So, Mike comes up to me and says, “Hey PeaceBang, I’m in a jacket, spiffy huh?” or words to that effect. This happens to me all the time when I am with my people: they tease. And I’m like, “Oh, OKAY, so you think you can tease the Bang, huh?” Because deep down in my heart, I know that when people approach me that way, they really do want to engage, and so we do. I appreciate their great details like no one else but maybe an attentive spouse will (“Those socks are FABULOUS!!”) and we giggle and chat and have a great time. But sometimes I have to lovingly administer the Chastening Rod of PeaceBang and say, “Do you really want a quick image read or are you just joshing?” And they say, “Yes, yes, tell me.” And we get down to business and even that is fun because ATTENTION IS LOVE. When someone focuses on you with the kind of intensity and intention that I do, I think folks get right away that this is about LERV. Big LERV from someone who absolutely wants you to be fabulous in the world.
It was with great love, then, that I had to tell Mike that his jacket is way too big. This was a great opener for him to talk a little bit about having lost weight, and me to say “YAY MIKE!” and to show him how his jackets should fit, and to repeat my mantra that (repeat it with me) Every Minister Should Find a Tailor To Love And Cherish ‘Til Death Do You Part.
This jacket is just way too big. You shouldn’t be able to wrap your jacket around you like a kimono. It’s too big and too long and it’s making him look like a little boy. I don’t think this can be saved by tailoring because it’s at least two sizes too big. This one needs to go to a charitable organization.
Mike graciously allowed me to snap his photo and even more graciously consented, with a big smile, to being put in The Naughty Corner. Which I so appreciate, because we all learn a lot from The Naughty Corner but of course I can’t go around taking photos of people and posting them there without their permission.