Morning Inspirations



A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu (or ‘Old Sage’ — born Li Erh) credited for being the catalyst for the philosophy of Taoism. Some scholars believe he was a slightly older contemporary of Confucius while other scholars believe Lao Tzu was a compilation of paradoxical poems written by several Taoists using the pen-name, Lao Tzu. There is also a close association between Lao Tzu and the legendary Yellow Emperor, Huang-ti. According to legend Lao Tzu was keeper of the archives at the imperial court. When he was eighty years old he set out for the western border of China, toward what is now Tibet, saddened and disillusioned that men were unwilling to follow the path to natural goodness. At the border (Hank Pass), a guard, Yin Xi (Yin Hsi), asked Lao Tsu to record his teachings before he left. He then composed in 5,000 characters the Tao Te Ching (The Way and Its Power).



“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.

Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” 
~Gloria Steinem~

 Gloria Steinem- was born March 25, 1934, in Toledo, Ohio. She had an unusual upbringing, spending part of the year in Michigan and the winters in Florida or California. With all this traveling, Steinem did not attend school on a regular basis until she was 11. Around this time, Steinem’s parents divorced and she ended up caring for her mother, Ruth, who suffered from mental illness. At Smith College, she studied government, a non-traditional choice for a woman at that time. It was clear early on that she did not want to follow the most common life path for women in those days—marriage and motherhood. She became a freelance writer after college and grew more engaged in the women’s movement and feminism. She helped create both New York and Ms. magazines, helped form the National Women’s Political Caucus, and is the author of many books and essays. A breast cancer survivor, Steinem celebrated her 75th birthday in 2009.

May You Design the Weekend You Most Desire!



“Technology… is a queer thing.  It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other”

~C.P. Snow~

 Charles Percy Snow, (15 October 1905 – 1 July 1980) Baron Snow of the City of Leicester was an English chemist and novelist who also served in several important positions in the British Civil Service and briefly in the UK Government. He is best known for his series of novels known collectively as “Strangers and Brothers”, and for “The Two Cultures”, a 1959 lecture in which he laments the gulf between scientists and “literary intellectuals”

Promise Yourself

“Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only the best, to work only for the best,and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds.To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

 Christian D. Larson

 Christian Daa Larson (1874 – 1962) was an American New Thought leader and teacher, as well as a prolific author of metaphysical and New Thought books. He is credited as being a founder in the New Thought movement. Many of Larson’s books remain in print today, nearly 100 years after they were first published. Of Norwegian extraction, Larson was born in Iowa. He attended Iowa State College and a Unitarian theological school in Pennsylvania.  In his early twenties he became interested in the Mental Science teachings of Helen Wilmans,Henry Wood, Charles Brodie Patterson et al. In 1898 Larson relocated toOhio and In January 1901, he organized the New Thought Temple at his residence.


“Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true”

~Charles Dickens~

 Charles John Huffam Dickens  (February 1812  June 1870) Famed English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian Period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens left school to work in a factory after his father was thrown into debtors’ prison. Although he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. Over his career he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, 5 novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms. Dickens sprang to fame with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humor, satire, and keen observation of character and society.


“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”

~Khaled Hasseini~

 Khaled Hosseini  (1965- ) Famed author was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History. In 1976, his family moved to Paris. They were ready to return in 1980, but Afghanistan had experienced a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet army. The Hosseini’s were granted political asylum and moved to San Jose, California in 1980. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology he was accepted at the University of California-San Diego’s School of Medicine, where he earned a Medical Degree. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was a practicing Internist between 1996 and 2004; during which time he began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner.which became an international bestseller, published in 70 countries. In 2006 he was named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. Khaled has been working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hasseini Foundation.

Life a “To Do List or a Journey

Everyone has a choice to see life as a to-do list or a journey. The first leads to ‘work’ and the second leads to ‘adventure’. Which do you choose?”

~Whitney Ferre~   

Whitney Ferré is originally from Chicago and is a graduate of The University of Michigan. She is revolutionizing the way we think about how we think! Her unique insight into our right brain and how we can all access and strengthen our creative thinking abilities to create change, is both elemental and infinite. Whitney’s creative career began in 1996 when she opened The Creative Fitness Center in Nashville, TN. The center provided its clientele with the opportunity to “work out” their creative muscles with visual art classes. Empowered by their new ability to conquer the blank canvas, students created change in other areas of their lives. Inspired by her students, she began to write her book, The Artist Within: A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit.

May You Design the Weekend You Most Desire!


Connected and Alone

“Terrified of being alone yet afraid of intimacy, we experience widespread feelings of emptiness, of disconnection, of the unreality of self. And here the computer, a companion without emotional demands, offers a compromise. You can be a loner, but never alone. You can interact, but never feel vulnerable to another person”

~Sherry Turkle~

 Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She obtained a BA in Social Studies and later a Ph.D. in Sociology and Personality Psychology at Harvard University. She now focuses her research on psychoanalysis and and human-technology interaction. She has written several books focusing on the psychology of human relationships with technology. In The Second Self, originally published in 1984, she writes about how computers are not tools as much as they are a part of our social and psychological lives. “‘Technology,’ she writes, ‘catalyzes changes not only in what we do but in how we think.

How is technology impacting your conversations?

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.