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Piece of the Puzzle

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Each one of us has a piece of the Universe’s Puzzle. Each of our pieces fits perfectly and securely in our own spot that’s just the right.

It’s one of the easiest things we’ll do because we were born to do this–we have what it takes. That means innately we have the talents, gifts, abilities, and special knowledge and vision that’s required to make our dreams come true.

It’s hardest most challenging thing we’ll ever do because we were born to do this–we were born to reach, to stretch, to develop ourselves, our special knowledge, and our vision in order to achieve our dreams.

You must do this!

You must rise to the challenge, meet it gloriously by fitting your piece of the puzzle into the Universe’s Puzzle!

You do this for yourself, for sure, but you also do it because if you don’t fit your piece into the puzzle, then someone else can’t fit theirs in. If they can’t put theirs into the puzzle then someone else can’t put theirs in either…and on and on it goes.

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Fit your puzzle piece into the Universe’s Puzzle!

Your homework today is to take the next step toward your dreams. Break it into small, teensy-tiny increments–ones that are just the right size for you–then do them!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Wisdom from the Farm: Surprises

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I met a friend of mine for coffee this morning and as we were chatting about what each of us has been doing, she said, “But you have to leave room in your day for surprises.” She then told me that she and her husband were in New York City this past weekend and a hawk swooped low over their heads. She said it was surprising, for sure, but wonderful at the same time.

A little while later, I was picking up my farm shares–the last ones of the season. As I was in the field, I was thinking of what she said about the little surprises here and there throughout each day.

We’d had a hard frost over the weekend and the farmer had told us that there wasn’t much in the fields–a few herbs and that was it. I walked over to the flowers anyway because you never know….

When I got there, I saw only brown stalks mixed in with some green plants, but no flowers. As I turned to leave, a bit of color caught my eye. When I looked closer, to my surprise, I saw a few delicate blue flowers, a little bit of red Cockscomb, and a few stems of Snapdragons. To my delight, I was able to gather a small bouquet!

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Your homework today is to leave room in your busy schedule for surprises. It isn’t always about striving, producing, achieving; it’s also about being. Keep your eyes peeled and your awareness alert for unexpected moments of delight, happiness, and wonder.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Another Chance

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He was down and out, and his pluck was gone,

And he said to me in a gloomy way:

“I’ve wasted my chances, one by one,

And I’m just no good, as the people say.

Nothing ahead, and my dreams all dust,

Though once there was something I might have been,

But I wasn’t game, and I broke my trust,

And I wasn’t straight and I wasn’t clean.”

 

“You’re pretty low down,” says I to him,

“But nobody’s holding you there, my friend.

Life is a stream where men sink or swim,

And the drifters come to a sorry end;

But there’s two of you living and breathing still—

The fellow you are, and he’s tough to see,

And another chap, if you’ve got the will,

The man that you still have a chance to be.”

 

He laughed with scorn. “Is there two of me?

I thought I’d murdered the other one.

I once knew a chap that I hoped to be,

And he was decent, but now he’s gone.”

“Well,” says I, “it may seem to you

That life has little of joy in store,

But there’s always something you still can do,

And there’s never a man but can try once more.

 

“There are always two to the end of time—

The fellow we are and the future man.

The Lord never meant you should cease to climb,

And you can get up if you think you can.

The fellow you are is a sorry sight,

But you needn’t go drifting out to sea.

Get hold of yourself and travel right;

There’s a fellow you’ve still got a chance to be.”

~Edgar A. Guest

 

It isn’t ever too late for you.

You may have made mistakes left and right. You may have blown opportunities and shirked your responsibilities. You may have been an idiot and a jerk to boot.

In spite of all of this, you still have a chance to make a different, better choice.

Your bad decisions in the past do not condemn you to living a life that’s less than the one you dream of. You can still have your dreams because you can still change.

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Your homework today is to resolve to make better choices for yourself. When faced with a decision, ask—and answer—“Will this take me closer to my dreams or will it keep them forever out of my reach?” Then follow through on the answer you get!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Golden Wisdom: Advice from Dad about the Devil You Know

 

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Never, ever let the Devil You Know convince you that it’s better, safer, more secure to stick with him rather than following your dreams and, perhaps, meeting the Devil You Don’t Know. Trust yourself.  Trust that you’ll figure it out if you ever meet that other devil.   ~Stan, my dad.  1927 – 2014

 

You have been specially made to achieve all the dreams in your heart and soul–you wouldn’t have them if they weren’t yours to achieve.

Go for it. Go for your dreams.

Don’t let anyone or anything stop you. Keep going.  Keep taking one little tidbit of a step after the other.

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Vaya con Dios, Daddy

Ya Do Whatcha Gotta Do – Part 3: It Pays Off

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When you do what you have to do and when you’re open to the options Life presents to you, it pays off. It may not seem like it will at the time.  It may seem like it’s a lot of hard work with more hard work following on its heels.  And, it may seem like each lead you check out ends in a brick wall or a huge pothole.

But if you stick with it, it will pay off.

My sculptor friend is proof of this. Even though he isn’t making a living from his art right now, he is winning grant money and is securing commissions for his pieces.  In fact, just last year a medium sized city nearby commissioned two of his works–one to sit outside the public library and the other to be outside City Hall!

The long hours working at a variety of jobs so that my friend can pay his expenses as well as financially support his journey to his dream of making a living from his art; all of his Gallery Crawls, all of the art dealers and artists he’s met, and all of the art patron’s he’s talked to have all, in one way or another, helped him move forward toward his dreams.

Even though not every person likes his art and not every person could or would help him, even though not every job was interesting or fun or even related to his work, there are enough people who do like his art, enough people who are willing to reach out a helping hand to him, and enough of the jobs are good enough that he could stick with them to earn the money he needed that he is moving forward.

It is paying off!

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Your homework today is to keep on keeping on. Keep working to fund your dreams; keep saying “Yes!” to opportunities; keep meeting people and talking to them.

Take it one step at a time. Break the step into small, manageable chunks.  Break those down into little tidbits that are just right for you, then do them!  I know it’ll pay off for you!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Ya Do Whatcha Gotta Do – Part 2: Just Say Yes

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My artist friend says “yes”.

A lot.

He’s the sculptor I was telling you about in yesterday’s post (click here to be taken to that post).

This past weekend, he went into New York City and did a Gallery Crawl. He went from gallery to gallery looking at artwork, meeting and greeting gallery owners and personnel, and talking to the patrons who happened to be at the galleries viewing the exhibitions.

He told me that he met a photographer whose work was innovative and her printing process was fresh and interesting.

For nearly an hour they chatted about their art; then, when she and her friends were leaving, she turned to my friend and said “You’re coming with us to dinner, right?”

I don’t know about you, but my first reaction would have been to thank them for the offer but beg off saying that I had a long train ride home. My reasoning would have been that I didn’t really know them (only the photographer just a little bit and her friends not at all), I was by myself, I was in New York City….

But my friend said, “Yes.”

He didn’t end up staying long because of the train ride, but he did spend enough time to make a good connection with several new art friends.

And, as he told me, you never know who knows who and what other connections will arise from this impromptu dinner invitation.

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Your homework today is to just say “yes!”, especially to things you’ve been hesitating over. Just say yes, go slowly (at your own pace) so that you can opt out if you see it isn’t quite what you thought it would be.  That way there will be little to no “harm” to you–and, you never know what you may discover or what connection you’ll make!

You can do it!

I’m proud of all the steps you’re taking!

You’re Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren