About Time: Additional Realizations

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Yesterday we talked about how all we have is 24 hours a day (click here to be taken to the post). We can’t store up time to carry into the future and we can’t sneak those hours we wasted yesterday into today.

24 hours is all we get.

So, instead of thinking about how we can save time or make more time, perhaps it’s better if we ask ourselves:

“What’s the best use of my time right here right now in this moment?”  

Forget about yesterday because the vault is sealed and securely locked against anything we might do to access it. Don’t dwell on tomorrow’s time because there’ll be plenty of time–24 hours, as a matter of fact!–to take care of the hours.

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Focus on today and this moment.

Use today’s 24 hours as best, most efficiently, and most effectively as possible. 

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Quote that Got Me Thinking

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You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness—the elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends!—depends on that. … We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is. ~Arnold Bennett, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

 

All of us have only 24 hours each day. We can’t take the hours we wasted yesterday and bring them into today.  We can’t save any time from today and carry it into tomorrow.

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All we have is today’s 24 hours.

Exactly and precisely 24 hours.

How are you going to use yours?

Will you fritter it away, claiming you’re too tired or too busy or tomorrow will be a better day?

Or will you use it to take the next step toward your dreams, even if it’s just a teensy tiny step?

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Mother’s Day 2016, Mom!

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© 2016 Yes I Can Pep Talks

 

For all mothers everywhere, whether biologically a mother or someone (male or female) who’s stepped up to the plate to fill the void, THANK YOU for all you do.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Hit the Reset Button on Your Thoughts

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If you want to change your life, be very aware of the thoughts you’re thinking. Be very purposeful and determined in what you think and what you don’t think.

You’ll know when you need to press the reset button on your thoughts when you’re feeling any of the following emotions (and related emotions):

Grumpy = hit the reset button

Cranky = hit the reset button

Sad = hit the reset button

Frustrated = hit the reset button

Annoyed = hit the reset button

Angry = hit the reset button

Impatient = hit the reset button

Mad = hit the reset button

Judgmental = hit the reset button

Gossiping = hit the reset button

Unforgiving = hit the reset button

Intolerant = hit the reset button

Mean = hit the reset button

Worried = hit the reset button

Fretting = hit the reset button

Anxious = hit the reset button

Terrified = hit the reset button

Blah = hit the reset button

Listless = hit the reset button

Blue = hit the reset button

Tired = hit the reset button

Bored = hit the reset button

Lethargic = hit the reset button

Sleepy = hit the reset button

 

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In other words, if you aren’t energized, enthusiastic, happy, content, pleased, satisfied, hopeful, kind (or other related emotions and feelings), then

HIT THE RESET BUTTON ON YOUR THOUGHTS!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review Your Week: Celebrate the Small Stuff

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You may have had a really tough week and the last thing you want to do is look back over it and be reminded of all the times you fumbled and stumbled. You don’t want to think about all the projects at work and at home that are still undone; all the emails from friends and family that you still haven’t replied to; all the myriad of ways you just aren’t measuring up.

First of all, whose measuring stick are you using to gauge yourself by?

Secondly, I’ll bet you’re doing just fine.

Here are a few reasons why I think so:

~Perhaps instead of coming down hard on someone–justifiably so–you erred on the side of kindness and compassion and gave them a break–cut them some slack–and it turned out to be just enough elbow room for them to take the next step.

~Maybe you held the door for someone, smiled at a passerby, let someone pull in front of you in traffic. It could be something as simple as returning a library book and the timing was such that a person who desperately needed its wisdom was able to check it out.

~You showed up in your life. You did the best you could to take care of your responsibilities and obligations.  And by doing so, in hundreds of ways that you’ll never know about, you helped make the world a little softer and gentler.

 

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Don’t turn your nose up at the small things because you just don’t know the ripple effect they’ll have not only in your life but in someone else’s as well.

Celebrate the small stuff! It’s all good–it all counts!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Rest: 51 Ideas–Something for Everyone!

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I found this article about 51 Ways to Take a Break at Work  (click here to be taken to it). There are some great suggestions!

When you are choosing your favorites from this list, note which categories they fall under. If they’re all falling under one or two of the categories, it may be a clue from your body or your subconscious–either something that your mind/body/soul is craving or it could be a nudge from your Still Small Voice.  Make a note of it and let it simmer on the back burner of your mind.  You never know what interesting thing might pop out!

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I found that the suggestions that appealed to me the most were under the “Relaxing” category. I liked #36:  Do Nothing for Two Minutes, and #40:  Browse National Geographic’s photo archives.  It’s interesting that I gravitated toward “Relaxing”; I’ve been burning the midnight oil lately and have been hoping I can carve out a little down time this weekend.

What activities appealed to you? Let me know in the comments below!  Thanks!

Enjoy your Break Time!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Rest: Good for What Ails You

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Have you had days when it seems as if it gets off on the wrong foot and then goes downhill from there?

Or perhaps the day started out great but then there was a little glitch…you recovered but then there’s another one, and then another. Next thing you know, it’s an avalanche and you’re buried underneath it all.

I’ve had those days, too.

Short periods of rest are important every day but when everything seems to be going wrong and you’re overwhelmed, it’s vitally important to take a rest break. 

While you’ll probably use part of the break to lick your wounds, get through that phase as quickly as possible.

It’s critically important that you take the time to center yourself in the knowledge that you ARE capable, competent, valuable; your contributions ARE important, needed, and vital.

Use your rest periods to build yourself up! 

Now is the time to take out the list of power statements about yourself that you keep handy. Now is the time to repeat them to yourself.

Now is the time to turn on your playlist of inspirational, motivational music and messages. Now is the time to listen to those songs and messages and nothing else.

If you haven’t done this for yourself or if you can’t find your list, go to the Pep Rally category on this blog and read those posts. Take out the power phrases and pep words that resonate with you and that give you a boost.  Repeat them to yourself often and all day long.

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If you don’t have a playlist, here are ones that work for me that I’ve shared in posts:   What I’ve Learned:  Outside of the Comfort Zone posted on 2/10/16 and Playlist for When You’re Feeling Discouraged posted on 3/29/16, and for a list of inspirational videos in the post Change:  Videos to Inspire You  posted on 4/11/16. When you find a song or a speech that resonates with you, listen to it often.  If possible, have it playing quietly in the background all day long.

You can do this; you can make your rest breaks count. You have what it takes to turn your attitude to the positive.

Celebrate yourself because you ARE awesome!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren