March 4, 2021
“It is never too late to be who you might have been.”
Here is another Daily from yesteryear.
Ray’s Daily first published on March 4, 2013
One of the things I really like about my life these days is the freedom to pursue activities that provide me personal satisfaction. I never dreamed that at a time when I am well past retirement that I would be involved in so much gratifying activity.
I get to work with people who are making our community a better place, I get to participate in projects that are worthwhile and often fun, and if that wasn’t enough I get to attend forums and theatre events that help me to do more than just coast through my later years. But best of all is that I now spend so much time with truly inspiring people, the great thing with those encounters is that their inspiration rubs off on me. Life is great when you are fueled by inspiration and look forward to each day.
I really don’t think I need much more than I already have but you might want to refill your inspiration tank, if so read what author Kevin Eikenberry wrote recently on the Keys to Inspiration.
5 Keys to Lasting Inspiration
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. You must be doing things you love!
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. Which leads directly to …
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.
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. Perhaps for you it’s your favorite music or movie. Perhaps it is a play or poetry. Maybe it is a seminar, workshop or time spent with the most positive person you know. Maybe it is all of these and more. Whatever your inspirational inputs are recognize that they are the oxygen for your fire. You don’t get upset at a fire when it needs oxygen. Neither should you expect your inspiration to tend to itself without additional inputs on a regular basis.
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. You can’t do everything today, and you don’t have to. Do something. 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. You must recognize that the spark you love will never become a raging fire without help.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
Recipe: A series of step-by-step instructions for preparing ingredients you forgot to buy, in utensils you don’t own, to make a dish the dog won’t eat.
Yogurt: Semi-solid dairy product made from partially evaporated and fermented milk. Yogurt is one of only three foods that taste exactly the same as they sound. The other two are goulash and squid.
Preheat: To turn on the heat in an oven for a period of time before cooking a dish, so that the fingers may be burned not only when the food is removed, but when it is put in the oven.
Oven: Compact home incinerator used for disposing of bulky pieces of meat and poultry.
Calorie: Basic measure of the amount of rationalization offered by the average individual prior to taking a second helping of a particular food.
“No one needs a smile as much as a person who fails to give one.”
A Kansas cyclone hit a farmhouse just before dawn one morning. It lifted the roof off, picked up the beds, on which the farmer and his wife slept, and set them down gently in the next county. The wife began to cry.
“Don’t be scared, Mary,” her husband said. “We’re not hurt.”
Mary continued to cry. “I’m not scared,” she responded between sobs. “I’m happy ’cause this is the first time in 14 years we’ve been out together.”
Every family should have at least three children. Then if one is a genius, the other two can support him.
She sent me this:
Today is the International Day of The Very Good Looking, Beautiful and Damn Attractive People, so send this message to someone you think fits this description. Please do not send it back to me as I have already received over one thousand messages and my inbox is jammed full.
Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun.
Our priest suddenly became ill and asked his twin brother, also a priest, to fill in for him and conduct a funeral Mass scheduled for that day. His brother, of course, agreed.
It was not until the brother was accompanying the casket down the aisle, however, that he realized that he had neglected to ask the sex of the deceased. This was information that he would need for his remarks during the service.
As he approached the first pew where the deceased’s relatives were seated he nodded toward the casket and whispered to one woman, “Brother or sister?”
“Cousin,” she replied.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
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