Our New Facebook Group

book-2929646_1920This is just a quick post to announce the formation of our new Facebook Group in which members can share their inspirational book recommendations and receive the recommendations of others.

The idea behind the creation of this group is to share our discoveries of inspirational books with other like-minded people.

Please feel free to post but respect the following rules:

1. We want Inspirational Books only (both fiction and non-fiction) but books that uplift the reader.

2. Authors are welcome to join and contribute but please do not continue to repost the same book over and over (zero tolerance for this kind of spam).

3. We don’t want to make too many rules, but will update them from time to time if necessary.

4. Enjoy!

CLICK TO JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP

We love inspirational books, both fiction and non-fiction! If you love inspirational books too, join us!

Ben: You are an Inspiration!

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Although this is actually old news, I felt I just had to post this when I heard about the story of Ben, a young lad with an autistic spectrum diagnosis who failed his SAT exams back in 2016.

Following the exam, his teacher, Mrs Clarkson wrote the following letter to Ben and his parents …

Dear Ben,
I am writing you to congratulate you on your attitude and success in completing your end of key stage SATs.
Gil, Lynn, Angela, Steph and Anne have worked so well with you this year and you have made some fabulous progress.

I have written to you and your parents to tell you the results of the tests.

A very important piece of information I want you to understand is that these tests only measure a little bit of you and your abilities. They are important and you have done so well, but Ben Twist is made up of many other skills and talents that we at Lansbury Bridge see and measure in other ways.”

Other talents you have that these tests do not measure include:

  • Your artistic talents
  • Your ability to work in a team
  • Your growing independence
  • Your kindness
  • Your ability to express your opinion
  • Your abilities in sports
  • Your ability to make and keep friends
  • Your ability to discuss and evaluate your own progress
  • Your design and building talents
  • Your musical ability

We are so pleased that all of these different talents and abilities make you the special person you are and these are all of the things we measure to reassure us that you are always making progress and continuing to develop as a lovely, bright young man.

Well done Ben, we are very proud of you.

Best Wishes,

Mrs. Clarkson

Well done Ben – you are an inspiration!

And so too are you, Mrs Clarkson!

A Lovely Moment

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Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. – Carl Jung

Today, I came across a quote by Carl Jung and it reminded me that all of out thoughts have been thought before by other people. It is something I remember being pointed out by Hector, the English master in the movie The History Boys.

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.” – Hector

What a lovely moment it was.

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How Many Civil Servants does it take to Light a Bonfire?

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Americans have their fireworks on the anniversary of the day they claimed their independence. I can understand that; it makes complete sense to me.

But today, in the UK,  we celebrate the attempt of Guy Fawkes back in 1605, to blow up our Houses of Parliament; surely the strangest event a nation has ever continued to commemorate.

Parliament, of course, survived the infamous gunpowder plot and today continues to spew out endless quantities of paper on Brexit.

Q: How many civil servants does it take to light a bonfire?
A: One to strike the match and 23 to fill in the paperwork.

You’ve got to laugh, but then, laughing is very good for you.

Laughter is the Fireworks of The Soul – Josh Billings

Every Strike Brings Me Closer

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I watched Sleepless in Seattle – again – last night. What a great film it is!

There are so many amazing lines in the movie. For example, when the radio presenter asks Sam ‘what was so special about your wife?’ And Sam answers, ‘Well, how long is your program?’

As you will probably remember if you have watched the movie, both Sam and his son, Jonah, love baseball. By the way, hers’s a question for you if you are a fan:  what baseball player does Annie mention in her letter to Sam? I’ll give you a clue: it wasn’t Babe Ruth.

The main theme of the film is destiny. At first, Annie doesn’t believe in it. She says that ‘destiny is something we’ve invented because we can’t stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.’ But, of course, eventually she changes her mind about that. She realises though, that she has to take action in order to fulfil her destiny.

It reminded me of something that Babe Ruth once said i.e. that ‘every strike brings me closer to the next home run.’ The same is true for you. You know that big goal you are working towards? Yes – that one!

Well, you know … you have to keep swinging the bat!

P.S. In case, you are still wondering, it was Brooks Robinson 🙂

 

It’s Not the Winds that Determine Our Way in Life

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I remember the late, great Jim Rohn speaking about the ‘set of the sail’ on one occasion. It is a very powerful message i.e. that no matter what is going on in the world right now, we can still determine our own course and reach our intended destination.

It doesn’t matter what is going on in politics or the economy, it doesn’t matter what the stock market is doing, it doesn’t matter whether it is a good time or bad time to do whatever you are attempting.

All of those things are like the storms on the ocean and we cannot control them. They are the same conditions that prevail for everyone and many will end up getting washed upon the shore or dashed upon the rocks.

One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
‘Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.

(Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

We, who know where we are going, will adjust the trim of our sail and reach our goal despite the prevailing winds.

Proactive People Carry Weather Within

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After what has been a really glorious summer, it has turned cold here in Devon this week. So, I was thinking that some of the jobs I have lined up to do in the garden are going to have to wait for a bit. Then it reminded me of something that Stephen Covey once said.

“Proactive people carry weather within them.” – Stephen Covey

What he meant was that there are really two kinds of people in the world. The first group are those who allow the environment to dictate their actions – such people don’t decide where they are going in advance; they consequently end up in the jobs they occupy, entirely by accident.

Then there are the second group – they make their decisions and then see them through to their conclusion, regardless of what outside factors might seek to influence them. That’s what he called ‘proactive people’ and that’s what he meant by his Habit #1 (Be Proactive) in his landmark book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Hmmm, some food for thought there – perhaps gardening isn’t over for this year … yet!

Which type of person are You?

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Those Who Forget the Pasta are Condemned to Reheat it!

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It’s one of those quotes that I really like; the one about the pasta, I mean. But whenever I drop the line into conversation, it never seems to get a laugh. It must be my delivery!

But anyway, the real quote – you know the one – the one about the past; that’s what I really wanted to mention today.

“Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it!” – Churchill

Failure is a great teacher.

If you always view failure as the empirical evidence that some particular idea, method or way is not right, then you will be able to continually make adjustments to your approach, until you find what does work. This is the mentality of really successful people and it is the right way to deal with failure. If you fail, always try to learn from the experience.

Taken from The 7 Keys to Success

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The Curious Case of the Cat in the Night (Caption Competition)

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Hmmm … do you think my cat looks as if he’s plotting to kill me?

I thought it might be fun to have a caption competition. Leave a comment with your best shot at a caption for the above photo and I’ll post the winners.

Winners will receive ANY OF THESE BOOKS free so that should get you at least a little bit bit excited!

What Matters Most is How You See Yourself

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This is a message we all need to hear because when you raise your self-image, things will begin to happen in your life!

The big problem of course is how to do that and a very good answer to that question is by using positive affirmations.

A lot of people seem to get the wrong idea about affirmations and, just like the Law of Attraction, many people say they don’t work. There is a lot of misinformation on the web about how and why they work.

Ignore anyone who tells you that you need to believe in affirmations for them to work; that is just not the case. The simple fact is that they are an astonishingly powerful way to change any belief you hold about yourself.

Taken From Think Big and Grow Rich

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Oh, by the way, you can get the Cat Poster Here