Category Archives: Gratefulness

Inspiring Quotes: 6 + 1 to Celebrate Spring!


Guess what today is? It’s the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!

I am glad to leave the cold and the snow of winter behind, although according to the weather forecast, winter still has a grip on the region where I live. Even so, spring is officially here today at 12:15pm EDT in the USA.


Here are 6 + 1 quotes to help us celebrate. Enjoy!

The year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His Heaven–
All’s right with the world!
~Robert Browning

No winter last forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland

Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!” ~Robin Williams

Sunshine is the best medicine. ~Unknown

Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can be. ~Unknown

If winter comes, can spring be far behind? ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

The earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Spring!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Self-Forgiveness: 16 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Forgive


After last week’s posts about trust and the work we did in discovering how much–or how little–we trust the Universe, our Vision, and ourselves, we may have discovered that our trust levels are lower than what we thought. This can lead to disappointment and discouragement.

The antidote is forgiveness, particularly self-forgiveness. This will be our topic for the week. Below are 16 wise quotes that can get us started on our journey this week.



The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself. ~Confucius


Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil. And, with them, forgive yourself. ~William Shakespeare


You cannot travel back in time to fix your mistakes, but you can learn from them and forgive yourself for not knowing better. ~Leon Brown


To forgive is indeed the best form of self-interest since anger, resentment, and revenge are corrosive of that ‘summum bonum’, the greatest good. ~~Bishop Desmond Tutu


Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember.   We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. ~Lewis B. Smedes


When you forgive, you in no way change the past–but you sure do change the future.   ~Bernard Meltzer


Forgiveness is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you. ~Dodinski


Although you should not erase your responsibility for the past, when you make the past your jailer, you destroy your future. It is such a great moment of liberation when you learn to forgive yourself, let the burden go, and walk out into a new path of promise and possibility.   ~John O’Donahue


Forgive yourself for what you think you’ve done or not done. At every moment, you had your reasons for all of your actions and decisions.   You’ve always done the best that you could do. Forgive yourself.   ~Doreen Virtue


I, who have never willfully pained another, have no right to pain myself. ~Marcus Aurelius


I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. The believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line.   Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be. ~Dr. Kristin Neff


We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. ~Sir Francis Bacon


The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~Mahatma Gandhi


Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don’t want the other person to forge that we forgave them! ~Ivern Ball


When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.   ~Catherine Ponder


He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. ~Dr. Martin Luther King


Which quotes rang true for you? Jot them down and keep them handy this week. Refer to them often to remind yourself that you’re doing your best. This will keep you on track with forgiving yourself.

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Inspiring Poem: The Land of Beginning Again by Louisa Fletcher Tarkington

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Not one of us is exempt from difficulties. Instead of huge knotty problems to be grappled with, sometimes they are small things, especially those things left undone, that create a day that we label as a bad one.

This poem points out the little things that we occasionally don’t do, even though we know we should.   It gives voice to the regret we feel when we realize what we’ve done–or more precisely, what we haven’t done.

One thing the poet left out is that we can begin again. Each day is a clean slate and we can resolve to do those things we’ve regretted not doing in the past. As a matter of fact, each moment is fresh and new and we can choose to make a different decision.

I like the line “…And all our poor selfish griefs could be dropped, like a shabby old coat, at the door, and never be put on again.” It’s a great image that’s visceral–we’ve all worn a shabby coat, perhaps while doing yard work in chilly weather–and is a wonderful example of how to handle our regrets: just let them go because nothing we do in the present moment or in the future will change what happened. By treating each moment as an opportunity to be our better self, we can change our present moment, which will have a positive effect on our future.

Enjoy the poem!


The Land of Beginning Again

I wish there were some wonderful place
Called the Land of Beginning Again,
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches,
And all our poor, selfish griefs
Could be dropped, like a shabby old coat, at the door,
And never put on again.
I wish we could come on it all unaware,
Like the hunter who finds a lost trail;
And I wish that the one whom our blindness had done
The greatest injustice of all
Could be at the gate like the old friend that waits
For the comrade he’s gladdest to hail.
We would find the things we intended to do,
But forgot and remembered too late—
Little praises unspoken, little promises broken,
And all of the thousand and one
Little duties neglected that might have perfected
The days of one less fortunate.
It wouldn’t be possible not to be kind.
In the Land of Beginning Again;
And the ones we misjudged and the ones whom we grudged
Their moments of victory here,
Would find the grasp of our loving handclasp
More than penitent lips could explain.
For what had been hardest we’d know had been best,
And what had seemed loss would be gain,
For there isn’t a sting that will not take wing
When we’ve faced it and laughed it away;
And I think that the laughter is most what we’re after,
In the Land of Beginning Again.
So I wish that there were some wonderful place
Called the Land of Beginning Again,
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches,
And all our poor, selfish griefs
Could be dropped, like a ragged old coat, at the door,
And never put on again.


~Louisa Fletcher Tarkington.



What did you think of this poem? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember to Love Yourself


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Throughout the year we express our love and goodwill to our family and friends, and we extend loving-kindness to others. Today on Valentine’s Day when we pay particular attention to the love and gratitude we feel for those closest to us, let’s also remember ourselves. Too often we’re the ones at the bottom of our love, goodwill, and loving-kindness list. Today let’s move ourselves closer to the top.

What loving gesture will you give yourself today–what kind thing will you do for you today? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Why Do It? Don’t Wait, Do it Now!


We don’t have to wait for a deep passion or for a good reason or for all of our ducks to be in a row before we craft our soul-prospering life. Below is a poem that underscores the importance of starting now to do what we can to start living our soul-prospering life–or a little bit of it.


Lost Opportunities


“When I am rich,” he used to say,

“A thousand joys I’ll give away;

I’ll walk among the poor I find

And unto one and all be kind.

I’ll place a wreath of roses red

Upon the bier of all my dead;

I’ll help the struggling youth to climb;

In doing good I’ll spend my time;

To all in need I’ll friendly be

The day that fortune smiles on me.”


He never guessed that being kind

Depends upon the heart and mind

And not upon the purse at all;

That poor men’s gifts, however small,

Make light some weary traveler’s load

And smooth for him his troubled road.

He never knew or understood

The fellowship of doing good.

Because he had not much to spare

He thought it vain to give his share.


Yet many passed him, day by day,

He might have helped along the way.

He fancied kindness something which

Belongs entirely to the rich.

And so he lived and toiled for gold,

Unsympathetic, harsh and cold,

Intending all the time to share

The burdens that his brothers bear

When he possessed great wealth, and he

Could well afford a friend to be.


His fortune came, but, oh, too late;

The poor about him could not wait.

They never guessed and never knew

The things that he had meant to do.

Few knew how much he’d planned to give

If God had only let him live.

And when at last his form was cold,

All that he’d left on earth was gold.

A kindly name is something which

A man must earn before he’s rich.

~Edgar A Guest


Let me know what you think of the poem. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Why Do It? Another Inspirational Poem


We may not have a grand passion or something that compels us to craft a soul-prospering life. And, we may not have a person to inspire us to live the life of our dreams.

It’s perfectly fine to want to live a soul-prospering life just because it’ll please us and just because it’ll leave the world a little better than we found it.

That’s what this poem is about. Enjoy!


I’d like to think when life is done

That I had filled a needed post,

That here and there I’d paid my fare

With more than idle talk and boast;

That I had taken gifts divine,

The breath of life and manhood fine,

And tried to use them now and then

In service for my fellow men.


I’d hate to think when life is through

That I had lived my round of years

A useless kind, that leaves behind

No record in this vale of tears;

That I had wasted all my days

By treading only selfish ways,

And that this world would be the same

If it had never known my name.


I’d like to think that here and there,

When I am gone, there shall remain

A happier spot that might have not

Existed had I toiled for gain;

That some one’s cheery voice and smile

Shall prove that I had been worth while;

That I had paid with something fine

My debt to God for life divine.

~Edgar A. Guest


Let me know how you liked the poem.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Why Do It: An Inspirational Poem


This reminds me of The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). I like the difference here, though, where the author is asking to partner with The Universe–or God. This seems to me to be a great way to achieve your destiny and live a soul-prospering life!


A Plea


God grant me these: the strength to do

Some needed service here;

The wisdom to be brave and true;

The gift of vision clear,

That in each task that comes to me

Some purpose I may plainly see.


God teach me to believe that I

Am stationed at a post,

Although the humblest ‘neath the sky,

Where I am needed most.

And that, at last, if I do well

My humble services will tell.


God grant me faith to stand on guard,

Uncheered, unspoke, alone,

And see behind such duty hard

My service to the throne.

Whate’er my task, be this my creed:

I am on earth to fill a need.

~Edgar A. Guest



Let me know what you thought of the poem.

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