Crafting A Soul-Prospering Life: 12 Inspiring Quotes

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This week we’ll be talking about crafting a soul-prospering life, what it means, and how to do this.

Please enjoy the following thought-provoking quotations about our souls:

 

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. ~Ferdinand Foch

 

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. ~Lao Tzu

 

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him. ~Booker T. Washington

 

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. ~Socrates

 

Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come. ~Ellen DeGeneres

 

You know the value of every article of merchandise, but if you don’t know the value of your own soul, it’s all foolishness. ~Rumi

 

Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul. ~Dorothy Day

 

It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it. ~Epictetus

 

Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul. ~Walt Whitman

 

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true. ~Charles Dickens

 

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. ~Napoleon Hill

 

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. ~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Which quotations resonated with you? Keep them handy and refer to them often. Let their wisdom and their power infuse you with strength.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Motivation: Our Own “Bag of Tricks”

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Yesterday we talked about zeroing in on the thoughts and feelings we have when we think about taking action on any of our outrageous ideas. We know we need to do this because doing what’s logical and reasonable isn’t always going to get us to our soul-prospering life. Sometimes we just have to let it rip!

We need to know how to handle ourselves, though, when those thoughts and feelings do come up because they can stop us in our tracks. We don’t want that. We want our soul-prospering life, the life of our dreams!

Yesterday we took the time to jot down all the feelings and thoughts that come up and then we determined which type of thought pattern and/or feeling was our go-to one.

For instance:

~Perhaps our first reaction is some form of anger because we “know” someone is going to take our hard work and our success away from us;

~Perhaps our first reaction is a form of sadness because we “know” we’re going to work really hard and there’ll be very little payoff at the end;

~Perhaps our first reaction is a form of fear because we “know” it’s too hard and we can’t do it. We may also “know” that the effort will crush us and/or that we’ll be worse off afterward;

~Perhaps our first reaction is to give up before we start–to not even try–because we “know” we’ll work, work, work, and sacrifice, and meet obstacles, and it’ll all be too much;

~Perhaps our first reaction is excitement and enthusiasm but then we soon lose interest, become bored, or numb, and move on to the next “shiny object”.

 

We may have a different go-to first reaction and thought than what we’ve talked about here and that’s fine. In a sense it doesn’t matter what it is, just as long as each of us knows what our own particular and unique feeling and thought pattern is. Once we know this, we can build and have handy a “Bag of Tricks” that’s ready when we need it. This’ll help us move through the obstacles we’ve previously thrown in our own path to stop ourselves.

Take time today–about 15 – 20 minutes in a place that’s quiet and where you won’t be interrupted–and think about what can help you soothe/calm/comfort yourself so you can be more in control of yourself. The goal is to be able to take the next step, even if it’s tiny.

Here are some suggestions:

~Exercise

This gets you up and moving instead of sitting like a “bump on a log” as the old saying goes. Vigorous exercise can be great for blowing off the excess steam if you’re angry and frustrated. Light, gentle exercise can be perfect for when you’re feeling sad or frightened.

~Music

Playing a musical instrument; singing or toning or making nonsense noises; listening to music that’s uplifting, inspiring, energizing, or soothing. Music can help you blow off steam or it can calm you or it can energize you or it can comfort you.

~Resting

Taking a nap; make sure you get a good night’s uninterrupted sleep; relaxing.

~Nature

Getting outside and taking deep breaths to oxygenate your system; enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty and majesty.

~Reading

~To expand your mind and your knowledge base; reading something for pleasure; reading for inspiration; reading to deepen your spirituality.

~Silence

Praying; meditating; contemplating; thinking about Something That’s Bigger Than All of Us.

~Connecting

Meeting with or calling trusted friends who will cheer you on; loved ones who encourage you; mentors who believe in you.

Gather the resources in a place that’s easily accessible to you. When you’re in the throes of some emotion, it’s tough to think straight and to remember where you put what you are desperately looking for in the moment.

Just like in your home you know where the flashlights and batteries are, you’ve stored the candles and matches in a particular spot, the fire extinguisher is handy, and you have your doctor’s and other emergency service phone numbers prominently displayed, this is the same thing. Have your Bag of Tricks, your emergency materials, handy, easily accessed, and ready-to-go for when you need them!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Motivation: What Do You Feel About All of This?

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On Wednesday we brainstormed and yesterday we took those ideas and we put aside the practical ones, the responsible ones, the doable ones, which left us with the crazy, outrageous, just totally nuts ideas.

We took some quiet time yesterday to think about these ideas, as crazy as they are and as anxious as they might make us feel. We did this because it’s in the outrageous ideas where our future lies.  It’s in following through on these bold ideas–or combinations of these bold ideas–that we’re going to be able to craft our soul-prospering life.

 

The life you dream of does not come from being practical, being reasonable, being logical. Crafting a soul prospering life, living the life of your dreams, comes from being bold, outrageous, stepping outside your comfort zone, pushing the edge of the envelope, doing what you never thought you’d be able to do, finding your limits and pushing past them.

That’s why these crazy ideas, these totally nuts ideas, are so important.

 

Yesterday we also took the time to think about little steps that we could take immediately, or within the next day or two, that would start us on our journey of crafting our soul prospering life.

What were some of the steps that you came up with? Did you take any of them? If not, do something right now, something little. It can be something as simple as sitting quietly and visualizing your dream, what it would be like to live a soul prospering life.

How would you feel about yourself; how would you feel about your prospects and opportunities in the world?

How would going for your soul-prosper in life change you and enhance you make you a bigger, better person?

 

That’s what a soul prospering life is. It isn’t about having a million dollars in the bank or having a big, fat fancy house or becoming famous and popular. It’s about how the journey helps you grow and develop in ways you never thought possible; how it gives you a deeper, richer, more vibrant and juicy life.

 

Taking this kind of action is awkward stuff, really…which is why we haven’t done it before now. We DO have to step out of the comfort zone, we DO have to feel uncomfortable, we DO have to be unsure.

 

We have to learn how to live with not knowing and not being sure but taking action anyway.
Now that we’re talking about feeling awkward and uncomfortable, take a moment to identify exactly what your brand of awkward and uncomfortable is.

Some people feel some form of fear, other people feel sad, others feel depressed about the whole thing, and still others can give up and walk away even before they’ve started.

The fearful people may be driven by the thought that it’s too hard and they think they can’t, or they think they’ll be crushed in some way. Some of them worry that if they try for their dreams, they’ll wind up worse off.

Angry people may feel that they’ll work really hard only to have someone else get the credit and the benefits. Or, they may feel that their success will be taken away from them.

Sad people may think that it’s a long, hard road with only a very small payoff at the end.

People who throw in the towel before they even start may think that it’s work, work, and more work, and in-between times there’ll be obstacles, and difficulties, and even heartbreaks.

If you see yourself in any of these descriptions, don’t worry. Tomorrow we’re going to talk about what you can do about these feelings and thought patterns–how you can stop them before they stop you.

You’re doing GREAT! Come back tomorrow so we can continue our chat.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Motivation: Crazy, Nutty, Outlandish, Weird, Stupid, Dumb, Frivolous…Ideas

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Yesterday we had a most excellent brainstorming session and came up with all sorts of ideas–some of them quite bold and outrageous but still very exciting. Got the old juices flowing!

Today, let’s take a closer look at ALL the ideas we jotted down, NOT leaving out any idea no matter how nutty, crazy, stupid, outlandish, dumb, frivolous, etc., they may seem.

Now, let’s categorize our ideas. We’ll have only two groups (1) Reasonable, (2) Totally NUTS!!. Some ideas may be hard to categorize because they’re not quite reasonable but they aren’t totally nuts either. With these, tune into your instincts and let that help you choose which category to put the idea into.

Take some quiet, uninterrupted time, about 15 – 20 minutes. When you have your Reasonable group and you have your Totally NUTS group, put the Reasonable ideas to the side.

We’re going to focus on the Totally NUTS ideas.

Why? Because THAT’S how you’ll achieve your soul-prospering life!

You won’t achieve the life you yearn for if you are reasonable, rational, logical. This is the thinking that’s keeping you in your comfort zone, stuck in your rut!

It’s when you seriously look at your Totally NUTS ideas that you find your way out of your dead-end, unsatisfying life and step into your soul-prospering life!

Sit quietly without interruptions and think about steps you can take within a day or two regarding your Totally NUTS ideas. I know this is scary stuff, but you don’t have to take giant leaps or enormous bounds. All you have to do is take one tiny little baby step. That’s it!

Hang onto this list of Totally NUTS ideas because we’re going to talk more about them tomorrow.

WooHoo! Exciting stuff! You and me, we’re on our way! WooHoo!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Motivation: Idea Generation!

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Yesterday we took the time to ask ourselves what we’ve gotten used to in our lives. Today, let’s do some brainstorming regarding what we can do about this.

A reminder: we’re brainstorming so that means all ideas are worthy of being jotted down and considered.

This means:

~NO judging

~NO dismissing

~NO blowing off

~NO pooh-pooh-ing

~NO disparagement of any kind

 

of ANY idea, no matter how crazy or outlandish it is.

 

Also, do NOT:

~worry about the practicality

~fret about the money involved

~angst over how much time an idea might take to work out

~lament over the very few ideas you’ve come up with

~freak out over how may ideas you’ve come up with

~despair over the illogical ideas your brain produces for you

~feel like an idiot because of any idea that your creativity has gifted to you

 

We may find that a piece of one nutty idea combined with a piece of an outrageous forms a blockbuster action that move us forward faster and better than any rational or logical idea we’ve come up with so far!

Take the time today to write down as many ideas as you can. Don’t worry about the number of them, just write down all that come to you in the time you’ve allotted–I recommend 15-20 minutes of quiet uninterrupted time, perfect to do during your lunch hour (just sayin’!). Keep a notepad and pen, or other device handy, so you can jot down ideas that come to you during the day–trust me, they will!

Tomorrow we’ll talk about these. Be sure to make time in your schedule for 15 – 20 minutes of quiet uninterrupted time.

WooHoo! This is GREAT stuff!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Motivation: What Are You Used To?

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The week of June 12 – 17, 2017, we talked about Attitudes and Expectations and examined what we expect out of ourselves, our experiences, and our life in general.

It occurred to me that this is much different than asking ourselves “What have I gotten used to?”

Do you expect to be successful in your ventures yet you’re used to disappointing or lackluster results from your efforts?

Have you gotten used to being overlooked for promotions, recognition, when friends are getting together, when conversations are going on around you? You may expect to be treated courteously and have your efforts be recognized and rewarded, but perhaps the reality of what you’ve gotten used to is much different.

We can ask ourselves this question in all facets of our life:

~Have you gotten used to living and working spaces that are messy and in need of a thorough cleaning?

~Are you used to wearing clothes with fraying cuffs and collars, or that are unflattering even though they might be quite serviceable?

~Have you gotten used to Life’s crumbs and leftovers?

~Are you used to being treated unkindly, or not getting the benefit of the doubt?

~Have you gotten used to working hard with little to show for it?

 

Take the time today, and make time throughout the week, to think about what you’ve gotten used to, what you are tolerating. Jot these down. Note if you see a pattern and in which areas of your life you’re tolerating less than what your dreams tell you that you deserve.

Keep this list handy because we’ll talk about it tomorrow.

This work can be challenging to do because we don’t want to admit that we’ve become used to crumbs and leftovers. Recognizing this can be a shock and it can also be painful to realize what we’ve allowed to happen. As painful and difficult as this is, I urge you to do it because it’ll free you so you can live a more soul-prospering life.

You can do it; I’m here with you.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Motivation: Happy Labor Day 2017!

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Thank you to all who work hard to give to the world your talents, gifts, and abilities in the form of the products and services you offer or are part of the team that offers them.

I came across this poem that illustrates that taking action is essential to living a soul-prospering life.

 

ACTION 

Forever stars are winging
Their swift and endless race;
Forever suns are swinging
Their mighty globes through space. 


Since by his law required
To join God’s spheres inspired,
The earth has never tired,
But whirled and whirled and whirled. 


Forever streams are flowing,
Forever seeds are growing,
Alway is Nature showing
That Action rules the world.

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

When we’re unsure what to do, all we need to do is look to Mother Nature. As this poem so eloquently tells us, movement, stepping out, and taking action are what makes the world go ’round–it’s the name of the game. There’s always a little something each of us can do, a small something that will move us forward, even just a smidgen. Follow Mother Nature’s cue and do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Motivation: 6 Inspiring Quotes to Make Yourself Proud This Week

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Make yourself proud of you this week.  Here are six inspirational quotes to keep handy to help you take a step, then then next one, then the one after that.  Keep going!

 

Do not give up your dream because it is apparently not being realized, because you cannot see it coming true. Cling to your vision with all the tenacity you can muster. Keep it bright; do not let the bread-and-butter side of life cloud your ideal or dim it. ~Orison Swett Marden

 

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. ~Bradley Whitford

 

There can be no failure to a one who has not lost one’s courage, one’s character, one’s self respect, or one’s self-confidence. ~Orison Swett Marden

 

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. ~Confucius

 

If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place. ~Orison Swett Marden

 

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ~Thomas A. Edison

 

You can do it; I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Self-Mastery: Fight Back!

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The following poem illustrates why self-mastery is so important. Without it, we’re at the mercy of our mercurial emotions and are more apt to be crushed by Life’s cruelties.

 

On Down the Road

Hold to the course, though the storms are about you;
Stick to the road where the banner still flies;
Fate and his legions are ready to rout you—
Give ’em both barrels—and aim for their eyes.

Life’s not a rose bed, a dream or a bubble,
A living in clover beneath cloudless skies;
And Fate hates a fighter who’s looking for trouble,
So give ‘im both barrels—and shoot for the eyes.

Fame never comes to the loafers and sitters,
Life’s full of knots in a shifting disguise;
Fate only picks on the cowards and quitters,
So give ’em both barrels—and aim for the eyes.

~Grantland Rice.

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Self-Mastery: One Step at a Time

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We’ve been talking about self-mastery all week long.   Here are two points to keep in mind:

Self-mastery doesn’t happen overnight.

It happens in step-by-step increments

Some days are better than others.

Some days you have no trouble motivating yourself and other days it seems like a hopeless cause. This is normal and nothing to be upset about.

Self-mastery is made easier by doing the best you can each moment of each day. 

You can do it; I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren