For the last year we’ve been bringing you what we call Today’s Brilliance each morning, from a different Inspirational Luminary. The time has come where we’d now like to invite YOU, our community, to submit your brilliance to be posted on InspireMeToday.com.
What is Today’s Brilliance? We believe that each person has untold brilliance within. Our Today’s Brilliance is just that- the beliefs and core principles that guide our decisions in life.
I believe we have to not only know ourselves but also what we believe in before we can get anywhere in life. Otherwise, it’s like heading out on a trip with no destination, no inventory of equipment, no idea how much gas we have in the tank and no idea of which way to turn.
I was originally inspired by the “Desiderata”, (see below) published by Max Erhmann, made popular in the 70’s. The Desiderata was the product of an urge that Ehrmann wrote about in his diary: “I should like, if I could, to leave a humble gift — a bit of chaste prose that had caught up some noble moods”.
I asked myself, “What words of wisdom would I choose to leave as my legacy“? And thus, Today’s Brilliance was born.
If you were asked to write your final words to leave to humanity, sharing the most important things you’ve learned in life, what would you say?
If you were seated across the breakfast table tomorrow from a friend that needed inspiration, what have you learned in your life that you could share to help them live a more fulfilled life? What do you believe in? What do you know to be true? What information can you share with others that empowers something within? These are the questions we’ve asked some of the most successful and inspiring people on the planet.
We’ve asked our Inspirational Luminaries for InspireMeToday.com to share the best they’ve learned in life- in just 500 words. It’s easier to write pages, but we’re trying to provide something meaningful for you, our members, that you can read in just a few minutes each morning and that has the power to rock your world. I hope you agree that we’ve succeeded.
Now, I’d like to personally invite you to also write your own “Desiderata”. Please include the things that are meaningful to you and record who you are for posterity- in just 500 words.
Please don’t share your bio or what happened to you in life, but rather use these 500 words to share what you’ve learned, who you are and what you know to be true. This is the essence of you!
No matter what you believe, your thoughts are yours and yours alone. They are sacred gifts to motivate and inspire you always.
I find that if I’m ever in a difficult situation, just rereading what I wrote empowers me when I can’t seem to find that strong part of myself. I believe the best way to be inspired is by the best part of ourselves! No words will ever resonate so close and remind you of who you really are, than your own.
We’re delighted to share Today’s Brilliance from some of our favorite Inspirational Luminaries, as our gift to you. Just join our community to get your free copy. I hope this gift will inspire you to write your own and share it with the world. Who knows what untold brilliance we may discover!
It is our humblest desire to help you reconnect each morning to the magnificence that you truly are. We believe you have the power to be, do or create anything in your life.
We’re here to be your greatest cheerleader and brush the dust off of your wings so that you can fly even higher. Please let me know how we can serve you better.
Feel free to email us at [email protected] with your own personal Today’s Brilliance. Each week we’ll select one to post in this blog. Please include a jpg photo so we can share your beautiful smile with the world too.
Thank you for being such an important part of our InspireMeToday.com community. I can’t wait to read your brilliance! We love and appreciate you!
(Here is a copy of Max Ehrmann’s Desiderada. Although there has been controversy as to whether or not this is public domain, we’re including it here in the spirit of Max’s request that he should like to leave a humble gift. Thank you Max!)
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.