May 27

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Sweater Shopping

Last year I took a business class that was really fun and interesting. One of the best parts of it is that the students from the class really bonded and we still get together every couple of months for a potluck.  Tonight was one of those nights.

I was chatting with one of the women in the group about online dating. We were talking about how important each piece of the process is – the initial message, the email conversation, the phone conversation, the meeting in person, etc.  She came up with this metaphor that we just kept extending that made me laugh really hard:

A potential date is like a sweater.

You may see one across the store and immediately know that it’s not your color.
You might pick one up to look more carefully and find that you don’t like how it feels.
You take one in the dressing room and try it on…but it doesn’t fit.
Another one does fit, so you buy it and take it home…where you realize that it doesn’t go with anything in your closet.
And finally there’s that one special sweater – the one hiding in all the racks of clothes – that you take home and it becomes your very favorite sweater…the one that you put on all the time just because it makes you happy.

We’re looking for our favorite sweaters.  What about you?  Have you found your sweater or are you still looking?

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Kristine

    I have definitely found my favorite sweater. This October we will be celebrating our 17th anniversary and we are more in love today than ever. Not only do I love him, but he is my best friend!!! In addition to being a great husband he is also an awesome father to our beautiful daughter so I am truly blessed:):):)

  2. Leah Carey

    How wonderful Kristine! That’s what I look forward to finding – a great love who is also my best friend. I am so happy for you. 🙂

  3. Emma Webber

    I am so pleased that Kristine has found her sweater, it makes me feel so good when others have found that special person. At 46 I am still hopeful that the right one will come my way. In the meantime I am working on making myself a better person. learning to love myself for who I am ( a tricky one if I accept the experiences of my childhood). May everybody find their favourite sweater, and wear it for the rest of their lives 🙂 xx

  4. Leah Carey

    “Making myself a better person” sounds like a whole lot of work, Emma. Any chance you could make it a little gentler for yourself? Perhaps work on “accepting myself as good enough just as I am”?

    Here’s to all of us finding our perfect sweaters!

    PS – Thanks for saying what you did, Emma, so I would respond with this comment and remind myself to be gentler with me. 🙂

  5. Leah Carey

    Interesting conversation with Michael on Facebook about this post – http://www.facebook.com/TheMiracleJournal/posts/165120796884935

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