February 17, 2021
“Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw
This past year has been challenging for all of us. During our days of isolation we have had pleanty of opportunites for introspection. I think most of us realize rhat tomorrows normal will be different than what we experienced in the past.
I think each of us have the ability to help define what our tomorrows will be like, our new normal. But if we want to turn tomorrows challenges into opportunities we need decide what we want in the days ahead. Below is an abridged article that offers tips on how we work to create our new normal.
“Five Keys to Blazing Inspiration
by Kevin Eikenberry”
These keys will help you transform your spark into an exciting, lifelong, raging bonfire.
1. Passion – the Fuel for the Fire – Every fire requires fuel. The more fuel you have and the higher quality of that fuel, the bigger and more powerful your fire. If you want to create lasting inspiration you must be working and living from a place of passion.
2. Purpose – the Big Why – Before you can make anything happen, you need to understand and clearly define your purpose. Why do you want to achieve? What is in it for you, your family and those around you? When you connect your passion to a purpose you get excited about, your fire is already roaring; the rest is channeling the flames in the proper direction.
3. Goals – the Direction of Your Dreams – Goals are an extremely important part of the inspiration equation, but they aren’t the start. Have you ever set a goal and become discouraged, or perhaps even despondent, when you weren’t making progress? This is much less likely to happen, when your goals are set in connection with your passion and spurred by your purpose.
4. Inspirational Inputs – the Oxygen for Your Inspiration – The first three components can be in place, and your inspirational flames can still smolder. Why? Because life happens! Things change, setbacks occur and we fall prey to our humanness. Just like a fire needs oxygen, we all need inputs that continue to breathe life into our inspiration. Maybe it is a seminar, workshop or time spent with the most positive person you know. Whatever your inspirational inputs are recognize that they are the oxygen for your fire.
5. Action – the Small Steps that Create Momentum – Want the ultimate cure for waning inspiration? Take action! Do something! Get off the couch and get going. Take a step. And then keep going. You will get there, and you will move further faster than you realize.
These five keys can give you a lifetime blazing fire of inspiration in your life.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
In order for the Italians not to be left out in naming their ships, they finally registered the following designation with NATO :
USA is USS which means “United States Ship”.
British is HMS which means “Her Majesty’s Ship”.
….and now Italy is AMB which means “Atsa My Boat!”
“I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There’s a knob called brightness, but it doesn’t work.”
Eugene P. Gallagher
– Hello, that’s you, Abe?
– Yes, dis is Abe…
– It doesn’t sount like Abe
– Vell, dis is Abe all right.
– You’re positive it’s Abe?
– Vell, listen Abie, dis is Moe. Can you lend me fifty dollars?
– Ven Abe comes in, I’ll tell him you called…
My mind not only wanders, sometimes it leaves completely.
A member of the Country Club asked the lifeguard how he might go about teaching a young lady to swim.
“It takes considerable time and technique.” replied the guard. “First you must take her into the water, then place one arm about her waist, hold her tightly, then take her right arm and raise it very slowly…”
“This is certainly most helpful.” said the member. “I know that my sister will appreciate it.”
“Your sister?” said the lifeguard. “In that case, just push her into the deep end of the pool. She’ll learn in a hurry.”
Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
An off-duty police officer, familiar with radar guns, drove through a school zone within the legal speed limit when the flash of a camera went off, taking a picture of his license plate.
The officer, thinking the radar was in error, drove by again; even more slowly. Another flash. He did it again for a third time, at an even slower speed. Same result.
“This guy must have screwed up the settings,” the off-duty officer thought.
A few weeks later, when he received the violations in the mail, he discovered three traffic tickets: each for not wearing a seat belt!
I know I’m not going to understand women. I’ll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, and still be afraid of a spider.
His son is a “high-energy” kid who never sits still and is always on the move.
He was surprised when his wife suggested that they buy him a bike for his birthday.
“Do you really believe that’ll help improve his behavior ?” he asked.
“Well, no,” she admitted, “But it’ll spread it over a wider area.”
Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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