InspirEmail No 101 - January 19, 2007
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'

The True Measure of Greatness

A young student once asked his old teacher, 'Teacher, what is the true measure of greatness?' The teacher looked far away into the mountains and gave the following reply:

  • Some measure greatness in height and weight, but great people are never so tall as when they stoop to talk to a child or bend their knees to help a hurting friend.
  • Some measure greatness in physical strength, but great people are never so strong as when they shoulder the burden of the downtrodden stranger.
  • Some measure greatness in terms of financial gain, but those who show generosity to their family and friends, they are the ones who are truly rich.
  • Some measure greatness in applause and accolades, but those who seek opportunity to serve in the quiet places of the world, theirs is the higher reward.
  • Some measure greatness in commitment to achieving in material ways, but those who spur others on to reach their goals is great indeed.
  • Great people have vision and do not keep the truth to themselves.
  • Great people have passion for life and are not ashamed to show it.
  • Great people expect the best from others and give the best of themselves.
  • Great people know how to work and how to play, how to laugh and how to cry, how to give and how to receive, how to love and how to be loved.

There are many people who are by the world called great, but those who bear honour in their hearts, who can, in the evening hours, lie upon their beds and peacefully close their eyes, knowing that they have done all that is within their power to live their lives fully and fruitfully, those are truly great people.

Written by Randall S. Weeks

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All the Good Things

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Happy Home Recipe

The recipe for a happy home includes all the following ingredients:

6 cups of love
4 cups of loyalty
4 cups of faith
3 heaped tablespoons of tenderness
4 cups of kindness
4 cups of forgiveness
4 cups of understanding
4 cups of friendship
5 heaped tablespoons of hope
1 barrel of laughter


Take love and loyalty, then mix them with faith. Blend them with tenderness, kindness, forgiveness and understanding. Add friendship and hope, sprinkle abundantly with laughter and mix thoroughly. Bake it with sunshine and serve in generous helpings every day.

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Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it
William Feather

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