Ten Pieces of Inspiration #24

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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 week, I’ve been looking at piles of public domain and Creative Commons licensed photographs for a project I’m working on. I’m going to be sharing some of the ones that really struck a chord with me this week in the “pieces of inspiration.”

1. Old couple, by Marcel Oosterwijk
I love photographs of older couples, particularly ones that show the gentlest signs of long-term companionship between the two people.

Old couple

Part of it reminds me of some of the older couples I’ve cared about in my own life. Another part of me hopes to be sitting on a park bench holding Sarah’s hand in fifty years.

2. Patrick Henry on being a good member of society
Society and community only truly shine when people work together.

Bad men cannot make good citizens. [...] No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. – Patrick Henry

If you are incapable of cooperating with the people around you and living within your own means, why should you expect the community and society around you to cooperate with you and be able to help you when you need it? Responsibility starts with you.

3. Free Children in Sneakers at the Skate Park, by Pink Sherbet
So many of my best memories of childhood and other children involve us just sitting around, watching the world and talking to each other.

Free Children in Sneakers At The Skate Park Creative Commons

A large part of growing up is simply understanding other people, and few things do that better than just spending time with them.

4. Barn in winter, by James Jordan
Hidden away places always fascinate me and draw me in.

Barn in winter

The thought of stumbling upon this barn after a walk in the woods on a winter day seems so comforting.

5. John Ray on industry and frugality
How do you create success? By working hard and not wasting resources.

Industry is fortune’s right hand, and frugality its left. – John Ray

The most sure path to whatever you want in life is hard work and not wasting the products of that work.

6. Untitled, by Hillary
I love images of things that people once held intimately, but have been forgotten.

I can’t help but imagine a young girl, many years ago, learning to play the piano here. Who knows what she moved on to? Perhaps she still plays. Perhaps she has forgotten. These keys are all that’s left behind.

7. Spiderman and Froggie’s lunch is about to be rudely disrupted, by Kevin Dooley
My children and I are constantly mixing together various elements of books and other things to make up our own distinct stories. This picture captures that feeling quite well.

Spiderman and Froggie's lunch is about to be rudely disrupted

What will happen next? It’s all up to our collective imaginations.

8. Gandhi on sharing your ideas
If you want your ideas to live on, live your ideas.

My life is my message. – Mahatma Gandhi

There is no better way to spread the values you care about than to live a life with a lot of relationships in it and to live that life as close to the values you care about as possible.

9. Leek Leaves, RHS Wisley, by Matthew Howarth
I love going outside in the early mornings when the dew is still heavy. I love the feel of wet grass under my toes and the way the garden looks as it’s beginning to catch the rays of the sun.

Leek Leaves, RHS Wisley

The leaves unfurl and slowly turn toward the sun, shedding their moisture and growing. Nature is beautiful.

10. No Going Back, by Mariano Kamp
This photo so wonderfully captures the beauty of a game well played and that feeling you get when you first get the sense that the game has turned against you.

No Going Back

You’re exposed. Can you turn back the tide, or is it inevitable?

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12 thoughts on “Ten Pieces of Inspiration #24

  1. is there a reason the text gets bigger and bigger as u read it? makes it very hard to read but maybe u are indirectly trying to make a point about something?

  2. I love all things inspirational and this is no exception! Really enjoyed number the quote by Patrick Henry. I couldn’t agree more. It is my sincere hope that our society will re-embrace the value of personal responsibility. I see signs of it and it is such a hopeful thing! I also love the piano. What a great story it could tell! Thank you for sharing inspiration today!

  3. I had that same problem with the text becoming gigantic in IE, so I switched to Firefox and problem solved. I don’t have Chrome installed, but that might also work.

    I just wanted to comment on the photo of the elderly couple. Don’t assume that just because they are seniors that they’ve been together a long time. They could just as easily be newlyweds, dating, or [whispering] having an affair! :O

    Regardless of how long they’ve been together, older couples should remind us that love isn’t just for the young.

  4. Som great images there. Other people’s pictures are always an inspiration to take more pictures!

  5. I love these precious bits of inspiration that you share with us. I really look forward to these obscure (to me) quotes and pictures that cause me to pause, ponder, and appreciate. Thank you so much!!

  6. I thought this was your best “ten pieces” to date.
    Especially enjoyed the Patrick Henry quote.

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