Nothing Will Ever be Perfect, But DON’T Let That Stop You!

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On my FaceBook page, I posted a sort video from Ros Place, who is the Ros of Angels with Ros. I’ve followed her for about a year now and I find her to be sincere and encouraging. I also enjoy her delightful personality!

So, when I came across this very short video of Ros’ where she talks about going ahead with doing what brings you satisfaction and joy in spite of imperfections, I knew I had to share it with you.

She’s absolutely right that nothing is perfect. It’s never the perfect time, your ducks will never be perfectly lined up, the stars will never be perfectly aligned. The key is to go ahead anyway.

Of course think things through and have some sort of structure or plan, but keep it loose. Be open to—be prepared to, actually—change and tweak things as you go along. But go along—start! And then keep going!

Take a look at Ros’ video then let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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How to be Truly Free!

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Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep—or I’ll wake in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep. In each instance, my mind is racing and there’s a tight, fist-sized knot in my stomach.

Has this ever happened to you?

I came across this short article by Byron Katie where she talks about the four questions that are at the core of The Work, her method of self-inquiry.

The four questions are:

  1. Is it true?
  2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
  3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
  4. Who would you be without that thought?

 

In the article, she gives examples of how to use these questions. They’re simple questions, but the results can be profound. The point of these questions is to help you pinpoint the essentials of what’s bothering you—the core or essence of the thought and emotion, which is what you believe about it. Not what it is in fact, but rather the subjectivity of your belief.

Once you “get it” that it’s your belief about things, situations, events, and people—not the people, events, situations, and things themselves, but rather your perception and your belief that’s causing you pain and suffering, then you can stop. You can regain your equilibrium and your inner peace.

The good news about this is that it means you aren’t dependent upon any person, any place, any thing, any circumstance in order to be happy and fulfilled.  

No one and no thing can steal your joy or rain on your parade because it’s 100% your choice.

This realization is a relief to me because then it means I am not subject to things beyond my control. I no longer have to be buffeted by others’ moods and the general imperfections of Life.

Yippee!

Is this realization a relief to you, too? What do you think of the Byron Katie article? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Quotes to Help You Begin Your Week with Good Thoughts

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Like first impressions when meeting someone new, it’s always a good idea to put your best foot forward and start your week off the right way.

Here are a few quotes to help you do just that:

 

One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart. ~Linda Poindexter

 

Every Flower must grow through dirt. ~Laurie Sennott

 

I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength. ~Alex Elle

 

If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello. ~Paulo Coehlo

 

Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You may not be where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. ~Rick Warren

 

Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already. ~Dave Willis

 

Was there one (or more) quote(s) that resonated with you? If so, keep it handy with you this week and refer to it often!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Interesting, Thought-Provoking, Quotes

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The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. – Mark Twain

 

Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to maintain balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

 

The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible. ~Unknown

 

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

 

People aren’t against you; they are for themselves. ~Unknown

 

The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later. ~Unknown

 

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. – John A. Shedd

 

When you realize that no one really knows what they are doing and that everyone is doing the best they can according to their own level of consciousness, life gets a lot easier. ~Unknown

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Laughing it Up: Some Resources

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This week we’ve been talking about the benefits of laughing.   Sometimes we all need help in bringing more laughter into our lives. The following are some ideas of where to look:

~Local library:  Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and more, that can make you laugh

~Meetups (www.meetup.com):  Groups focusing on positive thinking, happiness, joy, and more

~Happiness Club (www.happinessclub.com):  Find groups near where you live—or start your own chapter

~YouTube:   Videos of: people laughing, how-to’s on doing laughter yoga, videos of people being  silly, old sit-coms, old movies, and more.

 

Hope these help you add laughter to your day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Laughter: Antidote to Worry, Anger, Depression, and More!

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Life can weigh heavy on us.  Everywhere we turn we see something that frightens us, frustrates us, or makes us feel helpless and hopeless.  When we feel these emotions, we’re less creative, less resilient, and less energetic.  We can have trouble shaking off these feelings and getting ourselves back on track—positive thinking and affirmations sometimes aren’t enough to help us press the reset button.

But three cheers for laughter!  It can:

 

~lift your mood

~increase endorphins

~lower stress

~help you sleep better

~improve memory and recall

~burns calories

~enhances learning

~oxygenates your blood, brain, and body

~increases blood flow

~lower blood sugar levels

~massages your organs and tissues

~lowers heart rate and blood pressure

~improved immune system

~helps you cope better with Life’s ups and downs

~promotes relaxation

~improve your quality of life

~relieve pain

~strengthen your social connections.

 

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Don’t delay;

Start laughing today!

🙂

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Love the One You’re With: YOU!

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Here are a few quotes to follow yesterday’s theme of loving and appreciating yourself:

 

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection.  ~Buddha

 

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time.  Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.  ~M. Scott Peck

 

When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.  ~Jean Shinoda Bolen

 

Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?  ~Brigham Young

 

To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.  ~Denis Waitley

 

Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth.  Only you can be responsible for that.  If you can’t love and respect yourself, no one else will be able to make that happen.  Accept who you are, completely—the good and the bad—and make changes as YOU see fit, not because you think someone else wants you to or to make others like you.  ~Stacey Charter

 

Let me know which one(s) you liked!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren