Staying inspired and motivated is a key factor to achieving success. Without them
the mind will not function as it should nor will it be open to new and innovative
ideas. This page is dedicated to that goal by providing inspiritational and motivatinal
thoughts and stories. Occassionally they will be replaced with fresh new ones.
The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough
first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw
quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home,
he sat in stony silence.
On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door,
he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.
When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was
wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.
Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better
of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.
"Oh, that's my trouble tree," he replied." I know I can't help having troubles on
the job, but one thing's for sure, troubles don't belong in the house with my wife
and the children. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home. Then
in the morning I pick them up again."
He paused. "Funny thing is," he smiled, "when I come out in the morning to pick 'em
up, there ain't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before."
The Trouble Tree
"Be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play
and to look up at the stars."
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He
prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for
help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect
him from the elements and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging
for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up
to the sky.
The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger.
"God, how could you do this to me!" he cried. Early the next day, however, he was
awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue
him. "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw
your smoke signal," they replied.
The Most Important Question
During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz..
I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read
the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She
was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank..
Before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our
"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers you will meet many people. All
are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile
and say 'hello'."
What Is Happiness?
The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning
by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied,
even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.
Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled
sweetly when told her room was ready.
As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of
her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. "I love
it," she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented
with a new puppy.
"Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen the room .... just wait."
"That doesn't have anything to do with it," she replied. "Happiness is something
you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how
the furniture is arranged, it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love
it. It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend
the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no
longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is
a gift, and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories
I've stored away, just for this time in my life."
What Comes Around Goes Around
His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to
make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He
dropped his tools and ran to the bog.
There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling
to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An
elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the
boy Farmer Fleming had saved.
"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life." "No, I can't
accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.
At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel. "Is that
your son?" the nobleman asked.
"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
"I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my son will
enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we
both will be proud of.
And that he did.
Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, he graduated from
St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout
the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming,the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken
with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin.
The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.
What goes around comes around. Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've
never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your
wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.
-Theodore T. Hunger
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.