18 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Muhammed Ali and Betty White–You inspire me!

  1. And they say that we have no more heroes! I’ve never met Mr. Ali, nor do I know anyone who has, but his work with the World’s less privileged speaks for itself. I do know 2 people whose work, on different occasions, brought each into contact with Miss White. She was every bit as sweet and nice as her public persona would suggest. I hope they both had wonderful birthdays!

    • I am just delighted to hear that you have it on good report that Betty is indeed just as lovely in “real life” as her public performances! Can’t we draw a lot of strength from thinking about these wonderful examples of aging with purpose? I think only time will tell if the “new crop” of celebrities ever establish and maintain the same level of grace, but in the meantime, I’m enjoying contemplating these two 🙂 Thank you, John for your input! Debra

  2. This is such a tremendous post for me to start my day with, Debra. A wonderful tribute to Muhammed Ali and Betty White and to all those who perservere. I, too, remember those early years of Ali’s career and marvel at the impact he has made on boxing – and on life. Betty White is one of those women who, at I sit upon the age 62, I say that I want to be like when I grow up.
    Thank you.

    • Oh, I like that, Penny! Let’s indeed be like Betty White when we grow up! That makes me smile 🙂 I have been enjoying just thinking about the pair of them! And I discovered that Betty has a new book coming out in February. I think I will make a point of getting a copy, and maybe I’ll share a book report! I’m sure I would learn a great deal about the secret of her wonderful disposition. Debra

  3. Dear Debra,
    As Penny says, this is a “wonderful tribute to Muhammed Ali and Betty White.” I followed eagerly as you described their positive attitudes and the work they do to “pay their rent” here on earth.

    We need people like Ali and White to show us a life well lived. Their lives encourage us to pay our own rent. I so need to get out and do more for others and yet I’m letting aches and pains keep me here in my home. Thanks for this reminder that one of the great joy in life is reaching out to others, including animals as I’m sure Betty White would add.


    • Thank you for adding your observations, Dee. I do think there are seasons when it’s important to take care of our aches and pains enough to prepare for the next leg of the journey, as well as being mindful of others. From what I have observed in your sharing, I think you are someone who has been involved, and continues to participate in the lives of others as well as God’s little creatures! I’m glad that thinking of these two icons and their examples encourages you going forward, but I also really respect the need sometimes to stop and reconsider “how are we doing?” It’s balance, isn’t it? Blessings, Debra

      • Dear Debra,
        Thank you for reminding me that “balance” is essential. I’ve always been such a “get it done right now” type of person. My friends called me a workaholic during my work years. Now I must learn to balance the needing to get things done with the fact that my body no longer has the resilience it once had. Nor the energy. As Julian of Norwich said, and I so often forget, “And all shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of things shall be exceedingly well.”

  4. I am keeping up just fine on your blogs. They are the highlight of my days! Your writing is a true gift. Soooo glad you are sharing it.
    Your prayer support is very much appreciated. It brings tears to my eyes to know of the love from so many who are standing in the gap. Love ya!

    • Oh my goodness, Kathy! I’m so delighted to see your name here! I’m thrilled if I can give you a little chuckle!! You just keep on getting well…and you’d better believe we’re praying for you! Love you,TONS! D

  5. Debra, these are both people deserving of this tribute. Who couldn’t admire and want to emulate Betty White? I hope I can embrace life with such gusto when I’m 90. She is an icon to be treasured. And, like you, I remember Ali in his heyday. He always seemed larger-than-life to the little-girl-me, someone with a bravado that always revealed a sweet spot, somehow.

    • It fascinates me, Andra, to think about how it is some people simply transcend the ordinary…they really ARE larger-than-life. I’ve enjoyed thinking about Ali and White…and sharing the celebration! Debra

    • I’m glad you have some interest, Kate, and I really don’t know what contexts for knowing about them we may already share…or not! It’s funny how we can think “everyone” knows certain celebrities, and of course, that isn’t true. But I’m sure with a short google you’ll learn more 🙂 Debra

    • Thank you for stopping by, Kristy. I enjoyed sharing about Betty and Ali…I have yet to hear anything said about them to indicate they aren’t generally considered really wonderful people. So often people get pleasure in tearing others down, so I think it REALLY speaks well of these two, that they aren’t targeted for some kind of scandal or ugly headline 🙂 Debra

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