InspirEmail No 81 - March 27, 2006
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'

Finding your note

A short story by William Saroyan is titled 'The Man Whose Wife's Hair Was Too Long But Whose Understanding of Music Was Too Short.' If you think the title strange, listen to this:

In the story, a husband plays the cello and never changes notes. He just continues to repeat the same note without variation.

His wife is driven to distraction and finally protests: 'Why do you play the same note over and over and over again? Other cellists play different notes.'

'Other cellists play different notes,' her husband replies, 'because they are trying to find the right one. I've found mine.'

I'm thankful I don't live with a person like him. But he does touch on a universal truth. There is something beautiful about finding your note in life. We sometimes call it finding your purpose or discovering what you were meant to do or be.

Philosopher James Allen advised, 'Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.'

It's about cause and effect. A life without cause is a life without effect. Or put another way, a person not devoted to a cause will have little effect on the world. It begins with finding the right note.

I like the way Helen Keller said it: 'Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.'

Are you finding your note?

Written by Steve Goodier

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Don't Look Back You're Not Going That Way

As you travel through life there are always those
times when decisions just have to be made,
when the choices are hard, and solutions seem
scarce and the rain seems to soak your parade!

There are some situations where all you can do
is to simply let go and move on,
gather courage together and choose a direction
that carries you toward a new dawn.

So pack up your troubles and take a step forward
the process of change can be tough,
but think about all the excitement ahead
if you can be stalwart enough!

There could be adventures you never imagined
just waiting around the next bend,
and wishes and dreams just about to come true
in ways you can't yet comprehend!

Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from new
interests as you challenge your status quo,
and learn there are so many options in life,
and so many ways you can grow!

Perhaps you'll go places you never expected
and see things that you've never seen,
or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds
and wonderful spots in between!

Perhaps you'll find warmth, affection, caring
and 'somebody special' who's there,
to help you stay centred and listen with
interest to stories and feelings you share.

Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends
are supportive of all that you do,
and believe that whatever decisions you make,
they'll be the right choices for you!

So keep putting one foot in front of the other
and taking your life day by day.
There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the road.
Don't look back you're not going that way!

Author Unknown

To My Friends

I have a list of folks I know all written in a book,
and every now and then I go and take a look.

That is when I realize these names they are a part,
not of the book they're written in but taken from the heart.

For each name stands for someone who has crossed my path sometime,
and in that meeting they have become the reason and the rhyme.

Although it sounds fantastic for me to make this claim,
I really am composed of each remembered name.

Although you're not aware of any special link,
just knowing you, has shaped my life more than you could think.

So please don't think my greeting as just a mere routine,
your name was not forgotten in between.

For when I send a greeting that is addressed to you,
it is because you're on the list of folks I'm indebted to.

So whether I have known you for many days or few,
in some ways you have a part in shaping things I do.

I am but a total of many folks I've met,
you are a friend I would prefer never to forget.

So thank you for being my friend!!!

Author Unknown

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If you know peace, then you thrive; if you know contentment, then you are rich
Su Shi

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