Memorials and Remembrances: 21 Inspirational Quotes About Selflessly Helping Others

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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,
Lauren

 

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

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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,

Lauren

 

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.

Lauren

 

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

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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

‘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,

Lauren

Reaching Out to Others: Two Little Poems

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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
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~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.

~Anonymous

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

12 Quotes of Inspiration

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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,

Lauren

Playlist for When You’re Anxious or Frightened

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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,

Lauren