Category Archives: Appreciation

Frenemies: Pep Rally from Mr. Rogers

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I was looking in the archives of Yes I Can Pep Talks and came across the post below. It’s perfect for our chat about frenemies. Thank you, Mr. Rogers, for thoughts that are a powerful antidote to a frenemy attack.

 

The post below was originally published on March 22, 2017

 

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In case you need a mid-week boost or if you need a reminder of the essentials of live, here are a few quotes from Fred Rogers.

 

It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff.

 

If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.

 

It’s our insides that make us who we are, that allow us to dream and wonder and feel for others. That’s what’s essential. That’s what will always make the biggest difference in our world.

 

As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has—or ever will have—something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.

 

Justice is taking care of those who aren’t able to take care of themselves.

 

Both Joanne (Mr. Rogers’ wife) and I can recall many times when we wish we’d said or done something different.  But we didn’t, and we’ve learned not to feel too guilty about that.  What gives me my good feelings is that we always cared and always tried to do our best.

 

It’s you I like,
It’s not the things you wear,
It’s not the way you do your hair–
But it’s you I like.
The way you are right now,
The way down deep inside you–
Not the things that hide you,
Not your toys–
They’re just beside you.

But it’s you I like–
Every part of you,
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you’ll remember
Even when you’re feeling blue
That it’s you I like,
It’s you yourself,
It’s you, it’s you I like.

 

Remember to keep handy the quote(s) that resonated with you.  Refer to them often; let their simple wisdom infuse and empower you.

You can do it!  I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

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Happy Independence Day!

I’ve been away from my blog due to Internet connection and computer troubles.

 

 

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Happy Independence Day!   In your celebrations, take a moment to be grateful to those who fought for our inalienable rights to personal freedoms–our freedoms that do not impinge upon or limit another’s rights, that is. Some people have served as first responders and in armed services, some have served as elected officials, and some have served as business people, community members, and advocates.

These people are you and your neighbors.

 

Be thankful that not only are there people brave enough to stand up for injustices and to work tirelessly for a better world for all of us, but that we live in a country where each of us has the right–the obligation, even–to do what each of us can to make our world more just and fair.

Thank you!

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Birthday to You!

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Today, let’s celebrate the people who are special to us. Today, let’s treat them as if it’s their birthday.

And if it is their birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Thank you for the gorgeous and priceless gift of YOU!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Thinking About Strawberries and Mom

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Is there a time of year or a season that reminds you of a loved one? Of course Christmas and other big celebrations remind us of our loving family and friends, however, is there another time that triggers warm thoughts of the people–or a person–you care about?

Strawberries are one of the markers in the year that does this for me. When it’s strawberry season, I can’t help thinking about my Mom.   I shared with you last week my childhood memories of strawberries and my Mom. Strawberries also remind me of her birthday. I think the strawberries celebrate her birthday, too, because they seem to peak right around her special day!

When I was at the farm picking strawberries earlier this week, I marveled at how there were loads of ripe ones close by for the picking. I didn’t have to range through the patch looking for enough to fill my quart container. Within a step or two of where I started, there were plenty for me.

Our loved one’s caring and love for us is much the same. People who truly love us are always there for us–only a step or two away.   They may not know how to help us and we may become frustrated because of this. If we take a deep breath and center ourselves, we can see and feel their loving concern even though all they can do is send prayers and good vibes to us.   We can help them help us by believing and knowing that they are thinking of us and sending us their very best thoughts and wishes.

Thanks, strawberries, for reminding us that our loved ones truly do care for us and want the very best for us.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Father’s Day 2018

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Here’s to fathers the world over who share themselves with their children: teaching us about intellectual pursuits and the value of education; the joy of physical activity, goofing around, and sportsmanship; the honor of putting our best foot forward and—regardless of the outcome—the satisfaction of knowing we did our best.

Thank you fathers for holding our hand when we needed it and for pushing us out of our comfort zones when we needed that—and thanks for knowing the difference!

Thank you fathers for showing us that real men step up to the plate and do what needs doing, whether they want to or not or whether it’s cool or not. Thanks for showing us that real men are gentle, compassionate, kind, and forgiving, and that they also know when to be tough, strong, and fierce.

Thanks fathers for showing us how to live with honor and integrity and that those virtues really are the best guides in life.

Happy Father’s Day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: Nature IS Nurture – 3 Quotes

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Our lives get so busy with tasks, projects, and even with the goals we set for ourselves. We have responsibilities, obligations. People depend on us; we depend upon ourselves.   We’re pulled this way and pushed that way.

ACK! What are we supposed to do about it all??!

The answer is Nature.   Nature IS nurture! Nature can restore our balance.

We don’t have to travel to exotic locales or far-flung lands to be nurtured by Nature. While it’s wonderful to stroll through a cool forest or walk along a sandy beach, we can still be balanced and restored by a vase of flowers or a “common” houseplant.

When you’re with Nature, whether it’s spending time in a magnificent park or observing the weeds growing alongside the road, take a moment to observe what you are seeing and experiencing.

For instance, look closely at a flower. Notice how it’s put together, the richness of the color, and how its color is made up of different hues and a variety of shadings. Look how velvety the petals are and how they shine and glow in the sunlight.

Immerse yourself in that flower. Observe it deeply it will astonish you. Let it blow your mind and open your soul.

Here are three quotes that can help you get into the right frame of mind:

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir

 

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

 

Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time. ~Katrina Mayer

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: Gifts of Nature

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It’s that time of year again: the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farms are open for the season. Yippee!

Today I was at the farm picking strawberries. As I was doing this, my thoughts drifted here and there.

At one point, I found myself back in the small strawberry patch my mother had at the side of our house. I remember early in the morning going out and helping her water and weed the patch, spread cheesecloth over the plants so the birds wouldn’t get at the berries, and I remember sneaking a strawberry or two as I worked alongside her!

My family and I couldn’t wait for dinner to be over because we knew we’d have strawberry shortcake made with fresh, ripe, sweet strawberries from our very own strawberry patch!

As I was enjoying this memory, I found myself relaxing and noticing nature’s beauty around me:   bees going from blossom to blossom; birds singing in the nearby trees, and nature’s abundance–plenty of delicious berries for people and plenty for animals and insects. I noticed, too, that my pace slowed and I felt joy bubbling up inside.

As we start the week, let’s promise ourselves to connect with nature each day and absorb the gifts it has for us. We can do this by taking a moment to look out the window and notice the trees and flowers, the squirrels scampering in the trees, and birds soaring in the sky.   Allow the scene that you see infuse you with peace and calm.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren