Updated on 08.11.11

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #32

Trent Hamm

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.

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  1. Maureen says:

    It would be nice to see a picture of your wife’s dolls.

  2. chuck says:

    great the font prob is fixed! thankx!

  3. TLS says:

    I love the Pacific Northwest photos. I get to see Mount Rainier every day, and I never tire of it.

    The Pacific Ocean is freezing, I agree!

    Thanks for fixing the font problem.

  4. krantcents says:

    Beautiful pictures! There is something to be said about sharing the experience. Learning how to sail is one of my future goals.

  5. Roberta says:

    Thank you for sharing your photos – the two with your children were especially meaningful, since it is very clear your family is such a high priority to you and your wife. How long did it take your son’s feet to defrost?

    And I also enjoyed the line about the dogs….. and the one about time and money.

    Can I point out that that your lead in to these is repetitious (Each week, I highlight ten things each week)?

  6. Stacy says:

    Loving this one. Everything from my hood! That skyline is the first thing I see every time I drive out of my garage!

  7. PawPrint says:

    Ah, my old stomping grounds. Loved the photos taken in Washington. I miss the water and the shy mountain.

  8. con says:

    Yes, font problem seems to be fixed and this was a good post. Especially the pictures.

  9. kc says:

    Now just fix the intro…

    “Each week, I highlight ten things each week…”

    Dept. of Redundancy Dept.

  10. joan says:

    #9 Do you have a blog? Same question for all the other complainers. I really loved the Washington pictures, they brought back many wonderful memories of when we lived in the area. I don’t really care how you do your intro, just keep the great articles coming each day.

  11. Kate says:

    I imagine that Trent does the same intro for people who have just discovered his blog.
    Love the Washington pictures–I was there for the first time this summer and the pics made me want to go back. A truly lovely area.

  12. Steven says:

    Mount Rainier is not the tallest mountain in the lower 48. It’s Mount Whitney.

  13. Allie says:

    Kate, the complaints about the intro being repetitious are not about it being the same every week, but about it using the phrase “each week” twice in one sentence in the span of eight words.

  14. joan says:

    I adore Dorothy Parker! Besides the featured poem, “The Waltz” and “Telephone Call” are small masterpieces. Here’s another fav:


    Razors pain you
    Rivers are damp;
    Acids stain you;
    And drugs cause cramp.
    Guns aren’t lawful;
    Nooses give;
    Gas smells awful;
    You might as well live.

    Dorothy Parker, “Enough Rope”

  15. valleycat1 says:

    Mt. Whitney in California is about 100′ taller than Ranier.

  16. Kate says:

    Ahh…Allie, I see it now. Guess that I just skip over the intro each time, so I didn’t read it closely even when you pointed out the redundancy. :o)

  17. Lilly says:

    A few other people have mentioned it, but I’ll put my 2 cents in too. Mt. Whitney is the tallest mountain in the lower 48.

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