Category: Inspiration

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The sound of music


I have the song Let’s dance by Chris Rea on my ipod.

These are the lyrics:

When you sing of the joy only love can bring
Heaven knows it’s in my heart and my soul
Caught in a world full of tears
So many bad times and fears
So while there’s a chance and you’re near

Let’s dance
Let’s dance

There’s a world far away from the one we see
There’s a dream I will never let go
One thing is certainly true
This moment’s for me and for you
So while there’s not a thing that we can do

Let’s dance
Let’s dance

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How can I go on?


Freddie Mercury was dying of aids when he wrote and sang this song.
He must have wondered how he could go on but he did,
and it was the most creative period in his whole life.

If you have a mental illness or are a carer,
there will be times you won’t know how you can go on. But you will.

There are people who believe in you and they will help to make you strong.
You belong, just as I belong and together we are strong.

How Can I Go On Lyrics

When all the salt is taken from the sea
I stand dethroned, I’m naked and I bleed
But when your finger points so savagely
Is anybody there to believe in me
To hear my plea and take care of me?

How can I go on, from day to day
Who can make me strong in every way
Where can I be safe, where can I belong
In this great big world of sadness
How can I forget those beautiful dreams that we shared
They’re lost and they’re nowhere to be found
How can I go on?

Sometimes I seem to tremble in the dark, I cannot see
When people frighten me
I try to hide myself so far from the crowd
Is anybody there to comfort me
Lord, take care of me

How can I go on (how can I go on)
From day to day (from day to day)
Who can make me strong (who can make me strong)
In every way (in every way)
Where can I be safe (where can I be safe)
Where can I belong (where can I belong)
In this great big world of sadness
(In this great big world of sadness)
How can I forget (how can I forget)
Those beautiful dreams that we shared
(Those beautiful dreams that we shared)
They’re lost and they’re nowhere to be found
How can I go on?

How can I go on? How can I go on? Go on, go on, go on

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A life that matters


A Life That Matters

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.

So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters. It really matters!

Michael Josephson

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O is for one – Andrea Bocelli


O

One life is all we get:

Dare to live it well.

Dare to live

Try looking at tomorrow, not yesterday and all the things you left behind

Dare to live, until the very last
Dare to live, forget about the past
Dare to live, giving something of yourself to others
Even when it seems there’s nothing more left to give

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Sydney book launch


Awesome doesn’t even begin to describe it. The launch of my book ‘Art From Adversity’ on Saturday was all I hoped it would be and more. Thank you all so much for supporting me. I really appreciate it. I raised $1,000 for mental health research that will benefit young people, especially young women. Photos to come!!

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Where to buy my book


My book is now available for purchase through the publisher’s website and also through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I still haven’t seen it yet. It comes on Monday (I hope).

Wow.

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A post for Claire


Hi Claire,

This is why I am publishing my book:

‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’

Martin Luthur King Junior

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Into the deep end


‘Remember the high board at the swimming pool? After days of looking up at it you finally climbed the wet steps to the platform. From there, it was higher than ever. There were only two ways down: the steps to defeat of the dive to victory. You stood on the edge, shivering in the hot sun, deathly afraid. At last you leaned too far forward, it was too late for retreat, and you dived. The high board was conquered, and you spent the rest of the day diving. Climbing a thousand high boards, we demolish fear, and turn into human beings.’

Richard Bach – A Gift of Wings

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Better ashes than dust


‘I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.’

Jack London – The Bulletin, San Francisco, California, December 2, 1916, part 2, p. 1

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If at first you don’t succeed


re-define success

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