MARCH IS NATIONAL COLOR THERAPY MONTH

TL MARCH IS NATIONAL COLOR THERAPY MONTH

Colors are the smiles of nature.  – Leigh Hunt

It’s yellow…  it’s happy!  Can you dig it???

If you do not feel your best in the morning and are deciding what to wear for the day, it’s tempting to find the most dull outfit in your closet, put it on and hope no one notices you all day.  Admit it, you’ve done it and so have I.

Even on the days you feel the worst, fix your hair, make up your face (don’t forget the coordinating shade of lipstick), and dress up!  It may not work immediately, but a splash of yellow to relay happiness to others or a smidge of orange to share joy will have you feeling more positive soon.  At least it will look to others like you have it together and are feeling happy and joyful.  The joy and happiness will reach you eventually – believe me.

I’ve learned so much from the ladies at the hair salon!  Every one of them is over 70 (some well over), and they dress up, make-up and SHOW UP!!!  They wear bright colors with bright lipstick and big smiles.  They may be walking with a walker or a cane, but they are never looking mousey or tacky.

What is color therapy?  Well, there is a strong bond between colors and emotions.  Some people love black because it is a secure color.  I wear a lot of black because it makes me look thinner and hides a multitude of bulges (unless it’s my black one-piece swimsuit).  Some folks hate black and see it as depressing, evil and cold.  It depends on a person’s life experiences.

My emotions can go either way when I see teal blue.  It was my mama’s favorite color.  She was buried in her favorite teal blue dress, she did a lot of decorating with teal.  She had the most beautiful fox fur coat with a teal satin lining.  Sometimes I’m okay and just smile and think back.  Other times, I have to excuse myself and go somewhere to cry and get myself together.  Color can trigger emotions because our senses are so tuned in to them.  Almost everyone has certain trigger colors that cause a knee-jerk reaction.

Have you ever had a color reading?  I did a few years ago when it was quite trendy.  It was all in fun at a women’s ministries meeting one Saturday morning.  They told me I should not wear a high collar (which I already knew) since I have practically no neck.  They also said that the color pink is my perfect color.  A pink button-down shirt works best.

The interesting part was what I should not wear.  They told me to stay completely away from white.  The quick-witted comedian I am, I had to pop off.  I said to the ladies assembled,

So, folks – if we are going to be robed in white when we get to heaven…  well, I’ll just offer up my apologies ahead of time!

The ladies got a kick out of it, but the ones doing the reading…  um…  not so much.  They were trying to be serious and I guess I blew it.

They told me that while red is usually a “go-to” color, I should walk away from red.  Apparently it brings out my rather “ruddy” complexion.  Well, we Dutch tend to have a bit of red in our cheeks, so…  I should not “go-to” it.  I should “run from” it.

I’m a Spring, so they tell me.  I’m supposed to dress in pastels.  But I think sometimes we need to dress in a way that lifts our spirits.  Splash a colorful scarf or necklace around your neck.  Wear those red shoes.  I don’t always wear pastel colors.  Today I wore an emerald-green V-neck and blue jeans with a Celtic knot necklace and matching earrings.

At some point in my life, I plan to join “The Red Hat Society”.  Now THAT is some color therapy!  I remember when mama told me that you never wear red and purple together.  Well, mom, guess what???

MARCH - THE RED HAT SOCIETY

And what of life?  Is it black and white, or are there some shades of gray?

Even bad guys (most of them, anyway) see themselves as good – they are the heroes of their own lives.  Giving them a fair chance as characters can create some interesting shades of gray – and shades of gray are also a part of life.  – Stephen King

Hey – it’s my color therapy.  Who says I have to follow the color guru’s rules?  Wink!  😉

SPUNKY OLD BROADS DAY

TL 2-1 SPUNKY OLD BROADS DAY

2-1 A PRAYER FOR SPUNK

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.  – William Harris

Today is SPUNKY OLD BROADS DAY!!!  Some of the sassy, spunky broads I’ll feature here are not necessarily OLD.  I’ll leave it to your discretion which ones are and which ones are not.  This is one of those posts that could go on and on with many examples, but I have to put a limit on it.  I will name my top ten picks.

1.  I feel blessed to have been around some of the sunniest gals with spunk ever – through the medium of television and radio.  Here from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville is cousin Minnie Pearl.

http://youtu.be/__X3in5bMso

2.  While we’re on the subject of country spunk, check out this video from Dolly in the movie 9-5.  I think I read her lips when she was telling her boss she’d change him from a rooster to a hen…  whew!

http://youtu.be/_Z3ScqlwiYk

3.  How about our favorite redhead – Reba McEntire?  Natural red-head have built-in spunk.  It’s just part of the territory.  She shares some of her spunk with us on her TV show – Reba.  I think she has some attitude in this song too.

http://youtu.be/OVXNOIWqcTc

4.  Even our greeting cards got a kick in the attitude when Maxine came along!

http://youtu.be/28_jlWQOuSc

http://youtu.be/W3BltEJcKNc

5.  How could I even consider making this list without the remarkable and spunky Vivien Leigh?

Can’t you just hear her saying FIDDLE-DEE-DEE???

Spunk is that quality that sets older women apart from the rest.  I meet my friend at the beauty shop every Friday, and let me tell you…  that shop is full of women with SPUNK – and they are all over 60 years of age!  I listen to them talk every week and I walk away thinking, “I want to be just like them when I get older.”  Yep – watch out world – you’ve been warned.

God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them.  – Author Unknown

6.  Did you know that Katharine Hepburn was a natural redhead???  Does it surprise you?  Talk about some major spunk, she had it!  Remember when women would not entertain the notion of wearing slacks?  This is the gal who changed all that, and her 5’7″ frame wore slacks very nicely.  She was tough and bold even as she got much older.  When she developed the shaking of her head, she was quick to set the record straight when she proclaimed that it was not Parkinson’s, rather it was inherited from her grandfather.  She was known as “The First Lady of Cinema” for movies which are now considered classics.

http://youtu.be/08TUi44paCQ

7.  Today we know Betty White as a legend, but I thought it would be fun to show a video from 1945 when she was just starting out.  Even in this video her spunk is showing.  I like that she is now a spunky lady, but I wish she’d throw some of that off-color language to the curb.  She would be funnier without it.   :-/

http://youtu.be/ZnREvTHj3g4

8.   There are so many great quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt, and I believe I’ve used every one of them at some point or the other.

http://youtu.be/9pAbaHjLaP4

She overcame loss and it made her more determined to be a strong woman with character, intelligence and spunk.  I was surprised to learn she had lost both her parents by the age of ten.  She really must have had to dig deep into her faith pocket to keep going.  It’s a woman just like this who needed to be beside FDR when the country was going through the stock market crash on October 29, 1929.  Known as Black Tuesday, it was the worst economic collapse in the history of the modern industrial world.  Close your eyes and image him talking with her about this situation – and about The New Deal.  She had to be strong – and a very good listener, I suspect.  Spunky women don’t always talk – sometimes they know when it’s time to be quiet and listen.

9.  Della Reese showed her spunk in the hit show on CBS called “Touched by an Angel”.  Here she is explaining the premise behind the show.

http://youtu.be/CMvQastGhf0

As I previously mentioned, spunky women do not have to be loud and irritating to show their spunk.  Della is a great example of this as an angel “supervisor” – which brings me to…

10.   Roma Downey, the “angel girl” whose gift from God was not music or art.  Her gift from God was truth.  She spoke truth with kindness, but also with her own brand of spunk.  You GO, angel girl.  Here are Della and Roma in real life.  This is so powerful, I had to share it.

http://youtu.be/qe5_zlJjNUE

You can’t go wrong asking God for His brand of spunk.  I will continue to do that as I get older.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

TL MERRY CHRISTMAS

CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS

Christmas in the secular progressive world is a lot of smoke and mirrors. It is blown out of proportion and a great deal of hype with very little satisfaction in the long run. It’s a season of tacky over-indulgence. It’s an excuse to go big and be loud and put a decoration on everything that will stand still – and a few decorations on things that won’t stand still. For example, my neighbor likes to dress her little dog in Christmas sweaters. I appreciate that she wants to keep her pet warm, but the poor baby looks as though it’s heading for the North Pole to pay Santa a visit! I have no evidence of this, but I suspect the dog has more sweaters than the owner. Hmm… what’s wrong with this picture?

Over the top decorations and happy happy happy emotions that are based on nothing. I find it interesting that non-Christians are celebrating a Christian holiday in a pagan fashion. How empty their souls must feel. What foundation is set? Oh yes, toys for children and adults alike. But the toys will break or rust. They celebrate not the birth of a Savior – but the brief moment of happiness they can bring to a child with a toy or two. It could be so much more than that, you know. Christmas for a Christian is not fleeting. For us, it is year-around because we have accepted Christ into our hearts and lives – not just at Christmastime, but for all time.

Do you want the faith, hope and love that only Christ can give you?  Would you like to recalculate your course? You can. It’s simple.

Take a moment to meditate with God’s Holy Word, The Bible. Listen to this recording of the book of Luke or read it for yourself and think about the account of the birth of Christ, the Savior of the world. Let the truth sink deep into your heart – into your spirit. Then you will understand the depth of what this Christian celebration is all about! Meditate.  Then recalculate in prayer… Christ is waiting.