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In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom about the power of giving in our lives. Enjoy! Dr. Mar Aprem of the ancient Chaldean Orthodox Church of the East in India tells a funny story about when a member of the church won a lottery worth 100,000 rupees. His wife went to the bishop and told him that she was afraid to tell this glad news to her husband because he had a heart problem and any sudden excitement could cause a heart attack. The bishop offered to break the news gently to her husband. He visited the house and asked the man, “Wouldn’t... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom about finding the best in everyone. Enjoy! A funny story, which seems to have stood the test of time is about two Catholics, Mike and Pat, who are drinking in a bar across the street from a house of prostitution. They are watching the customers come and go and notice that the minister of the local Methodist church rings the doorbell. “Wouldn’t you know it,” says Pat, “those Methodists are all alike.” Then they spot the pastor of the Lutheran church sneaking into the bordello. “Can... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom about the power of solitude. Enjoy! Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick, portrays the whaling industry of his time. In today’s world, his book may likely upset readers who share more enlightened attitudes about the use and abuse of animals. But a scene in the story can teach us even today something about the power of solitude and focus in daily life. Melville gives us a turbulent scene in which a whaleboat scuds across a frothing ocean in pursuit of the great white whale. The sailors... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom about living life with faith. Enjoy! The temporary church school teacher was struggling to open a combination lock on the supply cupboard. She thought that perhaps she’d forgotten the correct combination, so she went to the pastor’s study and asked for help. The minister came into the room and began to turn the dial. After the first two numbers he paused and stared blankly for a moment. Then he lifted his eyes upward and whispered something too faint to be heard. He finally turned back... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom about living life from your heart. Enjoy! It’s said that we begin to cut our wisdom teeth the moment we bite off more than we can chew. But do we ever feel as if we have enough wisdom? That we have arrived; that we are wise? Jeff Hull writes about his great aunt, called Momma J. At 96, she was the last of her generation. As the family was gathered at her sister’s funeral, a cousin remarked to Jeff that they were soon to be moving into the family’s oldest generation. Jeff looked at... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom about wisdom itself. Enjoy! In many areas you are knowledgeable. But do you know that you are wise, too? Perhaps far wiser than you realize. Wisdom is more than knowledge. Wisdom is the product of lessons learned in the school of life. Wisdom can be hard won; for it is often birthed in the ashes of failure. Theodore Levitt, of the Harvard Business School, said, “Experience comes from what we have done. Wisdom comes from what we have done badly.” If that is true, I am wiser than I ever... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom about retaining our childlike wonder. Enjoy! Two little children, a boy and a girl, walked hand-in-hand to their neighbor’s house. Standing on her tiptoes, the little girl was just able to reach the doorbell. A woman greeted them and asked what they wanted. “We’re playing house,” the little girl answered. “This is my husband and I am his wife. May we come in?” Thoroughly enchanted by the scene confronting her, the lady said, “By all means, do come in.” Once... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom about perseverance and how it can pay off. Enjoy! American President John Quincy Adams once said, “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” It’s true! Look what happened recently to a North Carolina church that wanted to purchase some property. The church regularly suffered from high tide flooding. But when the church was built over a hundred years ago, they couldn’t afford better property. They finally... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom about how everything we do, counts. Enjoy! African-American poet Countee Cullen spent the summer of his eighth year in Baltimore, Maryland. Shortly after he arrived he noticed a little white boy staring at him. Countee smiled, but the little boy did not smile back. Instead, he stuck out his tongue and called him a “nigger.” Cullen later wrote a poem that included his recollection of the summer when he was eight. In it, he says this: “I saw the whole of Baltimore from May until... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom about how every day is preparation for an even greater day. Enjoy! You heard about the sign posted on a rancher’s fence? On the other side of the fence resides the biggest, meanest looking bull you can imagine. The sign is intended to strike fear into the hearts of would-be trespassers. It reads: “Don’t attempt to cross this field unless you can do it in 9.9 seconds. The bull can do it in 10 flat!” Don’t try to cross that field unless you are prepared! And isn’t... (Read More ...)