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Open to the Goodness of the Universe

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“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions, and they do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction. Rachel Carson, from her speech when she accepted the John Burroughs Medal in 1952

Today’s a perfect day to be open to all the little “bits and bobs” of Goodness that the Universe has for each of us.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Reminder: It Has Nothing to Do with You

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I was looking through the archives of my blog posts and came across one that I thought would be a good reminder for us. Originally, I posted it a little over two years ago: on August 16, 2014.

Here is the post:

What other people’s standards are has nothing to do with you.

What other people value, want, like, dream of, think about, talk about, hope for has nothing to do with you.

What other people think you ought to do, should do, better do, has nothing to do with you.

It isn’t your responsibility, obligation, or job to follow what other people think you should do regarding your dreams.

The only thing that is your responsibility is tuning into the Still Small Voice and the urgings of your heart and soul.

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I hope this post was a good reminder for you, just like it was for me.

It’s so easy to be influenced by other people’s thoughts, ideas, wants, desires, values, etc.. It’s even easier to allow those thoughts, desires, and values to cause us to second-guess ourselves. And, it’s easier still to then decide that perhaps other people are right–maybe they have some insider knowledge on what’s the secret and the shortcut to the life of our dreams.

The truth is that what they think, say, do, have, want, etc., has nothing at all to do with us.

We’re free to listen politely and then go along on our merry way following our heart, soul, and our Still Small Voice! J

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Thought You’d Enjoy These

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I thought these were great and I had to share it with you!

Enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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http://motivatingmemes.net/understand-life-john-lennon/

 

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http://motivatingmemes.net/simplicity/

 

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http://motivatingmemes.net/success-comes-in-cans/

 

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Look Forward

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Sometimes we find ourselves in the doldrums. Our life may not be that bad, but it isn’t that good either.  But yet, we lack the energy and enthusiasm that we need to get ourselves out of the blue funk we’re in.

I’ve found the best way to do this is to look forward to something–anything.

It doesn’t have to be anything big and exciting; just a little something that you can get a little excited about is good enough.

For instance in the morning, as you’re in bed trying to muster the courage to get out, think about that first sip of coffee that you’ll have, or perhaps you can think about the fresh blueberries you’ll put on your cereal this morning. Or, you can look forward to wearing your favorite tie or a spray of your favorite perfume.

On your drive to work, perhaps you can look forward to seeing the cornflowers that are blooming in the highway’s median. Or you can look forward to having your lunch on a park bench nearby your office.

Find something to look forward to. Then, engage all your senses when you think about it so that you can get yourself really excited and enthused about it.

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Using the blueberries on your morning cereal as an example, think about the deep vibrant blue of the berries. And notice that toward the stem end, some of the berries are a magenta color.  Challenge yourself to observe the berries closely to find other variations in their color.  Then imagine feeling their firm roundness as you rinse them off and, of course, imagine the explosion of sweet-tart in your mouth when you take a bite of them!  YUM!

Do this for all the little things–and big things–that you find in your day that you can look forward to. As you keep doing this, you’ll find your energy and enthusiasm returning!

YAY!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Best Year Yet!

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To all who have had a birthday, who have a birthday today, and who will have a birthday this year, I send you my birthday greetings and my best wishes that this year is your best year yet! 

Happy Birthday! 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Connecting the Dots: Don’t Lose Hope

 

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I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about a portion of the famous Steven Job’s 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University where he talks about connecting the dots.

We were agreeing that this is so true: you don’t know how the dots will connect in your life.  And you won’t know until you have the perspective of time, meaning that you’ll see in retrospect that the dots have, or are in the process of, connecting up.

Sometimes that perspective of time is a long, long time. It isn’t a matter of days, weeks, or months.  And sometimes you can’t see the dots connecting after a year or even five years.  Sometimes it takes living nearly your whole life–40 or more years–before you start to see dots connecting and how events in your life have fit together to get you to where you are and to make you who you are.

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So, don’t lose hope if it seems like in spite of all your hard work and dedication that you seem off track and that things aren’t coming together. Keep going because in time you’ll see how it all fits together–how the dots connect.

Bookmark Steven Job’s speech and refer to it often–especially when you need a reminder about connecting the dots in your life.

Please pass this post along to a friend–thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy 4th of July: Let Freedom Ring

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No matter where you live, commit to letting freedom ring in your corner of the world. People were born to live the life of their dreams and on one has the right to prohibit or curtail that in any way or form.

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You can model letting freedom ring by going for your dreams and reaching out a helping hand to those around you and encouraging them to live the life of their dreams as well.

You CAN do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Fourth of July Celebration 2016

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Last night my town had their annual fireworks display. Here are a few images for you to enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Stillness Throughout the Day

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\This is the first full week of June. As you know, June is the last month of the second quarter and June also is the last month of the first half of the year.

Zowee! Where has this year gone?!

I can’t believe we’re so far along in the year! It’s making me think about the goals I set back in January.  It’s time to pull them out and take a look at them.  Although I try to do this every month, I have found that the past few months I’ve given this a lick and a promise.

How about you? Do you regularly review your goals and resolutions that you set in January?

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Today, I’m spending as much time in Stillness so that I can review and think about my goals. I know that I’ll have to revamp some of them and tweak others of them and I don’t want to do this haphazardly, which is why I plan to stay in a state of Stillness throughout the day–in spite of the obligations and responsibilities I have today.

When I am Still, I can then center and ground myself and be able to hear the Still Small Voice. Then I can review and tweak my goals as I’m listening to the Still Small Voice.

Won’t you join me in Stillness and review of your goals today? How about if we let each other know how it goes?

Ok.

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Here’s my plan how to do this:

  1. I’m sitting in Stillness for about 20 minutes or so, focusing on peace, calmness, and serenity;
  2. I’ll review my goals that I wrote in January
  3. I’ll let my goals simmer in the back of my mind knowing that my subconscious is aligning them with my Still Small Voice as I do the tasks I have set for the day;
  4. Throughout the day I’ll listen to uplifting music and uplifting messages;
  5. After dinner this evening, I’ll then work on revising my goals–if they need it. I may find that they’re still relevant even though 5+ months of living have passed since I wrote them.

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at how we did today.

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Good luck and have fun with this!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Review Your Week: Your Comfort Zone

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Ok. You’re going to be reviewing your week and your use of your Comfort Zone right now so this can be one of those times where it’s okay to be in your Comfort Zone for a little while.

But only for a little while!

And you really don’t need to be in your Comfort Zone…perhaps challenge yourself to not go into it while you’re doing your review unless you reallyreallyreally have to. J

So.

How’d you do this week with stepping outside of your Comfort Zone?  If you weren’t able to step outside of it, even for a teensy bit of time, were you at least able to stand on the very very edge of your Comfort Zone and look beyond?

If you answer “No.” to any of those questions, ask–and answer–what scares me about going outside of my Comfort Zone, or going to the very edge of it and looking beyond?

Then ask–and answer–what can I do to change my fearful, anxious feelings and thoughts about leaving my Comfort Zone, even for just a moment?

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BUT THEN, MAKE SURE YOU CELEBRATE YOURSELF!

Celebrate if you:

~totally obliterated your Comfort Zone;

~took a few steps outside your Comfort Zone;

~took one teensy tiny infinitesimal step outside your Comfort Zone;

~ventured for a fraction of a nanosecond outside your Comfort Zone;

~went up to the very edge of your comfort zone and looked beyond;

~went up to the very edge of your comfort zone, even though your eyes may have been tightly squeezed shut;

~thought about going to the edge of your Comfort Zone;

~think it’s a good idea to consider going up to the edge of your Comfort Zone;

~you were brave enough to admit that perhaps you might be stuck in your Comfort Zone.

Celebrate yourself for even the itsy-bitsy, little, teeny-tiny efforts you’re making toward leaving your Comfort Zone behind and moving resolutely, unshakably, and relentlessly toward the life of your dreams.

YOU ROCK and I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren