Inspiring Quotes: 6 + 1 to Celebrate Spring!

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Guess what today is? It’s the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!

I am glad to leave the cold and the snow of winter behind, although according to the weather forecast, winter still has a grip on the region where I live. Even so, spring is officially here today at 12:15pm EDT in the USA.

Yippee!

Here are 6 + 1 quotes to help us celebrate. Enjoy!

The year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His Heaven–
All’s right with the world!
~Robert Browning

No winter last forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland

Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!” ~Robin Williams

Sunshine is the best medicine. ~Unknown

Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can be. ~Unknown

If winter comes, can spring be far behind? ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

The earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Spring!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Inspiring Quotes: 6 to Help with Loss

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Sometimes, no matter how much experience we have or how talented and gifted we are or how strongly we believe in our Vision, things don’t go our way; a door closes…permanently.

Loss.

We must come to terms with it. Here are 6 quotes to help us do this:

Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad. –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion

 

Look for the gift.   Every experience–even the difficult ones–holds a gift. The gift isn’t found wrapped in pretty paper with a sparkly bow; instead, you find it wrapped within your heartache and sadness. Go ahead. Unwrap it.   It’ll be one of the best gifts you’ve ever received. ~Unknown

 

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.   ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in my perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have–life itself. ~Walter Anderson

 

When you lose something in your life, stop thinking it’s a loss for you. It is a gift you have been give so you can get on the right path to where you are meant to go, not to where you think you should have gone. ~Suze Orman

 

When you go through hell, your own personal hell, and you have lost–loss of fame, loss of money, loss of career, loss of family, loss of love, loss of your own identity–and you’ve been able to face the demons that have haunted you, then you learn to appreciate everything that you still do have. ~David Cassidy

 

A reminder: when you are dealing with a loss, reach out to others.   Counselors, religious leaders, and other professionals are trained to help in these situations. Also, friends and loved ones can offer a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear to listen, and a warm hand to hold.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Inspiring Quotes: It Isn’t Costly, A Poem by Edgar A. Guest

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A poem to keep in mind this week:

IT ISN’T COSTLY

  Does the grouch get richer quicker than the
     friendly sort of man?
  Can the grumbler labor better than the cheerful
     fellow can?
  Is the mean and churlish neighbor any cleverer
     than the one
  Who shouts a glad “good morning,” and then
     smiling passes on?

  Just stop and think about it. Have you ever
     known or seen
  A mean man who succeeded, just because he
     was so mean?
  When you find a grouch with honors and with
     money in his pouch,
  You can bet he didn’t win them just because
     he was a grouch.

  Oh, you’ll not be any poorer if you smile along
     your way,
  And your lot will not be harder for the kindly
     things you say.
  Don’t imagine you are wasting time for others
     that you spend:
  You can rise to wealth and glory and still pause
     to be a friend.

~Edgar A. Guest

 

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Inspiring Quotes: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long. ~Unknown

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Inspiring Quotes: 6 to Banish Frustration and Anger

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Actually, the title of this post is a little misleading. These quotes aren’t meant to banish frustration and anger but rather they’re intended to help you harness the power of these strong feelings.

Here are quotes to help you take command of these forceful emotions:

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. ~Lee Iacocca

 

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.   ~Chinese Proverb

 

Frustration is a very positive sign. It means that the solution to your problem is within range, but what you’re currently doing isn’t working, and you need to change your approach in order to achieve your goal. ~Tony Robbins

 

If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size? ~Sydney J. Harris

 

Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success. ~Bo Bennett

 

It is wise to direct your anger toward problems–not people; to focus your energies on answers–not excuses. ~William Arthur Ward

 

Which quote(s) did you like best? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!

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Lauren

Inspiring Quotes: 6 to Banish Sadness

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I don’t know about you but there are times when Life gets to me. It can be frustrating, annoying, frightening, and down-right discouraging.   Sometimes I get so overwhelmed and I find myself slipping into a blue funk and sadness.

If this describes you from time-to-time, here are a few quotes to uplift you:

To that one soul reading this, I know you’re tired. You’re fed up. You’re so close to breaking. But there’s strength within you, even when you are weak. Keep fighting. ~Unknown

 

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. ~Unknown

 

Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place. ~Marilyn Monroe

 

Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough. ~Joel Osteen

 

If you’re going through hell, keep going! ~Winston Churchill

 

This, too, shall pass. ~Dad

 

Which one(s) did you like best? Keep it/them handy and read them often throughout your day.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Inspiring Quotes: 6 for Pi Day!

 

For you math wizards and aficionados, here are a few quotes to enjoy as you savor your slice of pie today in celebration of Pi Day! 

Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest pumpkin pie, carrot cake, and zucchini bread. –Garfield, cartoon character created by Jim Davis

 

Mathematics is the language with which God wrote the universe. –Galileo

 

Thy breath is like the steame of apple-pyes. –Robert Greene, Arcadia (1589), the first written mention of a fruit pie

 

The mathematician does not study pure mathematics because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it and he delights in it because it is beautiful. – Georg Cantor

 

Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them. — Joseph Fourier

 

Too much Pi will give you a large circumference. –Unknown

 

Which one of these quotes was your favorite?  Feel free to share in the comments below.  Thanks!

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Lauren

Inspiring Quotes: 6 for Banishing Discouragement

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We all have disappointments and frustrations and, from time-to-time, we sometimes allow those to get the better of us.  The next thing we know, we’re feeling discouraged.

Here are a few quotes to help turn discouragement around:

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged.  Keep busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.  ~Lucille Ball

 

We all have to start somewhere, and doing something is better than nothing at all.  Start small so you don’t get discouraged and give up.  Remember it is all about consistency.  ~Khloe Kardhasian

 

No matter how frustrated, disappointed and discouraged we may feel in the face of our failures, it’s only temporary.  And the faster you can stop wallowing in guilt, blame, or resentment, the faster you can put it behind you.  ~Fabrizio Moreira

 

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed.  They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.  ~B.C. Forbes

 

A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.  ~John Burroughs

 

Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them.  Don’t’ let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.  ~Unkown

 

Which quote did you like the best?  Keep it handy and refer to it often and it’ll give you the boost you need.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Inspiring Quotes: 6 for Banishing Worry

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All of these quotes have the old-fashioned common sense that Grandma was so good at dispensing.   Let me know which quote you like the best.

That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.  Chinese Proverb

 

Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere. – Erma Bombeck

 

There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.  Harold Stephen

  

We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.
– John Newton

 

If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. Dale Carnegie

 

Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything. – Mary Hemingway

 

Which quote was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

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Lauren

Inspiring Quotes: Silence and Peace

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We search for peace in our noisy, hectic world. We travel the world looking for it, we buy things thinking they’ll give it to us, and we talk to other people hoping they’ll be able to help us.

We don’t realize we’ve had the key all along. It’s turning to the silence within and being still with it. Then, inside our heart and soul, we find the peace that has always been there.

Here are several quotes about silence:

Silence is sometimes the best answer. Dalai Lama

 

The quieter you become the more you are able to hear. Rumi

 

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa

 

Silence, healing. Heraclitus

 

Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud. Unknown

 

It’s the steady, quiet, plodding ones who win in the lifelong race. Robert W. Service

 

Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart. Sivananda

 

The space, the gaps, the pauses, the silence – those things that allow us to regenerate and recharge – had all but disappeared in my own life and in the lives of so many I knew. Arianna Huffington

 

We refuse to turn off our computers, turn off our phone, log off Facebook, and just sit in silence, because in those moments we might actually have to face up to who we really are. Jefferson Bethke

 

Silence is an empty space, space is the home of the awakened mind. Buddha

 

Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all. Unknown

 

You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level. Eckhart Tolle

 

Keep handy the quotes that ring true to you. Refer to them often and soak in their inspiration.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren