Memorials and Remembrances: 21 Inspirational Quotes About Selflessly Helping Others



The purpose of life is not to be happy — but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. ~Leo Rosten

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. ~Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojarhiu)

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. ~Albert Schweitzer

This is the true joy in life — being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ~George Bernard Shaw
Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~Norman B. Rice
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~Mohammed Ali
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. ~Sally Koch
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking “What’s in it for me?” ~Brian Tracy
Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something. ~Henry David Thoreau
If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Find a need and fill it. ~Ruth Stafford Peale
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. ~Maya Angelou
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~Robert F. Kennedy
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green. ~Thomas Carlyle

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it. ~Lucy Larcom
Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded. ~Author Unknown

Life is never so busy that there is no time to serve. ~Author Unknown
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker. ~Helen Keller
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. ~Saint Augustine

What one small act of service to others can you commit to doing every day?  Perhaps it’s making a point to hold the door for others coming after you; it could be letting at least one person go in front of you during rush hour traffic; maybe you’ll choose to keep a cheerful look upon your face at work; it could be that you’ll commit to greeting your loved ones with a smile and a kiss when they come home after their long day.

What will you do?  Feel free to share in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Memorials and Remembrances: People Who Helped You and You Didn’t Even Know It


Yesterday was Memorial Day in the US. As we talked about, there have been people the world over throughout the ages who have given their lives so that others can be free.

This got me to thinking….

There are people in all of our lives who have helped us…and we didn’t even know it. Perhaps it was a long-forgotten ancestor who couldn’t accept just barely scratching out a subsistence existence and, instead, lived bigger and bolder than anyone in the family had up until that point. It could have been a friend or acquaintance who shut down someone who was starting to talk maliciously behind our back.

And, there were times when we received help when we really didn’t deserve it.  Perhaps someone gave us the benefit of the doubt or cut us some slack when they should have come down hard on us.  Or maybe it was a shopper left the change from their purchase with the cashier to help someone–you!–behind them who didn’t have enough money for their purchase.

Here are some examples from my own life:

~a manufacturer’s coupon for the very item I needed left on the grocery store shelf;

~change left in the “return change” slot in the public library’s copier;

~my professor giving me a better grade than I’d earned so that I could take the next level class in college;


What are the examples from your life where you received help unexpectedly? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



PS When you think you don’t have anything to be grateful for, say a thank you anyway to those people who gave you help when you didn’t even know it–or gave you help when you really didn’t deserve it.


Memorial Day: People Who Gave Their Lives for Us

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Whether you’re American or not, I encourage you to take a moment today to remember those who have fallen in order that we citizens of the world have a freer and safer global society in which to live.

Please join me in remembering those who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice for us throughout the ages so that you and I, along with our friends and loved ones, have a better chance at achieving our goals and living the life we envision in our dreams.

We remember.

Your Friend and Pep Pal.



Memorial or Remembrance Days in other countries:

Australia and New Zealand: April 25th, Anzac Day;

Belgium: November 11, Armistice Day;

Canada: November 11th, Remembrance Day;

France: November 11, Armistice Day;

Germany: First Sunday closest to November 16th, Volkstrauertag;

Israel: mid April – mid May (due to the lunar calendar) Holocaust Remembrance Dayand, a week later, Memorial Day;

Italy: November 4th, National Unity and Armed Forces Day;

Netherlands: May 4th, Dodenherdenking;

Nigeria: January 15th, commemorates the end of the country’s civil war;

South Korea: June 6th, Memorial Day;

Turkey: March 18th, Martyrs’ Day;

UK: November 11th, Remembrance Day.


Sitting in Silence on a Sunday Morning


It’s been a while since we talked about sitting in silence. I hope you’ve been keeping up with your practice. I find it to be so worthwhile to do, especially first thing in the morning, and I want that for you, too.

An added bonus is sometimes when my day isn’t going well, I’ll find a quiet place and sit for a few moments. It helps me regain my footing and remember that taking things step-by-step and doing my best at every moment will pay off.

I found the poem below and think it’s a good a reminder of a few of the benefits of sitting in silence:


‘Only be still, and in the silence grow,’
If thou art seeking what the gods bestow.
This is the simple, safe, and certain way
That leads to knowledge for which all men pray
Of higher laws to govern things below.

But in our restless discontent we go
With noisy importuning day on day—
Drowning the inner voice that strives to say

‘Only be still, and in the silence grow.’

We doubt, we cavil, and we talk of woe—
We delve in books, and waste our forces so;
We cling to creeds that were not meant to stay,
And close our ears to Truth’s immortal lay.

Oh wouldst thou see, and understand, and know?
‘Only be still, and in the silence grow.’

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox


It only takes a moment for the silence to work its wonders, although I recommend that you spend 15 – 20 minutes in silence.

Give it a try and let me know what you experience. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Reaching Out to Others: Two Little Poems


I came across these two sweet little poems that talk about the small gestures to give to others. I think you’ll enjoy them, too, with the added bonus that they’re a great reminder that it’s the small things that oftentimes matter the most.


They might not need me—yet they might,
I’ll let my heart be just in sight.
A smile so small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity

~Emily Dickinson


It was only a glad “Good morning!”
As she passed along the way,
But it spread the morning glory
Over the livelong day.



Your Friend and Pep Pal,


12 Quotes of Inspiration



The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors. ~Napoleon Hill


You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ~Margaret Thatcher


Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all. ~Dale Carnegie


Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. ~Francis Chan


Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. ~Dale Carnegie


The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. ~Vidal Sassoon


Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. ~Pablo Picasso


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


Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem. ~Anonymous


When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you. ~Lolly Daskal


If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. ~Anonymous


The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~Anonymous


Which quote resonated with you? Keep it handy throughout your day and refer to it frequently. Let it give you the boost you need!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Playlist for When You’re Anxious or Frightened


Life can be scary, especially when we let our imaginations go and conjure all sorts of disasters waiting to befall us. Or, our imaginations can be more petrifying by not dishing up anything specific but yet terrorizing us with the Nebulous Unknown.

I hope one or all of these selections can help you feel grounded and safe when you’re in the throes of fear and anxiety:


The Cradle Song composed by Brahms


Ave Maria composed by Franz Schubert


Ave Maria composed by Bach/Gounod


Canon in D Major composed by Pachelbel


Clair de Lune composed by Debussey


Let it Be composed and sung by The Beatles


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star sung by Jewel


Over the Rainbow as sung by Judy Garland


Angel Standing By as sung by Jewel



If you have favorite songs that help you feel calm and safe, please share in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Playlist to Harness Your Anger




The power of anger can feel almost uncontrollable, and that can be very scary. As a result, oftentimes we feel we need to “stuff” our angry feelings because we want to scream, shout, and throw a fit…but we know that won’t solve anything. But yet, what do we do with all that energy?

One of the best ways to release the steam that builds up when we’re angry is through music and movement. Here is a short playlist to help you do that.

Even though some of these songs are about love gone wrong, feel free to substitute words and names so that the song is customized to you and your situation.

Remember to use the energy to help you take the next step!

Enjoy this playlist!


These Boots Are Made for Walking sung by Nancy Sinatra


Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair sung by Mitzi Gaynor


You Better Be Good to Me sung by Tina Turner


My Boyfriend’s Back sung by The Angels


That’ll be the Day sung by Buddy Holly


That Don’t Impress Me Much sung by Shania Twain


Change sung by Taylor Swift


Me, Too sung by Meghan Trainor


Shake it Off sung by Taylor Swift


Confident sung by Demi Lovato



Feel free to share your playlist with us. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Back by Popular Demand: Playlist for When You’re Feeling Discouraged


Following on the heels of yesterday’s post of a playlist for when you’re anxious and filled with dread, here’s an updated playlist for when you’re feeling discouraged. Please note, the original of this post was published on March 29, 2016.

I hope one or more of these selections stir you to take the next step toward your dreams!


Ride of the Valkyries composed by Wagner


William Tell Overture composed by Rossini


1812 Overture composed by Tchaikovsky


In the Hall of the Mountain King composed by Grieg


Flight of the Bumblebee composed by Rimsky-Korsakov


Sabre Dance composed by Khachaturian



And whether or not you’re American, there’s nothing like a John Phillip Sousa march to get the old juices flowing again! J


Stars and Stripes Forever composed by John Phillip Sousa




Here is the original post and playlist published on March 29, 2016:


~Never Surrender – Corey Hart


~Hold on Tight – Greg Holden


~Hall of Fame – The Script feat.


~Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammer


~Stand – Rascal Flatts


~I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers



Feel free to share your favorite playlist with us.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Playlist for the Knot in Your Stomach at the Beginning of the Week

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I have a friend who’s in a high-pressure job and she wakes on Monday mornings with her stomach knotted with anxiety and dread. I asked her how she gets herself out of bed and moving forward because I thought you’d like to know (me, too!).

Just to let you know, several of these selections are Christian in nature, however, my friend says that sometimes things are just too big for us to handle alone so we have to turn to some One much, much larger.

Here are a few of the she turns to. I hope they help you, too:

Let it Be as sung by The Beatles


Covered by Your Grace as sung by the Planetshakers


Pie Jesu as sung by the ChoirBoys


Precious Lord Take My Hand as sung by Elvis Presley


It is Well with My Soul as sung by Sovereign Grace Music


Amazing Grace as sung by Noteworthy



Your Friend and Pep Pal,