Stay Inspired!

Look at your past. Your past has determined where you are at this moment. What you do today will
determine where you are tomorrow. Are you moving forward or standing still?
Tom Hopkins

“We’re born to be happy, all of us.”
Alfred Sutro

“Laughter is the tranquilizer with no side effects.”
Arnold Glasgow

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
Helen Keller

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one’s self, the very meaning of one’s soul.
Edith Wharton

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
Thomas A. Edison

Some people stay away from the door for the chance of it opening up.
Billy Joel

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people do that, but the really great
make you feel that you, too, can somehow become great.
Mark Twain

The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.
Richard M. DeVos

“Thinking is like loving and dying. Each of us must do it for himself.”
Josiah Royce

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
Author Unknown

“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to
understand people is to listen to them.”
Ralph Nichols

“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.”
JimmyJohn N. Mitchell

To understand your parents’ love, you must raise children yourself.
Chinese proverb

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
John Bowring

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs,
and returns home to find it.
George Moore

And when the future hinges on the next words that are said, Don’t let logic interfere, believe your
heart instead.
Philip Robison


Awesome quick story to read

Saw this on Facebook, definitely felt like a read to share with people-


Read this story and share with your friends:

A business executive was deep in debt and could see no way out. Creditors were closing in on him. Suppliers were demanding payment.

He sat on the park bench, head in hands, wondering if anything could save his company from bankruptcy.

Suddenly an old man appeared before him.
“I can see that something is troubling you,” he said.

After listening to the executive’s woes, the old man said, “I believe I can help you.”

He asked the man his name, wrote out a check, and pushed it into his hand saying, “Take this money. Meet me here exactly one year from today, and you can pay me back at that time.”

Then he turned and disappeared as quickly as he had come. The business executive saw in his hand a check for $500,000, signed by John D. Rockefeller, then one of the richest men in the world! “I can erase my money worries in an instant!” he realized. But instead, the executive decided to put the un-cashed check in his safe. Just knowing it was there might give him the strength to work out a way to save his business, he thought.

With renewed optimism, he negotiated better deals and extended terms of payment. He closed several big sales. Within a few months, he was out of debt and making money once again.

Exactly one year later, he returned to the park with the un-cashed check. At the agreed-upon time, the old man appeared.

But just as the executive was about to hand back the check and share his success story, a nurse came running up and grabbed the old man. “I’m so glad I caught him!” she cried. “I hope he hasn’t been bothering you. He’s always escaping from the rest home and telling people he’s John D. Rockefeller. ” And she led the old man away by the arm.

The astonished executive just stood there, stunned. All year long he’d been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, convinced he had half a million dollars behind him. Suddenly, he realized that it wasn’t the money, real or imagined, that had turned his life around. It was his new found self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve anything he ever imagined…

Talking vs. Doing

Positively Positive is one of the cool blogs I follow through facebook, and they have a great post on Talking, vs. Doing. Here’s a link!

Some of us are dreamers and some of us are dream-makers. It’s a subtle difference. That difference is taking the steps to make it happen; in moving our thoughts into action with a purpose. Not a simple task but it needs to be done if you want to reach your greatest potential and share your best self with the world.

Some Positive Stories to read

177 Messages of Kindness


May 3, 2012— “Out of all the afterschool programs offered in their school, three energetic 11-13 year old girls chose to join this one. The ‘Random Acts of Kindness Class,’ the first of its kind, was an innovative experiment, offering children the opportunity to use their creativity and artwork to inspire their school and community by doing random acts of kindness. A few weeks ago, I spent an unforgettable afternoon with these girls and their inspiring teacher […] In the end, after almost two hours of excited chatter and laughter, I asked the girls one last question. ‘So, does it make a difference how small or big the act of kindness is?’ ‘No, it makes no difference. In the end, the acts of kindness are all the same size because they all make someone smile.'”

For the full article, click here.

A String of Kindness, 60 lives connected by 30 kidneys


 “A year ago, Rick Ruzzamenti decided in an instant to donate his left kidney to a stranger. In February 2011, the desk clerk at Ruzzamenti’s yoga studio told him she had recently donated a kidney to an ailing friend. Ruzzamenti, 44, had never even donated blood, but the story so captivated him that two days later he placed a call to Riverside Community Hospital to ask how he might do the same thing.” But that was just the beginning. As this NY Times article outlines, Ruzzamenti’s selfless, pay-it-forward act rippled into the longest chain of kidney transplants ever constructed, linking 30 people who were willing to give up an organ with 30 who might have died without one.

Full article is right heeeerya

“Quote of the Week”

” The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have. ”

Leonard Nimoy

Over 200 subscribed followers!

I can’t believe it’s been 4 months! The only way I could think of to make up for such a long gap between posts was to do a mega upload of some sort. I created a Positive Imagery page, and organized/uploaded over 30 positive images and split them into separate pages (that way you’re not waiting 10 minutes for one page to load).

Life has been crazy, but I’m starting to realize that life is always going to be crazy. I recently moved, have been up and down on my most recent illustration project, I have to get a picture ready for my cousins upcoming wedding and I just haven’t devoted as much time as I need to, to this blog. With over 200 subscribed followers I realized today I have to step my game up. As long as I’m lucky enough to have the means and the opportunity to help spread some positive feelings, I need to knuckle up and get with it! I hope everyone is doing great, have a wonderful weekend!

Jim Henry, learned to read at age 91

Henry’s story is almost made for the movies.

When he was a third-grade student, his father made him and his brother quit school so they could work odd jobs.

When he was 18 he moved to Stonington Borough, and he went on to not only captain a lobster boat, but also work at Electric Boat and serve in the National Guard. He became a skilled carpenter and plumber and even designed and built his own home in Stonington. He helped found the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony and ran it for years.

Over the years, he hid his illiteracy from friends and relatives by employing a variety of tricks, such as ordering what he heard someone else ask for when he went to a restaurant. He could write his name just well enough get by.

Learning to read at 91

Then, seven years ago, at 91, Henry was inspired after learning about the story of George Dawson, the grandson of a slave who wanted to earn his high school diploma by learning how to read and write at 98. Dawson went on to write the book “Life is So Good.”

Henry began by reading books designed for first-graders and spent countless hours practicing how to write, first the alphabet and his name, then small words.


Jim Henry is on the right. Mark Hogan- a retired teacher that’s tutored Jim Henry for two years is on the right. Full Article is linked below.