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Sunday Inspiration: Success

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—that is to have succeeded.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday Inspiration: Stories

My cousin Helen…was in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. She and a bunch of girls in the ghetto had to do sewing each day. And if you were found with a book, it was an automatic death penalty. She had gotten hold of a copy of ‘Gone with the Wind,’ and she would take three or four hours out of her sleeping time each night to read. And then, during the hour or so when they were sewing the next day, she would tell them all the story. These girls were risking certain death for a story. And when she told me that story herself, it actually made what I do feel more important. Because giving people stories is not a luxury. It’s actually one of the things that you live and die for.
—Neil Gaiman


Sunday Inspiration: Differences

He who is different from me does not impoverish me—he enriches me.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Sunday Inspiration: True Hope

Those who choose, even on a small scale, to love in the midst of hatred and fear are the people who offer true hope to our world.
—Henri Nouwen

Sunday Inspiration: Courage

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
—Mark Twain

Sunday Inspiration: Different Gifts

We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are.
—Fred Rogers

Sunday Inspiration: Education

Education isn’t something you can finish.
—Isaac Asimov

Sunday Inspiration: Returning to Yourself

“Finding yourself” is not really how it works. You aren’t a ten-dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. “Finding yourself” is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.
—Emily McDowell

Sunday Inspiration: Be That One

Be that one. That one who forgives when deep offense has been committed. That one who loves when no one else does. That one who gives kindness to those who are mean. Be that one who looks past the insult, instead seeing the pain that motivated it. That one who shines light upon those who sit in utter darkness. Because the impact of being that one runs far and wide. It brings healing to the wounded, joy to the sad, and hope to those in despair. Be that one.
—Sheri Eckert

Sunday Inspiration: The Measure of Love

The measure of love is to love without measuring.
—Saint Augustine