From an Obsessive Optimist in the Eye of A Hurricane.

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Pink Your Profile, Your World In Rose-Colored Glasses

on October 20, 2010

 My Mom always said to see people through the rose-colored glasses of love.  When there are 7 sisters and brothers living in close quarters,  it is very easy to focus on each other’s faults.  Mom wanted her children to focus on our her highest value, that we were to love one another.  Even when we were older and had made mistakes, both my mom and my dad always focused on their love for us, not the mistakes we had made.   

 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In the past, that fact barely touched me as I lived my busy life. Last October,  I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer and today I pinked my profile picture on Facebook.  S. C.  Johnson has an application  at!/rightathome?v=app_130977060285053  where you too can pink your profile picture and S. C. Johnson will donate $1.00 to breast cancer research.  Breast Cancer Awareness Month has a higher value after a year of chemo, surgery, radiation.  My pink profile picture reminded me of my Mom,who also had cancer, pancreatic cancer and lost that fight in 2003.  My pink profile picture reminded me of her rose-colored glasses. 

In being busy, the close quarters,  the mistakes, the quandaries, the problems, the hurricanes, the dilemmas,  do we put on our rose-colored glasses and see the people in our life,  in their highest value, love?   As we pink their profile picture, as we place our highest value on people, we begin to see  “seeds of success” .  

 My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.  1 John 3:18- 20  The Message.

There was a wealthy man with two sons.  He placed the highest value on both sons.  The youngest son was rebellious and unhappy.  He demanded his inheritance from his father.  The father did not react to this rebellion but acted on the father’s highest value, love and gave the son the inheritance, knowing that the money would be misspent.  

The rebellious son went into a far country, thinking the father would not know what he was doing and misspent the money.  The son ended up penniless, friendless and in a hog pen.  In this condition, he found that he could see his father’s value, which he could not see before.  

Focusing on his father’s value, the son returned home to repent and ask to be a servant, to serve his father.  His father did not recriminate, or say, ” I told you so.”  He greeted his son with his highest value, love.  He ran to greet him and gave the son a homecoming party. 

This father pinked his son’s profile.  He focused on his highest value, love.  This is a story Jesus told and can be found in Luke 15:11-32.  John says in 1 John 3:18-20, as we love the other people in our lives, we  live in God’s reality, in God’s promises.  

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.  Jeremiah 29:11  Amplified

Whatever dilemma, predicament, trouble or mistake you are now facing;  if it is your mistake, like the prodigal son, or your dilemma caused by someone else, like the father, if you can place the highest value of love on people, if you can pink their profile, you will find the seed of your success.

In many ways I let my parents down.  When I was younger, I was the rebellious daughter, and I wanted what was not mine, to do with as I pleased.  However, when I went home to see my parents, they always dropped whatever they were doing and made time for me.  One of the last times I spent with my parents, together; my mom called me shortly after I left.  My Mom said my Dad had said to her, as I drove down the driveway, “Don’t you miss her already.”   They absolutely pinked my profile.  Although both of my parents are now with the Lord, this is a seed of my success.

I believe every problem, obstacle,dilemma, predicament, quandary, or trouble that comes our way contains the seed of our future success!!  Together, you and I will be able to find that seed of success, water and grow it.  Join me for free and let us see what will happen.  I covet your comments and would love for you to subscribe today.

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11 responses to “Pink Your Profile, Your World In Rose-Colored Glasses

  1. Honei Macy Bowers says:

    Mama was so positive and wanting the best for us even when we really did not have anything of this world. What was so odd is that when speaking of any other thing than her children she was very negative!!! Her children were her rose colored glasses world . Her sometimes a little tarnished halo – me and Dad used to teasingly shine for her–kept her positive outlook toward herself and us kids , even if we were real screw ups sometimes!!! I am trying as my children grow up and leave home and make some huge mistakes to adopt that same attitude- look for the good in your child while you warn them of the dangers of continuing on a wrong path. God doesn’t focus on our sins constantly –he focuses on our Christlike spirit within us. He chastises us for what we are doing wrong and encourages us that we can do better and we are a better person than making the same mistakes over and over. Mom had a very Godlike view of us and our mistakes! Praise God for such GREAT PARENTS as we had–God fearing and people loving!!!

    • mommemau2 says:

      The funniest thing about the rose-colored glasses is THE GLASSES! This is why. Remember Mom had been bedridden for 2 weeks and we were taking turns sitting with her. Ginger was sitting with her, when, I think, Candy went in to relieve her – right before Mom died. When Mom died all of us were called, and when the funeral home got there, they asked for Mom’s glasses. Someone handed them the glasses that were sitting on the bedside table.

      When I went to see Mom at the funeral home, they had put on her wig (she was bald from chemo) and put her make up on and her glasses. She just looked great. I called 2 or 3 people over and commented on how great she looked and what a good job the funeral home did, even shining up her old falling apart glasses until they looked like new. I even told someone the funeral home should go into the glasses repair business they did such a good job!

      The day after the funeral Ginger asked me if I had seen her new glasses. She had just got them and they cost $600.00. I asked her when was the last time she had the glasses and when she said she had been reading while sitting with Mom, I knew exactly where her glasses were! I asked her what color they were, silver, just like Mom’s old falling apart glasses. Well, Mom was buried in style – in Ginger’s brand new glasses!

  2. Allen Loomis says:

    This blog is extremely warm and welcoming. I will be returning often 🙂

  3. Jaide says:

    Very heartfelt Cherry. A real message that I needed; it’s been a rough week. Thanks for the reminder and the words that I can turn to, I forgot how much comfort they can provide.

    God be with you :o)

  4. Lissa says:

    I remember your mom as one of the most giving, caring people I’ve ever known. I was glad to be included in her rose colored world for so many years.
    As my son returns home from yet another rehab program after Christmas, I will view him through those rose glasses.
    Please keep praying for him!
    I have a student in my class of second graders who literally has rose colored glasses. When they took her to get new glasses the sales clerk let her try on some pink tinted lenses for fun and that was it. Nobody could convince her that they weren’t really practical for daily use. When she told her mom that “they just make my world happy and my heart full of love” her parents agreed to buy them. She wears them all the time with a smile on her face.

    • mommemau2 says:

      Give your student with the rose colored glasses a big hug for me! We need more people who are willing to do whatever it takes to have happy worlds and hearts full of love.

      I thought of your son when I was writing this. I am praying for you both. I have read Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits for Highly Effective People” ( and I am always giving it away, so right now I do not have a copy), but there is a chapter where he talks about his middle child. If you have never read it, you might check it out from the library and look for that portion. It has helped me.

      I love you and am so grateful for your kind words. It is a privledge to write something someone else is willing to read!

  5. mandy hanz says:

    Hi Cherry,

    Your words are truely a blessing. I ahve gone through all newsletters and they touched me. I know when you write you truely and the Lords blessing and the Holy Spirit moving in you. You are truely a blessed woman.
    May God be with you and your loved ones.

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