Category Archives: Celebrate

Father’s Day 2017: Thank You!

 

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Thank you to all the men who are giving their best every day and living the true meaning of the words Father, Daddy, Grandpa, Dad, Pop-Pop….

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Happy Father’s Day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Attitudes and Expectations: Out of the Mouths of Babes

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Recently I read the newest book by Anne Lamont called Hallelujah Anyway where she talks of a number of things she’s discovered over the years.

The part that I found intriguing was where she talked about her young grandson and his habit of saying ever morning that today was going to be the best day ever. She then talked of a time when he spent the night and in the middle of it he awoke because of an intense nightmare. Naturally, Ann stayed with him, calming him until he was able to fall asleep. The next morning when he woke up, she expected him to be subdued; he had been very upset because of the nightmare and she thought he’d still be feeling the after effects. To her surprise, he bounded out of bed saying, “Today’s going to be the best day ever!”

Out of the mouths of babes, as they say….

We can all take a lesson from Ann Lamont’s grandson: shake off the nightmares and expect that today’s going to be the best day ever!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

 

Attitudes and Expectations: Expect To…

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Expect to enjoy yourself as you go for your dreams;

Expect to meet interesting people along the way as you go for your dreams;

Expect to meet helpful people who’ll encourage you as you go for your dreams;

Expect to learn some very interesting things about yourself as you go for your dreams;

Expect to find talents, abilities, and gifts inside yourself that you had no idea you had, as you go for your dreams;

Expect to do, see, and experience things you never thought possible as you go for your dreams;

Expect to be excited and energized as you go for your dreams;

Expect to have a peaceful contented mind as you go for your dreams;

Expect to build a life that matters , that makes a difference, as you go for your dreams;

Expect to love Life as you go for your dreams;

Expect to fall in love with yourself as you go for your dreams;

Go for it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Start the Week Out Right: Put on a Fresh New Attitude

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As we start the new week, it isn’t uncommon for us to look ahead in reluctance to what’s in store. Sure, we may be excited about an upcoming event or looking forward to visiting with loved ones and friends, but there can also be that undercurrent of dread.

It’s habitual so it’s easy to slip into this mindset.

This week, let’s work on this habitual attitude of disbelief that things really will get better, in spite of our desires and our efforts toward improvement.  It’s this disbelief that’s underlying the reluctance or dread that’s coloring our thoughts and emotions as we prepare for the week.

Put on a fresh new attitude instead. You may have to ease into it, but find something that gives you joy and a feeling of eager anticipation for the week. Focus on this; hold onto it. Let it infuse your mind and spirit. This’ll help you start the week off right.

Yesterday, we thought about our triggers that spoil our grateful spirit and thankful hearts and today I encourage us to think about what are the triggers that cause us to not feel hopeful and excited about the upcoming week. Also think about what you can do about this.

We’ll be talking about attitudes, expectancy, belief, hope, and the like this week. Let me know if you have any questions you’d like addressed and I’ll do my best to help you find answers.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Gratitude: Start the Week Off Right

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We’ve all heard that it’s better to give rather than receive. We’ve read it in the sacred writings of our faith, our Sunday school or religious teachers instructed us about this, and our parents would often remind us of this. Also, we may have observed that grateful people are nicer to be around and also seem to catch good breaks.

All of us, at least to some degree, have espoused this philosophy.

I’ve come to realize that gratefulness is more than the politeness of remembering to thank people for gifts they’ve given us, for a delightful evening, or for their generosity towards us in one form or another. I’ve observed that, in some people, gratitude and thankfulness goes deeper than just good manners, window dressing, and avoiding the wrath of God. For them, it seems to have become a personal philosophy and a way of life.

Today I encourage all of us to think about our experience of gratitude and thankfulness and how we manifest this in the world. Then as we go about our day, let this thought perk on the back burner of our mind. In the evening, let’s take time to jot down any thoughts about how we can take gratefulness and thankfulness to the next level.

You can do this, I’m sure of it!  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.  Thanks!

Enjoy the day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Memorials and Remembrances: Back by Popular Demand, Quotes About Gratefulness

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In keeping with Memorial Day, we’ve been talking about people who have helped us–those people we know and those we’ll never meet–as well as talking about when Forces Beyond Us seem to step in and either prevent a disaster or push us ahead much further than we could have done ourselves, even with the help of others.

In yesterday’s post, I encouraged us to celebrate all the goodness in our lives, whether its roots are in happy surprises or disasters averted. Today, I’m encouraging us to keep a grateful heart and to commit to staying in this frame of mind going forward throughout our lives.
Is that a big challenge? Taking a look at it relative to the rest of our lives, then, yes, it’s overwhelming. However, if we take it one little step at a time, then we can do it.
Here are some steps to consider integrating into our lives:
~Begin each day with gratitude and thankfulness that we have another shot at accomplishing our Mission on Earth;
~End each day with gratitude and thankfulness that we gave it our best and our all;
~Throughout the day, take a moment for gratitude and thankfulness that we’re making progress, even if we can’t quite see it yet;
~If the day is going badly, take a moment to breathe slowly and deeply and focus on gratitude and thankfulness. If we’re having trouble thinking of things we’re grateful for–because everything seems bad and headed for disaster–let’s be thankful for things such as crayons and scissors and glue and sparkles and that kids in the world are using these to make masterpieces for their families to enjoy; be thankful that there are flowers blooming, even if they’re “weeds” alongside the road; let’s look around us and be thankful that other people are busy working, caring for their loved ones, and trying to make a difference in the world.

Ok. You get the idea. Now, go out there and be thankful today! Remember to commit to being grateful and thankful for the rest of your days, one step at a time!

You CAN do it, I am VERY sure of it! I believe in you!

Below is the original post of gratitude quotes that was published on September 20, 2016:

Be thankful for your allotment in an imperfect world. Though better circumstances can be imagined, far worse are nearer misses than you probably care to realize. ― Richelle E. Goodrich

I like this quote because it reminds me that Life is no respecter of persons and can be quite capricious at times. It reminds me to be humble and grateful because I don’t always know when Grace and plain old dumb luck have prevented a worse situation from crashing down upon me.

There is no such thing in the world as a “self-made man” or a “self-made woman”. We’ve received so much from so many for so long that we can’t even keep count. But, simply because we can’t keep count, doesn’t mean we discount. ― Sharad Vivek Sagar

This is another quote that reminds me to be humble and grateful to the people I know who have helped me–and still may be helping me–but also to send out thanks to those I’ll never know how they’ve helped me. Just as I don’t always know when Grace has saved me from a terrible situation, I don’t always know from whom I’ve received a helping hand. Sometimes people’s help is so subtle, I may not make the connection. For instance, it could be an acknowledgement in passing from a stranger–a smile or the person ahead of me holding a door open for me–that lifts my mood enough that I’m able to feel the nudge from my Inner Guidance that then puts me on the path of my Next Best Thing.

She taught me that life goes on, and that I had a choice: To lament what I no longer had or be grateful for what remained. ― Louise Penny

Maybe the secret to life is embodied in this quote. Perhaps the purpose of life is not whether or not we acquiring things real or ethereal, or transcending the world. Perhaps the purpose is to see how often we can turn our backs on loss and the negative and firmly turn our faces toward gratefulness of what remains and for what lies ahead.

Do one of these quotes strike a chord with you? Do you have another that resonates deeply with you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

 

Memorials and Remembrances Let’s Celebrate the Good Stuff

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As we’ve seen this week, there are so many people both known and unknown that have helped us along our path.  And there are Forces Beyond Us that also step in and lend a hand.  Let’s take time today to celebrate these people and Foces.

In looking over my week of Memorials and Remembrances, here’s what I’m celebrating:

 

Celebrating the fact that even though I’ve suffered a setback, there are glimmers of hope as well as pockets of good stuff happening;

Celebrate the fact that I’m not totally alone with no one to turn to. During this ordeal my loved ones have been compassionate and helpful;

Celebrate the fact that things aren’t worse than they are–I am not totally out of options;

Celebrate the fact that The Universe stepped in and protected me from physical harm.   ‘Nuff said about this one!

Celebrating the fact that taking things step-by-step really does work because it helps to manage stressful situations;

Celebrating the fact that the sun was out today after several days of rainy weather;

Celebrating the first fresh salad of the season made with ingredients straight from a farm;

Celebrating waking up to the birds singing–WooHoo for the birds!

 

I could go on. What are you celebrating today? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren