Wisdom from the Farm: Sweetness

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This week as part of the shares from the CSA farm, we received a selection of winter squash and sweet potatoes. For several weeks now in the weekly newsletter, the farmer has been giving us updates on the harvesting and the seasoning process of these vegetables. They were collected from the fields about a month ago and have been curing in a greenhouse, which brings out the sweetness in them.

That got me to thinking….

Just like winter squash and sweet potatoes, dreams have their season and may need curing and sweetening, too.

Sometimes, they’re like summer squash where you can harvest them one moment and be eating them the next. The vegetables are ripe, juicy, and at the peak of their flavor and goodness—perfect for enjoying right away.

Other dreams are like winter squash and sweet potatoes—they need time for curing and sweetening. This means that it’s okay to put a dream aside and allow the right timing and situations—and your knowledge and experience!—to align. It may take a few weeks, but it also may take years—decades, even. And that’s okay.

So, don’t be afraid to put a dream to the side and allow the sweetening process to take over. You’ll know when your dream’s season arrives because the people, resources, and situations you need will fall into place perfectly.

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Your homework today is to evaluate your dreams: are there some that need time to cure and sweeten?

Perhaps it’s because events, situations, technology, etc., hasn’t caught up to your idea yet so you’re at a point where you have to put your dream to the side for a time.

Perhaps it’s because you need more knowledge, understanding, and training—you may need to go back to school or enroll in an apprenticeship program.

Perhaps you need to cure and sweeten in the form of more experience and maturity. You may need to work on some of your flaws and shortcomings so that you have the strength and the wherewithal to handle your dream and all that comes with it.

Your dreams are working out perfectly, no matter how long it takes or what may be required during the seasoning process.

Whatever it is, let the sweetening begin!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Pep Rally! You’re Right!

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Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don’t put off until some future date.

~Dale Carnegie

Stop thinking other people are getting ahead while you’re standing still—or worse, slipping behind. You are moving at the perfect pace for you and your journey.

Stop comparing your gifts, talents, abilities to others’. That’s like having a handful of M&M candies and comparing them with your TV—it’s nonsense! Your path and destiny is different than anyone else’s, even though you may not see it. You have just the right talents, gifts, and abilities that will help YOU achieve YOUR dreams.

Stop wishing “if only”: if only you were born into a different family, a different body, different circumstances with different opportunities; if only you were a different person with a different life. You’re in the right place at the right time doing the right thing in the right way.

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Your homework today is to focus on your life, your opportunities, and where you’re going. You’re on the right track; all is well.

Take the next step!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Guilt: Get Rid of It!

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The vast majority of guilt does you no good at all. It doesn’t help you feel optimistic and positive about Life, it doesn’t help you feel good about yourself, and it doesn’t help you move forward.

All this kind of guilt does is keep you chained to the past and beating yourself up over all the things you “woulda, shoulda, and coulda”.

There’s a good kind of guilt—the pricking of your conscience—that tells you that you may have hurt someone and now you need to do the right thing. Even if you find out after the fact—perhaps way after the fact—make the necessary apologies then move on. But any other type of guilt is a waste of your time and energy.

Get rid of guilt. Leave it in the past where it belongs and move on to a bright future.

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Your homework today is to let go of the bad guilt.

The fact that you’re feeling guilt is a good thing—it means you come to situations with an open heart and you try to give your best. But the fact that you’re hanging onto it, clinging to it, and using it as a weapon against yourself is not a good thing. This is the stuff to toss out.

When things don’t go quite as you planned, apologize, discover why things went off track, then make a note to do better next time.

That’s it.

No need to hang on, to revisit it, to angst over it.

Sometimes, though, the guilt starts up. When this happens, remind yourself that you’ve apologized and made amends, you understand where you went wrong, and you’ve made a pact with yourself to do better next time. Keep reminding yourself of this as often as you need to.

Recognize that this is a process and it might take time. If you stick with it, you’ll soon find that guilt has lessened its grip on you. And, when you keep at it, one day you’ll find that guilt has no hold over you at all.

Yay you! I knew you could do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Your Own Twist–and Shout!

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Are you hesitating going for your dreams because you think they’ve already been done by someone else?

The good news is that what other people have done and achieved has no bearing on whether or not you can—or should—achieve your dreams!

Children are taught in school that Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. However, it was Joseph Swann, among others, who laid the groundwork with his work on—and patents of—using carbon filament incandescent lamps in vacuum tubes. Edison used this information as inspiration for his own ideas about the incandescent bulb, which created the lightbulb as we know it.

Most people think Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. In fact, he further developed the concepts and ideas behind the voice communication device of Antonio Meucci’s. By adding his own twist to the process, Graham—and Thomas Augustus Watson, his colleague—were the first to transmit articulate speech, meaning that the speech could be understood by someone listening at the other end of the line.

Some may think that Steven Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne created computers. But it’s Charles Babbage who, in the 1830’s, had the idea and went on to  invent programmable mechanical computers, and it’s he who’s considered to be the father of computers. Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne added their own twist to Babbage’s (and others’) ideas, thus founding Apple, Inc. and sparking the personal computing revolution.

So, don’t let it get you down if someone else seems to have beaten you to achieving your idea. Keep working on your dreams, building upon what others have done and are doing. You’re adding your own special twist–and shout!–and that can make all the difference!

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Your homework today is to take the next step! Keep on keeping on!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

A Perfect Day for Giving Yourself a Break!

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Today’s the perfect day for giving yourself a break. You’ve been working diligently toward your goals and dreams and you’re making great progress.

Time to reward yourself with a day off! WooHoo!

Spend time doing something that feels decadently indulgent. Something that makes you feel as if you’re spoiling yourself—because you are! You deserve it; you’ve earned it!

Go you! WooHoo! Yay you!

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Your homework today is to ENJOY!

WooHoo!

You can do it! You ROCK!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

You Are Not Broken

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It may feel as if you’re broken and you may have convinced yourself that you’re broken. You may look broken and act broken, but you aren’t.

 

Like palm trees in a storm, you’ve bent way down but you aren’t broken.

 

If you’re still alive and if you can still think and put a few thoughts together, then you are not broken.

 

What appears to be brokenness is actually pointing the way to your bounty.

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Your homework today is to study what appears to be brokenness. Look for what it’s trying to give you, what it’s trying to teach you—and the rough spots it’s trying to buff off you.

I’m so proud of how you keep on keeping on!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Tips from TV: Channel Your Inner MacGyver

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When you’re on your path to your dreams, oftentimes you come across situations you have no template for how to handle. Even though you made a plan before you started out, including spending time anticipating shortfalls and obstacles and what to do about them, you may still run across challenges that you hadn’t anticipated.

No worries!

It’s time to channel your inner MacGyver!

List your tools and assets: your intelligence, knowledge, skills, abilities, and talents, as well as resources you have access to such as educational resources, friends and family and others who’ll support you. Include anything else that can help you.

Once you have this list, re-imagine the items. What can you make out of them? What two or three items can you put together to fashion something useful and helpful? Can you break items down and re-combine the things in a new way?

Look beyond what things are to what they could be! 

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Your homework today is to channel your inner MacGyver as you review a situation or challenge that has been resistant to your efforts to solve it. What would MacGyver do?

Also, as you are reviewing, note the progress you’ve made and the steps you’ve taken this week. Give yourself a pat on the back if you’ve done something inventive and creative, just like MacGyver!

Any amount of progress is praise-worthy, so get out your party hats and streamers and celebrate!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren