Difficulties and Problems: Review

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From this week’s posts, here are take-aways that can help you move forward:

Monday: Instead of thinking of difficulties as more “toil and trouble, boil and bubble…” think of them as an unfolding that will reveal gifts and benefits to you (click here for that post);

Tuesday: Problems usually arise because we’re reluctant to make a decision (click here for that post);

Wednesday: There isn’t any such thing as a problem-free life; accept this fact and choose to move forward instead of letting difficulties derail you (click here for that post);

Thursday: We had a few quotes from Earl Nightingale–ones that can be the lifeline to cling to when we’re in the midst of difficulties and problems (click here for that post);

Friday:  Earth is an awesome place.  Aren’t we the lucky ones to live here (click here for that post)!

 

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Look over the posts and make a note of the suggestions that ring true for you. Or, perhaps there are a few of them that you can combine into something that will help you.  It could be, too, that reviewing these suggestions will spark ideas of your own.

Make a note of everything that seems like a good idea. Keep it handy in some type of filing system for easy retrieval.  Use liberally when you need it!

And, as you review the posts and review your week, make note of the progress you made no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. It all counts!

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CELEBRATE THIS!!

WooHoo!

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Happy Earth Day 2016!

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THANK YOU, EARTH!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

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Difficulties and Problems: Golden Wisdom from Earl Nightingale

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As I’ve stated in other posts, Earl Nightingale was the first motivational/inspirational speaker who made an impact on me. Although I’d heard other speakers in the past, it was Earl Nightingale’s practical approach to Life’s problems that made sense to me. For the first time, his wisdom and guidance gave me useful tools that helped me move forward from where I had been stuck.

For #ThrowbackThursday, here are a few quotes from Earl that I hope will help you:

Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; wherever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable. ― Earl Nightingale

The danger isn’t usually as dangerous as life and death. The danger is actually alerting us to the fact that we’re out of our comfort zone–YAY!–and we need to pay attention. If we’re aware and mindful, we’ll probably see additional opportunities that we wouldn’t have otherwise noticed!

 

Problems are challenges to creative minds. Without problems, there would be little reason to think at all. ― Earl Nightingale, How to Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds

In yesterday’s post (click here to be taken to it), I tried to get across this very point: Successful people don’t have a lack of problems and that’s why they’re successful. No, successful people are successes because they don’t shy away from problems; instead they learned how to solve them–they developed their own methods of dealing with and solving problems.

 

Successful people are not without problems. They’re simply people who’ve learned to solve their problems. ― Earl Nightingale, How to Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds

This is a further thought on what we talked about in yesterday’s post (click here to be taken to it). Some of the richest people in the world are those who actually seek out problems–the harder the better, in their minds! That’s because these people know that by solving the big, tough problems, their rewards will be immense.

 

When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated … he has a chance to learn something. ― Earl Nightingale, How to Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds

We talked about this in Monday’s post (click here to be taken to it) and in Tuesday’s post (click here to be taken to it). Look at problems and difficulties as tools that are helping you grow and develop so that you can step up to the next level.

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It all boils down to one thing: In spite of smooth sailing or rocky going, take the next step, no matter how tiny. Keep moving forward relentlessly and unshakably.

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Difficulties and Problems: They’re Here to Stay

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There’s no such thing as a problem-free life. You’re either in a problem, coming out of a problem, or headed toward a problem. ~Unknown

The advertising industry has sold us a bunch of crap. They’ve told us that once we achieve our “dreams” in the form of their luxury car, or their exotic vacation, looking young and fit using their system, etc. we won’t have any more problems. That’s a lot of bunk.

But we’ve bought it hook, line, and sinker.

We think once we achieve our dreams, we’ll be on Easy Street: everyone will be nice to us, we’ll be fit and look ten years younger than we are, everything we touch will turn to gold….

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Of course once we’re living the life of our dreams, it’s going to be totally amazing, but we’re still going to have problems. They’ll be much different than the ones we’re having now, but they’ll still come to us, encouraging us to rise to the next level in our growth and development.

So, don’t worry about or focus on your problems. Instead, accept them as a normal and natural part of life and get going toward your dreams. Take the next step!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Difficulties and Problems: How they Come About

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It’s because you’re not making a decision that you’re running into problems. ~Anonymous

To add to today’s quote, and to tie it into yesterday’s post (click here to be taken to it), the decision we may be having trouble making is related to our reluctance–outright fear, even–of stepping into the next level of our True Selves.

Perhaps it’s because we’re resisting The Universe’s gentle push to step farther into our True Lives–okay, you’re right, sometimes it feels like The Universe is throwing us under a bus!

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As yesterday’s post alludes, although it’s work, it’s like the work you do opening your gifts on your birthday. It takes effort to rip off the bows and wrapping paper–especially if you have a joker in the family who likes to wrap things extra tight! And you have to work to open that box–especially the dreaded hard plastic package that some items are encased in. And it takes some work when you see the nerve-wracking words “Some Assembly Required”. But you know for sure that as you put the work in, you WILL get the gift. And the work WILL be worth it–even the “Some Assembly Required” work!

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This is the same thing with difficulties and problems. Do the work of being present, of observing and being aware of what’s being presented to you. Do the work of saying “yes” so the Gift is revealed. Even a small “yes” to a little piece of the Gift is good.

Always remember that decisions are exactly the same as steps: You can break big decisions into little tidbits of decisions and make them one little decision at a time.

WooHoo for tidbits!

The Gift is there for you, wanting you to hurry up and claim it!

What decision do you need to make? What little tidbit of it can you say “yes” to?

Accept the Gift!

I know you can do it!

Let me know how it’s going for you in the comments section below. And let me know how you’re enjoying your Gift!  🙂

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Difficulties and Problems: Another Way to Look at Them

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Difficulties are to show us all the Gifts we have inside.  ~Victoria Osteen

 

I never thought of difficulties quite this way. I knew that, even though they were painful and, well, difficult, that difficulties were an opportunity to dig deep and find out what’s inside.

My thought sounds the same as Victoria’s, but there’s a subtle difference. With my thought–that we have to roll up our sleeves and dig in–it contains the idea of added difficulty on top of the difficulty I’m trying to solve.

Ack!

With Victoria’s thought, to me, it’s more like an unfolding–like a flower blooming. The work we have to do with her thought is along the lines of being present, being aware, recognizing, accepting, then fashioning those gifts into something that’s valuable to my life and to the world.

I like Victoria’s thought better!

It’s still work, but, to me, Victoria’s thought infers that there’s a payoff at the end of the work. On the other hand, my original thought had me feeling that perhaps there’s a payoff…but I’m going to have to work awfully hard to get it!

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I definitely like Victoria’s thought better!   🙂

How about you? When you hit a difficulty, do you think you have to get out your pick and shovel and start digging or do you watch closely as the flower unfolds revealing its beauty in each moment?

Let me know in the comments section below. Or join us on Facebook and let us know what you think!  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Noblesse Oblige: We Owe It to the World

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We all have been Gifted by the Divine. We have the talents, innate knowing, and abilities that are needed to manifest our Divine Gifts. Of course we may have to roll up our sleeves and develop our talents and abilities, and we may have to learn more to fully support our innate knowing, but everything we need is already inside all of us.

It is also part of our Gift that we have the honor of manifesting it here, right where we are, right at this time.

We owe it to the world because we know better.

We have knowledge that no one else has; our particular take is different than anyone else’s. Other people may have similar knowledge, but they have their own take on it, not ours.

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We owe it to the world to get out there and make our dreams come true because this is how we manifest our Divine Gifts.

Let’s all take the next step today! WooHoo!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren