Ten Pieces of Inspiration #153

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. Yann Martel on letting go

“I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.” – Yann Martel

Some of my biggest regrets in life stem from not saying goodbye to people I loved. In one particular case, I had a very sad experience with someone shortly before they died, leaving me unable to tell that person how much I cared.

2. Winter

Winter Wonderland

My three year old is really interested in the changing of the seasons lately. He grasps the idea that the days are getting shorter and colder, but he also recalls that, not long ago, days were long and warm. This has been a major discussion topic for our family lately.

Thanks to stashabella for the image.

3. Seneca on the cost of our mistakes

“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Even in the most organized of lives, so much is wasted.

4. Spring

Spring

As often happens with our family, when we’re discussing something with a visual element, we go hunting for pictures.

Thanks to Muhammad Ghouri for this wonderful image of spring flowers.

5. Cecil Castellucci on making your mark

“‘I want to make my mark,’ he says. But what target, I wonder, are you going to hit?” ― Cecil Castellucci

Ambition is a powerful force. Whether it’s constructive or destructive, though, depends on how it is used.

6. Deborah Day on behaving intentionally

“The best way to insure you achieve the greatest satisfaction out of life is to behave intentionally.”
― Deborah Day

Think about your actions and choose ones that make sense, both short term and long term.

7. Summer

Summer freshness!

I found many images of the various seasons and, together, we picked the ones for each season that we liked the best.

Thanks to Axel for this wonderful summer image.

8. Richelle Goodrich on figuring out your gifts

“I believe the main purpose of life is to accept with gratitude what you are blessed with so that you may use those gifts to mold yourself into the best person you can possibly be. Learning to discern things of true value from those of little or no worth is part of the process.” – Richelle Goodrich

Figuring out what has value and what does not is a lifelong journey.

9. Autumn

Autumn Colors at Devil's Lake

Experiences like these make me want to homeschool, though I know that I do not have the skills nor the right flavor of patience for it. Still, it was a wonderful educational experience with my children.

Thanks to Yinan Chen for this great image.

10. Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha on comparisons

“Stop comparing yourself with anybody. Compare yourself with yourself, for yourself and by yourself.” – Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

The only worthwhile way to measure growth is to measure ourselves against who we used to be.

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