Category Archives: A Perfect Day

Golden Wisdom from Mom: 6 Inspiring Quotes for a Happy Mother’s Day All Week Long!,_1894_-_Mother_with_Child.jpg



In honor of all of the mothers in our lives–our biological mother as well as people who have mentored us, encouraged us, protected us, and picked us up and brushed us off (women and men who have done this for us)–Happy Mother’s Day!

Here are six quotes from my Mom to help us celebrate the generously loving and kind people in our lives who have mothered us:

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. 


How would you like it if someone did/said that to you? Then don’t do/say it to anyone else.


This too shall pass.


Not to worry, Sweet Doll.


All is well.


You’re my treasure; I love you!


What is your favorite quote from a Mom in your life? Please share it with us. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Books: The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,_1894_-_Mother_with_Child.jpg


A special place in my heart is reserved for The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. My mother sent this book to me when I after I graduated college and was off on my own.

I had moved to a small town in a part of the US that was very different from the region where I grew up. I had a very hard time meeting people and finding my place in my new world.   Needless to say, this was a difficult experience for me–I didn’t know what to do to help my situation.

As always, though, Mom came through!

One day a package arrived in the mail and it was this book along with a beautiful letter from my mom.   Of course she knew of my struggles and, as she was reading the book herself, she realized it could be helpful to me. Her letter was filled with wisdom from her own life and the special encouragement that only a mother can give.

The book didn’t immediately solve all my problems, but it helped me take the next step in my life and gradually my situation improved. Most importantly, though, this book is a poignant reminder of my mother’s loving and wise guidance and encouragement.

How about you? What books have a special place in your heart?   Feel free to share. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Thoughts to Keep in Mind this Week: 9 Inspiring Quotes




The helping hand I reach out to others may be small but to someone else it can be their big miracle.   ~Unknown


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. ~Unknown


The best cure for a short temper is a long walk. ~Unknown


Never violate the sacredness of your own self-respect. ~Unknown


Commitment in the face of conflict produces character. ~Unknown


The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping-stones is how you use them. ~Unknown


We car continually faced with great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.   ~Unknown


The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do. ~Unknown


The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. ~Unknown



The quotes that resonate with you, keep them handy this week and refer to them often! Let them help you have a good week!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Spring Flowers: 6 Tips for Rejuvenating Hope


When Life hits hard, it’s difficult to stay hopeful. I’ve been there, done that. When I’m stumbling my way through these times here are a few things I do to help myself:

~Mother Nature

If I can, I find a way to experience Mother Nature. Ideally, I sit outside or go for a walk but many times for various reasons I can’t do this. Instead, I’ll gaze out my window at the landscape or I’ll look at pictures of flowers, trees, the beach, or a lake scene.

~Sit in Silence

I pause for a few moments and sit quietly, tuning into my inner self. I take several slow, steady breaths and repeat words such as ‘peace’ or ‘all is well’ or some other word or phrase that’s calming. Even if I’m at work or in the midst of others, I can still pause and tune inwardly.

~Get Away from Negative People and Hang Out with Positive People

When I’m in the middle of a rough patch, the last thing I need is to hang around Negative Ned and Debbie Downer. I need people who will encourage me and help me hold onto the shreds of hope I have left.   These people are realistic in that they acknowledge I’m in a tough spot and that I may be scared, but then they remind me of what I’m good at and achievements I’ve enjoyed.

~Fill My Mind with Good Stuff

I go to YouTube and turn on messages of hope and encouragement. I’ll also read books that are uplifting and encouraging–and books that are fun, too!

~When I’m with Others, I Am Cheerful and Helpful

I do the very best to be pleasant and kind. Everyone has struggles and worries of their own and the last thing they need is for me to dump all my angst on them. Of course it’s fine to consult with professionals who are trained to help people in difficult situations, but co-workers, friends, acquaintances are not the same as trained professionals.

~Clean and Clear

I choose a small section of my home or office and throw things out. Then I’ll clean and organize what I’m keeping.


These tips may not instantly change my circumstances or me, but doing one or more of these really does lift my spirits.

If you try these, you may not be whistling and dancing and smiling huge afterward, but you’ll feel a little bit lighter and a little bit better afterward. I usually do!

What are some things you do to rejuvenate your hope? Please share in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Spring Flowers: How to Activate Hope



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,


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!


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,


Spring Flowers: 8 Inspiring and Thought-Provoking Quotes


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,