The Lady Bird Approach

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“Art is the window to a person’s soul. Without it, we would never be able to see beyond our immediate world, nor could the world see the person within.” Lady Bird Johnson

I hope we all utilized our voices yesterday, braving the blessed rain, sleet, and snow to get out and vote. I did, but I hesitated about posting this essay, which is not about a political alliance, nor is it a policy statement concerning the issues currently plaguing our nation.

It’s a human one.

I don’t know if you’ve heard about all the conflicts currently immobilizing, of all places, our retirement communities. The elderly residents (just like everyone else) are so caught up with their own convictions they can not allow for any oppositional opinions. So no one is talking. It’s a total stalemate. The result of this is an environment contrary to human thriving, isolating, and pathetically dull.

Is this the kind of future anyone envisions?

When did we lose our ability to listen to each other? To learn from each other? To have an earnest conversation even when we come from opposite sides of the political spectrum?

It’s as if we all become so entrenched in our beliefs and our self-righteousness that we’ve allowed our pride to vilify any and all opposing points of view. It’s obviously altering our experience of community, damaging our relationships, and harming our ability to sow compassion and curiosity instead of discord.

I think I found a provocative solution in the most unlikely place, and I’m calling it The Lady Bird Approach.

On the way up to the lake, I listened to a podcast about Lady Bird Johnson, and I found myself thoroughly intrigued by this shy, astute woman who often chose not to use her voice. She taught by example. She planted generative seeds, and her philanthropic vision continues to influence our world. 

She was an impressive woman for her time, maybe for any time, and I can’t help but marvel at her intelligence, patience, and poise. She was born on the same date as my daughter Kelley, December 22, but in 1912, as Claudia Alta Taylor (Lady Bird was a childhood nickname, and it stuck).

After graduating college with honors, she was introduced to Lyndon B. Johnson through a mutual friend. Lady Bird said, “she felt like a moth drawn to a flame.” Lyndon was a congressional aid at the time, with lots of political aspirations, and he had the foresight to ask Lady Bird to marry him on their first date. She did not want to rush into marriage at 22 years of age, but Johnson was persistent, and they were married ten weeks later, in November of 1934. 

Lyndon was ambitious, and Lady Bird supported him both financially from her inheritance and emotionally from what I consider a formidable strength of character, immeasurable grace, and intellectual acuity

Of course, this meant they had the same initials, LBJ, and they kept it in the family naming their two daughters Lynda Bird and Luci Baines! I’m sorry, but I think that’s adorable. 

Lady Bird was instrumental in promoting her husband professionally, but she was also a savvy businesswoman in her own right. In 1943, she purchased KTBC, an Austin radio station, with a small portion of her inheritance. She later expanded her holdings in 1952 despite Lyndon’s objections. And using her voice wisely, she reminded him that she could do as she wished with her inheritance. Lady Bird’s initial investment turned into more than $150 million for the LBJ Holding Company. She was the first president’s wife to have become a millionaire in her own right before her husband was elected to office, and she remained involved with the company until she was in her eighties. 

Lady Bird’s role as first lady and wife to Lyndon B. Johnson was one of service and devotion, but more importantly, she was her husband’s confidante. By all accounts, he adored her, but Lyndon had a fiery temper, he could be vulgar, and he expected his wife to cater to his every need, big or small. He’s been known to conduct impromptu meetings from his bed with her still in it or, on occasion, from the commode.

Lyndon had a fiery temper and was a harsh critic of his wife, often embarrassing her in front of friends. In the midst of his disrespect towards her appearance, keeping in mind his many infidelities, she accepted his cutting words and quietly urged others to bear with his fervid temperament. What the hell? 

I’d be chasing him down the hall with a hot frying pan.

Lady Bird developed unusual self-control and patience for her husband. Her emotional intelligence was off the charts, and Lyndon came to depend on his wife’s judgment, patience, and uncanny ability to influence others without drawing attention to herself. She may have been a product of her time, embodying traditional roles and staying in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career, but she also modernized the role of the first lady while running a successful business of her own.

In order to fully understand Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy, you have to recognize her history of active campaigning and how she promoted her husband’s issues while developing her own environmental concerns. But maybe her most profound contribution was her private influence on her husband’s presidency. She wrote, “there is no way to separate us and our role in each other’s lives.”

As we know, Lyndon was a difficult man, and I marvel at the grace and fortitude with which Lady Bird handled his episodic foibles. She elevated not only the landscape of their marriage but the landscape of America while supporting the policies her husband was able to put into place during his presidency. A presidency acquired during some of our nation’s most tragic events, the assassination of President Kennedy, rampant segregation, with the war in Vietnam looming in the background.

This got me thinking about how we might utilize the Lady Bird Approach to elevate our own relationships and emotional intelligence, considering the controversial political landscape of these modern times.  

Have you ever spent time with a truly critical person? Someone who constantly looks for things to criticize, someone who tends to overshare these negative thoughts. Lyndon was known to criticize Lady Bird about things as mundane as her lipstick and attire, along with the efficacy of her opinions. 

Maybe this is a reflection of how critical he was of himself, as opposed to someone’s lipstick, but either way, those who scan for the negative are impossible to please. This creates a lot of unnecessary drama if you do not have the grace and poise of Lady Bird, who ignored his criticism, choosing to focus on his attributes instead of his failings

What if it was possible to train ourselves to scan for the positive, to recognize when we’re being needlessly critical, and refocus on each other’s more admirable qualities? Just this morning, Larry interrupted me eleven times in the span of thirty minutes while I was struggling to compose this essay. I kept my cool and said, “honey, you seem restless. Could you run to the store for some cold medicine? I’m feeling poorly.” This gave me twenty minutes of absolute peace and quiet. He returned not only with cough drops and Dayquil but a warm breakfast sandwich and a cafe latte.

I’m calling it the Lady Bird effect…

Lady Bird was the only one who could turn Lyndon’s fears into positive action. He was conflicted about running for reelection after replacing Kennedy for a short term. He worried about public support, his opposition, and the current political unrest. 

At Lyndon’s request, Lady Bird wrote a carefully crafted nine-page letter challenging his fears, describing the pros and cons of both decisions, and predicting his ultimate success, while laying out the arc of his entire presidency. Lyndon went with Lady Bird’s vision of the future.

When he was up for reelection, Lady Bird took to the railways to promote both his candidacy and his civil rights bill in the southern states. The Lady Bird Special, as it has become known, came from a tumultuous time in our history when our nation’s first lady sought to heal instead of divide. She was extraordinarily successful and claimed, “the way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.”

She found solace and a source of strength in nature. Lady Bird said, “my heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order, and disorder of the flowering earth,” and she made this the focus of her life’s work.

Lyndon was suspicious of everyone, whereas Lady Bird relied heavily on compassion. When Lyndon’s long-term and trusted adviser, Walter Jenkins, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after being caught having sex with another man weeks before the election (keep in mind this was the early 60s), Lyndon wanted to put as much distance as possible between himself and Jenkins. 

Lady Bird refused, and she posted her own statement in support of Jenkins in the newspaper. Talk about courage. She outright defied her husband’s wishes and did what her heart was compelling her to do. 

Lyndon reacted from a place of fear, hoping to create a false version of reality when he fed conspiracy theories to the newspapers that Jenkins had been framed. But it was Lady Bird’s act of compassion that led to a compassionate response from the public

Lady Bird says, “It’s odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don’t quite fully share the hell of someone close to you.” Some people vilify the actions and words of others to ease their own insecurities. Most of the time, they use these techniques to mask the emotional chaos in their own lives, but it benefits no one. 

Lady Bird sometimes served as a mediating force between her wilful husband and those he encountered. On one occasion after Lyndon had clashed with Dan Rather, then a young Houston, Texas, reporter, Lady Bird, followed Rather in her car. Stopping him, she invited him to return and have some punch, explaining, “That’s just the way Lyndon sometimes is,” and with her unique southern charm, she became a driving force (pun intended) in both their public and private lives.

Lady Bird was brilliant at planting seeds of positivity and then stepping back to watch them grow. Instead of blaming the entire committee for failing to solve an issue, she would observe, “any committee is only as good as the most knowledgeable, determined, and vigorous person on it. There must be somebody who provides the flame.” 

It was Lady Bird’s advice to “walk away from an obstacle until you’re stronger, all your problems will be there when you get back, but you’ll be better able to cope.” Good advice by anyone’s standards.

Lady Bird realized early on that our environment had a powerful influence on our sense of well-being. She noticed how impoverished neighborhoods were often dreary, lacking any form of foliage or color. She was an environmentalist before it was a thing, and she fought hard to beautify America’s highways and landscapes. She believed, “where flowers bloom, so does hope.”

She said, “When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old,” a marker we can all appreciate. Lady Bird died in her home in Texas, attended by family, at the age of 94.

Lady Bird exemplifies a life of positivity, forward-thinking, and compassionate support of others. I’m trying to find the grace to overcome my own pettiness and allow my heart to bend toward equanimity instead of division. Like my country, I’m a work in progress, but I strongly believe we learn more from observing a person’s ethical conduct when under duress than from some firey response triggered by fear.

If we don’t want to spend our golden years languishing in a community contrary to human thriving, we need to come up with a new approach to our divisiveness. If art is an expression of human imagination, then crafting creative solutions to our most difficult problems is actually a window of opportunity, one that opens the human soul to a myriad of possibilities. I believe we can be more than a pendulent society by constructing a substantive future, one that is inclusive and won’t bore us to tears!

I’m Living in the Gap, developing my own Lady Bird Approach while fighting off a cold. How’s your week going?

History Unplugged: Lady Bird Johnson


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  1. Behind every powerful man, there is usually a dedicated and hard-working woman. (Except Trump of course) He did well to keep her, and was lucky she stuck by him, given his philandering and bad temper..
    Giving everyone the initials LBJ is all well and good, except when the postman arrives with letters! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. I’ve heard that adage before and I wonder if the opposite is true for powerful women? When it comes to Trump, he’s in a category all his own, and I dare not open that can of worms. When Johnson was president I was in grade school and paid no attention to politics so I didn’t know much about Lady Bird until I listened to the podcast and was struck by her unusual grace and poise. I don’t know how she did it, but I think we could learn something from a person who showers others with kindness, respects the natural world, and exemplified integrity when confronted with a fiery temper. And despite the mail confusion, they can all share the same set of luggage! Win. Hugs, C

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  2. I knew nothing about Lady Bird except as a kid I thought she had a strange name. Thank you for educating me about the former first lady. I think our divisive politics has to do with living in echo chambers that reinforce our beliefs. That wasn’t present when we were growing up.

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    1. I totally agree with you about “living in echo chambers that reinforce our beliefs.” But I also think there’s a lot of misinformation out there that adds to the hype and hysteria. Lady Bird was the calm in a storm and her emotional intelligence allowed her to read a room and respond to others with great compassion and care. Hugs, C

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  3. Thank you for bringing Lady Bird’s legacy to life here. She is an example of the many deserving woman whose contributions deserves ample space in history textbooks. I’ve copied some of her sayings to my growing file of favorite quotations. Love the idea of The LBA. Her example of blooming where you are, creative problem-solving, grace and empathy inspires.

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    1. Hi Evelyn, I agree, Lady Bird was a unique person. It’s as if she didn’t react to pettiness, a bad temperament, or even anger. I’ve always admired people who are able to remain composed especially when others have lost themselves to powerful emotional displays. She stayed focused and simply didn’t respond to poor behavior. I can be so reactive at times so listening to how easily she ingratiated herself with others by simply being empathetic and kind was fascinating to me. She’s the new standard I’m aspiring to, we’ll see how long I can maintain the LBA! Thanks so much for sharing your astute thoughts in the comments! I enjoyed our engagement. Hugs, C

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  4. What a beautiful post about an amazing woman! I knew next to nothing before I read this – but I was incredibly moved by how rooted in her heart and compassion she was. That she stood by the disgraced adviser in the 1960’s – as well as her husband, it seems she did it from a place of strength and her own self-worth. Beautiful!

    I’m sorry to hear about your cold. Love your solution to get some cold medicine and some quiet, Cheryl. Very wise!

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    1. Hi Wynne, I had the same reaction when I was listening to the podcast. Who the hell was this woman? And why am I only learning about her now? I realize she is a product of her time, taking on traditional roles and her deference to her husband’s erratic behavior, but the way she managed difficult people and complex situations with such grace and compassion was rather inspiring. Thanks for sharing your observations and adding to the discussion. Hugs, C

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    1. Aside from the fact, my classmates asked if I was related to the president while I was in grade school (we had the same last name), I didn’t give him or his wife much thought. There’s a movie out about the Johnson presidency that someone suggested, and I wonder how it will depict Lady Bird? She was the focus of the podcast I listened to, and I now consider myself edumacated! I’ll say this about Larry, he’s never ridiculed my lipstick or clothing, or he would rue the day he did. He has scoffed at my opinions on occasion, and you can believe me when I say I did not act like Lady Bird. Hugs, C

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  5. Oh how I needed to read this! To have the patients and grace of her would be a dream come true. I can’t imagine how her calmness would work toward a non cheating, unpredictable husband.
    I had no idea how much he criticized and belittled her. I don’t know if I could tolerate that.
    Thanks for sharing this Cheryl. Wonderful post and definitely gave me something to work on!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing on our way up to the lake, but it was more like “I needed to hear this!” She was definitely a product of the time and I assume some of her reverence for her difficult husband was cultural. Remember Tammy Wynette and her song Stand By Your Man? That was released during the Johnson presidency. Figures! Regardless, I found her grit, charm, and resiliency rather admirable especially during such a turbulent time in our history. I just thought there was something we could learn from Lady Bird Johnson that would apply to all the discord in our society. So now I have two mantras: speak my truth and use words only when necessary. Hugs, C

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  6. I don’t know how we got here, but I do know who seemed to push it all over the edge. When I was growing up, my father, who loved nothing better than political debate, said time and again that he disagreed whole heartedly with someone’s position, but would defend to the death that person’s right to express that opinion. This was a source of pride for so many of his generation, and I thought mine as well. Sadly, even folks I usually admire see “the other side” as demons.

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    1. I couldn’t agree with you more Dorothy and your dad sounds like a wonderful human being. The thing is when you get in a political yelling match no one is going to listen or change their minds if all you’re doing is demeaning them as a person. The only way to learn is to listen and ask questions so we can understand where the other person is coming from. I think we might find out that we have more things in common than we realize if we only took the time to get to know each other, our stories, our backgrounds where our beliefs and political alliances were formed. I so appreciate your comment and hearing about your dad’s amazing legacy. Hugs, C

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  7. BTW, this is Terrie commenting. I just finished reading your essay out loud to Chris who is currently driving us to Phoenix. Thank you and Larry for a wonderful, intimate cocktail hour. Who knew I shared a birthday with Kelly and Lady Bird…?! We should all strive to be more like the Lady Bird you wrote about, and I’m wondering if any of the Kardashians follow your blog. They would sincerely benefit from your eloquent words.
    In closing, both Chris and I realized we didn’t hear nearly enough details about your fabulous adventure along the Camino😊. We look forward to the opportunity to hear more about your travels and adventures in the nearer future. Thanks again, Terrie and Chris

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    1. Hi Terrie! It was so much fun catching up with you and Chris the other night. Our time went way too fast! Next time we’ll have to include dinner! Isn’t that amazing that you share a birthday with Lady Bird and Kelley! She was quite a unique presense and left the world a better place then how she found it. That’s is something we all can aspire to along with her compassion and patience. Hope you’ve safely arrived in Phoenix! Until next time, hugs, C

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  8. I don’t know if people agree on what’s positive. For example, my daughter, briefly, considered doing a stint in the peace corp for two years. For every person who said that’s wonderful, was also a person who said things along the lines of, so you think you’re better than the people of (insert country here) so you want to “teach” them why your way is better…

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    1. Hi LA, I think that falls under the adage “no good deed goes unpunished.” I guess one of the things I learned from Lady Bird was her absolute trust in her ability to read a situation correctly and make a heart felt response that benefited both parties. Her emotional intelligence was quite developed. So I’m thinking I need to trust my own gut response to situations. If it’s the Peace Corp, then who cares what anyone else says, if your heart is calling you to this work. And by the way that was a superb example! Hugs, C

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      1. In a world of texting and zoom, I fear we are quickly losing the grip on eq. We talked about this in writing class the other day when talking about dialogue. Apparently 80% of communication is non verbal. In a world where we don’t look up from our phones, what are we missing

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  9. I didn’t know most of this about Lady Bird Johnson. Thanks for sharing this wonderful woman’s life.
    An old saying comes to mind when you talk about masking our fears and hurts… “the best form of defence is attack” … how many people attack to hide from their reality instead of taking the brave path of acceptance and compassion?
    A wonderful post, Cheryl. Hugs 💕🙂

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    1. Lady Bird Johnson is our best kept secret! So many people have no idea who she was and what she stood for. I was blown away. And I agree with you, I know I have often attacked instead of showing compassion and acceptance. But we can always learn. She inspires me. Thanks for adding to the conversation Harmony! Hugs, C

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    1. I didn’t know much about her but I found her fascinating. She accomplished so much in her life and she did it with so much poise and grace. I aspire to reach her level of emotional intellect! A person can dream…hugs, C

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  10. An amazing woman Cheryl and I really only knew her name and very little about LBJ in truth. I think because all of us non-Americans were so invested in John Kennedy, seeing him as a leading light for the future. In many ways reading your article it seemed that perhaps Lady Bird might have been a more effective statesperson and president had she been born in a different time. I know that I would vote for her. Thank you so much I really gained a better insight not only into her life but her philosophy. ♥

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    1. She was an amazing woman but lost in the shadow of a gregarious husband for years. I’m so glad someone bothered to take a closer look and share their insights about this inspirational woman. And even though she was a product of her time, I learned a lot about trusting my instincts, scanning for the good, and improving the world around me. I would definitely vote for someone like Lady Bird! She makes me want to do better! Thanks for sharing your insights and adding to the conversation! Hugs, C

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    2. It’s interesting to me how we tend to label people by their nationality. As a Canadian I am well aware of American politicians (as well as their spouses). After reading this essay I suddenly don’t think of Lady Bird as the President’s wife first, but rather as a powerful entrepreneur who just happened to be an American president’s wife, first. Meaning, her association to her husband who was president isn’t the first label that pops I to my head first. I think of her as “the entrepreneur who did x and y” before I think of “oh and she was the president’s wife”. The order has now changed for me. I knew almost nothing about her husband and do t really want to know more, but I do want to learn more about Lady Bird.

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  11. What an interesting and insightful post, Cheryl. In the senior apartments where my dad lives, there’s a rule not to discuss politics. Listening and empathy are much needed these days. Thanks for sharing what you learned about Lady Bird. I knew very little about her. It sounds like she was a remarkable person. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Diana for sharing the rule around political discussions at your dads senior living facility. I only recently learned about the problem from an article in the paper. I suppose that a good rule of thumb for all of us, if you can have a civil discussion, then it’s better to have no discussion. I thought Lady Bird left us with some good ideas to ponder; the effects of environment on our well being, that unjust criticism was a reflection on the speaker not the victim, but most importantly she knew how to scan for the good and that takes a fair amount of grace. I’m trying to keep the Lady Bird approach in mind as I stumble through this life. Hugs, C

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  12. Part saint, part savvy business lady and one very patient wife! Oh to look for the positive–not always easy but so necessary. And I love her thoughts on working through shyness. Helpful for me and for my more reserved kiddo. Great thinker post, Cheryl.

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    1. Hi Rebecca, you nailed our Lady Bird, “part saint, part savvy business lady, and ever so patient wife.” I’ve been trying to keep the Lady Bird approach in mind as I encounter those daily conflicts and I admit my grace and poise have a way of receding when I need them most. In the podcast it said public speaking was very difficult for Lady Bird but while she was second lady, Jackie Kennedy was pregnant, and Lady Bird had to attend several public events every week as she covered for Jackie. When she was invested in the topic she found it easier to speak. I also think it gets easier with repetition and practice. Thanks for engaging with me in the comments! Hugs, C

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      1. All we can do is strive, right?

        I’m convinced many of us writers become writers in order to do as little public speaking as possible. Makes sense that you might be able to break out of your shell for a topic you really care about. I do think repetition is key. I’m sure I told you my trick to public speaking is public singing! After singing for Masses for a couple years now I’m not so bothered by speaking. What a waste all the anxiety I felt as a youth. We didn’t call it that, then. I was just a nervous kid, a worrier. I could have been having so much fun! Oh well, trying to do that now. This is my fun–love reading your wonderful posts!

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  13. A wonderful bio on Lady Bird Johnson Cheryl. It’s true what they say, there’s a good woman behind every successful man. As for the political divisiveness I’m not getting involved. Suffice it to say that once upon a time people could debate politics and still be friends. A certain orange figure has unleashed a different reality where it’s difficult for many to play nice with those who show they’ve lost their moral compass. Hugs xxx

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    1. Thank you Debby, she just really inspired me, and I had to share. I was surprised at all she accomplished while flying under the radar. An amazing woman. And I agree, we’ve lost our “moral compass,” and I feel as if I’m walking on egg shells much of the time. I pray someday we find it within us to discuss issues without anger and the need to vilify each other. Thanks for joining the discussion, I always appreciate your comments and wisdom. Hugs, C

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  14. Thank you, Cheryl, for bringing Lady Bird Johnson to my attention. I had no idea, and what a wise and compassionate woman she was. I would not be able to turn the other cheek, as she did, but she had chosen her man and their life. My goodness, she made a masterful job of it.

    We are seeing so much evidence of the need for change from the two-party system that you have in your country and that we have over here. Division never creates any kind of harmony and we could all do with a dose of Lady Bird’s kindness towards each other.

    I wish you better. ❤

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    1. Hi Jane! I felt much the same after listening to that podcast. What a woman. I think she understood the importance of the life she choose and not only how to make the best of a difficult situation but she understood how to be a positive influence instead of allowing discord. I could not have acted in the same way. I’m too feisty! And I agree, our political system needs some adjusting. All this division and conflict gets in the way of much needed progress. Thanks so much for adding your observations to the conversation. I’m ever so grateful. Hugs, C

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  15. I got a one year free subscription to Showtime when I signed up for cable in my new home. Through that, I’ve been able to watch the series The First Lady which touches on the lives and careers of Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford. There isn’t/wasn’t a whole lot new to learn about the first two, but it has revealed so much of the background of both Betty and Gerry Ford. I highly recommend both it and her.

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  16. I think about Lady Bird Johnson every time I’m on the highway going north from my home. The median is filled for miles with wildflowers planted in keeping with her vision. It’s beauty in the midst of the mundane.

    I’ve learned more about Lady Bird Johnson from this post than I’ve ever known before. What an incredible woman, and such a symbol of grace and emotional strength and intelligence that we can all learn from. I did not know LBJ treated her the way he did, and I’ve lost some respect for him. I think I would have chased him down the corridor with a frying pan, too, and I can’t think I would have put up with his nonsense, no matter how strong I was.

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    1. I just wanted to thank you for jumping in and joining the conversation. I did not know about Lady Bird’s efforts to beautify the highway system across America before listening to the podcast. She understood our connection to the environment long before it was common knowledge. A lady before her time. And I’m with you, I could not have acted/behaved with such compassion and grace given the same circumstances. She had a lot of poise and grace and I agree, we could all learn a lot from her example. Hugs, C

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  17. Coming over from Sally’s blog.

    I live in Texas and have long been an admirer of Lady Bird Johnson. (I’m not sure how she put up with her husband, but she did it with grace.) Every time I drive our Texas highways and see wildflowers growing, I think of her.

    I never stopped to think that each member of the Johnson family had the initials LBJ.


    1. Hi Liz, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I didn’t know very much about her but I was so intrigued. How did she find the grace and strength to be so compassionate and diplomatic given the discord she had to deal with? Amazing. Hugs, C

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    1. Hi Michael, thank you so much for joining me here in the comments! I was that same as you, I didn’t know much more about Lady Bird, except she was married to Lyndon Johnson. She totally blew me away and I thought we all could learn from her example. I’m glad you enjoyed her story and I hope you have a fabulous week! Hugs, C


  18. Wow, this was such a beautifully crafted essay. I am going to search up Lady Bird and do some additional reading; what a fascinating woman.

    Your highlighted quotes bring much food for thought. Thank you Cheryl for sharing.


    1. Thank you Claudette! I was so surprised by what I learned about Lady Bird. I couldn’t quite wrap my brain around ignoring abusive comments and just focusing on the best in someone else, especially if that someone was my husband. But I figured the least I could do was try to do better! Thanks for joining me and adding to the conversation. Hugs, C

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