I Coulda Been a Contender Revisited

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The Universe is a big place. Like a fine old-fashioned watch, there are a lot of gears, cogs, wheels, and the like that are connected and interdependent.

Particle scientist and Quantum Physicists are laying the groundwork to prove that even the slightest variations in the behavior of quarks, the smallest particles that scientists are currently able to detect, may be able to affect galaxies. It’s known as the Butterfly Effect, where very small actions in one part of a system can have complex and far-reaching effects in another area of the system.

This is explaining another look that we’re taking at what we touched upon in a post last week when we fantasize about how wonderful our lives could have been “if only…”.

The life you’re living–the one you have right here and right now, complete with all the good and bad–you have no idea how it’s connected to the larger whole. And it IS connected. You may never know how you’re connected to the immensity, not even when you move on to what ever is next after this existence.

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It may take us perfecting ourselves to the point where we can’t tell the difference between Divine Intelligence and ourselves before we “get it” about what our role has been.

So, because we don’t know–and we’ll never know, at least in this lifetime–how we fit in with all of Creation, we should probably stop torturing ourselves about it. We should accept that we’ll probably won’t ever have irrefutable proof from outside of us that the life we’ve chosen to live–not the ones of our “if only” fantasies–was the best and most valuable one to us, to the world, and to the Universe.

So stop thinking “if only…” and “what if…” and get busy living our lives to the best of our ability right here and right now.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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I’m Okay, You’re Okay

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This is the title of a self-help book that was popular in the 1970s. It’s about helping people feel good about who they are, even though they are not exactly like anyone else.  Even today, we’re told that we’re perfect just the way we are.  In fact, Mr. Rogers is famous for saying “I like you just the way you are.”

Some people meet these statements with cynicism and distain. But these statements are true:

 

You are okay being who you are;

You are perfect at being you;

You are worthy to be liked as yourself.

 

Does this mean that everyone is going to like us, respect us, treat us gloriously, and celebrate us?

Of course not.

But that should not deter us, block us, or stop us from being who we truly are. The more that we are who we are, the more we’re going to create circumstances where we WILL meet people who like us, respect us, treat us gloriously, and celebrate us.

There is a catch with these statements, though, and it creates confusion. I think it comes in when we think that these statements mean we can sit back and stop developing ourselves, that we no longer need to refining our personalities, and that we can quit learning about ourselves and understanding ourselves at deeper levels.

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No matter what, it’s vitally important that we still improve, elevate, and transcend who we are now to a better, clearer version of ourselves.  

We do this by taking seriously that thing (or those things) that your heart and soul are urging you toward and regularly moving toward it/them.

You can do it!

Please pass this post along to your friends. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Open to the Goodness of the Universe

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“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions, and they do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction. Rachel Carson, from her speech when she accepted the John Burroughs Medal in 1952

Today’s a perfect day to be open to all the little “bits and bobs” of Goodness that the Universe has for each of us.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Delaying Your Dreams

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Every day you put off your dreams is not pushing your dreams back one day later. Actually, it’s exponential that you’ve pushed them back.  ~Les Brown

 

I got to thinking about this quote trying to figure out what Les Brown meant by “…it’s exponential that you’ve pushed them (your dreams) back.”

 

Here’s what I’ve come up with:

As you work toward your dreams, the Unseen/Unknown goes to work supporting you, helping you, guiding you, preparing the way for you, bringing events and people and situations together in just the right mix at just the right time for you.  It does this to support you taking the next step to make it to your dreams.

So, when you don’t work toward your dreams one day, all that intricate timing and fitting together falls apart and the opportunities and options and breaks and serendipitous and lucky events all evaporate.  It takes time and effort and planning and working behind the scenes for the Unseen/Unknown to bring things together again for you.

The kicker is, though, it won’t be the same opportunity, option, lucky break, serendipitous event.

Will it be better than the one that would have come along if you had kept on keeping on? Who knows?

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In my opinion, it’s better to play it safe and take full advantage of all that the Unseen/Unknown has set up for you. You do this by TAKING THE NEXT STEP!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Sooner or Later?

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We are all excited when we have a new idea–a good idea–and we’re eager to get going on it, but all we seem to be able to do is talk about it. And, fairly soon, we’ve talked the idea to death and it has no joy or energy or oomph to it any more.

How do we stop this from happening? How do we harness the enthusiasm of the idea formation stage and let it power us into the action phase?

It comes down to asking ourselves one question and being very very honest with the answer: will our lives be better if we achieved our dreams sooner or will our lives be better if we achieved our dreams later?

If you answer that your life will be better if you achieved your dreams later on, then by all means procrastinate and drag your feet. Throw in the towel and give up a time or two as well.  Dawdle and hesitate for as long as you can!

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But if you answered that your life would be better if you achieved your dreams sooner, then TAKE THE NEXT STEP RIGHT NOW! And keep taking steps as often as you can!

YOU get to decide when you’ll achieve your dreams–whether it’ll be sooner or if it’ll be later, if at all.

So, what’ll it be?

Let me know in the comments below!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

A Good Reason to Fold Moments of Silence Into Your Day

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Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do. ~Kathleen Winsor

Most of us can relate to today’s quote because we all have a looooooong To Do list that’s filled with tasks, jobs, and projects. When we take a moment to scrutinize it and really think about the items on the list, we’ll probably find that most of them are driven by what society or marketing experts or other people have told us we should be focusing on.

Where are the items that are important to us?

Oh, those are the ones waaaaaaaaay down at the bottom of the list in that teensy tiny print…that is if they’ve even made the list in the first place!

So, what are we going to do about this? How can we change this so what we think is important is moved up closer to the top of the list?

That’s were a regular practice of silence comes in.

When we take the time every day (ideally) or regularly throughout our week for quiet inward listening, we’ll find that we’ll become more in tune with ourselves. As this happens, we’re more apt to hear and feel the warning bells and the urgings that we give ourselves when we’re feeling out of balance and harried.

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As we develop this heightened self-awarensss, our confidence in ourselves, our thoughts, what we want, and our dreams increases and we’re more likely to take action and follow through on what we deem to be important in our lives.

It’s a simple practice that can be done in 15 minute daily chunks. Give it a try and let me know what you think–use the comment section below!

You can do it, I know you can!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Reminder: It Has Nothing to Do with You

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I was looking through the archives of my blog posts and came across one that I thought would be a good reminder for us. Originally, I posted it a little over two years ago: on August 16, 2014.

Here is the post:

What other people’s standards are has nothing to do with you.

What other people value, want, like, dream of, think about, talk about, hope for has nothing to do with you.

What other people think you ought to do, should do, better do, has nothing to do with you.

It isn’t your responsibility, obligation, or job to follow what other people think you should do regarding your dreams.

The only thing that is your responsibility is tuning into the Still Small Voice and the urgings of your heart and soul.

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I hope this post was a good reminder for you, just like it was for me.

It’s so easy to be influenced by other people’s thoughts, ideas, wants, desires, values, etc.. It’s even easier to allow those thoughts, desires, and values to cause us to second-guess ourselves. And, it’s easier still to then decide that perhaps other people are right–maybe they have some insider knowledge on what’s the secret and the shortcut to the life of our dreams.

The truth is that what they think, say, do, have, want, etc., has nothing at all to do with us.

We’re free to listen politely and then go along on our merry way following our heart, soul, and our Still Small Voice! J

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren