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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,




Back by Popular Demand: Wisdom from the Farm–Dig a Little Deeper

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I was reviewing my blog files and came across the following one.  The observations are just as relevant and timely as they were when I first wrote it.

Let me know what you think of it.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Original Post on 6/11/15:

Strawberry time at the Farm—yay! Most people picked the strawberries from the edges of the plants—the berries that were closest to the path. Since this was the first week of picking strawberries, it was fine to take the one from the edges because there were plenty to choose from.

For kicks I thought I’d also check inside the rows, dig a little deeper, and look under the leaves and toward the center of the plants. I was rewarded with several fat, ripe strawberries! WooHoo!

This got me to thinking….

How many times do we try to go for the easy solution to a problem? And how often do we run with the first idea that presents itself to us? Perhaps we can take a moment and dig a little deeper. Sometimes ideas and solutions do work right off the bat, but other times they may benefit from a little more thinking on our part. Perhaps even some turning them this way and that to see if there’s a better way to do things.

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Copyright 2015 Artisans Workshop Designs

Your homework today is to give it a try and let me know how it works!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you—you’re awesome!!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Home Stretch 2017: Four Inspiring Poems


Today, as we end September and leave the third quarter of 2017, let’s enjoy four poems that remind us about what’s truly important in life.



Keep to the right, within and without,

With stranger and pilgrim and friend;

Keep to the right and you need have no doubt

That all will be well in the end.

Keep to the right in whatever you do,

Nor claim but your own on the way;

Keep to the right, and hold on to the true,

From the morn to the close of life’s day!




To keep my health;

To do my work;

To live;

To see to it that I grow and gain and give;

Never to look behind me for an hour;

To wait in meekness, and to walk in power;

But always fronting onward, to the light,

Always and always facing toward the right.

Robbed, starved, defeated, fallen, wide-astray—

On, with what strength I have—

Back to the way.

—Charlotte Perkins Stetson.



I do not ask for any crown

But that which all may win;

Nor try to conquer any world

Except the one within.

Be thou my guide until I find

Led by a tender hand,

The happy kingdom in myself

And dare to take command.

—Louisa May Alcott.



Somebody did a golden deed;

Somebody proved a friend in need;

Somebody sang a beautiful song;

Somebody smiled the whole daylong;

Somebody thought, “‘Tis sweet to live.”

Somebody said, “I’m glad to give”;

Somebody fought a valiant fight;

Somebody lived to shield the right;

Was it you?



Enjoy the day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Home Stretch 2017: Twelve Inspiring Quotations


Here are a few quotations that caught my eye today and I thought they were appropriate for our theme this week. If they resonate with you–and I hope they do–keep them handy so that you can refer to them often. Because they’ve resonated with you, there is a special boost they have for you for the phase of life you’re in.


Running from who we are is a chase that never ends and a race we can never win. Our legs will get tired, we will run out of fuel, and who we are will over-take us and we will regret all the miles we ran in the opposite direction. ~Sam Davidson


I spent my young adult years postponing many of the small things that I knew would make me happy…I was fortunate enough to realize that I would never have the time unless I made the time. And then the rest of my life began. ~Dr. Chris Peterson


Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.   ~Jim Horning


“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.   ~Gloria Steinem


However long the night, the dawn will always break.   ~African Proverb


90% of life is about remaining calm.   ~Dr. Chris Feudtner


When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.   ~A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.   ~Mary Holloway


Note to self: every time you were convinced you couldn’t go on, you did. ~Unknown


Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon


Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.   -H. Ross Perot


I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.J.K. Rowling




Take the next step!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: How to Keep Going



Baby steps, your friend in helping you craft your soul-prospering life. Not only will baby steps help you get started, they’ll also help you keep going.

When you feel resistance, which may show up as lethargy, indecision, or feeling overwhelmed, this is telling you to break the steps down even smaller. It’s okay to take teensy tiny, itty bitty steps. Sometimes you’ll need to do this in order to keep moving forward. Even infinitesimally small increments add up over time!

Keep taking those tiny baby steps! Don’t look too far down the road and DON’T compare yourself and your progress to what others are doing!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: How to Start


As recommended in yesterday’s post, you took the time to pull out the ideas generated from last week’s topic about Motivation. You looked at what you’d written and now you see a pattern or a common thread. You realized that all along you’ve been interested in this topic and all along, in subtle ways, you may have been pursuing it, even if only in your daydreams.

You’re excited, and you have dreams and plans…but you just can’t seem to start.

Maybe you’ve told yourself that the timing isn’t right, or you have too much on your plate right now, or when you have more money….

These seemingly practical reasons are nothing more than fear dressing itself up in a disguise that’s designed to keep you in your comfort zone.

The key to overcoming this, the key to starting, is to start–to take action.

Yesterday’s post urged you to choose one of your wild and crazy ideas to begin working on. Yes it’s big. Yes it’s overwhelming. Yes it’s scary. But the more you stand there staring at it and trembling and shivering, the more you will shake and quaver.

The best thing is to find a piece of the whole that seems like it’d be fun and/or easy. Start with that. Break it into small doable pieces. Choose a piece and do it.

When you’ve completed that little piece, make sure you reward yourself! This is incredibly important! Acknowledge the fact that it was hard and scary. Also acknowledge that you took a little step anyway and, surprise!, it wasn’t that bad after all!

Then choose another little piece and do that. Remember the reward! Then repeat this sequence to keep yourself going.

You can co it; I know you can.

Let me know how it’s going for you. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Crafting A Soul-Prospering Life: 12 Inspiring Quotes


This week we’ll be talking about crafting a soul-prospering life, what it means, and how to do this.

Please enjoy the following thought-provoking quotations about our souls:


The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. ~Ferdinand Foch


Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. ~Lao Tzu


I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him. ~Booker T. Washington


False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. ~Socrates


Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come. ~Ellen DeGeneres


You know the value of every article of merchandise, but if you don’t know the value of your own soul, it’s all foolishness. ~Rumi


Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul. ~Dorothy Day


It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it. ~Epictetus


Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul. ~Walt Whitman


Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true. ~Charles Dickens


Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. ~Napoleon Hill


Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. ~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Which quotations resonated with you? Keep them handy and refer to them often. Let their wisdom and their power infuse you with strength.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,