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Daily Inspirational Quote August 9 2014

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
- motto of the Special Olympics

As I look around, I see so many people with great talent and abilities who are holding back from pursuing their dreams out of fear of failure. I also see a few people who have been stripped of capabilities we tend to take for granted who are bravely pursuing big goals. For example, I know a young man with a crippling disease who recently earned his black belt in karate, and a woman who was born mentally “retarded” who found a soul mate, fell in love and got married. If these brave souls can fulfill their dreams, surely we can too. While success is a wonderful thing to strive for, I think it’s enough to just have the courage to try with all our hearts.

Your Precious Life

Spend your time as if it is precious, because it is. Spend your time as if it can bring great value to your world, because it can.

Live this moment as if you will never be able to live it again, because you won’t. Seek to get as much as possible from the time you have right now, and you will.

The more you value and appreciate each moment, the more value each moment will bring you. The way to be truly thankful for the life you have and for everything in it, is to constantly make good and meaningful use of it all.

If you had a magnificent, sparkling diamond that was worth fifty million dollars, you’d likely be extremely careful with it. Your life on this day is much more precious than a mere diamond, so remind yourself to take great care and make the most of every moment.

Before you waste it on anger, resentment, spite or envy, think of how precious and irreplaceable your time is. Remind yourself that you have many better choices.

Your life is truly precious. And you can make it even more so…

7 Ways To Inspire Healing After Disaster

"From 9/11 to Malaysia Airlines 370 to the Chilean earthquake...the news of a community rocked by tragedy continually reminds us of our collective vulnerability. Who are we as individuals after these calamities? Who are we as a community when the boundaries of civility, safety, and certainty shatter?...We are all individual in our response to trauma, and we are all unique in our recovery process. In the middle, however, we meet within the confines of our community's well-defined culture. In this space we can create significant experiences that allow every type of individual to find ways to release the present pain while also beginning the process of connecting to a new future." Read on to discover seven ways to inspire healing after trauma.

Daily Inspirational Quote August 8 2014

“Don’t worry so much about your self-esteem.
Worry more about your character.
Integrity is its own reward.”
- Dr. Laura Schlessinger

In the name of fostering self-esteem, we often ask less of ourselves or others; to quickly escape emotional discomfort, we are gentle and understanding and comforting. All of that is very nice, but I don’t think it makes a dent in low self-esteem. To cultivate self-respect we must honestly face our mistakes, push ourselves to overcome personal weaknesses, buckle down and settle dilemmas, do whatever must be done to the best of our abilities, stand tall in our truth and do the right thing whether it feels good in the moment or not. When we remain true to a high personal moral code, it is natural for us to believe in ourselves.

You Have The Opportunity

You have the opportunity to take a negative situation and transform it into positive value. You have the opportunity to take an ordinary moment and make it into an extraordinary experience.

You have the opportunity because you can make a difference. You have the opportunity because you care very deeply about life, and have the ability to put that caring into action.

Life can unfold in many different ways, creating an unimaginable variety of situations. In every one of those situations, there is opportunity.

Those people who choose to see the opportunities, and to do something about them, are the people who enjoy the best life has to offer. You are never more fully alive than when you are transforming what is possible into what is real.

Every day is an opportunity to express your purpose and your love of life in new and valuable ways. Every moment is an opportunity to give something of yourself and by so doing, to taste a flavor of life’s richness that cannot be experienced in any other wa…

The Power of Patience

Images flash at us from every direction--from our social media accounts to advertisements on the road, and we have little time to take in anything. So, it is rather radical that Harvard art history professor Jennifer Roberts asks her students to sit--not for half an hour, but for three hours with a work of art before writing anything about it. While some may think that this sounds excessive at first, the students realize that seeing is not the whole story of learning--it takes time to process what we see. When we give ourselves time, on any subject, not just art, a new world of detail and understanding opens up to our consciousness. And she feels that this kind of patience in education--learning how to slow down--is an essential part of a good education.

Daily Inspirational Quote August 7 2014

“Believe nothing,
no matter where you read it or who said it
– even if I have said it —
unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
- Buddha

One of the first things I do in psychic readings is urge my clients to listen to their own inner guidance in interpreting the words spoken or written, and to disregard anything that does not ring true to them. While psychics can reveal what is hidden and open new doors of potential and understanding, readings are most helpful in simply helping us to consciously access and trust what we already know deep down inside. A skillfully delivered, accurate, powerful reading will ring unmistakably true in our hearts. While there’s nothing wrong with getting a “second opinion,” we must always remember that we are the ultimate authorities on our own lives.


Once you start, and put a little of yourself into the effort, it’s easier to keep going. Get started, doing whatever you can, knowing that you’ll build some momentum.

Even though it may be difficult to imagine finishing the task, go ahead and start. Once you’re moving forward, you’ll find new and fulfilling ways to keep going.

Start, and put some honest, dedicated effort into the work. The more you give, the more you’ll have available to give.

Start, and be willing to learn all you can. Be open to new ideas, new skills, new connections, new methods and new inspiration, and you’ll find them in abundance.

Momentum is a powerful force, yet it works against you when you’re sitting idle. Start, and put the enormous power of momentum on your side.

Achievement begins when you make the choice to start. Start now, and you will have taken that most important first step.

— Ralph Marston

Jim Hunter on Servant Leadership

Jim Hunter has been training servant leaders for over 30 years and is the author of two internationally best-selling books on the topic. Servant leadership brings love to leadership, and Hunter defines it as "the business of identifying and meeting people's legitimate needs, seeking their greatest good so they can grow." In this interview, Hunter discusses how to create real change through servant leadership. He also talks about how to bring true love, humility, and authenticity into an organization. True love, Jim says, is "a whole lot more than feeling. Feelings come and go based on whether I ate pizza last night." True love is "a willingness to extend yourself, committed, all-in, regardless of how I happen to feel this week."

Daily Inspirational Quote August 6 2014

“More important than talent, strength or knowledge
is the ability to laugh at yourself and
enjoy the pursuit of your dreams.”
- Amy Grant

I’ve been noticing that a great way to achieve success or “find true love” is to simply begin to enjoy the whole process of “getting there” like it’s a game. I know a woman who achieved tremendous financial success very quickly when she began to treat her business like a strategy game. This means that instead of setting serious goals and working harder, she began to experiment with how much fun she could have with making it grow. I know another woman in her forties who has never married, who is suddenly being pursued by a number of admirers. I believe she’s so attractive because she decided to quit trying to find “her one and only” and just have fun with matters of love. If you’re struggling with your goals and dreams, maybe it’s because you’re trying too hard and not enjoying the journey enough.

Adjust Accordingly

If what you’re doing is not working, adjust. Rather than giving up on the effort, give the effort the benefit of your experience and informed consideration.

Every time you fail to get the result you want, you succeed in learning more about what doesn’t work. Put that knowledge to good use, and make some adjustments.

Even when you do get the desired result, you’ve likely learned how you could do things even better. Whether you’ve succeeded or failed, make the adjustments that will make you more effective next time.

Conditions regularly change, and you have the opportunity to change with them, or even ahead of them. By adjusting your efforts, you can keep creating new, meaningful value.

The animals, plants, organizations, businesses and individuals who succeed in the long term are the ones who adapt and adjust. Be aware of your level of effectiveness, be aware of your environment, be aware of what changes and what doesn’t, and adjust accordingly.

Even the smallest adjustment can sometimes ma…

How Life Has Transformed Our Planet

One could easily be forgiven for thinking that life bears little connection to rocks. After all, what could be more different than a fragrant rose and a cold chunk of granite? Minerals are usually defined as naturally occurring inorganic substances that combine to form rocks. Yet minerals (two out of three, in fact) arise as a result of biological processes.

Daily Inspirational Quote August 5 2014

“It is a strong proof of men knowing most things before birth,
that when mere children they grasp innumerable facts with such
speed as to show that they are not then taking them in
for the first time, but are remembering and recalling them.”
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

While child prodigies are often singled out as evidence of reincarnation, I believe we all have strengths, weaknesses and quirks that can be traced to past lives. For example, from very early childhood on, I always seemed to just know how to read and write. I passed every spelling test I was ever given with flying colors – except for when I would spell things the “English” way instead of the “American” way. While I’ve learned to use a “z” instead of an “s” in words like “recognize,” I still write “grey” instead of “gray.” At some point when I was in high school, I started to wonder how I came to know all I seemed to know about the English language, why it was so easy for me, and why I had such a hard time giving up my habit of s…

Envision It

Envision something that would add more goodness to life, and then follow that vision. Envision something that would make your world more enjoyable, more fulfilling, more enriching, and then make that vision happen.

It’s easy to dwell on what is wrong. It is far more useful, though, to focus on how things can be better.

What positive change would improve your life right now? Envision it, and then envision ways to get there.

Use the power of your mind for more than just worrying and complaining about what’s wrong. Put your creative mind and your unique imagination to work bringing about more things that are good and right.

Challenge yourself to envision a new direction, a more effective approach, or a more enlightened perspective. Challenge yourself to look beyond the difficulties and to see the opportunities toward which those difficulties point.

The quality of your vision drives the quality of your life. Envision the world you would most like to see, and follow that vision to a great new r…

Towards A Psychology of Hope

Hope is among the strongest human emotions. Research shows it's good for our physical and emotional well being. And it's often the 'thread' that pulls us through. Traditionally hope has been thought to be one of those things that you either have...or, you don't. But, what if hope can be learned? According to Anthony Scioli, a professor of psychology and author of The Power of Hope, this human emotion may have a much greater impact than we ever knew. Read on to learn more.

Meister Eckhart on Tasting God - Matthew Fox

The word “taste” in both Hebrew and Latin comes from the word for wisdom. Eckhart tells this story: “I was once asked why good people feel so happy with God and are so eager to serve Him. I replied by saying it was because they had tasted God, and it would be strange indeed if the soul that had once tasted and tried God could taste anything else.”

Meister Eckhart on Mindful Meditation - Matthew Fox

How do we get to that silence, to that Source of all things? Meister Eckhart calls on the story of Jacob in Genesis (28:20): “‘Jacob the patriarch came to a certain place and wanted to rest in the evening, when the sun had gone down.’…He says: ‘To a place’; he does not name it. The place is God, the place and position of all things and is the natural place of all creatures.

Meister Eckhart A Mystic Warrior for Our Times - Matthew Fox

Meister Eckhart was a late-thirteenth- and early-fourteenth-century preacher and mystic, yet like Rumi and Hafiz, he remains relevant today. He speaks to so many and touches people’s hearts.  Eckhart leads us to the land of the mystic-warrior, to the land where our action flows from being or non-action, from contemplation, from love — from the Catechetic Divinity.

Daily Inspirational Quote August 4 2014

“A computer terminal is not some clunky old television
with a typewriter in front of it.
It is an interface where the mind and body can connect
with the universe and move bits of it about.”
- Douglas Noel Adams

What an amazing world we live in! Every moment of every day our personal realities get bigger and our potential to influence someone across the globe or to impact the entire world grows. While living in a technological society certainly has its downside, if we contemplate our capabilities in light of history, no one can deny that we’re living in an amazing age. When I ponder the power of computers and related inventions, I’m encouraged to believe that anything is possible, and that the future holds many developments so wonderful we can’t begin to imagine them now.

Work On It

Stop taking refuge in the promise of quick fixes or the familiarity of worn-out excuses. Make the effort, do the work, and fulfill your best possibilities.

Even if you can’t get it perfect, work on it. Even if you can’t get it all done right away, work on it.

Work on it with commitment and persistence. You know you’re capable of creating new, worthwhile, meaningful value, so do what you know you can do.

This day is a unique opportunity that you’ll only get once. Work on it, and lock in the value of that opportunity while you can.

Don’t sacrifice the chance to make a lasting difference for a little fleeting, momentary pleasure. Persist, focus, do the work and enjoy the far greater pleasure of a job well done.

Life will get even better when you work on it. Use the powerful opportunity of this day to do just that.

— Ralph Marston

Tools Of Our Tools: The Role Of Technology In Our Lives

These days, we function in many ways as the "tools of our tools" -- beings bound to our devices and technology. "But even as our ancestors developed tools over time to leverage their muscles, senses and brains, they also developed tools to leverage their soul, or psyche, so as to be composed within themselves, and thus try to establish just and civil societies." Here Tom Mahon shares his thoughts on the power and place of technology in our lives, and the inner tools that can offer ballast on a personal and societal level.

Making Nature Accessible to Everyone

This mom went to amazing lengths to make nature accessible for all.

Inspired by KindSpring

Imagine going to the drive-through and having this surprise waiting for you at the window!

Kindness to Elderly People is a Reward in Itself

An airplane ride she would never forget. A beautiful story of kindness.

Daily Inspirational Quote August 3 2014

“I am not afraid of tomorrow,
for I have seen yesterday and I love today.”
- William Allen White

We all worry at times, but some of us worry far more than others. We’ve all made it through life’s challenges so far, so why would we expect that to change? It’s unlikely that tomorrow’s problems will be any bigger or more difficult than yesterday’s, and yet we will be wiser and more capable of handling them. If you think about it, life really does get easier and easier the more we learn and grow.

Dreaming of a Peaceful World

Although much of the world continues to view nonviolence as a passive and largely ineffectual tactic, peacefulness has indeed been used as a tool for change since before the time of Christ all the way up until the present. In his latest book, "The Nonviolence Handbook", author Michael Nagler explains how to use the practice of nonviolence for the sake of progress and challenging injustice. The following is a list of powerful examples where nonviolent actions have achieved real results throughout the world.