Category Archives: Appreciation

Inspiring Quotes: 6 + 1 to Celebrate Spring!


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.


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,


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



A poem to keep in mind this week:


  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,


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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Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Self-Encouragement: Love



I want to reiterate what I posted on Thursday, that one of the best ways to encourage yourself is to do things you enjoy. Find time every day to do something that absorbs you and that brings you contentment and satisfaction.

It’s the best gift and the most reliable and powerful booster you have available to you. Even if you have only 15 minutes a day to do it, I encourage you do follow through on this. Guard this time, mark it as sacred, and don’t let any one or any thing divert you from it.

If you follow through with this daily practice, you will “find” your soul and that it’s been there all along, ever so patiently waiting for you.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Self Encouragement: Enjoyable Activities


I’ve found that one of the best ways to encourage myself is doing something that I love that is part of my soul-prospering life. For me it’s writing fiction as well as doing the research for my blog then posting and sharing what I’ve discovered with you!

Even if you don’t think you’re living your soul-prospering life, there is some aspect of it or little piece of it that IS soul-prospering. Find that thing and do it, especially when you need a boost.

Let me know how that technique works out for you. Write in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Self-Encouragement: Fill Yourself Now So You Have It When You Need the Boost


Here are things to do now to fill your self-encouragement well so that it’s overflowing. This way, you’ll have plenty that’s easily accessible when you really need it.

How to fill yourself:

~Celebrate yourself for a job well done, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant the job is;

~Congratulate yourself at the end of each day for the things you did accomplished, no matter how small or seemingly unimportant;

~Reward yourself for the efforts and time you put in to crafting your soul-prospering life, even if it’s “only” dreaming about it and imagining it;

~Listen to uplifting messages and music;

~Read inspiring works, including sacred texts that are meaningful to you;

~Participating in enjoyable activities and hobbies;

~Spend time with positive, encouraging, enthusiastic people.

What are your favorite ways to encourage yourself? Feel free to share them in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pap Pal,

Self-Encouragement: Benefits


You may be thinking that you have a supportive group around you: trusted friends, loved ones, great mentors and teachers, and a network of encouraging colleagues to whom you can turn. You’ve hit rough patches before and you had no trouble finding sympathetic and helpful people. That’s fantastic and I’m very glad you have that.


I challenge you, though, to learn to encourage yourself.


If you realize how to do this for yourself, you will develop invaluable abilities and benefits:   you’ll deepen your self-confidence; you’ll develop potent stick-to-it-ive-ness; you’ll build vigorous resilience. You’ll know you can depend upon yourself to figure “it” out and to pull yourself up.

An additional benefit is that your encouragement will be tailor made just for you–you’ll know just how to motivate yourself and exactly what will sustain that energy.   You won’t have to tweak a system to sorta, kinda, hopefully get it to work for you. It’ll work 100% of the time because YOU are the one who crafted it!

Take time each day this week to note things that lift your spirits, that urge you onward when you’d rather quit, and the things that make all the time and all the effort “sooooo worth it”. Jot them down and keep them handy for when you need a boost.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,