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Spring Flowers: Symbols of Renewed Hope

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From time-to-time we all get walloped by Life and become discouraged. Usually, we can pull ourselves out of these feelings but sometimes…not so much.

At times, to us, the outlook is bleak and our discouragement turns into melancholy and depression.

 

An important note:   when you can’t seem to shake the blues–and especially if you have thoughts of self harm or harming others–then it’s time to seek professional help. Oftentimes after a few visits to a trained counselor, spiritual advisor or medical professional can help you get back into your natural swing.

 

For times when you can still handle the feelings on your own but you need a few new techniques, here is an excellent article that lists a few:

How to Overcome Your Feelings of Hopelessness by Robert Leahy, PhD.

The 5 techniques Dr. Leahy talks about are simple enough that each of us can do them–and incorporate them into a busy schedule.

Doubt your hopelessness:

We can all look back and see other times in our lives that we were deeply discouraged: we thought we were done for; we thought there was no way to overcome that particular difficulty; we doubted ourselves. But eventually it passed. As time went on, we continued living; we figured out how to solve the problem or how to handle it enough that we could keep going; we even experienced happiness and satisfaction in at least some areas of our life.

So all wasn’t hopeless then and it probably isn’t all hopeless now.

Try something new:  

We don’t have to do anything drastic to do something new. It can be something as simple as trying a new fruit or vegetable, reading a different type of book than what we usually enjoy, exploring a side street on our way home from work.

When we do something new, fully engage in the here-and-now of the experience. Savor it through as many senses as possible.

Look at what isn’t hopeless:

When we’re in the midst of a tough, tough problem, it can seem that everything is bad. But if we look a little closer at our lives, we can see that while we may have a serious financial difficulty for instance, we also have a friend who is inviting us to dinner and sending us home with leftovers.   Or we may see that in spite of our troubles, we’re still good at knitting or playing music or fixing things.   Engaging in these activities brings us joy but then we can increase our joy and satisfaction by sharing them with others and bring them joy, too. 

Realize that no one thing is necessary for your happiness:

We all have losses that go deep and it can seem that we’ll never be happy again, especially since we won’t have that person or that thing in our life any longer. Certainly we should take time to mourn and grieve, but we also need to know that we can–and we will–have new opportunities and new joys in our lives.

Appreciate the present:

Even though it might seem to us that there is nothing in our lives that’s good, we can prove to ourselves that this isn’t completely true. When we pause and immerse ourselves in the here-and-now, we find things such as we’re alive right here and right now in this moment; we have enough air to breathe and we’ll probably continue having enough breathable air; we can think; we can choose our thoughts…. These are all things to appreciate because they are ingredients that make up hope.

 

Read the article by Dr. Leahy and let me know what you think. Share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

You can do this!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Spring Flowers: 6 Tips for Rejuvenating Hope

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When Life hits hard, it’s difficult to stay hopeful. I’ve been there, done that. When I’m stumbling my way through these times here are a few things I do to help myself:

~Mother Nature

If I can, I find a way to experience Mother Nature. Ideally, I sit outside or go for a walk but many times for various reasons I can’t do this. Instead, I’ll gaze out my window at the landscape or I’ll look at pictures of flowers, trees, the beach, or a lake scene.

~Sit in Silence

I pause for a few moments and sit quietly, tuning into my inner self. I take several slow, steady breaths and repeat words such as ‘peace’ or ‘all is well’ or some other word or phrase that’s calming. Even if I’m at work or in the midst of others, I can still pause and tune inwardly.

~Get Away from Negative People and Hang Out with Positive People

When I’m in the middle of a rough patch, the last thing I need is to hang around Negative Ned and Debbie Downer. I need people who will encourage me and help me hold onto the shreds of hope I have left.   These people are realistic in that they acknowledge I’m in a tough spot and that I may be scared, but then they remind me of what I’m good at and achievements I’ve enjoyed.

~Fill My Mind with Good Stuff

I go to YouTube and turn on messages of hope and encouragement. I’ll also read books that are uplifting and encouraging–and books that are fun, too!

~When I’m with Others, I Am Cheerful and Helpful

I do the very best to be pleasant and kind. Everyone has struggles and worries of their own and the last thing they need is for me to dump all my angst on them. Of course it’s fine to consult with professionals who are trained to help people in difficult situations, but co-workers, friends, acquaintances are not the same as trained professionals.

~Clean and Clear

I choose a small section of my home or office and throw things out. Then I’ll clean and organize what I’m keeping.

 

These tips may not instantly change my circumstances or me, but doing one or more of these really does lift my spirits.

If you try these, you may not be whistling and dancing and smiling huge afterward, but you’ll feel a little bit lighter and a little bit better afterward. I usually do!

What are some things you do to rejuvenate your hope? Please share in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Spring Flowers: How to Activate Hope

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Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future.   Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come own from on high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen…yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.   ~Bradley Whitford

 

I like the last lines of this quote: “…not by passively waiting…but by doing what you can…yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”

This clearly tells us the secret key to a constant state of hopefulness:   action. Doing what we can with what we have right where we find ourselves in each moment.

It’s pausing to ask ourselves “What can I do right now that will point me in the direction of my soul prospering life?” Then following through on that answer.

Just like the spring flowers, little bit by little bit we open our souls to live full out in all our glory and beauty.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Easy Street: Happy Colgate Day!

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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,

Lauren

Easy Street: What it Truly Is

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This is going to sound hokey but the easiest way to find and stay on Easy Street is to feel very lucky to be you and to be living your life.

You do this by following your curiosity and those things that interest you. Combine this with appreciation and gratitude and these are what make the solid foundation of your soul-prospering life.

What are you curious about?   What are the things that capture your attention? What do you do to bring these into your every day life? Do this daily and you’re well on your way to crafting your soul-prospering life!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Easy Street: Seek this Instead

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We all want to be on Easy Street.

We want to be able to kick back, put our feet up, and take it easy in life. It’s the feelings of contentment and satisfaction that are at the core of our dreams of Easy Street. While it’s well and good to take time to acknowledge and enjoy our achievements, studies have shown that this won’t give us the lasting happiness and fulfillment we’re after.

The key to crafting a soul-prospering life is to not rest on our laurels, but rather to continually challenge ourselves and test our limits.

This article I found on the Internet sums it up nicely;

http://www.plannersearch.org/financial-planning/wheretheheckiseasystreet

 

In the comments below, let me know what you think of the article and the authors thoughts about Easy Street. Thanks!

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Your friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Easy Street: Steve Harvey’s Take on It

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I read a very interesting book by Steve Harvey called Jump. It’s his newest book. In it he spoke candidly of his journey to becoming a famous TV personality.

Of course he talks about his struggles and sacrifices as he’s paying his dues, so to speak. When he was just starting out, he took jobs that weren’t quite the right fit for him but these were necessary in order for him to discover what he truly wanted to do. When he finally had the nerve to follow his dreams, naturally he had heartbreaks and detractors.

The most interesting thing is that he also had heartbreaks and detractors even when he made it big and became a household name!

Consider this:

~Steve Harvey made millions but then, due to poor decisions by one of his managers, Steve discovered he owed the IRS millions of dollars!

~He is experienced and good at hosting different types of shows but he also made a now famous blunder at the Miss America Pageant.

 

So if you find that as you’re living more and more of your soul-prospering life but you’re still experiencing setbacks and still making mistakes, you are in good company!   Every person we think of as successful is experiencing the same thing!

Don’t lose hope; don’t quit! Keep going!

In the meantime, get the book–most libraries have it or can order it through interlibrary loan.   Read it and let me know what you think.   Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren