1. Treat yourself by using the good China for your grilled cheese or tuna-fish sandwich.
2. Wear that perfume, even when you have nowhere to go.
3. Sing, even if you can't carry a tune, be brave, feel the music, and sing.
4. Go without make-up and realize that less make-up means less wrinkles, it's the pay-off.
(That one doesn't apply to you Mike).
5. For men: cuddle with your woman while there is still time and ability to do so!
(Okay Mike, you can use this one with Whoa-Man).
6. Do the right thing in life, but don't forget that you ARE human and imperfect; forgive yourself.
7. Never get too old for loving, frisky moments -- make it happen.
8. Laugh at yourself; enjoy God's sense of humor.
9. Read real books...the electronic ones can't be passed down through generations quite the same as the real thing. It's nice to hold a book and to know that your parent or your grand-parent sat somewhere and turned those same pages with their eyes scanning those same words...probably feeling the same things you feel. Don't get too electronic crazed that you forget the things that you'd LOVE to have in a power outage or a natural disaster...books...made from trees.
10. Always keep doing something you love...just for you...to take you away from everything.
11. Be proud of your curves, don't try to wrap your bones only in skin and tissue, embrace those curves! Of course, if you're lacking a few curves, then embrace that thin frame and the absence of bathroom scales haunting you!
12. If someone keeps letting you down, then perhaps they were never the person who was supposed to lift you up, so move on!
13. Listen to the rain, think about how it is falling from the Heavens and seeping through the earth and know there is depth to all things in this world. A raindrop may seem small and meaningless, but small things add up to make big differences. To me...a raindrop signifies this concept. So does one teardrop.
14. Take family pictures that you can look back on with happiness, then have everyone take one more picture--- the funny face version that you can look back on while laughing out loud.
|My sister Robin and her beautiful family.|
15. Savor moments of silence, but also appreciate moments of conversation that will one day come to an end.
16. Read the Bible; it will give you perspective, even when you are fighting it tooth and nail.
17. Grit your teeth and tell your children that mistakes are inevitable and sometimes teach the most powerful lessons, then you have to sometimes let them fall so that they can learn to pick themselves back up on their own.
18. Okay, this is a tough one...Even if you are rich, always try to find a way to be more frugal. It's a fun challenge. Spending too much money is a trap that never brings lasting happiness...not having to buy extra Ziplock baggies can bring lots of extra smiles and space in the kitchen drawer. Gasp.
19. Do SOMETHING new every week --- stretch yourself in new ways --- try a new recipe, watch a new show, visit a new church, read a new genre, dance around the kitchen, let yourself laugh out-loud while alone...it's the best kind of laughter.
20. Be a friend to yourself. After all, you're born with YOU and you die right along with YOU. So, every now and then, make sure to be really nice to yourself and don't feel guilty about taking care of YOU.