Travel the Road to Inspiration

When you greet each day, do you immediately shift into drive and get on with it? Or do you shift into reverse and reflect on what you could do better today than you did yesterday? Perhaps you idle in neutral for a while to get your bearings before getting underway. No matter where you start your day, travel the road to inspiration.


You can do this with your refrigerator, corkboards, a computer, a daily reader, looking out your window, or going for a walk. You could also call the Ideas for Positive Living (IPL), a free 24/7 inspirational message line at (651) 602-2176.


My grandsons’ photos on my fridge inspire me. I think about the funny things they say to me and the loving things they do for me. I also post my favorite inspirational sayings there to give me the gusto keep me going. I often share these things as the Tuesday messenger on IPL.


Many people read books with inspirational messages for each day of the year. And, like our Thursday messenger, Gil, some use daily tear-off calendars for inspiration. His calendar puts him in the know about fun-filled and wacky celebrations that inspire his weekly message. But it also inspires him daily about how he might go forth into the new day before him.


Monday messenger, Barb, finds inspiration when she meanders through nature. Wednesday messenger, Charlene, is inspired by humor and often finds a faith message at its center. And weekend messenger, Candice, finds her inspiration from the wisdom-keepers—those who have gone before us and remain with us today with their profound words.


She names Ralph Waldo Emerson as one of those wisdom keepers. So today, I share his profound words that inspire me each morning from my refrigerator:


“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”


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