Pep Talk: You Can Do It, Motivation from TD Jakes, Part 3: Commitment


We’re still talking about the TD Jakes motivational video entitled You Can Do It. Today we’re talking about the segment from 7:00 – 7:30, which is about your commitment to crafting your own soul-prospering life

Sometimes we look to others to be committed to our dreams while we hang back. We don’t fully commit to our own dreams. Not only do others pick up on this so they are reluctant to help for fear of taking on the burden of making our dreams come true, but it’s also a back-handed way of us asking for permission, if our idea is good enough, if we have what it takes

First of all, it’s our dream and isn’t the responsibility of someone else to achieve on our behalf.

Secondly, it’s our dream so WE are the one with the Vision and the special talents needed to manifest the dream. Others don’t have the Vision and they don’t have the special talents needed. It’s unfair–and perhaps cruel–to expect them to make our dreams come true for us.

Third, no one else can judge us and tell us if we’re good enough or if we have what it takes. No one else can give us permission–or withhold it. The fact that we have the dream is enough proof that we have what it takes and it’s also all the permission we’ll ever need.
Go for it! Go for your dreams!

Join me in listening to the video, paying particular attention to the segment between 7:00 – 7:30, and let me know what you think.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Pep Talk: You Can Do It, Motivation from TD Jakes, Part 2

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Yesterday, we listened to TD Jakes motivational video entitled You Can Do It.  We paid particular attention to the segment from 5:30 – 6:13 where he talked about commitment.

I’ve found this to be true that the more we commit to something, the more we are likely to achieve something.  Although we may not get what we envisioned at the outset, with commitment and dedication we will achieve something that we can call a success.

I have observed this in my own life.  When I’m not fully invested in a task or a job, I’ll easily become distracted.  However, when I really want something, no matter the obstacles and no matter how much time it takes me, I’ll make sure to get it done.  This means I was fully committed to achieving that thing.

Have you found this to be true in your own life?

Today, let’s talk about another snippet from this same video.  It’s the section from 2:00 – 4:00.  In this part, TD Jakes is talking about the New Year and what he’s bringing to it—or more precisely, what he ISN’T bringing to it.

What startled me about this segment was that when we think about preparing for the New Year, we think in terms of goals and resolutions and how the upcoming year will be better than this past one.   Very often, we think of the disappointments, setbacks, and obstacles we’re leaving behind (we hope!), but we don’t often think about the bad attitudes, bad habits, and bad choices we’ll leave behind.

Our underlying assumption is that we can stay the same yet we hope our life in the New Year will somehow be better.  Our life can’t and won’t be better until we change our thoughts and actions by changing our bad attitudes, our bad habits, and our bad choices.   

Have a listen to the video and pay particular attention to the segment between 2:00 – 4:00 and let me know what you think.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Pep Talk: You Can Do It–Motivation from TD Jakes, Part 1


Counting today, we have two weeks left in 2017.

Regardless of how good or bad we think 2017 was for us, it’s important to go into 2018 with the right attitude. No, we don’t have to be perky or chipper, but we must have an attitude where we dig our heels in and push back against Life, obstacles, setbacks, and heartaches.   We can be grumpy or dour if we like as long as we have an attitude that hunkers down and doesn’t give up.

On YouTube I found this motivational video that’s an amalgamation of some of TD Jakes messages.   I urge you to listen to to the video (don’t worry, it isn’t religious).

TD Jakes makes several excellent points, however, what he says from 5:30 – 6:13 on the counter stunned me. Have a listen to it and let me know what you think.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,




Top Post #1: Pep Rally! Inspiring Quotes


As we’re crafting our soul-prospering life, we all need pep rallys, pep talks, inspiring quotes, and motivational boosts. This is one of the most popular ones on my blog.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,

This was originally posted on 6.3.15



If you cannot fly, drive; if you cannot drive, run; if you cannot run, walk; if you cannot walk, crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

I would add to this that if you can’t crawl, lean forward. If you can’t lean, then at least look in the direction you want to go. Keep moving forward!


If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done. ~Thomas Jefferson

Occasionally, you are going to feel uncomfortable as you work toward your dreams. There will be days when you feel anxious and even afraid. But you must not let that stop you. It’s normal to feel nervous and unsure. Accept that you’ll feel this way from time-to-time. And when you do, go slower and break the steps into small pieces and little parts. Keep breaking them down until you get to the little tidbits that are comfortable and easy to do. Then do them!

Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. ~Charles F. Kettering

You never know what’s around the corner. You never know what piece of information you’ll pick up, what skill you’ll learn, or what person you meet that’s at the next step. So, keep going! The break you need may be just around the corner!

Your homework today is to read through the quotes. Choose the one—or ones—that resonate with you. Then, first thing in the morning, stand tall in front of your mirror with your shoulders back and a big smile on your face. Look at yourself and say the quotes you like, using as much enthusiasm as you can.

Take the quotes with you and refer to them during the day; repeat them as often as you can. Remember to be enthusiastic! Use the energy they generate to help you take the next step. Break it into small specks—as small as you need. Then do them!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Top Posts #2: Be True to You – A Poem


The only way we can craft our soul-prospering life is through being true to ourselves. Sure we may achieve great things by climbing the corporate ladder or by pursuing a profession that someone else chose for us but, in spite of all the success, we’ll still feel hollow inside. Even with financial success, material possessions, and the recognition of the world, we’ll feel that something is missing.

Stay true to yourself.   Pursue your dreams, the whisperings of your heart and soul. Follow the Still Small Voice within. You may still achieve financial success and fame as well, but that won’t be where your focus is. You’ll be wrapped up in living your purpose, making a difference, and creating meaning in the lives of others.

Stay true to you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


This post was originally published on 2/25/17.  

BE TRUE TO YOU – A POEM and Artisans Workshop Designs


Be True To You 

As you set out on life’s road
unsure of the path you’ll go,
the most important thing you can do
is to always be true to “you”

Always remember who you are
in moments of struggle or fear.
Never forget or give up on
the hopes and dreams you hold dear

There will be setbacks and rejection
and moments of failure too,
but you must overcome any frustration
to achieve the potential of you.

Don’t forget to smile, or laugh,
or to live in the present;
no matter where life takes you
make every memory pleasant.

As you travel along your journey,
know that you’re never alone
and I’ll always be here for you
should you need the comfort of home.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Top Post #3: Quotes About Frenemies


This post was originally published on 11/5/16. I’m not at all surprised that it’s in the top five of the top posts on my blog.   Frenemies are a problem we all struggle with: people who are with us when the going is good and success is easy but leave us in a lurch once the going gets tough; people who are nice to our face and constantly flatter us yet stab us in the back and thwart us at every turn; people who swear they’re our friends but then when someone else comes along who they perceive is better than us (for whatever reason)….


When we have run-ins with these types of “friends” we feel mistreated, betrayed, and abandoned.   We must remember that our Frenemies’ dropping us or treating us badly is not a judgment on us or an assessment of our worth and value. Their behavior shows that THEY are the ones lacking in maturity and manners; THEY are the ones that are superficial and weak-willed.


Here are quotes to comfort you when you discover a person you had thought was your friend turns out to be a frenemy.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,







We talked about Frenemies in yesterday’s post.

Here are a few quotes to help you move them out of your life:

Cutting people out of your life doesnt mean you hate them. It simply means you respect yourself.  Not everyone is meant to stay.  ~Anonymous


I didnt changeI just grew up. I learned whats best for me and if that means I have to lose a couple of people to get to where I need to be, then I[m actually okay with that.  ~Anonymous


An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. A wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.  ~Anonymous


How to be happy: Delete toxic people from your life.  ~Anonymous


As you move forward in life, you may need to change your circle of friends. Everyone around you isnt interested in seeing you improve.  ~Anonymous


Sometimes it isnt the people who change, its the mask that falls off.~Anonymous


You have enemies? Good.  That means youve stood up for something in your life.  ~Winston Churchill


Let me know which ones helped you the most. Leave a comment.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Top Posts #4: A Perfect Day to Celebrate Smile Day!

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Although today isn’t Smile Day–National Smile Power Day will be June 15, 2018 and World Smile Day will be October 5, 2017–our smiles are no less potent.

Enjoy reading this post, which was originally published on 2/8/15, to find out the many benefits smiling.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



A Perfect Day to Celebrate Smile Day!


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I’ll bet you didn’t know that today is Smile Day. I didn’t! What a fun and easy day to celebrate! You don’t have to spend any money, there’s no special preparation, and you don’t have to travel anywhere.
All you have to do is smile, right where you are!
How cool is that? How easy! What fun!!

Researchers have proven that smiling is good for you. Here’s what they’ve discovered:
~Smiling is a great picker-upper for your mood;
~Smiling reduces stress;
~Smiling boost endorphins and serotonin, which help you genuinely feel good and be positive;
~Smiling lowers blood pressure;
~Smiling strengthens your immune system;
~Smiling lifts the face and makes you more attractive;
~Smiling makes you look vibrant and alive;
~Smiling is fun;
~Smiling is easy;
~Smiling is contagious! By smiling at someone, you lift their spirits and give their mood a boost and they’re more apt to smile! How cool is that?!


Studies have shown that even if you’re in a bad mood and don’t feel like smiling, just the simple act of curving your mouth into a crescent shape will give you these benefits. And, if you keep at it, soon you’ll find that your mood lifts and you’re smiling for real!

Your homework today is to celebrate Smile Day by smiling!
Whether you want to or not, whether you feel like it or not, SMILE!

No one is exempt from your smiles today: friends and family are bombarded with your warm and loving smiles; clerks, salespeople, and service personnel are showered with your smiles! Even strangers on the street aren’t going to get away without a big smile from you!

Make a game of it and see how many people you can smile at! Include your family and friends—especially kids—to see who can smile the longest or give away the most smiles today.

Have fun and SMILE!

You can do it—I know you can! I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Top Posts #5: Letting Go, an Inspirational Poem


This was originally posted on 4.27.17

Letting Go, An Inspirational Poem

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,

Top Posts #6: I’d Rather be a Failure by Edgar A. Guest


This post was published earlier this year on 1/27/17 and it continues to be an excellent reminder that it’s the journey and not the destination that that matters. It’s what we learn, who we meet, the new things we see, and the interesting things that we discover. And it’s how all of this enriches us and our life and how we then share this with others.

This poem also reminds us that riches and influence can be useful tools in crafting a soul-prospering life, but they aren’t what’s truly important. It’s the comforting silence as well as the laughter shared with dear friends and loved ones; playing with your kids; making a difference in someone’s life. These achievements are the true successes in life.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


I’d Rather Be a Failure by Edgar A. Guest


I came across this poem and I thought you might like it, too.

I’d Rather Be a Failure by Edgar A. Guest

I’d rather be a failure than the man who’s never tried;
I’d rather seek the mountain-top than always stand aside.
Oh, let me hold some lofty dream and make my desperate fight,
And though I fail I still shall know I tried to serve the right.

The idlers line the ways of life and they are quick to sneer;
They note the failing strength of man and greet it with a jeer;
But there is something deep inside which scoffers fail to view—
They never see the glorious deed the failure tried to do.

Some men there are who never leave the city’s well-worn streets;
They never know the dangers grim the bold adventurer meets;
They never seek a better way nor serve a nobler plan;
They never risk with failure to advance the cause of man.

Oh, better ’tis to fail and fall in sorrow and despair,
Than stand where all is safe and sure and never face a care;
Yes, stamp me with the failure’s brand and let men sneer at me,
For though I’ve failed, the Lord shall know the man I tried to be.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Top Post #7: Sitting in Silence with Mr. Rogers


Mr. Rogers, in his unassuming and unaffected way, was a very powerful man. His kind, gentle, profound wisdom is as relevant and desperately needed.

We tell ourselves that we don’t have the time to sit in silence, but really it’s the other way around: we don’t have time NOT to sit in silence. Take time today to sit in silence, even if for just five minutes. Promise yourself that you’ll do it every day, then follow through!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

This was first published on 10/5/16. Click here to be taken to it.


Oh my, this is a noisy world…. Real revelation comes through silence. ~Mr. Rogers


Mr. Rogers was a soft-spoken, kind and gentle, reflective person. In an interview he had with Charlie Rose, Mr. Rogers talked about making time for thought, reflection, and contemplation. He even commented that with the written word, there needed to be white space on the page so that the reader has time to think about and digest what she/he just read.

Join me in following Mr. Rogers’ advice today and sit quietly, even if for only a few moments. It’ll help you press the reset button on your day and your week and help you set yourself up for a good finish to the week.

Is your mind racing, though, and you can’t figure out what to contemplate? Here are a few quotes from Mr. Rogers that can help:

There’s a special place for you. You have a place that no one else has; there is only one like you. ~Mr. Rogers

Would you be mine, could you be mine, won’t you be my neighbor? Won’t you please, won’t you please…please, won’t you be my neighbor?~Mr. Rogers

You always make each day such a special day. You know how–by just your being you! ~Mr. Rogers

I like you, right now, just the way you are! ~Mr. Rogers

I, too, like you just the way you are!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,