Category Archives: Affirmations

Thanksgiving: 12 Quotes to Think About


In a few days we in the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Here are a few quotes for us to ponder; quotes that, I hope, will help us make thanksgiving and gratitude a part of every day of the year, not just one day.


If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. ~W. Clement Stone


Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey


We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. Harry Ironside


Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good think that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because ALL things have contributed to your advancement, you should include ALL things in your gratitude. ~Ralph Waldo Everson


Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. ~Ernest Hemingway


If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. ~Frank A. Clark


Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt


We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.   ~Neal A. Maxwell


We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.   ~Frederick Keonig


Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow.   A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. ~Henry Ward Beacher


For flowers that bloom about our feet;

For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;

For song of bird, and hum of bee;

For all things fair we hear or see.

Farther in heaven, we thank Thee!

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large about of Gratitude. ~A.A. Milne


Which quote(s) did you like the best? My favorite is the last one, Piglet’s.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Thinking: 6 Quotes for the Right Attitude


Thinking and attitude go hand-in-hand.  Here are six quotes to ponder over the weekend as you prepare for the upcoming week.


Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.  ~Martha Graham


Any fact facing us in not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.  The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it.  You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.  ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.  ~W.C. Fields


Everything can be taken from a man but one thing:  the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.  ~Viktor Frankl


A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.  ~Earl Nightingale


We cannot change our past.  We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  ~Charles Swindoll


Which quote resonated with you?

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Back by Popular Demand: When Your Alarm Clock Rings–Thoughts to Think from James Allen

I posted this article on my blog on May 11, 2017. Since our thoughts are the fundamental building blocks of our soul-prospering life, I thought it would be good to revisit this post. James Allen’s work is profound and it’s important to refresh ourselves with his wisdom.



There is a sense in which every day may be regarded as the beginning of a new life in which one can think, act, and live newly, and in a wiser and better spirit. ~James Allen


I came across a reading of a James Allen’s work entitled Morning and Evening Thoughts.  As the title indicates, some of these thoughts are intended for the morning and the others are meant to be read at night just before sleep. Even so, they are all profound and, in my opinion, are good to listen to regardless of the time of day. In fact, if you can manage it, this recording could be helpful to have running as you go about the tasks of your day.

Just a note:  James Allen had a deep faith.  In some of these thoughts, he talks about Jesus and other Christian ideas.  Please don’t let that hinder you!   Feel free to substitute other holy or wise people such as Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama,.  Feel free also to use descriptors that fit with your philosophy or faith such as instead of God, use The Universe, The Divine Intelligence, or The Great Spirit.

Have a listen and let me know what you think:

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Back by Popular Demand: Thoughts: Take Care of Them!


As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. ~Henry David Thoreau


Oftentimes we hear people complain that affirmations don’t work. We also hear other people ridicule affirmations, alluding that the person saying the affirmations is easily duped or is simple-minded.

As Henry David Thoreau points out, it’s through the repetition of a thought that it becomes ingrained in our minds and in us and, thus, becomes a habitual way of thinking. These thought patterns then lead to habitual ways of behaving.  When we’ve trained ourselves to have an optimistic mind set, we tend to step out of our comfort zones, we aren’t so easily rattled or discouraged.

We think of affirmations as positive statements and positive ways of thinking and behaving. But affirmations can also be negative–and we can–and do!–train our minds to think in negative terms.  Every time we say or think “I can’t…” or “It’s too hard…” or “I’m not lucky like other people…”  and the like, we’re saying and thinking an affirmation–training our minds to be negative.  This negative affirmation leads to a negative mindset which then influences our behavior, making us not try for the thing, or only try half-heartedly.  Sometimes, we give up even before we try!

It’s important to note that the thoughts we think are rarely neutral. On the surface they may seem so, but if you dig a little bit you’ll find either a negative or positive kernel at the root of what seems neutral.

So, take care with your thoughts! If they aren’t positive, uplifting, optimistic, or encouraging, then they are negative, deflating, gloomy, or pessimistic. 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Thinking: Back by Popular Demand–Pep Rally! 16 Positive Statements


We need to retrain our minds to think positive and, when we find ourselves with thoughts that depress us, make us fearful, or frustrate us to no end, we need to quickly snap our minds back to the positive.

Here are 16 short statements to keep handy to use frequently–every single moment of the day, when we’re faced with a particularly tough spot:

Yes I can!

NO!  Not today!

This isn’t going to push me down, it’s going to push me ahead!

I’m pressing through to my breakthrough

I have what it takes.

I am fully equipped–I have what it takes to succeed.

This will be my greatest victory yet.

My best days are still ahead of me.

I am smart, I am strong, I can figure this out.

I CHOOSE to be happy today.

I CHOOSE to find the beauty around me today.

I CHOOSE to move forward.

There’s a winner inside me and I am letting her/him out!

The rest of my life is the very best part of my life.

I am talented, I am creative, I am resourceful, I am inventive.

I am born to win, I am born with greatness, I am a champion.

A bonus: A question to ask yourself throughout the day:

What can I do right now that will move me toward my soul-prospering life?

Then roll up your sleeves, dive in, and get busy doing that thing or those things!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Thoughts: 12 Quotes


The very first, most fundamental step in crafting a soul-prospering life is getting your thoughts lined up so they will serve you rather than trip you up.

Here are twelve quotes about right thinking:

Thoughts are things. ~Earl Nightingale


As a man thinketh…. ~James Allen


Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude. Zig Ziglar


Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal; nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude. ~Thomas Jefferson


Whether you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford


Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


Rule your mind or it will rule you.   ~Buddha


A bad attitude is like a flat tire. If you don’t change it, you’ll never go anywhere. ~Anonymous


A negative mind will never give you a positive life. ~Anonymous


Thinks work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. ~John Wooden


Same old thinking, same old results. ~Unknown


Believe you can and you’re half way there. ~Theodore Roosevelt


Which quote did you like best?


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Inner Guidance: A Technique to Separate Your Inner Guidance from the Noise


As we talked about yesterday, giving yourself the daily gift of quiet solitude is one of the most effective ways to hear and connect with our Inner Guidance. Maybe you’re like me, though, and find that when I’m sitting in silence, it’s amazing how noisy it is! All the chatter, all the angsting…. Oy!

I came across a technique that is simple yet packs a powerful punch: naming and personifying the chatter in your head.

For instance, when you take a moment for silence and turning within, you notice your thoughts are those of worry: worry about the project at work, worry about paying the bills, worry about your kids, worry about the challenges your spouse is dealing with….

Or perhaps you find a very judgmental voice: she’s not nearly as smart as I am; his kids are far less talented than mine; she thinks she’s ‘all that’; he struts around like he’s so cool….

Maybe your thoughts are bullying. For instance: you should have known better, who do you think you are, you aren’t very talented, you’re getting way too big for your britches….

Your thoughts might be infused with sadness, such as: nothing ever works out for me, no one knows I even exist; I don’t matter….

Give names to the different groups of thoughts you have.

For instance, your thoughts of worry can be called Warren the Worrier, your judgmental thoughts can be Judy the Judge, Billy the Bully can be the thoughts that beat up on you, and Sadness Agnes can the thoughts that bring you down and make you feel hopeless and helpless.

Give personalities to them.

Perhaps Warren the Worrier is constantly wringing his hands and speaks in whiny voice. Judge Judy can be huffy and uptight, where as Billy the Bully might have mean little eyes and a grimace on his face. Sadness Agnes might have lank hair, be dressed in dull browns, and mope about all day.

When you have named and personified the chatter in your mind, it’s easier for you to choose whether to listen to the chatter or to move it to the side. When you move it all to the side, then it’s MUCH easier to hear your Inner Guidance.

Remember to name and personify your Inner Guidance as well. Then, you’ll be able to quickly and easily tune into it.

What are a few of the names and personalities you’ve given to your inner chatter? Julia Cameron in her book The Artist’s Way, named her inner critic Nigel. She pictured him as a fussy, up-tight man who speaks with a British accent!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,