Category Archives: Inspiration

Don’t Forget To Dream

Kids are natural dreamers.  Everything is possible to them.  The world hasn’t gotten in their way yet telling them what they can or can’t do.

In a way I envy kids and their ability to dream.  It seems as I got older I stopped dreaming and started focusing on a career, kids, and my family.

Learning to dream again is something I’m working on.  I like to spend some quiet time each week just letting my mind wander.  It’s kind of fun, actually, thinking about different goals or new ideas.

It’s also a relaxing exercise that can turn a bad mood around fairly quickly.

I recently ran across a quote that lays out one of the benefits of dreaming.  It’s from Tony A. Gaskins Jr. who said:

“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.”

I don’t know about you but I’d rather build my own dream.

Do you dream as much as an adult as you did as a kid?

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Do You Know Where You Are Going?

Mowing has certainly become a lot more enjoyable since I discovered podcasts.  They help the hour fly by.  That was the case as I mowed today listening to Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love Podcast.

It’s on my list of “must listen to” podcasts each week.  One of the things Dan does is share a quote with his listeners.  It usually relates to the theme of the week.

I really like the quote he shared in this particular episode.  It’s from James Allen who said:

The world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.” 

How true!  It’s hard to stand in the way of someone who’s passionate about a goal and has a plan to make it happen.

Part of the reason I started this blog (and now a new one) is that I thought writing and sharing my thoughts would help me decide what direction I want to go in next.

This process has sparked an interest in social media marketing for me. I’m spending more and more time learning how different social media channels work and how they can all work together.

It’s also reminded me how much I enjoy writing.  I haven’t figured out exactly where I’m headed next.  But watch out when I do because you’ll want to get out of the way.

Do you know where you’re going?  Are you passionate enough about it that the world is getting out of your way?

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Before You Speak…

I’m not sure at what age it happens.  The age where you gain that “filter”.  The one that keeps you from saying something you probably shouldn’t.

Young kids don’t have it.  They speak what’s on their mind regardless of the consequences.  As adults we tend to do a little better job biting our tongues.

I recently ran across an interesting take on this “filter”.  It’s a Sulfi saying:

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates. At the first gate, ask yourself ‘Is is true.’ At the second gate ask, ‘Is it necessary.’ At the third gate ask, ‘Is it kind.’ 

Seems like a pretty good 3 step check list.  One I’m trying to practice in everyday life.

Got any funny stories about a child without a “filter” speaking the truth?  Leave a comment.  I’d love to hear them.

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