Category Archives: Philosophical

Some Favorite Things

 

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Respite from the slings and arrows of life, as well as all the rush and hubbub;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My local library where all are welcome, no question is too silly or too hard, and whatever you need—help, adventure, wisdom—is between the covers of a good book;

 

 

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Mother’s Day Tulips—‘nuff said;  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Still having my parents and still being able to go home;

 

 

 

 

 

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In spite of things looking bleak and that there’s no hope, the sun breaking through the storm clouds and inspiring me to take one more step;

 

 

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Beauty and inspiration;

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Valuable work that contributes— even in a small way—to the goodness in the world.

 

 

 

 

Your homework today is to make a list of your favorite things and then make sure you take time for them each day.

You can do it!

Feel free to post in the comments section some of your favorite things.

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Bad Day?

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Having a bad day? Need your spirits lifted?

Here are a few quick pep-uppers that I’ve found helpful:

 

~Babies and children playing, laughing, and having a good time—some of the best sounds in the whole world! For me, this is a no-fail way to feeling better. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to my face and remind me that all is basically right with the world. If you don’t have children of your own or there aren’t children in your neighborhood, then the Internet is a good source of videos of babies laughing.

~Beautiful scenery. Sometimes I’ll take a drive through pretty areas of my town and the surrounding area. If I can’t do this, then images and videos on the Internet of beautiful landscapes are a good substitute. Oftentimes these are paired with inspiring music and uplifting messages. Also, your library has many books of beautiful images that you can borrow using your library card!

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~Silly antics of people and pets. I can recall lots of goofy things I’ve done over the years that will get me smiling and laughing in no time. If you can’t think of anything for yourself then, once again, the Internet to the rescue! There are loads of these kinds of postings on the Web!

~Music I enjoy. It’s helpful to pair this one with movement, even simply tapping your toes or bobbing your head. The movements don’t have to be dance steps; small, free-form movements are just fine!

~Pep words and phrases combined with movement. This gives them a kick that you don’t get otherwise. Here are a few pep phrases that get me through the moment: This, too, shall pass; All is well; Just one more step; Yes to me; Let it go; I am still me; keep going; There’s more to me than this. Here are a few pep words: Strong; Vibrant; Smart; Zest; Vim and vigor; Yes/No (depending upon the situation); Thank you; Grit; Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.

~Making sure I’m warm enough—or cool enough. This sounds surprising but I’ve found that sometimes my mood can be improved by putting on a sweater or sitting in front of a fan or air conditioner—even if I didn’t think I was feeling chilly or too warm! An unconventional solution, I know, but it has helped!

 

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Your homework today is to try some of these techniques when you need a lift. Also, make a list of things you like to do that help you feel better. Keep the list handy for those times when you need a pep-upper!

You can do it, I’m sure of it!

Share in the comments section some things that have perked you up.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Quiet Time

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None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote reminds us to slow down, become still and quiet; listen. Only you can hear the Still Small Voice. Only you can see the vision it brings to you.

Listen, watch; take calm  action.

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Your homework today is to put aside quiet time. Sit in Nature or in another place that puts you into a contemplative frame of mind. Listen. Be open to what you hear.

I believe in you and I’m very proud of you.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

It’s a Beautiful Day!

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It’s a beautiful day today! Get out there and enjoy it!

As you’re working toward your goals and dreams, one very important step is to regularly take time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. It’s a way to press the reset button when you’re feeling overwhelmed, harried, frustrated, discombobulated, discouraged, and other agitation-causing feelings and emotions.

It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny with spring-like weather or if the weather is an arctic cold front or if it’s something in between. Each type of weather and day has its own beauty and a gift to give you.

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Your homework is to take the next step, which is enjoying this beautiful day. If it’s inclement weather you can play games with your friends and family or you can snuggle up with a good book. Also, you can make a big bowl of popcorn and settle down to a movie marathon of your favorite films.

On a nice day you can get outside and play catch or Frisbee; you can take a nature walk by yourself or with friends and family. You can also sit under a tree or beside a stream and enjoy a good book. And don’t forget about enjoying a meal at an outdoor café with friends and family!

So take the next step of enjoying this beautiful day!

You can do this, especially because this is easy and fun!

Share in the comments section some of your favorite ways to enjoy the day.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

The Way Becomes Clear

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Oftentimes on the path to your dreams, the way isn’t clear. There are no markers—nothing to orient you. Even though you can see where you’re headed—you have a clear idea of your dream—the path itself isn’t in sharp focus.

When I took this photo on February 20, 2014, I thought about that, about how, on the journey to my dream, there is no map and there’s nothing I can program into my GPS system. As I move forward, I know I’m making it up as I go along.  Although I know what I’m aiming for, I’m not always sure what to do. The steps aren’t always clear and sometimes—most times, it seems!—I’m just guessing when I take the next step.

When this happens, I ask myself what’s the logical and reasonable thing I can do to get where I want to go. Also, I listen for urgings from my gut instinct. If those two answers are at odds, I try to be brave enough to go with my gut instinct. It has access to an Intelligence that our logical reasonable minds do not.

Then I take that next step. And the next one, and the one after that, and the one after that….

Soon the way does become clearer. Here’s a picture I took yesterday, May 14, 2014, of the same scene:

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The moral of the story: Take the next step, no matter what!

Your homework today is to take the next step! Whether you use logic and reason or gut instincts to guide your steps, keep moving forward, no matter what. Remember to break your steps into smaller pieces and even tinier increments and keep that forward momentum going! Take the next step!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren