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Happy Friday the 13th! 13 Inspiring Quotes

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A cherished friend of mine is a graduate of Colgate University. The number thirteen is a lucky one for all people connected to Colgate University and every Friday the Thirteenth is a celebration day for them.

In honor of my friend’s achievement of graduating from Colgate University, and to join in the celebration of the number thirteen, here are thirteen inspirational quotes about spirituality.

Being on a spiritual path does not prevent you from facing times of darkness; it teaches you how to use the darkness as a tool to grow. ~Unknown

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle that shines or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road does not mean they are lost. ~Dalai Lama

A Spiritual Badass: sends out love to strangers; is always seeking the lesson; knows that happiness is a choice. ~Unknown

The candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. ~Italian Proverb

Maybe the journey isn’t about becoming something but rather unbecoming everything that isn’t really you so that you can be who you were meant to be in the first place. ~Unknown

Throw kindness around like confetti. ~Unknown

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. ~Buddha

Someday we’ll forget the hurt, the reason we cried, and who caused us pain. We will finally realize that the secret of being free is not revenge but letting things unfold in their own way and own time. After all, what matters is not the first but the last chapter of our life, which shows how well we ran the race. So smile, laugh, forgive, believe, and love all over again. ~Unknown

Three years from now make sure you can say that you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it. ~Unknown

Sometimes when you don’t know what to say, a hug says enough. ~Unknown

It is well with my soul. ~Horatio Spafford

Be kind when it is possible; it is always possible. ~Dalai Lama


I think each of these are filled with simple wisdom and timely reminders; I hope they are as meaningful for you as they are for me.



Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Golden Wisdom: Destiny by Ella Wheeler Wilcox



I came across the following essay entitled Destiny, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. It’s advice is as relevant today as it was 110 years ago when she wrote it.

Let me know what you think of it:

Destiny by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Never say that you wish your situation were different! Never wish you had some other person’s life or troubles or worries.

Accept your own as a working basis, the best for you.

Then go ahead and change whatever displeases you.

Remember you are the maker and moulder of your own destiny. You do not recall the fact, but you brought about the present conditions of your destiny in former incarnations.

Even if you do not believe this, you must acknowledge that you are here, and that the situation in which you find yourself seems to be inevitable for the present.

But it is not inevitable for the future, unless you lie down in the furrow and whine, and wish you were a millionaire, or a genius, and rail at the partiality of Providence.

There is no partiality in the Universe.

The whole scheme is well balanced. If you were allowed to change lots with anyone on the face of the earth, you would complain and find fault in a short time.

One of our best known millionaires, born to opulence, complains that he has been robbed of the privilege of making his own fortune.

He is no happier than you. His confession betrays his weakness of character just as your repining and fault-finding betrays yours.

The real worth-while character thanks God for its destiny and says, “I will show the world what I can do with my life.”

Not long ago there was a great trotting-race at Brighton Beach. The blind conqueror “Rythmic” won five consecutive races.

Think of it! He did not, like a mortal man, shrink back and say “I am blind—that is a terrible destiny—I am cursed of God—I will not try to win the race.” He just trusted the hand of the Master at the reins, did his best, and won the honors of the season.

We are all blind racers on the track of earth. The king, the millionaire, the statesman, the lawmaker, the beggar, the laborer, the cripple, we are all in the dark. The only thing is to trust the hand of the Master, and do our best.

Believe your position is the right starting point for you, merely the starting point.

It is the shapeless block of stone from which you are to fashion the perfect statue.

Or it is the mere mud from which you are to mould the clay image, and later that is to be put into enduring marble.

What is uglier or more unattractive than mud?

Yet think of the glorious conceptions which it imprisons.

Take the mud of your present environment and thank God for it, and make the image of the future you desire.

You can do it—you must do it—you will do it.


What did you think of the essay? Feel free to share it with a friend. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



**Destiny appeared in The Heart of New Thought, published by The Psychic Research Company, 1903


Change: Your Fears



Fear is part of being human, whether we like it or not, because our fears are triggered by change.   Our modern life is full of changes–fast-paced changes.

It’s natural and normal to feel fear; here are a few important questions to ask ourselves about our fears:

What are we going to do with our fears when we bump up against them?

~Will we choose to stop in our tracks?

~Will we choose to live a small life that’s less than what we know we were born to live? 


Will we choose to use our fears as tools to help us move forward? Will we use them as guides to:

~Show us when to slow down;

~Where to pay close attention;

~Reach out for help and guidance from more experienced people.


This week, let’s challenge ourselves to put a positive spin on our fears by thinking of them as guides and tools to move us into our soul-prospering life.

WE can do it!

Please pass this post along to a friend. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Easy Street: Happy Colgate Day!

Photo Credit: Colgate University


Today is Friday the 13th and, as I’ve written in previous posts, today is also known as Colgate Day.  Colgate Alums, students, and others associated with the university, consider all Friday the 13ths to be their good luck days.  It has to do with the lore surrounding the university’s founding.

The point, though, is that you don’t have to succumb to conventional wisdom regarding your dreams or what you consider to be a soul-prospering life.  What one person—or even groups of people—see as a bad thing can actually be your good thing!

Take a page out of Colgate University’s playbook and don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams, your Vision, and—most especially—your soul-prospering life.

You can do it!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Thoughts: 12 Quotes



The very first, most fundamental step in crafting a soul-prospering life is getting your thoughts lined up so they will serve you rather than trip you up.

Here are twelve quotes about right thinking:

Thoughts are things. ~Earl Nightingale


As a man thinketh…. ~James Allen


Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude. Zig Ziglar


Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal; nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude. ~Thomas Jefferson


Whether you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford


Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


Rule your mind or it will rule you.   ~Buddha


A bad attitude is like a flat tire. If you don’t change it, you’ll never go anywhere. ~Anonymous


A negative mind will never give you a positive life. ~Anonymous


Thinks work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. ~John Wooden


Same old thinking, same old results. ~Unknown


Believe you can and you’re half way there. ~Theodore Roosevelt


Which quote did you like best?


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Baby Steps: Resources

Photo Credit: Colgate University
Photo Credit: Colgate University


Happy Friday the 13th!  And, for those of you with a connection to Colgate University, Happy Colgate Day (here’s a link to find out why)!


There a many resources our there but these are the ones that I’ve found very helpful in understanding baby steps and learning how best to use them.

Books—I have read each of these books.  While they don’t contain all the answers, each of them has valuable information that can be applied to taking baby steps:

~One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Mauer, PhD~Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

~Willpower:  Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength  by Roy Baumeister and Joe Tierney

~Change Anything:  The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny

~Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

YouTube—B.J. Fogg has some very interesting techniques for crafting baby steps and developing a system for their implementation so the changes take hold (be sure to watch both videos):

~B.J. Fogg, PhD TEDx Talk in Freemont, California 

~B.J. Fogg, PhD TEDx Talk in Maui, Hawaii 

Articles on the Web—Like the books, these articles don’t contain all the “secrets” of baby steps.  Each of them, though, has interesting thoughts, suggestions, and tips; one of them might be just the thing you’ve been searching for!

~An article in Oprah Magazine about Dr. Fogg’s work  

~Scientific Ways to Make New Habits Stick

~Simple and Effective Changes to Make in Your Business

~Small steps to regain control of your work and personal life

~Easy Life Hacks







Let me know which resources you found to be most helpful.  Thanks!

Pass this post along to a friend.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


PS:  Please note that none of these links are affiliate links.  I make no money regardless of whether you click on a link or visit a website or purchase a product through the link.

Quotes about Problems



Every day we all have problems. Usually they are minor annoyances that we quickly forget about.  Some, however, are tougher and can turn into rough patches.  Below are a few quotes I found that might help you think of problems in a new way.


If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.  ~Abraham Maslow

This quote reminds me to step outside my habitual way of responding to unexpected things that happen. It reminds me to pause, take a breathe, and keep my emotions at arms length as I evaluate what’s happened.



Stop looking for solutions to problems and start looking for the right path. — Andy Stanley

To me, this quote is advising us to stop looking at the door that’s closed, barred, and locked and instead start looking for the window that’s open.


Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions. — Edward R. Murrow

Sayings and slogans shouldn’t be used to distract ourselves or anesthetize us or make us feel that the problem will go away or be taken care of all on it’s own. Sayings and slogans can help us calm ourselves, give us hope in better days ahead, and to help us get our feet back underneath us so that we can take action and get through the rough patch.


I hope these quotes, and my explanations of why I shared them with you, have helped you. Which ones did you like?  Feel free to share in the comments below!

Keep these quotes handy–especially the ones that have resonated with you–and refer to them often when you need a boost.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,