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Inspiration Prompt – Don’t Quit

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Inspiration Prompt - Don't QuitOftentimes embarking on a new journey, especially when taking the road less traveled, incites apprehension and fear. After the first curve in the road when the start point is already hidden and the final destination is far from being seen the anxiety worsens and the tension increases.

With each hurdle a wee bit of the initial motivation gets lost and after a few more of these bumps-in-the-road the motivation may be decreased to a faint mumble.

This is when thoughts about quitting are starting to afloat.

In this week’s inspiration prompt I suggest instead that we stop, take a gulp of air and recall what was it that sent us running in the first place? What led us to the starting point? What made our heart pulse faster? What made us smile? What made us believe in our journey?

To inspire you to continue your journey I want to share a video by Anthony Fernando:


Have you ever considered quitting a journey on the road less traveled? Share your thoughts and experience by leaving a comment on this post!


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Inspiration Prompt – Life’s Teachers

Monday, June 29th, 2009

For this week’s inspiration prompt I want to share a beautiful quote by Charlotte Joko Beck:

“Life always gives us
exactly the teacher we need
at every moment.
This includes every mosquito,
every misfortune,
every red light,
every traffic jam,
every obnoxious supervisor (or employee),
every illness, every loss,
every moment of joy or depression,
every addiction,
every piece of garbage,
every breath.

Every moment is the Guru.”

Truly inspiring!!!

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Inspiration Prompt – Love Is Like A Precious Plant

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Inspiration Prompt - Love Is Like A Precious Plant The “wedding season” has arrived… Nadav and I also got married in June – two years ago, and the love between us is still growing and thriving.

Romance is an inspiring and motivating force. Love is even more wonderful as it surrounds our lives in so many ways. Granted, we love our significant other; but we also love our family, we love our friends, we love watching the sunrise at dawn.

As with our sweethearts so with the rest of our “objects of love”, a relationship based upon love needs constant cultivating and grooming. It does not sustain itself, but it gives back so much in return. The reward is worth all the hard work. It is absolutely PRICELESS.

For this week’s inspiration prompt, be inspired by love. Love and be loved…

John Lennon had said it beautifully:

Love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.


Share your thoughts and insights about love and loving relationships by leaving a comment on this post.

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Inspiration Prompt – Work Hard And Plant A Seed In The World

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Plant A Seed In The World The harder you work to achieve something, the deeper is the imprint your achievement is going to leave.

If something comes easily to you, the slightest piece of criticism or a snappy remark can shatter your confidence and destroy your sense of accomplishment. Deep inside you may think that if you didn’t make a real effort, maybe your deed isn’t so great after all.

However, after you worked hard to accomplished something – no one will be able to take that accomplishment away from you. No one will be able to belittle your success and make you doubt your merit.

The seed you have planted has rooted and you KNOW you have achieved something GREAT.

Have a fabulous day!


Leave a comment and share your thoughts on owning your great accomplishments.

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Inspiration Prompt – The Domino Effect

Monday, May 25th, 2009
The Domino Effect
[Photo by: Wikipedia]

Creativity pertains to the domino effect on two different levels.

First. The domino effect represents a state of flow. After the first tile has dropped, the entire line of tiles is falling, one-by-one, until there is no tile left standing.

So is working in a state of creative flow. After the first couple of awkward lines has been put onto the paper or the first couple of sentences has been typed, there is no stop until a masterpiece emerges.

Second. The domino effect also represents a creative way to deal with mishaps or accidental occurrences. A whole new game (and perhaps a sport) evolved by chance. I remember my grandmother and grandfather used to play domino on the big dining room table, only instead of laying the tiles horizontally they laid it vertically. Looking at them playing, I can imagine how the falling dominoes game was invented…

So are many creative projects. One mistake. One wrong stroke, over heating or mixing the wrong materials can bring to wonderful creations of fine art.

For this week’s inspiration prompt I suggest to derive inspiration from the domino effect. We can benefit both from its representation of creative flow and of dealing with mishaps creatively.

This prompt was inspired by one of my readers – Alexander Gartley – who made this wonderful project, together with his co-workers, to promote a creativity and innovation festival at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where they work:

Dominoes Everywhere from Jared Lyon on Vimeo.

Enjoy the domino effect and get creative!


Share your ideas and thoughts on creativity and the domino effect and leave a comment 🙂

Inspiration Prompt – Keep On Trying and Don’t Be afraid To Get Help

Monday, May 18th, 2009
Keep On Trying
[Photo by: Joiseyshowaa]

Whether we ask for it or not life has in store for us an abundance of challenges. As long as we are trying we will never fail. As long as we believe in our ability to overcome – we will succeed. Though there is one thing we should learn how to do and it is to allow ourselves to get help.

Getting help from a friend or a kind person is not failure, it is the means to success.

Every problem has its solution and some problems can be solved only by mutual work. Getting help doesn’t mean we are unable to solve the problem. It merely means we have identified the solution and it includes another person in it.

Be open. Be hopeful and optimistic. Keep on trying and don’t refuse a helping hand.

I saw this video on You Tube and it conveys this inspiration prompt wonderfully:


Are you willing to keep on trying and get help when you need it? Share your thoughts and comment on this post.

Have a fahhhhhbulous day!!!

Inspiration Prompt – Today Is The Day

Monday, May 11th, 2009
Today Is The Day
[Photo by: Martin Gommel]

There is a drawer in which I stack everything I want to do someday when the time is right. The drawer is already overflowing and yet the time is never right for any of the things accumulated there. There is always a hurdle. Always an inconvenience. ALWAYS something better and more important to do. There are always repercussions to take under consideration. The mood is always wrong and the muse always absent.

Life goes by and the right time is never found. We do what we must routinely do and keep on accumulating plans for when the time is right. We may lose track of our plans, but enjoy collecting them nevertheless.

Today I decided to announce: “IT IS TIME”. Today I open the drawer and pick one crumpled paper, written long ago with sparkling eyes and joyous heart, I open it and do whatever it sends me to do. Today it is time.

For this week’s inspiration prompt I invite you to join me and decide today it is time to pick up one dream from that drawer and make it happen.

In the back of that drawer lays the oldest piece of paper. In it is written “Be nicer to people. Be nicer to myself. Be nicer”. It isn’t easy to be nice when life is closing in on you. But today lets start with that piece of paper…

There are fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. But the only time that is surely yours is the present, hence this is the time to speak the word of appreciation and sympathy, to do the generous deed, to forgive the fault of a thoughtless friend, to sacrifice self a little more for others. Today is the day in which to express your noblest qualities of mind and heart, to do at least one worthy thing which you have long postponed, and to use your God-given abilities for the enrichment of someone less fortunate. Today you can make your life significant and worthwhile.

Grenville Kleiser


Do you have a drawer full of plans for when the time is right? share your thoughts and leave a comment.

Inspiration Prompt – Connecting People Through Art

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
Connecting People Through Art
[Photo by: Stuart Richards]

Art is one of the most intimate expressions of one’s soul. Whenever someone creates something artistic, he dives deep inside himself in search of inspiration and motivation. The artist seeks his inner creative child and the connection between the two is manifested by the artist’s masterpiece.

This artistic process is one of the few things that are similar in all people. Religion, nationality, gender, beliefs and opinions cannot alter this process. Therefore why not use the forceful power of art to connect people together?

After finding the common denominator of people all around the world – lets use it to spread love and friendship all over.

In the beautiful project “Playing For Change” people are already forgetting their differences and using music to connect – watch the wonderful video below and see it happens.

Why should we stop at music. Art can connect people in many different ways.


How can you connect people together through art? Have you ever done that?

Please share your thoughts and experiences by leaving a comment on this post.

Inspiration Prompt – You Are Great

Monday, April 27th, 2009
You Are Great
[Photo by: Pardeshi]

A friend of mine linked to a bunch of inspiring videos on twitter, among which this short movie by Kurt Kuenne has appealed to me the most (shared below). Everyone needs validation. (some people less than others). How lovely it is to hear “You are great” in a way that sounds genuine and sincere. It prompts a smile and warms one’s heart. It is wonderful.

If you haven’t heard it today, I wanted to tell you that YOU ARE GREAT. Yes you are.

You might live routinely – day in and day out – without noticing how amazing you really are. Without appreciating how beautiful you are. Without recognizing your accomplishments. Without smiling. Now is the time to stop for a split second and recognize how amazing you really are.

while a smile is starting to form, the heart to warm up and widen, validate a person standing near by and looking all gloomy and blue. Tell this person how amazing he is. Make him smile. You will feel even more amazing, so will this person – and the person he’s going to validate next, and the one validated afterward.

Lets make this world filled with happy and smiling people by validating forward.


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Have a great day wonderful person!!!

Inspiration Prompt – Remember & Never Forget

Monday, April 20th, 2009
Holocaust Commemoration
[Photo by: Julián Lozano]

Today is the Holocaust Memorial Day. 71 year have passed and we still remember. 71 years have passed and we shall never forget.

My grandmother had lost her beloved fiance. My grandfather his wife and 5 year old daughter that was shot against his own unbelieving and crying eyes. Eyes that have seen much horrors in Auschwitz later on. My grandparents on my father’s side were expelled from their own home with 2 little babies and my grandfather got sent to a labor camp, leaving my grandmother and aunts alone.

I have recently read the book “Night” by: Elie Wiesel. I strongly recommend anyone who has not read this book before to read it and to spread the word to others. It is essential to learn and never forget the ungodly horrors which were Mr. Wiesel and my late grandfather’s awful reality for several years.

Reading the book “Night” has given me my first heart shattering glimpse at what my late grandfather, of blessed memory, had been through while walking in the valley of the shadow of death.

My grandfather had chosen to be silent and until reading this book I didn’t fully know the extent of his suffering. I still cannot fully understand, no one can – unless one sees the death in his own eyes and feel the torture on his own skin and on the bodies of his loved ones.

My grandfather had remarried after the war and started a new family. He gave life to my mother and uncle, after he had lost his 5 years old daughter who was shot and his wife who had been destined to the crematorium. When my grandfather had left the camp he weighed 83Lb. A grown man whose life were not valued because of his Jewish descent.

My grandfather had chosen to stay silent. God knows what nightmares had flooded his nights every day. God knows what sights had reemerged in front of his eyes every time he was slipping away into daydreaming. Still he had chosen to stay silent. He had chosen to keep his perpetual smile on and to always have some chocolate in his pocket to hand over to children at the park.

By reading “Night” my grandfather’s silence has been broken for the first time. I am overwhelmed with grief and sorrow and with rage.

The author of “Night”, Elie Wiesel has received the Nobel prize for peace and said we must not be indifferent for the suffering of other human beings. We must not be neutral, as being neutral only serves the oppressors. We must never forget and take a pledge upon us: “NO MORE”.

This book isn’t easy to read. It is more difficult when you know and understand it isn’t fiction but a document of recent history. It is unbearable when you know you are reading about what your own grandfather had gone through.

This inspiration prompt might burden on your day, I am sorry. Nevertheless, I strongly believe it is important to get inspired by awful memories as well. A memory of an horror that has recently occurred might keep humanity from re-occurrences…

Let us pray together a simple prayer: Our Lord, Please, No More.


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