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Home Stretch 2017: Four Inspiring Poems

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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

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!

~Unkown

 

I RESOLVE

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.

 

IN MYSELF

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.

 

WAS IT YOU?

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?

~Unknown

 

Enjoy the day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

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Home Stretch 2017: Twelve Inspiring Quotations

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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,

Lauren

 

Home Stretch 2017: Affirmations, Pep Talks, and Poems

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Now that the season has changed to Autumn, we’re lining up to head into the home stretch of 2017. In a few days, we’ll move into the fourth quarter, the last quarter, of the year. This week, we’ll talk about how we can set ourselves up for a great finish to the year.

Here are some affirmation styled pep rally to get us off to a good start:

(Insert your name here), there’s plenty of time to finish 2017 on a high note.  

(Insert your name here), you have great ideas and you’re on the right track. You have what it takes; keep going! 

(Insert your name here), you are the right person to live your soul-prospering life successfully. No one else has the particular blend of talents, skills, abilities, intelligence, and know-how. You do, though, (insert your name here). Abundantly! 

(Insert your name here), we can take this one step at a time. We can move at a pace that’s comfortable, no worries!

 

 

I also found these poems that I thought might also be helpful this week:

NEVER SAY FAIL

Keep pushing—’tis wiser than sitting aside

And dreaming and sighing and waiting the tide.

In life’s earnest battle they only prevail

Who daily march onward, and never say fail.

 

With an eye ever open, a tongue that’s not dumb,

And a heart that will never to sorrow succumb,

You’ll battle—and conquer, though thousands assail;

How strong and how mighty, who never say fail.

 

In life’s rosy morning, in manhood’s firm pride,

Let this be the motto your footsteps to guide:

In storm and in sunshine, whatever assail,

We’ll onward and conquer, and never say fail.

~Unknown

 

 

BE NEVER DISCOURAGED

Be never discouraged!

Look up and look on;

When the prospect is darkest

The cloud is withdrawn.

The shadows that blacken

The earth and the sky,

Speak to the strong-hearted,

Salvation is nigh.

 

Be never discouraged!

If you would secure

The earth’s richest blessings,

And make heaven sure,

Yield not in the battle,

Nor quail in the blast;

The brave and unyielding

Win nobly at last.

 

Be never discouraged!

By day and by night

Have glory in prospect

And wisdom in sight;

Undaunted and faithful,

You never will fail,

Though kingdoms oppose you

And devils assail.

~D.C. Colesworthy

 

Keep these handy as you go through the week, especially the affirmations, pep talks, or poems that resonate with you. Let me know which ones you liked the best. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Rally! Something Good WILL Happen!

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Something good–helpful–will happen; it always does.
Oftentimes we want the solution to our problems RIGHT NOW!!   It doesn’t always happen this way.  Usually, we have to be inventive, do our homework, and search for additional help and support–with some hand-wringing and nail biting thrown in–before we figure it out.  
Remember, too, that it isn’t unusual that resources come our way just in the nick of time.   The good news is that “just in the nick of time” is all we need!
In the meantime, help the “something good” come to you by:
~Staying positive – keep telling yourself “I can do this.”  “All is well”  “Everything is working out for my best.”  “I am capable, I am competent, I am strong.  I am smart.”
~Staying productive, not just busy.  Finish task, work on projects that will take you farther down your path, that will help you get ahead.

~Staying alert to opportunities and remembering that they often come to you disguised as hard work.  Eagerly roll up your sleeves and get to work because this hard work will probably thrust you into your breakthrough!

Here are pep statements to say over and over and over to yourself:
This setback is actually a set-up for something fantastic for me!
I have what it takes!
I’m smart, I’m strong, I’m creative, I’m tough, I’m inventive, I’m resilient!
My breakthrough is just around the corner.
I can do this and I AM doing this!
All is well.
I believe in you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Pep Rally! No, NOT Today!!!!!!!!!

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You may be in the fight of your life right now–one that’s taking every ounce of your strength and every drop of your ingenuity to stay alive.

When I’ve been in situations like this, what I found to be most discouraging were the naysayers and the Negative Nellies and Dismal Daves telling me I was going down this time. I had moments when things really did look dismal and I was close, so very very close, to agreeing with the gloomy doom-eys and I was just about ready to throw in the towel.

During one of these tough patches, I remember being in the car and searching for peppy songs on the radio–something to lift my spirits. Randomly, I stopped on a station in the middle of a song and I heard the lyrics “…No! Not today!…” That stuck with me and it was just the boost I needed to help me dig my heels in one more time.

That statement empowered me and I felt the strength stirring again. Repeating the statement frequently, sometimes every moment, helped keep me going.

Your situation may look bleak and the overall odds may not be in your favor at this time, and maybe when it’s all said and done this situation will eventually get the best of you. But for right now, tell yourself: NO! NOT TODAY!!!

NO! NOT TODAY!!!!

Whenever you’re feeling that you have no options, or that giving up is your only option, I encourage you to say to yourself   No! NOT today!

Say it as often as you need to each moment of each day and let its power push you through the “impossible” parts.

You can do it; I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Rally! You CAN Figure it Out!

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You can do it; you CAN figure it out!
No matter what Life throws at you and no matter what obstacles are in your path, you have the intelligence, creativity, and inventiveness to figure it out.  It may not be easy, but you can do it; you have what it takes.

Setbacks can be very disheartening but you’ll also find that they may point you in another, better, direction. They’ll also challenge you to find the sleeping giant within. Brush off your skills of resourcefulness and ingenuity and use them to help yourself figure “it” out.

Remember that you don’t have to go the whole way alone. You can do research on the Internet and in your local library; you can talk to others who have experienced something similar to what you’re going through; you can bounce ideas off a trusted friend or loved one; you can take classes online or at a school; you can read books or magazines…. There are plenty of resources out there that’ll support you in figuring it out.

Trust in yourself–your know-how, your curiosity, the gifts inside of you, and your determination–and you WILL figure it out!

In other words, you WILL figure it out by::

~Putting on your thinking cap;

~Roll up your sleeves;

~Every moment strengthening your spirit and your resolve with pep statements;

~Pressing onward no matter what!

 

You CAN do it, you WILL do it, and you ARE doing it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Talks! You Have What it Takes!

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You have what it takes!

You are fully loaded with all the raw materials–the talents, abilities, gifts, native intelligence–you’ll need to achieve the soul-prospering life you dream of.

Like all of us, there are some things you’re naturally good at. You may not need to practice that much in order to have above average skills and performance. But, like all of us, there are other things you aren’t very good at. Although you’re interested in the activity, you have to work at it. That’s okay! Roll up your sleeves and develop your skills and abilities in the area of this particular interest.

Just because you aren’t immediately and naturally good at a task or activity does not mean you don’t have a talent or ability in this area. If you have an interest, then there is a skill or talent inside you that corresponds to this interest.

Sure, others may be naturally talented and “better than” you, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t or aren’t allowed to pursue your interest to the fullest that you can. Think of Michael Jordan and Larry Byrd, both Hall of Fame basketball players. It’s clear that Michael Jordan is more naturally talented than Larry Byrd but because of Larry’s unrelenting dedication and his incredible practice ethic, he, too, was a top player in the NBA–right alongside Michael Jordan–and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Whether or not you become the equivalent of a Hall of Famer as have Larry Byrd and Michael Jordan, you can still develop your latent abilities and talents as much as you can and all the while enjoy them to the fullest extent.

It’s all about the enjoyment you give yourself, your loved ones, and others around you. It isn’t about being famous, it’s about enjoying who you are and sharing that with others.

You CAN do this because you DO have what it takes!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren