Waiting Well

 

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Life is a waiting game; learn to wait well.

~Victoria Osteen

Many times in our lives—even within our day—we have to wait. We’re stuck waiting until we graduate with the credentials we need in order to begin our careers. We have to wait until we gain knowledge and skills before we qualify to be promoted to a higher level.

Sometimes we’re blindsided by a setback and we think it’s all over for us, our goose is cooked, there’s no hope for us. We sink into glumness and then have to wait until we finally pick ourselves up and begin again.

Oftentimes when we’re waiting we fritter away that time. We worry and fret, we whine and moan, we become impatient and frustrated. Or, we get tired of waiting and we take our eye off our goals and dreams and then find ourselves off track.

We need to learn to wait well.

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Your homework today is to think about your situation and brainstorm ways you can put the waiting time to good use—learning to wait well.

What does that mean, what does “waiting well” look like? Waiting well can look like you reining in your impatience and frustration and hitting the books instead of watching mind-numbing TV. Waiting well can be keeping a positive attitude and holding the disappointment at bay as you learn new skills and develop your talents.

Waiting well means not giving up, not getting sidetracked, believing that you can do it and that things are working out for the best.

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Think of waiting well as your opportunity to grow strong, sturdy wings that’ll take you to your dreams!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Flip-Flops

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This is your due season. Instead of being heavy with burdens, you’re going to be heavy with good breaks & opportunity.

~Joel Osteen

This quote got me to thinking….

We all have worries and cares. We all struggle and have very good reasons for throwing in the towel. At one time or another, we’ve all said “If only I didn’t have this burden. If only I didn’t have to deal with this issue….”

Instead of thinking that way, what if we look at our cares not has heavy burdens to bear but rather as good breaks to celebrate.

I know that sounds totally crazy but getting discouraged or angry over our cares hasn’t helped us solve them or helped us move forward, which means we need to do something different.

All challenges have gifts within them, the same way that every storm cloud has a silver lining. Look for the gift, the benefit, the way that this challenge/obstacle/setback is going to help us on the pathway to our journey.

By flip-flopping our thoughts, perhaps it’ll force us to get more schooling or encourage us to reach deeper into the well of our talents. Maybe, by changing to a more positive, optimistic attitude—even slightly—we’ll see an opportunity that had been invisible to us.

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Your homework today is to do a flip-flop with your thoughts. Greet setbacks, challenges, and obstacles with a more positive attitude. You don’t have to be Perky Polly or Peppy Pete, but instead of greeting your challenge with anger or disappointment, think optimistically and look for the benefit.

Then take the next step—or bit of step!

You can do it—I believe in you!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

A Perfect Day to Celebrate Smile Day!

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I’ll bet you didn’t know that today is Smile Day. I didn’t! What a fun and easy day to celebrate! You don’t have to spend any money, there’s no special preparation, and you don’t have to travel anywhere.

All you have to do is smile, right where you are!

How cool is that? How easy! What fun!!

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Researchers have proven that smiling is good for you. Here’s what they’ve discovered:

~Smiling is a great picker-upper for your mood;

~Smiling reduces stress;

~Smiling boost endorphins and serotonin, which help you genuinely feel good and be positive;

~Smiling lowers blood pressure;

~Smiling strengthens your immune system;

~Smiling lifts the face and makes you more attractive;

~Smiling makes you look vibrant and alive;

~Smiling is fun;

~Smiling is easy;

~Smiling is contagious! By smiling at someone, you lift their spirits and give their mood a boost and they’re more apt to smile! How cool is that?!

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Studies have shown that even if you’re in a bad mood and don’t feel like smiling, just the simple act of curving your mouth into a crescent shape will give you these benefits. And, if you keep at it, soon you’ll find that your mood lifts and you’re smiling for real!

 

 

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Your homework today is to celebrate Smile Day by smiling!

Whether you want to or not, whether you feel like it or not, SMILE!

 

 

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No one is exempt from your smiles today: friends and family are bombarded with your warm and loving smiles; clerks, salespeople, and service personnel are showered with your smiles! Even strangers on the street aren’t going to get away without a big smile from you!

Make a game of it and see how many people you can smile at! Include your family and friends—especially kids—to see who can smile the longest or give away the most smiles today.

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Have fun and SMILE!

You can do it—I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Bargained with Life

 

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My Wage

I bargained with Life for a penny,

And Life would pay no more,

However I begged at evening,

When I counted my scanty store.

For Life is a just employer,

He gives you what you ask,

But once you have set the wages,

Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,

Only to learn, dismayed,

That any wage I had asked of Life,

Life would have willingly paid.

-Jessie B. Rittenhouse

 

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Your homework today is to note the areas of your life where you are settling—doing, having, being less than what you know you’re capable of. Take the time to sit down and figure out why you’re reconciling yourself to less than what you could have. Brainstorm ideas and actions you can implement to help yourself. And, of course, follow through and make the steps!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review the Week: The Sun

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This post is inspired by today’s beautiful sunrise. The colors were so vibrant and rich. The scene was breathtaking and you couldn’t help but to stop and stare in awe. As Dad would say, Mother Nature sure did put on quite a show for us this morning! While I was admiring the sunrise, the words “the sun will come out tomorrow” were in my mind. I thought about this and had to admit that in the long run, things eventually work out for the best, even though it may take a while. This then led me to realize that no matter how narrow or how rocky the path to my dreams may be, if I can keep my eye on the sun—my goals and dreams—then things will work out. I thought about the times that I skidded off the path into a gully and the times that I seemed to have taken a wrong turn and found myself at the bottom of a deep, gloomy ravine, not able to see the sun—meaning that I lost sight of my goals and dreams. The natural feelings in this situation are discouragement and lack of motivation. But the antidote to this is keeping in mind images of the sun—specific things gained by pressing forward toward my goals and dreams. One of my suns is being able to reach out in a wider and bigger way to help others achieve their dreams. What’s your sun?

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Your homework today is to take the time to get specific about what exactly your sun is. It’s fine if your sun is financial gain, just make sure at the core of it is a product or service that you love and are passionate about.   List the things that are your suns. Have pictures of them, if you can. Keep these handy and refer to them often, especially if you’re at the bottom of that deep and dark ravine. Referring to this list and these images will remind you that there is a sun and you will find it. As you review your week, evaluate what needs tweaking and, in light of this, how you plan to fine-tune your upcoming week. Also remember to note the tasks that went well, the projects you crossed off your To Do list, and the increments of progress you’re seeing. Celebrate these! They’re victories! It doesn’t matter how small or humble, they all add up and are moving you that much closer to your dreams. Yay you! Do something fun and indulgent to applaud yourself. You’ve earned it! You can do it! Congratulations! I’m so proud of you! Your Friend and Pep Pal, Lauren

The Perfect Time

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Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

— Napoleon Hill

 

We’ve all fallen into the trap of thinking that we aren’t quite ready to begin because we need more information or we need to meet the right people. We might think that the plan we’ve come up with is not complete: it needs tweaking, it needs the details worked out—even the teensy tiny ones.

These reasons have us completely convinced that we really can’t start right now.

It’s important to recognize that we’ll never have all the information or have all the details worked out. That’s because we can’t really anticipate what we’ll need as we get farther along in our journey—things never turn out to be what we thought they’d be. And, the timing is always going to be awkward and inconvenient.

This means that after doing our due diligence and have a reasonable plan then it’s time to begin, no matter what.

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Your homework today is to take the next step. Break the step into pieces and break those into parts and break those into little bits. Choose a little bit and do it.

You don’t have to take a big flying leap; you don’t have to be going at 100 miles an hour. It’s less intimidating and less overwhelming if you take small little bits of steps and move at a slower pace.

Just take the first step, then the next one, then the one after that. Keep going!

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Hope, A Poem

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A Poem to Hope 

Never go gloomy, use your mind,

Hope is a better companion than fear; 

Providence, ever benignant and kind,

Gives with a smile what you take with a tear; 

All will be right,

Look to the light, 

Morning was ever the daughter of night;

All that was black will be all that is bright. 

Many a fore is a friend in disguise,

Many a trouble a blessing most true, 

Remember these words of wisdom and wise,

Your life will be easier and you will not be blue. 

Never lose your hope, follow your plan

And live life doing all that you can.

~Anonymous

 

Your homework today is to make a list or keep a journal, or in some way make a note of, things that give you hope. This will be a wonderful reference for you when you feel anxious, frustrated, disappointed—when you’re feeling less than your best.

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Here are some things that may give you hope:

~Children laughing and playing

~Reading inspirational poems and writings

~Studying your belief system’s holy books

~Talking to a trusted friend

~Spending time with loved ones

~Spending time with Nature.

Take the time to answer the question “What gives me hope or makes me feel hopeful?” Write down everything that strikes a chord with you.

Keep your list handy and refer to it often—especially when you’re feeling off kilter.

I know you can do this!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren