Welcome to Inspire Me Today! Each day we ask an Inspirational Luminary to share, “If you only had 500 words to share, what wisdom would you want to pass on to humanity? What have you learned that matters, and what doesn’t?” We know that starting the day with quality inspiration can change a life, so we provide their answer FREE to our community and the world each day, reaching folks in more than 150 countries.
Just imagine what your day would be like if you started it with just three minutes of advice on how to live a good, inspired life, from some of the top thought leaders in the world. We invite you to make a change in your life and join the Inspire Me Today community!
How an Encounter With a Soldier Led to Sharing Inspiration With Thousands
My name is Gail Lynne Goodwin and I’m the founder of Inspire Me Today. I have always been a seeker of information, especially that of a spiritual or motivational nature. I discovered that on mornings that I went to the gym with something motivational or educational on my iPod, my entire day went better. I discovered that my daily performance was directly tied to the level of my morning inspiration.
The challenge began to find a continual supply of dynamic, high-quality daily inspiration. When I realized this search was becoming a part-time job, I knew there must be others looking for the same thing. In 2004 I booked the name InspireMeToday.com with the intention of launching the site in early 2005. But life sometimes has other plans for us, and in my case, I put my dream on hold to help my daughter, Carly, an aspiring recording artist.
Along with Nashville songwriter Gerald Smith, Carly and I co-wrote the song, Baby Come Back Home, a song that honors the unrecognized, often unnoticed, sacrifices of a soldier’s wife. From the success of a simple audio postcard containing the song, released on the Internet, we accepted invitation and visited our US bases across America, entertaining troops and their families.
During a trip to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I was challenged by a Marine who lamented that America had forgotten the troops. Inspired to prove him wrong, we set out on a trip across America. Gathering personal messages of love and support on newspaper scrolls, we amassed more than 18 miles of messages on the Baby Come Back Home Soldier Scrolls.
Just after Congress signed the scrolls on the floor of the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C, we departed on a 29-day tour to Iraq and 6 other countries in the Persian Gulf, literally wrapping the love and support of America around each of the 18 bases on the musical tour.
After a concert at Al Q’aim, a remote base in Iraq, a young Marine named Jesse approached me with a simple request for a “mom hug”. He explained that he’d been off the base for 37 days, hadn’t had a shower and asked if he could still have his hug. He explained that he’d just turned 19 and hadn’t been touched in 9 months and 4 days. As I hugged him, wiping tears, Jesse explained that his job required him to live in a ditch- alone for 30-40 days at a time. More than 800 other Marines guard this stretch of desert and do the same thing, coming back to the base for only a few days every month or so. Jesse explained that he survives the solitude by listening to his iPod and shared that he’s “always looking for good inspiration”.
Feeling like I’d been hit by lightning by Jesse’s request for inspiration, I returned home and followed my dream, founding InspireMeToday.com in April of 2008. InspireMeToday.com is a website which provides great inspiration from a different luminary each day
In an effort to give to a special cause each year and as a thank you to Jesse, InspireMeToday.com gave free Premier Memberships before our launch to our troops- all 2.5 million of them- so that Jesse’s iPod would always be full of great inspiration.
Then, shortly before our first birthday, we realized that we wanted everyone to be able to fill their cup from our little stream of inspiration, without any barriers- especially financial ones. Knowing the difference quality inspiration can make in our individual lives and collectively, we decided to make the daily content on InspireMeToday.com totally free for everyone.
An Invitation To Benefit From Daily Inspiration
So, from our family of amazing Inspirational Luminaries to yours, we welcome you to Inspire Me Today. We invite you to begin your day with us, knowing you will experience a profound difference in your day. We’re here to help you remember that you, and you alone, have the power to do, be or create anything in your life that you desire. Anything. Your power is unlimited. Your wildest dreams are attainable. There is magic in belief, promise in faith and delivery in action. We believe you were born to fly, and all you need is a little inspiration. We’re here to be your greatest cheerleader and brush the dust off of your wings so that you can fly even higher.