Ten Pieces of Inspiration #32

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 will mostly feature pictures of highlights from our recent travels.

1. Mount Rainier
The cloud-wreathed peak of the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states was stunning as we approached it.

Mount Rainier

2. Richard Friedman on money and love
What good is money without love?

“Money will buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail” – Richard Friedman

You can have all of the things in the world, but it is love that imbues them with meaning.

3. Boy playing in ocean
My children visited the ocean for the first time. My oldest one ran right into the water, anticipating it to be warm.

A boy plays in the ocean

It wasn’t exactly warm.

4. DailyLit
DailyLit is a service that takes novels (usually ones in the public domain), breaks them down into small pieces, then emails each piece out to you each day. Ever wanted to read Anna Karenina? The site will e-mail it out to you, a piece a day, over 423 days, with each piece being readable in about five minutes.

This is a spectacular way to keep literature as a part of your life, even if you’re really pinched for time.

5. Jim Rohn on time and money
The fact that time trumps money is a lesson that I’ve slowly learned over the past several years.

“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” – Jim Rohn

That quote explains why I chose to stay at home and earn less than I might have otherwise earned.

6. Seattle skyline
I love city skylines.

Seattle skyline

City skylines are the net product of human effort and ingenuity. Every element you see in that skyline was an enormous human project of architecture, construction, materials engineering, politics, business, and countless other disciplines.

7. Distance, by Dorothy Parker
Distance is sometimes a good thing.

Were you to cross the world, my dear,
To work or love or fight,
I could be calm and wistful here,
And close my eyes at night.

It were a sweet and gallant pain
To be a sea apart;
But, oh, to have you down the lane
Is bitter to my heart.

8. A sailboat on Puget Sound
I took this picture on a ferry ride across the Sound.

Sailboats on Puget Sound

I would have much rather been on this sailboat, piloting it into the wind.

9. Amigurumi
My wife’s latest hobby is crocheting small dolls of various types. She’s made several animals and a small robot.

I love watching her when she’s focused on one. She slips into a zone, where she loses track of time and all that matters is the project in her hands. The concentration on her face is beautiful.

10. Grove of the Patriarchs
We visited a beautiful grove of trees just to the southeast of Mount Rainier.

Grove of the Patriarchs

The enormity of the trees was a reminder of how small and fragile we really are.