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Your Friend and Pep Pal,





Connecting the Dots: An Example



Yesterday we talked about a portion of Steven Jobs’ famous 2005 commencement speech about connecting the dots.   From personal experience, I’ve come to see the truth of Jobs’ statements:  you really don’t know how the dots will connect until you can look back over your life.

My example is taking Business Typing with Mrs. Haskell. I really didn’t want to take it because I was not interested in becoming a secretary or an office assistant.  As a teen, I thought I’d have some sort of executive job and I’d have secretaries and assistants who would do the typing for me.  My parents, though, counseled that it couldn’t hurt to take the typing class.  They knew that at some point I wanted to get married and have children and they said I might find that I needed a part-time job while raising the kids and businesses are always looking for good typists.

Reluctantly, I signed up for the class. Although Mrs. Haskell was a taskmaster, I learned many skills that have served me well throughout my life.  For instance, I learned how to type without looking at the keyboard.  Also, I learned how to format a business letter:  the correct salutations to use and the proper closings; how to write a clear, succinct letter and how to indicate there were enclosures with that letter; and how to properly address a business envelope.

I’ve written many letters over the years–to my child’s teachers, to companies explaining returns, letters to business associates congratulating them on their achievements, etc.–and each time I was grateful to Mrs. Haskell.

The skill that I am also very grateful for is typing, the very skill at which I turned up my nose. Not only did it help me with creating professional letters but, more importantly, when computers “took over the world”, I had no trouble with using the keyboard.  Many people I knew, particularly the men, used the “hunt and peck” method using just two or three fingers on the keyboard.  It was one thing about using computers that I didn’t have to learn–yay!

With today’s mobile phones, iPads, tablets, and the like, touch-typing (as it’s called) is becoming less critical. However, that doesn’t diminish my gratitude to my parents for their wise counsel (once again!) and for Mrs. Haskell in holding us to her high standards.

Thank you!

How have the dots connected for you? Let me know in the comments below!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Connecting the Dots: Don’t Lose Hope


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I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about a portion of the famous Steven Job’s 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University where he talks about connecting the dots.

We were agreeing that this is so true: you don’t know how the dots will connect in your life.  And you won’t know until you have the perspective of time, meaning that you’ll see in retrospect that the dots have, or are in the process of, connecting up.

Sometimes that perspective of time is a long, long time. It isn’t a matter of days, weeks, or months.  And sometimes you can’t see the dots connecting after a year or even five years.  Sometimes it takes living nearly your whole life–40 or more years–before you start to see dots connecting and how events in your life have fit together to get you to where you are and to make you who you are.

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So, don’t lose hope if it seems like in spite of all your hard work and dedication that you seem off track and that things aren’t coming together. Keep going because in time you’ll see how it all fits together–how the dots connect.

Bookmark Steven Job’s speech and refer to it often–especially when you need a reminder about connecting the dots in your life.

Please pass this post along to a friend–thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Leap of Faith: Take It


Last night I watched a Christmas movie. What, you mean you don’t have Christmas in July?  😉

It was a Hallmark movie about a minister, in the midst of a crisis in faith, who came to a small village in England, and the miraculous events that ensue. The movie is called The Christmas Candle, and here’s the link:

One minor character said and did something that was noteworthy and relevant to this blog. She was unmarried and, since it was the early 20th Century in England, she desperately wanted a husband.

Note: Small Spoiler Alert!

Because of an event, she thought that the unmarried minister might be The One, so she gave him a home-baked pie. He was very polite, professional, and gentle in not returning her affections (he’s the hero of the story, after all!).  Due to another event, she meets a man that turns out to be her future husband.

She summed up the whole experience by saying that she knew what she wanted and she thought she’d found it so she took a leap of faith. She went on to say that it turned out to be in the wrong direction but her course was set right and she did end up meeting her future husband.

This got me to thinking….

I don’t know about you, but sometimes, when I’ve been faced with having to take a leap of faith, I’ve hesitated. I’ve tried to think it through and evaluate the pros and cons.  I’ve tried to look down the road and anticipate the outcome of taking the leap of faith as well as not taking it.  Sometimes, I’ve decided not to take the leap of faith because it seemed to iffy, like too big of a chance.

Have you ever done that?

In hearing what the character said in the movie, I’ve also realized that when I have taken the leap of faith, things manage to work out. I may not get what I originally thought I would, but what I do receive deepens and enriches my life in a way I hadn’t anticipated.

So, next time you’re faced with a leap of faith, take it! And, enjoy the adventure!

Please share this post with a friend–thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Darkness: Turn Up Your Light!

I was chatting with a co-worker today about the recent shootings we’ve had. We were both still stunned by the senselessness of the tragedies and how nuts the world seems right now.  She mentioned that she wouldn’t say she’s depressed but she’s definitely had enough of the craziness.  She says she takes every opportunity to spend time at home.  It’s a place where she can shut out the madness and have an oasis of calmness and peace.

That’s the great thing about home. It’s our own space that we’ve made to suit us; it’s a place where we feel comfortable and secure.

So, I agreed with her strategy and told her that sometimes we need to take a step back and make sense of the world and our lives.

But then she said something that got me to thinking and is really sticking with me.

She said she’s been thinking a lot about a sermon that her minister gave this past weekend. Instead of directly addressing the violence, he took a slightly different view.  He advised his parishioners to not let the darkness in the world hide the Light that was given to them to share with the world.

My co-worker said that when she heard that, it was like a refreshing breeze that revitalized her. She said that it’s inspired her to not only let her light shine but to also think of ways to make it shine brighter.

She declared that there was no way that the darkness was going to overtake her light!

Sounds like a great plan! Please join us in fighting the darkness and shining your light even brighter than before!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Someone’s Miracle


Maybe the reason why you were born is so that you can be someone else’s miracle. Maybe the answer to your miracle is when you become someone else’s miracle. ~Unknown


So many times I hear friends and acquaintances talk about knotty problems in their lives, and they end their story with “It’ll take a miracle to solve it.” They then proceed to look outside of themselves and hope and pray they see the miracle they need on the horizon and heading toward them.

But, what if there’s a different way to look at our challenges and difficulties?

Today’s quote encourages us to flip our thinking. Instead of sitting around as we’re waiting for our miracle to arrive, use that waiting time to be someone else’s miracle.  And, it just might be that as we help someone get the miracle they need, we also break the log jam for ourselves and, like a miracle, we figure out the solution we need.

Give it a try and let me know how it works!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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A Note:  I am not sure why but my posts from this weekend were not published.  Here is the one for Saturday.  I’ll publish the next one as soon as I can.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

Let these quotes help you start off the week on the right foot. Keep handy the one that resonates the most clearly with you.  Refer to it often this week.

Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them. ~Vaibhav Shah 


A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. ~David Brinkley 


No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.~ Anonymous 


Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem. ~Anonymous and Artisans Workshop Designs and Artisans Workshop Designs

All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. ~Michael John Bobak 


People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar


Your Friend and Pep Pal,