After finishing the daily morning chores (being a loving mother and a dutiful wife), I was so tired that I took a well-deserved break on my bed. But, before I could close my eyes, the door bell rang, and my maid greeted me with a big smile. She was beautifully dressed up. I enquired if there is something special today, like her birthday or anniversary. She smiled back and said there is nothing special; she just felt the urge to look beautiful today. She murmured if I don’t pamper myself, then who will. She had a point, a valid one, so I smiled back and complimented her.
After a small customary conversation, I came back to my room and stood in front of the dressing table, looking at myself from various angles. I wondered at how much my physical appearance has changed over the past few years. Even with my dressing sense and good old hair, I felt that I wasn’t looking good. It didn’t invoke any dark or pointless feelings inside my head, but it made me realise the impact of something as simple as dressing up.
It’s hard to fathom how we women can inadvertently inspire others. Just by looking at each other smiling, we get so many positive vibes! The ultimate realisation then dawned on me, that we need to discover our inner beauty, inspite of our weight, complexion, height, or being out of fashionable clothes. You may say that I have a flair for the dramatic, but after seeing my maid happy and content with herself, I felt so good! In today’s fast-paced world with ever increasing societal compulsions, we forget to take care of the thing that matters most – our own self. Little do we realise that we have forgotten ourselves from the person we once were, and are missing on small & silent moments of happiness.
I know that being a homemaker and following a fixed routine may make you feel monotonous and indifferent to such minor details, but at the end of the day, the feeling of doing something for yourself is liberating. I thanked my maid with a cup of tea, to remind myself of the essence of loving oneself (no matter what), and in the process, accept ourselves with all our flaws and their attachments. So, next time you feel bored or overburdened with the household chores, get up and get dressed, put on your favourite lipstick and mascara, and spread happiness. Remember, happiness is contagious!
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