Turning 40 . . .

 

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Not me, I hit that a ….few… years ago.

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I’ve been in Kansas City this week and had a wonderful ‘musical’ meeting with a great friend.  She will be turning 40 soon and she is making a list of fun and different things to do for her birthday.  She has this wonderful idea. (as a matter of fact I may do it for one of my next birthdays… but probably not to match the number … it is too large and I’m not sure I have enough family to do it, so I may have to abbreviate it.)  

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Here it is:

She is going to make a list of 40  people that she is grateful for in her life and send them a thank you note. This includes family, past teachers, mentors, etc., that have had an impact or positive influence in her life.  Isn’t that soooo cool!  I love it. Giving to others for her birthday.

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I have some time before my birthday so I may start and see how many I can list.  The first 20 or so will be easy.  The other thing, I’m not sure how to find some of the past people who I’d like to thank.  My friend says she is a master on finding people, so I may ask her to help me – of course I do need to remember their name.  (One is an English teacher in High school, it was his first year teaching.  I can remember what he said that made a difference to me, but I can’t remember his name… and those of you who know me well are probably not surprised!)

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How about you?  Can you think of people who have made a difference to you in your life, someone you’d like to reach out through the years and thank?

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I love this idea! I am helping her think of ’40’ things to do to celebrate her birthday, got any ideas to share?

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Oh, and next time I’ll share my philosophy of 40.  If you are turning 40 – Do a Happy Dance, because it is a powerful!  It made my friend smile =)

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Many Blessings! ‘Til Next Time – 

Delinda

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Gentleman … or Not?

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As I was heading back to Vegas from KC, I was getting into the car rental van and a very nice man helped me with my carry-on bag.  The step into the van is a little higher than a usual step and I always need to hold the rail to balance myself.  He didn’t make a big deal about it but just took a hold of my bag, lifted it up, and gave me a smile.  Of course, I smiled right back and said Thank you.

 

Courtesy, respect, very nice.  He was being a gentleman. It doesn’t happen too often these days. What happened to more of that?  It seems that as the ‘women’s lib’ movement came through a lot of the common courtesies and gentlemanly behavior was also swept aside.  Now I do believe the movement did some great things for women.  It helped to even out the pay scale, it opened awareness of the injustices that were occurring.  But like most ‘movements’ the pendulum swayed far left and far right, before it came back to the middle.

 

As I was writing this in the airplane, my seat partner, Angelique, Angel, and I were having a great discussion.  Here’s what we came with about a man being a ‘Gentleman’.

 

Ladies, when was the last time you saw or experienced the following? (Or men when was the last time you did these things?)

  • Your car door being opened

  • Your chair being pulled out

  • a man rise when you arrive at the table, or when you get up

  • open the door to the restaurant, or shop

  • allow you to order first, or wait until you take the first bite at your meal

  • man walk on the outside of the sidewalk and not the inside

  • pumping your gas for you

  • walk beside you and not in front of you

  

Ladies, when a man does these nice things for you smile, and say Thank you!  You are not ‘less’, or weak, or incapable.  You are a woman and it is a way that a man shows respect and appreciation. Not only does it not make you ‘less than’, I believe it makes you more.  He is showing you that you are important and in that moment is putting you first.  You know the Southern adage of ‘Ladies first’. Enjoy it.

 

My daughter, Alicia and I had a similar conversation this week. She was telling me about a man she is dating and describing many of the above characteristics.  She said, He reminds me of Dad.  She is right.  (Thanks honey!)

Just as a side note, many of these things are basic courtesy, and we can all do for each other.  (i.e. let someone go in front of you through a door, or holding the door open for someone…. just saying).

‘Til Next Time – 

Delinda

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QUESTION:  Do you see many instances of men being Gentlemen?

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Can we ‘learn’ it?

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Contentment is an inner sufficiency – a satisfaction found through the depth of one’s own life with God, independent of his or her surrounds.

 

I don’t know who wrote the above saying, but I really like it and wanted to share it with you today.  I think so many times we are prone to base our contentment, our happiness, our joy, on our circumstances.  When we do this we tend to ‘react’ to what comes our way.  We sometimes allow the circumstances to have power over us and dictate our thoughts and lives.  

When we have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,  as Paul states in Phil. 4:12, then I think we look at our circumstances and the issues in our lives through different lenses.  

We can move through the difficulties knowing that our God is bigger than all that ‘stuff’ out there.  We can be encouraged that there is more, that our God loves and accepts us.  We believe His word that tells us that He has plans for us that are independent of what is happening around us.  We can walk through the outer cloud of chaos while our heart remains in peace.  We can discover true peace and contentment in  our hearts.

That is really what choosing to be happy and content is all about.

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Til Next Time –

Many Blessings – 

 

Delinda

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(Would love to have it but decided to wait on actually eating it… so enjoying the picture)

Thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes.  

It truly made my day!

 

As I was looking at the various greetings, there were a number from my friends at Louisiana College, what fun to hear from them… if that is you, thanks again.

Seeing the notes from my college friends reminded me of a special time, an AH HA moment, I had while in college.  I was a cheerleader (yea I know, big surprise =)  We were all standing around and I  heard some girls talking. What I heard changed my life.  One of them said “You know that Jackie Holsomback… I’ve never heard her say a bad word about anyone.”

WOW – Right then I decided I wanted people to think that way about me and to make that a priority. Since that day I have made it a point to look for good and say only good about others.

Jackie was indeed a wonderful gal.  I don’t know if I ever told her about that incidence, but I hope I did.  She is no longer with us, she is singing and ‘cheering’ in heaven now. Jackie made a positive difference to me,  her friends, family, and all those around her.  What a legacy!  (January 18 was also her birthday)

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Who do you want to be? What do you want others to say about you? When they say your name, what characteristic do they think about?  

It’s a choice.  We can decide today ‘who we want to be”, what kind of person, how we live our life. We can decide to change a pattern by starting a new one… just Decide.

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Isn’t it great to have so many choices? Colorballoons15

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Til Next Time –

Many Blessings – 

 

Delinda

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