Saturday, June 12, 2010

Be Kind to one another...

Turning 50 in August ...reminiscing, thoughts coming, as if I have lived Prior Lives.  Played out in other decades, millenniums even,  lived as though by another... dreamy like.  
Being a mom of five, I see patches of those days captured  in the young married, new parent, lives of my own grown ones.  


Some time back, I had a health scare, ended up  nothing, BUT...,as expected, it got me asking those questions of life, taking "the proverbial"  stock, if you will.  Those questions we've all asked through time eternal.  What  have I done? What do I need to do, here, now?  Those are the questions I take to my God ; the ones that have no earthly answers.  The ones that need wisdom, the ones with answers leading to the peace that passes all understanding.   I've resolved with God, along time ago, about life and death and the sins in my life.  So, my answer from God showed in the simple form of a regret, whispering across my soul, "Lezlee, always be kind".   I am pretty kind, as things go, filled with mercy and a tender heart, for the most part.  I didn't feel condemnation from God, only a gentle reprimand, of opportunities wasted. A reprimand meant to change me with a thoughtful reminder that kindness is  important to Him, therefore kindness is important and must be to me...When we choose kindness it beats down selfishness, which ironically  is  a road to bitterness and self destruction.  I'm glad my God, in His wisdom and kindness, wants only the best for me~An abundant life filled with joy. Now, if I was going to be selfish, wouldn't that be the kind of life I would wish for?!


Now, that all being said,  here is a funny, quintessential  picture of me in the 80's, taken at a neighbor's home.   I was the model for my hairstylist friend, ( take a look at our hair and outfits, oh, yeah, don't forget, kindness...lol).  She entered a hair style contest and won the opportunity to travel around  malls and such doing demonstrations.  I look like something off  Star Trek, with that metallic suit!  NO choice, but  to do my hair that way, short in front, long in back, because a few days earlier, when I was using a brush curling iron it got so tangled up, by my ear, after awhile, I just gave up and cut it out, almost to the scalp! Oh, well it was burning anyway... This cut was really not in style yet, so maybe we invented it...HEE HEE. 
If only I could still fit in the this jumpsuit, I would wear it to Mindy's Dress Up Sale!




I was a stay at home mom, with four kids at the time, 
so this was a fun night for me, in my PRior LIfe.

I would love for everyone to join the party on the 16th... and feel free to add a blast  from the past snapshot of one of your Prior Lives...


Lezlee

19 comments:

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

In all the kindness I can muster...which band we're you a groupie of?
Cause, you look like a groupie girl!

I love it. Those were some days,huh?

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Lezlee, what an inspiring post and sentiment. And, that photo is a keeper for sure! I remember the 80s big hair, we all had it and loved it! And, that jumpsuit....5 alarm fire! Great post!

artteachergirl said...

OH MY!! Great photo Lezlee! You certainly don't look like the mother of 4 kids! That's the hairstyle I wanted in the 80s...I couldn't pull off the big hair though.
I understand your taking stock moments, and the results are very sweet and inspiring. Turning 50 doesn't hurt too bad and you will find that your 50s are your liberating years.
God is Great!

Linda said...

OH my...big hair~ I didn't have your style, but I was pretty close to the style of the lady with you, except mine was very dark brown then LOL...

shannon i olson said...

live long and prosper. I miss the 80's, the big hair, being young, metal bands, sigh.......

glor said...

A profound post. And your picture ... you had four kids and looked like that. My goodness ... that calls for a wow! I think the 50's are an amazing time of life. Truly one is seasoned by that time and knows whats important and what isn't. Enjoy.

Prior said...

lol, groupie, I was more into, "Mr. Roger's Nieghborhood" at the time.

I hope y'all send some snapshots my way! Lezlee

judi said...

leslie,
its ONLY a number my friend! great post.

i'm too scared to post a pic and you are VERY brave!

judi ;)

Janelle - The Farmer's Wife said...

I love the picture! My friends and I used to see who could get their hair the highest!!!!

C.J. said...

for the decade you look great! we all looked that same way in one fashion or other. 50? you are still a puppy, believe me. love to you.

Coleen's Corner said...

Beautiful! I have my share of those, "what were we thinking?!?" photos too. We are chuckling now, but just wait... we will see similar fashions walking down the street again, never fails! When the low waist, hip huggin' jeans and empire waist tops and dresses came back, I said, "hey, we burned all those clothes 30 years ago!" Thanks for the memories : ) Loved your message. So true, so wise.

alice said...

Lezlee! What a wonderful post. I agree kindness is is just the best. Now with that kind note. YOUR HAIR only out did your outfit by a smidge. lol Loved it. I am leaving for Australia for a month this evening. Have a wonderful shoin'& tellin' party. How much rain did you get? Could not believe Gun Barrell City.
smiles, alice

Vicki said...

Just found you and think I'll stay awhile...

Love the Prior life :)

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Lezlee, you look so "disco queen". I love it!!! This will be the best party yet. I'm sure I can dig up some very similar pictures. I loved disco! I posted about your party on the sidebar. Happy birthday, and can you believe I haven't even read your post -- I just looked at the picture and had to comment!!! (haha). I'll read it now!

Donna said...

Hi Lezlee,
Oh wow! I was a hairstylist in the 80's, and I am afraid that I had some really wild looking hair, too! Back then, we called your style the "bi-level", but now it's just called a mullet! And I wore big shoulder pads, too! Thank goodness times have changes. But hey, 20 years from now we will probably look back and say "What was I thinking?!"

I'm getting closer to 50 than I would care to admit! :)

Jill said...

Lezlee, that's a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing that with us. And, I have to say thanks also for sharing that HILARIOUS photo--no, I'll be kind too and say nothing else about it...LOL! But, I probably won't post an old picture of myself. I'm pretty sure I have some similar. No star trek jump suit, but close! I'm not far behind you on the birthdays!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh my goodness Lezlee, that picture is FABULOUS!
I wish I had the guts to share my mullet pics!

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Ha! I'm glad you are healthy and happy and spreading the joy! This pic made me smile. I had my share of 80's hair, for sure! Thanks for the shout out. You rock! Hope to see you Saturday. ~Mindy

trash talk said...

I am just waiting for the Texas big hair to make a come back...got my aqua net waiting!
That must have been some Christmas party 'cause girl...you got it going on!
Great post.
Debbie