Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Life’s Metrics!

August 19, 2012

In the frenetic pace of today’s world, we all seem to be running around endlessly striving to achieve success or at least a life of purpose.  What metrics are you using to validate your life (and are they the correct assessment tools)?  Is it monetary wealth?  Is it power or prestige?  Is it that big promotion? Or is it something else?  Are you happy or content?  Are your basic needs being met?  Do you have your health?  There is no right answer (each person’s metric could be different), but here are a few quotations that help me put this notion into a proper perspective (in my humble opinion).

“The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average — though those things are important, to be sure. It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.” — R.J. Palacio

Here is a great video to help reinforce this notion (I really like this poem a lot and eventhough I’ve posted this one before, it certainly is worthy of reposting).

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” — John Lennon

And, just saying you are busy (or too busy to accomplish something is no longer a good excuse [was it ever?]) . . .
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

And, courtesy of The Cynic’s Dictionary, here is a definition of the successful man (and the successful woman):
“One who makes more money than his wife can spend — and a successful woman is one who can find such a man.”  — Lana Turner

Each day I have is a gift from God . . . I am truly blessed.

Growing Old Versus Growing Up!

June 4, 2012

Here is a wonderfully inspirational story that was shared with me this weekend (via email).  And, while I don’t normally post messages this long, this one in particular seemed so fitting for a Monday morning . . .  a little inspiration to get your week started off well.

The Difference Between Growing Old and Growing Up

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, ‘Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?’

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, ‘Of course you may!’ and she gave me a giant squeeze. ‘Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?’ I asked.

She jokingly replied, ‘I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…’

‘No seriously,’ I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

‘I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!’ she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went… She loved to dress up and she revelled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up. At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium.

As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, ‘I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.’

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ‘ We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humour every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.’

She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep…..

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be.

The Rose

Some say love,
it is a river
that drowns the tender reed.

Some say love,
it is a razor
that leaves your soul to bleed.

Some say love,
it is a hunger,
an endless aching need.

I say love,
it is a flower,
and you it’s only seed.

It’s the heart
afraid of breaking
that never learns to dance.

It’s the dream
afraid of waking
that never takes the chance.

It’s the one
who won’t be taken,
who cannot seem to give,

and the soul
afraid of dyin’
that never learns to live.

When the night
has been too lonely
and the road has been to long,

and you think
that love is only
for the lucky and the strong,

just remember
in the winter
far beneath the winter snows

lies the seed
that with the sun’s love
in the spring becomes the rose.

“The Rose” was written by Amanda McBroom and made famous by Bette Midler [and others].

Finding Inspiration!

April 28, 2012

As a blogger, one of the largest challenges facing me each day is coming up with content.  But not just any content will do.  Ideally, I strive for content that is interesting and/or informative.  Some days this is easier said than done.  Luckily for me, the times that I find myself lacking afflatus (divine or otherwise) are fairly rare.   Happy Saturday!


\uhfley-tuhs\, noun;

1.  inspiration; an impelling mental force acting from within.
2.  divine communication of knowledge.

Sources: and The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate, by Eugene Ehrlich.

Be Inspired!

June 28, 2010

Here is a really cute video on art.  This brought a smile to my face.  One of these days, I may just have to pick up a brush and start painting.  Enjoy!

Here are a couple of definitions of “art” from my Cynic’s Dictionary:

“A lie that makes us realize the truth.”  (Pablo Picasso)
“The apotheosis of solitude.”  (Hugh Kenner) The what?


/uh-poth-ee-oh-sis, ap-uh-thee-uh-sis/
–noun, plural -ses  /-siz, -ˌsiz/
1. the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god.
2. the ideal example; epitome; quintessence.

How About Some Inspiration?

February 16, 2010

Here are some quotations that I found to be both inspiring as well as accurate.  And, this particular grouping all deal with the topic of achievement and excellence.  Ponder and enjoy!

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  — Aristotle

“You always pass failure on the way to success.”  — Mickey Rooney

“If we did all the things that we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”   — Thomas Edison

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”  — Malcolm Gladwell

“Determine never to be idle… It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”  — Thomas Jefferson

How About Something Inspirational?

May 14, 2009

I’ve been posting some of the humerous “demotivators” lately and decided that it was time to do something a bit more “inspirational.” 

A couple of years ago I ran across a video on the internet and then immediately turned around and bought a copy of the book (with the DVD copy of the video)  for everyone in my family . . . it delivers a very inspirational message (in my opinion).  The video has now been “protected” from downloads (as well it should), but here are the lyrics to the poem by Linda Ellis (courtesy of

Something to ponder, yes?

Favorite Poem!

April 7, 2009

My Father shared this with me many years ago . . . I return to its wisdom regularly.

Desiderata  (Latin for “desired things”, plural of desideratum)

Go placidly among the noise and the haste and remember what peace may be found in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too, have their story. Avoid loud and aggresive persons; they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the cousel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline be gently with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be careful.

Strive to be happy.

— by Max Erhmann

This Poem Says It All!

November 18, 2008

The Dash . . .