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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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Journaling Prompt – Chicken Soup For The Soul OR Healing Food

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Chicken Soup For The Soul OR Healing FoodSoon after I finally got rid of my allergies and sunburns I came down with a nasty flu. Extreme times call for extreme measures so I called my parents and retrieved my mom’s chicken soup recipe. The miraculous flu medicine of all times.

After bringing 8 cups of water with 1 onion, 1 butternut squash and 2 chicken thighs and shins to a boil, the recipe calls for 2 hours of simmering over low heat.

During those 2 hours the entire house was filled with scents which magically brought me back to Thursdays on my parents’ house, while my mom was getting ready for the sabbath and getting all the cooking done.

I was already starting to feel better, there and then, while waiting for the chicken and vegetables to leave their healing essence in the water.

After the soup was ready, following my mom’s instructions, I added fresh minced ginger and garlic and a handful of fresh spinach leaves and some chopped spring onions with a sprinkle of parsley leaves.

The soup was very fragrant. Flavored by all the fresh ingredients with just a dash of salt and pepper.

One spoonful and my head was less pounding, my nose less stuffed, my throat less dry and my bones less aching. Finally I felt good enough to take a long nap, without getting up every minute to wipe my nose… One spoonful was better than all the 1000mg capsules of vitamin C I was taking ever since my nose started to feel funny on Friday.

This is the story of my healing food. What is yours?

For this week’s journaling prompt document your healing food – the dish that instantaneously makes you feel better.

  • What food comforts you? What dish can heal your ailment?
  • What is the recipe?
  • Who did you get the recipe from? Is it a part of your family’s tradition?
  • What is the magical healing power of the dish?
  • When do you eat it?
  • Does the process of making this food heal as well?
  • Does it bring back any healing memories?
  • How does it smell? What does it taste like?


I shared my healing food with you, share yours by leaving a comment on this post.

I would LOVE to hear about your comfort food.

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Inspiration Prompt – Live With Courage, Zeal and Love

Monday, March 23rd, 2009
[Photo by: Maciej Lewandowski]

Happiness wanders off sometimes. You go to sleep happy and jolly and wake up to a gloomier day. Or you can drive happily to the office, whistling along with your favorite song, then take a phone call that deflates you of any positive thought you’ve had.

Happiness? Gone.

Day? Ruined and dragged.

What can you do about it? You can smile and stay mindfully optimistic. But sometimes it isn’t enough or just isn’t working.

In those days you dig deeper into your core meaning of life and find what are the things you care most about and you focus on them and keep on going at 120 mph. Concentrate only on what’s important and forget about everything which is not.

Be zealous and courageous about everything you love and care about and apathetic about the rest, as the Scottish writer had articulately phrased:

“I had looked for happiness in fast living, but it was not there. I tried to find it in money, but it was not there, either. But when I placed myself in tune with what I believe to be fundamental truths of life, when I began to develop my limited ability, to rid my mind of all kinds of tangled thoughts, and fill it with zeal and courage and love, when I gave myself a chance by treating myself decently and sensibly I began to feel the stimulating, warm glow of happiness, and life for me began to flow like a stream between smooth banks.”

By Andrew Young

Share –

Are you filling your life with courage, zeal and love?

What makes you tick?

What makes you happy?

Share your thoughts and leave a comment to this post. I am looking forward to hear from you!