Category Archives: What I’ve Learned

What I’ve Learned: No One Else “Gets It”

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The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds. ~Mark Twain

 

Today’s quote reminds us to never let anyone talk us out of our dreams. Keep tuned into the whisperings and urgings of your Still Small Voice and follow where it’s leading you.

Of course other people probably won’t “get it”. They may even laugh at you or think you’re crazy.  But that’s only because they don’t have your Vision and they can’t hear your Still Small Voice.  If they heard it and saw your Vision, they would most likely agree with you.

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So, keep on keeping on and don’t worry about others who don’t understand what you’re doing.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Connect with Divine

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Take time today to connect with the Divine. It doesn’t matter what your beliefs or spiritual traditions are. It doesn’t matter if you have not at all.

The cool thing is that you don’t have to have a particular religious practice. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to do any type of ritual. You don’t have to say or think any special or sacred words or phrases.

The completely fantastic thing is, all you have to do is Pause. Stop. Breathe. Notice the moment. See, feel, sense, the Goodness all around you.

Tune into it. Absorb it. Let it infuse you.

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And, totally awesome thing is that this takes only a few minutes. AND you can do it ANY where at ANY time!

So it’s easy to do each morning when you first wake, and it’s a snap to do periodically through out your day. And, what an awesome way to end your day.

Fantastic!

You can do this, I know you can!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

About Time: Additional Realizations

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Yesterday we talked about how all we have is 24 hours a day (click here to be taken to the post). We can’t store up time to carry into the future and we can’t sneak those hours we wasted yesterday into today.

24 hours is all we get.

So, instead of thinking about how we can save time or make more time, perhaps it’s better if we ask ourselves:

“What’s the best use of my time right here right now in this moment?”  

Forget about yesterday because the vault is sealed and securely locked against anything we might do to access it. Don’t dwell on tomorrow’s time because there’ll be plenty of time–24 hours, as a matter of fact!–to take care of the hours.

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Focus on today and this moment.

Use today’s 24 hours as best, most efficiently, and most effectively as possible. 

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy 88th Birthday, Mr. Rogers!

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Mr. Rogers would have been 88 today. His message of “I like you just the way you are” is as deeply healing and profound today as it was decades ago when he first said it.

Thank you, Mr. Rogers, for showing us how to be genuinely kind and how to live a life of rock-solid integrity.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Insanity Versus Genius

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The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. ~Bruce Feirstein

 

How many times have you not followed where your Vision was leading because you were afraid others might think you’re crazy?

Yeah. We’ve all done this at least once in our lives!

The real trick of today’s quote is realizing that, actually, it doesn’t really matter if people say we’re geniuses or if they say we’re the craziest thing since the dawn of time. It really doesn’t matter because, regardless, we still have to live our lives.  We still must achieve our destiny.

Focus on your Vision then take the next, most logical step. Break it into small parts and little pieces if you need to, but keep moving toward your dreams.

You can do it, I know you can! Keep going!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy 95th Birthday Earl Nightingale

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I am forever indebted to Earl Nightingale. Through his messages, he helped me pull myself up by the bootstraps one of the first times that Life knocked me flat. I found his gravely voice comforting and it made me feel that things weren’t so bad. His messages gave me hope that there was enough room in the world for me. He taught me that it was my attitude more than anything that would help me work my way through challenges and obstacles.

Even though Earl Nightingale has been gone now for many years, his work is still relevant. He doesn’t talk about the latest gizmos or gadgets, and doesn’t talk about the latest fad business technique. Instead, he talks about a life philosophy that has stood the test of time–millennia, actually. It’s the same message as what the greatest thinkers in human history have been telling us from way, way back in the day.

Earl Nightingale talks about the very same principles that people like Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and many others, used to become bigger than their humble beginnings and go on to live lives that impacted the world. We’re still feeling the effects of the fact that they lived.

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So if you are looking for direction, I highly recommend his work–click here to be taken to his page on Nightingale.com, the self-development company he founded with Vic Conant.

Happy Birthday, Earl Nightingale. Thank you for generously sharing what you knew to be True. My life is better for it.

Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Another Thought About When Bad Days Strike

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In yesterday’s post, we talked about things you can say to yourself when you’re in the midst of a bad day (click here to be taken to that post).

Today I want to talk about another thing to say.

When my daughter was young, it seemed as if the world was a very dangerous place. There were wars and conflicts and “police actions” everywhere, it seemed. Taxes were high, prices were going up, and it looked as if new diseases were popping up daily.

I remember walking out to the mailbox one day and I was uptight and on edge because of worries about the state of the world and feeling anxious and inadequate protecting my daughter from all the “bad stuff” that was out there.

Standing in front of the mailbox. I had a moment of astounding clarity. In that moment, I realized I was okay. My daughter was okay–better than okay, actually! My family was okay, too.

That day happened to be a beautiful spring day and I remember feeling the warmth of the sun on my shoulders and hearing the birds chirping. It occurred to me that if the world was that terrible of a place, the flowers wouldn’t be blooming, and the air wouldn’t be springtime-fresh.

In that moment, I knew all was well.

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Over the years I’ve returned to the saying “all is well” over and over again because it’s usually true. From one moment to the next, all really is well–even in spite of issues that I may have to deal with. Any perceived unpleasantness is usually in the future, not in the moment. And if it is unpleasant in that particular moment, it does not last forever and very soon, I can go back to saying in each moment that all is well.

Action Plan: along with the other mirror work you’re doing that was mentioned in yesterday’s post (click here to be taken to that post), add in the statement “All is well.”

During your day, remind yourself of this fact–especially when you find your thoughts veering off the road into the ditch of negative thinking. Pull them back by reminding yourself that right now, right here, in this moment, all is well.

Let me know how saying “All is well” works for you in the comment section below. If you’ve come up with tweaks that make it work better for you, feel free to share those in the comments below as well. Thanks for sharing!

You’re awesome!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren