Saturday, April 4, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – April 4, 2015

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying I will try again tomorrow.”

Just a reminder I guess that having and showing courage doesn’t necessarily mean everybody knows about it, because we’re putting it out there. It’s more to do with having a really bad day but, before going to sleep, we silently reassure ourselves that, you know what, I’m not giving up. I’m going to give it another go tomorrow and, with that thought in our head, allowing sleep to claim us.  Being courageous just means never ever giving up.


Treasure of This Day

This is a day to be treasured. Enjoy it.

Celebrate this life of yours, and the opportunity to live it. Allow yourself to feel the goodness that swirls through each moment.

Seize upon every chance to uplift those around you. Experience how great it feels to give value to whatever situation you’re in.

Watch and listen and learn from the fascinating stories being told through the words, actions and lives of those around you. Find new, rich and compelling ways to tell your own special story in all you do.

Marvel again at the beauty you’re able to witness. And take a little while to simply enjoy, with no agenda, with no particular expectations, and with a joyous newborn sense of wonder.

Walk gently and lovingly through the treasure that is this day. Let your thankful presence increase that treasure even more.

— Ralph Marston

Can Kids Teach Themselves?

"It's crazy that in a system that is meant to teach and help the youth, there is no voice for the youth at all." A high school in Massachusetts is trying a radical experiment by letting students design and lead their own learning for a semester. During the "Independence Project," students are left alone for most of the day to pursue their chosen work, meeting with teachers only once a day for guidance. The program has been highly successful at engaging students, teaching them how to learn on their own, and getting them excited about learning and ultimately, life. Read on to learn more and to watch a video created by one of the Independence Project students about his experience.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – April 2, 2015

“Your life is a result of the choices you make….if you don’t like your life it is time to start making BETTER CHOICES.”

How many times has somebody around you caused you to grit your teeth or bite your tongue by continually bemoaning their life and how things always go wrong for them, that their life is worse than anybody else’s, cruel, cruel world etc?  Giving them advice on how to sort things out or, indeed, count their blessings always falls on deaf ears. Personally, after a while I just give up because, more often than not, they’re happy to wallow in their misery odd though that sounds. We ALL have choices, so make sure you are allowing the choices YOU make to enhance and nurture your life in making it the best it can be.


Definitions of Success Down the Ages

Author Bessie Anderson Stanley once defined a successful person as someone who "has left the world better than he found it." Lao Tzu, on the other hand, argued that success was to be found in the journey, not the destination. No matter your definition, we all aspire to be successful - to be the best version of ourselves, to inspire others, and to leave the world a better place. Read on to be inspired by this infographic composed of quotes on success by some of the world's most eminent personalities.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – April 1, 2015

“Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.”

We’re all guilty of this aren’t we? Thinking about starting something new or wanting to expand on what we’re already doing and then the doubts creep in….. Then it’s, “what if….but maybe…am I good enough….what do I do if it fails?” Sound familiar? Of course it does. We’ve all been there at some time or another. It’s healthy, and makes sense to consider what could happen before we launch ourselves into whatever project we have in mind but, and here’s the thing, we also have to start believing in ourselves and our ability to reach a positive outcome.  Just one reason to “go for it” can make all the difference between thinking and doing.


You Know

What if someone offered you ten million dollars, and the only condition was that you had to explain in advance what you would do with it? Would you take that offer, and would you be able to come up with something meaningful to do with it?

Life each day offers you an opportunity that is worth far more than any amount of money. Yet you often fail to seize most of that opportunity because you just can’t commit on which way to go.

It’s not because you don’t know. It’s because you don’t allow yourself to believe that you can move in the direction you truly want to move.

Yes, you do know what you expect from life when you expect life to be the best it can be. In everything you like and dislike, in every opinion, in every frustration, in every joy, you know.

So admit that you know, admit what you desire, let it inform your actions, and let it put the energy of passion into all you do. Love all that you love, with all that you are, and enjoy being who you really want to be.

Life is offering you great richness, and what you must do is to let yourself want it, and let yourself know it is yours. Accept it now and live it very, very well.

— Ralph Marston

Thoughts On Hope, Cynicism & Stories We Tell Ourselves

"Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naiveté." What is the capital "T" truth when it comes to the state of affairs in our world today? Are we better off than we were before? Are we coming apart at the seams? Can we even know? Maria Popova of Brain Pickings offers her thoughts on how news and the media shape our perceptions of the now, and the crucial importance of maintaining balance.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


It’s great to learn from what you experience. Yet it’s important to remember that your experience, as varied and extensive as it may be, does not represent everything there is.

As valuable as your experience is, be careful not to extrapolate it too far. A little knowledge about something is great, as long as you remind yourself you don’t know everything about the subject.

Just because someone hurt you once, does not mean that everyone will hurt you. Just because you’re experienced at walking through your neighborhood, doesn’t mean you’re prepared to walk across the continent.

See your experience as a starting point, not as a complete and finished product. Be eager to admit what you don’t know and cannot yet do, and then build on your experience to steadily add more skills and wisdom.

A little bit of experience puts you in position to gain even more experience, so take advantage of that opportunity. Do the work to extend your experience rather than assuming you can instantly extrapolate it.

Your experience is valuable. Add greatly to that value with a little humility.

— Ralph Marston

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 31, 2015

“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best of things that will ever happen to us.”

This is so true don’t you think?  Just for an example, I was married in my early 20’s to a man who turned out to be a thief and an adulterer, who put me through hell and really left me feeling very battered and bruised mentally.  However, I met my present husband a few years later and have thanked my lucky stars many times since that my first marriage went the way it did, even though I suffered such misery, as it paved the way for me to meet my lovely husband, who couldn’t be more different from the first.  Also, that he is a wonderful father to our two beautiful children.  I guess a lot of you can look back to similar situations in your own lives and know exactly what I mean.


Replace The Gospel of Money

Change or die. That's the provocative belief of former Harvard Business School professor David Korten as he seeks to radically change the way the world thinks, especially when it comes to the subject of money. Wanting to steer away from the old paradigm that holds money and markets sacred, he believes the world needs to quickly shift into the emerging "Sacred Life and Living Earth" story. This article delves deeper into his perspective.

Monday, March 30, 2015

How to Be More Optimistic

The perks of positive thinking go beyond an upbeat attitude. A shift in perception can lower your risk of stroke, heart disease, and more.

Into the Black: A Miracle of Feng Shui by Mina Bergsen

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

My business was failing.

For my sixteenth birthday, my grandparents gave me a trip to wherever I wanted to go. For some reason, I decided on Nepal. Perhaps it was because of some pictures I had seen or maybe I had read about it in school. I don’t remember why I choose Nepal, but that summer, for two weeks, I visited one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Each year for the past twelve years, now, I have traveled to Nepal. There is something wonderful about that mountainous place which just draws me there. After my father died I was left with a small inheritance which allowed me to live modestly and do this traveling. I didn’t want to live there permanently (I like the creature comforts they don’t have), but each visit would be refreshing and make me feel wonderful. My trips usually lasted for two or three months. I would spend up to six weeks just in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu.

A year ago my banker informed me ...

Internal and External Feng Shui: The Energy of Wind and Water by Jill Henry

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Feng Shui (pronounced, “fung shway”) literally means “wind and water.” Water represents the physical, manifest world while wind represents the inner world of energy that interacts with the outer. External Feng Shui is about arranging our environment, our homes, and our businesses to open to the energy (Chi) of Prosperity and Success. Internal Feng Shui is about exploring our inner worlds of mind/body/spirit and opening these worlds to the Chi of Health and Happiness. In many Feng Shui resources, the emphasis is on external Feng Shui only. External Feng Shui techniques are effective; however, they are not the whole picture. For example, many businesses use flowing water by the front door in the form of a fountain to influence the energy to enhance career and business success. But if, upon entering the business, the person who greets you is out of balance and projecting negative energy, then the effect is cancelled out. This article explores techniques to develop both internal and external Chi and attract good energy into your ...

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 30, 2015

“Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how BLESSED you are!”

In our busy everyday lives it is very easy to get so caught up in it all that we forget or overlook the many blessings we have. We’re usually more taken up by how stressful our lives are and perhaps also the irritations and problems we encounter daily. Often these constantly occupy our every waking thought, and perhaps, if we’re really unlucky, our dreams offer no escape. It’s just how things are in our busy lives and ever-changing world. However, there may be times when we are reminded of the bigger picture; perhaps an embrace or kiss from a loved one, the unexpected kindness of a stranger, the laughter of a child, the illness suffered by another and not us. That’s when we realize how blessed we really are and therefore should acknowledge and give thanks to whatever Higher Being we personally believe in.

No Free Ride

Don’t expect a free ride. Do the work to create a great ride.

Don’t wish for a life free of effort. Embrace your ability to put forth effort, and arrange your life so that all your efforts are highly fulfilling.

As enticing as it might seem, you will not find any real joy in running away from your responsibilities. Choose instead to celebrate those responsibilities, and to experience the value that comes from honoring and supporting them.

Your life is a grand opportunity, and this day is a crucial part of that opportunity. Just like any valuable opportunity, it is highly demanding.

So stand tall, and feel the joy of knowing that you are meeting those demands. Work with vigor, with enthusiasm, and with the confidence of seeing firsthand that you’re making a difference.

Your life is a difficult and rewarding job. Commit all you have to doing the job, and taste the sweet rewards that flow forth into each day.

— Ralph Marston

Before I Go: A Neurosurgeon's Final Reflections On Mortality

Einstein was one of the first to confirm that time and space are truly relative phenomena, and no where is relativity more palpable than in the operating room of a hospital. For neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, time as he knew it underwent a radical shift when he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. From the rush of the operating room to the tortoise trudge of rest and uncertain recovery, Paul, just weeks before his passing, shared these profound thoughts on time, life, and what we leave behind.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 29, 2015

“If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more?”

We live in a society that seems to put great store by what people have rather than what they actually need. Everything appears to be geared at encouraging us to buy stuff we don’t really need just for the sake of it and to make somebody else very wealthy or even wealthier. We’re very much unaware of the constant bombardment of advertising that we are exposed to every single day because it’s become part of our daily lives so we’ve become accustomed to it.  However, step back from it all. Take the time to think about it. Why aren’t we satisfied with what we already have? Should we really believe all the hype we’re being told? Why do we let them convince us to believe we need more “stuff” to make us happy? We don’t, we really don’t.

Opening Doors and Hearts

Opening a door is more than a physical act. It's about putting yourself out there, getting to know people, making them feel comfortable, and making them feel welcome. After being bullied, Josh Yandt decided to make a change that ultimately had a dramatic impact on his life and on the lives of his fellow students. Watch this sweet story of how the London, Ontario, high school paid forward Josh's acts of kindness and connection.