Keep your head up, shoulders back and tits out. Always stand up and look life in the eyes.
People will disappoint us, that is the name of the game. Don't let that make you put down your toys and go home. Stand tall.
I remember a time I walked with my shoulders slumped, head down. Ed and I were walking down the street and he noticed. "Keep your head up" he said. I found it hard to do, then.
Crazy thing is, I can't even imagine being that woman again. When I started to hold my head up, shoulders back and tits out, things changed.
One summer I went to a Joyce Meyer event in Orlando, with 25 women from church. I was in my early 40's at the time and had a bit of a "strut" going on.
We stayed close to the auditorium so we wouldn't have to drive in and out of the event. Through the weekend, women were following me around. Strange. In fact walking home from the event, in the city, in the night (there were street lights, it was not dark) I was in the lead.
At one point a man, a black man, (One man) came toward us (across the street). As I looked back, several of the women were clutching their purses and looking rather nervous. WHAT? I looked at them and said; Where is your faith? I guarantee you, he is more afraid of us than we are of him. Stand up, look him in the eye and smile.
Anyone out there who has raised kids up, knows that most of them hate us around their 15th year. At least in my house, 15 was the witching hour for both my son and daughter.
I want to cry even now when I remember what my 15 year old daughter said to me as I relayed the story to her that night: "Well duhhh mom (ew remember those days?), you're a leader, what do you expect?" WHAT? That was the first time it even crossed my mind.
So, stand up, shoulders back and free yourself from fear. Know this; when people talk about you behind your back, most likely it's because they admire you. I do.