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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,



Back by Popular Demand: Thanking Yourself



This post was originally published on July 29, 2016.


Recently, I tweaked my morning practice. I now spend the first 20 – 30 minutes of the day sitting in silence–not meditating but sitting in silence and listening.  It’s through this updated practice that I discovered I don’t really thank myself.  I console myself, treat myself from time-to-time, and I even spoil myself when I’m feeling particularly bruised.

But I hadn’t made it a regular practice to thank myself.

The benefits I’ve discovered in the short while that I’ve done this have been pleasantly surprising. As I said in yesterday’s post, it’s helping me turn away from the past, letting go of it, and, as I said in yesterday’s post, I’ve found that forgiveness–of myself and others–is a natural, welcomed consequence.

I’ve also discovered that it’s an effective way to “turn that frown upside down”. The disparaging things that people have said about me–and even the negative things I tell myself–can be neutralized with this technique.

For instance, if someone says that we’re stubborn, usually that has a negative connotation: that we’re ornery and prickly and not very nice people.  Needless to say, this can have a very bad impact on our self-esteem!

But, what if we took that statement, “you’re so stubborn”, and instead dug a little deeper in ourselves to find what’s going on. We probably aren’t agreeing to go along with what the other person wants for a very good reason.  It can be that the person didn’t think through what they’re asking us to do and we can see all sorts of pitfalls.  We should thank ourselves for being the type of people who think things through and do reasonable due diligence before undertaking something.  We need to thank ourselves for being in tune with our intuition and the warning bells that are alerting us to something that needs further investigation.

So, stubborn? Not hardly!  And, Yay Us for having the skill and nerve to speak up and do what we think is right!

Also, I’ve found that thanking myself is a great way to start off the day. And, it’s also a great way to press the reset button on the day.  Naturally, it’s an excellent way to fall asleep, too!

You don’t have to make a big ordeal out of thanking yourself and it doesn’t have to be for Big Stuff. It can be for simple things such as “Thank you, me, for enjoying Nature and being able to give myself a lift by gazing at it through my window.”  Or “Thank you, me, for being diligent and persistent about understanding who I truly am.”  Or “Thank you, me, for choosing such good friends.” Or “Thank you, me, for buying fresh flowers for my home once a month.”  Or “Thank you, me, for always trying to see the good side of situations.” Or “Thank you, me, for giving people the benefit of the doubt.” Or “Thank you, me, for being a great cook!”

Simple things, ordinary things, the way you naturally are, the things you naturally do, are all excellent things to thank yourself for.

By making this a regular practice, you’ll find you feel lighter, more hopeful, and you’re more present in the moment and looking forward to the future. All good stuff!

Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you. Leave a comment!

Please pass this post along to a friend. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Back by Popular Demand: What Are You Waiting For?



This post was originally published on September 25, 2015.   It’s just as relevant today as it was nearly three years ago.

I hope this post inspires you to take the next baby step toward your dreams!






Why are you waiting to take the next step?

There will never be a perfect time.  You will never be fully prepared.  You will never have all the answers.

Your product or service is good enough right now. Get it out there so that it can help people! You can tweak it and improve it as time goes on.

Go for it right now!

Challenge yourself this week to take a small baby step each day toward your soul-prospering life. I know it’s daunting, intimidating, scary, overwhelming, and many other adjectives. But don’t let that stop you! There is information out there that can help you and there are people who are very generous with their time and knowledge and who are eager share what they know.

Take the next step!

Break it into small pieces and little parts. Break those into tiny bits. Keep breaking the fragments into smaller and smaller dabs until you get to the specks that are just the right size for you. Then do them!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Back by Popular Demand: When Your Past Calls




When the past calls, let it go to voicemail, believe me, it has nothing new to say–Anonymous



This post was originally published on June 25, 2015
The advice is as important today as it was three years ago.


To take this quote one step further: if you accidentally pick up the call, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY! Nothing good will come of the conversation so do not let it begin.

The past has nothing to offer that will benefit your current life so let go of it. Clinging to the past cannot enhance the present. Staying focused on the past does not add anything to the present and it doesn’t help you move forward into the future.

And if you find that the past keeps calling, even after you keep hanging up on it, then CHANGE TO AN UNLISTED NUMBER!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Memorials and Remembrances: 21 Inspirational Quotes About Selflessly Helping Others




The purpose of life is not to be happy — but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. ~Leo Rosten

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. ~Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojarhiu)

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. ~Albert Schweitzer

This is the true joy in life — being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ~George Bernard Shaw
Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~Norman B. Rice
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~Mohammed Ali
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. ~Sally Koch
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking “What’s in it for me?” ~Brian Tracy
Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something. ~Henry David Thoreau
If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Find a need and fill it. ~Ruth Stafford Peale
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. ~Maya Angelou
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~Robert F. Kennedy
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green. ~Thomas Carlyle

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it. ~Lucy Larcom
Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded. ~Author Unknown

Life is never so busy that there is no time to serve. ~Author Unknown
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker. ~Helen Keller
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. ~Saint Augustine

What one small act of service to others can you commit to doing every day?  Perhaps it’s making a point to hold the door for others coming after you; it could be letting at least one person go in front of you during rush hour traffic; maybe you’ll choose to keep a cheerful look upon your face at work; it could be that you’ll commit to greeting your loved ones with a smile and a kiss when they come home after their long day.

What will you do?  Feel free to share in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Memorial Day: People Who Gave Their Lives for Us

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Whether you’re American or not, I encourage you to take a moment today to remember those who have fallen in order that we citizens of the world have a freer and safer global society in which to live.

Please join me in remembering those who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice for us throughout the ages so that you and I, along with our friends and loved ones, have a better chance at achieving our goals and living the life we envision in our dreams.

We remember.

Your Friend and Pep Pal.



Memorial or Remembrance Days in other countries:

Australia and New Zealand: April 25th, Anzac Day;

Belgium: November 11, Armistice Day;

Canada: November 11th, Remembrance Day;

France: November 11, Armistice Day;

Germany: First Sunday closest to November 16th, Volkstrauertag;

Israel: mid April – mid May (due to the lunar calendar) Holocaust Remembrance Dayand, a week later, Memorial Day;

Italy: November 4th, National Unity and Armed Forces Day;

Netherlands: May 4th, Dodenherdenking;

Nigeria: January 15th, commemorates the end of the country’s civil war;

South Korea: June 6th, Memorial Day;

Turkey: March 18th, Martyrs’ Day;

UK: November 11th, Remembrance Day.