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Inspiring Quotes: 6 to Help You Grieve



As part of loss, we grieve.   Grief is the feelings that are inside of us.

We can feel silly grieving if it doesn’t involve the loss of a loved one. We may think that we should buck up, keep a stiff upper lip, and that we should carry on as if nothing happened.

But the loss of a job–even one we hated–or the break-up of a marriage, or any other transition–even ones we’ve longed for such as finally getting out on your own or finally retiring–can trigger grief.

It is perfectly normal to grieve your loss. Here are a few quotes to help you through:

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. ~Henri J.M. Nouwen


I remember my aunt telling me however I chose to handle this would be the right way.   There isn’t a handbook or a script.   You just take it as it comes, one day at a time. ~Kayla


Loss and heartache do not define you. They are only one part of your story. ~Unknown


The deeper that sorrow cares into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the up that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? ~Kahlil Gibran


The darker the night, the brighter the stars; the deeper the grief, the closer is God!   ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky


What feels like the end is often a new beginning. ~Unknown


A reminder: when you are dealing with a grief, reach out to others.   Counselors, religious leaders, and other professionals are trained to help. Also, friends and loved ones can offer comfort and support.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Inspiring Quotes: 6 + 1 to Celebrate Spring!



Guess what today is? It’s the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!

I am glad to leave the cold and the snow of winter behind, although according to the weather forecast, winter still has a grip on the region where I live. Even so, spring is officially here today at 12:15pm EDT in the USA.


Here are 6 + 1 quotes to help us celebrate. Enjoy!

The year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His Heaven–
All’s right with the world!
~Robert Browning

No winter last forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland

Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!” ~Robin Williams

Sunshine is the best medicine. ~Unknown

Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can be. ~Unknown

If winter comes, can spring be far behind? ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

The earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Spring!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Inspiring Quotes: 6 to Help with Loss



Sometimes, no matter how much experience we have or how talented and gifted we are or how strongly we believe in our Vision, things don’t go our way; a door closes…permanently.


We must come to terms with it. Here are 6 quotes to help us do this:

Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad. –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion


Look for the gift.   Every experience–even the difficult ones–holds a gift. The gift isn’t found wrapped in pretty paper with a sparkly bow; instead, you find it wrapped within your heartache and sadness. Go ahead. Unwrap it.   It’ll be one of the best gifts you’ve ever received. ~Unknown


The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.   ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in my perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have–life itself. ~Walter Anderson


When you lose something in your life, stop thinking it’s a loss for you. It is a gift you have been give so you can get on the right path to where you are meant to go, not to where you think you should have gone. ~Suze Orman


When you go through hell, your own personal hell, and you have lost–loss of fame, loss of money, loss of career, loss of family, loss of love, loss of your own identity–and you’ve been able to face the demons that have haunted you, then you learn to appreciate everything that you still do have. ~David Cassidy


A reminder: when you are dealing with a loss, reach out to others.   Counselors, religious leaders, and other professionals are trained to help in these situations. Also, friends and loved ones can offer a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear to listen, and a warm hand to hold.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Inspiring Quotes: It Isn’t Costly, A Poem by Edgar A. Guest




A poem to keep in mind this week:


  Does the grouch get richer quicker than the
     friendly sort of man?
  Can the grumbler labor better than the cheerful
     fellow can?
  Is the mean and churlish neighbor any cleverer
     than the one
  Who shouts a glad “good morning,” and then
     smiling passes on?

  Just stop and think about it. Have you ever
     known or seen
  A mean man who succeeded, just because he
     was so mean?
  When you find a grouch with honors and with
     money in his pouch,
  You can bet he didn’t win them just because
     he was a grouch.

  Oh, you’ll not be any poorer if you smile along
     your way,
  And your lot will not be harder for the kindly
     things you say.
  Don’t imagine you are wasting time for others
     that you spend:
  You can rise to wealth and glory and still pause
     to be a friend.

~Edgar A. Guest



Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Inspiring Quotes: 6 to Banish Frustration and Anger



Actually, the title of this post is a little misleading. These quotes aren’t meant to banish frustration and anger but rather they’re intended to help you harness the power of these strong feelings.

Here are quotes to help you take command of these forceful emotions:

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. ~Lee Iacocca


If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.   ~Chinese Proverb


Frustration is a very positive sign. It means that the solution to your problem is within range, but what you’re currently doing isn’t working, and you need to change your approach in order to achieve your goal. ~Tony Robbins


If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size? ~Sydney J. Harris


Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success. ~Bo Bennett


It is wise to direct your anger toward problems–not people; to focus your energies on answers–not excuses. ~William Arthur Ward


Which quote(s) did you like best? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!

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Inspiring Quotes: 6 to Banish Sadness



I don’t know about you but there are times when Life gets to me. It can be frustrating, annoying, frightening, and down-right discouraging.   Sometimes I get so overwhelmed and I find myself slipping into a blue funk and sadness.

If this describes you from time-to-time, here are a few quotes to uplift you:

To that one soul reading this, I know you’re tired. You’re fed up. You’re so close to breaking. But there’s strength within you, even when you are weak. Keep fighting. ~Unknown


An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. ~Unknown


Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place. ~Marilyn Monroe


Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough. ~Joel Osteen


If you’re going through hell, keep going! ~Winston Churchill


This, too, shall pass. ~Dad


Which one(s) did you like best? Keep it/them handy and read them often throughout your day.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Inspiring Quotes: 6 for Pi Day!


For you math wizards and aficionados, here are a few quotes to enjoy as you savor your slice of pie today in celebration of Pi Day! 

Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest pumpkin pie, carrot cake, and zucchini bread. –Garfield, cartoon character created by Jim Davis


Mathematics is the language with which God wrote the universe. –Galileo


Thy breath is like the steame of apple-pyes. –Robert Greene, Arcadia (1589), the first written mention of a fruit pie


The mathematician does not study pure mathematics because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it and he delights in it because it is beautiful. – Georg Cantor


Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them. — Joseph Fourier


Too much Pi will give you a large circumference. –Unknown


Which one of these quotes was your favorite?  Feel free to share in the comments below.  Thanks!

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