Spring Flowers: How to Activate Hope

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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 own from on high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen…yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.   ~Bradley Whitford

 

I like the last lines of this quote: “…not by passively waiting…but by doing what you can…yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”

This clearly tells us the secret key to a constant state of hopefulness:   action. Doing what we can with what we have right where we find ourselves in each moment.

It’s pausing to ask ourselves “What can I do right now that will point me in the direction of my soul prospering life?” Then following through on that answer.

Just like the spring flowers, little bit by little bit we open our souls to live full out in all our glory and beauty.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Spring Flowers: Symbols of Hope

 

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Hope is being able to see there is light in spite all of the darkness. ~Desmond Tutu

 

Yes it’s true, we have another cold, rainy, dreary day here. It seems like a cosmic joke being played on us because although calendar says we should be well into the beauties of spring, I saw snow flurries this morning when I woke up!

Oy!

I told you yesterday that the daffodils are blooming near me and, in spite of the flurries, on my way to work I noticed hyacinths blooming near a business’ front walkway. Seeing that flowers are beginning to bloom is giving me hope that spring really is on its way.

This is a great metaphor for Life. We can look out over our days and feel bleak, especially with Tax Day tomorrow here in the USA. It can be discouraging and depressing to write that check to the IRS and perhaps write another one for state taxes.

Instead of giving in to the disheartening things in Life, hold steady by seeking out the pockets of beauty, peace, and joy. For instance, in my case, I noticed that the forsythia is also beginning to bloom and I heard birds chirping this afternoon. This evening on my way home from a meeting, I rolled my car window down a little bit so that I could hear the Spring Peepers and other frogs in the pond that I drove by.

When situations in your life get you down, redouble your efforts to find things that bolster your hopefulness.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Spring Flowers: 8 Inspiring and Thought-Provoking Quotes

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Where I live, winter is still trying to hang on. Yesterday we had a beautiful spring-like day, and I told you about the daffodils that are starting to bloom–yay!

Today is another story:   the skies are gray, the temperature is 28 degrees cooler, and rain is predicted. In the face of this, here are a few quotes about flowers that can bolster our hope that spring is, in fact, “winning” over winter.   There’s one quote for each day of this week…plus and extra one for good luck! Enjoy!

Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun. ~Don Miguel Ruiz

 

The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.   ~D.H. Lawrence

 

The ‘Amen!” of Nature is always a flower. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

 

Where flowers bloom so does hope. ~Lady Bird Johnson

 

Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow. ~Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often Man forgets the flowers at his feet. ~Jeremy Betham

 

All the flowers of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. ~Indian Proverb

 

Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful. ~Jim Carrey

 

Which quote–or quotes–did you like the best? Are there others not motioned here that are favorites of yours? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below.   Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Spring Flowers: Daffodils!

 

Today as I was driving home from visiting a beloved family menter, I noticed that the daffodils are blooming.

Ah, the daffodils!   One of the first flowers of spring!

In their honor, here is a poem about daffodils by William Wordsworth:

I Wandered as a Lonely Cloud 

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
~William Wordsworth

 

What’s your favorite poem about flowers or springtime? Please share it in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Easy Street: Happy Colgate Day!

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Today is Friday the 13th and, as I’ve written in previous posts, today is also known as Colgate Day.  Colgate Alums, students, and others associated with the university, consider all Friday the 13ths to be their good luck days.  It has to do with the lore surrounding the university’s founding.

The point, though, is that you don’t have to succumb to conventional wisdom regarding your dreams or what you consider to be a soul-prospering life.  What one person—or even groups of people—see as a bad thing can actually be your good thing!

Take a page out of Colgate University’s playbook and don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams, your Vision, and—most especially—your soul-prospering life.

You can do it!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Easy Street: What it Truly Is

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This is going to sound hokey but the easiest way to find and stay on Easy Street is to feel very lucky to be you and to be living your life.

You do this by following your curiosity and those things that interest you. Combine this with appreciation and gratitude and these are what make the solid foundation of your soul-prospering life.

What are you curious about?   What are the things that capture your attention? What do you do to bring these into your every day life? Do this daily and you’re well on your way to crafting your soul-prospering life!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Easy Street: Seek this Instead

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We all want to be on Easy Street.

We want to be able to kick back, put our feet up, and take it easy in life. It’s the feelings of contentment and satisfaction that are at the core of our dreams of Easy Street. While it’s well and good to take time to acknowledge and enjoy our achievements, studies have shown that this won’t give us the lasting happiness and fulfillment we’re after.

The key to crafting a soul-prospering life is to not rest on our laurels, but rather to continually challenge ourselves and test our limits.

This article I found on the Internet sums it up nicely;

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In the comments below, let me know what you think of the article and the authors thoughts about Easy Street. Thanks!

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Your friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Easy Street: Steve Harvey’s Take on It

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I read a very interesting book by Steve Harvey called Jump. It’s his newest book. In it he spoke candidly of his journey to becoming a famous TV personality.

Of course he talks about his struggles and sacrifices as he’s paying his dues, so to speak. When he was just starting out, he took jobs that weren’t quite the right fit for him but these were necessary in order for him to discover what he truly wanted to do. When he finally had the nerve to follow his dreams, naturally he had heartbreaks and detractors.

The most interesting thing is that he also had heartbreaks and detractors even when he made it big and became a household name!

Consider this:

~Steve Harvey made millions but then, due to poor decisions by one of his managers, Steve discovered he owed the IRS millions of dollars!

~He is experienced and good at hosting different types of shows but he also made a now famous blunder at the Miss America Pageant.

 

So if you find that as you’re living more and more of your soul-prospering life but you’re still experiencing setbacks and still making mistakes, you are in good company!   Every person we think of as successful is experiencing the same thing!

Don’t lose hope; don’t quit! Keep going!

In the meantime, get the book–most libraries have it or can order it through interlibrary loan.   Read it and let me know what you think.   Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Easy Street: Other People – Frenemies = People With Dirty Feet

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This was originally posted on November 5, 2016. I’m re-posting it here because the people we surround ourselves with are critically important to whether or not we craft a soul-prospering life for ourselves. Not only will frenemies hold us back from crafting a soul-prospering life, but they’ll also limit the joy we get from that life.

It’s important at each stage of crafting our soul-prospering life that we pause and evaluate the people in our lives as to whether or not they celebrate and encourage us.

Enjoy the post! Let me know what you think of it in the comments below.

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Frenemies = People With Dirty Feet

 

I will not let anyone with dirty feet walk through my mind. ~Mahatma Gandhi

 

Toxic people are hurtful. Even if their venom isn’t aimed at us but rather is in the form of always complaining, always seeing the negative side, and always focusing on the bad “stuff” in life; it still harms us.

The good news is that these people are generally easy to spot. They’re the ones that don’t have much of a sense of humor; usually they’re the people with the dour look on their faces and are unpleasant to be around. Even though we may not be able to eliminate them from our lives (they may be a family member, part of our team at work, or a member of the same club or organization we belong to), it isn’t too hard for us to move them to the periphery.

But what about those people who are toxic to us but in a very subtle way–you know, frenemies?

These are people who seem pleasant and welcoming on the surface but that’s where their friendliness ends. This is definitely a case of a metaphor being true-to-life: These people are icebergs. Their type of “friendship”–if you even call it that–is cold-hearted and just below the surface lurk deadly, razor-sharp edges that will rip you to shreds.

I’ve found that these people are the toughest to deal with. They are masters of subtlety and oftentimes others in the group don’t notice what’s going on, especially since your frenemy is usually a loyal friend to the others.

When this has happened to me in the past, I’ve made excuses for their treatment of me or–worse–thought maybe I was being to sensitive or reading into the situation things that just weren’t there. And I’ve justified staying in the group because the others were nice and I enjoyed their friendship.

It can take a while for it to sink in that the one friend is actually a lethal frenemy. Once you recognize this, thought, then leave as fast as you can.

I’ve found that I’ve had to leave the whole group of friends, even though a few were very nice people with whom I had wanted to stay in touch (I had tried to remain in touch but I couldn’t because they kept including my frenemy). 

The realization that made me finally take a stand and move the whole group–frenemy as well as the nice people–out of my life was when I realized that the frenemy could indulge in her behavior because no one in the group called her on it.

The tipping point for me came when my frenemy made a callous, untrue comment about me when we were all at lunch together. One of the others spoke to me privately and told me she was mortified that my frenemy had been so heartless. This wasn’t the first time that she and a few of the others had privately said that my frenemy’s comments to me were uncalled for.

But later on when I thought about it, I clearly understood that as long as my frenemy would go unchallenged, she would be as disrespectful of me as she pleased. Because of the dynamics of the group, my choices were to put up with my frenemy or leave the group entirely.

In that moment I knew I deserved better.

I want people who won’t remain quiet when somebody is talking about a friend. 

The others in the group weren’t willing, even in a gentle or friendly way, to call my frenemy on her behavior, then they were just as guilty of tromping through my mind with dirty feet as my frenemy was. 

I’m no longer willing to let that happen so I’ve left the group.

Naturally I sometimes miss my nice friends and when I see on Facebook an activity they’ve done together I feel the pang of missing out. But I also remember the painful price I had to pay to “belong”.

I’ve discovered that because I am no longer spending time with this group, I now have time to spend with people who are true friends to me. 

And that’s a very nice payoff!

Have you had similar experiences with frenemies? What did you do about them? Let me know in the comments below!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Easy Street: Four Quotes

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This week we’re going to talk about being on Easy Street. There’s many misconceptions and we’ll dive in this week and straighten them out.

In the meantime, here are four quotes about Easy Street to enjoy:

It won’t be easy but it’ll be worth it. ~Unknown

 

The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer. ~John Madden

 

There has never been a meaningful life built on Easy Street. ~John Paul Warren

 

Easy Street is a blind alley. ~Wilson Mizner

 

 

What are your thoughts about Easy Street? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren