What Inspires You and Why?

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Click here to view Inspirational ecards!Did you get the newsletter I sent this week? I talked about people who inspired me recently. Inspiration is something people seek all the time. I look for it so much you could probably call me an “inspiration junkie”. As a writer, I feel the need to be inspired all the time. It goes hand in hand with being enthusiastic about something.

And guess what? I’m not the only one out there! Newsletters devoted to inspiration are the most widely read. When I’m stuck with my writing, I start thinking about people who inspire me–especially my mom and dad. Stay tuned for my next newsletter to find out more about them!

Before I go, I’d like to share with you my five top favorite inspirational quotes:

  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Douglas Adams
  • If you would create something, you must be something. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus
  • The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Robert Byrne

I love quotes and daily doses of wisdom. They’re great pick-me-uppers. So, what inspires you and why? Or even who inspires you in your life? Give a holla back and leave your comments below!

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45 thoughts on “What Inspires You and Why?

  1. Well Bob you are one of the people that inspire me. Your writings are fresh and uplifting. Sometimes they touch the depth of my soul and make me cry (good tears). Thank you for sharing your life and stories with me and the world. You are one person making a tremendous difference. So below is something just for you:

    Editor Bob, you woke up one day and had us on your mind
    asking yourself how can I help others and do what I love to do
    and not have to worry about how to pay for food
    Alas, the light bulb burned bright and Editor Bob was born
    to enlighten, to encourage, to show us a different way of looking at things, to touch our very soul
    So, from one encourager to another
    thank you, Editor Bob, for all you do
    and just know that there are a few of us that love you just because your you and because you do what you do
    Have a great Holiday Weekend
    Unique

  2. Good Day Editor Bob,

    I know this is going to sound a little off, but ‘who are you, and why am I receiving your messages?’ In fact, today is the first day I actually opened it for fear of a virus or something. I must have signed up at some point, not sure.

    Anyway, I am not having such a good day and everyone’s worried about me because I am the one whose always laughing, smiling, joking around and bright, plus it’s Friday. Today, I’m just tired and not sure how I can relieve it! I am a single mother of 4 children, one entering as a sophomore in college and the other entering 1st grade next year, so you can imagine-at least I hope you can.

    Well, when I opened the message and read today’s topic and what you mentioned about Laura, I realized that I am TRULY BLESSED! I’m tired because I am a mother who is 100 % Responsible for my efforts to rear good, Godly children. I am the careprovider, chef, chauffer, teacher, doctor, lawyer, candlestick maker, you name it. But it is my pleasure to be all of this for my children. So, you ask the question, “What inspires you and why?”

    My answer is the effort to rear responsible adults insuring that they are positive contributing citizens to society, and this goes for my children and those they come into contact with. My son once told me that I couldn’t be everyone’s mom, that’s true, but if someone took the time to act as mom to just one more child then maybe our world would be a better place. The process is like Emily Dickinson’s poem, ‘Longing Is Like the Seed’. It also inspires and grounds me in what I’m doing. Here goes:

    Longing is like the seed that wrestles in the ground, believing if it intercede it shall at length be found. The Hour, and the Clime–each circumstance unknown, What constancy must be achieved before it see the sun!

    I may get tired sometimes, but I just have to keep on moving! Thanks for the inspiration today-it was very helpful. From the time I click Submit, I’m going to work on making it a GREAT DAY!

  3. Good Day Editor Bob,

    I know this is going to sound a little off, but ‘who are you, and why am I receiving your messages?’ In fact, today is the first day I actually opened it for fear of a virus or something. I must have signed up at some point, not sure-but I’m glad I did.

    Anyway, I am not having such a good day and everyone’s worried about me because I am the one whose always laughing, smiling, joking around and bright, plus it’s Friday. Today, I’m just tired and not sure how I can relieve it! I am a single mother of 4 children, one entering as a sophomore in college and the other entering 1st grade next year, so you can imagine-at least I hope you can.

    Well, when I opened the message and read today’s topic and what you mentioned about Laura, I realized that I am TRULY BLESSED! I’m tired because I am a mother who is 100 % Responsible for my efforts to rear good, Godly children. I am the careprovider, chef, chauffer, teacher, doctor, lawyer, candlestick maker, you name it. But it is my pleasure to be all of this for my children. So, you ask the question, “What inspires you and why?”

    My answer is the effort to rear responsible adults insuring that they are positive contributing citizens to society, and this goes for my children and those they come into contact with. My son once told me that I couldn’t be everyone’s mom, that’s true, but if someone took the time to act as mom to just one more child then maybe our world would be a better place. The process is like Emily Dickinson’s poem, ‘Longing Is Like the Seed’. It also inspires and grounds me in what I’m doing. Here goes:

    Longing is like the seed that wrestles in the ground, believing if it intercede it shall at length be found. The Hour, and the Clime–each circumstance unknown, What constancy must be achieved before it see the sun!

    I may get tired sometimes, but I just have to keep on moving! Thanks for the inspiration today-it was very helpful. From the time I click Submit, I’m going to work on making it a GREAT DAY!

  4. it is really amazing how you can be inspired by people.

    I am usualy inspired by things, alot of things. But the most importent ones are the need of freedom and the need of individuality, not alot of people would understand how can someone be inspired by those, but some of the things that get me inspired are watching people dance (i mean this is a freedom by itself, specialy the ballroom dancing), flying or anything that flies (i love birds) and the music.

    I believe that behind every song or a musical peace there is a door, you have to find out where will it lead you, because sometimes it will lead you to greatness.

    sorry for chit chatting alot 😛

    have a nice time

  5. My mother inspires me. She raised 5 children by herself, never complaining and often working two or even three jobs at one time to make sure there was food on the table and a roof over our heads. Looking back, I can see she had a really hard life, but no matter what life threw at her, she kept on going. She has the Energizer bunny beat!

    My life hasn’t been easy either and I’ve been raising three children alone and I too, work two jobs to make ends meet. Whenever I start to feel frantic about paying the bills, I think of my mom. If she can do it, so can I!

  6. You were talking about how your parents inspire you, well I have a new twist. My daughter inspires me. I know people say your children are what you teach them but sometimes they amaze you at what they learn and take off with. My daughter is 16. I have always tried to teach her to be a nice, considerate and caring person.

    She has been a peer tutor in Jr High and now in High school. She loves it. Working with the special needs students is a passion with her now. She loves them. Maybe it is a mothering instinct kicking in or something. But she does a wonderful job of helping them succeed at school and getting around and fiting in as best they can.

    She is also their “Champion”. When kids tease them in front of their face or behind their backs she is right there standing up for them. I hear about the kids all the time and she refers to them as her “friends”, not the Special needs students. They are included in her circle at lunch, activities and social life. She has also created her own little circle of friends who help her in this.

    It is great to see that circle grow and grow. How she recruite them I don’t know, maybe by example. One such friend has my admiration also, he had heard one of the girls (sophomore) was asked to the prom and was excited and bought a dress and made arrangements. Then the boy backed out. She was devistated. He stepped right in and offered to take her. The girls mother was so excited and grateful that her daughter wasn’t heartbroken and offered to pay for the tux rental and car. But he said no, he would be glad to escort her. They had a wonderful time as “friends” at the dance. There is hope for our Teenagers of today.

    I just love to see my daughter grow in spirit, talent, and love and to think I may have had some little part in getting her there.

    Keep the great newsletters and Blogs going. I love them

    Susan

  7. Its funny how everyday life inspires you. For me standing at the corner of a busy street and watching people go about their everyday lives is inspiring enough. I see friends who go through life with smiles on their faces even when inside they are torn and broken. I see kids around me with their amazing curiosity and innocence trying to figure out the world around them. That itself gives me the motivation to face life as it comes by each day.

  8. I, too, love positive words of encouragement and inspiration-I guess I’m sappy that way. One of my favorite sayings is “What You Think About, You Bring About” and it forces me to think “good positive thoughts” and smile instead of walking around like gloom and doom-there’s too much of that in the world today. I’d like to see someone smiling and sharing their enthusiasm and positive energy with me rather than someone who thrives on being miserable. If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

  9. Hi Bob,

    Thanks for that great Margaret Mead quote in your e-newsletter. I just finished a course in Environmental Science and Margaret Mead’s quote was the first and last quote given to us in our class. If anyone didn’t read the newsletter yet, the quote was as follows: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

    I would have to say my parent’s and brother’s inspire me! We are a close family too and so we enjoy the pleasures and agonies of being a close family, however, it is so nice to have a support group right inside your home. I do try to find inspiration in everyone that comes into my life also because sometimes, you never know where you will find a glimmer of sunshine. For instance, your e-newsletter and blog have inspired me every week. They are pleasing and enjoyable. I look forward to reading the latest news from you and seeing the latest e-cards available at 123Greetings. Thanks for inspiring me! Oh, I also love your Goethe quote and have a few myself to add – Enjoy!

    “If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that” – Goethe.

    “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it” – Goethe.

    “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do” – Goethe.

    Maria K.
    Philadelphia, PA

  10. Hi Bob,
    I’ve enjoyed reading your quotes.
    The thing that inspires me most was my late husband who had Brain Tumour, Cancer.He passed away in 2003.
    He inspired me with his strength and courage but most of all his caring for others even as his life slipped away his thoughts and prayers were for others never himself even in his darkest hour the light shined through for all to see for others caring so much about everyone and everything, he use to say there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and know matter how dark life is at times we always after each storm see the rainbow a promise of a new tomorrow, Let go and Let God for he is the one who never leaves us,He has kept me strong in Life and Strong in Death and was an inspiration to all.KEEP ON KEEPING ON And this is what i do.
    Thank you for your newsletter which i enjoy reading, it is the first time i have ever been on a blog so hope you get it ok.
    God Bless and Thank you.

  11. Hi,
    I have read ur newsletter. Infact, i havenot thought carefully about what inspired me, helped me overcome my troubles. But now …
    ok, think over. Whenever i’ve got troulbes, i walked around but just alone. I walked for a long time, 1 hour, 2 hours … around Sword Lake. I was inspired by the asmostphere there, so fresh. Lots of people were there. Anyway, i jogged from time to time instead of walking. it was for getting away from troubles even doing exercises. Funny! but it helped me a lot.
    Until now, i donot deny that i just can do like that if i suffer from emotional difficulties. Stay away from everyone for a short time, i will be better. I myself want to overcome.
    However, when i get troubles in learning, working, just go around and find some help! People around me will be good guides.
    And this is a very important quote to me: “WE CAN DO IT!” … “COME ON!”

  12. Hi Bob: Your messages always have great optimism ,thanks!that´s good for all people that read to you. I have a son and a daughter at USA ,and grandson and granddaughter also, I and my wife are old ,and of course miss to them… I wish for USA a beautiful country,with great people, no more wars ,no more veterans, (I recognize they are heroes, but peace is the better way for all creatures and human beings) .I pray for that to the Lord. Thanks and greetings! and congratulations fo your help the veterans to re discover the life enjoiment! From a lonely land..Chile. Greetings to you!

  13. What that it means the phrase ” your comments are awaiting moderation? “Did I write something wrong? Greetings!

  14. People inspire me at times. The unsung hero’s we occasionally see on the news, risking their life for someone they don’t even know, and seeing the greatness that is possible in the human species. I get inspired when some young man holds the door open for me at the gas station, giving me hope in leaving this world to the next generation. I get inspired when leaving church, and everyone is so very kind while driving there cars, letting someone turn first, and drive slowly with the utmost caution. Its the small micro miracles, that lighten my step, and give me hope for all of us. It’s amazing to me what a simple smile can do for someone else. The next time you get one, remember to give it back….

  15. Hi Bob, I’m from Johannesburg, South Africa and sometimes with all that’s going on around us, it’s real easy to look at all the bad stuff and be discouraged. You know, especially with the latest Xenophobic attacks, you think to yourself, ‘what is going on with our society’. Anyway I’ve been really inspired at how the youth have especially come out on tv and stuff condemning the violent attacks on innocent people, whose only crime was to leave their countries in search of stability and peace. So to those individuals that made a difference – you inspire me that we can have that ‘rainbow nation’ we talk about. Mandela fought for the liberation of all of us on the African continent – That’s inspiration enough to live in peace.

    Nandi
    Johannesburg, SA

  16. Hey Bob,

    I too am a writer and a designer though still in school, I always look towards inspirational quotes as part of my daily caffine like dosage.. Here are two of my favourite quotes.

    Enjoy.

    “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear”.
    — Ambrose Redmoon

    Our Deepest Fear
    by Marianne Williamson
    from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles.

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

  17. Hi!

    Margaret Mead’s quote is one of my favorite too. As a high school student, I started volunteering for a small organization in my home town. It grew big, and a lot of young people benefited from its projects, and still do. The organization’s motto is this quote. 🙂
    Another one that keeps me going is “The secret of happiness is to find something more important than you are, then dedicate your life to it” – Philosopher Daniel Dennett.
    So far, the best inspiration I got was from this part of my life I was strongly involved in community service. But after graduating university I had to get a full-time job, and that is taking all my time now; so, I have to get inspiration from my job – but that’s very little for the moment, and from my new created family – and that’s where I get the most of it these days. 🙂

    Flore
    Timisoara, RO

  18. I think insperation comes from your attitude. I get inspired by my failure as well as sucess.
    Failure given me strength to fight the new challange and sucess given me pleasure to do it better.

  19. hey Bob,
    well i had a very very bad experience once and it almost made me think about suicide, but i got help from one of the most unexpected person ever. this guy who was my bus-mate and we HATED each other, he called up and we spoke almost every night after that incident.
    i think he inspired me THE most in life coz it was a time when everyone i considered a friend turned his back on me and without that guy i would not even be alive today…
    i really dont think i can thank him or love him enough in return.
    but if he reads this i hope he knows how much he means to me.

    ciao!!!

  20. Hi Bob.

    What a lovely idea to get people to think about who they are really inspired by. I would have to say my inspiration and admiration is my Brother-in-law George, not only is he a wonderful supportive brother-in-law, but a great friend and easily the wisest person I know. What inspires me most is how he knows how to handle every situation that he comes up against with great clarity, wisdom and inner vision.

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to let the world know what a wonderful inspiation he has been to all my family.

  21. Dear Bob,
    beside great people like Mother Teresa, I get inspired by all other human beings who are selfless and care about others; who dedicate their lives and talents for the betterment and enjoyment of others; those who are not afraid to share their feelings and experiences with others; those who lose their lives for the protection of others……it can go on and on….

  22. you as my hero beign inspired by your parent is joy for me,my father inspired me alot as medical doctor well i love this piece keep it up

  23. the true liking to find yourself amidst of an environment …..infuses inspiration….. a collective action surely is needed to accomplish a goal….this drives a human being to light-up his candle and join the stream marking his liking and marching ahead..

  24. Well Bob,
    It’s really interesting reading ur writes. It’s an inspiration in tself!
    I love quotes n I like the way the language flows in it.My inspiration mainly comes from the religious way of life I was born into and by the examples set by the Prophet in guiding us the right way…I feel blessed in many ways… here r some of his sayings ….
    “Riches aren’t from an abundance of worldly goods but from a contented mind.” ~Prophet Muhammad~ (Pbuh)
    Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) said “Do not ever denigrate a good and noble act such as the simple, pleasant and amiable countenance when you meet your friend.”

  25. For the first time I’ve read your newsletter. Its wonderful. Now I’ll read them regularly.
    My mother’s sweetness filled me with positve energy & her resoluteness gave me psychological & emotional strength, which as a result made me a strong person to face the challenges of life firmly. She initiated me to the “lotus feet” of the SUPREME BEING, Who inspires me not only for big things but He is always there to lead me/us in insignificant matters (according to us). Besides this great inspiring force, I may draw inspiration from any one or any thing, it may be the untiring effort of a minute ant or the agility of a leopard with which it hunts.
    There have been many great persons who inspire us with their acts, words as well as their invaluable thought.
    You also seem to be blessed with the knack of inspiring people. Hope you continue to be so.
    Thanks.

    INDIA

  26. Dear Bob,

    Someone dear to me, once bowed before me and kissed my hand. What I wanted to tell him was the verse “stand up, I too am just a man.” It was on that same day that someone dear to many of us had died; and I wanted so badly to speak to him about who it was that holds the power of life and of death, but couldn’t find the right words. Because scripture also says that on that great judgment day, “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus as Lord.” Just as symbolically we do when we stand as Handel’s Messiah is played. Loving people, is why we tell them that.

  27. What inspires me most recently is the response to the earthquake in Sichuan, China. Thousands of people died, and millions were left homeless. But China is a big country, and as Confucius said, Chinese people are born to be kind. They are willing to donate and go to the epicenter to do volunteer work. And the people there are very brave, even though the situation is very difficult, because they know the goverment and society are going to help them. And they know that their dead beloved wanted them to live. All these people inspire me, and I think we should learn from them to value our own lives and the lives of others.

  28. Dear Bob,

    Yr blog what inspire me when take time to read and ponder. Sometime it take sleeping on it a little to figure it out. Susan Short esp inspire me. Maybe someday you and yours come to know how extraordinary it is ur so loved–apart from just being u–which in itself is enough.

    I pray for u and yours always. I worry about u too, but know u have many friends who will welcome u back home again. I hurt about road trip, but wiser now. I sorry we could not have talked face to face as friends do. But think maybe u think I ‘unchristian’. But I think I have many new friends because of it, and have had the blessing of coming to know how much my children love and admire me. So that is gift of road trip that means everything–knowing the value of family. It is only because we come from such great heritage of being loved that we reach out to love others. That is something we always carry inside us ever since a child. May u and yours always know that kind of love.

    This has all like being pinched to see if I real. Want everybody who go to church to reread what Chris Blaszczyk say. They be pinched too, by Jesus.

    Realized loved u first at yr father’s funeral–that’s what family does.

  29. I’m inspired first by my parents. To be who I want to be & honest, loving, artistic, giving & patient. (My mom had to be a saint after all we put her thru while growing up!) My grandma was an inspiration to be an all round “Good girl”. (My mom would threaten me as a child, “Do you want me to tell ur grandma?” lol) My daughter even inspires me to see things thru other’s eyes, to be an original, be creative and not take life so seriously. My wonderful husband inspires me to be just me. To be romantic, silly, caring and thoughtful. For the self doubts and worries, I leave it all to Jesus. He inspires me to be an all round better person & I leave my troubles in his hands. I am a much better & happier wife, friend, daughter & mom because of these special people. I’m very blessed and look forward to much more to come!

  30. Dear Bob,

    Sometimes when I sleep there is more I want to say.

    I ask you this–are you like prodigal son, who wanted his inheritance now? I give you everything that is mine to give, but some of what I own, belongs to another that I love more than life.

  31. hey Bob,
    Being a teenager I often get some really black moods. I feel languid, worthless and so miserable sometimes. It is then I go upstairs to my rooftop and stare at the stars and the inky sky. I have many books crammed with inspirational quotations but really none does actually make me happier. However when I am completely alone with only nature around me, I feel the vastness and majesty of God, of Nature, whatever you may call it. I then feel part of this world, of the real world; I feel accepted. This Nature sustains me, even gave life to me, so how can I disappoint it by giving up and lolling uselessly? This really re-energizes me, both physically and spiritually.

  32. Bob,

    I am truly inspired by spreading love and joy with my 3 1/2 labrador retriever Rocko. We are part of two different K9 therapy organizations and visit sick children and veterans in various hospitals regularly. To see a child’s face light up or a veteran cheer up is truly a joy to witness. Rocko is the most social Lab I’ve ever had.

    It is my pleasure to assist in a small way toward the patient’s happiness and alleviate for a brief moment their suffering. Sean

  33. Dear Bob, am a first time member and loves what you do and for me two things that inspires is people like you who care to bring out the best in others and FAITH- it hears the voice of God filled with the promises from God: promises of sufficient grace, sufficient love,sufficient power. Expressed by our spech; when our faith sees, hears, believes and trusts we are ready to respond with confidence that Jesus will lead us to commit. Faith says lets do it if God requires.

  34. Dear Bob,
    Thanks for your close attention to the people around the world. With the exception of geographical & also social gap, there are always people (if even a few) from the past & present who can inspire someone. We have a virtual part as well as our physical part, but the main thing for a normal healthy life is closely related to the balance 0f those twin facet of us. No way to bridge that huge gap in between, there are times in trouble that you may reach to the conclusion that it’s better to forget about the story of remote inspiration.
    Regards,

  35. hi

    this is second time you have made me write to you . I wait for your newsletter to arrive and read it at leisure. I like to read about so many events happening all over . Inspiration is some what a relative topic , at any given point of time anything , any body can inspire you . Like yesterday my dog , I could not feed him in the morning and asked my father to do the honours , but he didn’t eat from his hands ; at night when i reached home from office he was just as happy to see me though he had gone without food for whole day, some how all I could think was GOD he has forgiven me , he cannot speak but his actions were ….. I immediately brought out his dinner and sat down to feed him and he jumped on my lap and sat content.

  36. Continued:
    Anyway it’s not fair if I fail to appreciate the person who is inspirational to me, the same great historian & scholar who is asking “What Inspires You and Why?”
    With all the best,
    Regards,

  37. I’m one of those people who has little inspirational quotes up all over my cube… Here are my favorites:

  38. I know this is supposed to be about people that inspire you, but why can’t it be a quote that serves as my inspiration? I’m one of those people who has little inspirational quotes up all over my cube… Here are some of my favorites:
    – It’s always the rug you’ve been sweeping things under that gets
    pulled out from under you
    – Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today
    – I choose, therefore I am
    – I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out
    there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out
    there is

  39. What inspires is what expires. A teacher of mine once says “there is always a way out”. Nothing is impossible – just that the way is not yet found.

  40. My Grandmother has always been the greatest inspiration in my life. Though she passed away in 1974 her presence has never left me, it would seem her words and actions are daily reminders to me in all that I do.
    Grandma once told me:
    Doing the right thing requires so little effort,
    To do the wrong thing requires a lot of work.
    If you focus in life on doing the right things, you will find that you have little work to do and each day becomes a new adventure.
    If you focus in life on doing the wrong things, your work will seem endless and life, in of itself, becomes a never-ending job.

    Live well and Be Well,
    labrys

  41. Hey Bob,
    thanks for putting up such nice quotes. I JUST LOVE READING YOUR WEEKLY LETTERS and they do motivate me to great extent,but the thing that inspires me the most is a book called the GITA. iT just explains me the purpose of life and keeps me going on in hard times too.It says do your duties without waiting or expecting the results.

  42. Hey Bob….i’m a 15 year-old schoolgirl from India. I somehow received ur newsletter oneday, a year ago. As i have a friend called Bob, i had opened the mail thinking it to be his…and i liked what i read, so i decided to keep going on. ur newsletters are wonderful(actually, that’s too superficial a word)…i find them very close to my heart and can easily relate to them. In fact, ur news letters helps me go on because i am one of those plump, clumsy ugly ducklings who gets into more scrapes than she can handle and always has to count on her (rather smarter) friends to pull her out of a sticky situation!!…After reading ur newsletters however, i feel(excuse my rudeness)….i’m not the only one who gets into some mishap…even before recovering from the previous!!! Thanx Bob…u and ur updates make me live!!
    Peace,
    Piyaa:))

  43. Now that i have introduced myself …can i tell u a story? it’s about india….i feel lighthearted when i read ur letters, but also a little sad. U kno why? b’coz i long 4 the life that u guys live out there. i am from a city that lives in the past–“kolkata”. While the younger generation in kolkata today is outgoing, fashionable and in touch with changing times, the genEx continues to be strict, boring and conservative….in abroad parents are more of friends, they stay by your side, ready to stretch out when u need them…bt nvr interfering. the rest of India has modified itself in the same way,as i hear(with much envy) from my cousins, but some cities(Calcutta among them)continues to be backward, except for some modern upper-class families. Can u imagine…back here, partying at our age is a strict no-no?…sleepovers are occassional, group studying is not thought of before ,like, 5 years more, going out for dates at teenage is unheard of!!!Pursuing an unconventional career of your choice?….few lucky stars get to do it. the whole objective here is to slog harder and harder(our edu.system is not as applicative as yours…we have to mug)and be some moronic doctor or engineer!!! when u live in a place like this…u sure do need inspiration and lots of it!! My inspirations, things which make me move on towards my dream :
    my friends (i have the best ever born on earth)
    ur cheerful newsletters which make me wonder about life
    books and magazines from allover the world (i’m a voracious reader) which tell me that there is a huge and wonderful world waiting 4 me out there…
    And 2 particularly inspiting quotes:
    “Dream ur own dream, choose ur own star…there wouldn’t be a sky full of stars if we were all meant to wish upon the same one”

    This one’s a little lullaby:
    “Grow old along with me
    The best is yet to be”……I move on!!!

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