Ten Pieces of Inspiration #49

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.

Whether the date on the calendar says so or not, winter has started where I live. Snow, freezing rain, the whole nine yards. Winter’s on my mind and that’s reflected in these inspirational pieces.

1. Winter Wonderland
I always look forward to the first snowfall of the winter. It’s usually a wet snowfall that clings to everything, creating a beautiful world to explore.

Winter Wonderland

Many thanks to stashabella for this wonderful picture.

2. Snow-Flakes. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Second) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This beautifully captures the sentiment I often feel when I see snow falling.

Out of the bosom of the Air
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow.

Even as our cloudy fancies take
Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
In the white countenance confession
The troubled sky reveals
The grief it feels.

This is the poem of the air,
Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
Now whispered and revealed
To wood and field.

3. Making your own Boxee
I have an old computer. I’d like to be able to stream video from the internet really easily on our main television. If only there were a simple way to do this…

This does exactly that, for free. It takes about half an hour or so to set up. I picked up a wireless “remote” for about $20 that works perfectly with this.

This is just a great solution.

4. Don’t regret regret
We all regret things in our lives and we’re often told to forget them. The truth, though, is that regrets are often valuable things to have, as they can help guide us to greater things in our lives.

This is a great story by Kathryn Schulz, well worth listening to.

5. Winston Churchill on making a living versus making a life
What you do to earn money does not define you unless you choose to let it define you.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

You’re defined instead by the person you are and the things you share with others.

6. Napoleon Hill on the right time to do something
Right now is the best time to do whatever it is you’re thinking about doing.

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill

There’s always a reason to put something off. Always. The people who succeed are the ones who do it anyway.

7. Paper snowflakes
One thing that our family does, usually on the first weekend of December, is make a bunch of paper snowflakes that we then use to decorate virtually every window in the house. We each make several in different sizes and, because of their nature, they’re all as unique as real snowflakes.

paper snowflakes!

It’s just a fun way to decorate our house in the spirit of the season.

8. How to make paper snowflakes
I really like this set of instructions for creating your own paper snowflakes. It’s visual, pretty clearly written, and has a lot of images of paper snowflakes to inspire you.

If only all written instructions were put together well…

9. Emerson on today
Today is the only day that really matters.

“One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If there’s something important you need to do that you keep putting off, today is the day to do it. There is no better day.

10. A Long December by Counting Crows
When I was a teenager, Counting Crows were my favorite band. I still often play them when I’m working and I can sing along to most of their songs.

I can’t even guess how many times I’ve listened to this song.

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