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"There is a delicate balance of putting yourself last and
not being a doormat and thinking of yourself first and not
coming off as selfish, arrogant or bossy. We spend the
majority of our lives attempting to perfect this balance."

~ Cindy L. Teachey, “Building Lifelong Relationships” 1994

April 12, 2004


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"Tightrope Walker"


THIS WEEK'S ISSUE

From the Inside Out...
A Question of Balance

Yes You Can!...
Know Nothing's Hopeless

Far Horizons...
Ancient Avdat

Links That Shine...
"Rhino Survival Online"

Fascinating Facts...
Eggs-Zactly!

Laughing It Off...
It Gets Better with Age

Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
&
Computer Ease

Look at That!...
Art Goes Bananas

Our Latest Discovery...
Stayin' Home & Lovin' It


Joyful Lifestyles...
Creating a New Future (1)


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For a Libra like me, balance
has always been important ...
yet it has taken years to fully embody this concept.

~ Chelle ~

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From the Inside OutInspiration
A QUESTION
..... OF BALANCE

There was a time when I acquiesced to others because I believed them to have more experience, authority and wisdom. I was a child then, and nothing had taught me the significance of my own inner voice.

This perspective made me quite malleable. I was easily enticed and chose my actions in response to others' opinions. Because my choices were not made from conviction but from impulse it was necessary for my parents to instill firm boundaries for my protection.

It is no wonder I was exhausted by age 24 ... I had been busy acting out others' desires and philosophies. My mind was full, but my soul was not. I was frightfully unclear about who I was and where I belonged. Simultaneously, the adults in my life were asking me to become more independent. Thus, I found myself facing a dilemma how does one choose for themselves when their entire life has been based upon the input others?

It became apparent that I must begin by making decisions by myself and for myself! I foresaw myriads of unbearable eventualities within that scenario, but something inside me recognized the utter necessity of it. One of the first decisions I made was that no matter what difficulties arose I would continue!

I was in unfamiliar territory when I set out to determine the validity of my choices based on how the results felt to ME. Sometimes that meant letting go of an idea or philosophy I thought I held dear; but, by testing my beliefs and desires against the life I was living, I learned which things to cling to and which to release.

Failures however, were painful! My anguish was sometimes so deep that I would sleep in the fetal position, appalled at my ineptness and wishing someone else could take over. I mourned and prayed and when my strength returned so did my resolve to continue. Blessedly, because my failure was not skewed by the presence of "old voices" that would have categorized it as a deep personal flaw, I discovered I could learn from failure! It then became a merciful compass from which to find new direction!

I remember the day I found myself in an argument with someone whose opinion differed from mine. I noted, proudly, that what I defended was not my parents’ opinion, my friend's or teacher's; nor was it a philosophy I had found in a book this was MINE borne of my struggle to live! That event was but one of many milestones along my journey. Now I recognize the significance of all that transpired and I understand these truths: Childhood is what it is. Becoming an adult is what it is.

In time, other voices ones I had not given much credence to in my youth began to resurface. Listening to them again, I heard wisdom and now, I could recognize it. Through those voices I began to understand that there are people I can turn to for courage, for support and for advice.

It has taken time, but I am beginning to balance now, on the tight-rope-of-life: I stand on one foot as I listen to the anger of others and on the other when I understand that I too feel anger over certain injustices. I teeter in position when bombarded with the voices of opinionated people and then, catch myself mid-air ... as I consider their words ... and learn.

With a balancing pole in both hands, I compare the philosophical differences that exist between myself and others, but I won't fall. I am confident in my stance, because I know that others have aligned themselves to things borne of their experience and I, to things borne of mine. Both are valid.

Now, I live! I live an adult, spiritual, compassionate and steadfast life. It was quickened by my need to be alone and independent and matured by my desire to be intertwined and connected.

For, life is what it is ... it is a question of balance.

~ By N. O. Tate © 2004,
who describes "education" as
"mankind's most valuable asset
even," the author notes,
"when the learning is derived from the School Of Hard Knocks."

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Ye
s You Can!

KNOW NOTHING'S "HOPELESS"

Dinah Shore said, "There are no hopeless situations only people who are hopeless about them." Case in point: Morgan Rowe. Some 30 years ago, when he was only 11 years old, he lost his left arm and much of the use of his right arm. It happened when he fell off a tractor at his father's fence company in Valdosta, Georgia, and was dragged beneath the machine. Morgan's left arm was destroyed and his right, mangled.

Young Morgan was released from the hospital after three-and-a-half months. The first thing he set out to do was to help pay the bills $30,000 worth. That was a lot of money back then as it is now. For a boy of 11 to accomplish such a task, the situation seemed hopeless.

For five years Morgan scoured roadsides picking up cans and bottles. He collected thousands of cans and collected and sold newspapers. He never gave up hope. First, he paid off the $455 ambulance bill. Then he put $2,500 down on the hospital bill. He was still a long way off though his parents raised another $9,000 toward the debt.

People began to hear about the injured boy and eventually some 2,000 donations poured in, totaling $25,000. The bill was paid in full! Morgan set aside the additional money for future education. What then? Though the bill was paid up, Morgan kept his projects going to collect money for the hospital so he could help others. Someone forgot to tell the boy he was too injured for that kind of work. Someone neglected to inform him that the situation was hopeless. Somehow young Morgan didn't realize that an 11-year-old boy could never pay off a hospital bill so large.

Did you know that Albert Einstein could not speak until he was four years old and did not read until he was seven? His parents and teachers worried about his mental ability. Beethoven's music teacher said about him, "As a composer he is hopeless." What if young Ludwig believed it?

When Thomas Edison was a young boy, his teachers said he was so stupid he could never learn anything. He once said, "I remember I used to never be able to get along at school. I was always at the foot of my class ... my father thought I was stupid, and I almost decided that I was a dunce." What if young Thomas believed what they said about him?

When F. W. Woolworth was 21, he got a job in a store, but was not allowed to wait on customers because he "didn't have enough sense." When the sculptor Auguste Rodin was young he had difficulty learning to read and write. Today, we may say he had a learning disability, but his father said of him, "I have an idiot for a son." His uncle agreed. "He's uneducable," he said. What if Rodin had doubted his ability?

A newspaper editor once fired Walt Disney because he was thought to have no "good ideas." Caruso was told by one music teacher, "You can't sing. You have no voice at all." And an editor told Louisa May Alcott that she was incapable of writing anything that would have popular appeal.

What if these people had listened and become discouraged? Where would our world be without the music of Beethoven, the art of Rodin or the ideas of Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison? As Oscar Levant has accurately said, "It's not what you are, it's what you don't become that hurts."

Martin Luther once said, "Everything that is done in the world is done by the hopeful." No matter your age. No matter your circumstances. No matter your financial wealth. Without hope, nothing is possible. But with hope ... well ... watch out! You have great potential. When you believe in all you can be, rather than all you cannot become, you will find your place on earth.

~© 2001 Steve Goodier
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ANCIENT AVDAT

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One of the many interesting sites in Israel, is Avdat, a ancient site in the southern Negev Desert. Avdat is located on a mountain ridge where the routes from Petra (in present-day Jordan) and Eilat converge and continue to the Mediterranean coast and where the Nabateans established a road station for their caravans. Visitors are amazed at the grandeur of the former city amidst the stark and barren Negev. Along the base of a cliff are man-made hermit caves that were inhabited by monks during Byzantine times.
In the caves are sculpted shapes, carved for various reasons: closets, shelves, bars for hanging clothes, benches, stairs, water systems and more.

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Links That Shine

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"Rhino Survival Online"


Rhino Survival was established in order to conserve
and breed rhinos. Rhino Survival aims to prolong the lives of the rhinoceros species in the wild. This charity works primarily on game parks in South Africa, such as Silent Valley. Rhino Survival provides secure environments for rhinos, and in doing so, also ensures the survival of numerous other species that share their habitat.

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Don't give me any broccoli!
Laughing It Off
IT GETS BETTER WITH AGE

I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. - Age 7

I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again. - Age 12

I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. - Age 14

I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. - Age 24

I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I can live so that no one will believe it. - Age 30

I've learned that there are lots of people who love you dearly but they just don't know how to show it. - Age 42

I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a little note. - Age 44

I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. - Age 46

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. - Age 48

I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. - Age 52

I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. - Age 58

I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage. - Age 61

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. - Age 62

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. - Age 64

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. - Age 65

I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. - Age 72

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. - Age 82

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. - Age 90

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. - Age 92

~Contributed by John in Mohave Valley, Arizona
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Untangling the Web

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WHAT A SITE!

"EyeWitness to History"
A ringside seat to history
from the Ancient World to the present. This award-winning website shows us history through the eyes of those who lived it.
(Contributed by Ron in Bend, Oregon)

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ART GOES BANANAS

Banana Art
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Tonico Lemos Auad, a Brazilian living in London...
creates drawings on bananas in a show at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts for the Beck's Futures 2004 art prize. Auad draws on the bananas with a needle, a hitherto neglected medium for graphic art. (When you cut through the skin of the fruit it oxidizes and turns into a black line.) The work that especially lives in the mind takes the form of fluff from a fitted carpet, racked up by Auad's hands, and formed into little, fluffy sculptures. On show at the ICA are a couple of bunny rabbits, one without a head, a squirrel and several other bits and pieces, all displayed on the carpet from which they came.
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CREATING A NEW FUTURE (Part 1)

Are you trapped in situations that drain your energy? Do you find yourself struggling with the same problems over and over? Are you afraid of people you admire and nice to people you can't stand? If so, you may be stuck in automatic behaviors you learned at an early age to survive. Now these unworkable patterns can be preventing you from building the future your soul is dreaming of. Personal and spiritual growth counselor Suzanne Gold, BA, MA is a co-author of Being Yourself: 24 Ways to See the Light. Here are some ways from Suzanne to spark change in your life:

"1. Set a new course: Imagine that your life can get better, that what happens in it is largely up to you. Take time every day to think about what inspires you. When you know what you want, your problems become challenges to master along the way. To jumpstart this process, give your brain a challenge by doing a little writing with your non-dominant hand. Or take a new route or means of transportation to work. Savor the freedom in it and build on it, one small step at a time.

"2. Trust your intuition: When you hear "that little voice," listen. Within you is a thread of wisdom that makes itself known through your ideas and feelings. If something doesn't feel right, it may be a sign that it isn't working for you. Wonder about why that is, and how you'd like it instead. Let your sense of integrity guide you.

"3. Look for a silver lining: No matter how bad a situation seems, find something, anything, in it to appreciate. Ask yourself, what good could come from this? What can I learn here? What am I not seeing? The answers you get are the best indicator of where to direct your energy.

"4. Take a step back: Noticing habitual patterns is the first step in breaking them. Let go of the urge to fight them or to react at all. Just observe. Bringing the unconscious to light helps you develop compassion, and see your life and everyone in it more clearly.

"5. Watch what you say: Be honest but kind, without apology. Praise when you can. If you must criticize, first acknowledge the person's good points. Don't interrupt. Don't assume you're being understood. Apologize when you realize you've made a mistake. Watch what you listen to too. Don't suffer belittlement, disrespect, manipulation. Don't listen just to what someone says try to understand why they're saying it. We all see life through our own filters, so yield gracefully if you misinterpret or offend." ~Suzanne Gold ...(Continued Next Week)

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