Exciting Week Ahead!

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“…I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today.” said Piglet

 

Piglet, Winnie the Pooh, and the rest of the gang can be so profound in their simple little statements. With the above quote, Piglet nailed it in one.

Sometimes, I find myself waking up with my stomach knotted as I fret over all I have to do that day and whether or not I can get it all done. It casts a pall over the morning, at least, and I start the day with a lower energy level. And I’m certainly not enthused and rarin’ to get going!

Most of the time, in spite of my early morning worry, the day turns out reasonably well–I’m usually productive with a few happy surprises coming along to brighten the day. In my end-of-day reflections, I wonder how much more I would have enjoyed the day if I didn’t start out with worry which sapped my energy.

I invite you to join me in challenging yourself this week with having your first thought upon waking be Piglet’s quote: “…I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today!”.

Write this sentence on sticky notes, put it in your mobile devices, and adhere it to other places where you’ll see it often.   If things start to go downhill during the day, pull out this quote and remind yourself that the day isn’t done and there’s still exciting and happy things in store for you. Then keep a lookout for them!

You can do it, I know you can!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Back by Popular Demand: Quiet Time

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Today’s update to the post following below is to sit outside today during your quiet time.  Enjoy the splendor and gifts of the new season.  In the Northern Hemisphere we’re enjoying springtime.  In the Southern Hemisphere it’s autumn, which has its own magnificence.

Let the glories of the season surround you and infuse you.  Enjoy and be grateful in your Quiet Time today!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

PS: The article below was originally posted on January 10, 2016.

 

 

Quiet Time

 

Make time for quietness today. Whether you spend that time meditating, praying, being alone with your thoughts, contemplating, or some other practice, take the time to do this today.

It helps make space in your life; it gives you a chance to breathe and just be. It gives you an opportunity to get some perspective on your life and see it in terms of a picture that’s much bigger than you. And, it gives you a chance to process things that may be weighing on you so that you can make your peace with them, let them go, and move on.

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Your homework today is to give priority to Quiet Time first thing in the morning. If you’re new to this and don’t quite know what to do, you can sit quietly and gently think about the things in your life that you’re grateful for—the small, simple things are just fine.

Another technique is to listen quietly to music that uplifts you or softly gaze at a picture that makes you feel good.

Extra credit is to do this first thing every morning and last thing every night before bed.

You go directly to the head of the class if you do this first thing every morning and last thing every night before bed AND if you spend the time focusing on thanking the Universe for all the Goodness It sent your way, regardless of the kind of day you had, and then thinking about some of the things for which you are grateful!

You can do this, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Quotes to Ponder Over the Weekend

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As we head into the weekend, take a moment to read over the following quotes. Choose one that resonates strongly with you and let it perk on the back burner of your mind as you go about your weekend chores and routines. Then take some quite time where you can be alone and undisturbed and mull over the quote you’ve chosen. Jot down the thoughts, insights, and ideas that come to you.

How can you incorporate what you’ve discovered into your days so that you can have a richer, more fulfilling life? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. – Stephen King

 

Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is. – Anne Frank

 

In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. – Tony Robbins

 

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. – Garrison Keillor

 

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. – Edwin Markham

 

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

 

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. -Corrie Boom

 

Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable. -Walt Disney

Letting Go, An Inspirational Poem

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I was clicking around the Internet and came across this poem. I liked it very much because it explains that letting go doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve given up or thrown in the towel. Letting go can mean that you’re allowing a loved one to learn by reaping the consequences of their actions–or inactions. Letting go can mean that you realize it isn’t your place to always solve everyone else’s problems.

Here’s the poem to read for yourself:

Letting Go by Author Unknown

To let go doesn’t mean to stop caring;
It means I can’t do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off…
It’s the realization that I can’t control another…
To let go is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To let go is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To let go is not to try and change or blame another,
I can only change myself.
To let go is not to care for, but to care about.
To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To let go is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.
To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own outcomes.
To let go is not to be protective,
It is to permit another to face reality.
To let go is not to deny, but to accept.
To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes and cherish the moment.
To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To let go is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to fear less and love more.

 

I like this poem because it’s reminiscent of the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr. In this poem, Letting Go, as with Niebuhr’s poem, is filled with common sense wisdom that is deeply profound as it is simple.

Let me know what you think of this poem. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Crafting a Life of Meaning, a Life that Matters: The First Step

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We all want a meaningful life, one that matters and the first step is admitting that your life isn’t working for you right now, not like it used to.  

The next step is to change it.  Obvious, right?

But how do you make that change?   And why would you because, probably,  you’ve led a good life so far. It might be that you and your spouse are in a loving committed relationship,  your finances are in decent shape,  the kids are making good solid lives for themselves,  you have good friends, good family relationships,  and you’ve achieved a level of success in your career.

What’s to complain about?  Nothing.

So, why are you feeling such discontent?

Plenty of people would change places with you in less than a nanosecond.  Knowing this makes you feel guilty.  You think that perhaps you’re selfish to want more, or to want something else.  By the same token, you’re a little scared to try anything new because you do have it pretty good and you don’t want to lose any of it.

Perhaps you think that painting the living room, buying the snazzy sports car, going on that impressive vacation may help ease the unsettledness inside of you. And these do help…temporarily.  Because your heart and soul are yearning for deeper change, pressing you for lasting change.

Here’s where the little baby steps come to the rescue!

In the space between admitting your life isn’t satisfying and getting up the gumption to make the changes that will enable you to be enthused and energized about your life, are little baby steps.

These baby steps deal with coming to grips with the realization that your Good Life is missing something—something profound.   These steps involve making your peace with your realization so that you aren’t hamstrung and tripped up by it.

Each person’s baby steps are a little different because each person and each life is unique. Having said that, though, some common baby steps are:

~Doing your homework of understanding exactly where you are dissatisfied.   Understanding that you probably don’t have to chuck it all. Your dissatisfaction may be only a small part of your life that isn’t working.

~Recognizing you don’t have to know all the answers of what isn’t working; you only need to start with the one piece that’s the most bothersome.

~Have a heart to heart with your spouse. Treating your unsettledness as a Big Adventure and going on it together. Also, encouraging and supporting your spouse in exploring the  inner recesses of himself/herself.

~Reminding yourself that it’s normal and natural to question your life from time-to-time. People through the ages—the Ancient Greeks, and probably earlier!—have been questioning their existence all along. You’re in good company!

 

These steps should be enough to get you going. We’ll continue to talk more about this in upcoming posts.

Let me know what you think of this topic. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

Please pass this post along to a friend. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Try Something New!

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We’re scared to death to try new things because we think we have to get it right the first time.  ~Joe Salatin

 

Today I arranged my schedule so I could go with a group of people to a small museum and tour their current exhibition.  I didn’t know many of the people in our group and the two people I did know, I didn’t know them that well.

I was a little nervous—worried about whether or not I could easily carry on a conversation with the participants, concerned that the people might be more sophisticated and cultured that me, and anxious that my limited knowledge of the exhibition would make me appear foolish.

I quickly found that all my fretting was unfounded.

Everyone was delightful and courteous and, even though I hadn’t been familiar with the artist whose works we were touring, no one else was an expert either; all of us were there to learn!

The day was enjoyable:  I deepened my art appreciation, learned about one of the Impressionist painters, met new people, and opened myself and my life to new ideas.

Today was a breath of fresh air!

I highly recommend that you try new things: hang out for a little while with people who are different than the usual people you are with, go to an event that isn’t one you’d normally attend, read or watch something that you may have initially dismissed.

Even if you tried these and didn’t enjoy a single one, you still learned something valuable:  you learned what you don’t like, which is as important as knowing what you do like!

Have fun!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Aligning Your Thoughts

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Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind as we start the new week:

 

~Each week is a new beginning.

~Each day is a clean slate.

~Each moment is a fresh start.

~It isn’t too late to start, or to start again.

~It isn’t too late to begin anew.

~At any moment you can make a different choice.

~Take then next small step.

~You CAN do it!

 

Keep these statements handy and refer to them often during the week.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren