Words of Wisdom No. 22

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This month’s Word’s of Wisdom comes from a gentleman’s philosophy on the characteristics of a lady.

Is there anything more inspiring than to be reminded perhaps not just by the women around us, but by the gentlemen in our presence that we are created beautiful and feminine?  Composing this post was a powerful reminder for me of my responsibility to be more feminine and graceful not only in my actions and words but in my thought processes.  As the old adage goes: ‘what a man thinketh – that shall he be.’

May you be inspired by the simple, gentle yet oh-so-powerful reminders that you are created feminine, lovely and intelligent.

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God is the ultimate gentleman. He’s always opening doors for you and putting you first.

Embrace the struggle – don’t avoid it … that’s how you win.

LADIES’ TIP: Someone’s pretty doesn’t take away from your beauty – confident women always embrace other women.

Sometimes you gotta get your own flowers – don’t wait on someone to love you before you do.

God is in control … nothing is coincidence.

Reaching success on your “own” doesn’t make you self-made – God was present the whole time whether you acknowledge Him or not.

If you wouldn’t be friends out of the relationship, you have no business being in the relationship.

If being with him/her minimizes your potential, leave – it’s just that simple. Your relationship should propel you.

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Some women compromise with the idea that they can change a man down the line … May God be with you.

LADIES’ TIP: Not all compliments come with agendas – relax, he was being nice.

You have a 100% chance of success when you do it God’s way.

Let no one push you into a marriage – a lifetime decision requires prayer, not pressure.

Isn’t God good? Just sit back & think about how much He loves you … overwhelming.

Disciplined people submit their emotions to wisdom.

Your impact should be greater than your image.

Failure is far more respected than not trying.

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When a lady says she wants a good guy but dates the bad boy – it’s likely because she hasn’t met a balanced gentleman.

When you focus on all your blessings and the good people around you, there’s nothing to complain about. Nothing.

LADIES’ TIP: Distance yourselves from random bitter man-hating women or you will become one.

Cover your ears & open your eyes – people will always speak with their actions … Always.

Today I woke up thanking God for another opportunity to wake up and thank God. Today will be a good day … it always is.

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Related articles written by gentlemen:

Guest Post: Respect by Peter Ryan, Today’s Gentleman

Guest Post: Thoughts on Femininity by Michael Shepherd

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In Celebration of Valentine’s Day

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On the days leading up to the 14th of February, most couples are making arrangements for a dinner date, buying romantic gifts and exchanging ideas for what is commonly dubbed the ‘most romantic day of the year.’  There is something I just love about the 14th of February: the celebration of a gift which bonds us together in many ways.  As husband + wife, mother + child, brother + sister, friend to friend.

Much unlike the current media portrayal of Valentine’s day, exclusively for those ‘in a relationship’, I like to think of Valentine’s day as a celebration of love as a bond that connects us to those we love and cherish.   Single, coupled or married, Valentine’s day is simply a reminder that love continues, despite the bumps, twists and turns that life takes.  Here’s a few ideas to throw into your bucket list for 2013 or beyond!

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Tackle your dream list: Is there something you’ve always wanted to try – scuba-diving, attend a chocolate making workshop, go horse riding in the mountains or by the seaside, kayaking in the ocean or river…

A lavish dinner: why not put some extra effort into prepping the evening meal.  Surprisingly enough simple food is most luxurious.  Pull out the cheese and cracker platters, garnished with dried tomatoes, olives and fresh figs.  If the food is simple, don’t skip on the decorations: serve on your finest china, make a bouquet of red roses as your centerpiece, light candles – everywhere (there is no such thing as too many candles), use starched napkins and ta-da! you have a perfect dinner for two with minimum fuss.

A simple, outdoor meal: if simple is your thing, why not take a few extra minutes to pack a bottle of bubbly, a few fancy accouterments and spread out the picnic rug near a quiet lakeside.  If coupled – enjoy the heartwarming company of your love, if single why not take along a book and enjoy a quiet evening in solitude.

Single doesn’t equal alone: just because your single doesn’t necessarily mean your alone.  Why not round up your unattached girlfriends and treat yourselves to an exclusively-girls night at a fancy restaurant for dinner.  Revel in your ability to have an amazing time with or without male company!

It’s not all about me: Instead of fostering the traditional expectations of what Valentine’s day should bring, (especially if you’re in a relationship) why not be thankful for what the relationship does give you, a supporting partner, companion, security, someone you can trust and lean upon.  Romance does not necessarily equal happiness.  So, why not accept and treasure that person you are with for the wonderful qualities they elude, be romance one of them or not.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Grace & Poise.

For more Valentine’s day themed posts see Words of Wisdom No. 12 or our pins on {{allyouneedislove}}

Be Adventerous

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Life, as I know it, is an adventure in and of itself.  Without risking adventure and accepting new challenges life would not be the exciting journey that it is. One should never be limited by being too young, being too old, being single or in a relationship.  Or being restricted by the figures in your bank balance.  Don’t even to wait for a better time or or a more suitable location.

You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.
-Barbara Sher

If your life is anything less than interesting and inspiring not only to yourself but to others – you’re doing something wrong.  I love the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt which, quite simply, summarizes the purpose of an adventurous lifestyle. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Throwing yourself out there. Have you dreamed of doing something for years?  Have you always wanted to complete a task or goal but never quite had enough courage to get out there and do it?  Break down the reasons as to what lies between you dreaming and actually doing.  The range of choices and adventurous is at your disposal.

You are only limited by your dreams and imagination.  What’s holding you back?  Your job?  Your friends?  Your location?  Perhaps its time to take a bold approach and talk to your boss about more flexible hours or an earlier start and finish.  Are you friends restricting you with their philosophy of what like should be about?  Are the habits which they possess influencing you for the better or worse?  If its the latter, now is the time to go solo and create new friends.  Despite popular cultural thinking, you don’t need a ton of friends to feel loved and appreciated.  One or two close companions can bring more joy and happiness that a handful of individuals who don’t know the real you.  Your location, be it Tokyo’s Shibuya or in the middle of Hanks, North Dakota there are always options for taking on an new adventure.  Don’t allow your location or situation to starve you from a fascinating  lifestyle!

Try something new.  Are you in a routine rut?  Despite the fact that routines are a very positive and beneficial exercise, being in a non-flexible routine can have the opposite effect and can actually be more damaging than helpful.  Try mixing up your daily routine by driving to work a different way.  Eat breakfast on the porch in summertime instead of by the breakfast bar.  Enjoy an evening walk instead of the traditional morning routine.  Today, I decided to add a little adventure into a normal weekday’s evening meal.  Instead of eating dinner at home around the table as usual, I wrapped up our mashed potato and sausages in foil, packed them in our picnic basket and drove done to the beach with my boyfriend for an impromptu weekend-style dinner in the middle of the week!  It was fun and relaxing at the same time and it added a little spice to the normality of a weekday.

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Need some more inspiration to get you started?

You know that little local town you’ve been meaning to explore? Explore it.

Learn a new language with your significant other and speak it at home

Buy an amazing new cookbook and try recipes from it for a week

Order something different than “the usual” at your favourite cafe

Explore a bit of the city you’re in on your next business trip

Join Toastmasters, and learn the art of public speaking

Smile and say ‘hello’ as you pass people on the street

Try that new ethnic restaurant around the corner

Learn to play a new musical instrument

Train to run/walk a marathon

Change your haircut

Dare to dream

What’s your favourite everyday way to be adventurous?

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