Why Do It: For Whom?

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It isn’t always the easiest thing to start crafting a soul-prospering life for yourself. As you know, well-meaning friends and family can be quite discouraging when you share your dreams with them–even though they’re trying to be helpful and supportive! It’s because of this that you need to have a very clear vision of who will benefit from you achieving a soul-prospering life. Of course you are doing it for yourself, and you’re doing it through enjoying your gifts and talents to the fullest.

There’s also a part of it that’s much bigger than yourself–it isn’t about you at all.   It’ doesn’t have to be something huge and impressive such as solving world hunger or wiping out every single dread disease. More often it’s something small, like my friend the knitter who leads the group at her church that makes prayer shawls for parishioners and for anyone else who asks.   She’s compelled to do it because it matters to her–it’s important to her that she do this.

How about you? Who else will benefit from and by you crafting and living your soul-prospering life?

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Why Do It; What For?

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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 verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ~Dr. Martin Luther King

 

This quote applies living a soul-prospering life. Instead of the word ‘be great’ in the first line, substitute ‘live a soul-prospering life’:

Everybody can live a soul-prospering life…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart fill of grace. A soul generated by love…. 

It’s through service to something bigger than yourself–something bigger than fame, fortune, and accolades–that we live our destiny, the soul prospering life we were meant to have.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Why Do It? 7 Quotes to Convince You

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The common question that gets asking in business (and in Life) is, ‘why?’. That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not’? ~Jeff Bezos

 

To the dumb question ‘why me?’ the Cosmos barely bothers to return the reply ‘why not?‘ ~Christopher Hitchens

 

We all have a life story and a message that can inspire others to live a better life or run a better business. Why not use that story and message to serve others and grow a real business doing it? ~Brendon Burchard

 

You find yourself refreshed in the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy. ~Lydia M. Child

 

When I wake up, I expect things to be good. If they’re not, then I try to set about trying to make them as good as I can ’cause I know I’m gonna have to live that day anyway. So why not try to make the most of it if you can? Some days, they pan out a little better than others but you still gotta always just try. ~Dolly Parton

 

God gave me all this; why wated the talent that he gave me? Why not go full throttle with it all and try to become in the class with the greatest players that ever played the game? That’s jus a great feeling. ~Allen Iverson

 

Instead of fretting aobut getting every thing done, why not simply accept that being alive means having things to do? Then drop into full engagement with whatever you’re doing, and let the worry go. ~Martha Beck

 

That’s what you have to learn with life. It’s your life at the end of the day. There’s really no right or wrong way to do things. Everybody has a way they think you should do it. So why not do t your way you know what I mean, respectfully. ~Tevor Jackson

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

What I Do: The Golden Rule

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We’ve been talking about being our own cheerleader and being our own hero.

Do you do the same for others? 

You know how you feel when you need a cheerleader and when you need to bask in the glory of your own heroism. Other people feel exactly the same way about their lives–their rough patches and their achievements.

The Golden Rule applies here: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Be aware, be perceptive, of your friends’ and loved ones’ feelings and emotions and cheer them up and cheer them on and celebrate with them in a big way. Even if it feels as if it’s over the top, do it anyway. You like it when people make a big fuss and a big to-do over you; do the same for those you care about. You’ll be glad you did.

And so will they.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

What I Do: Be Your Own Hero

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Yesterday we talked about a few different scenarios we may find ourselves in at one time or another.   We decided it’s very important to learn how to be our own cheerleaders!

Here’s another scenario–have you ever experienced this one?

You’ve been working very hard on a project. You’ve forged your way through the rough patches, spurred yourself on when your enthusiasm was flagging, and kept taking the next step even though your doubts and fears were telling you to pack it in and give up. Finally, you succeed!

Yippee! You reward yourself for a job well done and celebrate with your friends and family.

But then, life quickly goes back to normal…and you’re left feeling deflated–and maybe even feeling silly–because you’re still basking in the glow of your achievement but no one else is. You start playing head games with yourself thinking that ridiculous by expecting–and wanting–to have the glow of success last longer.

 

This is when you need to be your own hero.

 

It’s healthy to congratulate yourself on a job well done; to compliment yourself on how you muscled through the really tough parts; to delight in your own ingenuity and creativity and admit that you surprised yourself with it.

It’s perfectly fine to have some fun with your accolades and narrate them in the manner of a sportscaster’s in-the-moment exuberant description of the underdog team’s winning touchdown or grand slam homer!

Let yourself fully feel your heightened self-esteem and self-reliance. Let these feelings of delight permeate every fiber of your being.   This is what you’ll draw on when you need a boost.

You ARE your own hero!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren