Know Your Worth (Weekly Inspiration #14)


A speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you, but first, let me do this.”

He proceeded to crumple the $20 bill up. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air.
“Well,” he continued, “what if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.  He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants this $20?” Still the hands went into the air.
“We have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.”
“Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value:

dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you.” The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE.
You are special – Don’t ever forget it.

I like this inspirational story.  My only question is, How much would the $20 bill be worth if Andrew Jackson didn’t have that cool wavy hair?”  Or how about the $100 bill without Ben Franklin’s Mullet?

Would the $5 bill be worth more if we updated Abe Lincoln’s look?

What our country really needs to get this struggling economy going again is to make some money with some real value!  What we need is a bald man on some of our money!  Dwight Eisenhower was almost bald, and was on the old silver dollar but we no longer make that coin.  In this next election if we really want to fix our economy, let’s be sure to elect a candidate with little or no hair.

Just a thought…

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A New Life (Weekly Inspiration #13)


One of the four best friends I described in my post “The Friendship Compass” became a father for the second time yesterday!  Todd’s amazing wife Jessica brought all 8 pounds 1 ounce of Ian Patrick Zapata Lile into the world for his first day on the planet.

This week’s inspiration is dedicated to Jessica, Todd, their first son Luke, and Ian.

If children grew up according to early indications,
we should have nothing but geniuses.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Never will a time come when the most marvelous recent invention is as marvelous as a newborn child.
Carl Sandburg

The first cry of a newborn baby in Chicago or Zamboango,
in Amsterdam or Rangoon,
has the same pitch and key,
each saying, “I am! I have come through!  I belong!”
Carl Sandburg

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.
Sophocles

I love to think that the day you’re born,
you’re given the world as a birthday present.
Leo Buscaglia

A baby is an inestimable blessing and a bother.
Mark Twain

Loving a baby is a circular business, a kind of feedback loop.
The more you give, the more you get,
and the more you get, the more you feel like giving.
Penelope Leach

The best thing I’ve done?
Well, I’ve created four beautiful children.
You mean, other than that?
Donald Trump

A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.
Frank A. Clark

A baby usually wakes up in the wee-wee hours of the morning.
Anonymous

Which one is your favorite?

Congratulations Lile Family!

A Love Story (Weekly Inspiration #12)


I have not been paying too much attention to this blog lately due to being more active on the other blog and with the new radio show.  I will keep on posting weekly inspirations along with the occasional uncommon observations when time permits.

Here is this week’s story:

A Love Story

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others including Love.

One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all repaired their boats and left.

Love wanted to persevere until the last possible moment. When the island was almost sinking, Love decided to ask for help.

Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said, “Richness, can you take me with you?” Richness answered, “No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you.”

Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel, “Vanity, please help me!” “I can’t help you Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat.” Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked for help, “Sadness, let me go with you.” “Oh….Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!”

Happiness passed by Love too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her!

Suddenly, there was a voice, “Come Love, I will take you.” It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that he even forgot to ask the elder his name.When they arrived at dry land, the elder went his own way.

Love realizing how much he owed the elder and asked Knowledge, another elder, “Who helped me?” “It was Time,” Knowledge answered. “Time?” asked Love. “But why did Time help me?” Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, “Because, only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is.”

Author Unknown

Proof People are Stupid (Weekly Inspiration #11)


I used to collect evidence that people are stupid.  I had two large file folders of stories about stupid people doing stupid things.  This was in the early 90’s when I first started teaching.  Then came youtube and the need to collect any more evidence vanished.

Youtube is the world’s largest collection of evidence that people are stupid..  Just type in “people falling”  or “stupid people”  and enjoy hours of amusement.  I recommend watching these videos with small children and saying “Never do that!”  every 2 minutes or so.  Great lessons for them to learn! Continue reading

If I were any better, I would be twins! (Weekly Inspiration #10)


Today is my Mom’s birthday.  That is inspiration enough for me because it makes me reflect on how lucky I am to have two great parents who have always been my friends!

My mom sent me this inspirational story, so I thought I would post it as a tribute to her.  Happy Birthday Mom!! Continue reading

Let’s Have Coffee (Weekly Inspiration #9)


This weeks inspirational story is a lot like a lesson from Steven Covey’s 7 Habits.  It is a good one, and there is some wisdom in the message. Continue reading

Do You Believe In Ghosts?


One of my favorite memories of childhood is playing “Ghost” with my friend Erik.  We would get out the tinker toys and spend a great deal of time making special ghost killing weapons like the “Belly Button Grinder” and the “Ghost Grenade.”  When we had completed building our arsenal we would crawl under his bed to find an old rotary dial phone we used as a toy.  We would dial some special numbers and announce to the ghosts on the other end, “OK ghosts!  You can come over now!”  What followed was a ghost butt kicking of epic proportions.  We jumped from under the bed spinning, kicking, belly button grinding, and grenade launching.  Those poor ghosts never had a chance! Continue reading