“Look & Feel” is a simple phrase I use fairly frequently. I’m usually talking about a website design, an ad campaign, or brand identity. Over the past two weeks, “Look & Feel” has taken on a new meaning. But, it’s not an original new meaning. It’s an old phrase my Mom has used over the years. When you live with a lot of different ailments or struggles, it’s natural to go one of two directions…revel in the bright side, or wallow in the dark. As she was going through all sorts of medical battles, I noticed she would always get up in the morning, do her best to get herself ready…do her hair, put on a little make up, wear a nice outfit, all to either go to a doctor’s appointment or simply to pitter patter around the house until we got home for work. Conversely, if I had a slow day, I’d wear lazy clothes and lounge around. One day I asked her why she went through the extra effort? Her answer was “Because, for me, I only feel as good as I look.” she said. “If I look lazy I feel lazy. If I feel bad and look bad, I’m sure to have a bad day.” Even at the time, I thought it was an interesting answer. Unexpected, to be sure. Fast forward five or so years…I’m mending a very injured shoulder. Going to many doctor’s appointments, struggling to get myself ready, and darn it if she wasn’t right! At the moment, “Look & Feel” still applies to my work, but it now applies to my well-being. Getting ready “single-handedly” is no joke. It takes forever, I have to go slow, be careful, and practice patience. And, I find that I do feel better when I look presentable. Thanks, Mom.