Ten Pieces of Inspiration #135

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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.

1. George Washington Carver on life’s journey

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” – George Washington Carver

Everyone around you has something significant in common either with who you are, who you were, or who you will become.

2. Gavin Pretor-Pinney on the beauty all around us

Our lives are full of beauty if we just look for it.

3. Paul Bennet on slowing down

“For most of my twenties I assumed that the world was more interested in me than I was in it, so I spent most of my time talking, usually in a quite uninformed way, about whatever I thought, rushing to be clever, thinking about what I was going to say to someone rather than listening to what they were saying to me. Slowing oneself down, engaging rather than endlessly debating and really taking the time to hear and learn is the greatest luxury of becoming older.” – Paul Bennet

Listening is the greatest virtue.

4. Validation

Just watch. You’ll be glad you did.

5. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on dreams

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

If you never dream big, you will never accomplish anything big.

6. Oscar Wilde on friendship

“True friends stab you in the front.” – Oscar Wilde

A true friend will criticize you to your face and talk you up behind your back. The person who does the opposite is not a friend.

7. The taste of summer

Summer Squash

Few things are better than enjoying some vegetables that were in the garden just a few hours earlier.

Thanks to the La Grande Farmers’ Market for the great image.

8. Sigmund Freud on life’s struggle

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud

Those are the years when you figure out who you really are.

9. Summer rain

summer rain.

I love the sound and smell of summer rain. The droplets fall on the dry ground, bringing new life.

Thanks to Maren Rockt for the image.

10. Thich Nhat Hanh on your ancestors

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Honor them with your good deeds.

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