Monthly Archive: August 2007

Aug
31

Quiet Moments for a Better Life

We occasionally have times when the television and radio are off and all is quiet, we find ourselves alone with our thoughts. This golden opportunity affords us the privilege of a bit of self-evaluation.
-Edward A. Beiersdorf

Quiet Moments: How? For most of us, quiet moments are rare. Life is short. There is so much to do, so much to see. How can we stop what we are doing for quiet reflection? Life hands us so many roles. With a full-time job, there’s barely enough time to run errands, prepare food, keep …

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Aug
30

What Inspires You?

It take a thousand voices to tell a single story.
-Native American Proverb

Daisies and Roses in our backyard at our previous home in Milwaukee, WI. Each day I write a post on topics that I believe are inspiring. I do not have a PhD in philosophy, psychology or theology and have no accreditations to specifically label me as an expert in the field of inspiration. Instead, what …

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Aug
29

Being an Optimistic Realist

I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.
-Thomas Edison

Being a realist means being able to focus energy on making a difference in life. It can bring real change and excitement which is the opposite of what one might think. It seems exciting to think about lottery tickets or quick and easy wealth schemes, traveling to exotic destinations we cannot afford, luxury cars and …

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Aug
28

Be an Inspiration

You give but to yourself. He who understands the concept of giving must laugh at the idea of sacrifice.
-A Course In Miracles

One of the things I find most inspiring is the sound of birds in the fresh, cool air of the early morning. When a bird sings, it has no idea that its song is an inspiration to me. Bridge over a wilderness marsh in Porcupine Mountains State Park near Ontonogan, Michigan. You never know when …

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Aug
27

Abandon Materialism and Find Peace of Mind

Materialism is the only form of distraction from true bliss.
-Douglas Horton

Materialism Prevents Happiness There is an absolute irony in materialism. When we focus our efforts on acquiring material possessions, it is with the intention of making ourselves happier, but instead we are feeding an obstacle to happiness. Cathedral Falls in Gauley Bride, West Virginia (thanks Tina and Bethany for reminding me where I took this …

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Aug
26

Web Authors Who Inpire Me

I find that one of the most effective ways to develop a creative talent is to experience the creativity of others expressing the talent you wish to develop. As a developing writer, I spend quite a bit of time reading materials written by other writers. In fact, I spend significantly more time reading than writing. …

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Aug
25

Gain Respect, Wisdom and Integrity by Listening

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
-Joyce Brothers

Poor Listening Leads To Isolation and Lack Of Inspiration For many of us, it is a challenge to listen to another person without formulating our own response. We seem to believe that our value to another person will increase if we can say something impressive. Though focusing on talking rather than listening leads to the …

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