Productive Waiting: Let it Go!

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Perhaps you’re waiting for someone to complete their part of a project before you can move forward. Maybe you’re waiting for a specialized piece of equipment to become available. There may be another valid reason of why you’re in a holding pattern and can’t step toward your soul-prospering life just yet.

This whole week we’ve been talking about different things you can do to stay productive relative to your dreams rather than frittering away the time. Today’s suggestion is to review your current circumstances and identify those things that are no longer serving you. Let them go!

Perhaps you discover habits that no longer help you such as watching too much TV, letting your emotions rein over you, or gossiping. You may find that your environment isn’t serving you. For instance your home is cluttered or your work place is messy. Remember to take a close look at the people you hang around with and follow through on a plan to limit your contact with the Negative Nellies and the Downer Dougs in your life.

Let it go!

You can do it!

Your friend and Pep Pal.

Lauren

Productive Waiting: Touchstones and Reminders

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I’ve found it to be very helpful to have something tangible to remind me of happy events, important goals, and the things that I’m very thankful for.

For instance, while walking along a beach, I came across a heart-shaped rock. I keep it on my kitchen counter near the sink and I see it every day. When I see the rock, I recall the scent of the ocean, the call of the seagulls, and the swish of the waves on the sand. Also the heart shape of the rock is a note to me from the Universe that all is well, and that there is plenty of goodwill and caring for all.

Touchstones and reminders can be anything that’s meaningful to you. I’m sure you’ve heard–or maybe know–of people who have good luck charms such as a rabbits foot, a four leaf clover, and a horseshoe.

You’ve heard of professional athletes who have certain rituals before or during or after each game.

Your reminder or touchstone can be anything physical, not only something to touch or hold, but it can also be a scent or a taste or a sound. Here is a short video of two of my touchstones:

 

 

The hula girl, who I haven’t named yet (any suggestions?) reminds me of Girl Power! The turkey, who I’ve named Rodney (he looks like a Rodney to me!) reminds me that being goofy is a good thing!

What are your touchstones and reminders? Feel free to share them in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Productive Waiting: Gratefulness

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Yesterday we talked about using your waiting time productively by putting together your Vision Album for your future–doing this in either an “old fashioned” hard-copy photo album or putting together a digital slideshow.

Today, let’s do the same thing and build a Gratitude Album for ourselves. By doing this, we are aligning with the “good stuff” in our life and the more in tune with it that we are, the more of it we will notice and the more we will bring into our life.

Making a Gratitude Album and referring to it often reminds us that there are wonderful things in our lives even if everything around us looks hopeless. Looking at the album first thing in the morning and last thing before sleep helps us also remember why we’re pressing forward in spite of the odds and in spite of the naysayers. Taking peeks at the album throughout the day can give us that boost we need so that we don’t give up or knuckle under.

Just like your Vision Album, your Gratitude Album doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy or contain every little jot of every little thing you’re grateful for. You can add to and tweak the album as you go along–it isn’t something chiseled in stone, so you don’t have to “get it right” the first time!

It can also have symbols. For instance, you can include a picture of the gorgeous cherry tree in front of the public library and this can be your symbol of your gratitude for all of Mother Nature’s majestic beauty.

Above all, have fun with this! Make it a point to pull a few pictures together today–even one image from a recent event in your life will do. Regularly add a little bit here and there as you go along!

Have fun!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Productive Waiting: Your Vision for the Future

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We’ve talked about your Vision in previous posts:

~Who are You: Build Your Vision

~Your Environment: Vision of the Future

Having a positive Vision of the future you’re headed toward is a powerful motivator, especially when the going gets rough.

If you find yourself getting discouraged easily and being influenced by what others are telling you regarding what can and can’t be done, then your Vision for your future is NOT strong enough!

Building a compelling, highly motivating Vision is an excellent use of your waiting time.

Build a photo album of things that thrill and delight you, such as places you’d like to visit, people you’d like to meet, activities you’d love to do, events you want to participate in, and the like. This photo album can be a digital slideshow stored in the cloud so you can view it on your computer and mobile devices, or it can be an “old fashioned” photo album filled with pictures you’ve taken as well as those you’ve gotten out of magazines and off the Internet.

Keep it handy where you can view it first thing in the morning when you wake up and the last thing at night before you fall asleep. Also, keep it handy–or if it’s in hard copy format, keep a few images handy–so that you can take a quick peek at it during break times in your day. 

You must look at it every day, and frequently throughout the day, to keep your vision in the forefront of your mind!

When you look at your Vision Album, get excited about it–let its power infuse every cell of your being. Then use that energy to take the next best step.

You can do it, I know you can!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Productive Waiting: Constructive versus Destructive Waiting

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I was at the grocery store the other day waiting in line to check out and I noticed that many others were also in lines waiting to check out. I realized how much time we spend waiting: we wait for the kids while they’re at sports practice, we wait for our internet order to arrive at our home; we wait for the promotion at work; we wait for XYZ to happen so we can take the next step in our soul-prospering life….

The question to answer is, what are we doing while we’re waiting? Are we using the time constructively or destructively?

 

Destructive uses of our waiting time:

~endlessly watching TV;

~gossiping with your friends;

~hanging out with negative people;

~bar hopping and clubbing;

~shopping, gambling, drinking, drugging, over eating, sleeping too much, etc.;

~giving free rein to your worrisome, angry, sad, negative thoughts….

 

Constructive uses of our waiting time:

~watching motivational and inspirational movies, videos, TV programs, podcasts, etc.;

~taking a class in subjects that interest you;

~reading–or listening to–uplifting and enlightening books, CDs, etc.;

~hanging out with people who encourage you and support you in your journey;

~spending time alone and connecting with Divine;

~spending time with loved ones and close friends;

~join a group or organization that encourages and supports people’s self development;

~read books and magazines, watch movies and videos, listen to CDs and podcasts, about successful people and pay attention to what they did while they were waiting for their “big break”. Most likely they were practicing, studying, tweaking their idea, networking….

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if an activity you’re engaged in is a productive use of your waiting time. An easy way to tell is to ask yourself: will this take me closer to my soul-prospering life?

What are you doing while you’re waiting?

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

The Has-Beens – A Poem

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Here’s a poem that reminds us it’s never too late to be victorious. We’re never too far gone that we can’t make different choices and turn ourselves around.

I read the papers every day,

and oft encounter tales

which show there’s hope for every jay

who in life’s battle fails.

I’ve just been reading of a gent

who joined the has-been ranks,

at fifty years without a cent,

or credit at the banks.

But undismayed he buckled down,

refusing to be beat,

and captured fortune and renown;

he’s now on Easy Street.

Men say that fellows down and out

ne’er leave the rocky track,

but facts will show, beyond a doubt,

that has-beens do come back.

I know, for I who write this rhyme,

when forty-odd years old,

was down and out, without a dime,

my whiskers full of mold.

By black disaster I was trounced

until it jarred my spine;

I was a failure so pronounced

I didn’t need a sign.

And after I had soaked my coat,

I said (at forty-three),

“I’ll see if I can catch the goat

that has escaped from me.”

I labored hard; I strained my dome,

to do my daily grind,

until in triumph I came home,

my billy-goat behind.

And any man who still has health

may with the winners stack,

and have a chance at fame and wealth—

for has-beens do come back.

~Walt Mason.

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Inspiring Quotes to Fasten Your Focus On for a Good Week

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We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. ~Mother Teresa

 

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. ~John Wooden

 

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. ~e.e. cummings

 

Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God. ~Radhanath Swami

 

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think. ~Maya Angelou

 

Don’t ever criticize yourself. Don’t go around all day long thinking, ‘I’m unattractive, I’m slow, I’m not as smart as my brother.’ God wasn’t having a bad day when he made you… ~Joel Osteen

 

Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t. You are in good company… You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope. ~John Piper

 

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be. ~Anne Frank

 

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’ ~William Arthur Ward

 

I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about. ~Henry Ford

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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