Instant Inspiration

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly…to listen to stars and buds, to babes and sages, with open heart; await occasions, hurry never…this is my symphony.” – William Henry Channing

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MJ Ryan – Attitudes of Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful and life-changing phenomenon.  In her extraordinary book, Attitudes of Gratitude, MJ Ryan teaches us how to unlock the fullness of our hearts through the expression of gratitude.

“Gratitude helps us to return to our natural state of joyfulness,” Ryan writes, “where we notice what’s right instead of what’s wrong. It makes us feel complete, that we have everything we need, at least in this moment.”

Included in the book are many stories of noted, as well as ordinary people, many who had gone through sometimes unimaginably difficult hardships. A Buddhist monk who lived through several wars in Vietnam expressed that, “Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful […] How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural — you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.”

In this important, now classic bestseller, Ryan shows us that it is a measure of our humanity to have the freedom to choose one’s own attitude, in any circumstance that life may throw at us.

And that makes all the difference.

Marianne Williamson – A Return to Love

Does this quotation sound familiar?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Often mistakenly attributed to Nelson Mandela, it is really the brainchild of Marianne Williamson, a spiritual activist, author, and lecturer, who has become something of an American Guru.  Perhaps the biggest selling self-help book of all time, A Return to Love was one of the first books ever endorsed by Oprah Winfrey and spent more than 39 weeks on the New York Times best sellers list.

And rightly so.

Her first of nine books, A Return to Love is based on her experiences as a teacher and lecturer on the self-study guide A Course in Miracles. Williamson shares her insights into how the practical application of love every day can provide an answer to the problems that confront us, whether these are in our relationships, our careers or our health.

The book is honest and inspiring, and it has changed many lives. Some have even described it as unearthing a treasure. We often forget that the concept of joy is also a part of the human condition. William explains that we must cultivate happiness.

I highly recommend A Return To Love, and hope that if you’ve not yet read it, you’ll enjoy it, too.  Here is the complete famed quotation to inspire you:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

A Smile can change the day

“Each person’s smile at a particular moment constitutes a unique event in the history of mankind.”
~ Rene Dubos

Life gains more meaning when we express our love for others.  It’s always easier to love the ones closest to us.  But on those gems of days when we feel just wonderful, walking down the street as if it were the best and only place to be, it’s possible to love even the strangers we come across.

Most of us know what it’s like to receive a surprise act of random kindness.

This is an easy one to give back.

A kind smile can change an entire day.

Nick Vujicic – True Inspiration!

Nick is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever come across.  His attitude, standard, and approach to life is a true example of the human spirit and living life without limits!  He chooses possibility over what would seem to be an impossible challenge.   What is so both beautiful and inspiring is that he doesn’t allow  his external circumstance to have any bearing on his internal experience.  What a gift.  What an example.  What a beautiful life. 

Watch this video – it’s worth every minute.

“We are put in situations to build our character.  Not to destroy us. ” – Nick Vujicic

Leadership

This was taken from a Tony Robbins workbook and I simply love it!

“If you can love everybody unconditionally and at the same time have a standard that’s higher than anybody else in the group, you will become a leader. The person with the highest standard, the person who is the most dynamic in their capacity to influence through their caring and relationships, is the person who will lead.”