Category Archives: Appreciation

Self Care: Nine Inspiring Quotations


This week we’ll be talking about caring for ourselves.  Here are a few quotes to ponder today.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.  ~Joel Osteen


It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.  ~Wayne Dyer


The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.  – William James


To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.  – Thich Nhat Hanh


We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.  – Mary Dunbar


My guiding principles in life are to be honest, genuine, thoughtful and caring.  ~Prince William


Dedicating some time to meditation is a meaningful expression of caring for yourself that can help you move through the mire of feeling unworthy of recovery. As your mind grows quieter and more spacious, you can begin to see self-defeating thought patterns for what they are, and open up to other, more positive options.  ~Sharon Salzberg


We emphasize negativity and violence in the media because that’s what grabs everybody’s attention, but in the real world, it’s mostly people being very cooperative and caring and connected and kind. That’s the norm of human experience. And yet, what gets our attention is the very opposite.   ~Richard Linklater


I know from personal experience how fear and low self-worth can cripple one’s ability to succeed in life. But with a little support, caring and inspiration, miracles can happen.  ~Richard Hatch


Have a great week!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Back by Popular Demand: Quotes to Inspire You


Need some inspiration? Here are a few quotes:


When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. ~Confucius


Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. ~David Star Jordan


Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~Helen Keller


Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. ~Stephen King


In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It isn’t what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. ~Tony Robbins


Defeat my serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. ~Edwin Markham


Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Use what talent you possess; the woods would be very quiet if no birds sang except those that sang best. ~Henry van Dyke


Why should you continue to go after your dreams? Because seeing the look on the faces of the people who said you couldn’t do it, will be…priceless! ~Kevin Ngo


Which quote(s) did you like best?

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Spirituality: Happy Friday the 13th with 13 Inspiring Spiritual Quotations to Celebrate!



A cherished friend of mine is a graduate of Colgate University. The number thirteen is a lucky one for all people connected to Colgate University and every Friday the Thirteenth is a celebration day for them.

In honor of my friend’s achievement of graduating from Colgate University, and to join in the celebration of the number thirteen, here are thirteen inspirational quotes about spirituality.

Being on a spiritual path does not prevent you from facing times of darkness; it teaches you how to use the darkness as a tool to grow. ~Unknown

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle that shines or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road does not mean they are lost. ~Dalai Lama

A Spiritual Badass: sends out love to strangers; is always seeking the lesson; knows that happiness is a choice. ~Unknown

The candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. ~Italian Proverb

Maybe the journey isn’t about becoming something but rather unbecoming everything that isn’t really you so that you can be who you were meant to be in the first place. ~Unknown

Throw kindness around like confetti. ~Unknown

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. ~Buddha

Someday we’ll forget the hurt, the reason we cried, and who caused us pain. We will finally realize that the secret of being free is not revenge but letting things unfold in their own way and own time. After all, what matters is not the first but the last chapter of our life, which shows how well we ran the race. So smile, laugh, forgive, believe, and love all over again. ~Unknown

Three years from now make sure you can say that you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it. ~Unknown

Sometimes when you don’t know what to say, a hug says enough. ~Unknown

It is well with my soul. ~Horatio Spafford

Be kind when it is possible; it is always possible. ~Dalai Lama


I think each of these are filled with simple wisdom and timely reminders; I hope they are as meaningful for you as they are for me.



Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Spirituality: Quiet Time that Nurtures and Strengthens Optimism


Crafting a soul prospering life and spirituality both require quiet time–time to contemplate, ruminate, think things through and decide–choose–what to apply to your life and how to apply it. As I said in yesterday’s post, this quiet time can encompass a religious tradition, a spiritual practice, or something totally unique and personal to you.  

I urge you to make time every day for silence, quiet, solitude. Uninterrupted time when you can think, or better yet, where you can just be.

You don’t have to carve out days of time or even hours. A regular practice of 15 minutes each day is great, though I like to spend around 30 minutes in quiet contemplation. And, I’ve found that during particularly hectic and jam-packed weeks, that 5 minutes first thing each morning is enough to get me through to the days when I have a little more time.

The interesting thing is, you can even do this when you are in the midst of your day: in meetings at work, watching your kids play soccer, grocery shopping, and the like. Do this by becoming an observer with no attachment to what’s going on around you.   Become a quiet oasis in the middle of all the frenetic activity swirling around you. Observe without judgment or bias, just as a scientist would. Note the insights that come to you.

Quiet time is the way to extricate and cleanse yourself from the rush, angst, hubbub of the world.   It is the way to hear the whisperings of your heart and the urgings of your soul so that you can follow the Still Small Voice within.

This quiet time is essential because you MUST believe in yourself, your reason for being born as who you are, and your destiny–what you are meant to do–to contribute–in this lifetime.

Make it top priority to find a time of day and an amount of time to do this. If you really have no time for quiet solitude time, note during what activity you’ll become the quiet oasis. Set the bar low, make it easy to achieve so that you’ll do it again and again.

Commit to taking time each day for quiet time, even if it’s only 5 minutes here and there throughout your day. That’s perfect for right now.   Keep doing this and you’ll find that you’ll establish a regular practice that works for you.

Promise yourself that you will do this. I know you can. I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Spirituality: Part of Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life


Some of my friends have found that crafting their own soul prospering life deepens their faith in their own traditional organized religion that they follow. While I respect the organized religious faith traditions and practices–and I defend the right of everyone to worship their God in a way that is meaningful to them–I’ve found that crafting my own soul-prospering life is spiritually based, rather than religious.

I have no intention that this blog promote any kind of religious or spiritual belief or practice–I want everyone to feel comfortable, no matter their religious affiliation, spiritual practices, or even if they have no belief. However, from time-to-time my own thoughts and ruminations on spirituality will color, and have colored, this blog.

You are free to respectfully disagree with what I say and we can engage in an informative conversation that helps each other understand Life on a deeper level. This conversation is NOT to convert one another but rather to receive the information as another aspect of truth, and thinking it through to understand how each of us can use it to deepen our personal connection with our truth.

This week we’ll be talking about the part that spirituality plays in crafting a soul prospering life.   Also, I’ll share with you what my friends and acquaintances think about this. Too, I’ll share with you the books I’m currently reading as well as other resources I’ve come across that I’ve found helpful.

In the meantime, take time today to contemplate what crafting a soul prospering life means to you and how spirituality or religion or other personal practice fits into this.   If you’re comfortable, please share your thoughts and practices. I’m always interested in hearing what others are thinking and doing because it helps me with my own practices.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Wisdom from the Farm: Composting–A Way to Nurture Ideas


In this week’s CSA newsletter, the farmer talked about his compost pile and that they will be using it to enrich the soil as they’re preparing the fields for the coming winter.

I got to thinking about this compost pile and what it’s comprised of: vegetables that were overripe and not fit for sale; produce that was too damaged by insects and animals and, therefore, unfit for consumption; weeds; other organic matter that wasn’t plowed back into the soil or recycled in some other way.

The farmer collects all this waste in one area then occasionally turns it, perhaps adds more to it every now and again, turning once in a while, and repeating this procedure (I am by no means an expert in composting so I may not have this completely correct, but from my occasional observations, this is what the farmer seems to do!).

A compost pile is basically an alchemist’s lab for plant and other organic materials. This “useless” garbage is transformed into nutrient rich materials that enrich the soil. Farmers call compost Black Gold.

Then I started thinking about how compost piles relate to ideas. How many times do we come up with ideas that we toss to the side–essentially, we toss them in the garbage. Instead of throwing them away, perhaps we ought to consider composting them.

Perhaps we can have a file or some other sort of system that collects our ideas and keeps them neat and safe. Periodically, we can refer back to them, going through them and looking for ones that fit with the situation we’re in now. Perhaps one or two ideas can be combined to come up with one that’s really a blockbuster for our current circumstances.

We can also refer to the ideas just to go over them and refresh our memories and let them perk on the back burner of our minds. This way, when we come up against a problem, we’ll have just the right solution already in mind, this turning a challenged into an opportunity!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Wisdom from the Farm: The Bad and the Good

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Every year there is always at least one crop that has a poor harvest; this year it’s the green beans.   A new insect invaded the bean patch making the leaves look like fine lace. Although the plants produced a few beans each, it wasn’t like in years past when the plants would be weighted down with beans.

Even though the beans didn’t fare well this year, the tomatoes have been producing like gangbusters.   In fact, the vines are still going strong; we’ll have tomatoes in our shares well into October. In years past, by mid-September there are only gleanings on the vines.

The wisdom from the farm that applies to daily life is that although things may not be going well in one area of our lives, there’s another area where we’re doing quite well.

We can use this knowledge to our advantage. When we become discouraged, we can focus on the good in our lives and use that to bolster our spirits. We can use it to help ourselves hang on and to take one more step.

We may be in a rough patch in our lives right now, but there’s also good that’s several rows over–just like the bumper crop of tomatoes is only a few rows away from the bean plants that have only a few beans on each of them.

Take the next step; you can do it.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,