Category Archives: Celebrate

Top Post #1: Pep Rally! Inspiring Quotes

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As we’re crafting our soul-prospering life, we all need pep rallys, pep talks, inspiring quotes, and motivational boosts. This is one of the most popular ones on my blog.

Enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

This was originally posted on 6.3.15

 

PEP RALLY! INSPIRING QUOTES

 

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If you cannot fly, drive; if you cannot drive, run; if you cannot run, walk; if you cannot walk, crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

I would add to this that if you can’t crawl, lean forward. If you can’t lean, then at least look in the direction you want to go. Keep moving forward!

 

If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done. ~Thomas Jefferson

Occasionally, you are going to feel uncomfortable as you work toward your dreams. There will be days when you feel anxious and even afraid. But you must not let that stop you. It’s normal to feel nervous and unsure. Accept that you’ll feel this way from time-to-time. And when you do, go slower and break the steps into small pieces and little parts. Keep breaking them down until you get to the little tidbits that are comfortable and easy to do. Then do them!

Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. ~Charles F. Kettering

You never know what’s around the corner. You never know what piece of information you’ll pick up, what skill you’ll learn, or what person you meet that’s at the next step. So, keep going! The break you need may be just around the corner!

Your homework today is to read through the quotes. Choose the one—or ones—that resonate with you. Then, first thing in the morning, stand tall in front of your mirror with your shoulders back and a big smile on your face. Look at yourself and say the quotes you like, using as much enthusiasm as you can.

Take the quotes with you and refer to them during the day; repeat them as often as you can. Remember to be enthusiastic! Use the energy they generate to help you take the next step. Break it into small specks—as small as you need. Then do them!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

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Top Posts #4: A Perfect Day to Celebrate Smile Day!

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Although today isn’t Smile Day–National Smile Power Day will be June 15, 2018 and World Smile Day will be October 5, 2017–our smiles are no less potent.

Enjoy reading this post, which was originally published on 2/8/15, to find out the many benefits smiling.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

 

 

A Perfect Day to Celebrate Smile Day!

 

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I’ll bet you didn’t know that today is Smile Day. I didn’t! What a fun and easy day to celebrate! You don’t have to spend any money, there’s no special preparation, and you don’t have to travel anywhere.
All you have to do is smile, right where you are!
How cool is that? How easy! What fun!!

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Researchers have proven that smiling is good for you. Here’s what they’ve discovered:
~Smiling is a great picker-upper for your mood;
~Smiling reduces stress;
~Smiling boost endorphins and serotonin, which help you genuinely feel good and be positive;
~Smiling lowers blood pressure;
~Smiling strengthens your immune system;
~Smiling lifts the face and makes you more attractive;
~Smiling makes you look vibrant and alive;
~Smiling is fun;
~Smiling is easy;
~Smiling is contagious! By smiling at someone, you lift their spirits and give their mood a boost and they’re more apt to smile! How cool is that?!

 

Studies have shown that even if you’re in a bad mood and don’t feel like smiling, just the simple act of curving your mouth into a crescent shape will give you these benefits. And, if you keep at it, soon you’ll find that your mood lifts and you’re smiling for real!

Your homework today is to celebrate Smile Day by smiling!
Whether you want to or not, whether you feel like it or not, SMILE!

No one is exempt from your smiles today: friends and family are bombarded with your warm and loving smiles; clerks, salespeople, and service personnel are showered with your smiles! Even strangers on the street aren’t going to get away without a big smile from you!

Make a game of it and see how many people you can smile at! Include your family and friends—especially kids—to see who can smile the longest or give away the most smiles today.

Have fun and SMILE!

You can do it—I know you can! I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Top Posts #6: I’d Rather be a Failure by Edgar A. Guest

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This post was published earlier this year on 1/27/17 and it continues to be an excellent reminder that it’s the journey and not the destination that that matters. It’s what we learn, who we meet, the new things we see, and the interesting things that we discover. And it’s how all of this enriches us and our life and how we then share this with others.

This poem also reminds us that riches and influence can be useful tools in crafting a soul-prospering life, but they aren’t what’s truly important. It’s the comforting silence as well as the laughter shared with dear friends and loved ones; playing with your kids; making a difference in someone’s life. These achievements are the true successes in life.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

I’d Rather Be a Failure by Edgar A. Guest

 

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I came across this poem and I thought you might like it, too.

I’d Rather Be a Failure by Edgar A. Guest

I’d rather be a failure than the man who’s never tried;
I’d rather seek the mountain-top than always stand aside.
Oh, let me hold some lofty dream and make my desperate fight,
And though I fail I still shall know I tried to serve the right.

The idlers line the ways of life and they are quick to sneer;
They note the failing strength of man and greet it with a jeer;
But there is something deep inside which scoffers fail to view—
They never see the glorious deed the failure tried to do.

Some men there are who never leave the city’s well-worn streets;
They never know the dangers grim the bold adventurer meets;
They never seek a better way nor serve a nobler plan;
They never risk with failure to advance the cause of man.

Oh, better ’tis to fail and fall in sorrow and despair,
Than stand where all is safe and sure and never face a care;
Yes, stamp me with the failure’s brand and let men sneer at me,
For though I’ve failed, the Lord shall know the man I tried to be.

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Top Post #14: “I Like You Just the Way You Are.” ~Mr. Rogers

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This week and next week we’ll revisit some of the top posts from 2017.

This post about Mr. Roger’s quote was originally posted in 2014  but it’s still one that you, my followers, and guests to my blog consistently search out.  My thought on the continued popularity of this post is that we all need to be frequently reminded that we’re fine just the way we are.  Sure, we have shortcomings and we aren’t perfect, but on the whole, we’re pretty darned cool in our own way.  And “our own way” is just fine because Source has crafted us perfectly to lead our individual life.

Here’s the original post:

 

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“I like you just the way you are.” ~Mr. Rogers

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers!  Today (March 20, 2014) would have been his 86thbirthday.

One of the most memorable statements Mr. Rogers would often say is “I like you just the way you are.”  What a relief to have someone say that to you!  What a gracious gift saying it to someone else—even if you don’t particularly like the person.

That last sentence sounds contradictory but think about this:  Most of us have struggles and we’re sometimes amazed to have made it through the day.   Most people are buried under piles of “you should, you ought to, and you’d better”.    It could be that we aren’t seeing the real person so we don’t really know if it’s them we don’t like or the way the pressure is twisting them that we don’t like.

Also consider this:  There are different levels of ‘like’ ranging from the kind of like that’s a common respect of all living things to the type of like that’s deep admiration, bordering on love.  So, when you say to a person, “I like you just the way you are”, it’s okay to intend it in a respectful way rather than meaning you’d like to be the person’s best friend.

More importantly, though, think about what it could do for the other person to hear someone say “I like you just the way you are”.  For a moment, they can let go of their burdens and cares; they can just be—maybe even take a breath, something they may not have done in a long while.  You saying “I like you just the way you are” can be a healing touch to a place inside them that’s been hurt too long.

 

Saying “I like you just the way you are” can have magical and miraculous results.

Your homework today is to join the many others’ in honoring Mr. Rogers’ birthday by putting on a sweater.  Be a good neighbor to someone by saying “I like you just the way you are”.  The second part of your homework is to go to your mirror, look deep into your eyes, and say to yourself “I like you just the way you are”.  Give yourself a big smile when you say it!

I LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!!  I think you’re awesome!

Your Friend,

Lauren

UPDATE: 

This post is still as relevant today as it was over three years ago.  We all need to hear that we’re a-okay in spite of the mistakes we’ve made and the times we didn’t come through for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers when we know we should have.

Each day is a clean slate and an opportunity to start again.  Start it out with one of Mr. Roger’s most famous statement:  I like you just the way you are!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Walk the Talk:  It Isn’t as Hard as You Think 

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You see quotes about hard work and you see successful people who seem to work all the time, and all the motivational videos on YouTube seem to feature men sweating profusely as they push the limits working out with weights or boxing in the ring.  It seems like a lot of effort and energy.

Most of all, it seems very painful…and lonely.

But that isn’t true.

Sure there are going to be sacrifices you’ll have to make but those sacrifices don’t have to be your family or friends or the activates that make your heart sing.

But there will be sacrifices you’ll have to make.  They’ll be thinks like sacrificing:

~watching hours on end of mindless and dumb TV;

~hanging out with people who don’t celebrate you;

~participating in activities you don’t enjoy;

~volunteer projects that you were guilted into joining;

~spending more time at work than what you really need to;

~trying to stay up with the latest trends in pop culture;

~wasting hours on social media and feeling deflated because of it;

~using a toothbrush to clean every nook and cranny of your home…

 

What if your loved ones and true friends complain that they don’t see much of you anymore?  Find a way to make them a part of what you’re doing to create a soul-prospering life.

Perhaps they can’t help you with hands-on tasks but showing them and explaining to them what you’re doing can give them a better idea of what you’re doing. They’ll come to understand how important it is to you.  Then, they’re more likely to help you create more time in your schedule to pursue your purpose and passion.  You’ll probably inspire them to do the same for themselves.  And this will then help you build richer, fuller relationships with those you love and those who are important to you.

It’s a win all around!

Plus that, doing the work isn’t really that hard or uncomfortable because your soul-prospering work is what you love and enjoy doing.

If you aren’t loving it or enjoying it in spite of the challenges then you are working someone else’s idea of what your soul-prospering work and soul-prospering life should be.

IMMEDIATELY change it to what is soul-prospering for YOU!!!!!

Walk YOUR talk:  do YOUR work!

I am positive you can do this.  I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Thanksgiving: Stop Comparing Yourself!

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When we find ourselves thinking that we’ve nothing to be thankful for–or very little to be thankful for–it’s probably because we’re comparing ourselves either to others or to some standard of perfection we’ve concocted that, in reality, is unattainable.

I came across this poem that I think sums it up nicely:

 

Hard Luck

 

         Ain’t no use as I can see

         In sittin’ underneath a tree

         An’ growlin’ that your luck is bad,

         An’ that your life is extry sad;

         Your life ain’t sadder than your neighbor’s

         Nor any harder are your labors;

         It rains on him the same as you,

         An’ he has work he hates to do;

         An’ he gits tired an’ he gits cross,

         An’ he has trouble with the boss;

         You take his whole life, through an’ through,

         Why, he’s no better off than you.

 

 

         If whinin’ brushed the clouds away

         I wouldn’t have a word to say;

         If it made good friends out o’ foes

         I’d whine a bit, too, I suppose;

         But when I look around an’ see

         A lot o’ men resemblin’ me,

         An’ see ’em sad, an’ see ’em gay

         With work t’ do most every day,

         Some full o’ fun, some bent with care,

         Some havin’ troubles hard to bear,

         I reckon, as I count my woes,

           They’re ’bout what everybody knows.

 

 

         The day I find a man who’ll say

         He’s never known a rainy day,

           Who’ll raise his right hand up an’ swear

         In forty years he’s had no care,

         Has never had a single blow,

         An’ never known one touch o’ woe,

         Has never seen a loved one die,

         Has never wept or heaved a sigh,

         Has never had a plan go wrong,

         But allus laughed his way along;

         Then I’ll sit down an’ start to whine

         That all the hard luck here is mine.

 

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Thanksgiving: The Flow of Thanks and Giving

 

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To me, this poem encapsulates Thanksgiving and how to bring this special time into every day of our lives:

What we wish for ourselves, we wish for others; what we do for ourselves, we do for others.

Such a wonderful way of keeping the flow of thanks and giving going!

SELFISH

  I am selfish in my wishin’ every sort o’ joy for
you;
I am selfish when I tell you that I’m wishin’
skies o’ blue
Bending o’er you every minute, and a pocketful
of gold,
An’ as much of love an’ gladness as a human
heart can hold.
Coz I know beyond all question that if such a
thing could be
As you cornerin’ life’s riches you would share
’em all with me.

  I am selfish in my wishin’ every sorrow from
your way,
With no trouble thoughts to fret you at the
closin’ o’ the day;
An’ it’s selfishness that bids me wish you
comforts by the score,
An’ all the joys you long for, an’ on top o’
them, some more;
Coz I know, old tried an’ faithful, that if such
a thing could be
As you cornerin’ life’s riches you would share
’em all with me.

~Edgar A Guest A Heap ‘O Living’

 

Keep Thanksgiving alive!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren