Ten Pieces of Inspiration #109

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Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

This past week, I finally hit my limit on winter and I’m ready for spring and summer to return. In order to make myself feel better about it, I filled up my screensaver with pictures of summer.

1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes

There is almost nothing quite like fresh vegetables pulled from the garden and put almost directly into the mouth. A salad with a tomato on it that was in the garden just a few moments before sounds tremendous right now.

Thanks to Ajith Kumar for the image.

2. Caroline Zelonka on the opposition of others

“People aren’t against you; they are for themselves.” – Caroline Zelonka

If you feel like the world’s against you, stop raging at everyone else and put yourself in their shoes for a bit. What are they gaining from you? They are gaining something or else they wouldn’t bother. Fix that, and you’ve fixed your problem.

3. State and community fairs

state fair

I love wandering around community fairs on a warm summer evening, watching the children enjoy the rides and just holding hands with my wife.

Thanks to Lee Burchfield for the image.

4. Alexis Carrel on the challenge of remaking yourself

“Man can not remake himself without suffering for he is both the marble and the sculptor.” – Alexis Carrel

Changing who you are is hard, but it’s supposed to be. If it were easy, that would mean there was nothing resolute or strong within us. We are already strong – the challenge of self-improvement is becoming stronger still.

5. Swimming

Summer Time (I)

I love long swims in the pool with my children, enjoying the warmth of a summer day and playing a game of water polo with them.

Thanks to Jesus Solana for the image.

6. Lawn sprinklers

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A lawn sprinkler might be useful for keeping one’s yard wet, but it’s also a wonderful way to get drenched with your children. A walk at about five in the evening in our neighborhood means a couple dozen water sprinklers to run through and laugh.

Thanks to Todd Morris for the image.

7. Winston Churchill on opportunity and difficulty

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

Whenever there is something difficult you must face, there is always a way to make it easier. Whenever there is an simple task in your way, there’s always a way to make it harder.

8. Corn fields

Corn field

There are few things that feel more alive to me than a field of bright green corn plants swaying in a summer breeze.

Thanks to Nur Atikah Rashidan for the image.

9. Nietzsche on the cost of a lie

“Not that you lied to me but that I no longer believe you has shaken me.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

The painful part of a lie isn’t that you’ve been deceived, but that you can no longer trust.

10. Camp fires

Wolf Fire

I love a long day at a state park, capped off with an evening of sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows and telling stories with people whose company you enjoy.

Thanks to Matt Reinbold for the image.

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