Inspiring Quotes: 6 to Help You Grieve


As part of loss, we grieve.   Grief is the feelings that are inside of us.

We can feel silly grieving if it doesn’t involve the loss of a loved one. We may think that we should buck up, keep a stiff upper lip, and that we should carry on as if nothing happened.

But the loss of a job–even one we hated–or the break-up of a marriage, or any other transition–even ones we’ve longed for such as finally getting out on your own or finally retiring–can trigger grief.

It is perfectly normal to grieve your loss. Here are a few quotes to help you through:

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. ~Henri J.M. Nouwen


I remember my aunt telling me however I chose to handle this would be the right way.   There isn’t a handbook or a script.   You just take it as it comes, one day at a time. ~Kayla


Loss and heartache do not define you. They are only one part of your story. ~Unknown


The deeper that sorrow cares into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the up that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? ~Kahlil Gibran


The darker the night, the brighter the stars; the deeper the grief, the closer is God!   ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky


What feels like the end is often a new beginning. ~Unknown


A reminder: when you are dealing with a grief, reach out to others.   Counselors, religious leaders, and other professionals are trained to help. Also, friends and loved ones can offer comfort and support.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Inspiring Quotes: 6 Thoughts About Feeling Overwhelmed




Life is nuts.

There’s so much swirling around us and coming at us, and we’re running like crazy trying not to get overwhelmed.   But we become overwhelmed anyway.   Then we’re overwhelmed with how overwhelmed we feel.


The following are a few thoughts to help us press the reset button on feeling overwhelmed:

Many of us feel stressed and get overwhelmed not because we’re taking on too much, but because we’re taking on too little of what really strengthens us. ~Marcus Buckingham


I just want to say, if you’re going crazy, take a break. I felt overwhelmed by stuff that wasn’t satisfying me, things I was supposed to do for my career. I stopped and I said, ‘Let me get back to the basics.’ ~Esperanza Spalding


I know each of us has much to do. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the tasks we face. But if we keep our priorities in order, we can accomplish all that we should. We can endure to the end regardless of temptations, problems, and challenges. ~Joseph B. Wirthlin


I noticed every time I felt overwhelmed, I would hold my breath. I had to learn to stop, relax, and take long deep breaths, and within seconds I would feel more clear and ready to deal with the situation in a more loving way. ~Gisele Bundchen


Even from a dark night, songs of beauty can be born. ~Mary Anne Radmacher


You can’t calm the storm…so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass. ~Timber Hawkeye


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Inspiring Quotes: 6 + 1 to Celebrate Spring!


Guess what today is? It’s the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!

I am glad to leave the cold and the snow of winter behind, although according to the weather forecast, winter still has a grip on the region where I live. Even so, spring is officially here today at 12:15pm EDT in the USA.


Here are 6 + 1 quotes to help us celebrate. Enjoy!

The year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His Heaven–
All’s right with the world!
~Robert Browning

No winter last forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland

Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!” ~Robin Williams

Sunshine is the best medicine. ~Unknown

Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can be. ~Unknown

If winter comes, can spring be far behind? ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

The earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Spring!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Inspiring Quotes: 6 to Help with Loss


Sometimes, no matter how much experience we have or how talented and gifted we are or how strongly we believe in our Vision, things don’t go our way; a door closes…permanently.


We must come to terms with it. Here are 6 quotes to help us do this:

Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad. –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion


Look for the gift.   Every experience–even the difficult ones–holds a gift. The gift isn’t found wrapped in pretty paper with a sparkly bow; instead, you find it wrapped within your heartache and sadness. Go ahead. Unwrap it.   It’ll be one of the best gifts you’ve ever received. ~Unknown


The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.   ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in my perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have–life itself. ~Walter Anderson


When you lose something in your life, stop thinking it’s a loss for you. It is a gift you have been give so you can get on the right path to where you are meant to go, not to where you think you should have gone. ~Suze Orman


When you go through hell, your own personal hell, and you have lost–loss of fame, loss of money, loss of career, loss of family, loss of love, loss of your own identity–and you’ve been able to face the demons that have haunted you, then you learn to appreciate everything that you still do have. ~David Cassidy


A reminder: when you are dealing with a loss, reach out to others.   Counselors, religious leaders, and other professionals are trained to help in these situations. Also, friends and loved ones can offer a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear to listen, and a warm hand to hold.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Inspiring Quotes: It Isn’t Costly, A Poem by Edgar A. Guest



A poem to keep in mind this week:


  Does the grouch get richer quicker than the
     friendly sort of man?
  Can the grumbler labor better than the cheerful
     fellow can?
  Is the mean and churlish neighbor any cleverer
     than the one
  Who shouts a glad “good morning,” and then
     smiling passes on?

  Just stop and think about it. Have you ever
     known or seen
  A mean man who succeeded, just because he
     was so mean?
  When you find a grouch with honors and with
     money in his pouch,
  You can bet he didn’t win them just because
     he was a grouch.

  Oh, you’ll not be any poorer if you smile along
     your way,
  And your lot will not be harder for the kindly
     things you say.
  Don’t imagine you are wasting time for others
     that you spend:
  You can rise to wealth and glory and still pause
     to be a friend.

~Edgar A. Guest



Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Inspiring Quotes: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long. ~Unknown

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Inspiring Quotes: 6 to Banish Frustration and Anger


Actually, the title of this post is a little misleading. These quotes aren’t meant to banish frustration and anger but rather they’re intended to help you harness the power of these strong feelings.

Here are quotes to help you take command of these forceful emotions:

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. ~Lee Iacocca


If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.   ~Chinese Proverb


Frustration is a very positive sign. It means that the solution to your problem is within range, but what you’re currently doing isn’t working, and you need to change your approach in order to achieve your goal. ~Tony Robbins


If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size? ~Sydney J. Harris


Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success. ~Bo Bennett


It is wise to direct your anger toward problems–not people; to focus your energies on answers–not excuses. ~William Arthur Ward


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