Category Archives: Right Stuff

Gratitude: The Wise Woman’s Stone


I came across this little essay and it resonated strongly with me. I thought you’d like it, too.


The Wise Woman’s Stone

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”  

~Author Unknown


This is such a simple way of reminding us that it isn’t who we are on the outside–riches, fame, beauty–it’s all about who we are on the inside. With an attitude of loving-kindness, humility, and gratitude, we are far richer, far more beautiful, and can have a deep, far-reaching impact on our life, our loved ones’ lives, and, perhaps, we can make a significant difference in the larger world.

The point is what’s on the inside of us.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Laughing it Up: Some Resources


This week we’ve been talking about the benefits of laughing.   Sometimes we all need help in bringing more laughter into our lives. The following are some ideas of where to look:

~Local library:  Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and more, that can make you laugh

~Meetups (  Groups focusing on positive thinking, happiness, joy, and more

~Happiness Club (  Find groups near where you live—or start your own chapter

~YouTube:   Videos of: people laughing, how-to’s on doing laughter yoga, videos of people being  silly, old sit-coms, old movies, and more.


Hope these help you add laughter to your day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Love the One You’re With: YOU!


Here are a few quotes to follow yesterday’s theme of loving and appreciating yourself:


You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection.  ~Buddha


Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time.  Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.  ~M. Scott Peck


When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.  ~Jean Shinoda Bolen


Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?  ~Brigham Young


To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.  ~Denis Waitley


Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth.  Only you can be responsible for that.  If you can’t love and respect yourself, no one else will be able to make that happen.  Accept who you are, completely—the good and the bad—and make changes as YOU see fit, not because you think someone else wants you to or to make others like you.  ~Stacey Charter


Let me know which one(s) you liked!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Happy Valentine’s Day: Love the One You’re With


Back in the ’70s there was a popular song that was sung by Steven Stills of Crosby Stills & Nash called Love the One You’re With. 

People come and go in your life and you don’t always have control over that.  But you always have you.  You’re the one who will be there all the time, no matter what.

 I heartily encourage you to love the one you’re with, the one you’re with every day, all day and all night.  That’s YOU!

If you don’t already, learn to appreciate yourself.   Instead of focusing on the things that you perceive as not right about yourself, focus on the things you like and appreciate about yourself.  I’m sure you can come up with a list—which is what I encourage you to make for yourself.

Here are a few suggestions to jump-start you—remember that nothing is too small or too insignificant to include:

You make your bed every morning

You have a nice smile

Your laugh is infectious

You have a good sense of humor

You give good hugs

You’re good at math

You’re good at grammar

You’re a good speller

Your hair is thick and lustrous

Your hair is smooth and satiny

You like to sing

You see the beauty around you

You’re a good cook

You’re creative

You’re inventive

You’re resourceful


Keep going with your list!  Keep it handy and refer to it OFTEN!

Keep reminding yourself why you are soooo lucky to be you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Raw Materials: An Additional Thought


Yesterday I talked about a portion of The Shift, a movie starring Dr. Wayne Dyer.

The part I talked about was where he says that during our time of gestation, when we are still in our mother’s womb, we have all the know-how we need to go from one cell to the billions of cells that make up a human body.

Dr. Dyer asks the question if we had all the know-how at that time, why don’t we have it now—what happened to it?

The answer is implied but let me make it clear:  The answer is that we didn’t lose it.  It didn’t disappear.  We still have the know-how within us to achieve our true dreams.  All we have to do is to look within and to trust what we see and hear there.

Let me know what you think of this concept.  Thanks!

Please pass this post along to a friend.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Raw Materials


Each of us has what it takes to achieve our dreams.  ~Millions of People


I’ve heard that said a million times by a million different people, it seems, but I didn’t always believe it.

The other night, I watched the movie The Shift starring Wayne Dyer and he stated that very thing, that each of us has within us the raw materials we need to achieve our dreams.  He explained his reasoning and it made sense to me.

He said that before we were born and while we were still forming and developing, we had everything we needed.  All of the know-how was packed within each of our cells.  Each cell knew what it was supposed to be and it knew how to go about being that thing.

Dr. Dyer said that if we had the know-how then, why would we no longer have it now?  How could it have left us—what happened to make it disappear?

I thought this was a very interesting concept and I’m continuing to turn it over in my mind.  This means that we don’t have to become something or someone that we aren’t.  Naturally, we’ll have to grow and develop and refine ourselves, just like we did when we were fetuses, but the raw materials are there.  We have all we need to achieve OUR dreams.

The thought just occurred to me:  If we’re having trouble achieving our dreams, perhaps it’s because they are someone else’s dreams and, as a result, we don’t have the raw materials needed to achieve them! 

Another thought throw into the mix!

What do you think about this?  Let me know in the comments below.  Thanks!

Please pass this post along to a friend.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


The Truth Behind Inspiring Stories: Life isn’t Personal – The Other Side of the Coin


Yesterday we talked about one aspect of Life’s not being personal.  We talked about its harshness and how Life metes out its difficulties and challenges without respect for a person’s beauty or height or family of origin or age or socio-economic group or skin color or belief system….

The other side of Life is that it isn’t personal about its gifts.  That means Life’s beauties, joys, and peace are as accessible and available to you and me as they are to the prettiest, smartest, tallest, slimmest, most popular and successful person in the world.

This means that right now, right at this moment, you can press the reset button.  You can make a different decision, you can choose something new. 

You can focus on the small kindnesses you receive throughout the day.  You can drink in the delightfulness of laughter and the loving tones woven into friends and loved ones talking with one another.  You can welcome tranquility, serenity, and quietness.

You can still become the person you dream of being and in this moment you can take the first step toward this goal.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,