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The Best of Rumi | The Wisdom of Love
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Listen to episode 327 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Best of Rumi: The Wisdom of Love. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome the Inspirational Living podcast. We currently are on a holiday break, so today I’ll be sharing with you an episode of Our Sunday Talks, which is our patron-only series with 70 episodes. To gain access to all episodes, as well as our upcoming daily video series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life” please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the works of Rumi.

Only the soul knows what love is. What matters is how quickly you do what your soul wants. My soul is racing ahead of me. It says, “The body is too slow for me – I am going.”

There is some kiss we want with our whole lives: the touch of spirit on the body.

Whatever you are seeking, is seeking you. What is planted in each person’s soul will sprout. There is nothing outside of yourself. Look within. Everything you want is there — you are that.

Until you remain blind and deaf I will be invisible. Look for the answer inside your question. Eyes cannot see you. You are the source of sight.

Whatever I was looking for was always you. Your calling my name is my reply. Your longing for me is my message to you. I see my beauty in you. I become a mirror that cannot close its eyes to your longing.

Be foolishly in love, because love is all there is.

Sit, be still, and listen. Hear the passage into silence and be that. You are the seeker, the goal, and seeking itself. Only from the heart can you touch the sky.

There is a window from one Heart to another Heart. Purify your eyes, and see the pure world.  Your life will then fill with radiant forms.

I am Lost in God and God is found in me. Your noise is my silence. At the end of my life (with just one breath left), if you come, I’ll sit up and sing.

A lover wants only to be in love’s presence. The real beloved is that one who is unique, who is your beginning and your end.

Dec 18, 2018
The Secret of a Great Life | Shifting Your Consciousness
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Listen to episode 326 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Secret of the Great Life | Spiritual Consciousness. Edited and adapted from In the Light of the Spirit by Christian D. Larson.

Spiritual Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’m going on holiday to visit family for the next three weeks, and will be unable to record new podcasts. But as a special gift to you, during this holiday period I’ll be sharing old episodes of Our Sunday Talks, which is a series that we offer exclusively to our patrons.

Coming up in 2019, we will be starting a new patron series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life,” which will be a daily video series, where I deliver to you an inspiring message to get your day started. To become a patron and gain access to our special content for patrons, visit LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you.

Today’s reading was edited and adapted from In the Light of the Spirit by Christian D. Larson, published in 1916.

When we examine our mode of living, we shall find that we dwell upon the spiritual side of life only on rare occasions. Most of the time we allow our consciousness to reside upon the personal or material side of life, and it will remain there for days, weeks, or months. We find that during this period our soul activity becomes passive, and consequently the personality does not have the benefit of that greater spiritual power which is necessary in order that we may meet and overcome every problem and condition in life.

This being true, it is important that we learn to live, more and more, upon the spiritual side of consciousness, so that we may gain possession of a larger measure of this higher power, which alone can emancipate the personality and give higher wisdom to the mind and intellect.

We are not here to drift with the stream or to fold our arms passively and say that we will let the best come to pass. The truth is, that if there be anything we want, we must work for it. If we wish to make life ideal, we must make it so ourselves.

The things we desire do not come to us simply through mere passivity or expectation. We are living in an imperfect world, a world which is in the process of growth; therefore, we meet undeveloped conditions on every side. And if we remain in a passive condition, or simply drift with the stream, many of those undeveloped conditions will come into our own world — and not only disturb the order of our personal existence, but produce a great many adverse conditions, both within ourselves and in our environment. For this reason, we must make ourselves stronger than all those conditions; that is, we must rise above adversity both in wisdom and in power; and this is made possible only through the continuous expression of the soul.

Dec 13, 2018
Harnessing the Spiritual Power of Love | Joan of Arc
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Listen to episode 325 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Harnessing the Power of Love | Joan of Arc. Edited and adapted from Man Limitless by Floyd B. Wilson, published in 1905.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from: Man Limitless by Floyd B. Wilson, published in 1905.

Love in one form or another is the motive power of the universe. It is the force that moves men, women, and nations toward advancement — for the achievement of ambitions, for the fulfillment of ideals. Love reaches beyond desire, and yet awakens desire. It blends intellect with aspiration (the mental with the spiritual) and gives the incentive to guard and prolong life, in order that we may grasp more of its hallowed and mystic meaning.

It is universal, and found throughout nature. We see the plant sending its roots down to secure nourishment; and then, having converted this into sustenance, carry it upward to assist growth in the sunlight. It reaches, for it needs to give full expression to its development and beauty — seeming in its own mute way to enjoy itself most when demonstrating vigorous life. Is not this but a plant's expression of love — its silent purpose to attain its own end in the mystery of unfolding?

In animal life, we note a broader development — one that extends to the protecting, caring, and helping of its own kind. It reaches out often to the weak and suffering through almost a human feeling; and, more than that, it recognizes the expression of love from others and rewards it by showing love in return.

My purpose, however, deals with you and I, and whether we can learn something of the creative power of love and its part in helping us to attain our ideals, to uplift our spirit.

Dec 11, 2018
The Enigma & Adventure of Life and Death
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Listen to episode 324 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Adventure & Enigmas of Life and Death. Edited and adapted from The Adventure of Life by Robert W. Mackenna.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the Adventure of Life by Robert W. Mackenna, published in 1919.

The world is full of enigmas, and one of the greatest is life. We know neither what it is nor what its purposes may be, and we are perplexed by the mysteries which it enfolds. But the mysteries, and the difficulties, and the hard problems which it presents should impel us to seek earnestly for their solution rather than drive us into a backwater of indolent apathy.

Half of life's charm lies in its mysteries. If all the enigmas were removed it would be no more interesting than would be a game of chess in which every move is mapped out for the players before they sit down at the board. The existence of the human intellect demands the contemporaneous existence of mysteries — the knife needs the stone to sharpen it.

It is a mighty task to run a Universe, and something far beyond the power of you and I. Most of us find the ordering of our own little portion of life a task more than sufficient for our talents. Let us leave the Universe to God — and seek instead the solution to our own problems. Right at our feet (if we will grope and look), we may find a clue.

Sometimes the clue is fine as gossamer, and now and then we lose it in the tangled and intricate maze of circumstances. But if we can grasp it, and follow it, we shall find that it grows stronger before our eyes, until it becomes a cable strong enough to lift us out of the quagmire of doubt and set us with firm feet upon the high road to knowledge.

Dec 06, 2018
The Mystery of Pain & Suffering | Is There a Loving God?
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Listen to episode 323 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Mystery of Pain & Suffering | A Loving God? Edited and adapted from The Adventure of Life by Robert W. Mackenna.

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Today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from the Adventure of Life by Robert W. Mackenna, published in 1919.

Everyone who has devoted a moment's thought to the problems of life must have reflected on the purpose of pain. To the superficial, it must seem a needless phenomenon, an experience calculated to increase the sum total of human misery, but altogether devoid of any beneficial qualities. To them it appears malevolent; an evil thing to be avoided at any cost; an invention of the devil.

Such a view is directly opposed to the truth, for, as a matter of fact, the good qualities of pain more than outweigh the evil ones. Pain is a sentinel which guards the outposts of life for us, and without it the citadel would be more easily overthrown. It is one of the greatest helps to the physician in their work. The presence of pain, indicated by the sufferer, gives an immediate clue to the site of their trouble.

The veterinarian whose patients cannot describe in articulate speech the locality or the nature of the distress they suffer, works at a disadvantage compared with the physician whose patients are human beings. The former must rely on the secondary phenomena of pain to guide them to the site of the mischief. The latter, by a few direct questions, can elicit from the patient not only the precise situation of their pain, but also some knowledge of its character and intensity.

Pain is not malevolent but diagnostic, remedial, and frequently life-saving. It confers benefits upon the individual — and their sufferings, rightly read, may confer benefit upon a multitude. It is also disciplinary and educational. The first child that scorched a finger in the fire has passed into a proverb, and so achieved immortality.

Dec 04, 2018
Exercises in Concentration | Developing the Mind
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Listen to episode 322 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Exercises in Concentration | Developing the Mind. Edited and adapted from Stepping-Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Stepping-Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock, published in 1916.

The achievement of focusing the mind on one thing at a time involves not only the energy in striving to do that one thing, but also the ability to put aside other things to make a clear channel for the desired end. The power to focus attention has been the inseparable adjunct to all achievements in business, politics, art, literature, and science. Through this power, women and men of very ordinary ability have risen from poverty to great affluence.

Concentration is a stepping stone to success in any endeavor, and it is a quality of mind which may be developed positively the same as any other mental ability. The value of concentration may be exemplified in the office of a modern business — where you have the constant tapping of keyboards, the ringing of telephones, the voices of employees, calls for interviews, and dozens of other distractions.

Success depends upon our ability to concentrate on the business at hand and put aside the hundred and one things that constantly endeavor to prey upon our limited time. There is as much strain in resisting the non-essential in order to make room for the essential, as in accomplishing the essential object in view.

Many fail, not because they are not able to do one thing well, but because they are unable to concentrate their energies on the one task, ever allowing other things to rob them of time and energy.

Just as the rays of the sun may be focused on a small point by means of a lens and made to produce intense heat, it is also possible to focus the human energies on some object so that the resulting accomplishment will be astonishing, almost marvelous.

Nov 29, 2018
Cultivating the Midas Touch | The Power to Prevail
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Listen to episode 321 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Cultivating the Midas Touch | The Power to Prevail. Edited and adapted from Mightier than Circumstance by Frank B. Whitney.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Mightier than Circumstance by Frank B. Whitney, published in 1939.

Do you know people who have the habit of succeeding in whatever they undertake? Don’t they seem to cultivate the habit of success, just as others seem to cultivate the habit of failure? And yet, have you ever thought of success as a habit that you can acquire?

Well, you can. Each time you succeed, your success makes every subsequent achievement easier. You establish a process of mental activity that anticipates and assures success. Fear of failure is thus overcome, and confidence in success is established. Your mind thinks success, and you move toward success.

The pioneer (no matter the field of endeavor) finds that each time they travel over a new path, their progress becomes easier. In the same way, every time you think of yourself as successful, the easier it is for you to succeed. Thinking the thought of success helps to weaken any thought of failure that may be lurking in your mind.

When you cultivate a consciousness of success, and use it daily while engaged in your work, more and more success will come. Success eventually will become a habit. You will become so used to thinking success, and being successful, that you cannot fail — or if you do fail, it will be but a temporary learning experience.

Many people need to cultivate a confidence in success. They need to feel (when they are inspired by the Spirit within them to do something) that they can accomplish it. They need to know that the very act of attempting to do what Spirit bids them to accomplish carries with it success.

Nov 27, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving | The Power of Being Grateful
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Listen to episode 320 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Thanksgiving | The Power of Being Grateful. Edited and adapted from Thinking for Results by Christian D. Larson.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Wishing all of our listeners in the United States a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Taking time out to show gratitude for the blessings in our life is not only important on Thanksgiving, but all the year through. And, as for me, I’m grateful for all of you

Today, I am going to replay one of my readings from the past year on the topic of gratitude and aspiration, which was edited and adapted from Thinking for Results by Christian D. Larson, published in 1912.

The attitude of aspiration causes us to think of the marvels that lie beyond present achievement, and thereby inspires the creation of great thoughts. There must be great thoughts before the mind can become great, and the mind must become great before great results can be secured.

Aspiration concentrates attention upon superiority and therefore elevates all the qualities of the mind into that state. This being true, every effort in life should be directed towards those possibilities that lie beyond our present achievements, if we wish to cultivate and strengthen an attitude of aspiration.

When we are simply ambitious, we proceed as we are and seek to make a mark for ourselves with what power we already possess; but when we are alive with the spirit of aspiration, we seek to make ourselves larger, more powerful, and far superior to what we are now, knowing that a great light cannot be hid, and that anyone with great power must invariably reach the goal they have in view.

The ambitious mind seeks to make a small light shine far beyond its capacity, and through this effort finally wears itself out. The aspiring mind, however, seeks to make the light larger and larger, knowing that the larger the light becomes the further it will shine, and that no strenuous efforts will be required to push its powerful rays into effectiveness.

Nov 22, 2018
The Smiling Heart | The Power of a Sunny Smile
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Listen to episode 319 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Smiling Heart | The Power of a Smile. Edited and adapted from Creed of the Dauntless by Frank B. Whitney.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Creed of The Dauntless by Frank B. Whitney, published in 1931.

Do you know those who smile at life? Have you wondered how they do it? Have you wanted to be one of them? How refreshing it is (after listening to those who believe that the world is growing worse) to find the person who rejoices to be alive!

After seeing someone who thinks that the world owes them a living, how delightful to find the woman and man who seeks to contribute generously to the world's happiness!

Those who frown at life believe that the persons, things, and events of life have the power to make them unhappy. They feel that the world is upon their shoulders and that its woes are depressing them. Their philosophy of life is very simple: the world is all wrong.

However, those who smile at life see mirrored in the world the smile of their own contented hearts. Is it any wonder that they smile? The light within them shines to the very circumference of their world and makes it one of joy and brightness.

Those who smile at life can rightly do so because they have mastered life. It no longer has power to defeat and crush them. It must dance at their bidding. It must sing its happiest song for them. It must yield its most coveted blessings.

Smiling at life may be resolved into a sunny mental attitude. Can you smile mentally? Mental smiling is very simple. It consists merely in entertaining sunny thoughts. You cannot do this mental smiling very long without having your countenance and whole life wreathed in smiles. Your world will be alive with smiles and everyone who comes to you will greet you with a smile.

Nov 20, 2018
Through the Looking Glass | Your World as a Mirror
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Listen to episode 318 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Through the Looking Glass | The World as Mirror. Edited and adapted from The Palace of Mirrors and Other Essays by Joseph Frank Thompson.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. As I mentioned last week, we have just published our latest book: Evermore: 50 Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth. This is the final book in our trilogy, which began with Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons. While Evermore is available in a beautiful hardcover edition, you can also purchase it as an eBook. And for a limited time, you can do so for the special sale price of only $4.99 — which is 50% off the retail price at bookstores. To purchase you copy today, please visit our website: InspirationalLifeLessons.com.

Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Palace of Mirrors and Other Essays by Joseph Frank Thompson, published in 1911.

The world is full of looking-glasses in which we behold our own reflection. Any given mirror may be cracked or otherwise defective (so that the image fails to do us justice), but, more or less, the thing reflected is the thing that is.

The material world abounds in such mirrors. The summer rain is one thing to the farmer, whose heart glows with satisfaction at the thought of the crops that are being nourished, and quite another to the farmer’s children, who grumble their resentment toward the chores that interfere with their holiday.

The falling snow does not look the same to the boys and girls who expect to go sledding, as it does to the homeless who do not know where they may find shelter for the night. To the thirsty traveler, the oasis in the desert, with its cluster of tiny palms and its lukewarm spring, seems fairer than the grandest of groves and the coolest of fountains do to the one who has no need of shade and drink.

We have all observed how easily children obtain enjoyment from the most trivial circumstance when they are already in a happy mood — and how fruitless our own best efforts to entertain them are, when they do not wish to be entertained. It is the same with ourselves.

We get from our surroundings the reflection of our mood. If it is one of discontent and fretfulness, the weather will always be too warm or too cold, and all the beauty of the sky and landscape will be as if it were not so. On the other hand, if our hearts are filled with hope and cheerfulness, we shall be sensitive to all the delights which nature offers to our senses. We shall be conscious of the grandeur of forests and mountains, the peacefulness of meadows, the fairness and fragrance of flowers, and the songs of birds and brooks — while the trifling discomforts, of which we should otherwise complain, will be only topics for jokes and laughter.

Nov 15, 2018
Finding the Springs of Hope & Joy | Art, Artists & Poetry
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Listen to episode 317 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Springs of Joy | Art, Artists & Poetry. Edited and adapted from The Springs of Joy by Robert F. Horton.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Springs of Joy by Robert F. Horton, published in 1915.

There is a higher truth. There is a realm of reality which is lifted above the things perceived by our senses and the experiences of human life. There is a joy and light and music in the waters, which do not rise within the city but come from the eternal hills beyond. It is that kind of everlasting joy which I would like to talk about today.

It must be evident to everyone that we can only maintain joyfulness by living above the actual facts and events of human life. If we are immersed in them (completely immersed), there cannot be perpetual joy. There may be an occasional touch of pleasure. There may even sometimes be rich, transient delights. But human life is so constructed of cares and sufferings and sorrows that (if we are to live completely immersed within it) perpetual joy is impossible.

Very few days can pass for any of us without cares and anxieties, even about the mere way in which we are to live. Complications of business; distractions; intrusions; the worries of the household; a thousand things come pressing in upon us every day and disturb our peace. The apprehension of the future, the anxiety for those we love, things which are perfectly natural and inevitable, will keep care always seated behind us. Therefore, it is evident that joy cannot be perpetual unless it is drawn from a source that is above care.

Now, I hear someone saying, “How is it possible to rejoice if death comes, and those whom we love are taken from us? What possibility is there of joy? Joy cannot be lasting when disease and death are always within reach.” Well, with that being true, it must be perfectly evident that if joy is to be perpetual it must be derived from a source that is also entirely above both death and disease.

But now I hear someone saying that there are also sorrows — sorrows often much keener than cares or physical pains or even bereavements. Sorrows enter into most human lives — hopeless, irreparable sorrows. We miss all we desired; we are disappointed in every plan and scheme; we feel the burden of all this unintelligible world; we listen to the low, sad music of humanity until it seems to move the soul to perpetual tears....

Nov 13, 2018
The Success Principles | What You Need to Succeed
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Listen to episode 316 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Success Principles | What You Need to Succeed. Edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox.

Inspirational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I have some important news to announce today. Our new hardcover book Evermore: 50 Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth is now available for purchase. This is the final installment in our trilogy of “Life Lesson” books, which also includes Evergreen and Everest.

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Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox, published in 1905.

I WISH that every person might cultivate in their lives an invincible determination to do and to be. Why shouldn't everyone be a magnificent success? Why shouldn't people discover their great possibilities, and a magnificent personality which can grow and blossom like a beautiful flower? Why shouldn't people take up the study of enthusiasm and make good will, progress, and enterprise part of their law of life?

This great world is big enough, and good enough, and grand enough for every man and woman to succeed in. And it is possible for every person on earth to rise higher and higher in the scale of life until this earth is a perfect paradise.

Think of the desire we may cultivate, and the inspiration which could be ours if we would but appropriate the enthusiasm, the courage, the energy, and the zeal that the great people of every age have left as a blessed heritage to humankind. Think of the glory of putting heart and soul, and inspiration and zeal, into your work, and making it the pride of your life and the admiration of the world.

It's the only way a person can reach their potential, and obtain the blessings that follow. It's the only natural way to live. Think of what it all means! Not simply that you will profit from your work (success means vastly more than profit). It will mean that you have conquered, and have achieved your place in the world. It will mean a greater personality, a greater usefulness, the realization of your hopes, and a heritage you can leave to the world which will encourage future generations of women and men.

Nov 08, 2018
Getting Started Upon the Road to Success | Careers
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Listen to episode 315 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Getting Started Upon the Road to Success. Edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Don’t forget that our podcast is also available on YouTube. To subscribe to our YouTube Channel, visit LivingHour.org/youtube. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox.

When one thinks of the thousands who have succeeded without even a ghost of a chance, we in this glorious age of progress ought to feel ashamed. My friend, are you discouraged? Do you think your lot is hard? — that times are not like they used to be, or that you have no chance? Let me urge you to stand up in the strength of your own vitality, and resolve with all the power in your being that there will be one more light, one more guide-post, one more successful life; that, if someone has to fail, that someone shall not be you.

There isn't a profession that hasn’t been glorified by someone who at first was no greater than you. I care not what your occupation may be, you can make such a start, and follow that start with such a future, and such a life, that you will have immortalized your name, and made for yourself a monument that will reach the sky.

Don't wait until you are a Napoleon before you begin. You might as well wait until you become a skillful swimmer before going into the water. It's waiting to do something great, or waiting to make up your mind, or waiting to get good and ready, that finds people getting old without a purpose.

All the magnificent conflicts, defeats and victories, and nearly all the preparation, come after the start. The start is the supreme moment — the supreme test of strength.

Thousands are standing on the bank shivering instead of jumping in and becoming warm by their own activity in the water. Thousands never start because they are afraid they can’t make a go of it. Thousands more never start because they don't see ahead to the reward. And thousands never start because they think they haven’t been offered enough for their services.

One reason is as bad as another. What difference does it make to the dead person whether they were killed intentionally or by accident? What difference does it make why one doesn't start if they never do?

Are you disheartened? Are you afraid to make a start for fear that you will fail, and your subsequent condition be worse than your first? Such feelings are common to all successful women and men, for they have all had their misgivings at times. But every person has success within themselves, and to start is to win half the battle. A start toward usefulness is a start that no one has ever yet made in vain. Every person and every genius in all history started before they could actually do the thing. We learn by doing, and we learn in no other way.

Nov 06, 2018
The Religion of Every Day Life | Attaining Harmony
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Listen to episode 314 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Religion of Every Day Life. Edited and adapted from The Will to be Well by Charles Brodie Patterson.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Will to be Well by Charles Brodie Patterson, published in 1906.

To live naturally in any age means to adjust yourself naturally to your environment, and to the requirements of your being. When we live naturally, we live harmoniously. Unnaturalness in any degree creates discord. But God lives in every life — lives fully, unfailingly, despite apparent setbacks.

Nothing can really separate us from God. And by God I mean the great Universal Life that is in us, through us, and above us — the Universal Love that floods our being whenever we are open to it.

We are living in a world where a constant readjustment is required. The demands of today are inadequate for tomorrow. It is through meeting new difficulties that we develop new powers — through overcoming that we grow strong. It is only through the facing and fighting of perplexities and troubles that we come to know life as it really is — that we truly learn the lessons of life.

Each encounter awakens fresh powers of adjustment or resistance — for even resistance has its place at certain times. Everything indeed has its place: the so-called "evil" — the shadows, as well as the good — and the light. There are times when effort — real struggle — is required, and other times when we find genuine good in giving ourselves up to the current.

There is a time, too, for serious consideration of the vital things of life — a time to ask ourselves honestly if we are in a right relationship with things and people — with our daily environment. This adjustment to things and people is the true religion of life. Harmonious adjustment is, indeed, all there is in life.

Nov 01, 2018
Wisdom & Destiny | Maurice Maeterlinck | Inspiration
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Listen to episode 313 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Wisdom & Destiny. Edited and adapted from Wisdom & Destiny by Maurice Maeterlinck.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Wisdom & Destiny by Maurice Maeterlinck, published in 1906.

In every age there should be some people who dare to speak, and to think, and to act as though all people were happy — for otherwise, when the day comes for destiny to throw open to all people the garden of the promised land, what happiness shall the others find there, what justice, what beauty or love?

It may be urged, it is true, that it is best, first of all, to consider our most pressing needs, yet this is not always wisest. It is often better to seek, from the start, that which is highest. When the flood waters threaten the home of a farmer in Holland, there is a pressing need to safeguard one’s own cattle and grain; but the wisest farmer races to the top of the dyke, summoning all neighbors, and thus meet the flood, and do battle.

Humanity up to now has been like an invalid tossing and turning on a couch in search of rest. And yet words of genuine consolation have come only from those who spoke as though humanity were freed from all pain. For, as we all were created for health, so were we created for happiness; and to speak of humanity’s misery only (though that misery be everywhere and seem everlasting) is only to say words that fall lightly and soon are forgotten.

Why not speak as though humankind were always on the eve of a great certitude, of a great joy? By doing so, we are led by our finest instincts, though we never may live to behold the long-wished-for tomorrow. It is well to believe, that we need but a little more thought; a little more courage, love, and devotion to life; a little more eagerness; and one day the portals of joy and of truth will be flung wide open.

Let us hope that one day all people will be happy and wise. And though this day may never dawn, to have hoped for it cannot be wrong. Regardless of what may come, it is helpful to speak of happiness to those who are perpetually gloomy — so at least they may learn what happiness means.

Oct 30, 2018
The Leadership Challenge | How to Be a Leader
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Listen to episode 312 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Leadership Challenge | How to Be a Leader. Edited and adapted from Leadership by George H. Knox.

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Motivational Podcast ExcerptMore men and women should place upon their heads a crown of leadership that will inspire to the impossible. However, that is a headgear that doesn't stay on by itself. If you can reach the sublime heights of leadership, you can wear the crown with ease, but if you shrink from the task before you, it will become a burden that will crush you to the earth.

Leadership is a magic word — a marvelous attainment — but the price you pay for it is tremendous. The splendid thing about it is that the more you pay the more you get. The more you give in, the more you have left. Pay but a small price, and the returns are meagre, but pay the supreme price of leadership, and your reward is genius and immortality.

When a person aspires to leadership, you need to forget some things. You should forget those who envy you, those who would pull you down and trample you under their feet, thereby hoping to gain a foothold for themselves. You must forget that there is such a thing as loafing or lounging or wasting time. If a person has a life of ease, they can have nothing else. If you have this, you can't have that.

You must pay the price of being thorough; of being a master of time, of method, and of concentration. Never, on penalty of your crown of leadership, get to the position where you think you don't need further preparation. Cease to prepare, and you cease to grow. Cease to grow, and you begin to dwindle. When you cease to be better, you cease to be good. You become but a weed in the garden of prosperity.

You must cultivate nerve and enthusiasm and concentration, and a great faith, and a great zeal that passeth understanding. You must cultivate patience and then more patience. Not the patience that idly waits, but the patience that knows that when the best that can be done has been done, if the result doesn't come today, it will tomorrow.

Oct 25, 2018
Making the Most Out of Life | Motivational Self-Help Talks
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Listen to episode 311 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Making the Most Out of Life. Edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox, published in 1905.

What is nerve? Nerve is that which enables a person to hang on and either lose everything or win out. It is undertaking more than ordinary things. It is taking big risks on one's own ability. It is holding the fort against all-comers. It is doing the thing which the ordinary person thinks is impossible. It is setting your standard twice as high as your colleagues would set it for you, and then reaching it. It is burning your bridges behind you and staking your all on your own endeavor.

It is taking chances that are not chances — to ordinary people the risk would be enormous, but the man and woman of nerve is not even taking chances because they know they can carry the thing through and do not allow themselves to become side-tracked, or even annoyed by the people who say it can't be done.

Nerve consists not only in undertaking a hard task, but in everlastingly and unflinchingly standing by your work when your friends have given up in despair. That is the truest test of nerve. It is nerve that gives us our airplanes and Atlantic cables below the ocean. It is nerve that belts our continents with railroads and enables entrepreneurs to build up enterprises that astonish the world.

Nerve is that which enables one to calmly and unflinchingly face an unpleasant task, or a seemingly unendurable condition, when duty requires it.

Don't jump to the conclusion that people are trying to cheat you. It is all right to be businesslike; you must be. But it is all wrong to be unbusinesslike. It is all wrong to tie your business up in such a way that you have to depend either upon the honesty or the judgment of someone else to enable you to succeed in fulfilling your promises.

Oct 23, 2018
Overcoming Your Only Enemy | Self-Empowerment
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Listen to episode 310 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming Your Only Enemy. Edited and adapted from Self-Investment by Orison Swett Marden.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Self-Investment, by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1911.

We can make our minds art galleries of beauty or chambers of horror. We can furnish them with anything we please. We think in mental images. They always precede the physical realities. Our mental pictures are copied into life, etched upon our character. Our whole physical economy is constantly translating these images, these mental pictures, into our lives.

A thousand times better to allow thieves into your home and steal your most valuable treasures, to rob you of money or property, than to allow the enemies of your success and happiness — discordant thoughts, disease thoughts, morbid thoughts, jealous thoughts — to enter your mind and steal your comfort, rob you of that peace and serenity without which life is a living tomb.

Whatever you do or do not do for a living, resolve that no morbid, discordant, sick thoughts shall get access to your mind. Everything depends upon keeping your mental faculties clear and clean. Keep the holy shrine of your mind, God’s temple, pure and free from all your thought enemies.

A discordant thought, a morbid mood, when once harbored, breeds more discordant thoughts and more gloom. The moment you harbor the one or the other it will begin to multiply a thousandfold, and grow more formidable.

Do not have anything to do with discord or the offspring of morbid moods. They spoil everything they touch. They leave their wretched impression on everything. They rob one of hope, happiness, and efficiency. Tear down all the dark pictures from your mind, all the black images. Dispel them. They only mean mischief, failure, paralysis of ambition, and the death of hope.

We must stand on guard at the door of our thoughts; keep out all the enemies of our happiness and achievement. We have no real enemies except those which live in our own minds, which are generated by our own passion, prejudice, and selfishness.

Oct 18, 2018
Self-Reliance: The Key to Self Respect | Personal Growth
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Listen to episode 309 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Self-Reliance: The Key to Self-Respect. Edited and adapted from Self-Investment by Orison Swett Marden.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Self-Investment by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1911.

The average person is capable of independence and self-reliance, yet comparatively few people ever develop their ability to stand alone. It is so much easier to lean, to trail, to follow somebody else, to let others do the thinking and the planning and the work. One of the worst faults of the typical person is that (if they do not possess commanding talents in some particular direction) they usually do not think it worthwhile to make the most of what they have.

Do not think that, just because you are not a born leader, you are a born follower. A lack of great commanding qualities of leadership is no reason why you should not cultivate what you have. We never know what resources or possibilities of strength are ours until we put our powers to the test. Many a person has proved themselves a great leader who did not seem to be so naturally — who showed at first very little evidence of self-reliance.

Leaders do not copy. They do not reflect the opinion of the majority. They think. They create. They make their own program and carry it out.

How few people stand for anything in particular! The majority are merely so many individuals in the census; they help make a little larger crowd; but how few of us stand above or beyond our fellow citizens and are self-sufficient!

Almost everybody you see is leaning on something or somebody. Some lean on their money, some on their friends; some depend upon their clothes, their pedigree, their social standing; but how seldom do we see someone who stands fair and square on their own feet; who goes through life on their own merits, and is self-reliant and resourceful.

In later life we never quite forgive those who have allowed us to lean upon them, for we know that it has deprived us of our birthright. A child is not satisfied when a parent shows them how to do a certain thing. But watch the joy on a child’s face when by actually doing it they have conquered the thing themselves. This new sense of conquest is an added power that has increased their self-confidence and self-respect.

Oct 16, 2018
Just Be Glad | Life is a Song | Christian D. Larson
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Listen to episode 308 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Just Be Glad | Life is a Song. Edited and adapted from Just Be Glad by Christian D. Larson.

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Whether you believe that life was made for happiness or that happiness was made for life, matters not. The fact remains that they alone can live the most and enjoy the best who take for their motto — just be glad.

Whatever comes, or whatever may fail to come, this one thing you should always remember — just be glad. Though every mind in the world may give darkness, continue to give your light; and though all may be lost, so there seems nothing more to give, forget not to give happiness.

The one great thing to do under every circumstance and in the midst of every event is this — just be glad. Wherever you may be, add sunshine. Whatever your position may be, be also a human sunbeam. What a difference there is when the sunbeam comes in; therefore why should your sunbeam remain without?

There is a sunbeam in every heart. Why hide it at any time? Does not the world need your smile? Is not everybody made happier and better when in the presence of a radiant countenance? Do we ever forget the face that shines as the sun? And does not such a memory continue to give us strength and inspiration all through the turnings and complexities of life?

We are not here to give sadness, but joy. We were not made to hide our souls in a dark thunder cloud, but to let the spirit shine in all its splendor and beauty. We are made to make life an endless song, and the sweet refrain of that beautiful song is — just be glad.

When things go wrong, just be glad. It is sunshine that brings forth the flowers from the cold and soggy earth. It is light-heartedness that lifts the burdens of life. It is the smile of human sweetness that dispels the chilly night of isolation and brings friendship and love to the bosom of the yearning soul.

Oct 11, 2018
The Law of Giving First | Success Talks | Inspiring You
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Listen to episode 307 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Law of Giving & Receiving | It Works. Edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting.

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Today’s reading is a continuation of last week’s reading on How to Transform Your Life, and has been edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting, published in 1934.

There's a lot of talk these days about the power of thought, and some people are disposed to sneer at it. But there's more in it than these persons suppose, and they suffer because they don't realize its power.

Consider this, can you do anything without first thinking about it? Is any discovery or invention, any work of art or book, any newspaper or tool, any manufacturing or any crime, any deed (good or bad) ever performed without some one's first thinking about it? In other words, everything that you do is first an idea in your mind. That is where it is first "created."

If you want to make a chair, or a plan, or a sailboat, or a printing press, or a bomb, or a broom, it must first take shape in your mind, as an idea. As a matter of fact, the idea of a thing is the real creation of it. The physical putting it together afterward is a mere copy of the idea in your mind.

We are accustomed to think that a certain amount of time and energy is required to make the visible copy of the idea — the visible chair, or plow, or broom. But the more perfectly we think it out (that is, create it as a complete idea in mind), the more quickly and perfectly we can create it in visible form. And as we think it out better and better, we find that we require less and less time to make the visible thing, and less and less energy.

Newly invented machines, for instance, are usually crude, cumbersome, heavy, and require a lot of power to operate them. But as they are perfected (that is, as they are thought out) they become lighter, simpler, more efficient, are operated by less power, and do their work more quickly.

During this process, the time always comes when the thing that once took a long period and much labor to make is made at a speed so high that the production is in some cases almost instantaneous. If, when we began making this thing, we had understood all the laws of its making, we could have made it instantaneously without going through the process of learning how. But that would have been a miracle! Exactly.

Oct 09, 2018
The Dalai Lama on Life, Religion & Education
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Listen to episode 306 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Dalai Lama on Life, Religion, and Education. Tibetan Buddhism.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the writings and talks of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others. I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.”

“Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.”

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world, until we make peace with ourselves.”

“There is a saying in Tibet: ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’”

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”

“No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

 “To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive, and persevere, and never give up.”

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.”

“The true hero is one who conquers their own anger and hatred…..In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.”

Oct 04, 2018
How to Transform Your Life | Start Today
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Listen to episode 305 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Transform Your Life | Start Today. Edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting.

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Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Why not have what you want? Have you settled down with a notion that you can't get it? Are you accepting a disappointment as something you must suffer through? Do you look at the thing that you really desire as being far beyond your reach? Do you carry around with you a heartache because you think your heart's desire is finally and forever denied you?

Do you look on yourself as being down and out, with no chance to get back? Do you think you are too poor to buy the things you like or even the things you need?

Have you done something that you think has brought a penalty upon you — sickness, poverty, loss of freedom, grief?

Well, before you give it all up as hopeless, won't you just hear me out a little way to see if your case is as bad as you think it is? I am not trying to sell you anything or to teach you anything or to persuade you of anything, but just want to share with you the ideas that changed the life of a man who used to think as you do, and who thought he had good reason to think so, but who has found out that he was mistaken and that life is not hopeless at all; and who believes that what helped him may help somebody else who is under a cloud similar to the one that he once lived under. Many things you want most are now within your reach.

It has been said that if a person were to offer a hundred dollar gold pieces for sale on the street at 5 dollars each, there would be few buyers, because nearly everybody would leap to the conclusion that the seller was a fraud. If you study the real reason why people instinctively feel that way, you will find in it the very secret of success in getting what you want.

You have heard it said a thousand times that "you can't get something for nothing." You may or may not think that you believe this to be true, but it is true, whether you believe it or not; and everybody deep down in their inner nature knows it is true. That's why we are shy of any promise that promises too much. That's why you are probably skeptical about the promise of what I am sharing with you today.

But just let this idea get a foothold in your mind: If it is a law that I cannot get something for nothing, then it must be true of this law, as it is of all genuine laws, that it works both ways. It must be true that I cannot give anything without getting something for it. Ever think of that?

Oct 02, 2018
The Magic Voice Within You | Creative Power
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Listen to episode 304 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Magic Voice Within You | Creative Power. Edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting, published in 1934.

THERE is a remarkable little book called "Finding Youth," by Gertrude Nelson Andrews, that tells the story of a man who lost his job when he was sixty years of age, after a lifetime of faithful service to others. In despair, he did not know which way to turn to make a living for himself and his family. In his own trade, printing, no place was open for him; and he knew no other trade. Want and the shame of failure stared him in the face. But through a chain of circumstances that makes up the body of the story, he found within himself a creative faculty, which he began to use. He found that by giving attention to this creative urge he could reconstruct his work and his life. He found that by giving heed to its suggestions and dictates he could reconstruct his youth. And he did. He built a new career for himself, and happiness, and prosperity.

The author says that this story is not fact but fiction. It doesn't matter, for whichever it is, it is true. We all have a creative faculty within us that will reconstruct our work, and our career, and our youth, if we will pay attention to it and obey it. The trouble is that we do not usually trust this inner urge to create. We haven't any confidence in our own ideas — because they are our own.

Maybe you think this is not true in your case. But stop and review some of your experiences. Don't you often look at some device or plan or object that somebody else has made and see a better way of doing it? Don't you frequently believe you could build a house, run a school, launch a business, sail a boat, play chess, raise radishes — anything that happens to interest you — better than somebody else you see doing it, if you only had time to gain the requisite fundamental information with which to equip your creative impulses?

And haven't you had the experience of thinking of what seemed momentarily a good idea; then discarding it because it was your own, and so couldn't be worth much? — and soon after finding that somebody else had conceived the same idea, used it, put it over successfully, and reaped the profits and the credit that might have been yours? And how cheap you felt, when all you could say to yourself was "I thought of that first. Why didn't I do it?"

Sep 27, 2018
The Road to Freedom | What is it to be Free?
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Listen to episode 303 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Freedom Talks: What is it to be Free? Edited and adapted from Where Dwells the Soul Serene by Stanton Davis Kirkham.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Where Dwells the Soul Serene by Stanton Davis Kirkham, published in 1900.

THERE is ever in the human mind a longing and desire to transcend the limits of the known — to break boundaries. It is this desire that has led explorers to great new discoveries of unchartered lands and places. But it is in the realm of ideas that it leads us furthest, and reveals the grandest continents; carries us to the more sublime elevations, and lays before us the more majestic panoramas — for it is in the sphere of ideas alone that we may be said to pass all boundaries and be free of limitations. It travels not by the chart but would go where there are no charts; it goes not by the beaten road but follows rivers, and mountain chains, and the shores of continents, like migrating swans — for to follow a traveled road is to see what has already been seen by all women and men; but to make your own road, under the guidance of the Inner Light, is to see and report what no other has seen.

Ah, what a sunny land waits to be revealed when we turn our steps within! There, too, must we cross burning deserts and ascend the rugged cliffs, scale precipices and take our way over ridges and among crevasses; to finally reach the sunny vale — smiling and verdant always — where sparkle limpid streams, where bloom the rose and jasmine, where sing the whistling thrush.

To explore the unknown regions of the mind, to seek that shining land where dwells the Soul, serene — here is a work worthy of the true explorer's mettle. Let us explore this world of thought; let us blaze a path and wear a trail up over the mountains; let us recount our escape from the wilderness, and leave a record of our journey from bondage to freedom.

It is the royal privilege of every person to so live that their life and example shall be an inspiration; to so walk erect and free that others shall be obliged to inquire as to the means of our freedom.

Sep 25, 2018
Rejoice Always! Your Right to Be Happy & Contented
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Listen to episode 302 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Rejoice Always: Your Right to Be Happy. Edited and adapted from Your Right to Be Happy, by Frank & Marion Van Eps, published in 1922.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Your Right to Be Happy, by Frank & Marion Van Eps, published in 1922.

JOY and happiness is the birthright of every human being; and there is a sure way to realize it. Our capacity for happiness, and our eagerness for it, are evidence of this fact. As the ear is the organ for hearing and the eye for seeing (and their very existence points to hearing and to seeing), so the capacity for anything such as happiness, points to its satisfaction.

A faculty points to its own action and effectiveness. Our capacity for joy proves that our destiny is joy and happiness. If you are not having an experience which aligns with the things to which your nature and constitution point (and which according to reason they require), it is evident that something unnatural must be interfering with you.

Reason shows that the evident purpose of the Creator is that all of us should be happy and satisfied. But how? Where do people miss their way? Why do they not find it? If there is any way of peace and happiness, why has it not been found and followed all these ages? Surely it would seem that all people would rush toward the way that releases them from their burdens, if such a way were pointed out.

But, is it so? Point out to someone what you have found to help bring about a joyful life, and you will not always find that there will be a rush to try the same. People have a habit of objecting, arguing, or hesitating, rather than accepting with eagerness the way of deliverance. Too often they ask that foolish question, “Why is it that way, and not otherwise?”

Sep 20, 2018
Albert Einstein: Thoughts on Science, Religion & Life
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Listen to episode 301 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Albert Einstein: Thoughts on Science, Religion & Life. Edited and adapted from the writings of Albert Einstein.

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

“There are only two ways to live your life: one as though nothing is a miracle, and the other as though everything is a miracle.”

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge — for knowledge is limited, while imagination encircles the world.”

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when we contemplate the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if we try merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.”

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty. Never regard study as duty but as a wonderful opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty, in the realm of the spirit, for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community — to which your later work belongs.”

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether they are the garbage man or the president of the university.”

Sep 18, 2018
The Charm of Civility & The Industrious Personality
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Listen to episode 300 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Gaining the Round Above, a Guide to Personal Efficiency by Gustavus S. Kimball.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get access to full trascripts of our podcast delivered right to your smart phone by becoming our patron today, and for as little as $3 a month. Learn more by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Gaining the Round Above, a Guide to Personal Efficiency, by Gustavus S. Kimball, published in 1918.

Small kindnesses, small courtesies, small considerations, habitually practiced in our social intercourse, give greater charm to the character than a display of great talent and accomplishment.

There is no better working capital today for an individual seeking their way in the world than civility, for it makes friends and friends you must have. Civility is courtesy and refinement. It is politeness. It is consideration for other people — that is to say, intelligent altruism in small matters.

Much of the charm of a magnetic personality comes from a fine, cultivated manner. One must know exactly what to do, and be able to do just the right thing at the right time. We speak nostalgically of the charm of the old school. The quaint courtesy of men and women of earlier generations had a refining and softening influence upon even the rudest person. Good judgment and common sense are indispensable to those who are trying to acquire this magic power.

Good taste is also one of the elements of personal charm. You cannot offend the tastes of others without hurting their sensibilities. Most of us can manage to forget ourselves enough to observe the ordinary conventions of life. In fact, our very selfishness forbids actual rudeness. But thoughtfulness in little things, the considerate word of "thanks," the general use of the word "please," the giving of a cordial greeting and a gracious smile, the unobtrusive kindness that seeks no return, the gracious deference to age or ill health; these are all apt to be lacking, unless we possess naturally (or have acquired by self-discipline) the forgetfulness of self which makes the real charm of the thoughtful person.

Sep 13, 2018
The Two Great Obstacles to Health, Happiness & Success
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Listen to episode 299 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Two Great Obstacles of Health & Success. Edited and adapted from Dynamic Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin.

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Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: THERE are two great obstacles along the path to health and success. They are fear and hate. Not only do they bar your path to success, not only do they break down your health, but they also destroy all happiness and peace of mind. They are the most negative of all negative qualities, and give rise to the most negative of thoughts and the most destructive emotions. They break down the fabric of the character, destroy the nervous system, and create disharmony and disturbance which effectually keep success, health, peace of mind, and happiness at a distance.

There has never been a truly great figure in the world's history that has harbored fear. On the contrary, the truly great have always been distinguished by their faith and courage. Great characters, accomplishers of great achievements, the truly successful, know full well that they can only do great deeds, or accomplish mighty purposes, to the extent that they are able to banish fear and hate from their minds and lives.

Fear is the deadly enemy of accomplishment. It paralyzes effort, destroys initiative, and corrodes the mental machinery. Fear and worry go hand in hand, the one produces the other. Worry never yet succeeded in overcoming a difficulty, neither has it ever succeeded in elucidating a problem. All it can do is destroy health, wreck happiness and peace of mind, and make our difficulties more difficult to overcome and our problems less easy to solve.

Fear, worry, care — what a terrible trinity! How destructive they are, what numberless lives they have marred and ruined. Mental gifts, high achievement, a university education, help from friends and relatives, even genius, all are in vain, all are rendered futile, if the mind is allowed to entertain fear. Unless fear is cast out of your life, there can be no success. Entertain fear in your mind and you slam and bolt the door on all achievement; you sound the death knell of your hopes and ambitions.

Sep 11, 2018
Concentration and Meditation | Swami Paramananda
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Listen to episode 298 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Concentration and Meditation. Edited and adapted from Concentration and Meditation by Swami Paramananda.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Concentration and Meditation by Swami Paramananda, published in 1921.

WE all possess the faculty of concentration, but with the majority it is instinctive and automatic, not conscious. Even among the animals, we see how a lion or tiger will gather their strength by a moment of absolute stillness before they spring upon their prey.That automatic, instinctive power of concentration is embedded in every living creature. But until we can gain conscious command over our mental and spiritual forces, we can never have complete concentration.

When the scattered mind is gathered together, it is like a bright searchlight, and by it we are able to investigate the latent powers which we possess, but of which we are not now wholly aware. And as we grow more conscious of these hidden forces and learn to use them, we become more and more proficient with them.

We never wish to be defeated, and yet how often our strength of mind or our physical capacities prove inadequate. It is because we have not the full and conscious possession of our whole being. We cannot achieve much unless we have free use of our hands and feet, free use of our eyes and ears, free use of our muscles, and above all free use of our mind and intelligence. But how many of us have the free use of all these? When we would make use of them, we find them hopelessly scattered and rebellious to our will.

The cause of this does not lie in any inherent lack of power, but in our inability to coordinate, and in our lack of a definite singular purpose. We miss the mark because we do not set our aim properly. Once in ancient India there was a tournament held to test marksmanship in archery. A wooden fish was set up on a high pole and the eye of the fish was the target. One by one, many valiant archers came and tried their skill but in vain.

Before each one shot their arrow, the teacher asked them what they saw, and invariably all replied that they saw a fish on a pole at a great height, with head, eyes, etc.; but Arjuna as he took his aim said: "I see the eye of the fish." — and he was the only one who succeeded in hitting the mark.

Sep 06, 2018
C.S. Lewis: Inspirational Quotes & Wisdom
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Listen to episode 297 of the Inspirational Living podcast: C.S. Lewis: Inspirational Quotes & Wisdom. Edited and adapted from the works of C.S. Lewis.

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“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest… No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond… Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

“We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road. In that case, the person who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

“Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.”

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a person a more clever devil… The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good, will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

“Even in literature and art, no person who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring a whit how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”

Sep 04, 2018
Getting Out of Our Ruts | How to Live Long & Love It
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Listen to episode 296 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Getting Out of Ruts | How to Live Long & Love It. Edited and adapted from The Road to Seventy Years Young by Emily Mulkin Bishop, published in 1909.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from “The Road to Seventy Years Young or The Unhabitual Way” by Emily Mulkin Bishop, published in 1909.

A kind of mental laziness (which for lack of a better term may be called “an inertia of the will”) is, perhaps, the chief cause of old age. It is easy to dawdle mentally, for no action of will is required when the wheels of thought aimlessly revolve in accustomed grooves. Such come-as-you-please thoughts are practically automatic, the undirected response to some stimulus.

Directed thinking to some definite end (which is the only kind of thinking that makes for the retention of mental vigor) requires effort. If you are going to use your mind, use it with all your heart. A virile will takes the initiative. It is pioneering, daring, and definite. Inertia of the will manifests, instead, in such mental habits as treadmill thinking, mooning about, and vain longings.

During the early part of life, the strong stimuli afforded by school and college, study and sports, by the first few years of aggressive business and professional life, are sufficient to keep the brain quite generally active. But as time goes by, the early stimuli no longer stimulate. The result is that the average person of forty years thinks and feels principally in ruts — and thoughts and emotions control their acts.

It is well, occasionally, to take an inventory of our stock of ideas, of our staple lines of thought, and to close out those that have become "dead stock." To make room for the new, out must go the old prejudices, the antiquated ideas, the old business methods. True, this is setting a task that is difficult for some people. But what matter does it make, if growth follows.

Now, it may seem like we are losing a part of our very selves to give up certain long cherished ideas — for our opinions and habits of thought are very intimately associated with our identity. But if our mental furnishings have become shabby, no matter what their associations, they must be discarded. As it’s been said, "Angels must go, that archangels may come."

Aug 30, 2018
How to Break Bad Habits | Character Building
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Listen to episode 295 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Break Bad Habits | Character Building. Edited and adapted from the book Within You is the Power by Henry Thomas Hamblin.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Within You is the Power by Henry Thomas Hamblin, published in 1920.

Character building is the greatest object in life. It has been said that character is the only thing we can take with us when we depart this life. That is perfectly true, therefore the object of all religion, mental training, and spiritual development should be the building of character.

A religion that does not build up character is worthless. Those who think that they can slide through life, who make no effort to improve their character, and through believing in a certain creed can miraculously become perfect, simply by dying, are deceiving themselves.

We do not become "perfect" — that is, a person of strong and perfect character — either by believing in a creed or through dying, but by attainment. God helps those who help themselves, and those people who will not strive after better things cut themselves off from all the great and wonderful possibilities of spiritual attainment.

Before, however, thinking about such lofty things as entering the Path of Attainment — and modeling ourselves after the Divine Image — the average person may wish to know how to overcome those bad habits and weaknesses of character which are keeping you down in life, and, possibly, undermining your health.

Most people are conscious of some wrong habits that ought to be overcome, and weaknesses of character which should be eradicated. Possibly they have fought against their habits or weaknesses for years, prayed until they are tired of praying, made innumerable attempts at turning over a new leaf, yet all in vain — for they are as firmly struggling as ever.

Aug 28, 2018
A Parable of Life & Achievement | Inspiration for Success
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Listen to episode 294 of the Inspirational Living podcast: A Parable of Life & Achievement. Edited and adapted from It’s Up to You! by Ralph Parlette.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And if you feel inspired, do tell your friends about us. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from It's up to you! by Ralph Parlette, published in 1918.

I would like you to close your eyes for a moment. Now, imagine that I hold in my hand a glass jar containing little white beans and big black walnuts. I mix them all up. Then I shake the jar. They un-mix. The walnuts go to the top and the little beans go to the bottom.

That always happens. You have seen it happening all your life, all around you, in a thousand different ways. But have you really seen it? Have you ever noticed how many times we have to see a thing before we really see it? Why don’t you try it yourself?

Get a jar, a box, or a bucket, and put into it pebbles, marbles, blocks, or any different-sized things of about the same specific gravity. Mix them in any way, and then shake. Note how more perfectly than human hands can sort them, they will sort themselves just by the shaking. Each object finds its place according to its size.

The littlest ones get on the bottom, the next larger a little higher, the next larger a little higher, and the largest will shake to the top. When they shake into their place they stay there. Go on shaking, but they won't change — the biggest will stay on the top and the littlest on the bottom.

Now, suppose these objects in the jar could talk. Do you see that littlest bean in the bottom? I think if he could talk, he would say, “Help, Help! Help me up. Here I am in the bottom and so unfortunate and low down. I never had a chance like them big ones up at the top. Help me up!”

I say, “Yes, Little Bean, I'll help you. Cheer up and hold tight, for I am going to boost you.” And you see, I will get him clear to the top.

There, you see him up on the top. But the jar shakes. And back to the bottom shakes Little Bean, right where he was before I boosted him. I hear him say, “Hey, I slipped! You try that over again, put me back to the top and I'll stick there.”

“All right, Little Bean, I'll put you back to the top.” So I put him back on top. But he cannot stay on top. I shake the jar, and he shakes right down to the bottom. I can put him up a thousand times, and he will shake right back to the bottom. Why? You know why. I increase his altitude without increasing his dimensions, and he thus reduces to his lowest position!

Aug 23, 2018
Know Thyself & The Meaning of Success | Life Skills
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Listen to episode 293 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Know Thyself & The Meaning of Success. Edited and adapted from Gaining the Round Above by Gustavus S. Kimball.

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Motivational Podcast Excerpt: During a conversation with a learned and distinguished professor, the question was asked, “What would you do if you had your life to live over?” His reply was: ''First, I would be a better man. Second, I would know more and study more carefully to know my own capabilities. And third, I would cultivate public speaking."

Without underestimating the force of the first or third answers, the second one should be uppermost in the mind of every person who is busy making a career for themselves. It is a great day in our lives when we begin to discover our capabilities and what it is possible for us to achieve. It is often true that we have latent capacities greater than we suspect, and which often lie dormant until some sudden awakening reveals them to us — therefore, every person should study to know themselves and what they are best adapted for in life.

You should take stock of yourself, as it were, for a knowledge of your limitations and possibilities is worth much to you. You must, in a sense, interpret and judge your own capacities from a study of the lives of other people. History is full of records of men and women who discovered somewhat their own capacity. But history has yet to record the individual who fully discovered all they might have been.

Remember that every person in this world is created differently from every other, and the success which some people achieve does not appeal to all alike. The success of some, means nothing to others. The interpretation of life's meaning and vocation reveals itself to you in what you enjoy: the books you read, the company you keep — to where your tastes lead you. Hence these should not be overlooked in selecting an occupation, and in deciding what your life work should be.

While there are many notable examples on record of people, with strong minds, who have shown their natural aptitude very early in life, most of us require years of waiting to discover our bent. The first years of every person's adult life are years of education. Doors do not open to us until we are prepared to enter them — for really we are only valuable, in the best sense, to the business world, to the community about us, when we have grasped life's full meaning and have gained poise of character, power, and self-control. Every person should thus find out from their interests for what they are best adapted, what they desire to do — and then do it with the bravery and enthusiasm which belongs to the bold.

Aug 21, 2018
The History & Purpose of Education | Henry Van Dyke
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Listen to episode 292 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The History & Purpose of Education | Henry Van Dyke. Edited and adapted from The School of Life.

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Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from “The School of Life” by Henry Van Dyke, published in 1905.

Life itself is the great school. Facts are teachers. Experiences are lessons. Friends are guides. Work is a master. Love is an interpreter. Teaching itself is a method of learning. Joy carries a divining rod and discovers fountains. Sorrow is an astronomer and shows us the stars. What I have lived I really know, and what I really know I partly own; and so beginning with what I know and what I own, I move through my curriculum, elective and required, gaining nothing but what I learn, at once instructed by every duty and every pleasure.

It is a mistake to say, "Today education ends, tomorrow life begins." The process is continuous: the idea turns into the thought, the thought into the action, the action into the character. When the mulberry seed falls into the ground and germinates, it begins to be transformed into silk. This view of life as a process of education was held by the Greeks and the Hebrews — the two races in whose deep hearts the stream of Western progress takes its rise, the two great races whose energy of spirit and strength of self-restraint have kept the modern world afloat.

For the Greeks, the dominant idea was the unfolding of reason, the clarifying of the powers of thought and imagination. The ideal person was one who saw things as they are, and understood their nature, and felt beauty, and followed truth....

Aug 16, 2018
William Shakespeare | Quotes & Wisdom | Plays
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Listen to episode 291 of the Inspirational Living podcast: William Shakespeare | Quotes & Wisdom | Plays. Edited and adapted from the works of Shakespeare.

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“The fool thinks they are wise, but the wise person knows themselves to be a fool. Modest doubt is the beacon of the wise. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosophy.”

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. Notice how far the little candle throws its beams! So shines a good and kind deed in this weary world.”

“There are some who say that to love thyself is a sin, but it is not so great a one as to neglect thyself.”

“Virtue is bold, goodness is never fearful — while no legacy is so rich as honesty. To be an honest friend, as this world goes, is like one picked out of ten thousand.”

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. But all know this: to do a great right, we must often do a little wrong.”

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore is the winged Cupid painted blind. They who do not love are those who do not show their love.”

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. It is not the stars that hold our destiny, but ourselves.”

“Cowards die many times before their deaths. But the valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that people should fear death, seeing that death is a necessary end, and will come when it comes.”

Aug 14, 2018
The Law of Attraction | Truth vs. Nonsense
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Listen to episode 290 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Law of Attraction | Truth vs. Nonsense. Adapted from the book Dynamic Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin, published in 1914.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Dynamic Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin, published in 1914.

There has been a lot of nonsense written and spoken about the Law of Attraction. People have been taught that all they need to do is to adopt a certain mental attitude, think thoughts of success and abundance, and then sit and wait for the abundance of all good things to drop from the skies at their feet. The folly of it is seen when we find that these teachers of "abundance" and "opulence" have to work for a living — by teaching the very thing which, if true, would save them from all the necessity of working.

Suppose that it were true; then what is possible for one would be possible for all, and if all adopted this method of getting a living, then who would till the soil or make our clothes? Would everything we need come from the skies? Even if this were true (and we could draw all that we needed by the power of thought from the blue vault of heaven), then no one would have anything to do; life would become stagnant; and the race would perish from inaction.

Life IS action — and if a person ceases to work, they at once begin to disintegrate, and soon require six feet of earth wherein to cover their bones. When business people retire they often quickly die, and those who (being born with riches) have no necessity to work for a living, STILL have to find some kind of work and interest, in order to prevent themselves from mental and physical decay.

There is no such thing as getting something for nothing. The principle of the "square deal" runs right through life and the Universe. A business person who tries to get something for nothing — who, in other words, fails to give value for money — finally finds themselves without a customer.

Aug 09, 2018
Overcoming Troubles & Difficulties | Henry Thomas Hamblin
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Listen to episode 289 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming Troubles & Difficulties. Adapted from the book The Power of Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or to leave us a review at the iTunes store. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Power of Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin, published in 1924.

WHY is thinking right thoughts so important? It’s important because it influences our actions. It’s important because it builds up character and a steadfast mind. It’s important because upon it our well-being and the success of our whole life depend. It’s important because it is by right thought that we can overcome harmful suggestion.

First of all, we have to realize that thought is the cause of our actions and decisions. It is largely because of this that our circumstances depend upon our thoughts. If, for instance, we do not overcome life's difficulties in our thoughts, then we can never overcome them in actual experience. By this I mean that our difficulties must be boldly met and conquered in thought, if ever we are to hope to overcome them in reality.

In a way, it is good advice to tell people not to dwell upon their woes but to think of pleasant things instead — however, it is liable to lead to a habit of thought almost as destructive as brooding over trouble. This negative application of what is meant to be good advice is responsible for the failure of those who say, “I have tried right- thinking, but it makes no difference.” The reason “it makes no difference” is that it is not right-thinking at all, but actually a form of wrong-thinking.

Such people say, “I never indulge in wrong thoughts about my troubles. I refuse to think about them.” Just so, and it is there where the whole trouble lies. Instead of life's troubles being met boldly and conquered in thought, they run away from them. As soon as the mind comes up against an unpleasant thought — the thought of an irksome duty that must be done or of a crisis that must be faced, or of a difficulty that has to be overcome — the mind dodges it and moves on to something more pleasant.

Aug 07, 2018
Fate vs. Free Will | Defying Astrology & Circumstance
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Listen to episode 288 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Fate vs. Free Will | Defying Astrology & Circumstance. Adapted from the book Within You is the Power by Henry Thomas Hamblin, published in 1920.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get notified of new episodes each week by subscribing to us at the iTunes store, Google Play, or your favorite podcast player. And if you have a spare moment, please do leave us a review. I always enjoy hearing from listeners who have been helped by our podcast. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Within You is the Power by Henry Thomas Hamblin, published in 1920.

Great has been the controversy in the past, over the vexing subject of fate versus free-will. On the one hand, fatalists claim that we are so closely bound to the wheel of fate it is impossible for us to live our lives in any different way than that which is mapped out for us. They can bring a quantity of first-class evidence in support of their claim and believe in their theory with all their heart. On the other hand, the advocates of free-will believe just as whole-heartedly that we are not bound at all, being as free as air. They, too, can bring plenty of evidence in support of their theory, which confirms to them in their belief.

Each school of thought thinks that the other is wrong, yet they cannot both be wrong! Let us therefore examine the subject for ourselves, for it is an important one, being intimately connected with the manner in which we live our lives. First of all, let it be said that they are both wrong, in part, and both right, in part. Humanity is bound to the wheel, yet, at the same time, we have free-will. Let us, therefore, explain this seeming paradox.

It is an ancient truth of mystical teaching that the human being, when it is unevolved and before it is "unfolded," is bound to the wheel of fate very closely. The unevolved human being follows its base desires, thus creating for itself a future from which it cannot escape. When however, we become more evolved and emancipated, we begins to resist following our base desires and strive, instead, to follow higher things. This creates for us a better future and thus we become free in comparison with our former slave state.

We are a slave to fate as long as we are a slave to our base desires. We are, however, free to overcome lower things and thus rise to higher. When we do this, we cease to create a painful future for ourselves and thus become free.

Aug 02, 2018
The Art of Life & Living | Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Listen to episode 287 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Life. Adapted from the book The Art of Being Alive by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Today I would like to reach back a couple years to one of our earliest podcasts, and one of my personal favorites. It’s a reading from Ella Wheeler Wilcox, and an essay that is included in our book Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons. You can purchase Evergreen now in e-book and get our 2nd book Everest: 50 Motivational Life Lessons for free. To buy your copy, please visit InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Thank you.

LIFE means action, from the cradle to the grave. There are limitless possibilities in this life to bring into realization whatever hopes or aspirations we desire. If we only but begin…

There is no such thing as inaction during this life. We are continually going forward or backward. You are either stronger or weaker this year than you were last year. You are braver or more cowardly. You are more hopeful or more pessimistic. You are more capable mentally or less so. You have better or poorer command of your forces. You have more efficiency or not as much. You are nearer your goal or farther from it. You are a better human being or not as good. Next year at this time, you will be farther onward or farther backward.

Every thought, every word, and every act of each day is chiseling out the statue you are making of yourself. If you desire to be an expression of the universe’s finest handiwork, you must work with care. Delicate tools are these thoughts of ours, and they must be used with caution.

Every morning say to yourself: "Today I will think of whatever is beautiful, strong, noble, wholesome, and worthy. I will entertain hope, courage, reverence, gratitude, and love as the guests of my heart. I will make thoughts of health at ease in the guest-chamber of my mind, so disease may not enter. I will achieve something worthwhile in my chosen field of endeavor. I will work faithfully, but I will find time to sit alone with thoughts of the universe for a little while, and no worldly ambition or anxiety shall intrude upon that time."

Jul 31, 2018
Building Foundations for a Life Worthwhile | Motivational
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Listen to episode 286 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Building Foundations for a Life Worthwhile. Edited and adapted from The Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you by the kind financial support of listeners like you. To become our patron for as little as a dollar a month, please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes, published in 1918.

Personality is the sum of what you are. Personality means character— plus. Many persons have a good character, but a personality signifies something other than honesty, truthfulness, industry, and the like. It embodies all these and something more. Personality implies pleasing, winning ways, graciousness, heartiness, enthusiasm, magnetism.

To have a gracious personality we must cultivate graciousness. To have a personality that radiates the right qualities, we must possess the right qualities. We cannot wear the right kind of personality and be the wrong kind of person. We may indeed have brilliant talents and un-selfish natures, and yet fail to cultivate or exhibit the kind of personality that inspires love and admiration.

Personality may be defined as the right kind of character in the right kind of wrapper. The workshop, the office, the university, and the world have no dearth of men and women of education: people of technical skill, professionals of full-measure ability. But there is a dearth of people possessing these qualifications plus personality. And what the workshop, the office, the classroom and the world needs is just such women and men. It is worthwhile striving to become one of them.

A friend of mine once sent me a series of 11 words as his “Key to Success.” You will notice that the initial letters of each word spell Personality. They are: Persistence, Enthusiasm, Respectful, Systematic, Original, Natural, Alert, Loyal, Imaginative, Truthful, and Youthful. If you want to build up a strong, enduring worthwhile life, you must lay the right kind of foundations such as these.

Jul 26, 2018
Success Through Self-Reliance | How to Succeed
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Listen to episode 285 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Success Through Self-Reliance | How to Succeed. Edited and adapted from The Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Keys to Success by B. C. Forbes, published in 1918.

Without self-reliance no one can succeed in the largest way. Self-reliance breeds courage, faith, determination, never-say-dieness. Self-reliance inspires a person to do the best that is in them. Without self-reliance, the difficulties that are common to forging ahead cannot be fought and overmatched.

Self-reliance is a well-spring of hope and inspiration and courage. It strengthens the will, the brain, the arm. It is as a strong pole by which you can vault over obstacles. Lose self-reliance, and you become weak, wobbly, vacillating. You balk at even the shadow of difficulty. Admit the danger of defeat, and you are already half defeated.

Archimedes is credited with the declaration: "Give me a lever of sufficient length and a fulcrum to rest it upon, and I would move the world." Our modern Archimedes sets about making the needed lever and fulcrum. They do not wait to have something handed to them: they go after it, and either finds it or makes it.

If you have no faith, no reliance in yourself, how can you expect others to place faith or reliance in you? Aim high and you may hit high. Aim low and you are little likely to hit high. Don't be a Uriah Heep. Strive rather to cultivate something of the Napoleonic mind — Napoleon not only had self-faith, but he inspired among others such confidence that his presence at a battle was accounted to be worth a hundred thousand men.

Jul 24, 2018
The Secret of Harmonious Living | Inspirational Life Hacks
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Listen to episode 284 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Secret of Harmonious Living | Life Hacks. Edited and adapted from Success Through Thought Habit by Benjamin Johnson.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Occasionally people feel that study of the best gurus will give them what they need, and they seek wildly for the self-development books they think may help them. One such person, who had read many pages of good advice but had failed to improve, went to one of the greatest teachers in the self-help field and said, "I have spent days and weeks fighting against of all sorts of bad habits and I have resisted temptation as hard as I can, but I still find it harder all the time to be better.

The teacher smiled and said, "The reason for your trouble is very clear; you really have been thinking so much of what you wanted to avoid that you have been concentrating on your bad habits rather than your good ones. Now, for a time, just stop weeding your mental garden and affirm Harmony as hard as you can." "But," objected the young person, "what can I study that will help me?" And the teacher replied, "Study Harmony. Eat it, think it, drink it, sing it, breathe it, whistle it---fill your mind with it the last thing at night and the first thing in the morning. And, last but not least, demonstrate it in every action."

Friends who watched this young person’s progress spoke of it as remarkable, and that the person’s ability became phenomenal, with a smile that was the most winning they had ever known. When this individual became one of the most successful business people in the town, many called the person lucky--for they did not know of the many hours and days and weeks that this person had spent cultivating the Harmony Habit from which they were now but reaping the reward.

Jul 19, 2018
Integrity & Self-Respect | Building Your Personal Brand
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Listen to episode 283 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Integrity & Self-Respect | Building Your Personal Brand. Edited and adapted from The Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you by the kind financial support of listeners like you. Learn how you can support our podcast for as little as a dollar a month by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes, published in 1918.

A person may lose their earthly all, yet if they retain their self-respect, they can still be rich in the things that count, the things that endure, the things worthwhile. The individual who loses their self-respect (though they may have millions) is poor indeed, a bankrupt, a failure.

Self-respect is one of the basic ingredients that go to make success. If we lose respect for ourselves, we will sooner or later lose the respect of others. Self-respect is not pride. It is not haughtiness. It is that hard-to-define "something" which prevents us from stooping to meanness, pettiness, harshness, bossiness; which resents every form of unfairness; which rebels against injustice; which compels us to have scrupulous regard for the rights and feelings of others.

The self-respecting person cannot flout the self-respect of others, cannot do unto others what they would resent having done to themselves — for they who wound the self-respect of another thereby mar and scar their own self-respect.

But self-respect is not a quality apart. It is not a flower that can be cultivated in a garden overgrown with weeds. It is a virtue that can flourish only in the company of other virtues. The person who cheats, the one whose business is not run honestly, the person whose daily object is to get the better of others, cannot retain the true brand of self-respect.

Such people may strive to convince others — they may even try to delude themselves — that they are entitled to self-respect, and they may, and probably will, demand that others, particularly their subordinates, show them scrupulous "respect" (for those who pose are the greatest sticklers for insisting upon being shown deference). But at heart they will know, or at least suspect, that they are bluffing, that their character does not ring true, that they are not worthy of being shown the respect which they demand of those they lead.

Jul 17, 2018
Make Your Life Count | Motivational Speeches
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Listen to episode 282 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Make Your Life Count | Motivational Speeches. Edited and adapted from “Ambition and Success” by Orison Swett Marden.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you are a regular listener of this podcast, you’ve probably heard me mention our MAJESTY meditation program. If you’ve thought about purchasing the meditation, but have yet to do so — now is the time to finally give the program a try. To celebrate my birthday tomorrow, I am now offering the MAJESTY meditation + our e-book Evergreen (50 Inspirational Life Lessons) + our e-book Everest (50 Motivational Life Lessons) all for the one low price of $9.99.

In other words, you’re getting $20 worth of free e-books with your purchase of the MAJESTY meditation. To take advantage of this limited-time special offer and begin building a fresh, new positive mindset, visit LivingHour.org/Majesty. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Ambition and Success, by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1919.

Everywhere we see men and women doing the lower, the commoner things, seemingly satisfied to do them all their lives, when they have the ability to do the higher. Many people do not start out with ambition enough to spur them to do big things. They make a large career practically impossible at the very outset, because they expect so little of themselves. They have a narrow, stingy view of life and of themselves which limits their ambition to a little, rutty, repetitive groove.

If I could give you but one word of advice, it would be that which Michelangelo wrote under a diminutive figure on a canvas in Raphael’s studio, when he called on the artist and found him out: “Amplius” (which is the Latin word for “larger”). Raphael needed no more advice. This one word meant volumes to him.

I advise every one of you to frame this motto, hang it up in your room, in your store, in your office, in the factory where you work, where it will stare at you in the face. Constant contemplation of it will make your life broader and deeper. A fine ambition will steady your life. It will hold you to your task; keep you from yielding to the hundred temptations that might ruin you.

What chaos there would be but for a person’s ambition to get up and get on in the world and to improve their condition. Nothing so strengthens the mind and enlarges the horizon of achievement as a constant effort to measure up to a worthy ambition. It stretches the thought, as it were, to a larger measure, and directs the life to finer things.

Jul 12, 2018
Health & Success Through Will Power | Motivation Essays
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Listen to episode 281 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Health & Success Through Will Power. Edited and adapted from “How to Develop Your Will Power” by Clare Tree Major.

Motivational Podcasts: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Last week I announced the release of our Ocean Sounds Sleep Meditation with Positive Affirmations. We now have added a variation of that meditation, with gentle rain replacing the ocean sounds — giving you two different meditation sounds to choose from. Pick up your copy for the special sale price of $4.99, by visiting LivingHour.org/ocean. Thank you.

Today’s reading was edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Will Power by Clare Tree Major, published in 1920.

THE human Will may be termed your power to direct your own actions. You are the master of your own destiny when you yourself, the Self, holds the reins.

However, you have three forces to conquer — three forces which must serve you or destroy you. You must control your physical, emotional, and mental attributes. These are your tools, the forces with which you must work to draw from the world the experience you need to make your life complete. Now, what these experiences may be, each person will decide for themselves, but there is but one driving force, the controlling Will.

As a child, the tremendous soul which the world knew as Theodore Roosevelt found itself in a frail, delicate body absolutely incapable of demonstrating the characteristics of its owner. But this same soul refused to inhabit a frail, delicate body as a man, and by sheer persistent will power, built up for itself a physical personality so superior to that of the average man that to mention Roosevelt’s name brings to mind immediately a physical magnetism and power so dominating as to seem a fitting representation of the great man that he proved himself to be.

Roosevelt radiated energy, the energy of dominant WILL. You should think of Will as a force in itself — as really nothing but a force. It is pure energy. It does not choose your way of life (your reason, or intellect, does that). It does not desire things (your inclinations, or preferences, present to your mind for choice the things which cause desire).

Your Will is purely the energy which you use to make these selected desires become your own property. It is the power which the Self (you) sets in motion to obtain that which your intellect and desire approve as the thing you should have.

Jul 10, 2018
Positive Affirmations | Ocean Sounds Sleep Meditation
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Listen to episode 280 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Positive Affirmations | Ocean Sounds Sleep Meditation. Edited and adapted from Peace, Power & Plenty by Orison Swett Marden.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. For the past several months, a number of listeners have reached out, asking if we could put together a sleep meditation with positive affirmations. I’m happy to announce that this new meditation is now available.

The recording includes soothing ocean waves that I recorded off the Gulf of Siam, and a soft binaural beat track to enhance the mind’s receptivity of the affirmations — all of which will help usher you into a deep, restful sleep, while encouraging creative dreaming to solve problems, inspire new ideas, and build a positive mindset.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Peace, Power, and Plenty by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1909.

The miracles of civilization have been performed by men and women of great self-confidence, people who had unwavering faith in their power to accomplish the tasks they undertook. The human race would be centuries behind what it is today had it not been for their grit, their determination, their persistence in finding and making real the thing they believed in, and which the world often denounced as chimerical or impossible.

There is no law by which you can achieve success in anything, without expecting it, demanding it, assuming it. There must be a strong, firm self-faith first, or the thing will never come. There is no room for chance in God's world of system and supreme order.

Everything must have not only a cause, but a sufficient cause — a cause as large as the result. A stream cannot rise higher than its source. A great success must have a great source in expectation, in self-confidence, and in persistent endeavor to attain it. No matter how great the ability, how large the genius, or how splendid the education, the achievement will never rise higher than the confidence.

You can if who think you can, and you can't if you think you can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. It does not matter what other people think of you, of your plans, or of your aims. No matter if they call you a visionary, a crank, or a dreamer, you must believe in yourself.

Jul 05, 2018
Rules of Civility & Civil Discourse | George Washington
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Listen to episode 279 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Rules of Civility & Civil Discourse. Edited and adapted from the writings of George Washington.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior, which was written by a 16 year old George Washington, and believed to be based on rules of behavior composed by the French Jesuits in 1595.

Play not the Peacock, looking everywhere about you, to See if people are noticing your dress or virtues.

Let your Conversation be without Malice or Envy. And in all situations where Passions run hot, seek to cool and govern them with Reason.

When a person does their Best and fails, do not Criticize them. Do not Blame them for trying.

When you must give Advice or Criticism, consider the timing, and whether it should be given in public or private. Also consider the Manner in which you give it. Above all be gentle.

If you are Corrected, take the correction without Argument. If you are Wrongly judged, correct it later.

Take all Admonitions thankfully at the Time or Place they are given. If the Warning proves Unwarranted, choose a later, more convenient Time, to let the person know.

Do not Make Fun of anything that is Important to others. If you say anything Witty or Humorous, refrain from Laughing at your own joke.

If you Criticize someone else of something, make sure you are not Guilty of it yourself. Actions speak louder than words.

Use no Disparaging Language against anyone, nor ever Curse or Revile them.

Do not be quick to believe Bad Reports about other people.

Do not show yourself glad at the Misfortune of another person, even if they are your Enemy.

Do not go where you are not Wanted. Give not Advice without being Asked; and when desired, do it briefly.

Jul 03, 2018
The Soul of a River | Inspirational Nature Essays
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Listen to episode 278 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Soul of a River. Edited and adapted from “Little Rivers” by Henry van Dyke.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the book “Little Rivers” by Henry van Dyke, published in 1895.

A river is the most human of all inanimate things — and the one most capable of offering companionship. It has a life, a character, a voice of its own, and is as full of good fellowship as a sugar-maple is of sap. It can talk in various tones, loud or low — and of many subjects, grave and joyful.

Under favorable circumstances, it will even sing — not in a fashion that can be reduced to notes and set down on a sheet of paper, but in a vague, refreshing manner, and to a wandering air that goes: "Over the hills and far away…"

For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside of the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river. I will admit that a very good case can be made in favor of some other objects of Nature. For example, a fair argument has been made by those who have fallen in love with the sea. But that is a formless and disquieting passion. It lacks solid comfort and mutual confidence. The sea is too big for loving, and too uncertain. It will not fit into our thoughts. It has no personality, because it has so many. It is, in many ways, a salty abstraction.

There is also a love for the Mountains, which is more satisfying because they are more individual. It is possible to feel a very strong attachment for a certain mountain range whose outline has grown familiar to our eyes — or a clear peak that has looked down, day after day, upon our joys and sorrows, moderating our passions with its calm aspect. We come back from our travels, and the sight of a well-known mountain is like meeting an old friend unchanged. But it is a one-sided affection. The mountain is voiceless and self-possessed. And its very loftiness and serenity sometimes make us the more lonely.

Jun 28, 2018
How to Cultivate Courage | Mastering Fear & Anxiety
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Listen to episode 277 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Cultivate Courage | Mastering Fear & Anxiety. Edited and adapted from “Thoughts Are Things” by Prentice Mulford.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: COURAGE and presence of mind mean the same thing — for presence of mind implies command of mind. Cowardice and lack of mental control also mean about the same thing — for cowardice is rooted in hurry, the habit of hurry or lack of repose.

All degrees of success are based on courage — mental or physical. All degrees of failure are based on timidity. You can cultivate courage and increase it at every minute and hour of the day.

You can have the satisfaction of knowing that in everything you do, you have accomplished two things — namely, the doing of the thing itself and (by the manner of its doing), adding eternally to yourself another atom of the quality of courage. You can do this by the cultivation of deliberation — deliberation of speech, of walk, of writing, of eating — deliberation in everything.

There is always a bit of fear when there is a bit of hurry. When you hurry to the airport, you are in fear that you may be left behind, and with that comes fear of other possibilities resulting from that. When you hurry to work, or a meeting, or an appointment, you are in fear of some negative consequence of not being on time....

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Jun 26, 2018
Writers on Writing | Authors and Literature | Careers
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Listen to episode 276 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Writers on Writing | Authors and Literature. Edited and adapted from “Campfires & Guideposts” by Henry van Dyke.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Campfires & Guideposts by Henry Van Dyke, published in 1921.

IT is a curious fact that there is no good guide book to authorship. There are, of course, lots of self-portraits of authors at work. And there are many essays upon the craft of writing in general.

The best of these portraits and advice are excellent reading, full of entertainment and instruction for the alert and candid mind, and touched with a special, sympathetic interest for those young persons who have sternly resolved, or fondly dreamed, that they will follow a literary career.

A volume of carefully selected material of this kind might be made attractive and rewarding to readers who wish to be authors. But the one thing which such a book ought not to be mistaken for, is a manual for the profession of writing literature.

Why not? Well, the answer is an open secret — an instructive paradox. Because there is no certain pathway to authorship. It is a voyage, if you like. But there are no guideposts in the sea. It is a flight, if you like. But there are no tracks in the air. It is certainly not a journey along a railway line, or a highway, or even a well-marked trail.

In this it differs from other vocations like the Bar, Engineering, Medicine, or Accounting. For each of these there is a pretty clearly defined path of preparatory study, with fixed gateways of examination along its course. When the last gate is passed and the young doctor is licensed to practice, the young lawyer admitted to the bar, the accountant certified to crunch numbers, the path broadens into a road, which leads from one professional duty to another with the regularity of a time-table — and, it must be added, with something of the monotony of a clock.

Jun 21, 2018
Death & Eternal Life | Spirituality | Soul Inspiration
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Listen to episode 275 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Death & Eternal Life | Spirituality Life Lessons. Edited and adapted from “On the Threshold” by Charles Wagner.

Spirituality Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you with the kind financial support of listeners like you. Support our podcast for as little as 1 dollar a month. Learn more at LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from On Life’s Threshold by Charles Wagner, published in 1905.

SOME people think it is better never to speak of death, or even consider it. I know parents who have tried to hide it from their children, carefully avoiding any encounter that might reveal it to them. This is one of those desperate feats that serve only to make more formidable what we are obliged to look at sometime in the face.

Death comes without any care on our part. Its manifestations are part of the daily spectacle of nature and of human society. We need not look at a corpse or a coffin to see it, for to note only an insect or animal falling lifeless is to have our attention directed to that mysterious Something called death.

Of course we should not spend our whole life watching for its end. That would be the worst way to prepare for it. Students who spend their school hours thinking about recess are poor workers, as are those employees occupied all day long in counting the minutes that separate them from the evening.

Like them, we lose our time when we spend it in fruitless contemplation of death. We are here to live — not to waste time in mournful preoccupations and to have our souls dulled by constant thoughts of the last hour.

It is not a bad idea, of course, to become familiar with the fact that we shall not stay forever on the earth, and I do not think it necessary to wait for old age to consider death. Indeed, it is well to consider it while we are young. The person who thinks at times that their days are numbered is disposed to utilize them better.

The thought of death makes us a better human being. We watch more scrupulously our conduct toward friends and family, thinking that perhaps we will not always have them with us.

Jun 19, 2018
The Spirit of Family | Coming Home | Life & Traditions
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Listen to episode 274 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Spirit of Family | Coming Home | Life & Traditions. Edited and adapted from “By the Fireside” by Charles Wagner.

Inspirational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you have benefited from this podcast, please let me know by leaving us a review at the iTunes store, Google Play, or Stitcher.com. Your reviews are greatly appreciated and help others find our podcast. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from By the Fireside, by Charles Wagner, published in 1901.

Let us talk today about the home, whose very name is so full of suggestion and memories. The roof is primarily a shelter. Cold and heat, all the inclemencies of sky, urge us to build it and protect it. The person who lacks this refuge lacks everything — and to picture in a word the degree of want, we say of a person that they are homeless. Would we have, on the contrary, a perfect picture of the happiness of civilized life, we may find it in a family circle — unbroken, old and young together, under the protecting roof, round a cheerful fire, where the evening meal is bubbling in a great pot.

But the roof is something besides a shelter. It is a center of stability. If we had no need of it for cover and defense, we would still feel driven to find somewhere in the world a corner of our own — to attach ourselves to some familiar spot. True, life is a journey, and we are all on a pilgrimage. But every one of us is in search of a home.

The most intrepid traveler, the most indefatigable explorer, cannot exist and be always on the road. When distance has lost its enchantment, and our passion for adventure has cooled, when we have braved dangers and looked upon wonders, desire wakens in our heart to find a resting-place. The more countries and peoples and things we have seen, the greater becomes our thirst for a fixed abode, for the peace and the affections of a home. The Wandering Jew himself sighs for but one thing: to make a halt, and that forever.

A sure refuge, a rallying-point whither all our ways lead us back — that is what I call the roof-tree, the true abiding home. It is one of the material forms in which our spiritual nature manifests and interprets itself. Humanity has need of creating a world in its own image, so that we are better able to live fruitfully — and our dwelling place is this world in miniature.

Jun 14, 2018
The Courage to Be | Charles Wagner Life Lessons
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Listen to episode 273 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Courage to Be | Charles Wagner Life Lessons. Edited and adapted from “Courage” by Charles Wagner.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. One of the keys to more successful living is the ability to control our thoughts and emotions, and to keep our mind filled with uplifting thoughts. That’s where The Majesty Program comes in. Our powerful affirmations meditation uses our unique Autosuggestion Sound Method to help you transform your life in 30 days.

To learn more, please visit: LivingHour.org/Majesty. To get 30% off your purchase, use the coupon code: inspiration. Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from the book Courage by Charles Wagner, published in 1903.

These lines are not written for any particular class of people. I seek to speak of those things which are common to all, being day by day more convinced that the nature of humanity is everywhere identical. However, I have not been able to avoid thinking more especially of those whose morning is gloomy and whose youth was hard.

Goethe declares in his history of his life that "what we desire in our youth we possess abundantly in our old age." An astonishing saying, and one which seems inconsistent with truth; but if we look at it more closely, such is not the case. We do, indeed, apply ourselves with ardor to the pursuit of that which we desire; and, whether our ambition be noble or the reverse, it is seldom that we do not end by fulfilling it, in part at least.

Our life is eventually stamped by our ideal. No one, therefore, can watch the tendency of their desires too carefully. What we most often lack in youth is the knowledge of what it is wisest to desire. To wish for vain things is to take a will-o'-the-wisp for our guide along the road. How many of us have wandered in this way after these uncertain lanterns of light, which promised happiness but led us into the swamps.

I should like to make you desire the things that are real, that are worth being loved and acquired by stress and toil; and among all these things there is nothing to be compared with force. Force is itself a virtue; and by virtue I understand every power that excites in us an intenser life, and joy, and hope.

Jun 12, 2018
Becoming Self-Actualized | The Power to Live Abundantly
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Listen to episode 272 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Self-Actualization | The Power to Live Abundantly. Edited and adapted from “How to Develop Your Will Power” by Clare Tree Major.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Visit our lifestyle brand Book of Zen for inspirational t-shirts, hoodies, I-phone cases, and more. Go to BookofZen.com to view our latest offerings. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from “How to Develop Your Will Power” by Clare Tree Major, published in 1920.

THE most dominant demand of the human mind is for success. Just what may be success (and in what particular field success is desired) varies with the individual. But the fundamental need is the same: the attainment of the highest standard of accomplishment possible to each specific personality.

Success may mean money, business power, social position, artistic excellence, literary achievement, or any other one of a thousand obvious and general goals of ambition — or it may mean some simple acquirement of domestic or personal value only. Whatever it may be, small or large, which furnishes the inspiration, the force of out-reaching energy has its source in one and the same basic principle — the absolute need of the inner you, the real individual, for self-realization. The vehicle for this self-realization is the WILL.

The use of the term “self–development” in connection with this is that it’s the process through which the hidden power of the individual is revealed. You are yourself, a part of the creative force of life, not the thing which has been created. Hereafter when I speak of the individual, or when you speak of yourself, let us think of the inhabiting, controlling intelligence, the self which owns and has made your body what it is, the soul which is making its pilgrimage through this wonderful world, to learn by conquering to become master of itself, and through that mastery, to become master of all that is.

Jun 07, 2018
Positive Thoughts | The Building Blocks of Success
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Listen to episode 271 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Positive Thoughts | The Building Blocks of Success. Edited and adapted from “Success Through Thought Habit” by Benjamin Johnson.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to all you who subscribed to our YouTube Channel last month. We hit our goal of 1000 total subscribers and I’m grateful for your support.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from “Success Through Thought Habit” by Benjamin Johnson, published in 1908.

Long, long years ago, so the story is told,

A maiden named Doubt, loved young Courage so bold.

Their marriage was blessed by four children, it’s said,

And each parent named two, at least, so I've read.

The first was called Will and the second was Wont,

The third was named Do and the fourth one was Dont.

Like sturdy young plants they flourished and grew,

And astonished their friends by the things they would do.

Young Will was a wonder at work or at play,

He was busy as could be, while Wont sat all day,

Objecting, complaining, his face sad and long,

Declaring to his mind this world was all wrong.

Do pushed right ahead, leaving nothing undone,

But Dont was a mule and often balked just for fun.

So they grew and developed until one fine day,

They attempted to find what the world had to say.

Do soon found an opening and rose to success,

Dont couldn't find work and thus failed to progress.

Will forged straight ahead and was known far and wide,

Wont kept right on balking and balked till he died.

The moral is plain for those who can see,

It consists in a warning to heed carefully,

About the names you use and the names you wear,

If you wish to succeed and escape from the snare

Of failure and poverty, sickness and woe,

And be sure of enjoyment wherever you go.

Know that thought is your guide, for your name merely proves

What kind of ideas have lodged in the grooves

Of your mind, the one place you should ever be sure,

To keep peaceful, harmonious, joyous and pure.

Jun 05, 2018
Gratitude Life Lessons | Facing the Ungrateful
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Listen to episode 270 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Gratitude Life Lessons | Overcoming Ingratitude. Edited and adapted from “The Power of Truth” by William George Jordan.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get full transcripts of our podcast, with your very own private podcast feed, by becoming our patron today. Learn more at LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from “The Power of Truth” by William George Jordan, published in 1902.

Gratitude is being thankful, and then turning that feeling into action. It is the instinctive radiation of justice — giving new life and energy to the individual from whom it emanates. It is the heart's recognition of kindness that the lips cannot repay.

Gratitude never counts its payments. It realizes that no debt of kindness can ever be outlawed, ever be cancelled, ever paid in full. Gratitude ever feels the insignificance of its instalments — ingratitude the nothingness of the debt.

Gratitude is the flowering of the seed of kindness. Ingratitude is the dead inactivity of a seed dropped on a stone. The expectation of gratitude is human, while rising superior to ingratitude is almost divine. To desire recognition of our acts of kindness, and to hunger for appreciation and a return of good for good, is natural. But we never rise to the dignity of true living until we have the courage that dares to face ingratitude calmly, and to pursue our course unchanged when our good works meet with thanklessness or disdain.

A person should have only one court of appeals as to their actions — not "What will be the result?" or "How will it be received?" but "Is it right?" Then you should live your life in harmony with this standard alone — serenely, bravely, loyally, and unfalteringly — making "right for right's sake" both your ideal and your inspiration.

We should be like the great sun itself, which ever radiates light, warmth, life, and power, because it cannot help doing so, because these qualities fill the heart of the sun — and for it to have them means that it must give them constantly. Let the sunlight of our sympathy, tenderness, love, appreciation, influence, and kindness ever go out from us as a glow to brighten and hearten others.

May 31, 2018
The Secret of Health, Youth & Courage | Heart Wisdom
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Listen to episode 269 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Secret of Health, Youth & Courage. Edited and adapted from A Gentle Heart by James Russell Miller.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt:Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get the best of our podcasts in book form by visiting our website InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Blessing of Cheerfulness by James Russell Miller, published in 1895.

I have already shared with you the ways in which the lesson of cheerfulness can be learned. It is a lesson that we should learn, whatever the cost. The person who carries about with them a cheerful spirit is a blessing wherever they go.

We have no right to go among people with our complaints and our mumblings. It is part of the debt of love we owe to our fellow human beings, to bring them always the best we have — not gloom and shadow and discouragement, but cheer, hope, and joy.

We were made to be lights in the world, to let our light so shine before others that they may see our good works, and glorify the sublime. There is no light in discontent, complaining, and gloom; and we are not realizing God's plan for our life when we let shadows hang about us.

The blessings of cheerfulness are many. It blesses the individual themselves. It is a fountain of life in your heart. It makes you strong for all duty and struggle. Life is not half so hard for the cheerful person, as it is for the one who is depressed and unhappy. Burdens are light when you can sing under them. Battles are easily won when the heart is glad.

May 29, 2018
Literary Life Lessons from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Listen to episode 268 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Literary Life Lessons from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Edited and adapted from The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe. Translated by T. Bailey Saunders, and published in 1906.

THERE is nothing worth thinking but it has been thought before; we must only try to think it again. In the works of humankind, as in those of nature, it is really the motive which is chiefly worth our attention.

How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking, but only by doing. Try to do your duty, and you will know at once what you are worth. But what is your duty? The claims of the day.

Tell me with whom you associate, and I will tell you who you are. If I know what your business is, I know what can be made of you.

Every person must think after their own fashion — for on your own path you find a truth, or a kind of truth, which helps you through life. But you must not give yourself free rein; you must control yourself. Mere naked instinct does not become you. Unbridled activity, of whatever kind, leads at last to bankruptcy.

In Botany there is a species of plants called Incomplete; and just in the same way, it can be said that there are people who are incomplete and imperfect. They are those whose desires and struggles are out of proportion to their actions and achievements. The most insignificant person can be complete if they work within the limits of their capacities (innate or acquired). But even fine talents can be obscured and destroyed by lack of this indispensable requirement of symmetry.

It is only men and women of practical ability, knowing their powers and using them with moderation and prudence, who will be successful in worldly affairs. It is a great error to take yourself for more than you are — or for less than you are worth.

May 24, 2018
The Art of Worldly Wisdom | Baltasar Gracián
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Listen to episode 267 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Worldly Wisdom. Edited and adapted from a book by the same title by Baltasar Gracián.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián. Translated from the Spanish by Joseph Jacobs and published in 1892.

Mix a little mystery with everything, and that very mystery will arouse veneration. And when you explain something, be not too explicit — just as you do not expose your inner-most thoughts in ordinary conversation. Cautious silence is the holy of holies of worldly wisdom. But a resolution declared outright is never highly thought of. It only leaves room for criticism. And if it happens to fail, you are doubly unfortunate. Besides, you echo the Divine way when you cause others to wonder and watch.

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Knowledge and Courage are the elements of Greatness. They give immortality, because they are immortal. A person without knowledge is a world without light. Wisdom and strength are like eyes and hands. Knowledge without courage is sterile.

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If you would be wise, have others needing you, rather than thanking you. To keep them on the threshold of hope is diplomatic, to trust to their gratitude boorish — hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one. More is to be got from dependence than from courtesy.

When dependence disappears, good behavior goes with it, as well as respect. Let it be one of the chief lessons of your experience to keep hope alive without entirely satisfying it, by preserving it to make oneself always needed, even by those who seem to have everything.

May 22, 2018
Courtship & Married Life | How to Choose a Life Partner
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Listen to episode 266 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Courtship & Married Life | How to Choose a Life Partner. Edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T. L. Haines and L. W. Yaggy, published in 1882.

All the blessedness, all the utility, efficacy, and happiness of the married state, depend upon its truthfulness, or the wisdom of the union. Marriage is not necessarily a blessing. It may be a bitter curse. It may sting like an adder and bite like a serpent. Its bower is as often made of thorns as of roses. It blasts as many sunny expectations as it realizes.

Every improper marriage is a living misery, and undying death. Its bonds are gated bars of frozen iron. It is a spirit prison, cold as the dungeon of ruin. An ill-mated human pair is the most woeful picture of human wretchedness in the book of life; and yet, such pictures are plenty. Every page we turn gives us a view of some such living bondage.

But a proper marriage (a true interior, soul-linked union) is a living picture of blessedness, unrivaled in beauty. A true marriage is the soul's Eden. It is the portal of heaven. It is the visiting-place of angels. It is the charm of a spirit in captivation with all imaginable beauty and loveliness. It is a constant peace-offering that procures a continual Sabbath-day sweetness, rich as the quietude of reposing angels.

May 17, 2018
A Brahmin Guide for Living a Noble Life | Brahman Wisdom
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Listen to episode 265 of the Inspirational Living podcast: A Brahmin Guide for Living a Noble Life. Edited and adapted from The Economy of Human Life, translated from an ancient Brahmin manuscript by Robert Dodsley.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Economy of Human Life, translated from an ancient Brahmin Manuscript by Robert Dodsley, published in 1839.

COMMUNE with yourself and consider for what reason you were made. Contemplate your powers, your wants, and your connections — so that you shall discover the duties of life, and be directed in all your ways.

Proceed not to speak or to act before you have weighed your words, and examined the tendency of every step you will take. By doing so, disgrace shall fly far from you, and in your house, shame shall be a stranger; repentance shall not visit you; nor sorrow dwell upon your cheek.

The thoughtless person speaks at random. They are entangled in the foolishness of their own words. They are like the person who runs in haste and leaps over a fence, only to fall into a pit on the other side, which they did not see — for they plunge suddenly into any action, not having considered the consequences.

Hearken therefore unto the voice of Consideration. Her words are the words of wisdom, and her paths shall lead you to truth and safety.

May 15, 2018
Gautama Buddha | Inspirational Siddhartha Quotes
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Listen to episode 264 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Gautama Buddha | Inspirational Quotes. Edited and adapted from words and thoughts attributed to Gautama Buddha.

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Today’s reading has been edited and adapted from words and thoughts attributed to Gautama Buddha.

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

“Three things cannot hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”

“To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river.”

“Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.”

“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.”

“‎Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion.”

“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”

"Be a lamp unto yourself. Work out your liberation with diligence.”

“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

May 10, 2018
Be of Good Cheer: The Blessings of Cheerfulness | J.R. Miller
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Listen to episode 263 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Be of Good Cheer. Edited and adapted from The Blessing of Cheerfulness by J.R. (James Russell) Miller.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Blessing of Cheerfulness by James Russell Miller, published in 1895.

There are many ways in which we may bless others. For example, a ministry of helpfulness is a perpetual benediction. One who feeds the hungry, visits and relieves the sick, the poor, and the orphan, and comforts sorrow, is a blessing to the world. One who speaks words that strengthen, inspire, or comfort others, blesses us all. One who uses their money to do good is also a blessing. But can one be a blessing merely by being cheerful?

Yes. Joyful living exerts a silent influence for good. It is like a sweet flower by the wayside, which has a benediction for all who pass by. Everyone carries an atmosphere about them. It may be healthful and invigorating, or it may be unwholesome and depressing. It may make a little spot of the world a sweeter, better, safer place to live in. Or it may make it harder for those to live worthily and beautifully who dwell within its circle. We are responsible for this atmosphere.

Our influence may be involuntary in its final effect. We cannot wholly change it from evil to good on any particular day by a mere volition. It is something that belongs to our personality. It is an emanation from our character; and our character is the growth of all our years, what has been built up in us by all the lessons, experiences, impressions, and influences of life, from childhood.

Hence the atmosphere that hangs about us on any particular day is, in a large degree, involuntary. At the same time we are responsible for it. We are responsible for our character — our own hands have made it what it is. If we have trained ourselves to be discontented and unhappy (so that wherever we go we make others about us less happy), we may not blame heredity, or original sin, or environment, for our unfortunate disposition.

May 08, 2018
Lift Yourself with Love | The Gentle Heart is Strongest
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Listen to episode 262 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Lift Yourself with Love | The Gentle Heart. Edited and adapted from A Gentle Heart by James Russell Miller.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. You can now listen to us, along with other inspirational podcasts and music at Shining Bright Radio. Check out their daily programming by visiting them at ShiningBrightRadio.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from A Gentle Heart by James Russell Miller, published in 1896.

Gentleness is a beautiful quality. It is essential to all true character. When a person is harsh, cold, unfeeling, rude, and rough in their manner, no one speaks of their fine spirit. When one is loud-voiced, dictatorial, given to speaking bitter words and doing unkindly things, no person is ever heard saying of them, "What a lovely person they are!" They may have many excellent qualities, and may do much good, but their lack of gentleness mars the beauty of their character.

No person is truly great who is not gentle. Courage and strength and truth and justness are essential elements in a strong character; but if all these be in you and gentleness be wanting, your life is sadly flawed. This world needs nothing more than it needs gentleness. All human hearts hunger for tenderness.

We are made for love — not only to love, but to be loved. Harshness pains us. Ungentleness touches our sensitive spirits as frost touches the flowers. It stunts the growth of all lovely things. We naturally crave gentleness. It is like a genial summer to our life. Beneath its warm, nourishing influence beautiful things in us grow.

There always are many people who have special need of tenderness. We cannot know what secret burdens many are carrying, what hidden griefs burn like fires in the hearts of those with whom we mingle in our common life. Not all grief wears the outward garb of mourning. Sunny faces often times veil heavy hearts. Many people make no audible appeal for sympathy, yet crave tenderness as they bow beneath their burden.

May 03, 2018
The Poetry of Life | Its Meaning, Beauty & Spirit
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Listen to episode 261 of the Inspirational Living podcast, The Poetry of Life | Its Meaning, Beauty & Spirit. Edited and adapted from The Poetry of Life by Bliss Carman.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Support our podcast by shopping at our website BookofZen.com for inspirational t-shirts, hoodies, iPhone cases, and more. Visit BookofZen.com to see our new offerings. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Poetry of Life by Bliss Carman, published in 1905.

"The poetry of life," says the book of St. Kavin, "is the poetry of beauty, sincerity, and elation." And when you think about it, it seems reasonable enough that this should be so — since these are the archangel trio to whose keeping the very sources of life are confided. They are the dispensers of happiness, the bringers of wisdom, the guardians of mystery.

That the poetry of life should be the poetry of beauty seems nearly self-evident. The beauty of the world so outreaches and overcomes all its ugliness — is so much more prevalent and vital and persistent. Therefore, what could be more natural that art (life's replica) should care greatly for it also?

As for its sincerity, the poetry of life need not always be solemn, any more than life itself need always be sober. It may be gay, witty, humorous, satirical, disbelieving, farcical (even broad and reckless), since life is all of these. But it must never be insincere. Insincerity in the world of art is an offense of the first magnitude.

Although insincerity in life may be mean and despicable (and indicate a petty nature), insincerity in art is death. A strong person may lie upon occasion, and make restitution and be forgiven, but for the artist who lies there is hardly any reparation possible. Thus forgiveness is much more difficult.

May 01, 2018
Being the Master of Your Destiny | Fate & Providence
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Listen to episode 260 of the Inspirational Living podcast, Being the Master of Your Destiny. Edited and adapted from The Mastery of Destiny by James Allen, published in 1909.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Mastery of Destiny by James Allen, published in 1909.

THERE is, and always has been, a widespread belief in Fate, or Destiny — that is, in an eternal and inscrutable Power which apportions definite ends to both individuals and nations. This belief has arisen from long observation of the facts of life.

People are conscious that there are certain occurrences which they cannot control, and are powerless to avert. Birth and death, for instance, are inevitable, and many of the incidents of life appear equally inevitable. Men and women strain every nerve for the attainment of certain ends, and gradually they become conscious of a Power which seems to be not of themselves, which frustrates their puny efforts, and laughs, as it were, at their fruitless striving and struggle.

As we advance in life, we learn to submit, more or less, to this overruling Power which we do not understand, perceiving only its effects in ourselves and the world around us — and we call it by various names, such as God, Providence, Fate, Destiny, etc.

Apr 26, 2018
Overcoming Regrets, Mistakes, Worry, Fear & Anxiety
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Listen to 259 of the Inspirational Living podcast, Overcoming Regrets, Mistakes, Worry, Fear & Anxiety. Edited and adapted from Nuggets of New Thought by William Walker Atkinson.

Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you by the kind support of listeners like you. Learn how you can support the work we do, by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Nuggets of New Thought by William Walker Atkinson, published in 1902.

There is something attractive to me about slang and the pat phrases that are passed along from one to another on the street. Many of these phrases condense in a few words certain practical truths that one could use as the basis for a sermon, an essay, or even a book. They are the practical experiences of the people crystallized in a catchy phrase.

For example, the phrase "Forget it!" seems to me to contain much practical common sense, and if people would put it into practice there would be many more brighter faces — many more lighter hearts. What's the use, anyhow, of carrying around a long face or a heavy heart, just because way back in the past something "went wrong". Even if we "went wrong" ourselves (and most of us have), what's the use? Forget it!

Of course we won’t forget the experiences of the past, and we don’t want to. That's one of the things we are living for — gaining experience. When we have really learned a thing through experience, we never forget it — it is a part of us. But why bother about the memory of the pain, the mortification, the "slip-up," the heartache, the wounded feelings, the misplaced confidence, the thing done in the wrong way, the chance we let slip by, the folly, the sin, the misery, the "might-have-beens," and all the rest. Oh what's the use? Forget it I say; just forget it.

Apr 24, 2018
Advice for Young Adults | Life Coach Lessons
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Listen to episode 258 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Advice to Young Adults | Life Coach Lessons. Edited and adapted from Increasing Personal Efficiency by Russell H. Conwell.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start today by sending a special thanks to all of our patrons. My notebook broke down a few days ago, and I needed to buy a new computer to continue producing this podcast. The financial support from patrons has made the purchase of this new notebook easier for me. So, thank you, again. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Increasing Personal Efficiency by Russell H. Conwell, published in 1917.

A life is divine when duty is a joy. The best work we ever do is the work we get pleasure from doing. And the work we are likeliest to enjoy most is the work we are best fitted to do with our talent.

There is nothing in the world except marriage that we should be slower to take upon ourselves than our life-work; therefore, think much, read much, inquire much before you assume any life career. When you have decided what is best fitted for you, pursue it ceaselessly and courageously, no matter how far distant it may be, how arduous the labor attending it, or how difficult the ascent. The greater the difficulty surmounted, the more you will value your achievement and the greater power you will have for keeping on with your work after you have reached your goal.

Do your utmost to find a friend who is older than you, and consult with them frequently. And give every person your ear, for the humblest in station (and those with little knowledge in certain matters) may see a few things more clearly than others, and may be well stored with what you most require. Take each person's advice, but act according to your own judgment.

Teachers should be the best advisers of those about to enter upon their life-work, and no service of the schoolmaster or professor can ever be more helpful than that of helping a student to choose a career.

Apr 19, 2018
How to Become a Great Lover of Life | And of Death
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Listen to episode 257 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Become a Great Lover of Life & Death. Edited and adapted from The Key to Health, Wealth & Love by Julia Seton.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The way to get love is to give it, and true love is simply empathy and understanding — when you can take time from your own personal desires and activities to find what another person wants or needs, feeling within yourself the very pangs of their own deep longing, then eagerly, willingly, helping them to get those things which will satisfy their soul and make them bigger and better because of your assistance — you love this person, and by these actions have passed into true love; you love them with the love that heals and binds and blesses.

The way of life is joy, through love and service. We must give and do for others, not alone in our own way, but in the way they can receive and appreciate. No one can ever die alone who has lost his life in the life of humanity, for every bit of your long life of love-giving will come back to you in your closing days, to walk beside you and comfort your farewell to the world. Human love in the form of a loved one is the True personal God.

The Ancients lost the true idea of the personal God, and humankind has forgotten the true teachings. Humanity and its old teachers have only the dead letter left to worship. "God is Love" they say, but they forget to see God reflected in the human form. The personal God has become to them some far-off Majestic being, too high for human touch, and too cold for the warmth of needy lips and clinging caresses.

Today, we must find the personal God in the world of form around us: in the sky, in the sea, the trees, the earth, the flowers, the world of bird songs. All life speaks to us in God's own voice.

Apr 17, 2018
Motivation for a Marvelous Life | Inspirational Speeches
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Listen to episode 256 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation for a Marvelous Life | Inspirational Speeches. Edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I'd like to start today with a special thanks to our newest patrons: Ava Michelle, Andrew Schmidt, Zacharia Titus, April Hugie, Zahra Shikara, and Miim D. If you would like to become our patron and get your very own private podcast feed with full transcripts to all of our episodes, please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you.

Today's reading was edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L. Haines and L.W. Yaggy, published in 1882.

Men and women of vision and determination, you are wanted. Turn your steps into the highway of noble aim and earnest work. There are prizes enough for every successful worker, crowns enough for every honorable head that goes through the smoke of conflict to victory.

There is within you an upspringing of lofty sentiment which contributes to your elevation, and though there are obstacles to be surmounted and difficulties to be vanquished, yet with truth for your watch-word, and a drive toward noble purposes and indefatigable action, you may crown your brow with imperishable honors.

Although you may never make an earth-shattering discovery, bring about a great political revolution, be the founder of a republic whose name shall be a "distinguished star in the constellation of nations," (even if your name may never be heard beyond the narrow limits of your own neighborhood), yet your mission is none the less a high and holy one.

In the moral and physical world, the consecrated cause of truth and virtue calls for champions, and the field for doing good is "white unto the harvest;" and if you enlist in its ranks, and your spirit faints not, you may write your name among the stars of heaven. Beautiful lives have blossomed in the darkest places, just as pure white lilies full of fragrance do on the slimy, stagnant waters.

No possession is so productive of real influence as a highly cultivated intellect. Wealth, birth, and official station may (and do) secure to their possessors an external, superficial courtesy; but they never did, and never can, command the reverence of the heart. It is only the men and women of large and noble soul (who blend a cultivated mind with an upright heart) who earn the tribute of deep and genuine respect.

Apr 12, 2018
The Art of Healthy Thinking | Food for Thought
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Listen to episode 255 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Healthy Thinking | Food for Thought. Edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Thinkers rise upon us like new stars — a few in a century. The multitude run after them, and eat the crumbs that fall from their table. They follow them by instinct; they adopt their theories and accept their thoughts at sight. Indeed, the majority swallow whole what they eat, wheat or chaff, meat or bone, nut or shell. They do not masticate their mental food; they do not examine the facts they learn; they do not digest their knowledge. If they did we should not have schools of thought, sects, parties, but one grand lyceum of individual thinkers; every one making their own use of their knowledge, forming their own conclusions, and working out their own kind and degree of culture. We read enough to have a generation of philosophers.

Dull thinkers are always led by sharp ones. The keen intellect cuts its way smoothly, gracefully, rapidly; the dull one wears its life out against the simplest problems. To perceive accurately and to think correctly, is the aim of all mental training. Heart and conscience are more than the mere intellect. Yet we cannot tell how much the clear, clean-cut thought, the intellectual vision, sharp and true, may aid even these.

Some say that we never feel until we see, and when the object disappears, the feeling ceases. So we cannot exaggerate the importance of clear, correct thinking. We should eat, drink, sleep, walk, exercise body and mind, to this end. Just so far as we feel, we often make dolts and idiots of ourselves. We cast away our natural armor and defense. The designing make us dupes; we are overreached by the crafty, and trodden under foot by the strong.

Undigested learning is as oppressive as undigested food; and as in the dyspeptic patient, the appetite for food often grows with the inability to digest it — so in the unthinking patient, an overweening desire to know often accompanies the inability to know to any purpose.

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Apr 10, 2018
The Little Things Lead to Big Things | Mindfulness
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Listen to episode 254 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Little Things Lead to Big Things | Mindfulness. Edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. For as little as $3 a month, you can get your very own private podcast feed with full transcripts to all of our more than 250 podcasts. Learn more at LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L Haines & L.W. Yaggy, published in 1882.

The little things in life are not to be dismissed. For want of a nail the horseshoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; for want of a horse the rider was lost. Every pea helps to fill the bowl. Little and often fills the purse. Moments are the golden sands of time. Every day is a little life; and our whole life is but a day repeated. Those, therefore, who dare lose a day, are dangerously profligate; those who dare misspend it, desperate.

Springs are little things, but they are sources of large streams. A helm is a little thing, but it governs the course of a ship. Nails and pegs are little things, but they hold parts of large buildings together. Zeros and ones are little things, but without them we would have no computers. A word, a look, a frown, all are little things, but powerful for good or evil. Think of this, and mind the little things. Pay that little debt - its promise redeem.

Little acts are the elements of true greatness. They raise life's value to its highest power. They are tests of character and indifference. They are the straws upon life's mysterious current, and show the current's way. The heart is found inside them. They move on the dial of responsibility. They indicate our destiny. They help to make the immortal woman and man.

It matters not so much where we are as what we are. It is seldom that acts of moral heroism are called for — rather the real heroism of life is to do all its little duties promptly and faithfully.

Apr 05, 2018
The Spirit & Power of Perseverance | Success Talks
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Listen to episode 253 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Spirit & Power of Perseverance. Edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: "Continual drops wear out the stone." So persevering labor gains our objectives. Perseverance is the virtue wanted — a lion-hearted purpose of victory. It is this that builds; constructs; accomplishes whatever is great, good, and valuable.

Perseverance built the pyramids on Egypt's plains; erected the gorgeous temple at Jerusalem; enclosed in adamant the Chinese empire; scaled the stormy, cloud-capped Alps; opened a highway through the watery wilderness of the Atlantic; leveled the forests of a new world; and reared in its stead a community of states and nations. It has wrought from the marble block the exquisite creations of genius, painted on the canvas the gorgeous reproductions of nature.

It has put in motion millions of spindles; harnessed a thousand iron steeds to as many a freighted car, and set them flying from town to town and nation to nation; tunneled mountains of granite, and annihilated space with lightning speed. It has whitened the waters of the world with the sails of a hundred nations, navigated every sea and explored every land. It has reduced nature in her thousand forms to as many sciences; taught her laws; prophesied her future movements; measured her untrodden spaces; counted her myriad hosts of worlds, and computed their distances, dimensions, and velocities.

But greater still are the works of perseverance in the world of the mind. What are the productions of science and art compared with the splendid achievements won in the human soul? What is a monument of constructive genius, compared with the living domes of thought, the sparkling temples of virtue, and the rich sanctuaries of Divine contemplation, which perseverance has wrought out and reared in the souls of the enlightened?

Apr 03, 2018
Overcoming Grief, Sorrow, and Pain | Finding Faith
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Listen to episode 252 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming Grief, Sorrow, and Pain | Finding Faith. Edited and adapted from Comfort by Hugh Black.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: THE world is full of men and women who are carrying burdens of work or care or sorrow, and the burden often seems too heavy for them to bear. The sorest part of the trouble is that it appears meaningless, with no evident relation to life. The result is that there is only a dull bending of the neck for the load, or a listless doing of the duty.

Should the burden seem inevitable, it would be something if we could see some useful purpose in it. The apparent aimlessness of pain is more disabling than the pain itself. Life loses its spring, and the world turns grey, when the eye has no larger vision. The greatest need of humanity is a message of good cheer, of heartening for the daily task. But this cannot come by mere well-wishing and the usual surface consolations — patching another’s grief with proverbs.

It can only be by seeing that the whole of life is reasonable and can be made to show some meaning. For great living, we need to believe in the worth of life. In the face of the almost appalling difficulties that confront faith, we are nevertheless driven to meet them to keep life sane.

At the same time, we can hold our central faith in the worth of life, without having a rounded theory to explain the universe. It is enough that we see cause to take heart of our blessings and to be strong and of good courage.

So, the purpose of today’s talk is not to give a speculative solution of the deep problem of pain, but to show a practical way by which a brave soul can gather courage and strength and comfort. It is to note the fruits which the tree of life can be made to bear.

Mar 29, 2018
Motivational Life Hacks: Turning Bad News Into Good
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Listen to episode 251 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Life Hacks: Turning Bad News Into Good. Edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to begin today by letting you know that you can now listen to our podcast on Spotify. So, if you listen to music on the Spotify app, you could do me a favor by looking us up in search and then clicking on follow. The more people that follow us on Spotify, the more exposure we’ll receive on the platform. Thank you.

Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Working with God by Gardner Hunting, published in 1934.

Bad news is what seems to upset us most in our efforts to live a triumphant life. We try to fulfill the conditions of what we think is our destiny, and then we begin to look forward to receiving the fruits of our labors. When the particular thing we hope for does not materialize at the particular time we hope to get it, we get disappointed and disheartened, rebellious or frightened, and in a panic we turn away from our faith and grasp at doubt — as if doubt were a refuge when faith fails!

I knew a man who had a fine job in New York. He was the editor of a large magazine, a position he had always wanted to have; and his salary was better than any other salary he had ever had. He lived in a suburb, had a very comfortable house to live in; and nice furniture, and congenial neighbors, and many interesting friends.

His work was easy, and he loved it. He was popular and looked up to. He had settled into what seemed a satisfactory career, with every evidence that it was permanent. It gave him an opportunity to write for a living, which was the one thing he wanted most to do. His writings were being accepted and paid for at good rates, and published in good papers and magazines. He was a man to be envied, he thought.

Then suddenly, out of a clear sky, one day he received a note from his employer, the publisher, telling him that his services would not be needed after the following week. He was ousted from his comfortable job. His fine salary stopped. He had to give up his comfortable home. He had to move away from his congenial friends and neighbors. He looked upon that note from his employer which began all this change of circumstances as "bad" news — very, very bad news.

Mar 27, 2018
The Joys of Gratitude, Hope, Charity & Kindness
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Listen to episode 250 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Joys of Gratitude, Hope, Charity & Kindness. Edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Today is our 250th episode and I would like to express my gratitude to all of you, who have embraced the uplifting message of this podcast and are striving to live up to your highest potential.

A special thanks also to our patrons, as well as those who have reached out with positive reviews on Facebook, iTunes, and Stitcher. It is your generous financial support and kind words of encouragement that will guide us through another 250 episodes and beyond. Thank you again.

Now on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T. L. Haines and L. W. Yaggy, published in 1882.

Gratitude is rightly said to be the mother of most virtues, because from this one fountain so many rivulets arise; such as reverence, friendship, love, charity, and self-sacrifice.

I am reminded of this in the old story about a poor and aged man, who while busy planting and grafting an apple tree, was interrupted by a young passerby, who said: "Why do you plant trees, when you can’t even hope to eat their fruit?" The old man raised himself up, and leaning upon his spade, replied: "Someone planted trees for me before I was born, and I have eaten their fruit; I now plant for others, so that a memorial of my gratitude may exist when I am dead and gone."

Nothing tenders the heart, and opens the gushing fountain of love, more than the exercise of gratitude. Like the showers of spring that cause flowers to rise from seeds that have long lain dormant, tears of gratitude awaken pleasurable sensations unknown to those who have never been forced from the sunshine of prosperity into the cold shade of adversity — where no warmth is felt but that of kindness; no light enjoyed but that of charity.

Mar 22, 2018
Anger Management | Avoid the Temper Trap
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Listen to episode 249 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Anger Management | Avoid the Temper Trap. Edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy.

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To learn more, go to LivingHour.org/majesty. And use the coupon code “inspiration” for 30% off the $11.99 purchase price. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T. L. Haines and L. W. Yaggy, published in 1882.

Good temper is like a sunny day; it sheds its brightness on everything. No trait of character is more valuable than the possession of good temper. Home can never be made happy without it. It is like flowers springing up in our pathway, reviving and cheering us. Kind words and looks are the outward demonstration; patience and forbearance are the sentinels within.

If a person has a quarrelsome temper, let them alone. The world will soon find them employment. They will soon meet with someone stronger than themselves, who will repay them better than you can. How sweet is the serenity of habitual self-control! How many stinging self-reproaches it spares us!

When do we feel more at ease with ourselves than when we have passed through a sudden and strong provocation without speaking a word, or in undisturbed good humor. When, on the contrary, do we feel deeper humiliation than when we are conscious that anger has made us betray ourselves by word, look, or action? Nervous irritability is the greatest weakness of character. It is the sharp grit which aggravates friction and cuts out the bearings of the entire human machine.

Mar 20, 2018
A Golden Age of Change | The Art of Being Human
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Listen to episode 248 of the Inspirational Living podcast: A Golden Age of Change | The Art of Being Human. Edited and adapted from the essay On Being Human by Woodrow Wilson.

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Today’s reading is a continuation of Tuesday’s reading, which was edited and adapted from the essay “On Being Human” by Woodrow Wilson, published in 1897.

I have talked with you about the importance of individuality, and being genuine — which leads us now to the question, “How?” By what means is this self-liberation to be effected — this emancipation from affectation and the bondage of being like other people? Is it open to us to choose to be genuine?

I see nothing insurmountable in the way, except for those who are hopelessly lacking in a sense of humor. It depends upon the range and scale of your observation, whether you can strike the balance of genuineness or not. If you live in a small and petty world, you will be subject to its standards; but if you live in a large world, you will see that standards are innumerable — some old, some new, some made by the noble-minded and made to last, some made by the weak-minded and destined to perish, some lasting from age to age, some only from day to day — and that a choice must be made among them.

It is then that your sense of humor will assist you. You are, you will perceive, upon a long journey, and it will seem to you ridiculous to change your life and discipline your instincts to conform with the usages of a single inn by the way. You will distinguish the essentials from the accidents, and deem the accidents something meant for your amusement.

The strongest natures do not need to wait for these slow lessons of observation: their sheer vigor makes it impossible for them to conform to fashion, or care for times and seasons. But the rest of us must cultivate knowledge of the world at large, reaching a comparative point of view, before we can become with steady confidence our own masters and pilots.

Mar 15, 2018
On Being Human & Genuine | Woodrow Wilson
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Listen to episode 247 of the Inspirational Living podcast: On Being Human & Genuine. Edited and adapted from the essay On Being Human by Woodrow Wilson.

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Today’s reading was edited an adapted from the essay “On Being Human,” by Woodrow Wilson, published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1897.

It has been said, ironically, that the rarest sort of book is the one to be read, and that knack in style is to write like a human being. It is painfully evident (upon experience) that not many of the books which come teeming from our presses every year are meant to be read.

They are meant, it may be, to be pondered. And it is hoped, no doubt, that they may instruct, or inform, or startle, or arouse, or reform, or provoke, or amuse us. But we read, if we have the true reader’s zest for life, not to grow more knowing, but to be less pent up and bound within a little circle. We wish companionship and renewal of spirit, enrichment of thought and the full adventure of the mind; and we desire fair company, and a larger world in which to find them.

When we say that a book is meant to be read, we mean, for one thing, that it is not meant to be studied. We do not study a good story, or a haunting poem, or a love ballad, or any moving narrative, whether it be out of history or out of fiction — nor any well-reasoned argument, even. We do not have to study these things; they reveal themselves. They remain with us, and will not be forgotten or laid aside. They cling like a personal experience, and become the mind’s intimates.

You devour a book meant to be read, not to fill yourself or because you have an anxious care to be nourished, but because it contains such stuff as it makes the mind hungry to look upon. Neither do you read it to kill time, but to lengthen time — living more abundantly while it lasts, joining another’s life and thought to your own.

Such books are written by genuine human beings, and they possess a special tone and temper — or rather, an uncommon spirit touched with a light that shines clear out of some great source of light which not every person can uncover. We call this spirit human because it moves us; quickens a like life in ourselves; makes us glow with a sort of ardor of self-discovery. It touches the springs of fancy or of action within us, and makes our own life seem more quick and vital.

Mar 13, 2018
The Royal Path of Life | Integrity & Character
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Listen to episode 246 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Royal Path of Life | Integrity & Character. Edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest patrons: Melissa Pascal, Andres Oropeza, Ceyahnai Kuteh, William Elliott, and Mandy & Steven Ponte. If you would like to become our patron and receive a private podcast feed with full transcripts to every episode, please visit: LivingHour.org/patron.

Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T. L. Haines and L. W. Yaggy, published in 1882. What you can effect depends on what you are.

You put your whole self into all that you do. If that self be small, petty, and mean, your entire life work is paltry; your words have no force; your influence has no weight. If that self be true and high, pure and kind, vigorous and forceful, your strokes become blows, your notes staccatos, your work massive, your influence strong — you can do what you will.

Whatever your position, you are a power; you are felt as a grand spirit; you are as one having true authority. Character creates confidence in people in every station of life. Character is also capital, and much surer to yield full returns than any other capital — for it is unaffected by panics and failures, and fruitful when all other investments lie dormant.

There are trying and perilous circumstances in life, which show how valuable and important a good character is. It is a sure and strong staff of support, when everything else fails. It is the Acropolis which remains impregnable, imparting security and peace when all the other defenses have been surrendered to the enemy.

The higher walks of life are treacherous and dangerous; the lower full of obstacles and impediments. We can only be secure in either, by maintaining those principles which are just, praiseworthy, and pure — and which inspire bravery in ourselves and confidence in others.

Mar 08, 2018
The Wisdom of Hermann Hesse | Thought-Provoking Quotes
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Listen to episode 245 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Wisdom of Hermann Hesse | Thought-Provoking Quotes. Edited and adapted from the work of Hermann Hesse.

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Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from the work of Herman Hesse, the author of such classic works as Siddhartha, the Glass Bead Game, and Steppenwolf.

“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise person attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”

“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my soul whispers to me.”

“Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.”

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go.”

“To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.”

Mar 06, 2018
The University of Hard Knocks | Lyceum-Chautauqua Lectures
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Listen to episode 244 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The University of Hard Knocks | Lifelong Learning. Edited and adapted from a Lyceum-Chautauqua lecture by Ralph Albert Parlette.

Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to us on YouTube, and spread the word among your friends. Thank you. Today’s podcast was edited and adapted from The University of Hard Knocks by Ralph Albert Parlette, published in 1916.

NOBODY can give us or buy us an education. We earn it in The University of Hard Knocks. Books and Colleges only give us some tools — some of the best tools in the world. We must use these tools in the School of Service.

It is the Service, the Struggle, the Sacrifice, the Overcoming, the Achievement, that brings us the Knowing, the Understanding, the Success, the Happiness, the Strength, and the Greatness of Life. "You who would be greatest among many, let you become the Greatest Servant" — for Greatness is merely the ability to carry great loads, to serve greatly.

You cannot buy a great arm; you earn it in physical service. You cannot buy a great mind; you earn it in mental service. You cannot buy a great character; you earn it in moral service.

Our philosophy of education is based on the belief that we only know what we have lived. We only understand what we have proven in the laboratories of our experience. We can't get something for nothing. We do not learn from books, we learn from bumps and bruises. We learn in the one great school: The University of Hard Knocks.

Mar 01, 2018
9 Helps to Happiness | The Path of Happy People
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Listen to episode 243 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Nine Helps to Happiness | Happy People. Adapted from Helps to Happiness by the Reverend N. B. Cooksey.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. This past weekend of Our Sunday Talks was perhaps my favorite episode. I read thoughts from James Allen on the power and wisdom of being silent. It’s a lessons that took me many years to learn myself, but has paid great dividends. To learn more about Our Sunday Talks and how you can gain access, please go to: LivingHour.org/Sunday.

Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from Helps to Happiness by the Reverend N. B. Cooksey, published in 1916.

EVERYONE wishes to be happy. That is one thing upon which all can agree. Unfortunately, much of our effort to become happy is lost, because it is made in the wrong way and happiness is expected where it never can be attained. So, let me share with you 9 helps to happiness, which are guaranteed to set you upon a joyful path in life.

Number 1) AMBITION

One of the world's greatest mistakes is that of supposing that complete happiness can be found in the attainment of some one thing, whereas the helps to happiness are numerous. Women and men are compound beings, possessing physical, intellectual, and spiritual natures, each of which have many wants which must be supplied if we are to be happy. If any one or more of these physical, intellectual, or spiritual needs are not satisfied, we are, to some degree, made unhappy.

Happiness is not one great joy to be found in the attainment of one great aim or purpose in life, but it consists of many things, found in a great many experiences and possessions.

Feb 27, 2018
Opportunity Knocks | The World is Your Oyster
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Listen to episode 242 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Opportunity Knocks | The World is Your Oyster. Adapted from Stepping-Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock.

Podcast Excerpt: THE world today is full of opportunities. In business, in art, in literature, in every field of endeavor, the call of opportunity is greater than ever before. To the ambitious, the world presents a rich hunting ground, a wide expanse for fruitful endeavor. But to those who lack knowledge and courage, it seems as a great city, walled in by those more fortunate who have gained entrance to its rewards, through fame, fortune, or influence.

The old adage that opportunity knocks once on every person’s door, is, perhaps, so old that it is now out of date. The saying was undoubtedly intended to exemplify the fact that opportunity actually comes to one less often than it is sought. The fields of endeavor are full of opportunities today, but they are ever playing "hide- and-seek" with the ambitious.

The first step toward any success is the grasping of an opportunity. In speaking of opportunity William Gladstone said: "In some sense, and in some effectual degree, there is in every person the material for good work in the world." In every one of us, there is the God-given germ which may be termed our "capacity for usefulness." In every one of us, this quality is capable of being developed, through proper exercise and nourishment.

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Feb 22, 2018
The Happy Life of the Mind | Thinking Out Loud
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Listen to episode 241 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Happy Life of the Mind. Edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: It is frequently said by people, who profess to have studied the subject, that thinking is a difficult and unattractive job. We accuse average folks of dodging the task of thinking whenever they can. This charge is not true.

If you and I do not choose to think about one subject, it is because we prefer to think about another. But think we do — and get out of it not merely most of our fun, but all the fun we have to experience. Indeed thinking is not only all the fun there is in life; it is all we live for — all of us!

Few things are more pitiable than the person who tries to get perpetual and satisfying joy out of past performances, and past triumphs. People do not begin to live on memories because they are growing old; they grow old because they begin to live on memories. Give a person a topic about which to think, and they will not grow "prematurely old."

Anticipation is nine tenths of the joy of life, because anticipation is constructive thought. One who does not anticipate, never enjoys anything. The applause of the crowd may please us, but only because it stirs us on to further achievement. And the one who learns that all joy lies in achieving through thinking becomes indifferent to applause — and also to censure.

Feb 20, 2018
Vedic Wisdom & The Success Path of Giving More
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Listen to episode 240 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Vedic Wisdom & The Path of Giving. Edited and adapted from a lecture by Swami Vivekananda.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The perfect individual can put their whole soul upon one point of love, yet remain unattached. How to accomplish this? Well, first of all, we must recognize that we are all beggars. Whatever we do, we want a return.

We are all traders: we are traders in life; we are traders in virtue; we are traders in religion. Alas! we are also traders in love. If you come to trade, if it is a question of give-and-take, if it is a question of buy-and-sell, you abide by the laws of buying and selling. There is a bad time and there is a good time; there is a rise, and a fall in prices — always you expect the blow to come.

It is like looking at the mirror. Your face is reflected: you make a grimace and there is one in the mirror; if you laugh, the mirror laughs. This is buying and selling, giving and taking. We get caught. How? Not by what we give, but by what we expect. We get misery in return for our love. Not from the fact that we love, but from the fact that we want love in return.

The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the person who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful. Ask for nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you but do not think of that now. It will come back multiplied a thousandfold, but the attention must not be on that.

Cultivate the power to give — give, and there it ends. Learn that the whole of life is giving, that nature will force you to give. So, give willingly.

Feb 15, 2018
The Confident Man & Woman | A Victorious Attitude
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Listen to episode 239 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Confident Man & Woman | A Victorious Attitude. Edited and adapted from “You Can. But Will You?” by Orison Swett Marden.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the book “You Can, But Will You?” by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1920.

Do you know that you will never accomplish anything great unless you not only hold the conviction that victory is your birthright, but also show evidence of it in your face, in your manner and bearing? No person can expect to be a conqueror while they carry the confession of defeat in their face. You must not only feel like a winner, but you must also appear and act like one. You must show victory in your very expression.

It is not difficult to pick out a successful person among a multitude. If you are a leader, a person who relies upon yourself, every step, every movement, will indicate it. You are covered all over with telltale signs. There is assurance, confidence in your face and bearing. You walk like a master and talk like one. Everyone knows that you believe in yourself and in your mission.

What marks the difference between a winner and a loser? The winner is a person who gets up after they have been knocked down with more determination than before; a person who is stung into greater activity by some serious setback; a person who does not know when they are beaten. A temporary failure does not mean much to such a man or woman; it is only an episode in their life.

Feb 13, 2018
Living an Authentic Life | Originality vs. Conformity
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Listen to episode 238 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Living an Authentic Life | Originality vs. Conformity. Edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting.

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Learn more by visiting our website at LivingHour.org/breakfree. Now on to today’s reading was edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting, published in 1934.

THE poorest reason in the world for doing anything is that somebody else is doing it. Children have a name for the imitators; they call them a "copycat." But isn't it a curious thing that the "copycat" habit is almost universal among human beings? Most of us say the same things about newspapers, relatives, and sunsets that our friends do. We rise, sit, sleep, and eat as others do. And, whether consciously or unconsciously, one of the aims of our lives is not to be weird--that is, unlike others.

Isn't it pitiful, how we so often conform: conform to style, to custom, to mode, to trend. And if we think about it, we come upon a curious anomaly. The world is actually crying out for originality (for something new under the sun) yet it slaps at it instantly when it raises its head.

No person is so unpopular as the one who begins to be unlike the rest. However, no person receives such rewards as the one who persists in it! Strange! All people seem to be in a conspiracy to curb originality, yet we also all laud and reward it — and then when the applause begins, we all begin trying to ape the originator.

Feb 08, 2018
Carl Jung on Life, God & Religion | Psychotherapy
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Listen to episode 237 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Carl Jung on Life, God & Religion. Edited and adapted from the work of Carl Jung.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Visit our lifestyle brand BookofZen.com to shop for inspirational fashion and gifts. Proceeds help support the production of our podcast. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the work of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung.

“The decisive question for humanity is: Are we related to something infinite or not? That is the telling question of our lives. Only if we know that the thing which truly matters is the infinite can we avoid fixing our interests upon futilities and upon all kinds of goals which are not of real importance. The more we lay stress on false possessions, and the less sensitivity we have for what is essential, the less satisfying is our life. We feel limited because we have limited aims, and the result is envy and jealousy. If we understand, and feel, that here in this life we already have a link with the infinite, our desires and attitudes change.”

“An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become…..You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.”

“There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness…..As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”

Feb 06, 2018
How to Live a Good Life | Lubbock, Seneca, Epictetus
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Listen to episode 236 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Live a Good Life | Lubbock, Seneca, Epictetus. Edited and adapted from edited and adapted from The Use of Life by Sir John Lubbock.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. To gain access to the full transcripts of our more than 200 podcasts, please become our monthly patron for less than the price of your favorite Latte. Learn more at LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Use of Life by Sir John Lubbock, published in 1894.

The most important thing to learn in life, is how to live. There is nothing people are so anxious to keep as life, and nothing they take so little pains to keep well. This is no simple matter. "Life is short. Art is long. Opportunity fleeting. Experiment uncertain, and Judgment difficult,'' says Hippocrates.

Happiness and success in life do not depend on our circumstances, but on ourselves. More people have ruined themselves than have ever been destroyed by others: more houses and cities have perished at the hands of men, than storms or earthquakes have ever destroyed."

There are two sorts of ruin; one is the work of time, the other of humankind. Of all ruins, the ruins of humanity are the saddest, and our worst enemy, as Seneca said, is the one in our breast. Providence does not create evil, but gives liberty, and if we misuse it we are sure to suffer, but have only ourselves to blame."

I am sometimes accused of being optimistic. But I have never ignored or denied the troubles and sorrows of life: I have never said that we all are happy, only that we might be so; and that if we aren’t, the fault is generally our own: that most of us throw away more happiness than we enjoy. And this makes it all the more melancholy. In other words, "For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been."

Feb 01, 2018
When Things Go Wrong | The Power of Constructive Thinking
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Listen to episode 235 of the Inspirational Living podcast: When Things Go Wrong | The Power of Constructive Thinking. Edited and adapted from Success Through Thought Habit by Benjamin Johnson.

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Today’s podcast has been edited and adapted from “Success Through Thought Habit” by Benjamin Johnson, published in 1908.

IF ever the true merit of constructive thought is placed to a test, it is when things go so wrong that there is apparently no way to turn, and no solution to our difficulty. Try as we may, we can find no reasonable excuse for what’s happening.

Once in a while, we may be placed in the trying position of not being able to blame anyone for our plight, and, as we think things over, we are forced to admit that were circumstances to be again arranged as they had been, we would do the same things all over again.

Then, perhaps, we grow a little sorry for ourselves and we say — beneath our breaths — "What is the use of trying. I was just as good as I could have been for days, weeks, and months, and then this awful thing had to happen for no reason at all." Next, we may get angry, or possibly disgusted, and just in proportion to our own state of mind, does the outlook continue to look worse and worse until soon dull despair settles down in great chunks of gloom.

"What is the remedy?" you ask. There is only one to be used in cases of this description, and that is absolute Faith in the ultimate outcome, no matter how bad everything looks — and the realization that nothing that happens to us at any time is an accident, but is what we need, in order to show what we are made of.

Resistance, resentment, anger, and blame only mean that we shall continue to have more tribulations of a similar nature, until our lessons have been learned, and we find that out of every evil, good will come. In the mental world, as well as the physical, anyone who breaks a law is punished — not always in the way we may recognize, but just so surely the punishment comes....

Jan 30, 2018
Self-Improvement Begins Now | Classic Self-Help Books
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Listen to episode 234 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Self-Improvement Begins Now | Classic Self-Help Books. Edited and adapted from A Book of Cheerful Counsel by Nixon Waterman.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start today by thanking our new patrons: Michael Jindra, Margo Blake, Gizem Engur, and Elhadj Omar. I truly appreciate your financial gifts that help offset the 70 hours a month I put into producing this free podcast. To become our monthly patron and gain access to our entire transcript archive, please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you.

Today’s reading was edited and adapted from A Book of Cheerful Counsel by Nixon Waterman, published in 1909.

LEARN to do, but without overdoing. Too much striving for success is as bad as too little. Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues. Do not cram books into your head until you crowd pleasant thinking out of it. A moderately informed person, standing firmly on their two good legs, is superior to the wise professor who is unable to leave their bed.

What have you profited, if you gain the whole world, and lose your own soul? And what does it profit you, if you become a multi-millionaire and lose your health of mind or body? Success that costs more than it is worth is failure.

Make haste slowly. Be ambitious, but not foolish. Learn a few things, and learn them well. The person who grasps much, holds little. We all know that there is a happy medium between too much preciseness and slovenliness; between laziness and an unwarranted degree of mental activity; between ignorance and an intellect ground to an edge too fine to carve its way through a hard world.

The mind should be a good, strong, healthy feeder, but not a glutton. When unduly stimulated, it wears out the mechanism of the body, like friction upon a machine not lubricated, and the growing weakness of the physical frame nullifies the power it encloses.

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Jan 25, 2018
The Master Mind | Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success
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Listen to episode 233 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Master Mind | Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Success. Edited and adapted from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The Master Mind principle, or rather the economic feature of it, was first called to my attention by Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Carnegie's Master Mind group consisted of a staff of approximately fifty people, with whom he surrounded himself, for the DEFINITE PURPOSE of manufacturing and marketing steel. He attributed his entire fortune to the POWER he accumulated through this "Master Mind."

Analyze the record of any person who has accumulated a great fortune, and many of those who have accumulated modest fortunes, and you will find that they have either consciously, or unconsciously, employed the "Master Mind" principle. Great power can be accumulated through no other principle.

ENERGY is Nature's universal set of building blocks, out of which she constructs every material thing in the universe, including humankind, and every form of animal and vegetable life. Through a process which only Nature completely understands, she translates energy into matter. And Nature's building blocks are available to us in the energy involved in THINKING!

Our brain may be compared to an electric battery. It absorbs energy from the ether, which permeates every atom of matter, and fills the entire universe. It is a well-known fact that a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery. It is also a well-known fact that an individual battery will provide energy in proportion to the number and capacity of the cells it contains.

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Jan 23, 2018
The Joy of Doing | Rebuilding Real Manhood & Womanhood
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Listen to episode 232 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Joy of Doing | Rebuilding Real Manhood & Womanhood. Edited and adapted from A Book of Friendly Thoughts by Nixon Waterman.

Motivational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Coming up this weekend on Our Sunday Talks, we’ll be discussing the problem of life, along with the imaginary conflict that supposedly exists between science and religion. To gain access to our weekly Sunday series, please become our monthly patron today. To learn more, please visit LivingHour.org/Sunday.

Today’s reading was edited and adapted from A Book of Friendly Thoughts by Nixon Waterman, published in 1913.

Half-way, half-hearted doings never amount to much. Battles are not won with flags at half-mast — they are run up to the very tops of their standards and are waved as far toward the heavens as is possible. If we lack enthusiasm, we are almost as certain to fail of achieving an end, as a locomotive engine that lacks steam is of climbing a grade.

A listless, lackadaisical spirit may get on all right, so long as the path of life is all on a level or down grade, but when it comes to hill-climbing and the real experiences of life that serve to develop character, we are likely to give up the contest, and surrender the prize we might win to other and more earnest competitors.

Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. If you would get the best results, do your work with enthusiasm as well as fidelity. The world makes way only for the determined person who laughs at barriers which limit others — at stumbling-blocks over which others fall.

Everyone knows that the friends whom they love best are the ones who are alive to the world about them and who feel an enthusiasm in the tasks and privileges that confront them. Enthusiasm is the breeze that fills the sails, and sends the ship gliding over the happy waves. It is the joy of doing things, and of seeing that things are well done. It gives to work a thoroughness and a delicious zest and to play a whole-souled, health-giving delight.

Only they who find joy in their work can live the larger and nobler life — for without work, and work done joyously, life must remain dwarfed and undeveloped.

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Jan 18, 2018
Taking Stock of Ourselves | Vices & Virtues | Freethinkers
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Listen to episode 231 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Taking Stock of Ourselves | Vices & Virtues. Edited and adapted from All’s Right with the World by Charles B. Newcomb.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Support us by visiting our lifestyle brand BookofZen.com to shop for clothing, wall hangings, coffee mugs, and more — all of which feature our own original inspirational quotes within a classic zen enso circle. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from All’s Right with the World by Charles B. Newcomb, published in 1897.

IT is a custom of retailers to have an annual "taking account of stock." At such times, they examine carefully the goods on hand, clear the shelves of unsaleable articles, mark down those that have become shopworn or out of season, and put new values on all for which there is unusual demand.

Just so in the thought life of a community, we find that periodically there is by general consent a taking account of stock. Old standards and ideas are removed from the shelves and carefully examined in the light of new discoveries — their character and usefulness are challenged, and their condition tested. If they have become unserviceable for any reason, and higher thought has led to higher standards, the old theories and views of life and conduct are soon laid aside. Their defects have become apparent, and better things are in demand.

At the same time, some ancient truth or teacher that has been long labeled passé and put upon a shelf comes suddenly into notice. New meaning and unsuspected value are found in the proscribed philosophy. It throws a fresh light upon all the ethical problems of the day, and is slowly becoming popular once again.

In this moral stock-taking, we are often surprised to find the necessity of a new classification of what we have called "virtues" and "vices." In the light of higher principles and larger knowledge, we find we must change the tags that have been carelessly put on. Some virtues do not hold their color in the sunshine of the new century. Some vices prove to be not so harmful after all.

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Jan 16, 2018
A Merry Heart | The Poetry of Happy Living | Inspiration
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Listen to episode 230 of the Inspirational Living podcast: A Merry Heart | The Poetry of Happy Living. Edited and adapted from A Book of Friendly Thoughts by Nixon Waterman.

Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, please spread the word by telling a friend or sharing your favorite episode on Facebook. We also would love it if you could leave us a review at the iTunes store, Google Play, or Stitcher.com. I always appreciate hearing back from you, and knowing this podcast has had a positive impact on your life. Thank you.

Today’s reading was edited and adapted from A Book of Friendly Thoughts by Nixon Waterman, published in 1913.

WHO among us can presume to estimate the value of a joyful heart? What a perpetual blessing it is to its possessor and to all who must come into close relationship with the owner of it! There is nothing more pleasantly "catching" than happiness. The happy person serves to make all who are about them the more happy.

What the bright, inspiring sunshine adds to the beauty of the fields, a happy disposition adds to the charm of all the incidents and experiences of one's daily life. Do not you, who listens to me now, love to associate with a friend possessing a cheerful disposition? And do you not intuitively refrain from meeting with the unfortunate one whose looks and words are heavy with complaining or whose eyes fail to see the beauty of the world lying all about?

If we are given to wise thinking, we must reach the conclusion that as we regard these attributes in others, so others must regard them in us. Nothing is more eloquent than a joyful face. It is the open sesame to all our hearts. A sunshiny face melts away all opposition and finds the word "Welcome" written over the doorways where the face that wears a hard, unfriendly look sees only the warning, "No Admittance."

Jan 11, 2018
Am I a Genius? | How the Successful Succeed | Motivation
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Listen to episode 229 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Am I a Genius? | How the Successful Succeed. Edited and adapted from A Book of Cheerful Counsel by Nixon Waterman, published in 1909.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start today by thanking some of our new patrons, including Margo Blake, Anna Rido Suico, Otis Irvine, and Philip Dvil. When you become a patron of our podcast, you receive exclusive access to all of the transcripts in our podcast archive, as well as access to the patron series Our Sunday Talks — and it costs as little as 3$ month. Learn more at LivingHour.org/patron.

Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from A Book of Cheerful Counsel by Nixon Waterman, published in 1909.

"AM I A GENIUS?" "You hope, and perchance believe, no doubt, that when you have a full opportunity to show the world what sort of timber you are made of that people will look upon you as being a (quote) "genius." Almost every person cherishes some such aspiration. And why not? Such a trend of thought is to be encouraged. It is proper and commendable. We would all be geniuses if we could. The world admires a genius. If you are the genuine article, it seeks your autograph, prints your picture in books and magazines, and when you pass away it is likely to build a monument over your remains.

Can we all be geniuses? Some say we can and some say we cannot. Some say geniuses are born and some say they are self-made. When Thomas Edison, the famous inventor, was asked for his definition of genius he answered: "Two per cent is genius and ninety-eight per cent is hard work.”

This definition of genius quite agrees with that given by the American statesman, Alexander Hamilton, who said: "All the genius I have lies in just this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings; my mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort which I eventually make, the people are pleased to call genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought."

Jan 09, 2018
Aristotle & Wisdom | It's a Wonderful Life | Inspirational
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Listen to episode 228 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Aristotle & Wisdom | It’s a Wonderful Life. The Way of Wonder. Edited and adapted from a classic book of essays by Stephen Paget.

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Now on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from a book of essays by Stephen Paget, published in 1911.

THIS much I remember of Aristotle, that he calls Wonder the beginning of the love of Wisdom. To have a right judgment of our surroundings, we must wonder at them, and be surprised that they and we are met together. So long as we exercise this quickening sense of wonder, there is hope for us, and some justification of our presence here on earth — because we all are on the road that leads toward wisdom: and they alone are incorrigible fools to whom Nature comes natural.

Once we have fallen into the bad habit of taking for granted what Nature gives us, and have ceased to be amazed, it may be fairly said that in the midst of life we are in death. For one might as well be dead as alive, to look with dull eyes at the world, not finding it wonderful.

So excellent is Wonder that we must not profane its name in common use. For example, there is the phrase, “I wonder if”. You can be sure that he or she, who turns a sentence thusly, is careless in speech, and oblivious of the rights of words. It is impossible “to wonder if”: you simply are not thinking, nor even trying to think.

Jan 04, 2018
New Year's Resolutions | How to Keep Them | Motivation
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Listen to episode 227 of the Inspirational Living podcast: New Year’s Resolutions | How to Keep Them. Edited and Adapted from The Mind & Its Education by George Herbert Betts, published in 1906.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’m launching today’s podcast a day early to welcome in the New Year. I’m sure many of you have made set goals for 2018 and made New Year’s resolutions to live in ways that are healthier to the mind, body, and spirit. To do this successfully is all about changing our habits — getting rid of the bad ones and creating positive new ones.

So, habit formation is the subject of today’s reading, which I’ve pulled from the archive. It is edited and adapted from The Mind & Its Education by George Herbert Betts, published in 1906.

Habit is our "best friend or worst enemy." We are "walking bundles of habits." Habit is a "cable which we cannot break." Such are the popular expressions linked with habitual behavior. In other words, let me know your habits of life, and you have revealed your moral standards and conduct. Let me discover your intellectual habits, and I understand your type of mind and methods of thought.

In short, our lives are largely a daily round of activities dictated by our habits in this line or that. Most of our movements and acts are habitual; we think as we have formed the habit of thinking; we decide as we are in the habit of deciding; we sleep, or eat, or speak as we have grown into the habit of doing these things. But while habit may be considered a tyrant, its potential benefits far exceed the bad.

Jan 01, 2018
Human Evolution, Intelligent Design & Limitless Possibility
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Listen to episode 226 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Human Evolution, Intelligent Design & Limitless Possibility. Edited and adapted from “The Message of New Thought” by Abel Allen.

Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. As I mentioned last time, I am currently on vacation, so this week, as a special gift to our listeners, I am sharing a couple episodes from the series Our Sunday Talks, which ordinarily is only available to our patrons.

To gain full access to this weekly series of thought-provoking spiritual talks, as well as transcripts of the entire archive of the Inspirational Living podcast, please become our monthly patron by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s episode of Our Sunday Talks was edited and adapted from “Message of New Thought” by Abel Allen, published in 1914.

HUMANITY has ever stalked the world like an idle sleep walker, in a dream of bewilderment, unconscious of the boundless resources of our own nature and the limitless heights that the fully developed person may reach. Limitation has always clouded our vision. Of the limitless reservoirs of mental life within ourselves, we have been totally oblivious. We are a stranger to ourselves, an unguided wanderer, ignorant of our own greatness and possibilities.

We supposed we were made in an instant, the result of a fiat, and that our limitations were set by the divine decree that brought us into existence. We were never told that we were not finished, or of the slumbering possibilities within ourselves. But we are awakening from our long dream, to the realization that “The full measure of the individual has never been taken” and that the infinite path of progress stretches away before us.

Dec 28, 2017
How to Pray | The Art of Prayer | Neville Goddard
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Listen to episode 225 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Pray | The Art of Prayer. Edited and adapted from Prayer, the Art of Believing by Neville Goddard, published in 1945.

Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’m currently on vacation for the holidays and unable to record a new podcast this week. So, as a special holiday gift to our listeners, I am going to play for you a reading from Our Sunday Talks, a weekly series that is available exclusively to our patrons. If you enjoy today’s reading, please do consider becoming our patron.

For as little as 3$ a month, you can gain full access to this series of thought-provoking spiritual talks, as well as access to over 200 transcripts of the Inspirational Living podcast. To learn more, please visit: LivingHour.org/patron. This episode of Our Sunday Talks was edited and adapted from Prayer, the Art of Believing by Neville Goddard, published in 1945.

PRAYER is an art and requires practice. The first requirement is a controlled imagination. Ostentation and vain repetitions are foreign to prayer. Its exercise requires tranquility and peace of mind.

The ceremonies that are customarily used in prayer are mere superstitions and have been invented to give prayer an air of solemnity. Those who do practice the art of prayer are often ignorant of the laws that control it. They attribute the results obtained to the ceremonies and mistake the letter for the spirit.

The essence of prayer is faith; but faith must be permeated with understanding to be given that active quality which it does not possess when standing alone.

Our Sunday Talk today is an attempt to reduce the unknown to the known, by pointing out conditions on which prayers are answered, and without which they cannot be answered.....

Dec 26, 2017
A Christmas Sermon on Meekness, Humility & Love
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Listen to episode 224 of the Inspirational Living podcast: A Christmas Sermon on Meekness, Humility & Love. Edited and adapted from All These Things Added by James Allen.

Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. This is our last podcast before Christmas, so I would like to wish you all a wonderful and healthy Christmas holiday with your friends, family, and everyone you hold dear. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from All These Things Added by James Allen, published in 1903.

THE mountain bends not to the fiercest storm, but it shields the fledgling and the lamb; and though all people tread upon it, yet it protects them, and bears them up upon its sturdy bosom. So it is also with the meek among us, who compassionately bend to shield the lowliest creature, and, though they may be despised, lift all others up and lovingly protect them.

As glorious as the mountain in its silence are the divine man and woman in their silent Meekness; like the mountainous form, their loving embrace is expansive and sublime. Truly their body, like the mountain’s base, is fixed in the valleys and the mists; but the summit of their being is eternally bathed in cloudless glory, and lives with the majestic Silence.

When you have found Meekness, you have found divinity. You have realized the divine consciousness, and know yourself as divine. You also know all others as divine — though they know it not themselves, being asleep and dreaming. Meekness is a divine quality, and as such is all powerful. The meek person overcomes by not resisting, and by allowing themselves to be defeated, they attain to the Supreme Conquest.

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Dec 21, 2017
Do Your Best at All Times | Success at Any Age
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Listen to episode 223 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Do Your Best at All Times | Success at Any Age. Edited and adapted from “Self-Control: It’s Kingship & Majesty” by William George Jordan.

Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift, don’t forget that our books Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons and Everest: 50 Motivational Life Lessons are now available in e-book, and easily purchased by our listeners worldwide. To buy your copies today, please visit the website InspirationalLifeLessons.com.

Now on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from “Self-Control: It’s Kingship & Majesty” by William George Jordan, published in 1898.

Life is a wondrously complex problem for each one of us, until, one day, in a moment of illumination, we awaken to the great realization that we can make it simple — never quite simple, but always simpler.

There are a thousand mysteries of right and wrong that have baffled the wise ones of the ages. There are depths in the great fundamental question of the human race that no plummet of philosophy has ever sounded. There are wild cries of honest hunger for truth that seek to pierce the silence beyond the grave, but ever echo back only a repetition of these unanswered cries.

To us all, there comes, at times, a great note of questioning despair that darkens our horizon and paralyzes our effort: We say to ourselves, “If there really be a God, if eternal justice really rules the world, why should life be as it is? Why do some people starve while others feast; why does virtue often languish in the shadow while vice triumphs in the sunshine; why does failure so often dog the footsteps of honest effort, while the success that comes from trickery and dishonor is greeted with the world’s applause? How is it that the loving parent of one family is taken by death, while the worthless one of another is spared? Why is there so much unnecessary pain, sorrow, and suffering in the world — why, indeed, should there be any at all?”

Dec 19, 2017
The Art of Public Speaking | Success Talks Before Ted
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Listen to episode 222 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Public Speaking | Success Talks. Edited and adapted from the book Self-Investment by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1911.

Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you value our podcast and would like to help support us with a one-time donation this holiday season, please visit LivingHour.org/donate. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will help ensure the continued production of our podcast. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Self-Investment by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1911.

It does not matter whether you want to be a public speaker or not. A person should have such complete control of themselves, should be so self-reliant and self-poised, that they can get up in front of any audience, no matter how large or formidable, and express their thoughts clearly and distinctly.

Self-expression in some manner is the only means of developing mental power. It may be in music; it may be on canvas; it may be through oratory; it may come through selling goods or writing a book; but it must come through self-expression.

Self-expression in any legitimate form tends to call out what is in us, our resourcefulness and inventiveness. But no other form of self-expression develops us so thoroughly and so effectively, and so quickly unfolds all of our powers, as speaking before an audience.

It is doubtful whether anyone can reach the highest standard of culture without studying the art of expression, especially public vocal expression. In all ages, public speaking has been regarded as the highest expression of human achievement. Young people, no matter what they intend to be, whether mechanic or farmer, merchant or physician, should make it a study.

Dec 14, 2017
Pathways to a Beautiful Life | Our Sunday Talks
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Listen to episode 221 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Pathways to a Beautiful Life | Our Sunday Talks. Edited and adapted from The Pathway of Roses by Christian D. Larson, published in 1910.

Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you have someone on your Christmas shopping list who is interested in spiritual growth and who might describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious,” I have a gift idea for you. Give them exclusive patron access to our series Our Sunday Talks, which features talks dedicated to spirituality and spiritual growth. To learn how you can give access as a special Christmas gift, please visit LivingHour.org/Christmas.

To give you a better idea of the kind of talks that we deliver in Our Sunday Talks, I am going to play for you today a talk that we delivered this past Sunday (December 10th), which was edited and adapted from The Pathway of Roses by Christian D. Larson, published in 1910.

We are searching for pathways to a beautiful life. But often we don’t know where to begin, and what guideposts we should use to navigate our journey. The first thing to do is to recognize the great truth that every individual can live their own life exactly as they wish to. You are the real master of your own existence, and it is you who may determine how perfect and how beautiful that existence is to be.

Your life is in your own hands. You may live as you wish. You may secure from life whatever you desire, because there is no limit to life, and no limit to your capacity to live. The elements of life can be modified, changed, developed and perfected to comply with your own supreme demand.

The increase of life can be realized in the exact measure of your largest need. You are in living touch with Infinite life, and there is neither limit nor end to the source of your supply. To live in the constant recognition of this great truth, is to rise continually into higher and higher degrees of that mastery of life that gives us the power to live our lives according to our most perfect ideals.

Dec 12, 2017
Success & The Habit of Self-Improvement | Self-Help
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Listen to episode 220 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Success & The Self-Development Habit. Edited and adapted from the book Self-Investment by Orson Swett Marden, published in 1911.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Education, as commonly understood, is the process of developing the mind by means of books and teachers. When education has been neglected, either by reason of lack of opportunity, or because advantage was not taken of the opportunities afforded, the one remaining hope is self-improvement.

Opportunities for self-improvement surround us; the helps to self-improvement are abundant, and in this day of cheap books, free libraries, evening schools, and the internet, there can be no good excuse for neglecting to use these faculties for self-development which are so abundantly supplied.

When we look at the difficulties which hindered the acquisition of knowledge long ago (the scarcity and the costliness of books, the long hours of work and toil which left so little time for study), we may well marvel at the giants of scholarship those days of hardship produced. And when we add to these limitations, the physical disabilities, blindness, deformity, and ill-health which many contended against, we may feel shame as we contemplate the fullness of our modern opportunities, and the helps and incentives to study and self-development which are so lavishly provided for our use and inspiration, and of which we avail ourselves so little.

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Dec 07, 2017
Toastmasters | International Toasts for Every Occasion
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Listen to episode 219 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Toastmasters | International Toast for Every Occasion. Edited & adapted from the book Stories and Toasts for After Dinner by Nathaniel C. Fowler, published in 1914.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start off by thanking everyone who has purchased our new book Everest: 50 Motivational Life Lessons, as well as last year’s book Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons.

Time is running out for you to purchase our hardcover books for the special holiday sales price of $15.34 and get them in time for Christmas. The sale ends in a few days on December 7th. To get your copies today, visit our book website: InspirationalLifeLessons.com.

Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from the book Stories and Toasts for After Dinner by Nathaniel C. Fowler, published in 1914.

May the sparks of love brighten into a flame. May we kiss whom we please and please whom we kiss. Here is to Love in every breast, liberty in every heart, and learning in every head.

To The three F's: Friendship, Feeling, and Fidelity; Friendship without interest, Feeling for the depressed, Fidelity to truth.

May Love and Reason be friends, and Beauty and Prudence marry. May those who escape the quick sands of jealousy never find themselves on the shoals of indifference.

In the voyage of life, may Contentment be our fellow passenger. May we be happy, and our enemies know it. May our counsels be wise, and our commerce increase, and may we ever experience the blessings of peace.

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Dec 05, 2017
The Duty to Be Happy | Joy Civics 101
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Listen to episode 218 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Duty to Be Happy | Joy Civics 101. Edited and adapted from the book Happiness by Hugh Black, published in 1911.

Podcast Excerpt: If it can be said, with any truth, that we have a right to be happy, this right can also be stated as a duty — a duty to others, as well as ourselves. The mere exercise and cultivation of any faculty is a source of pleasure, and such cultivation is surely also a duty, unless it conflicts with some still higher duty.

There is a common notion among many people that duty is precisely what we do not like. If we are in any doubt, they say that the safe rule is to find out what will be pleasant, and then do the opposite! It is true that duty often asks for sacrifice and demands the hard thing rather than the easy one, but to make pain a test of duty is to turn the world topsy-turvy.

Too much sickly sentiment has passed for wisdom and religion over years, as if life was only a Vale of Tears, and man was made to mourn, and the world was but a scene of woe. In such a universe it would be a duty to be unhappy, even if by a freak of fortune it were possible to avoid the regular lot.

Disease and sorrow do exist, but health is the normal, and joy is the natural, and it is a privilege to live. Problems abound, but the strong and healthy view is that they exist to be bravely faced, and (if possible) solved.

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Nov 30, 2017
The Web of Life | Inspirational Biology
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Listen to episode 217 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Web of Life | Inspirational Biology. Edited and adapted from the Adventure of Life by Robert W. Mackenna, published in 1919.

Podcast Excerpt: Life is the most wonderful thing in the world. We find it everywhere, abundant, prodigal, and luxuriant. Earth, sea, and sky teem with it. The grass in the fields, the flowers on the hillside, the trees in the forest, the birds in the air, the fish in the water, and all things that creep or walk are quick with life.

We turn over a stone with our stick and sack a city, for underneath it is a seething colony of ants, which scurry hither and thither in no purposeless panic, but intent on saving themselves, their young, and their hoarded food from destruction by the invader. We look abroad and discover that wherever life can find a foothold it has established itself.

Not far from where I write there is a great range of limestone hills. Their summits are crowned by vegetation of many kinds, and pine-trees stand defiant in the blast; but all along the precipitous sides, wherever niche or cranny has afforded a lodgment, some tree has grown, and, hanging between the earth and the sky, where no cragsman would ever venture to tread, it proclaims the triumph of life over death, and the urgency of nature's demand for life, and yet more life.

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Nov 28, 2017
Inspirational Quotes for Daily Life
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Listen to episode 216 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Inspirational Quotes for Daily Life. Excerpts from our new book Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I would like you to imagine something. Imagine a new American renaissance. Imagine a strong American spirit, revitalized by the common-sense virtues and success principles of the past. Imagine that you have an important, essential role to play in making it happen. Our book Evergreen (50 Inspirational Life Lessons) is your guidebook.

Get 30% off the sales price now by visiting InspirationalLifeLessons.com, and using the coupon code LIVINGHOUR30. On today’s podcast we are going to read some of our favorite inspirational quotes from the book. But before we begin just let me take a moment to wish our listeners a happy Thanksgiving. I am truly grateful that you take the time to join me each week for this podcast.

And a special word of gratitude to all of our monthly patrons, whose financial support helps to make this podcast happen. Thank you so much.

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NOBODY can hand you a ready-made key to open the door of success. You must fashion your own key and find the combination of the lock for yourself. No magician can waft you to the heights of fortune and fame. You cannot fly there on the wings of an airplane.

The road, often rocky, has to be traversed on foot. You, and you alone, can supply the motive power. You, and you alone, must put forth the necessary exertion. No one can remove from your shoulders the burden of the effort. You must do your own climbing....

Nov 23, 2017
Motivational Quotes for Success & Positive Thinking
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Listen to episode 215 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivational Quotes for Success. Excerpts from our new book Everest: 50 Motivational Life Lessons.

Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Are you read to conquer your fears? Are you ready to overcome your limiting beliefs to achieve greater things? Our new book Everest: 50 Motivational Life Lessons is ready power that success.

Get 30% off the sales price now by using the coupon code LIVINGHOUR30. Visit the website InspirationalLifeLessons.com to learn more. To give you a sneak peak of some of the material that’s included in Everest, we’ll be reading for you today some of our favorite motivational quotes from the book.....

The men and women who have blazed new paths for civilization have always been precedent breakers. It is ever the individual who believes in their own idea; who can think and act without a crowd to back them; who is not afraid to stand alone; who is bold, original, resourceful; who has the courage to go where others have never been, to do what others have never done, that accomplishes things, that leaves their mark on their times.

Do not be afraid of being original. Do not be a copy of your father, your mother, your grandparents; which would be as foolish as it would be for the violet to try to be a rose. Every person is born to do a certain work. If you try to do some other person’s work, you will be a failure.

Nov 21, 2017
Wake Up & Live | Mindfulness Exercises | Dorothea Brande
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Listen to episode 214 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Wake up & Live | Mindfulness Exercises. Edited and adapted from Wake Up & Live by Dorothea Brande.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: There are dozens of small ways by which we can make our minds both keener and more flexible – two qualities that are necessary for those who intend to live successfully. We all succumb too easily to the temptation to find a routine which allows us to get our day’s tasks done with a minimum of effort and conscious attention — a fact which might have no unfortunate effects at all if we used the time we save by our routines to a good purpose.

But the cold truth is that we do nothing of the sort. We apply the habit of routines to our whole lives, growing mentally and spiritually more flaccid, more timorous, less experimental with every day we spend supported by the rigidity of habit. Habit takes care of most of our ordinary activities. We get through our work by using only that part of our intellect which has been trained to consider the work’s specific problems. When we meet a novel thought or situation, we fall back on an analogy and act according to the prejudice or emotion which it arouses in us.

Even those who think of themselves as extraordinarily hard workers are not usually in that state of mental training which allows them to get the most from their lives.....

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Nov 16, 2017
Becoming a Creative Writer | Learning to See Again
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Listen to episode 213 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Becoming a Creative Writer | Learning to See Again. Adapted from Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The genius keeps, for all their days, the vividness and intensity of interest that a sensitive child feels in its expanding world. Many of US keep this wide-eyed interest well into adolescence; but very few mature men and women are fortunate enough to preserve it in their routine lives.

Most of us are only intermittently aware, even in youth, and the occasions on which adults see and feel and hear (with every sense alert) become rarer and rarer with the passage of the years. Too many of us allow ourselves to go about wrapped in our personal problems, walking blindly through our days with our attention all given to some petty matter of no particular importance.

The true neurotic may be engrossed in a problem so deeply buried in their being that they could not even tell you what it is that they are contemplating, and the sign of their neurosis is their ineffectiveness in the real world.

Even the most normal of us allow ourselves to become so insulated by habit, that few things can break through our preoccupations except truly spectacular events: a catastrophe happening right before our eyes, or our indolent strolling blocked by an unexpected parade — in other words, it must be a matter which challenges us in spite of ourselves.

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Nov 14, 2017
Motivation for Exercise & a Healthy Lifestyle
15:51

Listen to episode 212 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation for Exercise & a Healthy Lifestyle. Edited and Adapted from Practical Ethics by William De Witt Hyde.

Motivational Podcast Transcript: A healthy life requires a body that is well fed. And, after that, the next demand is for exercise. Our powers are given us to be used; and unless they are used they waste away. Nothing destroys power so surely and completely as disuse.

The only way to keep our powers is to keep them in exercise. We acquire the power to lift by lifting; to run, by running; to write, by writing; to talk, by talking; to build houses, by building; to trade, by trading.

In mature life our exercise comes to us chiefly along the lines of our business, domestic, and social relations. In childhood and youth (before the pressure of earning a living comes upon us), we must provide for needed exercise in artificial ways. The play-impulse is nature's provision for this need.

It is by hearty, vigorous play that we first gain command of those powers on which our future ability to do good work depends. It is the duty of every grown person, as well as of every child, to take time for physical recreation.

Exercise taken in a systematic way for its own sake is a great deal better than nothing; and in crowded schools (and in sedentary occupations) such fitness exercises are the best thing that can be had. The best exercise, however, is that of which we are the least conscious.

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Nov 09, 2017
The Power of Integrity | The Courage to Stand Tall
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Listen to episode 211 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Integrity | The Courage to Stand Tall. Edited and adapted from The Eight Pillars of Prosperity by James Allen.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: There is no striking a cheap bargain with prosperity. It must be purchased, not only with intelligent labor, but with moral force. As the soap bubble cannot endure, so the fraud cannot prosper. Nothing is ever gained, ever can be gained, by fraud — it is but seized for a time, to be again returned with heavy interest.

The person who courts prosperity must, in all their transactions, whether material or mental, study how to give a just return for that which they receive. This is the great fundamental principle in all sound commerce, while in spiritual things it becomes the doing to others that which we would have them do to us — and applied to the forces of the universe, it is scientifically stated in the formula, “Action and Reaction are equal.”

Human life is reciprocal, not rapacious, and people who regard all others as their legitimate prey will soon find themselves stranded in the desert of ruin, far away from the path of prosperity. Their efforts are destructive, and not constructive, and they thereby destroy themselves.

Without integrity, energy and efficiency will at last fail, but aided by integrity, their strength will be greatly augmented. There is no occasion in life in which the moral factor does not play an important part. Sterling integrity tells wherever it is, and stamps its hallmark on all transactions.

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Nov 07, 2017
Why Was I Born? | Existential Questions & Answers
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Listen to episode 210 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Why Was I Born? Existential Questions & Answers. Edited and adapted from Adventures in Common Sense by Dr. Frank Crane.

Spiritual Growth Podcast Excerpt: There is one question upon whose answer rests the success or failure of life. It is the question: "Why was I born?" A strange fact is that nobody knows the answer. The purpose which the Creator had in mind when it made me and you has never been known, never will be known.

Curious that the most fateful of all problems should be forever unanswerable! We may Believe this or that to be the reason why we were created; but we cannot Know. Notwithstanding this fact, the net result of my life depends upon The Theory I form to answer this query. But how can I tell which theory is best when there is no means of knowing which one is true?

Well, there is a way to tell which theory is, if not true, at least approximately true. This way is suggested by what is called Pragmatism. That is to say: The answer most likely to be true is the one Which Will Work. We cannot answer the question "Why was I born?" by investigating Causes. The secrets of life are beyond us. The Creator will not be interviewed. But we can select an answer by noting Results.

For instance, you might say, "I was made in order that I might get all the pleasure possible out of life." But this solution means wreckage. Its fallacy is proved by the addictions, madness, adulteries, and heart-breaks that constantly attend the end of the pleasure seeker.

How about: "I was made in order that I might escape this evil world and get safely into a better one after death." Such an answer leads logically to the asceticism that marked the dark ages and the hard morbidity that characterized Puritanism. Meanwhile, "I was born to labor for others" means a race of slaves. "I was born to live and to enjoy myself upon the fruits of others' labor" means a class of snobs.

The most satisfactory answer, in 21st century terms, is....

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Nov 02, 2017
The Smile of Mona Lisa & Secret of Life | Leonardo da Vinci
18:04

Listen to episode 209 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Smile of Mona Lisa & Secret of Life. Adapted from Adventures in Common Sense by Dr. Frank Crane.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Leonardo's Mona Lisa was stolen by an Italian thief in 1911, and when she finally got back to her place upon the walls of the Louvre two years later, all the world came to see her — on the first day of her home-coming some twenty thousand visitors trooped by to have a look at the most famous of paintings. And there, with those placid hands upon her lap, she sat in her frame, regarding the passers-by with her amused and superior smile, very much as you would look upon the antics of your pet kitten.

"Why worry?" she seemed to say. "Here I am, as you see. I came back, of course, since it is written. It was destiny. All of us but follow our program. I am the original predestinarian. I am the cheerful fatalist. Men and women struggle and fume, but always by and by they do what is set down for them to do, in the book of fate. It is to smile!"

“I am the companion of Omar Khayyam. For I am the Looker-On. I do not mingle with the energies of other people. I am the Bystander. My Maker was the Many-Minded One. He was a Philosopher. Philosophy is aloofness. I am the daughter of the Aloof. Leonardo smiled at people in his heart, and made me that I might smile at them forever."

“I am the Eternal Feminine. I do not labor. I sit. I judge. I smile. I know; hence I am amused. I am in the secret of things, and that is always rather funny; it is so different from the appearance of things. In the core of wisdom is laughter. In the secret springs of history there is grim humor.”

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Oct 31, 2017
Admiration & Everyday Heroes | The Heroic Spirit
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Listen to episode 208 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Admiration & Everyday Heroes | The Heroic Spirit. Adapted from the book “Courage” by Charles Wagner.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: We live through respect, and we perish through scoffing. Plato banished musicians from his republic because he wrongly believed that music weakened a citizen’s courage. As for me, I declare war against the spirit of mockery. I wish that it might be eradicated, like those parasites which are nourished on our marrow and blood.

Let us banish the scoffer. And, on the other hand, let us cherish admiration, respect, and enthusiasm in all their forms, as among the elements of a healthy morality, and the source of strong wills. All that I have to say on this subject, I shall try to say under the heading of Heroic Education.

What is a hero? They are a person of larger stature than their contemporaries, one who has lived an intenser and wider human life than the majority — a being who concentrates, in their mind and heart, the aspirations of a whole epoch, and gives them powerful expression. Or it may be that they are the man or woman who appears above the crowd to accomplish one deed, but one so great, so fine, that it immortalizes them.

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Oct 26, 2017
Heredity, Instinct & The Power of Play | An Education
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Listen to episode 207 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Heredity, Instinct & The Power of Play. Edited and adapted from The Mind & Its Education by George Herbert Betts.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Each individual, busied with their own affairs and blinded by their own interests, is likely to take themselves for granted and forget that they are a part of a great, unbroken procession of life, which began at the beginning and will go on till the end. Strange indeed would it be if all the generations who have lived, struggled, and died before us, and whose blood flows in our veins had left no impression upon us.

We are a part of all that has gone before, and all that comes after us will be a part of us. Each generation receives, through heredity, the products of the long experience through which their ancestors have passed. The generation receiving the gift today lives its own brief life, makes its own little contribution to the sum total, and then passes on as millions have done before.

Through heredity, the passions, the fears, and the tragedies of generations long since moldered to dust, stir our blood and tone our nerves for the conflict of today. Every child born into the world has resting upon them an unseen hand reaching out from the past, pushing them out to meet their environment, and guiding them as they start upon their journey.

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Oct 24, 2017
Finding the Strength to Love | Spiritual Growth
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Listen to episode 206 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Finding the Strength to Love | Spiritual Growth. Adapted Edited and adapted from The Pathway of Roses by Christian D. Larson.

Spiritual Growth Podcast Excerpt: There is nothing to lose but failure, and everything to gain, when we learn to love in a strong, high, universal sense. To begin, love as much as you can; be directly interested in the highest welfare of everybody; feel in the depths of the soul that we are all working together for the greatest good to all humanity; and make this feeling so strong that it thrills every fibre in your being.

But do not love for effect. Love because you feel love. And train yourself to feel love by loving with all the power of love, and in the highest, purest sense you know. Those who try to ascend will go up; those who try to become strong will enter power; and those who try to love everybody with the deepest, highest, strongest love of the soul will daily enter more and more deeply into the very spirit of that love that is love.

And when you are awakened in the world of true spiritual love, real love takes possession of all your feelings and desires; and all your love will eternally love because it is love. From that moment you will constantly receive love from all the world and constantly give love to all the world.

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Oct 19, 2017
The Ethical Entrepreneur | Motivation for Entrepreneurs
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Listen to episode 205 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Ethical Entrepreneur | Motivation for Entrepreneurs. Edited and adapted from The Book of Business by Elbert Hubbard.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Genius is only the power of making continuous effort. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it — so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many a person has thrown up their hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success.

As the tide goes clear out, so it comes clear in. In business, sometimes, prospects may seem darkest when really they are on the turn. A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.

Humankind is under the domain of Natural Law as much as bees. We succeed only by working with others and for others. Success lies in mutual service. This great truth concerning the solidarity of humanity marks a mental epoch in the onward and the upward march. It was hinted at pretty strongly in 1776, and carried into business as an experiment about 1876. It is no longer an experiment.

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Oct 17, 2017
Life is Good | Make Your Lives Extraordinary
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Listen to episode 204 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Life is Good: Make Your Lives Extraordinary. Adapted from Concentration: The Road To Success by Henry Harrison Brown.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Remember to always mind your own business. Any argument or antagonism, is minding another person’s business. All persons have an equal right as you to think and act as prompted from within. In giving them this right in your thought, you cannot resist anything they do. You will think and act your thought freely. And since Goodness, Truth, and Love, are realities and are all, when you affirm these you will be powerful.

Steel yourself with positive affirmations about life. Don't bark against the bad, but cheer the beauties of the good. When you concentrate on "cheering," you cannot bark. Which shall it be? Will you be a growler, or the one who cheers, in the arena of life?

Stop fighting and begin to love life — all of life. The good and the bad. The joyful and the painful. The successes and the failures. The Universe is wise. The Law of cause and effect is divine. Love the Law. Agree with it. Denials are antagonism. Agree with your adversary, and let Love have sway!

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Oct 12, 2017
Success & The True Test of Character | Wealth & Fame
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Listen to episode 203 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Success & The True Test of Character. Adapted from The Power of Purpose by William George Jordan.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The great test of individual character is not struggle, but attainment; not failure, but success; not adversity, but prosperity. When Nature wants to put you through the third degree, she places near you the laurel wreaths of victory. She megaphones to you the world's plaudits of success. She parades stacks of newspaper clippings and magazine articles with your portrait. She clinks money-bags in your ears, and she tells you confidentially of the world-changing power of your influence. She smiles on you kindly, and then sends you for your test through “the dark valley of prosperity.”

Few people pass through it immune; few acquire no perversion of mind; few escape fractures of ideals or new dents in character. But if through it all, you remain just as good and simple and lovable as when you began the trip (remain kind, strong, sympathetic, sincere, and unspoiled), Nature is glad indeed to admit she has found a real individual of character — a great man or woman.

It is called “the dark valley of prosperity” because it, so often, dims the vision to the finer realities of life. In the early stages, in the dimness, you cannot see your old friends as they pass. You become afflicted with peculiar muscle spasm which prevents you from extending your hand to someone no longer necessary to you. You acquire a form of memory impairment which prevents you from remembering past favors, and debts of gratitude, due to those who stood by you in your hours of need. You do not notice your increasing chest expansion.

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Oct 10, 2017
The Enemies of Success | Motivational Affirmations
18:55

Listen to episode 202 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Enemies of Success | Motivational Affirmations. Adapted from Stepping-Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The things that hold you down; the things that keep success from your grasp; the things that bring you poverty and "bad luck" instead of wealth; the things that turn happiness and health away from you — what are they? They are the enemies of success, for like everything else, success has its negative elements ever working their way to produce failure.

If success were attained without effort, if it were a natural condition, there would be no failures and there would be nothing to strive for, nothing to gain. All would be inertia. Life is a fight, a worthwhile battle, but mainly with the elements in one's own self.

An understanding of self (with all its moods, possibilities and powers), is the first step towards self-achievement. But more than this is the self-driving power which must be generated and put to use if maximum results are desired. Success comes first to those who believe; to those who believe in self and in pluck rather than luck.

Thousands fail because they are afraid. They are afraid to grasp opportunity; they are afraid to take a higher step; they are afraid to believe and have faith in those who would help them to success or a greater success.

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Oct 05, 2017
Creative Originals | Success & Living Up to Your Potential
19:10

Listen to episode 201 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Creative Originals | Success & Living Up to Your Potential. Adapted from Stepping-Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: You have the power within you to do something well and to do it like no other person — you have the power of original creation. You are in a world of your own. You can, to a certain degree, develop and enlarge that power so that it will bring you more happiness, money, prestige, or whatever it is you earnestly desire to possess.

Countless thousands are plodding along day by day in the same manner in dead end jobs. Many cling on, trusting to good luck to carry them through. Every success to them is "pull" or just plain "luck." Thousands drift on as ships on the tide, in utter oblivion to the greater prosperity and happiness that would come to them through the proper development of their own talents.

"What's the use?" they ask, and go on blindly in the same old way. "It is so very easy for you successful people to sit back and tell us poor devils how to succeed" is the wail of another person, implying again that luck is a synonym of success and lacking appreciation of the effort, the hard work, the years of concentration that brought the rewards of success.

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Oct 03, 2017
How to Build Personal Magnetism | Magnetic Charisma
18:35

Listen to episode 200 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Build Personal Magnetism | Magnetic Charisma. Adapted Stepping-Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock.

Self-Development Podcast Excerpt: Henry Ward Beecher once said: "There are persons so radiant, so genial, so kind, so pleasure bearing, that you instinctively feel in their presence that they do you good; whose coming into a room is like the bringing of a lamp there."

That is personal magnetism. It is that quality of personality which attracts, causes admiration in others, and is a compelling force to success and good living. A person may be beautiful and brilliant mentally, but if they lack "personal magnetism" they are dull and uninteresting to those with whom they come in contact.

Personal magnetism is the magic flame that lights up the inner soul. It is that wonderful charm which, when properly cultivated and used, is a priceless treasure.

It is true that all things of influence can be made to produce good or evil. The conventional terms "good influence" and "bad influence" pertain directly to the qualities of magnetic personality. This quality is inherent in all of us, yet very few people know of its possibilities or that it can be developed like any other quality of mind.

Once again we are reminded of that great principle: Like produces like. Good influence produces good influence and, inversely, bad influence produces a negative quality.

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Sep 28, 2017
Sun Tzu: The Art of War | Leadership and Management
16:46

Listen to episode 199 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Sun Tzu: The Art of War | Leadership and Management. Adapted from the classic work by Sun Tzu.

Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you value our podcast, don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to us on YouTube. If you feel inspired to leave us a review at the iTunes store, that would be much appreciated too. Today’s reading is a collection of quotes from Sun Tzu’s classic The Art of War, which was written in China during the 5th century B.C.

“If you know your opponent and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not your opponent, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither your opponent nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

“Supreme excellence consists of breaking your opponent’s resistance without fighting.” “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.”

“When one treats people with benevolence, justice, and righteousness, and places confidence in them, they will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders.”

“There are roads which must not be followed, competitors who must not be attacked, positions which must not be contested, commands of the bureaucrats who must not be obeyed.”

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”

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Sep 26, 2017
Facing the Mistakes of Life | No Regrets & Moving On
17:27

Listen to episode 198 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Facing the Mistakes of Life | No Regrets & Moving On. Adapted from The Power of Purpose by William George Jordan.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: There are only two classes of people who never make mistakes — they are the dead and the unborn. Mistakes are the inevitable accompaniment of the greatest gift given to humanity — individual freedom of action.

If we were only a pawn in the fingers of Omnipotence, with no self-moving power, we would never make a mistake, but our very immunity would degrade us to the ranks of the lower animals and the plants. An oyster never makes a mistake — it has not the mind that would permit it to forsake an instinct.

Let us be glad of the dignity of our privilege to make mistakes, glad of the wisdom that enables us to recognize them, glad of the power that permits us to turn their light as a glowing illumination along the pathway of our future. Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom, the assessments we pay on our stock of experience, the raw material of error to be transformed into higher living. Without them there would be no individual growth, no progress, no conquest.

Mistakes are the knots, the tangles, the broken threads, the dropped stitches in the web of our living. They are the misdeals in judgment, our unwise investments in morals, the profit and loss account of wisdom. They are the misleading by-paths from the straight road of truth — and truth in our highest living is but the accuracy of the soul.

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Sep 21, 2017
Arthur Schopenhauer: Quotes, Wisdom & Philosophy Talk
13:05

Listen to episode 197 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Arthur Schopenhauer: Quotes, Wisdom & Philosophy Talk. Adapted from A Multitude of Counsellors by J.N. Larned.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: The most general survey shows us that the two foes of happiness are pain and boredom. We may go further, and say that in the degree in which we are fortunate enough to get away from the one, we approach the other. Life presents, in fact, a more or less violent oscillation between the two. Needy surroundings and poverty produce pain; while, if we are more than well off, we are bored. Nothing is so good a protection as inward wealth, the wealth of the mind, because the greater it grows the less room it leaves for boredom. . . .

The conclusion we come to is that the individual whom nature has endowed with intellectual wealth is the happiest. Men and women of inner wealth want nothing from outside but the gift of undisturbed leisure, to develop and mature their intellectual faculties, that is, to enjoy their wealth. In short, they want permission to be themselves, their whole life long, every day and every hour. . . .

The value we set upon the opinion of others, and our constant endeavor in respect of it, are each quite out of proportion to any result we may reasonably hope to attain; so that this attention to other people's attitude may be regarded as a kind of universal mania which everyone inherits. In all we do, almost the first thing we think about is, what will people say; and nearly half the troubles and bothers of life may be traced to our anxiety on this score. . . .

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Sep 19, 2017
The Power of Being Thankful | Affirmations & Contentment
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Listen to episode 196 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Being Thankful. Adapted from Thinking for Results by Christian D. Larson.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Listen to episode 196 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Being Thankful | Affirmations & Contentment. Adapted from Thinking for Results by Christian D. Larson.

The appreciative mind has a natural tendency to look upon the better side of things. But this tendency becomes complete only when the optimistic attitude is added. To be optimistic does not mean to think that black is white or that everything everywhere is all right. The true optimist can also see the flaws and the imperfections in life, but he or she gives direct attention to the good side, the better side, and the strong side. And having this larger view, they always know that the strong side is much larger and far superior to the weak side.

The optimist therefore never becomes discouraged, because they know that failure and wrong are only temporary, and that the right finally wins every time. In addition, they know that they can aid the right to such an extent that the victory can be gained now. The pessimist lives in the false and does not see things as they are. Their conclusions are therefore worthless. For this reason, we should never pay any attention to the words of the pessimist, as we shall be misled in every instance if we do.

Instead, we should listen to the prophecy of the optimist, and then put all our ability and all our faith into the possibilities of that prophecy, thereby making it come true. The value of the optimistic attitude in scientific thinking therefore is very great; because to think correctly on any subject, the mind must have the mountain top view, and we must think correctly if we wish to think for results.

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Sep 14, 2017
The Creative Spark: Improving Your Imagination
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Listen to episode 195 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Creative Spark: Improving Your Imagination. Adapted from Secrets of Mental Supremacy by W. R. C. Latson, published in 1913.

Self-Growth Podcast Excerpt: In no respect, I believe, do people differ so widely as in the power and activity of their faculty of imagination. Hundreds of men and women have walked and sat in an old country churchyard, and no one had observed there anything that was especially interesting or picturesque. But one day there came to the churchyard a man with a fine imagination, a poet. He saw more than mere grass and trees and headstones; and he gave to the world perhaps the most perfect poem in the English language. His name is Thomas Gray, and the poem was the famous “Elegy in a Country Churchyard.”

Likewise, countless people had seen an apple fall from a tree to the ground. But one day a person with a great imagination saw that commonplace thing. His imagination seized upon it, and he propounded Newton’s theory of the law of gravitation, one of the most important achievements in the whole history of human thought. And so we might go on indefinitely. Enough, perhaps, to repeat that the world's masters have always been possessed of fine and daring imagination, and that, without great powers of imagination, there can be accomplished no great or important work of any nature whatsoever.

Perhaps you feel that your own imagination does not always serve you as well as it should. Perhaps you are wishing that it was better — that you could produce in it such improvement as to enable you to create some good and worthy thing in the world. In that case, I am glad to be able to tell you that, of all the powers of the mind, none is capable of being so easily, conveniently, and rapidly cultivated as the imagination. And I may remark that, as in the case of other faculties, the means taken to cultivate the imagination will at the same time train and strengthen your mind in every other direction.

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Sep 12, 2017
Sincerity & Authenticity | James Allen Life Lessons
18:11

Listen to episode 194 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Sincerity & Authenticity: James Allen Life Lessons. Adapted from The Eight Pillars of Prosperity by James Allen.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Human society is held together by its sincerity. A universal falseness would beget a universal mistrust, which in turn would bring about a universal separation, if not destruction. Life is made sane, wholesome, and happy, by our deep rooted belief in one another.

It is easy for the insincere to imagine that everybody is like themselves, and to speak of the “rottenness of society.” People who cannot see anything good in the constitution of human society, should overhaul themselves. Their trouble is near home. They call good, evil. They have dwelt cynically and peevishly on evil till they cannot see good, and everything and everybody appears evil.

“Society is rotten from top to bottom”, I heard a man say recently; and he asked me if I did not think so too. I replied that I should be sorry to think so; that while society had many blemishes, it was sound at the core, and contained within itself the seeds of perfection.

An individual of profound sincerity is a great moral force, and there is no force – not even the highest intellectual force – that can compare with it. Men and women are powerful in influence according to the soundness and perfection of their sincerity. Morality and sincerity are so closely bound up together, that where sincerity is lacking, morality (as a power) is lacking also — for insincerity undermines all the other virtues, so that they crumble away and become of no account.

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Sep 07, 2017
Influence | Prejudice & The Art of Thinking Clearly
19:15

Listen to episode 193 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Influence: Prejudice & The Art of Thinking Clearly. Adapted from The Eight Pillars of Prosperity, by James Allen.

Self-Development Podcast Excerpt: To get rid of prejudice is a great achievement. Prejudices pile obstacles in our way – obstacles to health, success, happiness, and prosperity, so that we are continually running up against imaginary enemies, who (when prejudice is removed) are seen to be friends.

Life is a sort of obstacle race to the men and women of prejudice, a race wherein the obstacles cannot be negotiated and the goal is not reached. Whereas to the impartial person, life is a day’s walk in a pleasant country, with refreshment and rest at the end of the day.

Prejudice causes you to form a conclusion (sometimes without any basis of fact or knowledge) and then to refuse to consider anything which does not support that conclusion. In this way, prejudice is a complete barrier to your attainment of knowledge. It binds you down to darkness and ignorance, and prevents the development of your mind in the highest and noblest directions. More than this, it also shuts you out from communion with the best minds, and confines you to the dark and solitary cell of your own egotism.

Prejudice is a shutting up of the mind against the entrance of new light, against the perception of more beauty, against the hearing of diviner music. The partisan clings to their little, fleeting, flimsy opinion, and thinks it the greatest thing in the world. They are so in love with their own conclusion (which is really only a form of self-love), that they think all people ought to agree with it, and they regard others as more or less stupid who do not see as they see, while they praise the good judgement of those who share their view.

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Sep 05, 2017
Sowing & Reaping | Booker T. Washington
15:08

Listen to episode 192 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Sowing & Reaping. Edited and adapted from a book by the same name by Booker T. Washington.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: What I am about to tell you now is true of all the pursuits of life. We get out of every venture just what we put into it; no more, no less. To attain success we must put forth hard and honest labor. At the back of all success there is hard, persistent labor. There is no royal road — those who think there is always fail.

No person ever reaped any success in life who did not sow wisely. As each person takes up the serious business of life, they must do something — they must labor and wait. In order to reap something, something must be done. Value for value is the real standard of life's exchange of benefits.

Show me someone who is always grumbling, always finding fault with their condition, never satisfied with their opportunities, and I will show you a person who does not appreciate the opportunities in the environment in which they are to work out their success or failure.

Hard labor is the keynote to success. One of the wisest things Ex-senator B. K. Bruce ever said was that "luck is a fool." So it is. There is no luck; it is all labor and patience.

Every man and woman who wants to succeed must learn the process of overlapping. That is, no person who wishes to succeed should be afraid of doing just a little more than lies in the direct line of their duty. They must be interested in their work and the ways in which it impacts the lives of others.

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Aug 31, 2017
Mis-Understanding Ourselves & Others | Miscommunication
14:12

Listen to episode 191 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Mis-Understanding Ourselves & Others. Edited and adapted from Ourselves and Others by H. Clay Trumbull.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: We do not fully understand ourselves. We do not fully understand others. We think that others do not understand themselves. We are sure that others do not understand us.

It seems to us that if we understood others better, we should find it easier to get along with them. It seems to us that if others understood us better, it would be easier for them to get along with us. Yet, as a matter of fact, most of our troubles with others grow out of our understanding others, and of our being understood by them.

Indeed, it is through an understanding of one another that most of what we call our "misunderstandings" with one another come. We are often understood by others at points where we (in fact) misunderstand ourselves.

We think ourselves generous; they know that we are selfish. We think ourselves free from vanity or egotism; they know our weakness in that very line. We think ourselves full of kindliness of heart; they know that a vein of unkindliness runs through all our estimates of others. We think ourselves careful and exact in speech; they know that inaccuracy and exaggeration are the rule with us.

We think ourselves uniform in our cheerfulness of spirit; they know that we are moody and impulsive to an exceptional degree. We think ourselves reasonably sensible; they know that we show ourselves weak and silly in the lesser and the larger affairs of life.

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Aug 29, 2017
Energy, Authenticity & Character | Creativity & Mind Power
19:36

Listen to episode 190 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Energy, Authenticity & Character | Mind Power. Adapted from The Positive Psychology of Success by Newton N. Riddell.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Learn also to cultivate the affections. The emotions are closely allied to the energies. They are a source of life and vitality. Healthy emotional activity is invigorating, energizing, purifying, and elevating. A loveless soul is a dying soul.

The affections give an atmosphere which both receives and communicates influence. A person without love is like a dead planet that receives light, but having no atmosphere cannot convert the light into heat and therefore has no power to sustain life. You would be far better to carry your heart on your sleeve and get scratched once in a while than have no heart at all.

All great personalities have strong emotions, strong affections, strong attachments. If you would have a winning personality, be a great lover. Keep your affections pure and direct them to their proper object; but give them expression. Be faithful in love with your companions, and cultivate a warm, genial friendship for others.

It matters not what your position or calling in life, a strong social nature wisely directed is of great value. It is our greatest charm. It is the secret of many a business and professional success. It opens the door of opportunity. It attracts friends and brings support. It adds much of zest and joy to life, and if we look toward the larger life with the thought of service, or even with the idea of realizing our highest and best, we must love and be loved.

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Aug 24, 2017
Native American Wisdom | The Girl & Boy Scouts of America
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Listen to episode 189 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Native American Wisdom | The Girl & Boy Scouts of America. Adapted from Indian Scout Talks: A Guide for Boy Scouts & Camp Fire Girls by Charles Eastman.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: To be in harmony with nature, one must be true in thought, free in action, and clean in body, mind, and spirit. This is the solid granite foundation of character.

Have you ever wondered why most great men and women were born in humble homes and passed their early youth in the open country? There a child is accustomed to see the sun rise and set every day; there the rocks and trees are personal friends; the child’s geography is born with them, for they carry a map of the region in their head.

In civilization, there are many deaf ears and blind eyes. Because the average child in the town has been deprived of close contact and intimacy with nature; what they have learned from books they soon forget, or are unable to apply. All learning is a dead language to the student who gets it second hand.

It is necessary that you should live with nature, my friends, if only that you may verify to your own satisfaction your schoolroom lessons. Further than this, you may be able to correct some error, or even to learn something that will be a real contribution to the sum of human knowledge. That is by no means impossible to a sincere observer.

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Aug 22, 2017
The Gospel of Good Living | Agnostic Spirituality
15:14

Listen to episode 188 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Gospel of Good Living | Agnostic Spirituality. Adapted from “What Must We Do to Be Saved” by Robert G. Ingersoll.

Spirituality Podcast Excerpt: What do I propose? Well, in the first place, I propose good fellowship — good friends all around. No matter what we believe, let us shake hands and let it go. That is your opinion; this is mine: let us be friends. Science makes friends. Religion and superstition make enemies. Preachers say: Belief is important. I say: No, actions are important. Judge by deed, not by creed.

Good fellowship, good friends, sincere men and women, mutual forbearance, born of mutual respect: that is what I propose.

We have too many solemn people. Whenever I see an exceedingly solemn person, I know they are an exceedingly stupid person. No one of any humor ever founded a religion — never. Humor sees both sides. While reason is the holy light, humor carries the lantern, and the person with a keen sense of humor is preserved from the solemn stupidities of life and orthodoxy.

I like men and women who have good feelings for everybody; good fellowship. I believe in the gospel of cheerfulness; the gospel of Good Nature; the gospel of Good Health. Let us pay some attention to our bodies. Take care of our bodies, and our souls will take care of themselves.

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Aug 17, 2017
The Anatomy of Greatness | The Innovator's Mindset
16:44

Listen to episode 187 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Anatomy of Greatness (Mindset for Innovators). Adapted from “A Philosophy of Success” by Henry Wise Wood.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: What is greatness? This may seem both commonplace and easily answered, but I assure you that it is neither. I speak from the standpoint of admiration of those who make a practical success of their lives: who address themselves to definite objects; and who, striving unceasingly, finally accomplish them. I mean those who make success, not those who fall into it or who trick it away from other people, but who conceive a worthy plan and are ably carry it to a successful completion.

We all agree that humankind is the noblest manifestation of nature; and not because of our physical capabilities is this so, but solely because of our mental supremacy. We are fond of assuming that at birth all people are equal; but if such be the case, equality ceases soon after birth; and this not because of the differences which may exist in social environment, or in educational advantage.

Social environment may polish and a solid education may enlarge, but neither alone can make a successful individual. Education may even stunt or enchain the mind instead of enlarging, strengthening, and inspiring it. In my own case, it required great effort to enable me to break away from the confining influence of many things which had been taught me.

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Aug 15, 2017
The Creative Power of Habit: Change Your Life
18:42

Listen to episode 186 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Creative Power of Habit: Change Your Life. Edited and adapted from The Wonders of Life by Ida Lyon.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: We idly remark that we are creatures of Habit, and so dismiss the matter from our minds. The vastness of this great truth simply does not impress us. But there is infinitely more to this matter of Habit than we have suspected. It is a great law, one of the primary laws of life.

The question of forming habits is the one question which is of the most vital importance to us, since we are, of necessity, constantly forming habits which are a power for good or evil.

A habit is a dominating power which, when in full control, is master of the situation, and so subtly does it gain control of us that we do not realize what a tremendous power it is, until we try to loose ourselves from its grasp. Even then, we do not stop to think what this power is, or the extent to which we are controlled by it. If anyone cares to take an inventory of their habits, they will be amazed at their number and variety.

We have been taught that no act performed ends with itself, but leaves in the nerve-centers the tendency to do the same thing again. But the immense significance of this truth has not been made apparent to us. We do not stop to consider that it is to Habit (this tendency of the nerve-centers to do the same thing again) that we owe the ability to walk, to talk, to perform all the simple and common acts of life, as well as whatever accomplishments we possess; and that, without Habit, we would literally know nothing, do nothing, and be nothing.

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Aug 10, 2017
Life is an Adventure: Dare to Live It (Motivational Speeches)
18:26

Listen to episode 185 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Life is an Adventure: Dare to Live It. Adapted from The Open Door by Hugh Black.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: In faithless and bitter moods, people may sometimes say that there is nothing new under the sun, though we know as fact that there is nothing but the new. Dr. Johnson may say that a blade of grass is always a blade of grass whether in one country or another, but we know that there are no two blades of grass alike even in the same field.

Life speaks to us with many voices, and not one of them without significance. It speaks to us in the world without and in the world within, by the infinitely little and the infinitely great. The human comedy appeals to laughter and tears, pity and pride; and above all it calls to us to be more than mere spectators. We too are in the play, and must make our part in it as it goes along unrehearsed.

By faith the human mind makes its journey through the world for knowledge, and by faith the soul makes its journey through life. The true heart is not afraid to make either journey, and tastes the relish of living.

Generations ago artists used to discuss solemnly and tragically the great question of whether life is worth living, and wrote books and articles and poems on the subject. The only answer of any value was that of the rogue, who replied that it all depended on the liver. The jaundiced eye will see everything blurred in a haze of yellow. The value of life will only be known by living, and the adventurous nature has at least all the chance there is.

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Aug 08, 2017
Seizing Opportunity: Take Control of Your Thoughts & Life
18:31

Listen to episode 184 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Seizing Opportunities: Take Control of Your Thoughts & Life. Adapted from Beginning Right (How to Succeed) by Nathaniel C. Fowler.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: OPPORTUNITY never carries a torch. It travels on byways and along side-streets. It makes no noise. No trumpet sounds its approach. It passes along in the quiet of the starless night. It makes no effort to meet anyone. It never extends a welcome. It minds its own business. But it is ever ready to grasp the hand held out to it, to be a permanent guest in the House of Progress.

Opportunity is in the very air we breathe; it is on the main street, and on the side street, and it inhabits the alley. It may not be as cordial to one person as to another, and it may seem to ignore some districts and occupations; but it is there, everywhere, below the surface, if not above the ground.

Opportunity cannot be seen, unless you are looking for it. To many it seems to be a stranger, and thousands are looking for it and never find it. But it is not the fault of Opportunity. The seeker is often to blame. If opportunity does not appear to be where you are, don't change your environment, but hunt all the more diligently for it.

If, after persistent search, you cannot locate it, then consider a change of base. But remember that where you are may be the best place for you to stay, and it is the best place for you anyway until you see light ahead. Don't plunge from the shadows of the present into the darkness of the future. Stay where you are (even though there seems to be not even reflected Opportunity around you), until you are able to place your finger upon the Opportunity of elsewhere.

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Aug 03, 2017
Parenting on Purpose with Love & Logic (Screamfree)
16:24

Listen to episode 183 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Parenting on Purpose with Love & Logic. Adapted from Love’s Way by Orison Swett Marden.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Love is the great educator, the great unfolder of youth. As the sun is the only thing that will bring out the exquisite beauty of fruits and flowers, so love is the only thing that will develop the sweetness and the beauty of the child. It is the only power that will call out the true, the beautiful side of its nature.

It is only the hard, coarse, and unlovely qualities of the child that are developed by force and repression. How often would a little kindness and forbearance on the part of a parent or guardian, a little better knowledge of a child’s nature, do wonders for a so-called "bad child" who is considered "incorrigible" or “hyperactive,” a fit subject for psychiatric drugs.

Benjamin Lindsey, a judge and social reformer who had, perhaps, a better knowledge of the nature of the growing boy and girl than any psychologist or expert in child study, says: "The child is a wonderful creature, a divine machine. We have much to expect from them, but they have much to expect from us, and what they return depends largely upon what we give."

The destiny of the child hangs upon its early environment, its parents, teachers and associates. Upon these depend the qualities or characteristics that will be called out of its nature. There are seeds of all sorts of possibilities lying dormant in the boy and the girl. A bad mother or father, a bad teacher, by appealing to the bad in them, will call out the bad. A good parent, a good teacher, by appealing to the best in them, will call out the best.

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Aug 01, 2017
The Art of Becoming You | The Power to Be Oneself
17:38

Listen to episode 182 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Becoming You | The Power to Be Oneself. Adapted from The Aim of Life by Philip Stafford Moxom.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The thoughts that I wish to present to you now gather themselves naturally about two simple propositions: The first of these is: Every one ought consciously to have an aim in life. Whether we are conscious of it or not, everyone has a ruling tendency; but everyone should also have a controlling and persistent purpose in life.

No one has a right to live aimlessly, for no one has a right to abandon reason and self-control, and consent to be a mere waif drifting like a plaything of the winds. We are endowed with powers that make us capable of good and often great achievement. We are gifted with reason and conscience and will, in order that we may both become and do that which is noble and beneficent.

In the mythology of the Greeks, Phaethon aspired to drive the flaming chariot of the sun. The task was beyond his human powers, and his disastrous rashness resulted in his death by a bolt hurled from the hand of Zeus; but the Naiads, who buried him, wrote in his epitaph: "He could not rule his father's car of fire; Yet it was much so nobly to aspire."

The individual who drifts aimlessly through the years from youth to age does not truly live. Indeed, those whose aim is even lower than the highest, less than the greatest, is nobler than those who have no conscious purpose in life. But, besides being ignoble, a purposeless life is inefficient; to aim at nothing is to hit nothing.

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Jul 27, 2017
Daily Success Habits | Alternative Talks to Ted
17:15

Listen to episode 181 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Daily Success Habits: Be Proactive, Decisive & Tactful. Adapted from Beginning Right (How to Succeed) by Nathaniel C. Fowler.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: LIFE has three seasons: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. What you did yesterday overlaps into today, and what you do today is carried over into tomorrow. Which is the most important of the three? No single one of them, because any one by itself is incomplete. If you did your duty yesterday, the work of today becomes easier to accomplish. If you attend to the work of today, tomorrow will be open to you and its duties will not be so difficult to perform.

While each day has its place — yesterday, today, and tomorrow — inattention to any one of those days will materially affect the life and action of the remaining two. You cannot recover yesterday. It has passed out of your life forever.

If it was a day of mistakes, they must be corrected today or tomorrow. The importance of today is not vested wholly in today. It is in tomorrow as well. Today is yours. Tomorrow may be. Unless you anticipate the morrow today, tomorrow you will not have tomorrow well in hand.

Individuals of great accomplishment do not consider any one day as all-important. They do today's work not wholly because it is of today, but because it will affect tomorrow. Regret yesterday if you will. Be sorry for your backsliding. You may have lost a day. If you have, you must make it up today and tomorrow.

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Jul 25, 2017
The Duty of the Scholar | Baccalaureate Sermons
17:48

Listen to episode 180 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Duty of the Scholar | Baccalaureate Sermons. Adapted from The College and The Higher Life by Elmer Hewitt Capen.

Inpsirational Podcast Excerpt: The question, “What is the significance of higher education and what is the proper function of the educated individual?” ever recurs. To be sure, the educational problem has been in a sense worked out, and we have come to take for granted the facilities and instruments of higher learning. But the financial outlay for these is enormous, and is increasing year by year, and the procession of college graduates is large, and growing in volume every day.

We thus often hear the queries, "Why?" and, "To what end?" To answer such question will be the aim of today’s talk. Nor does it seem to me that the task is a difficult one. The answer certainly is given in the words of one of Jesus’s immortal parables: "Behold the sower went forth to sow."

It is not the scholar's business to reap great rewards and to gather in rich harvests. Your place is at the beginnings of things. You lay the foundations. You set up principles. You give out without any thought of what is to come back to you.

As a teacher you must impart; as a leader you must go before; as an inspirer, you must have the power of touching other lives and filling them with new impulses; and in every possible way you must prepare the world for harvests that can only be gathered in some far-off future when your very name shall have passed from human remembrance.

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Jul 20, 2017
Your Hidden Talents | Commencement Speeches & Addresses
17:44

Listen to episode 179 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Your Hidden Talents | Best Commencement Addresses/Speeches. Adapted from The College and The Higher Life by Elmer Hewitt Capen.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Every individual should look within and around. You should make an inventory of what you have, and consider how the things in your possession are related to the things you would wish to acquire — how being and doing are parts of the same abiding reality and are to be present in every achievement. Thus, and thus only, can you properly interpret the everlasting commands of your soul.

Let me remind you that your talent, your endowment of intellect and moral perception, is a gift. This is what you brought with you into the world. It affords no ground for vanity, nor even of self-congratulation. You have no more right to pride yourself upon it than people have to pride themselves upon inherited wealth.

It should rather make you humble; though of course it may invite to gratitude. It may make you thankful that you are thus gifted and set apart. But even though you may be conscious of unusual power and means of accomplishment, it affords no reason for elation. It is only so much to start with.

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Jul 18, 2017
The Value of Being Thrifty | Money, Success & Generosity
19:38

Listen to episode 178 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Value of Being Thrifty (Money & Generosity). Edited and adapted from “On the Threshold” by Theodore Thornton Munger.

Success Podcast Excerpt: There was a time when Americans were considered a thrifty people. However, that time has long since passed — which seems entirely natural, as thrift is more apt to be a phase than a characteristic of the life of a nation — a habit more than a principle. Thrift pertains to details. It is both our glory and our fault that today we are impatient of details.

Our courage prompts to risks; our large-mindedness invites to great undertakings — both somewhat adverse to thrift, because great undertakings are for the few, while thrift is for all. Large enterprises make the few rich, but the majority prosper only through the carefulness and detail of thrift.

I begin by insisting on the importance of having money. Speculate and preach about it as we will, the main factor in civilized society is money. As the universe of planets needs some common force like gravitation to hold them to their place, so society requires some dominating passion or purpose to hold its members in mutual alliance. Money supplies this end. Without some such general moving force, society would be chaotic; people could not work together, could achieve no common results, could have no common standards of virtue and achievement.

The famous English novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton once said: "Never treat money affairs with levity; money is character." And indeed character for the most part is determined by one's relationship to money. Find out how one gets, saves, spends, gives, lends, borrows, and bequeaths money, and you have the character of the person in full outline. "If one does all these wisely," said Henry Taylor, "it would almost argue a perfect individual."

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Jul 13, 2017
Being a Gentleman | The Art of Manhood & Manliness
19:29

Listen to episode 177 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Being a Gentleman (The Art of Manhood & Manliness). Edited and adapted from “On the Threshold” by Theodore Thornton Munger.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Every man should desire above all else to be regarded as a gentleman. There once was a time when the greatest offense you could levy on man was to call him not a gentleman. But today we struggle to even understand what the term gentleman means. So today we will search it with definitions.

The word gentleman undoubtedly comes from the Latin gens, meaning tribe or family — hence all the one-sided and incomplete notions that a gentleman is a man of family. It is a good thing to born into a loving family, with inherited tastes and traditions; but birth does not make the gentleman.

The writer Julius Hare famously said that a gentleman should be gentle in everything; at least in everything that depends upon himself — in carriage, temper, construction, aims, desires. He ought, there- fore, to be mild, calm, quiet, temperate; not hasty in judgment, not exorbitant in ambition, not overbearing, not proud, not rapacious, not oppressive.

Other classic writers describe the gentleman as possessing a character that is distinguished by strict honor, self-possession, forbearance, generous as well as refined feelings, and polished deportment — a character to which all meanness, explosive irritability, and peevish fretfulness are alien; to which, consequently, a generous candor, truthfulness, dignity, and self-respect have become natural.

The gentleman is never unduly familiar; takes no liberties; is cautious of questions; is neither artificial nor affected; bears himself tenderly towards the weak and unprotected; is not arrogant; cannot be supercilious; can be self-denying without struggle; is not vain of his advantages; habitually subordinates his lower to his higher self; is (in his best condition) electric with truth, buoyant with veracity.

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Jul 11, 2017
Building Character & The Influence of Friendships
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Listen to episode 176 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Building Character & The Influence of Friendships. Edited and adapted from “On the Threshold” by Theodore Thornton Munger.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: There are many turning-points when the question of success or failure is decided again and again. Life is a campaign, in which a series of fortresses are to be taken; all previous victories and advances may be thrown away by failure in the next. Nearly the last of these is companionship; if one wins the victory here, the reward of a prosperous life of character is within his reach.

At the risk of logically inverting my subject, I will speak first of friendship; and I must beg your patience while I put a foundation under my suggestions. If there were but one general truth that I could lodge in the mind of anyone or all men and women, it would be this: that true life consists in the fulfillment of relations. We are born into relations; we never get out of them; all duty consists in meeting them. The family, the community, the humanity at large — these are the sources of our primary and abiding duties, as well as of our happiness — the sum-total of ethics and spirituality.

It is not enough to love only our own family. Love is a great and wide passion, demanding various food and broad fields to range in. When one is only “all about family" they may have a sound nature, but it will not be a large or generous one; and they will shrink rather than expand with years, and sink into the inevitable sadness that attends old age.

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Jul 06, 2017
The Four Pillars & Agreements of a Purpose Driven Life
18:09

Listen to episode 175 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The 4 Pillars & Agreements of a Purpose Driven Life. Edited and adapted from “On the Threshold” by Theodore Thornton Munger.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Individuals may be divided in many ways, but there is no clearer cut division than between those who have a purpose and those who are without one. It is the character of the purpose that at last determines the character of the person — for a purpose may be good or bad, high or low. It is the strength and definiteness of the purpose that determines the measure of success.

It would be absurd for me to assure you that if you aim and strive with sufficient energy to become a great statesperson, or the head of a corporation, or a famous poet or artist, or any other specific high end, you will certainly reach it. For though there are certain rich prizes that any person may win who will pay the price, there are others that are reserved for the few who are peculiarly fortunate or have peculiar claims.

The Providence which (blindly to us) endows and strangely leads, apportions the great honors of life; but Providence has nothing good nor high in store for the one who does not resolutely aim at something high and good. A purpose is the eternal condition of success. Nothing will take its place:

Talent will not — nothing is more common than unsuccessful men and women of talent.

Genius will not — unrewarded genius is a proverb.

The chance of events, the push of circumstances, will not.

The natural unfolding of faculties will not. Education will not; the country is full of unsuccessful educated people; indeed, it is a problem of society what to do with the young men and women it is turning out of its colleges and professional schools.

There is no road to success but through a clear, strong purpose. Purpose underlies character, culture, position — attainment of whatever sort.

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Jul 04, 2017
Happiness: The Advantage of Marriage & A Happy Home
17:03

Listen to episode 174 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Happiness: The Advantage of Marriage & A Happy Home. Edited and Adapted from Marriage: a Lifelong Honeymoon by Bernarr Macfadden.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Without a home, there can be no true happiness for a man or a woman. No matter how completely one’s ambitions may have been satisfied, we are still an outcast, a vagrant, until we have a home of our own. We cannot know or feel the real, exalted, satisfying happiness that is supposed to come to a human being at some time of their life until independent home conditions are brought into existence.

All boys and girls, as they approach maturity, yearn first of all for happy homes of their own. They may change after maturity; unhealthy environments may pervert their true nature, but if left to the dictates of their inner selves, they will grow up yearning more and more for this first essential element of life’s happiness.

The home is the foundation of all that is good, true, and exalted. It is the foundation of civilization; if it falls and disappears from society, with it must go all that is best in human life. Within the home, you will find the culmination of all your social, physical and spiritual yearnings. It is the home that brings out all that is best and true and noble in human character.

True happiness, therefore, cannot be found outside the realm of home life. It encircles the true home like a halo; it cannot be found anywhere else. I admit that home and happiness rarely go together in the present unhealthy state of civilization. But this is not the fault of the home. It is the fault of those who try ineffectually to make the home.

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Jun 29, 2017
Living Your Golden Age (The Youthful Edge)
16:30

Listen to episode 173 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Living Your Golden Age (The Youthful Edge). Edited and Adapted from Turn Back the Years by Harry J. Gardener.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: In ancient history, the time when Pericles lived was called The Golden Age. But in in today’s talk, I am referring to something far different. I am applying the term Golden Age to that state in life (which can be any age), where you have reached complete control of your personality.

In order to remain young, it is essential that you be young. And by that I mean, you must be adaptable. You should be able to pick up and dash off to a concert or party at a moment's notice, not hem and haw about how you're going to arrive late or that you're really too tired to go, or what you'll wear. You should have the capability to go away for a weekend the moment you get a sudden, unexpected invitation, or you should be able to adapt yourself immediately in event of a surprise meeting with some old friend.

Spontaneity is one of the prime points in being youthful. The minute you settle permanently into the same easy chair to watch the same TV show, wearing the same pajamas and pair of slippers, the same lamp over your shoulder, from that moment on you are doomed to old age just as surely as if all your friends had uttered the sentence themselves and as if Time were your executioner.

So be alive, be joyful, and if you can't be happy, at least never show your unhappiness, or wear it like a bleeding heart on your sleeve. People don't want to hear your troubles any more than you want to hear theirs. Change your events in your social calendar from week to week. Try to see lots of different people, and never go the same places with the same faces week after week if you can possibly avoid it.

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Jun 27, 2017
Emotional Intelligence & Interpretive Dance
16:05

Listen to episode 172 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Emotional Intelligence & Interpretive Dance. Edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Personality by Clare Tree Major.

Self-Development Podcast Excerpt: HAVE we forgotten how to feel? Life today is so external that it almost seems as though we have. However, our personal ideal will not be realized unless every part of our nature is developed, the emotional as well as the physical and mental. We must know how to feel, to feel keenly, but also to control our feelings.

Are you looking at a beautiful painting? Don't merely catalogue it in your mind. Sit down before it and let it sink into your soul. See the sunset as a real thing, not as exquisite painted coloring. Go up on the hill-top with the artist. Sit with them there until the vision they saw of the opening of the heavens thrills your own feeling into responsiveness.

There are some feelings that we can neither put into word nor into action, and they are sometimes the very deepest, most sacred feelings of which the soul is capable. There are unconscious depths from which our more familiar and external characteristics spring.

Did you ever stand alone on the seashore and let the song of the mighty ocean fill your soul with its transcendent melody? You look out to the horizon across the roaring, foaming billows, and you know that far, far beyond your vision still rolls and tosses this great mass of living water. And your soul is thrilled with a sense of the insignificance of the trivialities of life, and some glimpse of the destiny of humanity comes to you, so that you go home conscious of a strange uplift that helps you to see above and beyond the petty annoyance of the daily grind, that helps to keep you in that perfect poise which is the essence of individuality.

It is in moments like these, when all that is external is forgotten, when the inner self is bathed in the glory of its natural life, that we gain the perspective that is needed if we are to make of ourselves all we are capable of becoming.

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Jun 22, 2017
Soul Growth & Spiritual Evolution (Theosophy)
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Listen to episode 171 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Soul Growth & Spiritual Evolution (Theosophy). Edited and adapted from Self-Development & The Way to Power by L.W. Rogers.

Spirituality Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start today with some special news. Starting this Sunday, June 25th, we will be launching a new podcast exclusively for our patrons at Patreon.com. The show is called “Our Sunday Talks” and it will deal with topics related to spirituality from both Eastern and Western perspectives.

While we do touch occasionally on the spiritual on the Inspirational Living podcast, the Our Sunday Talks series will focus on this aspect of life, including discussions on the soul, mystical experiences, enlightenment, love, God, prayer, and much more.

This weekly podcast will be released every Sunday and be available exclusively to those listeners who are sponsoring the Inspirational Living podcast at the $3 a month level or higher. If you are currently sponsoring our podcast at the dollar a month level, you can gain access to the new series by upgrading your donation to the $3 a month level.

If you haven’t become a patron of our podcast yet, and would like to gain access to the upcoming Our Sunday Talks series, you can do so today by going to: LivingHour.org/patron. I look forward to seeing you among our Patreon community.

Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from Self-Development and The Way to Power by L.W. Rogers, published in 1916.....

It is the natural right of every human being to be happy — to escape all the miseries of life. Happiness is the normal condition, as natural as the landscapes and the seasons. It is unnatural to suffer, and it is only because of our ignorance that we do suffer. Happiness is the product of wisdom. To attain perfect wisdom, to comprehend fully the purpose of life, to realize completely the relationship of human beings to each other, is to put an end to all suffering, to escape every ill and evil that afflicts us. Perfect wisdom is unshadowed joy.

Jun 20, 2017
Dare to Laugh & Live | Douglas Fairbanks' Healthy Lifestyle
16:56

Listen to episode 170 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Laugh and Live: Douglas Fairbanks' Healthy Lifestyle. Edited and adapted from the work of Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: We must also remember that out of energy and enthusiasm comes something else that must not be neglected ... in fact it must be cultivated and guarded from the very beginning . . . laughter. The mere possession of energy and enthusiasm makes us feel like laughing. We want to leap and jump and dance and sing. If we feel like doing so, don't let us be afraid to do it.

Get out in the air and run like a child. Jump ditches, vault fences, swing the arms! Never fail to get next to nature when responsive to the call. Indeed, we may woo this call from within ourselves until it comes to be second nature.

When we rise in the morning, let us be determined that we will start the day with a hearty laugh. Laugh because you are alive, laugh with everything. Let yourself go. That is the secret — the ability to let one's self go! If you follow this religiously you will be surprised how successful the day will be. Everything gives way before it. There is one thing in this good old world that is positively sure — happiness is for all who strive to be happy — and those who laugh are happy.

Everybody is eligible — you — me— the other guys and gals. Happiness is fundamentally a state of mind — not a state of body. And mind controls. Indeed it is possible to stand with one foot on the inevitable "banana peel" of life with both eyes peering into the Great Beyond, and still be happy, comfortable, and serene — if we will but so much as smile.

It's all a state of mind, I tell you — and I'm sure of what I say. That's why I have taken up my proverbial fountain pen. Do you ever laugh? I mean do you ever laugh right out loud — spontaneously — joyfully. Well, if you don't, you should. Start off the morning with a laugh and you needn't worry about the rest of the day.

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Jun 15, 2017
The Art of Self-Mastery | Success via Self-Discipline
18:30

Listen to episode 169 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Self-Mastery (Success via Self-Discipline). Edited and adapted from The Kingship of Self-Control by William George Jordan.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Every person has two creators — their God and themselves. Our first creator furnishes us with the raw material of our lives and the laws in conformity with which we can make that life what we will.

The second creator — ourselves — has marvelous powers we rarely realize. It is what we make of ourselves that counts. When someone fails in life, they often will say, “I am as God made me.” But when they succeed, they proudly proclaim themselves “self-made”.

We are placed into this world not as a finality, but as a possibility. Our greatest enemy is: ourselves. In our weakness, we are a creature of circumstances; in our strength, we are the creator of circumstances. Whether you be victim or victor depends largely on you. No one is truly great merely for what they, but ever for what they may become. Until you are truly filled with the knowledge of the majesty of your own possibility, you are merely groping through the years.

To see our lives as we might make it, we must go up alone into the mountains of spiritual thought, as Jesus went alone into the Garden, leaving the world to get strength to live in the world. We must there breathe the fresh, pure air of recognition of our divine importance as an individual. And then with mind purified and tingling with new strength, we must approach the problems of our daily lives.

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Jun 13, 2017
Ben Franklin's Wisdom (Poor Richard's Almanack)
15:17

Listen to episode 168 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Ben Franklin’s Wisdom. Edited and adapted from Poor Richard’s Almanack, a yearly publication produced by Benjamin Franklin from 1732 to 1758.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: If you could have Half your Wishes, you would double your Troubles.

Anger is never without a Reason, but seldom with a good One.

Tomorrow, every fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.

A Fool is one who cannot conceal their Wisdom.

Think of three things: whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.

Pride dines on Vanity, sips on Contempt. The Proud hate Pride – in others, that is.

Well done is better than well said.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

The Sun never repents of the good it does, nor does it ever demand compensation.

Fear to do ill, and you need fear nothing else.

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.

Glass, China, and a Reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended.

Fish & House Guests stink in 3 days.

Wink at small faults; remember that you have great ones.

Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

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Jun 08, 2017
Positive Success Principles: Integrity, Laughter & Love
18:00

Listen to episode 167 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Positive Success Principles: Integrity, Laughter & Love. Edited and adapted from How Success is Won by Bernarr Macfadden.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: My message today is sent forth with the hope that it will enthuse you who are struggling at the bottom of the ladder of life, and that it may help you to understand that the greatest rewards are easily within reach of those who are willing to struggle on persistently, with a definite and unswerving aim continuously in view.

In the strongest terms, I want to emphasize the importance of interest in your work. I maintain that without it success was never achieved by anyone. The one straight road to success is to learn to love your business. You can do best that which you love best. If you have started in a business which you cannot learn to love, then you should go into some other business. You will never succeed in our age of competition unless you can find real pleasure in your work.

The mere making of money is not a sufficient incentive. You must find your highest enjoyment in the task itself. No person who works along that line can fade. That is my judgment based on my own experience and observation. Determination, persistence, attention to detail, in fact nearly every necessary characteristic in accomplishing results in any sphere of life, depends upon love for your work.

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Jun 06, 2017
Originality & The Rich Mentality (Prosperity Mindset)
18:08

Listen to episode 166 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Originality & Rich Mentality (Prosperity Mindset). Edited and adapted from a lecture that was delivered by Harriet Hale Rix, at the Hotel Brighton, Washington, D. C., in 1914.

Self-Improvement Podcast Excerpt: I would like to make a statement here at the very beginning and have you plant this statement, this idea, in your heart as you would a seed: to grow. My statement is this: That the more difficult the situation is, the higher you will rise if you think correctly about it.

Let us make a familiar and close communication with the heart of the affairs, so that in the future (when we may need to be strong under great pressure or temptation) we may, through this correct thinking about it, be buoyed up and comforted.

This is an excellent rule and true of all our activities, especially of prosperity, that when you think correctly about a thing, you are master of the situation and no evil in it nor loss nor limitation can hold you down or bind you.

The question you probably are asking is, “Well, how am I to know what the correct thinking is, about a particular situation?” I believe that the only answer to this is to think about the circumstances (whatever they may be) in terms of health, joy, freedom, and prosperity.

Prosperity does not consist in the things you possess, in the money you have in the bank. In fact, we might say (from a metaphysical standpoint) that if you absolutely understand prosperity, you have no need of a large bank account.

Prosperity is a way, a mode, of thinking. So is poverty. You are poor if you class yourself this way, and you are rich if you can think rich thoughts, thoughts that are constructive, optimistic, unlimited: these instantly crown you successful.

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Jun 01, 2017
How to Get a Real Education (Knowledge & Individuality)
17:26

Listen to episode 165 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Get a Real Education (Individuality). Edited & adapted from Every Man His Own University by Russell H. Conwell.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: A distinct university walks about under each person’s hat. The only men and women who achieve success in the other universities of the world, and in the larger university of life, are those who have first taken graduate courses and post-graduate courses in the university under their hat. It is in this traveling university that observation furnishes a daily change in the curriculum.

Books are not the original sources of power. It is observation (which may bring to us wide experiences, deep thinking, fine feeling, and the ability to act for oneself) that is the true dynamo of power. Without observation, literature and meditation are shower and sunshine upon unbroken soil.

The only true schools and colleges are those which persuade the students under their charge to see more perfectly what they are looking at, to find what they should have been unable to observe had it not been for their school instruction.

You can't make a good arrow from a pig's tail, and you can seldom get a worthwhile man or woman out of one who has gone through the early part of their life without having learned to be alert when listening and seeing. How to observe should be the motto, not only in the beginning of our life, but throughout our career.

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May 30, 2017
Vitality & The Power of Posture (Bernarr Macfadden)
17:58

Listen to episode 164 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Vitality & The Power of Posture. Edited & adapted from Vitality Supreme by Bernarr Macfadden.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: The great need of today is the same as it ever was. We need stronger, more capable men; healthier, superior women. Force is supreme — the driver of all humankind. And it is force that stands back of efficiency, for efficiency, first of all, means power. It comes from power, and power either comes directly from inheritance or it is developed by an intelligent application of the laws that control the culture of the physical body.

The value of efficiency is everywhere recognized. The great prizes of life come only to those who are efficient. Those who desire capacities of this sort must recognize the importance of a strong, enduring physique. The body must be developed completely, splendidly. The buoyancy, vivacity, energy, enthusiasm and ambition, ordinarily associated with youth, can be maintained through middle age and in many cases even to old age.

If your efforts are to be crowned with the halo of success, they should (whenever possible) be spurred on by the powers that accompany physical excellence. As such, the great value of maintaining the body in a proper position cannot be too strongly emphasized.

Human beings are the only animal that walks erect. We are the only animal in whom old age brings a forward bending of the spine. The hanging head, which is the attitude of hopelessness (and which is caused to a very large extent by the mental attitude that goes with approaching old age), no doubt does a great deal to quicken physical decline.

Therefore it would be wise to remember the very grave importance of a straight, erect spine. Each day of your life should be, to a certain extent, a fight for the best that there is in life and a struggle to hold the spine as nearly erect as possible. If you are sitting in a chair, sit up straight, head back, chin in. If you are walking or standing, the same rule should apply.

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May 25, 2017
The Key to Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness
17:17

Listen to episode 163 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Key to Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness. Edited & adapted from a speech by David Starr Jordan.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Among the inalienable rights of Americans, as history has taught us, are these three: "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." So long as we are alive and free, we will, in one way or another, seek that which gives us pleasure — hence life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are in essence the same. But the pursuit of happiness is an art in itself. To seek it is not necessarily to find it, and failure may destroy both liberty and life. Of some phases of this pursuit, I wish to speak today.

My message is an old one. If by good chance some part of it is true, this truth is as old as life itself. And if it be true, it is a message that needs to be repeated many times to each generation of citizens. It is one of the laws of life that each acquisition has its cost. No organism can exercise power without yielding up part of its substance.

The natural law of transfer of energy is the basis of human success and happiness. There is no action without expenditure of energy, and if energy be not expended, the power to generate it is lost. This law shows itself in a thousand ways in the life of the individual. The arm which is not used becomes feeble. The wealth which comes by chance, weakens and destroys. The good which is unused turns to evil. The charity which asks no effort "cannot relieve the misery it creates."

The truth which someone else has won from nature or from life is not our truth until we have lived it. The only things that become real or helpful to anyone are those which have cost the sweat of our brow, the effort of our brain, or the anguish of our soul.

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May 23, 2017
Confucius Wisdom | The Best Quotes & Sayings
14:21

Listen to episode 162 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Confucius Wisdom (The Best Quotes & Sayings) Edited & adapted from The Analects of Confucius.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

A person who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

When anger rises, think of the consequences. It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

The individual who conquers themselves is the mightiest warrior.

Silence is the true friend that never betrays.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest. Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and Third, by experience, which is the bitterest.

Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect their work must first sharpen their tools.

A person who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at their door.

To love a thing means wanting it to live.

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved; when true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere; when the will is sincere, then the heart is set right; when the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated; when the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated; when the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly; and when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in this world.

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May 18, 2017
Yoga & The Science of Breath (Pranayama Yogic Breathing)
20:23

Listen to episode 161 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Yoga & The Science of Breath (Pranayama Yogic Breathing). Edited & adapted from The Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath by William Walker Atkinson.

Self-Development Podcast Excerpt: To breathe is to live, and without breath there is no life. Not only are we dependent upon breath for life and health, but all animal life must breathe to live, and plant life is likewise dependent upon the air for continued existence.

The new-born baby draws in a long, deep breath, retains it for a moment to extract from it its life-giving properties, and then exhales it in a long wail, and lo! its life upon earth has begun. The old senior gives a faint gasp, ceases to breathe, and life is over. From the first faint breath of the infant to the last gasp of the dying grandparent, it is one long story of continued breathing. Life is but a series of breaths.

Breathing may be considered the most important of all of the functions of the body, for, indeed, all the other functions depend upon it. A person may exist some time without eating; a shorter time without drinking; but without breathing their existence may be measured by a few minutes. And not only are we dependent upon Breath for life, but we are largely dependent upon correct habits of breathing for continued vitality and freedom from disease.

An intelligent control of our breathing power will lengthen our days upon earth by giving us increased vitality and powers of resistance. On the other hand, unintelligent and careless breathing will tend to shorten our days, by decreasing our vitality and laying us open to disease.

Humankind in its normal state had no need of instruction in breathing. Like the lower animals and the child, we breathed naturally and properly, as nature intended us to do, but civilization has changed us in this and other respects. We have contracted improper methods and attitudes of walking, standing, and sitting, which have robbed us of our birthright of natural and correct breathing. We have paid a high price for civilization.

Read the full transcipt here: The Science of Breath: Pranayama Breathing Exercises

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May 16, 2017
The Industrious Spirit | Failure is Not an Option
16:27

Listen to episode 160 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Industrious Spirit (Failure is Not an Option). Edited & adapted from the lecture Self-Made Men by Frederick Douglass.

Self-Development Podcast Excerpt: My theory of success is simply this: that successful people are men and women of work. But in awarding praise to industry as the main agency in the production and culture of success, I do not exclude other factors. I only make them subordinate. Other agencies co-operate, but industry is the principal one and the one without which all others would fail.

Indolence and failure can give a thousand excuses for themselves. How often do we hear people say, "If I had the mind of this person, or the talent of that person; the health of this one, or the strength of that one; the opportunities of this or of that one, I might have been this, that, or the other," and much more of the same kind of self-defeating talk.

Sound bodily health and mental faculties are indeed very desirable, if not absolutely indispensable. But you need not be a physical giant or an intellectual prodigy, in order to make a successful way in the world. The health and strength of the soul is of far more importance than is that of the body, even when viewed as a means of mundane results. The soul is the main thing.

Each one of us can do a great many things; some easily and some with difficulty, but we cannot build a sound ship with rotten timber. The ship’s design may be faultless; and her canvas sail the whitest, but she will go down in the first storm. So it is with the soul. Whatever its assumptions, if it be lacking in the principles of honor, integrity and affection, it, too, will go down in the first storm. And when the soul is lost, all is lost.

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May 11, 2017
The Self-Made Man & Woman - Frederick Douglass
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Listen to episode 159 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Self-Made Men & Women. Edited & adapted from a lecture by Frederick Douglass.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: Self-made men and women are those who owe little or nothing to birth, relationship, or friendly surroundings; to wealth inherited or to early approved means of education; who are what they are, without the aid of any favoring conditions by which other people usually rise in the world and achieve great results.

In fact, they are the men and women who are not brought up but who are obliged to come up, not only without the assistance or friendly co-operation of society, but often in open and derisive defiance of all the efforts of society, and the tendency of circumstances to repress, retard, and keep them down.

They are the individuals who (in a world of schools, academies, colleges, and other institutions of learning) are often compelled by unfriendly circumstances to acquire their education elsewhere and, amidst unfavorable conditions, to create for themselves a way to success, and thus become the architects of their own good fortunes.

They are, in a peculiar sense, indebted to themselves for themselves. If they have traveled far, they have made the road on which they have travelled. If they have ascended high, they have built their own ladder. From the depths of poverty, they often rise. Flung overboard in the midnight storm on the broad and tempest-tossed ocean of life (left without ropes, planks, oars, or life-preservers), they have bravely fought the waves and have risen in safety and life where others (supplied with the best appliances for safety and success), have fainted, despaired, and gone down forever.

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May 09, 2017
Overcoming Pain & Sorrow (The Nature of Evil)
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Listen to episode 158 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming Pain & Sorrow (The Nature of Evil). Edited & adapted from The Path to Prosperity by James Allen.

Spirituality Podcast Exceprt: The child cries to be an adult; the adult sighs for the lost felicity of their childhood. The poor individual chafes under the chains of poverty by which they are bound, and the rich person often lives in fear of poverty, or scours the world in search of an elusive shadow called happiness.

Sometimes the soul feels that it has found a secure peace and happiness in adopting a certain religion, in embracing an intellectual philosophy, or in building up an intellectual or artistic ideal; but some overpowering temptation proves the religion to be inadequate or insufficient; the theoretical philosophy is found to be a useless prop; or in a moment, the idealistic statue upon which the devotee has for years been laboring, is shattered into fragments at their feet.

Is there, then, no way of escape from pain and sorrow? Are there no means by which bonds of evil may be broken? Is permanent happiness, secure prosperity, and abiding peace a foolish dream? No, there is a way, and I speak it with gladness, by which evil can be slain forever; there is a process by which disease, poverty, or any adverse condition or circumstance can be overcome; there is a method by which a permanent prosperity can be secured, free from all fear of the return of adversity, and there is a practice by which unbroken and unending peace and bliss can be partaken of and realized.

And the beginning of the way which leads to this glorious realization is the acquirement of a right understanding of the nature of evil.

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May 04, 2017
The Positive Psychology of Success (Being Successful)
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Listen to episode 157 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Positive Psychology of Success (Being Successful). Edited & adapted from The Psychology of Success by Newton N. Riddell.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: There are elements of genius in every man and woman that if awakened and trained will enable them to do something worthwhile. There are stores of energy and ambition in every brain that if unlocked and given expression in action will supply the force necessary to bring things to pass.

There are germs of goodness and divinity in every soul that if quickened by love and wrought into character will enable them to live a clean, self-respecting, moral life. Awaken the genius, unlock the energies, quicken the divinity in a person, change them from negative to positive, combine their intellect, energy, and conscience in harmonious expression, and you have given to that person the positive psychology of success.

What is Success? What constitutes success? If we are to see things alike, we must have the same viewpoint. Briefly, success is the accomplishment of anything attempted. But we must get a larger view of the subject. We must measure success first from the viewpoint of the individual, and second from their relation to society.

We must measure success in the individual not wholly by their objective achievements in the few years that belong to the earth life, but in the light of the fact that the influence of their life extends far into the future.....

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May 02, 2017
Politeness: An Etiquette Guide for Gentleman & Ladies
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Listen to episode 156 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Politeness: An Etiquette Guide for Gentleman & Ladies. Edited & adapted from Hints on Common Politeness by Daniel Clement (D.C.) Colesworthy.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: We have fallen on singular times. Who has any true regard for the rights of their neighbor? Where can a really polite person be found? If we do not actually spit in the faces of our friends, we are, every day of our lives, guilty of numberless thoughtless and uncivil acts that greatly displease and annoy them.

Your own pleasure, convenience, and interest should not be taken into consideration when they conflict with the duties you owe your neighbors and society at large. It is a glorious privilege to sacrifice our own selfish interests, if thereby we can promote the well-being of others, and scatter widely and profusely the blessings of life.

By offering these few hints that follow I hope to contribute to the welfare and happiness of my fellow citizens, and scatter more bountifully the sunshine and warmth that spring from elevated affections and sincere politeness.

It is not polite to fret and scold at the petty annoyances of life.

It is not polite to use harsh language when speaking to another person of their faults, however aggravating you may think they be.

It is not polite to seek opportunities for revenge. To forgive and to forget is the true doctrine.

It is not polite to get unnecessarily excited and angry, whatever the provocation may be.

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Apr 27, 2017
College vs. The School of Life (The Road Less Traveled)
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Listen to episode 155 of the Inspirational Living podcast: College vs. The School of Life (The Road Less Traveled). Edited & adapted from “The School of Life” by Henry van Dyke.

Educational Podcast Excerpt: Life itself is the great school. Facts are teachers. Experiences are lessons. Friends are guides. Work is a master. Love is an interpreter. Teaching itself is a method of learning. Joy carries a divining rod and discovers fountains. Sorrow is an astronomer and shows us the stars.

What I have lived I really know, and what I really know I partly own; and so beginning with what I know and what I own, I move through my curriculum, elective and required, gaining nothing but what I learn, at once instructed by every duty and every pleasure.

It is a mistake to say, "Today education ends, tomorrow life begins." The process is continuous: the idea turns into the thought, the thought into the action, the action into the character. When the mulberry seed falls into the ground and germinates, it begins to be transformed into silk.

This view of life as a process of education was held by the Greeks and the Hebrews — the two races in whose deep hearts the stream of Western progress takes its rise, the two great races whose energy of spirit and strength of self-restraint have kept the modern world afloat. For the Greeks, the dominant idea was the unfolding of reason, the clarifying of the powers of thought and imagination. The ideal person was one who saw things as they are, and understood their nature, and felt beauty, and followed truth.

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Apr 25, 2017
Wired to Create Greatness | Going From Good to Great
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Listen to episode 154 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Wired to Create Greatness (Going from Good to Great). Edited & adapted from “Getting On” by Orison Swett Marden.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The leaders of the world (be it in business, science, or the arts) have ever been precedent breakers. Timid people, no matter how able, never make leaders. Fearlessness and originality are characteristic of all leaders of progress. They have no reverence for the old simply because it is old; with them it is always a question of pushing forward, of improving on the past, instead of slavishly copying it.

Men and women who have blazed new paths for civilization have always been precedent breakers. It is ever the individual who believes in their own idea; who can think and act without a crowd to back them; who is not afraid to stand alone; who is bold, original, resourceful; who has the courage to go where others have never been, to do what others have never done, that accomplishes things, that leaves their mark on their times.

Do not be afraid of being original. Do not be a copy of your father, your mother, your grandparents; which would be as foolish as it would be for the violet to try to be a rose. Every person is born to do a certain work. If you try to do some other person’s work, you will be a failure. Great men and women never copy one another. A master mind cannot be made to fit a pattern or conform to set routine.

Every strong person’s achievement is an outgrowth of their individual ideas. What you manufacture or sell, the conduct of your business, the book you write, the picture you paint, the sermon you preach — this is the expression to the world of what was wrapped up inside you, not in someone else.

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Apr 20, 2017
Forgiveness: Healing Your Spiritual & Emotional Self
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Listen to episode 153 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Forgiveness: Forgiveness: Healing Your Spiritual & Emotional Self. Edited & adapted from “The Ideal Made Real” by Christian D. Larson.

Inspirational Podcast Transcript: To forgive everybody for everything at all times, regardless of circumstances, is the first step towards complete freedom. In the past, many have looked upon forgiveness as a virtue; but, in reality, it is a necessity.

We have often given our highest praise to those who possess the spirit of forgiveness and have thought of such people as being self-sacrificing in the truest sense of the term — because we did not know that the act of forgiving is the simplest way to lighten one's own burdens.

According to our old conception of forgiveness, the person who forgives denies themselves a privilege, the privilege of indignation and revenge; for this reason we have looked upon them as heroes or saints, thinking that it could not be otherwise than heroic and saintly to give up the supposed pleasure of meting out revenge to those who seemed to deserve it.

However, according to our new view, the person who forgives is no more saintly than the one who insists upon keeping clean, because in reality the act of forgiving simply constitutes a complete mental bath. When you forgive everybody for everything you cleanse your mind completely of every wrong thought or negative mental attitude that may exist in your consciousness.

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Apr 18, 2017
How to Be an Intelligent Conversationalist
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Listen to episode 152 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Be an Intelligent Conversationalist. Edited & adapted from “The Man Who Pleases and The Woman Who Fascinates” by John Albert Cone.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: In all countries where intelligence is prized, a talent for conversation ranks high among accomplishments. To clothe the thoughts in clear and elegant language, and to convey them impressively to the mind of another, is no common attainment. The man or woman who is an intelligent, tactful conversationalist, commands one of the most essential elements of a successful life.

While all of us may have certain defects which we cannot wholly overcome (however earnestly we may try), we can, if we will, re-form our conversation. We can so train ourselves that good nature, consideration, and benevolence will always have a place in our intercourse with others. We can, if we will, use good English, and we can avoid the temptation, so common, to talk of persons rather than of things.

Theoretically, we despise gossip; but, in practice, most of us add our mite to the common fund. We may not be ill-natured, and the sweet charity that "thinketh no evil" may have a home in our hearts; yet sometimes, if we are not watchful, it may fall asleep, and bitterness, or the spirit of spitefulness come creeping stealthily to the surface.

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Apr 13, 2017
The Eight Pillars of Prosperity (Energy) - James Allen
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Listen to episode 151 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Eight Pillars of Prosperity (Energy). Edited & adapted from a book of the same title by James Allen.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Energy is the informing power in all doing in every department of life — whether it be along material or spiritual lines. The call to action, which comes from the lips or pen of every great teacher in every school of thought, is a call to us to rouse our sleeping energy, and to do vigorously the task at hand.

Even the teachers of contemplation and meditation never cease to rouse their disciples to exertion in meditative thought. The advice of one of the Great Teachers to his disciples, “Keep wide awake”, tersely expresses the necessity for tireless energy if one’s purpose is to be accomplished, and is equally good advice to the salesperson as to the saint.

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”, and liberty is the reaching of one’s fixed end. To get more energy we must use to the full that which we already possess. Only to the person that puts their hand vigorously to some task does power and freedom come.

“Still waters run deep,” and the great universal forces are inaudible. Where calmness is, there is the greatest power. Calmness is the sure indication of a strong, well-trained, patiently disciplined mind. The calm person knows their business, be sure of it. Their words are few, but they tell. Their schemes are well planned, and they work true, like a well-balanced machine. They see a long way ahead, and make straight for their object.

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Apr 11, 2017
Saving Time | Productivity | Making the Most Out of Life
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Listen to episode 150 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Saving Time | Productivity | Making the Most Out of Life. Edited & adapted from The Aim of Life by Philip Stafford Moxom.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Today, I want to talk with you of time and how to save it. Why should we save time? Because time is opportunity for life, and time lost cannot be recovered; it is lost forever. Each moment comes to us rich in possibilities, bringing to us duty, privilege, and the call for achievement. All life is condensed into the moment that we call "now," and the wasting of a moment is, for that moment, the wasting of a life.

"Dost thou love life?” said Poor Richard, “then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of." The chief interests of life are moral and spiritual; all else is scaffolding and instrument; all else takes its significance from these. Not knowledge and achievement, but character and destiny, are life’s fundamental concerns; and in relation to these, time has a transcendent value.

"We all complain," said Seneca, “of the shortness of time; and yet we have more than we know what to do with. Our lives are spent either in doing nothing at all (or doing nothing to the purpose), or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them."

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Apr 06, 2017
Reincarnation & Living Without Regrets | Prentice Mulford
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Listen to episode 149 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Reincarnation & Living Without Regrets. Edited and adapted from Thoughts are Things by Prentice Mulford.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The tendency of many people after they are a little "advanced in years" is to look backward with regret. The "looking" should be the other way--forward. If you want to go backward in every sense (mental and physical), keep on cultivating the mood of living regretfully in your past life.

It is one chief characteristic of the material mind to hold tenaciously to the past. It likes to recall the past and mourn over it. The material mind has a never-ending series of solemn amusement in recalling past joys, and feeling sad because they are never to come again.

But the real self, the spirit, cares relatively little for its past. It courts change. It expects to be a different individual, in thought, a year hence from what it is today. Indeed it is willing a thousand years hence to forget who it is today, for it knows that this intense desire to remember itself for what it has been retards its advance toward greater power and greater pleasure.

Do you want forever to bear with you the memory and burden of pain, especially when such burden brings more pain and deprives you of pleasure? It is like a bird that insists on carrying with it always the shell from which it was hatched. If you have a sad remembrance, fling it off. If you can't fling it off, demand that the Supreme Power provide aid to help you do so, and such aid will come.

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Apr 04, 2017
Inspirational Music & Composers: The Rhythm of Life & Love
17:03

Listen to episode 148 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Inspirational Music & Composers: The Rhythm of Life & Love. Edited and adapted from The Rhythm of Life by Charles Brodie Patterson.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Our work tells the story of our inner life. If it is the work of a Michael Angelo, a Leonardo da Vinci, a Beethoven, or a Wagner, then such work must be a true expression of that person’s highest self. There is no way for you to attain lasting greatness save through the development of your own innate powers and possibilities.

All greatness comes from within, but in order to benefit humanity or the world, it must take form in the world, and the tree must become known by its fruit. It is expected of all that each shall live their own life, and live it to the full on every plane of being, from the material plane to the spiritual plane, so that each person will, eventually, contain within themselves the full record of all life, because they have lived to the full on every plane of being.

Rhythm and melody are both true expressions of our inner life, but they must become fully expressed in our outer life, so that there may be the perfect correspondence between inner and outer. The greatest composers will ever resort to the inner, but they will seldom if ever be unmindful of the outer form.

The vision is first, the form is last, and the composer who tries to reverse this order will never be able to produce great or soul-satisfying music; Mozart and Beethoven both employed a great variety of rhythm because they were true interpreters of what might be called the higher or celestial music. But no composer however great has ever been able to reach the limit of musical rhythm, because the rhythm of music comes to us from infinity itself. Therefore, it must have an infinity of variety.

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Mar 30, 2017
The Spiritual Power of Words | Warren Felt Evans
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Listen to episode 147 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Spiritual Power of Words. Edited and adapted from The Mental Cure by Warren Felt Evans.

Spiritual Podcast Excerpt: The whole soul is sometimes in the words we utter, especially when, to use a common expression, they come from the heart, that is, from a love of life. The outward material body is not who we are, and is not a necessary part of humanity. It is the mind that defines you. And the mind is composed of two departments: love and intellect---which are outwardly manifested as affection and thought, and ultimately expressed in the words we say.

Your words are charged with the very life of you -- the vital force of your soul. They affect not only the mind, but they sink into the interior depths of our being. They are not like leaves loosened from the trees by an autumn wind, and strewn upon a lake to float upon its surface. They have spiritual gravity, which causes them to sink into the hidden depths of the spirit.

Words are the index of character. They enclose within them our thoughts, and the tone with which they are spoken indicates the state of our affections. The utterance of a single word can reveal the love, fear, or hate that lurks within it, and, as such, our life and character are laid open to public view. By the effect of our words, others can perceive the cause. The heart is the fountain; words are the stream. If the fountain is clear as crystal, the issuing spring will be the water of life.

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Mar 28, 2017
How to Be Bold, Free & Courageous | Conquering Fear
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Listen to episode 146 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Be Bold, Free & Courageous | Conquering Fear. Adapted from How to Develop Your Will Power by Clare Tree Major.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: THE most destructive force in the world is FEAR. Almost all failure and almost all crime can be traced to one form or another of this most prevalent evil. Fear is the father of doubt, and doubt is the murderer of success. It shows itself in many forms, from the physical fear which is part of our animal inheritance, to the more subtle and dangerous forms which attack our mental life and sap our strength at its very foundation.

Mental fear is more treacherous because it often clothes itself in fair disguises. As prudence, or caution, or the normal instinct of self-preservation, it masquerades so successfully that one often deceives oneself. Prudence and caution and the instinct for self-preservation are necessary and useful if they are inspired by reason, and not by fear — for fear cripples and destroys, it does not help.

Fear has absolutely no place in human life and development. It is an entirely extraneous and harmful emotion. It is born of an exaggeration (by the imagination) of the power of other things or conditions, until we believe it to be superior to our power. It is an entirely false and misleading attitude of mind. At the moment of crisis, when our need is the greatest, it betrays us to the very danger we fear by robbing us of the very qualities of mind which we need to overcome it.

Fear destroys mental balance. Under the influence of fear, you cannot perceive clearly, imagine truly, reason logically, nor act usefully. The only thing in the world worth fearing is FEAR.

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Mar 23, 2017
How to Drink Wine | Carpe Diem & Omar Khayyam
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Listen to episode 145 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Drink Wine | Carpe Diem & Omar Khayyam. Edited and adapted from Heretics by G.K. Chesterton.

Literary Podcast Excerpt: The sound rule for wine drinking is like many other sound rules — a paradox. Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. Never drink when you are wretched without it, or you will be like the grey-faced gin-drinker in the slum; but drink when you would be happy without it, and you will be like the laughing villager of Italy. Never drink because you need it, for this is rational drinking, and the way to death and hell. But drink because you do not need it, for this is irrational drinking, and the ancient health of the world.

For decades the shadow and glory of a great Eastern figure has lain upon our English literature. Fitzgerald's translation of Omar Khayyam has concentrated into immortal poignancy all the dark and drifting hedonism of our time. Of the literary splendor of that work it would be merely banal to speak; in few other books has there been anything so combining the gay pugnacity of an epigram with the vague sadness of a song. But of its philosophical, ethical, and religious influence (which has been almost as great as its brilliancy), I should like to say a word, and that word, I confess, is one of uncompromising hostility.

There are a great many things which might be said against the spirit of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, and against its prodigious influence. But one matter of indictment towers ominously above the rest — a genuine disgrace to it, and a genuine calamity to us. This is the terrible blow that this great poetry has struck against sociability and the joy of life.

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Mar 21, 2017
The Quickening | Breakthrough Growth & Self-Development
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Listen to episode 144 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Quickening: Breakthrough Growth & Self-Development. Edited and adapted from New Thought Healing Made Plain by Kate Atkinson Boehme.

New Thought Podcast Transcript: There is an all-pervasive analogy between things physical and things metaphysical, and so I can infer that there is a Quickening in the mind of Man (in the mind of Woman) for which preparation is made. For a long time the mind is vague and neutral in its action, but all the while it is growing, developing, forming for the Quickening.

In other words, we are not yet fully individualized, and we must prepare to take a step upward into a higher individualization. We must make ready for the mental Quickening. All our vague and superficial thinking is really working to an end in which it shall take on orderly arrangement around a central thought and become positively organic — for what is true of the embryo is equally true of the embryotic individual, the human being. And after the Quickening comes the birth into a higher life.

All along the line of Evolution things are being born again upon the next higher plane. The one-celled organism is born again as the two-celled, the three-celled, the many-celled organism, and so Life sweeps on in its upward trend. The sadness, the questioning, the dull monotony, the drawbacks, the heart sickness, are all phenomena of the embryotic life and must be lived through patiently and hopefully, if we would reach the Quickening which is close at hand. Grief, pain, and trouble are the pangs of gestation and pass away when the embryo attains its growth.

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Mar 17, 2017
A Guide to Health & Life | Naturopathy | Mahatma Gandhi
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Listen to episode 143 of the Inspirational Living podcast: A Guide to Health & Life | Naturopathy. Adapted from “A Guide to Health” by Mahatma Gandhi.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: We have got into the habit of calling in a doctor for the most trivial diseases. And where there is no regular doctor available, we take the advice of mere quacks. We labor under the fatal delusion that no disease can be cured without medicine. This has been responsible for more mischief to humankind than any other evil.

It is, of course, necessary that our diseases should be cured, but many cannot be cured by medicines. Not only are medicines often useless, but at times even positively harmful. For a diseased person to take drugs and medicines is often as foolish as to try to cover up the filth that has accumulated in the inside of our house. The more we cover up the filth, the more rapidly does putrefaction go on.

The same is the case with the human body. Illness or disease is Nature's warning that filth has accumulated in some portion or other of the body; and it would surely be wise to allow Nature to remove the muck, instead of covering it up by the help of medicines. Those who take medicines are often rendering the task of Nature doubly difficult.

It is, on the other hand, quite easy for us to help Nature in her task by remembering certain elementary principles — by fasting, for instance, so that the toxins may not accumulate all the more, and by vigorous exercise in the open air, so that some of the pollutant may escape in the form of perspiration. And the one thing that is supremely necessary is to keep our minds strictly under control.

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Mar 14, 2017
Building Self Confidence: Change Your Limiting Beliefs
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Listen to episode 142 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Building Self-Confidence: Change Your Limiting Beliefs. Adapted from “Success Through Thought Habit” by Benjamin Johnson.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Have confidence in yourself. Believe in your ability to do big things. Only by having faith in yourself, can you compel others to have faith in you. Think big thoughts and back them up with big deeds. You can, if you will. And you will.

Many a little seed has longed to develop and send a little shoot up toward the sunshine. But growth has always been delayed until suddenly the outer wall that limited its growth is burst apart! Many lives are in the same condition: the wall of thought that limits them must be burst before real growth can occur.

The one great infallible rule to be learned when you desire to think constructively, is that the conditions you desire will exist for you in just the proportion that you are capable of developing your own natural powers. If you persist in drawing a line of demarcation between yourself and that which you desire, or if you feel that a certain person is responsible for what you are to obtain, or that a certain condition dependent on other people is necessary for your development, then just so long will you be kept from making the progress that you should.

To say feebly, "Yes, indeed, I was full of enthusiasm when I started in the work, but one thing after another went wrong until I just thought I would stop trying and get out while I could," shows that your backbone has never been developed at all; otherwise every obstacle would have spurred you on to greater effort.

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Mar 09, 2017
Self-Knowledge & The Mystery of Golf | Arnold Haultain
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Listen to episode 141 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Self-Knowledge & The Mystery of Golf. Adapted from the book The Mystery of Golf by Arnold Haultain.

Self-Development Podcast Excerpt: Golf is one of the best schools for mind and manners. The person who would attain self-knowledge should frequent the links. If one seriously attempts the task, one will (quote) "find oneself" in golf. Few things better reveal a person to themselves than zealous and persistent efforts to decrease their handicap.

That profound and ancient maxim “know thyself,” a maxim so ancient and profound that it was said to have descended from heaven, might be inscribed on the portal of every Golf Club. Even it might be said that Tennyson's trinity of excellences (self-knowledge, self-reverence, and self- control) are nowhere so worthily sought, or so efficacious when found, as on the links.

To some this will sound like foolishness; but to golfers it’s an obvious truism. For golf must be played "conscientiously”. The duffer imagines that at the very most it only requires a good "hand and eye" and some sort of knack. A good eye and a very large amount of skill it certainly does need; but the player who thinks that these are the Alpha and Omega of golf will be apt to remain a duffer a long while.

Between this Alpha and this Omega is a whole alphabet. Golf requires the most concentrated mental attention. It also requires (just as concentrated) a moral attention. The moral factors in the game are as important as the physical. The player who succumbs to temptation will have to succumb to defeat.

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The Art of Self-Control

Mar 07, 2017
The Seat of Love | Spirituality & Soul Wisdom
17:41

Listen to episode 140 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Seat of Love (Spirituality & Soul Wisdom). Adapted from The Key to Health, Wealth & Love by Julia Seton.

Spirituality Podcast Excerpt: The reason we do not have love is because we do not know how to get it. Everyone in this world does exactly the best as he or she knows how. When we know better, we will do better. Life as an initiation requires us to learn how to live alone and not be lonely. But it should not take anyone a lifetime to get this lesson; the whole lesson of life may be in one hour's passing — not dragged through endless years of effort and strife.

We want love. Nature demands it, for latent in every soul is the recognition that love is the fulfilling of the law. Without the softening and vivifying influence of love, all that is best in human expression sinks into oblivion. The world has need of the lover, the poet and the minister. It has a great place for these tender souls who pass along with their very beings the intensifying singular power of life — in all and through all.

The great healer, the great physician, the great actor, the truly great individual, in any expression of life, is the great lover. We must have all this energizing power alight within our souls so that (touch life where we may), we shall not sink down into the dull gray of the commonplace, and pass along the dead within us.

Those who have come into real Love never rest, for their whole life is filled and vitalized with a new divine power; they have heard the Universe’s call in the depths of their own being. They have within them from the first, all for which the rest of the world is striving, and their sense of the divine Love is so strong that it includes all humanity.

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Mar 02, 2017
How to Build a Business Startup | Entrepreneur Psychology
18:30

Listen to episode 139 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Build a Business Startup: Entrepreneur Psychology. Adapted from The Power of Mental Demand, and Other Essays by Herbert Edward Law.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The difference between those who achieve mediocre success and those who rise high above it is in this mental resolution, this development of a purpose, this pushing of a business. It is not necessary to the creation of a great business that you understand and realize at the beginning the complicated problems that you will have to meet and master. But it is essential that you recognize the necessity of doing each thing as it arises to be done, and doing that thing well, doing it the best within your power.

Whether you are a master of mechanics or of media, you became so by learning one thing at a time. The person who now controls great interests may have seen the time when they had only the slightest knowledge of the interests they now so easily direct. Remember that the exercise of a faculty increases its power. Thus as you exercise the faculties called out and required in building your business, their power to meet conditions grows.

Having resolved on your business, now proceed to push it and push it with every hour that you devote to business. Do it thoughtfully; put into it every mental force that you have at your control. The constant association, the high resolve with the efforts that sustain and back it up, give you added strength for the problems and duties of tomorrow.

Having once resolved upon or desired a calling, a vocation, a business, you will naturally be drawn to it. There is a direct force that carries you towards the object of your desires. Every day you are both consciously and unconsciously working to an end. And if the end is the building of your business, then every day will find you doing those things which advance you step by step in that direction.

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Feb 28, 2017
Personality & The Art of Conversation | Social Etiquette
17:47

Listen to episode 138 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Personality & The Art of Conversation. Adapted from Your Personality and Your Speaking Voice: How to Develop Them by Clare Tree Major.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: The very life of our great republic is founded on the right of every individual to their personal liberty in so far as it does not limit the liberty and happiness of others. The essence of liberty is liberty of thought and opinion, and life will remain an unsolved problem to you until you are willing to allow to everyone the degree of liberty of thought and opinion you reserve to yourself.

Take your conversation seriously. But that doesn't mean always be serious. Heaven forbid! Rather, treat the art of conversation as an art really worth cultivating. Notice things which occur in your daily life and treasure them as incidents with which to enrich your talk. Read with the definite intention to remember, not simply to pass the time. Enrich your mind that you may have something on which to draw to interest others and to give as your share in conversation with kindred spirits.

Feel about your conversation as you would about a sport or game (tennis, golf, football, swimming); try to be at your best and pride yourself on your degree of accomplishment. It is out of the question that conceit should arise from such a course, for the conceited person is not a good conversationalist. Conceit sees only the talker themselves, while the very foundation of good conversation is consideration of others.

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Feb 23, 2017
Thought Power: Gratitude & How to Think & Live Better
17:53

Listen to episode 137 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Thought Power: Gratitude & How to Think & Live Better. Adapted from Thinking for Results by Christian D. Larson.

Success Podcast Excerpt: The attitude of gratitude is closely related to that of contentment and is one of the greatest of all mental states; and the reason why is found in the fact that no mind can be right (nor think constructively) unless it is filled with the spirit of gratitude.

The fact is that new life is coming to us every day and with it new opportunities. Every moment therefore is richer than the one before; but if this coming of new life and new opportunities does not add to the richness and value of our own personal life, there is a lack of gratitude. And where gratitude is lacking, the mind is more or less closed to the many good things that are coming our way.

The grateful mind, however, is always an open mind, open to the newer, the higher and the better, and therefore invariably coming into possession of more and more of those things. The entire race is moving forward with the stream of continuous advancement; better things therefore are daily coming into the life of each individual. If we do not receive them, the reason is that our mind is more or less closed on account of the lack of gratitude.

So let us remember that the mind must be grateful for everything in order to be open to the reception of new things and better things. We simply cannot receive better things unless we are truly grateful for that which we already possess. This is the law in this matter, and it is a law that will stand up to the most rigid analysis.

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Feb 21, 2017
Hints for Lovers on Valentine's Day (Psychology of Love)
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Listen to episode 135 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Hints for Lovers on Valentine’s Day. Adapted from the book “Hints for Lovers” by Arnold Haultain.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: It is not well to either confide or to confess too much. A very small rock will wreck a very big ship, and a very small slip will spoil a very long life.

The surest test of a waning love is that it begins not to concern itself when it sees its object suffer. The surest test of a dead love is that it forgets how to be jealous.

With women, love is a river, ever flowing, from the brook in girlhood to the estuary of womanhood. Like a river, too, a woman's love is fed by all the streams it meets. On the other hand, with man, love is a geyser. The obsession of the male heart by one woman ousts from it all other women. However, to the young woman, men continue to be men. That is to say, a man dives headlong into love. A woman paddles into it. And the woman's hesitation at the brink of the stream exasperates the floundering man. In short, a man's heart is captured wholly and at a stroke. A woman's heart surrenders itself piece by piece.

In love, a woman is generally cool enough to calculate pros and cons; a man, in a similar plight, is incapable of anything but folly.

In love, as in all things, indecision spells ruination.

There is no question too subtle, too delicate, too recondite, or too rash, for human eyes to ask or answer. And he who has not learned the language of the eyes, has yet to learn the alphabet of love. Besides, love speaks two languages: one with the lips; the other with the eyes. The eye tells more than the tongue. If eye and tongue contradict one another, believe the eye.

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Feb 14, 2017
Overcoming Disabilities & Hardship (Inspirational Stories)
16:44

Listen to episode 134 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming Disabilities: Inspirational Stories. Adapted from the book “A Cheerful Philosophy for Thoughtful Invalids” by William Horatio Clarke.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: As the bruising of fragrant flowers causes them to give forth a more ethereal aroma, so in our own lives, the good qualities may be brought forth by means of the afflictions which seem to press the life out of us. The corn is ground to obtain the meal, and the wheat for the flour. The maple-tree is tapped for its sap, and the sugar-cane is crushed for its syrup and saccharine crystals. The quartz is pulverized for the gold and silver, while the ore is purified by fire.

Through such processes is the immortal nature in which our real individuality resides often developed and made useful, and it is thus saved from the changes connected to the disorganization of the physical body; for we exist as individuals, independent of the apparently adverse conditions of the earthly frame.

The object for which we were created is the development and attainment of a true character in which every virtue shall prevail; and such a character must be ours, notwithstanding our frail physical constitutions. The virtues are developed through trials and temptations. Honesty is proved by not yielding to fraud, deceit, and dishonesty. Purity is developed through the combat when immoral temptations are resisted, and patience is attained through the long endurance of suffering.

To those of us who are confined to the boundaries of our rooms, so familiar with every crack in the ceiling overhead and weary of forming faces and new patterns from the outlines of the figured wall-paper, it is impossible to realize that we are journeying through space on a revolving earth at the rate of nearly seventy thousand miles an hour. Yet we are travelling onward daily and yearly toward the object for which we were created, which, through every hindrance, will certainly be accomplished, as surely as the earth revolves on its axis through its orbit, bringing the annual New Year — notwithstanding the many mistakes which we have made.

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Feb 09, 2017
The Inward Life: Courage, Virtue & Emotional Freedom
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Listen to episode 133 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Inward Life: Courage, Virtue & Emotional Freedom. Adapted from the book “Courage” by Charles Wagner.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: These lines are not written for any particular class of people. I seek to speak of those things which are common to all, being day by day more convinced that the nature of humanity is everywhere identical. However, I have not been able to avoid thinking more especially of those whose morning is gloomy and whose youth was hard.

Goethe declares in his history of his life that "what we desire in our youth we possess abundantly in our old age." An astonishing saying, and one which seems inconsistent with truth; but if we look at it more closely, such is not the case. We do, indeed, apply ourselves with ardor to the pursuit of that which we desire; and, whether our ambition be noble or the reverse, it is seldom that we do not end by fulfilling it, in part at least.

Our life is eventually stamped by our ideal. No one, therefore, can watch the tendency of their desires too carefully. What we most often lack in youth is the knowledge of what it is wisest to desire. To wish for vain things is to take a will-o'-the-wisp for our guide along the road. How many of us have wandered in this way after these uncertain lanterns of light, which promised happiness but led us into the swamps.

I should like to make you desire the things that are real, that are worth being loved and acquired by stress and toil; and among all these things there is nothing to be compared with force. Force is itself a virtue; and by virtue I understand every power that excites in us an intenser life, and joy, and hope.

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Feb 07, 2017
Proverbs, Poetry, Wisdom & Genius (William Blake)
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Listen to episode 132 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Proverbs, Poetry, Wisdom & Genius. Adapted from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” by William Blake.

Literary Podcast Excerpt: As I was walking among the fires of hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius (which to Angels look like torment and insanity), I collected some of their proverbs: thinking that as the sayings used in a nation, mark its character, so the Proverbs of Hell, show the nature of Infernal wisdom better than any description of buildings or garments.

How do you know but ev'ry Bird that cuts the airy way, Is an immense world of delight, clos'd by your senses five?

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

Prudence is a rich ugly old maid courted by Incapacity.

Those who desire but act not, breed pestilence.

The cut worm forgives the plow.

Dip those in the river who love water.

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise person sees.

Those whose face gives no light, shall never become a star....

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Feb 02, 2017
How to Stop Judging People & Accept Others As They Are
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Listen to episode 131 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Stop Judging People & Accepts Others As They Are. Adapted from the book: “Success Through Thought Habit” by Benjamin Johnson.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: Occasionally, we find people so well trained that they never express blame. No, indeed, they would not be so vulgar. They just feel it and think it and keep it corked up inside, never dreaming that every act and every look is showing their state of mind just as well as any words they might use and is making others quite as uncomfortable.

A philosopher, who had mastered many of life’s problems and was noted for his poise, was one day asked why he paid no attention to either flattery or ridicule. "Because," he answered, "a person can neither be praised nor insulted. I know what I am, and do not allow the opinion of others to affect me."

When asked how he managed to get so much good out of life, and to find so many fine qualities in others, he said: "I have been trained since early youth to look upon human beings as I would on the animals in the forest. Each may be perfect of its kind though utterly unlike some other animal. Consequently, I do not expect the hare to have the courage of the lion, or the fox to be like the deer, or the bear to be as the marmoset. In the farm yards, I know the cow gives milk and is useful for that reason. The oxen have great strength and do their share by hauling heavy loads, while the horses carry us about in comfort.

So among my friends I see each has their sphere of usefulness and each is developing according to their capabilities and not according to what I might think or advise, and I am content."

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Jan 31, 2017
Classic Style: Vintage Lifestyle & Being Well-Dressed
16:07

Listen to episode 130 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Classic Style: Vintage Lifestyle & Being Well-Dressed. Adapted from the book: “The Man Who Pleases, and the Woman Who Fascinates” by John Albert Cone.

Lifestyle Podcast Excerpt: There is an old Spanish proverb that says, ''No woman is ugly who is well dressed." And, of course, Shakespeare has said that “the apparel oft proclaims the man.”

I believe in dress. I believe that God delights in beautiful things, and as nothing is more beautiful than the human form, I believe that that mode of dressing the form and face which best harmonizes with our personal beauty is that which pleases best the Divine.

What one wears is accepted as an index of one's character. Whether this is as it should be or not, it is true; and we all feel, more or less, that coarseness or refinement finds visible expression in apparel as in no other way. "Surely," says The Boston Journal, "nothing so intensifies the personality as the clothes one wears; through association they become a part of us, help to identify us, even in some peculiar, reactionary way, serve to control our mental states."

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Jan 26, 2017
The Secret of Life & My Success (Elbert Hubbard)
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Listen to episode 129 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Secret of Life. Adapted from work by Elbert Hubbard that appears in The American Bible by Alice Hubbard.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Be a creator, not merely a creature and a consumer. Nature is the best guide of which we know, and the love of simple pleasures is next, if not superior, to religion. A wise person does not need advice, and a fool will not take it. We flatter only those we fear — the highest applause is silence.

We are brothers and sisters to all who have trod the earth. We want to do what is best for ourselves, and we have discovered that what is best for ourselves is best for others. No one is damned eternally as long as they try. Inaction is only a gathering together of forces for the coming leap: the fallow years are just as natural, just as necessary, as the years of plenty. To know the worst is peace — it is uncertainty that kills.

The secret, which I am about to tell you, is the most valuable and far-reaching of any known to human kind. It is the key to health, happiness, wealth, power, success. It is the open sesame to Paradise, here and now. A secret is something known only to a few. But often the best way to retain a secret is to let others help you to keep it. Just as the only way to retain love is to give it away — art and religion the same.

This secret, which I am about to impart, will cause no thrill, save in the hearts of those who already know it. And all I can do for you, anyway, is to tell you the things you know, but which possibly you do not know you know until I tell you....

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Jan 24, 2017
What's Wrong with Schools & Education in America
18:57

Listen to episode 128 of the Inspirational Living podcast: What’s Wrong with Schools & Education in America. Adapted from the essay “What’s the Matter with Education?” by William George Jordan.

Educational Podcast Excerpt: Sometime in the years of the future, we shall look back on the education system of the 20th and early 21st century with the same feeling of revulsion as we now regard the superstitions of the Middle Ages. These are hard words, but they are calmly and deliberately chosen. Such words would be insanely foolish and wantonly unjust if not substantiated by proof. They would be incendiary, useless and dangerously unsettling were no better way provided. But there is a better way, there is a new model.

The failure of education is not limited to America; it extends over the whole civilized world. The most vital problem before humanity today is a true system of education, for it is only as we train individuals and peoples to think, to use their minds and all their other powers to their highest efficiency that we shall find any adequate solutions to our other problems: be they mental, moral, social, political, economic, or industrial. We are failing miserably to solve them today because we have not been able to bring the trained minds of a trained people to bear upon them. We have been relying on the trained minds of a few leaders to carry and control the masses.

This is a deeply personal question to every individual. It determines the character of the world in which you live, and that of your children and all those dear to you. We are all going through life on but a small percentage of the mental powers that should be ours. Even our senses, through which all the raw material of thought enters the mind, are actually weak, dull, drugged, and deadened.

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Jan 19, 2017
Success Mindset: Grit, Courage, Determination, Self-Esteem
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Listen to episode 127 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Success Mindset: Grit, Courage, Determination, Self-Esteem. Edited and adapted from The Power of Mental Demand, and Other Essays by Herbert Edward Law.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: In every walk of life, it is so vital to have courage for duties, for achievements — for living — that, lacking it, there is no depth of failure in which we might not descend. There is no heritage of infamy so black as the taunt of cowardice — for courage is will power; it is determination that is unflinching. It is the power that achieves.

Cowardice, on the other hand, is predetermined failure. Courage, even physical courage, is not merely the absence of fear of bodily harm or suffering. Courage is a positive quality, a continuing force. The effort which attempts and fails, and makes no second attempt, is not a display of courage, but of its opposite. Courage is never conquered; it never gives up; it never admits defeat; it never apologizes; it never puts the blame of failure on something else.

Courage is persistence; courage is pluck. Courage is luck, because with courage, success and the achievements we desire are brought into existence — wrung as it were from fate or chance.

Courage surrounds itself with successful forces in the same way that a resolute and skillful commander brings to bear all of their intelligence, skill, and effort for the protection and strengthening of their position. Courage implies thoroughness, forethought, deliberation, tact. Courage is identified with actions rather than words.

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Jan 17, 2017
Artists, Writers & The Power of the Work Habit
18:24

Listen to episode 126 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Artists, Writers & The Power of the Work Habit. Adapted from the book “Work” by Hugh Black.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Careless slovenly work is responsible for more failures in art than any other cause. Blindly trusting what they call their genius, many a gifted artist has never come to success because they have never learned to toil. It is one of the subtlest temptations in all productive work, whether it be painting pictures, or writing books, or pursuing any subject of study, to simply rely on happy inspirations, with the result that casual efforts alternate with long spells of indolence.

There is no finer lesson from the lives of many scientific workers than that of the patient investigation and tireless labor with which they pursue their branch of truth. Darwin refers to this as a necessity if we are to advance any science at all. To accept our work as part of our duty, to cultivate it as a habit, is to safeguard our lives from many a mistake and error, and even from many a sin.

Every individual must bring themselves into discipline before they become a perfect instrument for their work. No great work of art is possible without previous training in the art of work. When the habit of industry is ingrained in your nature, you have mastered the art, although your methods of working may be peculiar to yourself.

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Jan 12, 2017
Overcoming Fear, Anxiety & Worry (Orison Swett Marden)
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Listen to episode 125 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming Fear, Anxiety, and Worry. Adapted from the book Pushing to the Front by Orison Swett Marden.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The monster of worry dogs us from the cradle to the grave. There is no occasion so sacred but it is there. Unbidden it comes to the wedding and the funeral alike. It is at every reception, every banquet; it occupies a seat at every table. No human mind can estimate the havoc and ruin wrought by worry. It has ever forced genius to do the work of mediocrity; it has caused more failures, more broken hearts, more blasted hopes, than any other one cause since the dawn of the world.

Did you ever hear of any good coming to any human being from worry? Did it ever help anybody to better their condition? Does it not always--everywhere--do just the opposite by impairing the health, exhausting the vitality, lessening efficiency? Think of the homes which it has broken up; the ambitions it has ruined; the hopes and prospects it has blighted!

If there is any devil in existence, is it not worry, with all its attendant progeny of evils? Yet, in spite of all the tragic evils that follow in its wake, a visitor from another world would get the impression that worry is one of our dearest, most helpful friends, so closely do we hug it to ourselves and so loath are we to part from it.

Jan 10, 2017
Rewiring Your Brain for Optimism & Positive Thinking
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Listen to episode 124 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Rewiring Your Brain for Optimism & Positive Thinking. Adapted from the book Success is For You by Dorothy Quigley.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: If the optimist is a fool who would be wise? If you are a miserable, despondent, unsuccessful individual, get hold of yourself this instant. First get yourself into the condition for success. If possible have a room of your own into which you can go and preserve the sacred and uninterrupted seclusion that would be granted you, if you were meditating or saying your prayers. If you cannot have a place, choose an hour at night or early in the morning when you may be sure of being undisturbed.

If you are despondent, train your mind to be hopeful. If you have no pleasant experiences in your life to recall, imagine the pleasantest things you would like to have happen to you or you would like to do. Picture yourself in a commanding attitude, full of courage and brightness. See your face as radiant with cheerfulness as you can imagine it. Look in the glass and catch your expression. Recall these thoughts, quicken the emotions and sensations of hope and courage.

Go over and over them with the steady persistency of a student bent upon learning a difficult foreign language. Soon your brain cells, nerved with new thoughts, energized with an inspiriting inflow of positive thought-force, will work for themselves, and your Will will will you to think in currents of hopeful and courageous thoughts, and you will view life from a newer and higher plane, and see opportunities you never saw before.

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Jan 05, 2017
Affirmations, Inspirations & The Power of Positive Thinking
17:30

Listen to episode 123 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Aspirations, Inspirations & Positive Thinking. Adapted from the book Your Forces and How to Use Them by Christian D. Larson.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Life is growth and the object of right thinking is to promote that growth. Give less time trying to change the opinions of others, and more time trying to improve your own life. Life becomes the way it is lived; and we may live the way we want to live when we learn to think what we want to think. Create your own thought and you become what you want to become because your thought creates you.

We all know that we are as we think. Then we must think only such thoughts as tend to make us what we wish to be. The secret of right thinking is found in always keeping the mind's eye fixed upon the greater and the better in all things.

Scientific research in the metaphysical field has demonstrated the fact we are what we think, that we become what we think, and that what we think in the present, determines what we are to become in the future; and also that since we can change our thoughts for the better along any line, we can therefore completely change ourselves along any line.

But the majority of us who try to apply this law do not succeed to a great degree, the reason being that instead of working entirely upon the principle that we are as we think, we proceed in the belief that we are what we think we are.

At first sight there may seem to be no difference between the principle that we are as we think and the belief that we are what we think we are, but close study will reveal the fact that the latter is absolutely untrue. You are not what you think you are, because personality, mentality, and character are not determined by personal opinions....

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Jan 03, 2017
Autosuggestion & Self-Mastery (Emile Coué)
16:32

Listen to episode 122 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Autosuggestion & Self-Mastery. Adapted from the book Self-Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion by Emile Coué.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Suggestion, or rather Autosuggestion, is quite a new subject, and yet at the same time it is as old as the world. It is new in the sense that until now it has been wrongly studied and in consequence wrongly understood; it is old because it dates from the appearance of human beings on earth. In fact, autosuggestion is an instrument that we possess at birth, and in this instrument, or rather in this force, resides a marvelous and incalculable power, which according to circumstances produces the best or the worst results.

Knowledge of this force is useful to each one of us, but it is especially indispensable to doctors, judges, lawyers, and to those engaged in the work of education. By knowing how to practice autosuggestion consciously it is possible, in the first place, to avoid provoking in others bad autosuggestions which may have disastrous consequences, and secondly, consciously to provoke good ones instead, thus bringing physical health to the sick, and moral health to the neurotic and the erring, the unconscious victims of earlier autosuggestions, and to guide into the right path those who had a tendency to take the wrong one.

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Dec 29, 2016
New Year's Resolutions: Living Your Ideal Life
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Listen to episode 121 of the Inspirational Living podcast: New Year’s Resolutions: Living Your Ideal Life. Adapted from the book Joy Philosophy by Elizabeth Towne.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: Whenever you achieve any ideal (small or great), don’t stagnate. Look within and find another Ideal to work for. Your Ideals are inspired for your use. Look eagerly upon them and know that they are Life itself. You do not make your Ideals. They make you—if you keep mentally in touch with them.

Now, perhaps you feel that you are too old; or that your burdens are too great; that you have no time or energy to pursue your Ideals. I say that it is never too late to drop your burdens and use your energy to some joyful purpose. All one has to do is to declare “I have no burdens. Life is a play-ground!“ and stick to it. You have no burdens—they are all a hallucination.

Life is a play-ground of circumstances and situations. Not burdens. That is the TRUTH. Just tell it to yourself until it works its way into your semi-paralyzed mind and makes itself felt. Relax physically and mentally. Lie idly under an apple tree and look up to the blue sky and let your fancy play with the world. You will find a new and happy TRUTH in common things, just as Isaac Newton did.

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Dec 27, 2016
The Spirit of Christmas | Henry van Dyke
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Listen to episode 120 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Spirit of Christmas. Adapted from the book The Spirit of Christmas by Henry van Dyke.

Christmas Podcast Excerpt: The custom of exchanging presents on a certain day in the year is very much older than Christmas, and means very much less. Gift giving has been a custom in almost all ages of the world, and among many different nations.

It is a fine thing or a foolish thing, as the case may be; an encouragement to friendliness, or a tribute to fashion; an expression of good nature, or a bid for favor; an outgoing of generosity, or a disguise of greed; a cheerful old custom, or a futile old farce, according to the spirit which animates it and the form which it takes.

But when this ancient and variously interpreted tradition of a day of gifts was transferred to the Christmas season, it was brought into vital contact with an idea which must transform it, and with an example which must lift it up to a higher plane. The example is the life of Jesus. And the idea is unselfish interest in the happiness of others.

The great gift of Jesus to the world was himself. He lived with and for humanity. He kept back nothing. In every particular and personal gift that he made to certain people there was something of himself that made it precious.

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Dec 22, 2016
Spirituality & The Art of Living
19:41

Listen to episode 119 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Spirituality and The Art of Living. Adapted from the book Method of New Thought by Abel Allen.

Spirituality Podcast Excerpt: Let us realize that the constructive is the only life; that to create is a joy; that to build is life’s purpose and humanity’s function. Let us each remember that the latent possibilities of a divine soul are inherent within us, slumbering perhaps, but only waiting to be called into development and expression.

Let us remember that we can create, that we can build, that we can be a positive force in the world, that we can lift the burden from some struggling life, that we can radiate joy and kindness, gratitude and love from our lives, that we can leave the world a little brighter and humankind a little better than we found it.

Let us not forget that we hear the sweet symphonies of life only as we listen to the voice of our own soul; that we walk in the paths of peace only as we are illumined by the light within; that we see the facts of life aright only as we trust our own inner vision; that these are the true pilots to guide us safely over the turbulent seas of life.

Let us build to these ideals and the world will move forward, some life will be made a little happier, some pathway will be strewn with roses, and we shall feel the glow of a heart at peace with itself.

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Dec 20, 2016
How to Become Enlightened - Cosmic Consciousness
18:32

Listen to episode 118 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Become Enlightened (Cosmic Consciousness). Adapted from a book The Rhythm of Life by Charles Brodie Patterson.

Spirituality Podcast Excerpt: Life is a state of consciousness. The visible world is a mirror of what humanity has felt and thought and done; but it is not a prophecy of what you shall be, for what you shall be is written into the soul of you, and only as you learn to express your own soul-life can you enrich the world in which you live and prepare yourself to receive new mysteries from the kingdom that lives within you.

Without consciousness, there would be no meaning to human existence. Our objective consciousness consists largely of material things, and our thoughts and emotions in relation to them. Consciousness consists, then, of what we feel and what we think, and from such feeling and thinking there comes the outward expression of ourselves in what we do; for our work is a natural expression of both thought and feeling. At times, we seem dominated by thought, and again by feeling.

In our happiest states we use both. The force of our life is in what we feel, while the form which our work takes comes largely through what we think. Our best work is accomplished when head and heart work together in unison. This holds good regarding all planes of consciousness, and this union makes not only for our highest good, but also for the truest expression of our work.

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Dec 15, 2016
The Feast of St. Friend (A Christmas Book) - Arnold Bennett
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Listen to episode 117 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Feast of St. Friend. Adapted from a book by the same title by Arnold Bennett.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: ..... Then on Christmas day itself one will feel that one really has something to celebrate. The festival becomes a public culmination of your daily practice of sympathizing with others. You will not be reminded by Christmas of goodwill, because the enterprise of imaginative sympathy has been your daily affair throughout the year. Christmas provides you with an opportunity to take satisfaction in the success of your enterprise and renew your enthusiasm to correct its failures.

The symbolism of Christmas, at the turn of the year, thus will develop added meaning for you, and all the Christmas customs, some of which produce annoyance among the unsentimental, will be accepted with indulgence, even with eagerness, because their symbolism is now shown in a clearer light. Christmas becomes as personal as a birthday. One eats and drinks to excess, not because it is the custom to eat and drink to excess, but from sheer effervescent faith in an idea.

As we sit with our friends or family, embracing them in the privacy of our heart, permeated by a sympathetic understanding of our shared adventure on this planet hurling through space, and feeling reassured that companionship and mutual understanding alone make the adventure worthwhile—we see in a flash that Christmas, whatever else it may be, is and must be the Feast of St. Friend, a day that stands supreme among the days of the year.

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Dec 13, 2016
The Science of Being Great | Outliers of Genius & Success
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Listen to episode 116 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Science of Being Great. Adapted from a book by the same title by Wallace D. Wattles.

New Thought Podcast Excerpt: There is no possibility in any person that is not in every individual; but if they proceed naturally, no two people will grow into the same thing, or be alike. Every person comes into the world with a predisposition to grow along certain lines, and growth is easier along those lines than in any other way. This is a wise provision, for it gives endless variety. It is as if a gardener should throw all their bulbs into one basket; to the superficial observer they would look alike, but growth reveals a tremendous difference.

So of men and women, they are like a basket of bulbs. One may be a rose and add brightness and color to some dark corner of the world; one may be a lily and teach a lesson of love and purity to every eye that sees; one may be a climbing vine and hide the rugged outlines of some dark rock; one may be a great oak among whose boughs the birds shall nest and sing, and beneath whose shade the flocks shall rest at noon, but everyone will be something worthwhile, something rare, something perfect.

There are undreamed of possibilities in the common lives all around us in a large sense; there are no “common” people. In times of national stress and peril the slack-dressed loafer at the corner store and the town drunkard become heroes and statesmen through the quickening of the Principle of Power within them. There is a genius in every man and woman, waiting to be brought forth.

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Dec 08, 2016
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance
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Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Listen to episode 115 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance. Adapted from the famous essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Life is now. Power exists not in repose, but in that moment of transition from the past to a new state of being. This is the one fact that the world hates, that the soul becomes; for this knowledge forever degrades the past, turns all riches to poverty, all reputation to shame, and shoves the saint and sinner equally aside.

The soul requires self-reliance. Because self-reliance is power. And power is in nature the essential measure of life. We are in desperate need of greater self-reliance throughout our society: in our religions; in our schools and universities; in our work and ways of living; in our governments, and more. Remember to always follow your inner genius and never imitate.

Your own unique talents are something that you can offer others at every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation. But if you try to imitate the talents of another, you will only ever succeed by half. That which you can do best, none but your Maker can teach. And no person yet knows what your gifts are, nor can they, until you have shown them.

This adapted essay is included in our new hardcover book Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons. Learn more at: InspirationalLifeLessons.com.

Dec 06, 2016
How to Choose Your Friends Wisely (Friendship Factors)
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Listen to episode 114 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Choose Your Friends Wisely. Adapted from the book Friendship by Hugh Black.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Our choice of friends is one of the most serious affairs in life, because we become molded into the likeness of what we love in our friends. From a purely selfish standard, every fresh bond we form means giving a new hostage to fortune, and adding a new risk to our happiness.Apart from any moral hazard, every intimacy is a danger of another blow to the heart. But if we desire fullness of life, we cannot help ourselves.

We may make many a friendship that ends in hurt, but the isolated life is a greater danger still. Every relationship means risk, but we must take the risk; for while nearly all our sorrows come from our connection with others, nearly all our joys have the same source. We cannot help ourselves; for it is part of the great curriculum of life.

We need knowledge, and care, and forethought to enable us to make the best use of the necessities of our nature. And foremost of these in importance is our choice of friends. We may err on the one side by being too cautious, and too exclusive in our attachments. We may be supercilious, and disdainful in our estimate of others. Contempt always blinds the eyes. Every person is vulnerable somewhere, if only like Achilles in the heel. The true secret of insight is not contempt, but sympathy.

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Dec 01, 2016
The Majesty of Calmness - William George Jordan
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Listen to episode 113 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Majesty of Calmness. Adapted from a book of the same name by William George Jordan.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Hurry is the deathblow to calmness, to dignity, to poise. Hurry means the breakdown of the nerves. It is the royal road to perpetual worry. Everything that is great in life is the product of slow growth; the newer, and greater, and higher, and nobler the work, the slower is its growth, the surer is its lasting success.

Mushrooms attain their full power in a night; oaks require decades. A fad lives its life in a few weeks; a philosophy lives through generations and centuries. If you are sure you are right, do not let the voice of the world, or of friends, or of family swerve you for a moment from your purpose. Accept slow growth if it must be slow, and know the results must come, as you would accept the long, lonely hours of the night — with absolute assurance that the heavy-leaded moments must bring the morning.

Let us as individuals banish the word "Hurry" from our lives. Let us care for nothing so much that we would pay honor and self-respect as the price of hurrying it. Let us cultivate calmness, restfulness, poise, kindness — doing our best, bearing all things as bravely as we can; living our life undisturbed by the prosperity of the dishonest or the malice of the envious. Let us not be impatient, chafing at delay, fretting over failure, wearying over results, and weakening under opposition....

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Nov 29, 2016
Thoughts on Nature, Art, Beauty, Lifestyle & Interior Design
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Listen to episode 112 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Thoughts on Nature, Art, Beauty, Lifestyle & Interior Design. Adapted from Practical Ethics by William De Witt Hyde.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The love of nature, like all love, cannot be forced. It is not directly under the control of our will. We cannot set about it in deliberate fashion, like we set about earning a living. Still it can be cultivated. We can place ourselves in contact with Nature's more impressive aspects. We can go away by ourselves; stroll through the woods; watch the clouds; bask in the sunshine; brave the storm; listen to the notes of birds; find out the haunts of living creatures; learn the times and places in which to find the flowers, gaze upon the glowing sunset, and look up into the starry skies.

If we thus keep close to Nature, she will draw us to herself, and whisper to us more and more of her hidden meaning. The eye — it cannot choose but see; we cannot bid the year be still: our bodies feel, wherever they be: against or with our will. Nor less I deem that there are powers which of themselves our minds impress; that we can feed these minds of ours in a wise receptiveness.

The more we feel of the beauty and significance of Nature, the more we become capable of feeling. And this capacity to feel the influences which Nature is constantly throwing around us is an indispensable element in noble and elevated character.

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Nov 24, 2016
Personal Mission Statements | Designing Your Life
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Listen to episode 111 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Personal Mission Statements (Designing Your Life). Edited & adapted from The Aim of Life by Philip Stafford Moxom.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The definite trend of your life discovers your real aim; you cannot disguise it except transiently. It is not something outside of you, compelling you this way or that; it is you — the complex of your generic choices and volitions. I dwell on this because it is one of those trite yet tremendous truths which so many forget or ignore, and which has such vital consequences in the destiny of the soul.

Always you are moving somewhere, always you are becoming somewhat; and the direction which you are now taking, the character which you are now forming, the success or failure of your life, is unchangeably determined. The most critical moment in your experience is when you consciously and deliberately ask: "Where am I going; what am I becoming in thought and feeling and character?" Then (if ever) is the choice made, the purpose formed, which henceforth makes your life-story easy to read.

When we step upon the threshold of adulthood, we often ask questions, such as: “How can I best earn a living? What trade or profession shall I learn? What business shall I follow? How can I get an education? How can I make a fortune?" But deeper than all these is the one question that gives meaning to all the rest: “What am I living for? What shall be the supreme purpose and result of my life?"

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Nov 22, 2016
How to De-Hypnotize Yourself & Become Intellectualy Self-Reliant (Breaking Away From Groupthink)
15:55

Listen to episode 110 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to De-Hypnotize Yourself & Become Intellectually Self-Reliant. Edited & adapted from The Philosophy of Self-Help, An Application of Practical Psychology to Daily Life, by Stanton Davis Kirkham.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: While there has been much discussion regarding self-help via hypnosis, apparently no one has recognized the fact that we are all hypnotized, more or less, by the group-think of the world around us. As this is one of the factors which militates against our freedom, there is something to be said of the necessity for de-hypnotization.

The important question is not — can we be hypnotized or not; but being already in a state of hypnosis, how are we to be de-hypnotized and freed from the tyranny of false world-beliefs? Some are in a profound hypnotic sleep and their acts are purely automatic, their opinions wholly reflected. Others are merely in a drowsy state and are obedient only to the hypnosis of certain ideas from which they have never been free. This hypnosis, begun by their parents and by a corrupt education system, has been fostered ever since by the verbose nonsense of the news media and by the pressure of the group-think itself.

There is only one remedy for ignorance and that is enlightenment. But if you do not know you are in slavery, you will not seek freedom. The most hopeless class intellectually are the half-educated who think they are wise. And in this day of the mass distribution of cheap knowledge and half-truths, when everyone has a smattering of information, and people learn from the news media a thousand things which are not true, this class is growing rapidly.

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Nov 17, 2016
The Challenge of Being Kind (The Power of Kindness)
10:21

Listen to episode 109 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Challenge of Being Kind (The Power of Kindness). Edited and adapted from “The Secret of Success; or, Finger Posts on the Highway of Life,” by John Dale.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Who can estimate the influence of a kind act? It may affect an entire life, or save a soul. Someone once truly said, “Blessed are we when we give joy even, for we do not know where it will end." Who can tell how often the memory of a simple act of kindness will cheer and soften the heart for many years hence?

One of our primary duties while here on Earth is to cultivate a kindly spirit, and seek opportunities to do good and scatter blessings. Be kind to the young, for the trials of life are before them, and in their hours of struggle and discouragement, how much they will be cheered by the bright memories of past kindnesses.

Be kind to the middle-aged, who are carrying the burdens of life in the heat of the day, for sore is their need of the soothing influences that will lessen the friction of their ceaseless work and anxiety.

Above all, be kind to the aged — those who have struggled on amid the storms of life until they have grown weary, as they approach the haven of repose; let them feel that calm skies are above them, and the sunshine of kindly natures about them.

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Nov 15, 2016
Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu (Laozi) - Taoist Wisdom
19:08

Listen to episode 108 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Tao Te Ching. Edited and adapted from Dwight Goddard’s translation of the Lao Tzu’s classic book Tao Te Ching.

Spirituality Podcast Excerpt: The Tao has three treasures which it guards and cherishes. The first is called compassion; the second is called economy; the third is called humility. A person who is compassionate can 'be truly brave; a person who is economical can be truly generous; a person who is humble can become a useful servant.

If we discard compassion and are still brave, abandon economy and are still generous, forsake humility and still seek to be serviceable, our days are numbered. On the other hand, if we are truly compassionate, in battle we will be a conqueror and in defense we will be secure. When even Heaven helps people it is because of compassion that she does so.

My words are very easy to understand and very easy to put into practice, yet in all the world no one appears to understand them or to practice them. Words have an ancestor (a preceding idea), deeds have a master (a preceding purpose), and just as these are often not understood, so I am not understood.

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Nov 10, 2016
The Secrets of Staying Young & Beautiful While Aging
18:27

Listen to episode 107 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Secrets of Staying Young & Beautiful While Aging. Edited and adapted from “The Road to Seventy Years Young or The Unhabitual Way” by Emily Bishop.

Self-Development Podcast Excerpt: "Sow a thought, reap an act; Sow an act, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a destiny." Dreading decrepitude, infirmity, senility, we hasten their advance by this "thought-act-habit-destiny" process. William James says that it is the old fogyism element that tends to keep ideas unchanged. This old fogyism tendency, which according to his estimate begins to gain mastery over the majority of people by the time they are twenty-five years old, resents the new — the new fact, the new idea, the new methods — while genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving things in unhabitual, unexpected ways.

Unless we offer self-protective resistance to the neural tendencies of our beings, we shall become with the passing years tiresome repetitions of our former selves; each repetition being less vigorous, capable, and attractive than the previous one. Our bodies and our minds will become less buoyant and mobile, less capable of responding to new stimuli; we shall yield more and more to inertia. We shall become "set in our ways" — in a word, unquestionably, old.

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Nov 08, 2016
Is There Life After Death? | Swami Abhedananda
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Listen to episode 106 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Is There Life After Death? Edited and adapted from “Does the Soul Exist After Death?” by Swami Abhedananda.

Spiritual Podcast Excerpt: From ancient times there have been thinkers in India who denied the existence of the soul after the death of the body. They are known as Charvákas. They believe that the body is the soul, and that the soul does not exist outside of the body, and that when the body dies, the soul is also dead and gone. They believe in nothing that cannot be perceived by the senses.

The followers of such thinkers are spreading very rapidly, and their number is increasing every day. They are now known as atheists, materialists, etc. According to this class of thinkers, those who believe in the existence of the soul as separate from the body, or in a life after death, are ignorant and superstitious fools, while those who follow their ideas are clever and intelligent beings.

Most of them hold that there is no such thing as a soul. No argument can convince them or change their views, because they will not admit the existence of anything which lies beyond the reach of their senses, or which cannot be perceived by the limited powers of the senses.

They have written volumes after volumes against the existence of the soul, and have tried to stop such useless questions of the mind; but in spite of their efforts, have they succeeded in stopping that innate question, "What remains after death?" — which rises spontaneously in almost every human heart? No...

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Nov 03, 2016
An Untethered Philosophy of Life | Soul Wisdom
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Listen to episode 105 of the Inspirational Living podcast: An Untethered Philosophy of Life (Soul Wisdom). Edited and adapted from “The Message of New Thought” by Abel Allen.

New Thought Podcast Excerpt: The kind and quality of your thought determines the kind and quality of life. Thought is expressed in the personality and molds the outward circumstances of life. It is manifested in life’s results. We receive that which is our due; nothing more, nothing less. We pay the price; we do not get something for nothing. We take out of life only what we put in.

Only as we take to life a full soul, do we live a full life. If we carry into life an empty soul, our reward is a desolate and barren life. Life yields only what it receives. These truths should sink deep into your understanding, as they light the pathway that leads to the art of living.

It follows as a natural sequence that the violation of these laws brings its own swift and relentless punishment. If we break them, Nature sets up her impediments, we are frustrated in our efforts, we fail to reach the real in life. The converse is also true. If we keep them, Nature smiles her approval and we reach out toward the constructive and essential in life.

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Nov 01, 2016
New Success Mindset: The Psychology of Business & Life
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Listen to episode 104 of the Inspirational Living podcast: New Success Mindset: The Psychology of Business & Life. Edited and adapted from “The Power of Concentration” by William Walker Atkinson.

Success Podcast Excerpt: Everyone has two natures. One wants us to advance and the other wants to pull us back. The one that we cultivate and concentrate on decides what we are at the end. Both natures are trying to gain control. This will alone decide the issue. A person by one supreme effort of the will may change their whole career and almost accomplish miracles.

You may be that person. You can be, if you Will to be — for Will can find a way or make one. I could easily fill a book of cases where people who were plodding along in a matter-of-fact way, all at once were aroused and, as if awakening from a slumber, developed the possibilities within them, and from that time on were different persons.

You alone can decide when the turning point will come. It is a matter of choice whether we allow our higher self to control us, or whether we will be controlled by the brute within us. No one has to do anything that they do not want to do. You are therefore the director of your life, if you WILL to be.....

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Oct 27, 2016
Seeing God in Nature | Wild Love
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Listen to episode 103 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Seeing God in Nature: Wild Love. Edited and adapted from Thoughts are Things by Prentice Mulford.

Spirituality Podcast Excerpt: You are fortunate if you love trees, especially the wild ones growing where the Great Creative Force has placed them, independent of human care. For all things we call "wild" or "natural" are nearer the Infinite Mind — and being nearer the Infinite, they have in them the more perfect Infinite Force and Thought. That is why when you are in the midst of what is wild and natural (in the forest or mountains, where every trace of human works are left behind), you feel an indescribable exhilaration and freedom that you do not feel elsewhere.

You breathe the elements ever being thrown off by the trees, the rocks, the birds, and animals, and by every expression of the Infinite Mind about you. It is healthfully exhilarating. It is something more than air. It is the Infinite Mind, as expressed by all these natural things, which is acting on you. You cannot get this force in a city, nor even in a carefully cultivated garden — for there the plants and trees have too much of our lesser mind in them, the human mind which believes that it can improve the universe.

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Oct 25, 2016
The Greatest Life Lesson of The East | Vedanta Talks
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Listen to episode 102 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Greatest Life Lesson of the East (Vedanta Talks). Edited and adapted from a lecture by Swami Vivekananda.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: We must work, constantly work, with all our power — to put our whole mind in the work, whatever it be, that we are doing. At the same time, we must not be attached. That is to say, we must not be drawn away from the work by anything else. But still we must be able to quit the work whenever we like.

If we examine our own lives, we find that the greatest cause of sorrow is this: we take up something and put our whole energy on it — perhaps it is a failure, and yet we cannot give it up. We know that it is hurting us, that any further clinging to it is simply bringing misery on us. Still, we cannot tear ourselves away from it.

The bee came to sip the honey, but its feet stuck to the honey-pot and it could not get away. Again and again, we are finding ourselves in that state. That is the whole secret of existence. Why are we here? We came here to sip the honey, and we find our hands and feet sticking to it. We are caught, though we came to catch. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life. We are being worked upon by other minds, and we are always struggling to work on other minds....

Oct 20, 2016
Being Happy & Successful in Any Career: The Art of Work
17:18

Listen to episode 101 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Being Happy & Successful in Any Career. Edited and adapted from How to Get On by Bernard Feeney.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Suppose that you have already decided and entered on a career, profession, or calling of any kind, which for some reason you cannot give up, I advise you strongly, if you value your peace of mind and wish to save your life from failure, to seek out all possible reasons for loving that career and becoming attached to it. Drive away all craving for what may not be. Turn your mind from it, as from a deadly temptation.

Every beginning is hard. You will, no doubt, chafe and fume for a little at the thought that you are bound for life to something sickening and hateful. But we soon adapt ourselves to the inevitable, no matter how disagreeable it be. Habit reconciles us to it, and companionship after a time disposes us in its favor. There is good in everything, even in a career unwisely chosen. But this good has to be found out; it does not always present itself at first view.

A piece of quartz is a dull, heavy, unshapen lump of earth. Yet when people came to know its value, they dug deep into the earth, and cut their way through rocks, and endangered their lives to obtain it. So, too, with a career. It may be humble, ill-paid, and laborious; it may seem to have no future before it; it may be commonplace and unromantic, as the realities of life generally are. But it is, at least, honest and independent. It does us well to develop steadiness, love of duty, trustworthiness — all of which helps us to keep our homes bright and cheerful....

Oct 18, 2016
Nothing Happens By Chance | The Kybalion & Hermetism
17:56

Listen to episode 100 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Nothing Happens By Chance (The Kybalion & Hermetism). Edited and adapted from The Kybalion.

Philosophy Podcast Excerpt: Stop to think a moment. If a certain man had not met a certain lady, way back in the dim period of the Stone Age — you who are now reading these lines would not now be here. And if, perhaps, the same couple had failed to meet, we who now write these lines would not now be here.

And the very act of writing, on our part, and the act of reading, on yours, will affect not only the respective lives of yourself and ourselves, but will also have a direct, or indirect, affect upon many other people now living and who will live in the ages to come. Every thought we think, every act we perform, has its direct and indirect results which fit into the great chain of Cause and Effect.

I don’t not wish to enter into a discussion of Free-Will, or Determinism, in today’s talk, for various reasons — the principal one being that neither side of the controversy is entirely right — in fact, both sides are partially right, according to ancient Hermetic philosophy....

Oct 13, 2016
Inspirational Quotes | The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
18:12

Listen to episode 99 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Inspirational Quotes & Meditations On Life. Edited and adapted from The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: What can shake your belief in the goodness of humankind? The cruelty of others? Remember that we have come here for each other, and that people act out of ignorance. Have mercy on them. Have faith. Everything happens within a larger Order. You will find this to be true if you watch the world carefully.

Don’t look at things the way wrong-doers do. Don’t look at things as wrong-doers want you too, either. Instead, strive to see things in truth, as they really are.

Never value the things that will force you to lie, lose self-respect, hate, or deceive. Whoever values peace of mind and the health of the soul will live the best of all possible lives. Oh, how peaceful it is to stop looking at what our neighbors say and do and think, and simply strive to bring our own lives into alignment with truth and kindness.

Let us live simply and modestly – and if anyone says that we do not live a simple, modest life, let us not be angry with them, nor change our direction. If we hold to our ideals, we will move through life with purity and peace of mind.

Oct 11, 2016
The Psychology of Business: For Entrepreneurs & Startups
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Listen to episode 98 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Psychology of Business: Success for Entrepreneurs & Startups. Edited and adapted from The Mental Highway by Thomas Parker Boyd.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: It does not matter whether you are selling the products of your own hands and imagination, or those of others, or whether you are selling knowledge and expertise, your business must eventually be an expression of you — for you are really selling yourself when you are selling your goods or service. You must believe in your business as you believe in yourself.

Your business will flow through certain channels. It will follow the plan you have laid out, much as a house follows its foundation and plan. Having made your plan, you then turn to the materials, and all the materials in the psychology of business are within yourself. Success, when you achieve it, is your own — whether it comes in the form of position, honor, power, happiness, or money.

To succeed, you must be able to inspire others to help you by cooperating with you and by purchasing from you. In its final analysis, all success comes to us through others. This is the key. People band together, not only for protection, but for cooperation. You must realize that they must be motivated and inspired in their desire to cooperate with you and further your success.
Oct 06, 2016
The Inspirational Book of Business | Success Principles
17:03

Listen to episode 97 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Inspirational Book of Business (Success Principles). Edited and adapted from The Book of Business by Elbert Hubbard.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The Spirit of the Times — the Zeitgeist, to borrow a word from our German friends — is a constantly progressing entity. The present Spirit of the Times is of a kind unequaled in history. We have thousands upon thousands of men and women who are thinking great and noble thoughts and doing great and splendid work. Increasing numbers of entrepreneurs regard themselves as public servants.

Our Zeitgeist is sensitive, restless, alert, impressionable, progressive, and is making for a better future. The entrepreneur who can imagine a better future than now exists is able to throw their vision on computer screens around the world, and the individual who can formulate a better government than we now have is not hanged for their pains, but is allowed to express their dreams.

Public opinion rules. No law that is contrary to the Zeitgeist can be enforced. Judges construe, translate, and interpret the laws to suit the Spirit of the Times. Every person who speaks out loud and clear is impacting the Zeitgeist. Every person who expresses what they honestly think is true is changing the Spirit of the Time.

Oct 04, 2016
Dare to Love | How to Follow the Path of Love
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Listen to episode 96 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Dare to Love (How to Follow the Path of Love). Edited and adapted from Love’s Way by Orison Swett Marden.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt
: Try love's way, it holds the great secret of happiness. Life without love is valueless. I once read a story of a sunbeam that had heard there were places on the earth so horrible, so dark, dismal and gloomy that it was impossible to describe them. The sunbeam resolved to find these places, and started on its journey with lightning speed.

It visited the caverns of the earth. It glided into sunless homes, into dark alleys, into underground cellars; it wandered everywhere in its quest to see what the darkness was like, but the sunbeam never found the darkness because wherever it went it carried its own light with it. Every spot it visited, no matter how dark and dismal before its entry, was brightened and cheered by its presence.

The sun is a beautiful symbol of love. It sends its cheering, life-giving ray into the wretched hovel, into the prison cell, as impartially as into the palace. It gives itself as generously, as joyously, to the worst criminal, to the poorest soul who walks the earth, as to the monarch on their throne....

Sep 29, 2016
The Ideal Made Real | The Transformation Mindset
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Listen to episode 95 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Ideal Made Real: The Transformation Mindset. Edited and adapted from The Ideal Made Real by Christian D. Larson.

New Thought Podcast Excerpt: To understand the scientific relationship that exists between the real and the ideal, the mind must have both the power of interior insight and the power of scientific analysis, as well as the power of practical application; but we do not find, as a rule, the prophet and the scientist in the same mind.

The person who has visions and the person who can do things do not usually dwell in the same personality; nevertheless, this is necessary. And every person can develop both the prophet and the scientist in themselves. They can develop the power to see the ideal and also the power to make the ideal real.

The large mind, the broad mind, the deep mind, the lofty mind, the properly developed mind can see both the outer and the inner side of things. Such a mind can see the ideal on high, and at the same time understand how to make real, tangible, and practical what he has seen....

Sep 27, 2016
How to Be Self-Confident | Overcoming the Confidence Gap
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Listen to episode 94 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Be Self-Confident (Overcoming the Confidence Gap). Edited and adapted from Psychology & Higher Life by William McKeever, published in 1905.

Self-Development Podcast Excerpt: The self-confident person, of necessity, believes in other people. Old as I am, it stirs me up to put forth greater effort to have people believe in me. The ordinary little child will do their utmost to come up to the standard fixed for them by the expressed opinions of their elders.

The self-reliant person, therefore, is a benefactor of his or her associates. It is such an easy matter to drift down to the level of a gossip, and later to that of a defamer of character, and finally to that of the chronic misanthrope. If one goes about looking for the meanness in other people's character, you can surely find it. But so can you find the good — more of it than you can enumerate in a lifetime.

Happy indeed is the individual who has formed the habit of looking for the good. And so in every clime, we find the stalwart, self-reliant character, who, in the language of the statesman might say: "Master of human destinies am I: Fame, love, and fortune on my footsteps wait."

Another of the great promoters of self-confidence, as well as of long life and happiness, is love. Everyone should by all means fall in love with something or somebody, or, better yet, with everybody...

Sep 22, 2016
How to Be Successful & Influence Others to Succeed
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Listen to episode 93 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Be Successful & Influence Others to Succeed. Edited and adapted from The Majesty of Calmness by William George Jordan.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: In every moment of life, we are changing to a degree the life of the whole world. Every person has an atmosphere which is affecting every other. So silent and unconsciously is this influence working, that we may forget that it exists. All the forces of Nature — heat, light, electricity, and gravitation — are silent and invisible. We never see them; we only know that they exist by seeing the effects they produce.

In all Nature, the wonders of the "seen" are dwarfed into insignificance, when compared with the majesty and glory of the "unseen". In a thousand ways, Nature constantly seeks to lead us to a keener and deeper realization of the power and the wonder of the invisible. Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or for evil — the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of our lives. This is simply the constant radiation of what we really are, not what we pretend to be.

Every individual, by their mere living, is radiating sympathy, or sorrow, or morbidness, or cynicism, or happiness, or hope, or any of a hundred other qualities. Life is a state of constant radiation and absorption; to exist is to radiate; to exist is to be the recipient of radiations. There are men and women whose presence seems to radiate sunshine, cheer, and optimism. You feel calmed and rested and restored to a new and stronger faith in humanity.

Sep 20, 2016
Mental & Physical Fitness: Get Fit, Motivated & Inspired
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Listen to episode 92 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Mental & Physical Fitness: Get Fit, Motivated & Inspired. Edited and adapted from Assuming Responsibilities by Douglas Fairbanks.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The person who rises in the morning from a healthy slumber and plunges into the bath after some vigorous exercise is prepared to undertake anything. Their world seems fair, and though the sun may not be shining literally, it is to all intents and purposes. Thus, they go swinging along with a cheery smile, carrying the message of hope and joy to all those with whom they come in contact.

Of course, mental fitness is equally important to physical fitness. And the character of a man and woman expresses itself by the books they read. Every well-informed person since the invention of the printing press has been a close reader of a few books that stand out from among the many. We read of Lincoln devouring the few books he had over and over again and studying from cover to cover and word for word the Webster's dictionary of his day.

As the poet Robert Heath once wrote, "A few good books, digested well, do feed the mind." Feed the mind! That's the idea — but how shall we feed it? The answer is easy — with something worthwhile — something that will inform and inspire. We can cram our minds to the point of indigestion with useless, frivolous information, just as easily as we may cram our stomachs with certain foods that tear down rather than build up.

Sep 14, 2016
The Road to Character Building & The Law of Reciprocity
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Listen to episode 91 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Road to Character Building & The Law of Reciprocity. Edited and adapted from The Rhythm of Life by Charles Brodie Patterson.

Podcast Excerpt: Everything in life depends upon the great law of reciprocity, of giving and receiving. We give of our possessions, and through doing this enter into larger possessions. Nature exacts of us no indiscriminate giving, but a wise, orderly, benevolent giving that considers both the object and the end of the giving.

There is a wise way of doing everything, and if that way is known and followed, we get the best results. The body is strengthened and renewed when the mind chooses exercise of a normal, natural kind to strengthen alike all parts of the body. In this way, the health of the body is being worked out, and it is being saved from weakness, pain, or disease.

That which holds good as regards the body, holds good in a larger way concerning the mind. The weak or negative minded person need never hope to develop a strong, vigorous mind, as long as they continue to allow their mind to dwell upon the negative things of life.

If we would bring strength out of our weaknesses, it must come from a continuous effort toward clear, concise, positive thinking. Strength of mind can only come through a concentrated use of the mind. Mental work is as necessary for the strengthening of the mind as physical work is for the body.

Sep 13, 2016
The Art of Being a Gentleman & Lady (Style & Charm)
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Listen to episode 90 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Be a Gentleman & Lady. Edited and adapted from The Man Who Pleases and The Woman Who Fascinates by John Albert Cone.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: It is almost the definition of a gentleman and lady to say that they are ones who never inflict pain. They carefully avoid whatever may cause a jar or a jolt in the minds of those with whom they are with, keeping an eye on the sensibilities of all their company. They are tender toward the bashful, gentle toward the distant, and merciful toward the absurd. They avoid unreasonable allusions on topics which may irritate; they are seldom prominent in conversation, and never wearisome.

Another delightful trait of the true lady and gentleman is that they make light of favors when they bestow them, and seem to be receiving when they are conferring. They never speak of themselves except when compelled, never defend themselves by a mere retort. They have no ears for slander or gossip; are scrupulous in imputing motives to those who interfere with them, and interprets everything for the best.

They are never mean or small in their disputes, never insinuate evil which they dare not say out loud. They have too much good sense to be affronted by insults, and are too busy with enjoying life to remember injuries. They may be right or wrong in their opinions, but they are too clear-headed to be unjust.

Sep 01, 2016
Inspirational Life Lessons For Adults (Young & Old)
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Listen to episode 89 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Inspirational Life Lessons for Adults (Young & Old). Edited and adapted from Our Sunday Talks by James J. Owen.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: The materialist may balk at talk of the soul — for they view the physical world as the all in all of the universe. They see reality only in those coarser forms of matter that appeal to the physical senses. In fact, they deny the existence of any and everything that their senses cannot grasp, forgetting that there may be keener senses than those of their own organism.

We use the term "coarser forms of matter" because to the undeveloped mind, those are the only forms that make an impact upon the senses. But science is constantly unfolding new and imponderable forms of which the senses take no note. Traversing the field of matter, it enters a new and unexplored domain which seemingly lies outside the boundaries of matter. And here in a maze of subtle forces and forms, the unfolded mind is lost in wonder and reverence.

We should therefore be modest in our denial or rejection of what we do not know to be true. Comparatively speaking, there is very little that we can know of anything save the simplest rudiments. Whoever dogmatically asserts that a thing is NOT so, because they do not KNOW it to be so, simply advertises their ignorance to the world — and that goes for scientists as well as religious preachers.

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Aug 30, 2016
Simple Life Habits & The Book of Joy
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Listen to episode 88 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Simple Life Habits & Cultivating Joy. Edited and adapted from The Simple Life by Charles Wagner.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Wherever life is simple and sane, true pleasure accompanies it as fragrance does uncultivated flowers. Even when this life hard, hampered, devoid of all things ordinarily considered as the very conditions of pleasure, the rare and delicate plant, joy, flourishes there. It springs up between the flags of the pavement, on an arid wall, in the fissure of a rock. We ask ourselves how it comes, and whence: but it lives.

No one seems to doubt the immense human interest attached to joy. It is a sacred flame that must be fed, and it throws a splendid radiance over life. The individual who takes pains to foster it accomplishes a work as profitable for humanity as those who build bridges, pierce tunnels, invent technology, or cultivate the ground. To order one’s life so as to keep (amid toils and suffering) the faculty of happiness, and be able to propagate it in a sort of salutary contagion among one’s fellow citizens, is to do a work of fraternity in the noblest sense.

To give a simple pleasure, smooth an anxious brow, bring a little light into dark paths, is truly a divine office in the midst of this poor humanity. But it is only in great simplicity of heart that one succeeds in fulfilling it.

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Aug 25, 2016
The Importance of Poetry, Wanderlust & Nature
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Listen to episode 87 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Importance of Poetry, Wanderlust & Nature. Edited and adapted from Life's Enthusiasms by David Starr Jordan, founding president of Stanford University.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: It may be true that those who wander widest, lift no more of beauty's jealous veils than those who from their doorway see the miracle of flowers and trees. However, it is also true that the experiences of the traveler cover a wider range and fill their mind with a larger and more varied store of remembered delights.

The very names of beloved regions call up each one its own picture. The South Seas: to have wandered among their green isles is to have seen a new world, a new heaven and a new earth. The white reef with its whiter rim of plunging surf, the swaying palms, the flashing waterfall, the joyous people, and above all the volcanic mountains, green fringed with huge trees, with tree ferns and palms, the whole tied together into an impenetrable jungle.

The Sierra Nevada, sweeping in majestic waves of stone, alive with color and steeped in sunshine. Switzerland, India, Norway, Alaska, Japan, Venice, the Caribbean Islands. Even now as I write, they rise before me an endless series of pictures, magnificent in effect, in form and color.

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Aug 23, 2016
How to Meditate & Visualize (Entering the Silence)
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Listen to episode 86 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Meditate & Visualize. Edited and adapted from The Key to Health, Wealth & Love by Julia Seton.

Self-Help Podcast Transcript: At some time or another in our lives, we all come to a place where two or more paths open up for us, and we stand at the cross-roads undecided which way to go. There is no friend near to whom we can seek advice. It is here, that the person who has developed the power of meditation (of inner communion), can rest awhile and find within themselves the solution to all difficulties.

This inner adviser has been called "The still small voice,” "Our Higher Self,” and many other symbolical terms which have served their purpose to awaken the mind to the existence of an inner consciousness. But whatever we name it, it is that guidance we gain when we can control our objective senses and link our mind with the Universal storehouse of knowledge.

This Infinite source is the place where all may, if they will, become at one with such knowledge and wisdom as can only be dimly glimpsed in the terms of human language. Here is the source of all wisdom ever sung, written, or spoken by the world's sages of all time, and there is no deeper source. Higher than this no mind can go.


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Aug 18, 2016
Modern Manners & The Power of Courtesy (Etiquette)
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Listen to episode 85 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Modern Manners & The Power of Courtesy (Etiquette). Edited and adapted from How to be Happy Though Civil by E.J. Hardy.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The two chief rules for manners are, first: think of others; and second: do not think of yourself. And these cannot be carried out without sympathy. We must be able to go out of ourselves and realize the feelings and circumstances of another if we would confer pleasure and avoid inflicting pain.

It is want of sympathy which constitutes the hard individual---the one who (without committing anything that might be called a fault) rides roughly over the most sensitive feelings of your nature. Good manners is the art of putting our associates at ease. Whoever makes the fewest persons uncomfortable is the best-mannered person in a room, and also the most tactful.

Most of us have a notion of what tact is, but it is difficult to define it. The word is derived from the Latin for "to touch.” Tact is the (quote) “touch faculty of body and soul.” It enables its possessor to get into touch with people and to gain an influence over them. Tact, or savoir faire, is a tenth muse, more inspiring than any of the nine. As an insidious gentle sunshine makes us take off our great-coat sooner than a blustering north wind, so tact is more efficacious than other forces which seem to be stronger.


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Aug 16, 2016
How to Look Younger | Anti-Aging Tips to Stop the Clock
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Listen to episode 84 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Look Younger (Anti-Aging Tips to Stop the Clock). Edited and adapted from Turn Back the Years by Harry J. Gardener.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: We see a thousand advertisements heralding the joy of youth. We see the millions of people the world over doing everything they can to achieve youth, to maintain it, or merely to hold the youth they already possess. But because this world is a place of quick reaction and rapid motion, most of us overlook the most essential elements of remaining young. We pass them by hurriedly in our rush to the nearest and more obvious methods of relief.

Youth is not a quality that can be purchased with cosmetics or at the corner drug store. Youth cannot be had for love or for money. If most human beings only knew it, the actual price of youth is the lowest of any "bargain" in all the markets of the world. The purchase price is merely self- analysis and self-change. Why then, one asks, is youth so often missed, so often hungrily yearned for, when it can be so easily obtained?

Well, the fault lies in the state of mind of this age — the hurry, the pell-mell rush for success and a thousand other goals. The purpose of today’s talk is therefore to make you stop and think. For intelligent, concentrated thought, and consideration of one's self are the finest helps obtainable.


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Aug 11, 2016
Karma Yoga & The Goal of Life | Swami Vivekananda
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Listen to episode 83 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Karma Yoga & The Goal of Life. Edited and adapted from a lecture by Swami Vivekananda.

Spirituality Podcast Excerpt: The word Karma is derived from the Sanskrit "Kri”, meaning to do. Everything that is done is Karma. Technically, the word Karma also means the effects of actions. In connection with metaphysics, it sometimes means the effects of which our past actions were the causes. But in Karma Yoga, the word ''Karma" simply means work.

The goal of all human-kind is knowledge. That is the one ideal placed before us by Eastern philosophy. Pleasure is not the ultimate goal, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness come to an end. The cause of all the miseries we have in the world is that we foolishly think pleasure to be the ideal — but after a time, we find that it is not happiness but knowledge towards where we are going, and that both pleasure and pain are great teachers, that we learn as much from evil as from good.

As pleasure and pain pass before our soul, they leave upon it different pictures, and the result of these combined impressions is what is called our ''character." If you study the character of any person, what is it really but the tendencies, the sum total of the bent of his or her mind?

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Aug 09, 2016
Success on the Job: Pathfinder to Being the Best You Can Be
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Listen to episode 82 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Success on the Job: Pathfinder to Being the Best You Can Be. Edited and adapted from Up and Doing by C. P. McDonald.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Try enthusiasm on your job. It is the greatest of all pre-requisites of Success. It leads to better things — to the coveted, attainable prizes we strive for. It is enthusiasm that makes us win — achieve — advance — become doers — take the initiative — the bold play. It makes the gray day a good day — the dull day a happy day. It points the way to opportunity — of fresh, new inspiration.

Enthusiasm makes the present beginner a future winner. It forces us to move from a groove — to take heart and start all over. It gives us the soul to win the goal — the chance to play the leading role. Those who walk hand-in-hand with enthusiasm, land with enthusiasm on the top rung with the victors. Without enthusiasm, we simply fill in — hold down a job momentarily and then — oblivion.

Enthusiasm makes the shirker a worker — a performer of big things — an accomplisher of deeds. It makes for efficiency — and gives a fund of good fortune which the failure mistakes for luck....

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Aug 04, 2016
How to Sleep Well - Getting a Good Night's Sleep
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Listen to episode 81 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Sleep Well. Edited and adapted from Peace, Power, and Plenty by Orison Swett Marden.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Never allow yourself, under any circumstances, to retire in a discouraged, despondent, gloomy mood, or in a fit of temper. Never lie down with a frown on your brow; with a perplexed, troubled expression on your face. Smooth out the wrinkles; drive away grudges, jealousies, all the enemies of your peace of mind.

Let nothing tempt you to go to sleep with an unkind, critical, jealous thought toward another person. It is bad enough to feel unkindly toward others when under severe provocation, or when in a hot temper, but you cannot afford to deliberately continue this state of mind after the provocation has stopped and thus spoil your sleep. You cannot afford the wear and tear. It takes too much out of you. Life is too short, time too precious to spend any part of it in unprofitable, health-wrecking, soul-racking thoughts.

Be at peace with all the world at least once in every twenty-four hours. You cannot afford to allow the enemies of your happiness to etch their miserable images deeper and deeper into your character as you sleep. Erase them all. Start every night with a clean slate...


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Aug 02, 2016
Do Your Best & Love Much (The Power of Love)
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Listen to episode 80 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Do Your Best & Love Much. Edited and adapted from The Pathway of Roses by Christian D. Larson.

Spiritual Podcast Excerpt: We have looked far and wide for the remedies to our problems, but in our search we have overlooked one of the greatest of all; and that is love. Not the love of the person; not mere sentiment or emotion, but that strong, spiritual feeling that makes every atom in your being thrill with the purest sympathy and the highest kindness; and that makes you feel that every creature in existence deserves your most tender care and attention.

When everything goes wrong with us, we blame fate, environment, or the world. We forget that the world does to us what we have done to the world. When we blame the world for everything, the world will so act that it is to blame; but when we love the entire world with our whole heart, the world will change toward us accordingly and be kind.

When you do not succeed, when no one seems to care for your service, or for your talents, there are two things to do: do your best and love much.
Jul 28, 2016
The Healthy Benefits of Aging | Aging Well with Grace
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Listen to episode 79 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Healthy Benefits of Aging (Aging Well with Grace). Edited and adapted from Essays of an Optimist by John William Kaye.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: One of the great advantages of age is that we are not wont to disturb ourselves by doing things that we do not like, simply for the look of the thing. There is absolute misery in pretentiousness of all kinds, and youth is infinitely more pretentious than age. There are some people who never outlive their vanity; but, as a general rule, it may be maintained that the longer we live, the less we care what others think of us, and the less we strive after effect.

We learn, in time, how little we can ever know, and how ridiculous we make ourselves by pretending to know everything. When we have learned to say, "I am as ignorant as a child on this or that subject" or, "as powerless as a baby to do this or that thing," we have mastered one of the great difficulties of life; we have entered upon a new stage of our career....

Jul 26, 2016
Awaken the Sleeping Giant | The Power Within
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Listen to episode 78 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Awaken the Sleeping Giant (The Power Within). Edited and adapted from New Thought Healing Made Plain by Kate Atkinson Boehme.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The human being has always had many hitherto undiscovered powers, the horizon of the Impossible continually receding as we advance upon it. Let your limit line of belief, separating the possible from the impossible, be to you like the horizon line, which is really no line at all. It is merely where your sight stops, and depends upon the point where you stand. Advance and your horizon moves with you, showing a beyond not before visible.

Someone else may tell you that your ideals are impossible to realize. This I also deny, for I know beyond all doubt that nothing is impossible that your mind can fashion or your heart long for. The impossible is only that which you fail to reach by stopping at the fatigue point because your mind is weary of waiting and hoping, and stops short of the ''Second Wind."

Simply to know that higher levels of energy exist and can be tapped will stimulate you to go on and tap them. That has been my experience, and from what I know of universal human characteristics, I judge it will be your experience also....

Jul 21, 2016
The Bright Side of Life | Guide for a Rational Optimist
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Listen to episode 77 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Bright Side of Life (Guide for a Rational Optimist). Edited and adapted from Character Building by Booker T. Washington.

Educational Podcast Excerpt: If you want to be happy, if you want to live a contented life, if you want to live a life of genuine pleasure, do something for somebody else. When you feel unhappy, disagreeable, and miserable, go to someone else who is miserable and do that person an act of kindness, and you will find that you will be made happy. The miserable persons in this world are the ones whose hearts are narrow and hard; the happy ones are those who have great big hearts. Such persons are always happy.

Now, this is not to say, you won’t have difficulties, nor face obstacles and discouragement. You most certainly will. But I would suggest to you that such difficulties, as an element in life, are for a purpose. I do not believe that anything, any element of your lives, is put there without a purpose. I believe that every effort that we are obliged to make to overcome obstacles gives us strength, and also a confidence in ourselves that nothing else can give us.

Jul 19, 2016
How to Become a Well Rounded Person (Optimal Living)
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Listen to episode 76 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Be a Well Rounded Person. Edited and adapted from Essays on Work and Culture by Hamilton Wright Mabie.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Wherever you may find your place and whatever work may come to your hand, you must always be aware of the larger movement of life which encloses your special task. You must have the consciousness of that central power from which all activities are inadequate manifestations.

You must remain open to the whole range of human interests, and never escape the conviction that life is a unity under all its complexities; that all activities stand vitally related to each other; that truth, beauty, knowledge, and character must be harmonized and blended in every real and adequate development of the human spirit. To the growth of every flower, the earth, sun, and atmosphere must contribute. In the making of an individual, all the rich forces of nature and civilization must have place....
Jul 14, 2016
What is Your Ambition? (Finding Your Life's Purpose)
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Listen to episode 75 of the Inspirational Living podcast: What is Your Ambition? (Finding Your Life's Purpose). Edited and adapted from Personal Efficiency by James Samuel Knox.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: The individual of definite purpose is the person of conquering spirit. They are the leaders and the molders of our environment. They set the pace for others and point the way. They know which way they are traveling, and why they are traveling, because they have a vision. They can see the end from the beginning, because they have created it in their imagination.

Show me a young person who has set their definite mark, who has driven their imaginary stake, who has created within their imagination the position they propose to fill twenty years hence, and I shall show you someone who will work out in real life the pictures they first created in their imagination.

But set no mark, dream no dream, build no air castles, have no definite aim, no vision of a larger self and a larger life, and you will be eternally doomed to drift and fail. You cannot avoid it. It is the law of life....

Jul 12, 2016
Creating Harmony and Success - Healthy Living
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Listen to episode 74 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Creating Harmony and Success. Edited and adapted from Success Through Thought Habit by Benjamin Johnson.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: "Secure Harmony First" is the best advice---for where Harmony exists, there can be no nervous tension, sorrow, bitterness, recrimination, resentment, unhappiness, envy, or anger. Instead there will be exemplified peace of mind, health of body, a contented spirit, freedom from want and abundance for all desires.

The very word "Harmony" is in itself a marvelous combination of sounds. There is something strangely soothing about it, a hidden meaning that implies far more than the accepted definition of being in accord with things. It seems to hint at latent power. And just as any observer notes that harmonious sounds will control, influence, and uplift an audience, so a truly harmonious personality influences everyone for good and leaves a memory full of inspiration.

John Ruskin once said, "Hundreds can talk to one who can think; thousands can think to one who can see", and so with Harmony, hundreds can talk of it, thousands can think of it, but only one in a thousand will really see and thoroughly experience it...
Jul 06, 2016
How to Improve Your Personality | Me Plus You
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Listen to episode 73 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Improve Your Personality (Me Plus You). Edited and adapted from Laugh and Live by Douglas Fairbanks.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: Nothing brings a greater self-reward than a service done in an hour of need, or a favor granted during a day's grind. The generous person who climbs to the top of the ladder helps many others on their way. The more we do for someone else, the more we do for ourselves. The stronger we become—the greater our influence in our communities.

Doing things for others may not bring in bankable dividends but it does bring in happiness. Such actions scorn a monetary reward. We have only to try this out to learn the truth for ourselves. A good place to begin is at home--then, the office, or wherever life leads us. In doing these things we will laugh as we go along—we will laugh and get the most out of living.

Our little day-by-day kindnesses when added together constitute, in time, a huge asset on the right side of our ledger of life. We should start the day with something that helps another person get through THEIR day ... even if it isn't anything more than a smile and a wave of the hand. They will remember us for it....

Jul 05, 2016
The Science of Eternal Life | Nature's Immortality
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Listen to episode 72 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Science of Eternal Life. Edited and adapted from The Philosophy of Long Life by Jean Finot.

Educational Podcast Excerpt: Grizzly bears, when they wake after their hibernation, at once destroy their stored up provisions. Without destruction there is no vital creation. Without death there is no life. Organic creation, Life, is unimaginable without the physico-chemical phenomena of destruction. Always and everywhere death and life succeed each other, and mingle in a mysterious embrace.

There are as many of the principles of life in death as principles of death in life. We might express their curious intimacy by a formula of the precision of a chemical combination: Life-Death applying to life, and Death-Life summing up the essence of death. The principle of life seems so deeply rooted in organized bodies that it ends up triumphant, in spite of all the obstacles which spring up in its path.

There is no death in nature. Its youth is eternal, like its activity and its fertility. Death is an idea relating to perishable beings, to these fugitive forms upon which the beam of life shines successively, and it is these uninterrupted trans- formations which constitute the order and the matter of the universe....

Jun 30, 2016
Discipline Your Mind with The Power of Self-Discipline
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Listen to episode 71 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Discipline Your Mind with The Power of Self-Discipline. Edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Will Power by Clare Tree Major.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Self-control is emotional control. Like all forces inherent in human nature, the emotional forces work equally thoroughly in either direction, as builders or as destroyers. You are, whether you like it or not, dealing with forces, with laws, with energy, which must expend themselves, must carry out their predestined mission — forces as blind and as inevitable as the forces of electricity or the laws of gravitation.

You must either be hurled to destruction by them, or you must control and use them. You cannot escape them. They are part of your nature. The more vital and intense your nature, the greater your possibilities of power. The fact that you are awake enough to be interested in self-development is sufficient proof of your own possibility of superseding in development the masses which make up the great average class of humanity.

Make your great emotional forces serve you. The secret of happiness is bound up in their control. The first emotion to present itself to your mind in self- examination is often Anger. Anger is almost invariably the outgrowth of Fear, fear of injury to one's self or to someone or something belonging to you. It is grounded largely on Irritation....

Jun 28, 2016
The Keys to Success & Motivation | B.C. Forbe's Manifesto
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Listen to episode 70 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Keys to Success & Motivation | B.C. Forbe's Manifesto. Edited and adapted from The Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Nobody can hand you a ready-made key to open the door of success. You must fashion your own key and find the combination of the lock for yourself. No magician can waft you to the heights of fortune and fame. You cannot fly there on the wings of an airplane.

The road, often rocky, has to be traversed on foot. You, and you alone, can supply the motive power. You, and you alone, must put forth the necessary exertion. No one can remove from your shoulders the burden of the effort. You must do your own climbing. Nor are there any mystic short-cuts. The full distance must be honestly, even painstakingly traveled.

While there are no escalators to the hilltop of success, and while every man and woman must do his and her own climbing, yet there is a right road to travel, and it all depends on you....

Jun 24, 2016
The Optimist's Guide to Living the Philosophy of Optimism
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Listen to episode 69 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Optimist's Guide to Living the Philosophy of Optimism. Edited and adapted from Helen Keller’s essay on optimism.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Although there are still great evils which have not been subdued (and the optimist is not blind to them), we are yet full of hope. Despondency has no place in our creed, for we believe in the imperishable dignity of every man and every woman.

History records humanity’s ascent. Each halt in our progress has been but a pause before a mighty leap forward. Our present time is not out of joint. If indeed some of the temples we worshiped in have fallen, we will build new ones on the sacred sites, loftier and wiser than those which have crumbled.

If we are losing some of the heroic physical qualities of our ancestors, we shall replace them with a spiritual nobleness that turns aside wrath and binds up the wounds of the vanquished. All the past attainments of humankind are ours; and what’s more, their day-dreams have become our clear realities. Therein lies our hope and sure faith....

Jun 22, 2016
The Secret Power of Imagination - Personal Transformation
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Listen to episode 68 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Secret Power of Imagination. Edited and adapted from The Power of Awareness by Neville Goddard.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: Your consciousness is all that you think and desire and love, all that you believe is true and consent to. That is why a change of consciousness is necessary before you can change your outer world. Rain falls as a result of a change in the temperature in the higher regions of the atmosphere. So, in like manner, a change of circumstance happens as a result of a change in your state of consciousness.

To be transformed, the whole basis of your thoughts must change. But your thoughts cannot change unless you have new ideas, for you think from your ideas. All transformation begins with an intense, burning desire to be transformed. The first step in the “renewing of the mind” is desire. You must want to be different (and intend to be different) before you can begin to change yourself.....

Jun 16, 2016
The Man in the Arena - Theodore Roosevelt (Motivational Speeches)
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Listen to episode 67 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Leadership, Character & Democracy. Edited and adapted from a speech by Teddy Roosevelt.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points out how the strong person has stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the men and women who are actually in the arena, whose faces are marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strive valiantly; who err; who come short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming.

These are the brave souls who actually strive to DO the deeds; who know great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best knows the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if they fail, at least fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Jun 14, 2016
The Way of Wonder - Classic Self-Help Inspiration
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Listen to episode 66 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Way of Wonder. Edited and adapted from a classic book of essays by Stephen Paget.

Educational Podcast Excerpt: This much I remember of Aristotle, that he calls Wonder the beginning of the love of Wisdom. To have a right judgment of our surroundings, we must wonder at them, and be surprised that they and we are met together. So long as we exercise this quickening sense of wonder, there is hope for us, and some justification of our presence here on earth---because we all are on the road that leads toward wisdom. And they alone are incorrigible fools to whom Nature comes natural.

Once we have fallen into the bad habit of taking for granted what Nature gives us, and have ceased to be amazed, it may be fairly said that in the midst of life we are in death. For one might as well be dead as alive, to look with dull eyes at the world, not finding it wonderful....

Jun 09, 2016
How to Stop Worrying | Start Living Anxiety Free
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Listen to episode 65 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Stop Worrying (Start Living Anxiety Free). Edited and adapted from: Your Right to Be Happy by Frank & Marion Van Eps.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: You might be ready to embark on a new enterprise, but your imagination conjures up all sorts of obstacles and difficulties, and you are afraid to begin, lest you fail. But this is, actually, just where the turn of success is made. Daniel Webster, when he first started in his career as a lawyer, felt as if he were utterly incompetent and could never succeed. But he persevered and did not run away or give up, and he eventually became one of the most famous American statesmen of the 19th century. Had he yielded to that feeling of fear, he would never have amounted to anything; but having overcome that, all things were set in his favor.

On the eve of any great achievement, it is not unusual to feel the most like a failure or that your goals are unreachable. It is this point of apparent collapse that is so important in everyone’s career. Just when failure and disaster seem unavoidable is the time to push right on through and disregard appearances. More will power and determination put forth at that time will turn the tide, and glorious results are certain.

Related Self-Help Podcasts:

Overcoming Fear & Anxiety

How to Stay Calm & Motivated

Jun 07, 2016
Persuasion, Influence & Reason (Science of the Mind)
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Listen to episode 64 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Persuasion, Influence & Reason (Science of the Mind). Adapted from a classic book by the same title by William Macpherson.

Educational Podcast Excerpt: Humanity has been described as a reasoning animal; and everyone likes to think that the description applies to them. In reality, we do not, usually, act rationally in the sense that we first carefully calculate the means to realize our objectives, and only then act. Even when we do make such calculations, the fundamental source of our actions is always some instinct or emotion that they seek to satisfy.

To say this is to say nothing derogatory about human nature. Indeed, as we all know, to act on impulse is often much more respectable than to act from reasoned calculation. If much of the wrong-doing of the world may be attributed to the uncontrolled working of selfish impulses, it should also be remembered that impulse is the source of art and science, and of many of the best things in life.

Jun 02, 2016
Living a Magical Life: Creative Motivation for Inspired People
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Listen to episode 63 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Living a Magical Life: Creative Motivation for Inspired People. Adapted from the book Concentration: The Key to Constructive Thought by C. W. Kyle.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The supreme lesson of life is that of self-realization. You are living in a world of magic. You have more power within you than that of any wizard whom you have read or dreamed about. Wake up! Learn who you are before you condemn yourself to a further life of inaction and inefficiency. To come to recognize yourself is the best elixir of life you will ever know.

It will take a psychological operation to rid you of your self-imposed limitations. Well, here it is. Words have a magic power. You have made yourself just what you are, and you have the power to change yourself into a being greater and more powerful than it is possible for you to conceive. You are possessed of unlimited powers. And if limited you now are, you, yourself, have raised the walls of limitation, and you have the power to remove them or let them stand.

May 31, 2016
How to See, Hear, and Remember - Memory & Mindfulness
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Listen to episode 62 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to See, Hear, and Remember. Adapted from “Memory: How to Develop, Train, and Use It” by William Walker Atkinson.

Educational Podcast Excerpt: The trouble with most of us is that we have been looking without seeing— gazing but not observing. The objects around you have been out of your mental focus. If you will but change your mental focus, by means of will and attention, you will be able to cure yourself of the careless methods of seeing and observing that have been hindrances to your success.

We have been blaming forgetfulness on our memories, but the fault is with our perception. How can the memory remember, when it is not given anything in the way of clear impressions? We have been like young infants in this matter— now it is time for you to begin to “sit up and take notice” no matter how old you may be. The whole thing in a nut-shell is this: In order to remember the things that pass before your sight, you must begin to see with your mind, instead of with your retina. Let the impression get beyond your retina and into your mind. If you will do this, you will find that memory will "do the rest."

May 26, 2016
The Law of Compensation & Karma - Daily Wisdom
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Listen to episode 61 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Law of Compensation & Karma. Adapted from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Compensation".

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The universe is represented in every one of its particles. Everything in nature contains all the powers of nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff. Every occupation, trade, art, transaction, is a compendium of the world, and a correlative of every other. Each individual is an entire emblem of human life; of its good and ill, its trials, its enemies, its course, and its end. And each one must somehow reside within the whole person, and deliver his or her destiny.

The world globes itself in a drop of dew. So do we put our life into every act. The true doctrine of omnipresence is that God reappears completely in every blade of grass and every cobweb. The value of the universe contrives to throw itself into every point. If the good is there, so is the evil; if the affinity, so the repulsion; if the force, so the limitation.
May 24, 2016
The Power of Spoken Words | Positive Psychology
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Listen to episode 60 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Spoken words. Adapted from Your Forces and How to Use Them by Christian D. Larson.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: In daily conversation, the law of constructive speech should be conscientiously applied. What we say to others will determine to a considerable degree what they are to think, and what tendencies their mental actions are to follow; and since we are the product of our thoughts, conversation becomes a most important factor in the development of ourselves and others.

We steadily grow into the likeness of that which we think of the most, and what we are to think about depends largely upon the mode, the nature and the subject matter of our conversation. When conversation originates or intensifies the tendency to think about the wrong, the ordinary or the inferior, it becomes destructive, and likewise it tends to keep before mind the faults and defects that may exist in human nature.

To be constructive, conversation should tend to turn attention upon the better side, the stronger side, the superior side of all things, and should give the ideal the most prominent place in thought, speech, or expression....

May 19, 2016
Overcoming Adversity with Optimism | Hellen Keller
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Listen to episode 59 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming Adversity with Optimism. Adapted from the essay Optimism by Helen Keller.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: A poet once said that I must be happy because I do not see the bare, cold present, but live in a beautiful dream. I do live in a beautiful dream; but that dream is the actual, the present —not cold, but warm; not bare, but furnished with a thousand blessings. The very evil which the poet supposed would be a cruel disillusionment is necessary to the fullest knowledge of joy. Only by contact with evil could I have learned to feel by contrast the beauty of truth and love and goodness.

It is a mistake always to contemplate the good and ignore the evil, because by making people neglectful it lets in disaster. There is a dangerous optimism of ignorance and indifference. It is not enough to say that the twenty-first century is the best age in the history of mankind, and to take refuge from the evils of the world in ethereal dreams of good.

May 17, 2016
The Joy of Selfless Love (Inspirational & Spiritual Living)
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Listen to episode 58 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Joy of Selfless Love. Adapted from The Way of Peace by James Allen.

Spiritual Podcast Excerpt: Divine or selfless Love is not a mere sentiment or emotion; it is a state of knowledge which destroys the dominion of evil and the belief in evil, and lifts the soul into the joyful realization of the supreme Good. To the divinely wise, knowledge and Love are one and inseparable.

There is no arbitrary power in the universe, and the strongest chains of fate by which we are bound are self-forged. We are chained to that which causes suffering because we desire to be so, because we love our chains, because we think our little dark prison of self is sweet and beautiful, and are afraid that if we desert that prison we will lose all that is real and worth having.

May 12, 2016
The Art of Happiness & Change (Getting Past Your Past)
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Listen to episode 57 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Happiness & Change (Getting Past Your Past). Adapted from The Wonders of Life by Ida Luella Rettinghouse Lyon.

Self-Help Podcast Excerpt: "Deal gently with the old, for they have come a long way; and be kind to the young, for they have a long journey before them." I do not know to whom we owe this excellent advice, but it is a beautiful thought well expressed. There are delightful old people who have kept their hearts young and hopeful amidst the changes and disappointments which the passing years have brought; men and women who are charming companions for the young or old.

It is not always those who have had the most trying experiences who have acquired a hard and bitter feeling, and have convinced themselves that they are ill-used and the victims of an unkind fate. It is, in most cases, those who have lived and who still live for themselves alone, and have thus missed half — indeed, more than half — of the joy of living.

May 10, 2016
The Magic of Possibilities | Thinking Big For Success
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Listen to episode 56 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Magic of Possibilities (Thinking Big For Success). Adapted from The Power of Purpose by William George Jordan.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: We are placed into life not a finality, but a beginning; not a manufactured article, but raw material; not a statue, but an unpolished stone, ready alike for the firm chisel of defined purpose or the subtle attrition of circumstances and conditions. It is only what you make of yourself that really counts.

You must disinfect your mind from that weakening thought that you have an absolutely predetermined capacity, like a freight-car with its weight and tonnage painted on the side. You are growing, expansive, unlimited: self-adjusting to increased responsibility, progressively able for large duties and higher possibilities as you realize them and live up to them. You should feel this sense of the limitless — physically, mentally, morally, spiritually.

There is none so obscure that they cannot make the lives of those around them marvelously changed, brightened, and inspired, if they would merely progressively live up to their expanding possibilities in the way of kindness, thoughtfulness, cheer, good-will, influence, and optimism....

May 05, 2016
Using the Law of Attraction - Money, Love & Success
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Listen to episode 55 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Using the Law of Attraction. Adapted from The Creative Mind & Success by Ernest Holmes.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt
: Every person is surrounded by a thought atmosphere. This mental atmosphere is the direct result of thought, which in its turn becomes the direct reason for the cause of that which comes into our lives. Through this power we are either attracting or repelling. Like attracts like and we attract to us just what we are in mind. It is also true that we become attracted to something that is greater than our previous experience by first embodying the atmosphere of our desire.

Every business, every place, every person, everything has a certain mental atmosphere of its own. This atmosphere decides what is to be drawn to it. For instance, you never saw a successful person who went around with an atmosphere of failure. Successful people think about success. They are filled with that subtle something which permeates everything that they do with an atmosphere of confidence and strength.

In the presence of some people, we feel as though nothing were too great to undertake. We are uplifted. We are inspired to do great things, to accomplish. We feel strong, steady, sure....

May 03, 2016
Spiritual Growth & The Limits of Friendship
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Listen to episode 54 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Spiritual Growth & The Limits of Friendship. Adapted from the book Friendship by Hugh Black.

Spiritual Podcast Excerpt: Human love can ask too much, and it asks too much when it would break down the individual will and conscience. We cannot renounce our rights as living souls without losing our souls. No person can pay the debt of life for us. No individual can take the burden of life from us. To no person can we hand over the reins unreservedly. It would be cowardice, and cowardice is sin.

The first axiom of the spiritual life is the sacredness of our individuality. We must respect each other's personality. Even when we have rights over other people, these rights are strictly limited, and carry with them a corresponding duty to respect their rights also.

The one intolerable despotism in the world is the attempt to put a yoke on the souls of others, and there are some forms of intimacy which approach that despotism. To transgress the moral bounds set to friendship is to make the highest forms of friendship impossible; for these are only reached when free individuals meet in the unity of the spirit.....

Apr 28, 2016
The Secret of Authentic Happiness | Joyful Life Project
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Listen to episode 53 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Secret of Authentic Happiness. Edited and adapted from The Wonders of Life by Ida Luella Rettinghouse Lyon.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: It is folly to think that the happiness of our lives has passed, and to linger regretfully in the flowery byways of the past. If we look forward with hopeful hearts, we shall find as we progress, undreamed of joys and marvelous manifestations of a power which ever leads the willing follower into paths where new delights await them.

One should never grow too old, or too unfortunate, to have friends to love, and to keep in touch with the world in which we live. While our consciousness is expanding into a wider comprehension of the hidden powers of the universe, we are not getting away from materialism. We are taking materialism with us into this realm of subtle power; for there is nothing more mysterious than the material part of the universe.

Life offers us grand opportunities in giving us these wonderful mental and physical powers, though most of us don’t know what to do with them. But, as we learned to walk by walking, in spite of the bumps and tumbles, so we learn to live by living, and are, by slow degrees, mastering the art of using the powers in our possession; and there is no more fascinating art, or one more worthy of cultivation.

Apr 26, 2016
Living a Joyful Life Now: Motivation for Feeling Good
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Listen to episode 52 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Living a Joyful Life Now: Motivation for Feeling Good. Adapted from The Ideal Made Real by Christian D. Larson.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Every person desires to make the most of themselves, but to accomplish this all latent power must be awakened, and there is nothing that will bring forth our latent powers more thoroughly than the doing of what seems difficult. When you find yourself shrinking from certain tasks, you have discovered a weakness within yourself. Refuse to let that weakness remain in such a condition. Go and do what you feared to do and let nothing hold you back. In this way, the weak faculty will be made strong, and your entire nature will pass through a valuable discipline and training.

Nothing is really disagreeable unless we think so. That is, we may approach the disagreeable in such a way that it ceases to be disagreeable. And the secret to doing this is: count everything joy. You may enter darkness and gloom, but if you are living in a world of brightness and cheer, that darkness will not be darkness to you, nor will gloom enter your mind for a moment. You can remain in your own happy world, no matter what may happen, no matter what may take place in your immediate environment.

When you resolve to do certain things and proceed with a conviction that you will enjoy the work thoroughly, you will find real pleasure in that work. In addition, you will do the work very well. Pleasure comes from within, and when the fountain of joy within is overflowing, it will give joy to everything that exists about you. To cause this fountain within to overflow at all times, count everything joy at all times....

Apr 21, 2016
Educational Psychology: Love & Marriage (Tips & Advice)
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Listen to episode 51 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Psychology of Love & Marriage. Adapted from The Mental Highway by Thomas P