Ten Pieces of Inspiration #24

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

This week, I’ve been looking at piles of public domain and Creative Commons licensed photographs for a project I’m working on. I’m going to be sharing some of the ones that really struck a chord with me this week in the “pieces of inspiration.”

1. , by Marcel Oosterwijk
I love photographs of older couples, particularly ones that show the gentlest signs of long-term companionship between the two people.

Part of it reminds me of some of the older couples I’ve cared about in my own life. Another part of me hopes to be sitting on a park bench holding Sarah’s hand in fifty years.

2. Patrick Henry on being a good member of society
Society and community only truly shine when people work together.

Bad men cannot make good citizens. […] No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. – Patrick Henry

If you are incapable of cooperating with the people around you and living within your own means, why should you expect the community and society around you to cooperate with you and be able to help you when you need it? Responsibility starts with you.

3. , by Pink Sherbet
So many of my best memories of childhood and other children involve us just sitting around, watching the world and talking to each other.

A large part of growing up is simply understanding other people, and few things do that better than just spending time with them.

4. , by James Jordan
Hidden away places always fascinate me and draw me in.

The thought of stumbling upon this barn after a walk in the woods on a winter day seems so comforting.

5. John Ray on industry and frugality
How do you create success? By working hard and not wasting resources.

Industry is fortune’s right hand, and frugality its left. – John Ray

The most sure path to whatever you want in life is hard work and not wasting the products of that work.

6. , by Hillary
I love images of things that people once held intimately, but have been forgotten.

I can’t help but imagine a young girl, many years ago, learning to play the piano here. Who knows what she moved on to? Perhaps she still plays. Perhaps she has forgotten. These keys are all that’s left behind.

7. , by Kevin Dooley
My children and I are constantly mixing together various elements of books and other things to make up our own distinct stories. This picture captures that feeling quite well.

What will happen next? It’s all up to our collective imaginations.

8. Gandhi on sharing your ideas
If you want your ideas to live on, live your ideas.

My life is my message. – Mahatma Gandhi

There is no better way to spread the values you care about than to live a life with a lot of relationships in it and to live that life as close to the values you care about as possible.

9. , by Matthew Howarth
I love going outside in the early mornings when the dew is still heavy. I love the feel of wet grass under my toes and the way the garden looks as it’s beginning to catch the rays of the sun.

The leaves unfurl and slowly turn toward the sun, shedding their moisture and growing. Nature is beautiful.

10. , by Mariano Kamp
This photo so wonderfully captures the beauty of a game well played and that feeling you get when you first get the sense that the game has turned against you.

You’re exposed. Can you turn back the tide, or is it inevitable?

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