Renegades Part 3

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We’ve talked a lot about renegades and people making drastic and extreme decisions in order to live the life of their dreams. We’ve also talked about people who made less drastic but still tough decisions in order to live the life of their dreams.

Yesterday I shared with you a few stories from my own family history as well as the family histories of my friends where ancestors stepped out of the role that was expected of them and did something very different.

You, too, have this frisky DNA within you!

I know I’ve said that to you in several posts this week and it’s important enough to keep repeating.

Many times we come across rough patches, challenges, and seemingly insurmountable barricades. We think we’re the only ones this has happened to and that there’s no happy solution.  Our ancestors hit roadblocks and had to deal with heartbreaks, too.  They, too, suffered “dark nights of the soul” when they couldn’t turn back but yet there seemed no way forward.  We can see from the perspective of time that they managed to work things out.  Since they did it, we can do it, too!

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It’s helpful to know that other people came across difficulties similar to what we’re facing and figured a way to overcome them. But it’s immeasurably helpful that we can look at our own family tree and see the real, tangible proof that our own relatives managed to work things out, too.  It makes the “you can, too” statement more real and believable rather than hearing a story about someone you don’t know.

What are your family success stories? Write them down and keep them handy so that you can refer to them when you need a boost!  And, feel free to share them in the comments below!

You have wonderful DNA, thanks to your feisty relatives!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Renegades Part 2

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Yesterday we talked how in every family tree there is at least one ancestor who bucked the norms and the status quo and went for their dreams.

Let’s talk about some radical things that our ancestors have done. It’s important to understand that you don’t have to leave your country like some people did.  All you have to do is take your life in your hands and live it the way that pleases you.  That’s all you need to do to build the life of your dreams.

Here are some “radical” things that I know have happened in my family as well as the families of my friends:

~A Catholic fell in love with and married a Protestant;

~Newlyweds decided to move away from the ethnic neighborhood in which all of the family has always lived, and settle on the other side of town;

~A young woman from a wealthy family refused to marry the old man her father had chosen for her and instead emigrated to America with only what she could wear;

~A wealthy young man married the woman he loved who came from a working class family–the wrong side of the tracks;

~A young man went against his father’s advice to learn a trade like all the other men in the family and instead he put himself through college;

~A young woman put herself through college in spite of her father telling her she was wasting her money because she’ll just end up married and raising a family–which she did along with pursuing her profession;

~A young woman was ridiculed and told she was getting uppity for preferring to listen to the great symphonies and operas rather than the bluegrass music her family preferred….

 

Nothing really drastic in that brief list but yet the renegades broke away from “what our family has always done” and that was enough to cause families to label them the “black sheep” of the family or “the one who was too big for his/her britches”. It’s these “ones that no one knows what to do with” who pulled themselves up, oftentimes out of poverty and ignorance, and help others do the same.

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Again I say that you have this DNA within you! Instead of focusing on negative or neutral traits and legacies from your ancestors, focus on the ones who refused to accept “their lot in life” and instead stepped into their destinies.

You can do it, too!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Renegades Part 1

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In light of our recent 4th of July celebrations, I’ve been thinking about people who have made extreme, far-reaching transformations, such as leaving one’s homeland behind.

When these people announced their plans, friends and family may have called these individuals renegades, rebels, and mavericks. I’m sure the friends and family also called these individuals nuts, stubborn, idiots, and difficult.  Perhaps there were some who supported and encouraged these individuals, but they’ve also been threatened with shunning and being kicked out of the group.  They were also told that they’d bring scandal down upon the whole family that the whole family would be marked by this for generations to come.

In spite of this, these individuals have gone forward with their decisions to be the person they were born to be.

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They felt that they couldn’t do it where they were born so they had to find another place that was a better fit for them and their dreams. So they cast aside safety and security, and stepped out into the Great Unknown.

Of course they were scared, but they were also excited. They were powered forward with the conviction that in spite of hardships past, present, and in the future, they were headed to a much better life.  A life where they could take control of it and fashion it to suit them.

They had an intense, unshakable, white-hot reason why they were bucking the system and challenging the odds.

As I said in yesterday’s post, it doesn’t matter where in the world you were born or which nation you call home, you, too, have this DNA within you. So many people’s DNA went into making you that at least one of your ancestors made a radical decision like this–and you have their DNA!

And you, too, can develop the same deep, burning “why” that can propel you forward in spite of the challenges.

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So, go for your dreams. Follow those things you’re passionate about.  Investigate that which interests you!  Go for it!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Unconquerable Human Will

 

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Yesterday, those of us in the U.S. celebrated the day we declared ourselves to be an independent nation. There have been generations of people from all over the world who came here and now their lives are intricate threads in the fabric of our nation.

I think about these people’s resolve–the deep conviction that there was a better life waiting for them and, no matter what, they were going to go for it–living their life their way.

Of course, there were those few for whom leaving their homeland was no struggle at all; their intensely burning dream propelled them forward to the U.S. where opportunities were better for them.

But there were also people who were forced to leave: people who’s religious, personal, or political beliefs clashed with their society’s; people displaced because of conflicts and war; people whose lives were shattered beyond repair and the only option was moving to some place new to begin again.  Some of these people had to flee with only the clothes on their backs!

Throughout time, people have left their homelands behind, usually severing all ties with the known, the comfortable, and that which felt safe and secure. It’s this astounding will to live–and to live the best life possible–that’s coded into all human DNA.

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No matter where you live in the world and no matter how long it’s been since your ancestors emigrated to find a better life, you, too, have the unconquerable human will to live an abundant, fascinating, deeply satisfying life that contains immeasurable joy.

Go for your dreams–you can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy 4th of July: Let Freedom Ring

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No matter where you live, commit to letting freedom ring in your corner of the world. People were born to live the life of their dreams and on one has the right to prohibit or curtail that in any way or form.

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You can model letting freedom ring by going for your dreams and reaching out a helping hand to those around you and encouraging them to live the life of their dreams as well.

You CAN do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Fourth of July Celebration 2016

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Last night my town had their annual fireworks display. Here are a few images for you to enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Golden Wisdom: Be Aware of Your Surroundings!

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I’m sure when you were a kid, your parents were like mine and always told you to be aware of your surroundings. My parents said this so that we would stay safe and sometimes they said it so that we could experience the little gifts and happy surprises that are present in moments throughout the day.

I was reminded of this as I was scrolling through YouTube (seems like I post about this a lot–as if I have nothing else to do but scroll through YouTube!) and I came across a few really cool videos of incredibly talented people doing their thing in public. A few of the people are famous but most are just normal people who are truly gifted.

Here are two that made me remember what Mom and Dad always told us about being aware of our surroundings.

This first one is of a person sitting down at the public piano in St Pancras International Station, London.

His playing is beyond awesome! His hands are going so fast on the keys–and he doesn’t miss one single note! Calling his playing ‘amazing’ is an understatement!

But, see how few people noticed him. There were many people standing right next to him and his piano but they never turned around to see him. And many more just walked on by…didn’t pause in their busy lives to take a moment to enjoy this spectacular treat.

Turns out the piano player was Henri Herbert, the keyboardist for the Jim Jones ReVue–a rock and roll band from London. Ironically, the very people who were ignoring his impromptu gift were the very same people who’d pay a small fortune for a ticket to see him in concert.

Here’s another video of impromptu music playing.

As with Henri Herbert, this  guitar player is amazing and has a distinctive sound. It’s so cool, too, how there were a few passers by who joined him in his music making. And it was wonderful to watch it unfold.

But again, how many people walked on by? There were even people so unaware that they walked right through the trio as they were jamming!

OY!

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So passing along a little Golden Wisdom courtesy of Mom and Dad: Be Aware of Your Surroundings! Enjoy the little gems that are generously shared by your fellow travelers in this world!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren