New Beginnings: Sage Advice from Yesteryear

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If, in crafting your soul-prospering life, you’ve lost your way or if you’ve lost your hope, you can always begin again. You begin again not by going back to the past, but rather by starting right here and right now and taking the next small step.

Sometimes you may find yourself caught up in the trap of thinking “woulda, shoulda, coulda”, which is thinking that there is some way we can go back to the past and do it over, this time with a better outcome. This seems especially attractive if you’ve gotten yourself into a bit of a mess. But this thinking about somehow changing the past is a waste of time. The past can’t be changed. The only way you can have a different outcome is by boldly and bravely facing forward and doing the best you can in each moment.

It’s true that facing forward might not be easy or fun but if you take little actions each day you will work yourself out of the jam you’re in to something better that awaits you.

I happened to find an old TV program on YouTube that illustrates this perfectly. Here’s the link:

 

 

I thought the program did a good job of showing that the past is over and done with and if we could and would go back, we would be in a loop of our past behaviors. Our only hope is to move forward

What did you think of the program? Feel free to share your thoughts below. Thanks!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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New Beginnings: Toss, Discard, and Throw Out

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When you review these first few months of 2018, you may find that instead of tweaking your schedule or your intentions for 2018, you may need to totally rethink and revamp them.

You may find yourself totally tossing out some of your intentions. This is okay!

In fact, I recommend that you look at your intentions with an eye to which ones or what pieces of them can you throw out. Perhaps some of the intentions are ones that you took on because a loved one thought you’d be good at “it”. Maybe you put too many intentions on your list and you need to pare down. You may find that while you have the right amount of intentions, there are only one or two that are totally captivating you.

In each of these cases, it’s absolutely okay to “lighten the load” and focus on only the intentions that interest and intrigue you, that you find engrossing; ones that make your heart and soul sing.

It’s all about living with your soul wide open.

Go for it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

New Beginnings: The Most Important Thought to Keep in Mind

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The most important thought to keep in mind as you craft your soul-prospering life is:

You CAN begin again!

 

At any moment you are allowed to press the reset button and begin again. The steps to take are (1) Decide to begin again, (2) take time to review what isn’t working (3) choose a small tweaks you can make that’ll set you up to be more successful (4) follow through every day and do a little something that will help you craft your soul-prospering life.

Take small actions every day!

You can do it! I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

New Beginnings: Happy Birthday!

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We are at the beginning of the second quarter of 2018. You may be feeling disappointed that you aren’t as far along on your intentions for 2018 as you would have liked; maybe, weeks ago, you’ve abandoned those intentions.

Never fear! You aren’t doomed! You CAN begin again and the start of the second quarter is the perfect time to hit the reset button.

Take a moment, though, to think about your intentions for the year. Make sure they are realistic and make sure they are YOUR intentions and not someone else’s. Feel free, too, to tweak your intentions and modify them as needed. It’s okay to do that!

Then celebrate like it’s your birthday. For some of you it actually IS your birthday today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

For the rest of us, today is our Un-birthday and we can celebrate that!

WooHoo to all Birthday people and Unbrithday people You are AWESOME!!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Two Poems to Celebrate

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Four-Leaf Clover

~Ella Higginson

I know a place where the sun is like gold,
And the cherry blooms burst with snow,
And down underneath is the loveliest nook,
Where the four-leaf clovers grow.

One leaf is for hope, and one is for faith,
And one is for love, you know,
And God put another in for luck—
If you search, you will find where they grow.

But you must have hope, and you must have faith,
You must love and be strong—and so—
If you work, if you wait, you will find the place
Where the four-leaf clovers grow.

 

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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

~William Wordsworth

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.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:—
A Poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the shew to me had brought:

For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffodils.

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Inspiring and Joyful Quotes About Spring

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There are many traditions, spiritual practices, and religions that celebrate this time of year.   Earth is coming back to life and doing so in a glorious way. What’s not to celebrate?!

Here are a few quotes for you to enjoy:

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. ~W. Earl Hall

 

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

 

Never yet was there a springtime when the buds forgot to bloom. ~Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

 

An optimist is the human personification of spring. ~Susan J. Bissonette

 

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods.   Wait. Be patient. The winter will pass. The spring will come. ~Robert H. Schuller

 

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. ~Virgil A. Kraft

 

Happy Spring!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren