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Thanksgiving: 12 Quotes to Think About

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In a few days we in the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Here are a few quotes for us to ponder; quotes that, I hope, will help us make thanksgiving and gratitude a part of every day of the year, not just one day.

 

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. ~W. Clement Stone

 

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

 

We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. Harry Ironside

 

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good think that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because ALL things have contributed to your advancement, you should include ALL things in your gratitude. ~Ralph Waldo Everson

 

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. ~Ernest Hemingway

 

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. ~Frank A. Clark

 

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt

 

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.   ~Neal A. Maxwell

 

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.   ~Frederick Keonig

 

Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow.   A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. ~Henry Ward Beacher

 

For flowers that bloom about our feet;

For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;

For song of bird, and hum of bee;

For all things fair we hear or see.

Farther in heaven, we thank Thee!

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large about of Gratitude. ~A.A. Milne

 

Which quote(s) did you like the best? My favorite is the last one, Piglet’s.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Thinking: 6 Quotes for the Right Attitude

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Thinking and attitude go hand-in-hand.  Here are six quotes to ponder over the weekend as you prepare for the upcoming week.

 

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.  ~Martha Graham

 

Any fact facing us in not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.  The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it.  You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.  ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

 

Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.  ~W.C. Fields

 

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing:  the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.  ~Viktor Frankl

 

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.  ~Earl Nightingale

 

We cannot change our past.  We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  ~Charles Swindoll

 

Which quote resonated with you?

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Back by Popular Demand: When Your Alarm Clock Rings–Thoughts to Think from James Allen

I posted this article on my blog on May 11, 2017. Since our thoughts are the fundamental building blocks of our soul-prospering life, I thought it would be good to revisit this post. James Allen’s work is profound and it’s important to refresh ourselves with his wisdom.

 

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There is a sense in which every day may be regarded as the beginning of a new life in which one can think, act, and live newly, and in a wiser and better spirit. ~James Allen

 

I came across a reading of a James Allen’s work entitled Morning and Evening Thoughts.  As the title indicates, some of these thoughts are intended for the morning and the others are meant to be read at night just before sleep. Even so, they are all profound and, in my opinion, are good to listen to regardless of the time of day. In fact, if you can manage it, this recording could be helpful to have running as you go about the tasks of your day.

Just a note:  James Allen had a deep faith.  In some of these thoughts, he talks about Jesus and other Christian ideas.  Please don’t let that hinder you!   Feel free to substitute other holy or wise people such as Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama,.  Feel free also to use descriptors that fit with your philosophy or faith such as instead of God, use The Universe, The Divine Intelligence, or The Great Spirit.

Have a listen and let me know what you think:

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Back by Popular Demand: Thoughts: Take Care of Them!

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As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. ~Henry David Thoreau

 

Oftentimes we hear people complain that affirmations don’t work. We also hear other people ridicule affirmations, alluding that the person saying the affirmations is easily duped or is simple-minded.

As Henry David Thoreau points out, it’s through the repetition of a thought that it becomes ingrained in our minds and in us and, thus, becomes a habitual way of thinking. These thought patterns then lead to habitual ways of behaving.  When we’ve trained ourselves to have an optimistic mind set, we tend to step out of our comfort zones, we aren’t so easily rattled or discouraged.

We think of affirmations as positive statements and positive ways of thinking and behaving. But affirmations can also be negative–and we can–and do!–train our minds to think in negative terms.  Every time we say or think “I can’t…” or “It’s too hard…” or “I’m not lucky like other people…”  and the like, we’re saying and thinking an affirmation–training our minds to be negative.  This negative affirmation leads to a negative mindset which then influences our behavior, making us not try for the thing, or only try half-heartedly.  Sometimes, we give up even before we try!

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It’s important to note that the thoughts we think are rarely neutral. On the surface they may seem so, but if you dig a little bit you’ll find either a negative or positive kernel at the root of what seems neutral.

So, take care with your thoughts! If they aren’t positive, uplifting, optimistic, or encouraging, then they are negative, deflating, gloomy, or pessimistic. 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Thinking: Back by Popular Demand–Pep Rally! 16 Positive Statements

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We need to retrain our minds to think positive and, when we find ourselves with thoughts that depress us, make us fearful, or frustrate us to no end, we need to quickly snap our minds back to the positive.

Here are 16 short statements to keep handy to use frequently–every single moment of the day, when we’re faced with a particularly tough spot:

Yes I can!

NO!  Not today!

This isn’t going to push me down, it’s going to push me ahead!

I’m pressing through to my breakthrough

I have what it takes.

I am fully equipped–I have what it takes to succeed.

This will be my greatest victory yet.

My best days are still ahead of me.

I am smart, I am strong, I can figure this out.

I CHOOSE to be happy today.

I CHOOSE to find the beauty around me today.

I CHOOSE to move forward.

There’s a winner inside me and I am letting her/him out!

The rest of my life is the very best part of my life.

I am talented, I am creative, I am resourceful, I am inventive.

I am born to win, I am born with greatness, I am a champion.

A bonus: A question to ask yourself throughout the day:

What can I do right now that will move me toward my soul-prospering life?

Then roll up your sleeves, dive in, and get busy doing that thing or those things!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Thoughts: 12 Quotes

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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,

Lauren

Inner Guidance: How to Strengthen Your Connection With It

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It’s great to sit in silence with your Inner Guidance, and even have a conversation with it.  It’s also a good thing to take it out into the “real world” and strengthen your “real world” connection with it.

The “real world” can be a very noisy frenetic place with lots of people, traffic, shoulds, and constantly being told “you ought to”.  If the chatter in our own minds doesn’t drown out the voice/feeling of our Inner Guidance, all the hubbub and guilt of the world will surely do it.

When you’re in the middle of a contentious meeting at work and everyone is pointing their finger at everyone else…when you’re in the middle of the grocery store and your kids are crying because you wouldn’t buy them the sugary smacky-pops cereal they saw on TV…when you hope for a quiet weekend to relax and recharge but your in-laws decide to surprise you with a visit, bringing along with their non-housebroken puppy with the delicate stomach….  It’s a little difficult–not to mention impractical–to find a quiet corner and sit in silence.

It’s important to learn how to hear your Inner Guidance in the midst of the frenzy of everyday life.

Here are a few suggestions:

START WITH BABY STEPS!!

~When you’re out and about and having a good time, pause and tune in.  What’s your Inner Guidance saying?  Where do you feel it in your body?  Do you “see”/feel/hear a person or character associated with it?

~When you’re at work and everything is going reasonably well–at least there aren’t any disasters that have people running around in a panic–tune in.  What do you hear/see/feel?  Where in your body do you have a corresponding sensation?

~When you’re at the grocery store, instead of being a robot and methodically going down your list of items, pause a moment and tune in.  Stand in the produce section, for instance, and feel/hear/see which fresh fruits and vegetables your Inner Guidance is leading you to (of course stand in a place that doesn’t obstruct other shoppers!).

 

As you do this in the various moments of your day, you’ll gradually become more in tune with your Inner Guidance.  It’ll become second nature to listen in–in fact, you’ll know it so well that you’ll automatically follow its lead!

Give it a try and let me know how it’s working out for you.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren