Ten Pieces of Inspiration #83

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. Rachel Carson on nature and recovery
The idea that spring comes after winter has helped me through some tough times in my life.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson

If things are tough right now, be patient. They will get better.

2. Baba Shiv on how too much choice can make us unhappy
If you’re facing too many choices and can’t whittle them down on your own, you’re either going to choose at random (poorly) or get locked down with the possibilities. Neither avenue is a good one, and both lead to unhappiness.

There is some good in limiting one’s choices, at least to a certain extent.

3. Edward R. Murrow on difficulty
The story of human history is the story of overcoming almost insurmountable problems. History doesn’t look kindly upon “it’s too tough.”

“Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.” – Edward R. Murrow

If an obstacle exceeds your ability to conquer it, be patient and look for different avenues.

4. Child holding up a large fish for cats
I love this photo. There’s just something wonderful about the child holding up the fish and the cats looking on with desire.

Cats' food didn't come out of a can and it was nothing but the best fish - Pt Perpendicular, c 1936 / by Mrs Tulk

This photo was taien in 1936 and is in the public domain.

5. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross on the beauty of people
It’s easy to put on a bright face for the public, but what makes a person is what they’re like when the door to the outside is shut.

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

If you’re a good person outside of the watchful eye of others, you’re going to always be one.

6. E. B. White on nature and man
This pretty accurately describes how I feel every time I visit a national park or another place of natural beauty.

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” – E. B. White

I firmly believe that the way out for humans is flying upwards to the stars, not by destroying what beauty that Earth retains.

7. Chrysanthemum
Sarah and I spotted an early chrysanthemum in full bloom the other day. Sometimes, I think the plants are as confused as we are by the weather.


This wonderful photo was taken by Michael Gallacher.

8. Eric Hoffer on learners and learned
The people who are constantly learning and trying new things are the ones who are ready to handle whatever the future throws at them.

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer

There is always something new to learn.

9. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Fortunate Son set to footage of nuclear tests
Something about this really grabbed me.

The music and footage, of which I was independently familiar with, combined together into something that just grabbed my mind.

10. Mary Wollstonecraft on good and evil
This quote made me think a great deal this week. A person killing another may seem evil, but what of the context of that second person previously killing the child of the first?

“No man chooses evil because it’s evil. He only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

Sometimes, what we see is evil has a lot to do with context, and perhaps much evil could be avoided by understanding and fixing that context.

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