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Inspiration Prompt – You Are Special

Monday, February 2nd, 2009
[Photo by: bobinson]

You are special. There is no one like you. You are unique.

Even someone subject to genetic manipulation is unique, as he absorbs the environment and the experiences he has been through. He is influenced by the sights he has seen. The scents he has smelled. The flavors he has tasted. The textures he has touched and the sounds he has heard throughout his life. He is affected by his friendships and his love affairs. He is inspired by his teachers. This person is as different as one can be from his genes’ donor.

Think about it. If a person who has been genetically reproduced [for the sake of conversation, lets assume it is possible and has been done] is unique, then you are unique as well. Life has carved a person – to whom there is no match!

Live the life of the unique person you are! Do not try to resemble others and respect your authenticity.

Lets get inspired by Dale Carnegie’s words:

You are something new in this world. Never before, since the beginning of time, has there ever been anybody exactly like you; and never again throughout all the ages to come will there ever be anybody exactly like you again.

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I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts about uniqueness.

Inspiration Prompt – Do The Impossible

Monday, January 26th, 2009

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible”
© Arthur C. Clarke

[Photo by: Till Krech]

Back in law school I remember how we were all excited to get back our first paper in Criminal Law. One of the toughest classes. We were all shocked and highly disappointed to find out the highest grade was a ‘D’. How could that have happened? How could we ALL have gotten it wrong? We were pretty angry (as lawyers to be can get… Oy vay.)

The week after, there was a commotion in class. We were ready with the latest laws and court rulings to prove ourselves right. The professor came in, gave one look at the mountain of papers we had accumulated and said: “Do you know what is your mistake? You were all following the law. This is not the way the law can evolve and change. This is the way to keep the law stagnant. If you want a change – you should think farther. You should use your minds and imagination and take a step forward – where no one has stepped before”.

I loved her speech and it made getting a ‘D’ ok, because I had learned a valuable lesson – much more important than the basic potential defenses an accused has and definitely more important than a grade.

This lesson goes far beyond being a good lawyer – it is a lesson for every person who seeks a change.

This week’s inspiration prompt is to make a change by going farther and find a way to do the impossible.

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Do you stop at the possible or go for the impossible?

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Inspiration Prompt #33 – The Value Of Optimism

Monday, January 5th, 2009

“No pessimists ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land,
or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. “
Hellen Keller

The Glass Is Half Full
[Photo by: Akash Kataruka]

Is the glass half full or half empty? This is a matter of our state of mind. Nevertheless, this disposition is crucial to our day-to-day life.

As Hellen Keller had stated so beautifully, optimism is an enabler.

Optimism empowers us and sparks us with the spirit of free living. Optimism shuts down our self critic and urging us to go farther and farther with no worries and no self doubt.

Optimism is asking what can go fantastically right all the time. Optimism is smiling even if a reason for a smile is yet to present itself. Optimism is sipping the intoxicating life around us in big, excited gulps. Optimism is knowing that we can and we will and nothing is going to stop us.

For this week’s inspiration prompt I am inviting you to the fantastic land of the optimists.

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How is your tour in the land of the optimists going? Share your experiences and adventures and leave a comment to this post.

Do you see yourself as an “half-full” kind of person or a “half-empty” one?

Inspiration Prompt #29 – Cherish The Passing Time

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Passing time

“Right now a moment of time is passing by…
we must become that moment.“
Paul Cézanne

I am trying to constantly keep the value of the everyday in my mind. To cherish my everyday, I break it down to each passing moment and get the most of it. Time passing will not return and lost moments will not be found again.

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How do you cherish the passing time? Share your thoughts and leave a comment!

Have a great week!

Inspiration Prompt #27 – People That Enrich Us

Monday, November 24th, 2008

People Photo by: Milivoj Sherrington (Flickr)

“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”
George M. Adams

Coming back from an homeland vacation, Adam’s words are 10 times more significant to me. I am definitely made up by the people in my life. My loving family. My understanding friends. My teachers. My nephew’s broad smile. The excited wag of the pet’s tail. The conversation around the dinner table. Sitting with a friend at a favorite cafe and losing any sense of time. A mosaic of people (and pets – it’s not an editing error) that shapes me and makes me the person I am at any given moment.

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Do you believe that you are made by the people in your life? who is the most significant person in your life (or persons)? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Inspiration Prompt #21 – The Value Of The Everyday

Monday, October 13th, 2008


“Make each day your masterpiece. “

John Wooden

We are grown to acknowledge the “Monday’s gloom” and its brother “TGIF” (thanks god it’s Friday). I resent those ideas as both are causing us to fast forward and actually live only 2 days out of every week. We are living from one weekend to another.

I’ll repeat (for the sake of stressing this point as much as possible), we are growing accustomed to living every 5 days in anticipation for the last two days of the week. Waiting – 5 & Enjoying – 2. Why would we do such thing to ourselves? Why would we accept notions that are basically nullifying 5/7th of our lives?!?

I have lived like that for several years. I was waiting for the weekend from the very first day of the work week, living aimlessly for 5 days only for the following two, but no more.

Why shouldn’t we enjoy EACH day to the fullest. Live each day as if it is a masterpiece… Live each day purposefully.

I hereby invite you to dismiss the Monday’s gloom. Instead I offer you to wake up each day with joy and excitement and a purpose in your hearts. I invite you to make each of your days – 7/7 – a masterpiece.

Would you join me? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with me.

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Inspiration Prompt #16 – Authenticity

Monday, September 8th, 2008

If I am I because I am I, and you are you because you are you, then I am I and you are you. But if I am I because you are you, and you are you because I am I, then I am not I and you are not you.

–Menahem Mendel of Kotzk

Authenticity is the most important building block in leading a creative life.

Unfortunately, modern life does not give much room for authenticity. The fast pace of life, the strong wish to fit in and adjust to social conventions, the fear of criticism and ridicule – all are pushing us towards living the life we think we should live, rather than living our life authentically and allowing ourselves to roll the way we roll.

This week’s inspiration prompt is all about authenticity.

Follow these 2 easy steps to become more authentic:

  1. Let go of preconceived ideas. Fitting in and following conventions cannot lead to innovation. Great ideas are always conceived by thinking “outside of the box” and breaking all the rules. This is what “new” is all about. Forget about what other people think is right or wrong. Stop listening to what other people consider as ‘art’ or as “proper writing”. Make your own rules.
  2. Reconnect with yourself. After you have let go of popular conceptions (or misconceptions), you need to find your own voice. Think about what makes you “tick”, consider these questions:
    • What book do you revisit time and again?
    • What color or color combination appeal to your eye?
    • What song do you hear over and over again?
    • What images come to your mind when you are daydreaming?
    • Without any restrains of time and money (or gossip…), what do you see yourself doing in life?

    After you have found your own voice, nurture it and follow its advice – following your own voice and believing in it is the very definition of authenticity.

What do you think about authenticity? Do you feel like you are true to your self? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts with me.

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