As I changed my shirt, the back of my right stud got caught and went flying across the room. Moments later, I was plotting the likely trajectory and down on all fours desperately trying to recover the lost earring. (Roxie was thrilled that I was on her level, but refused to help!)
Despite my best efforts, scouring under the bed and dresser, using flash lights in hopes of seeing a hint of sparkle, covering a small vacuum cleaner with panty hose and sucking up all of the lint and dog hair, it was nowhere to be found.
I was forced to go bling-less or plunge into the world of (gasp!) dangling earrings.
I began going through my forsaken baubles and gems and metals, desperately in search of something simple (I own no other studs). I found 2 pairs that I found acceptable and began to wear them. I felt a bit different, almost brave for venturing out of my 5-year rut.
In reality though, nothing – not one single thing – changed. No armageddon, no sirens going off, no changes in my relationships.
In fact, I was kinda digging the new look.
Which made me wonder – what other self-imposed rules, ruts and habits have I adopted? Was it just easier to wear the same thing everyday? Was it a lack of creativity? Or was I just on auto-dress?
Whichever reason it is (or maybe a combination of all three), I now choose my earrings much more carefully. In fact, I am now examining other daily rituals to make sure that they are rut-free.
What about you? Do you have ruts you need to dig out of, too?