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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 ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom on finding strength and courage in our lives. Enjoy! One couple spent a holiday driving in the mountains. “Every time you race around one of those narrow curves,” exclaimed the wife, “I just get terrified.” “Then do what I do,” suggested her husband. “Close your eyes!” We are all afraid at times, but closing our eyes is not always a helpful way through fear. Better to open your eyes and face those fears head-on. In 1972 David Miln Smith had such... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a key piece of life wisdom: how we should respond when others hurt us. Enjoy! As the Hayman wildfire in Colorado begins to wane, those of us living around the perimeter occasionally allow ourselves glimmers of hope that all will soon be normal again. No, the forests will not return for many years. Houses lost will not be rebuilt soon. And displaced families won’t find anything resembling normal for many months. The fire itself will still smolder, we’re told, until snow flies this Fall. But, just as crocuses... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier share a key piece of life wisdom. Enjoy! A mother of a vivacious five-year-old just returned from a meeting of the National Organization for Women. Stirred by exciting dreams for the possibilities of womanhood, she asked her daughter what she wanted to be when she grew up. Little Lisa quickly answered, “A nurse.” There was a time when nursing was thought of as a woman’s profession and the answer somehow seemed not to satisfy. She had, after all, just returned from a NOW conference. “You can be anything... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares how important it is for us to stand in wonder at the beauty in this world. Enjoy! Albert Einstein said that wonder is the source of all true art and all science. “He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” During our recent visit to Peru, we were amazed at the magnificent Incan architecture. Their precise stonework has withstood the centuries, though earthquakes have toppled other buildings all around. We were enthralled... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier tells the story of the stonecutter who always wished he was somebody or something else. Enjoy! An old story tells of an unhappy and discontented stonecutter. One day he came upon a merchant and was awe-struck by all of the marvelous goods the man had for sale. “I wish I were a merchant,” said the stonecutter and, quite amazingly, his wish was granted. Not long afterward he saw a parade pass his little shop. Spying a prince dressed in splendor such as he had never before seen, he said, “I wish I were a prince.”... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier shares a secret about how to get along in a world that takes advantage of you. Enjoy! A man recently wrote to me that he was upset about how people in business continually take advantage by not standing behind their products or otherwise offering inferior service. How do you stay positive and healthy in this kind of environment, he wondered? He related this example: “I recently tried getting the brakes fixed on my car. I took it to one place three times and spent around $400. They still didn’t work. I had enough... (Read More ...)

In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier discusses the simple fact that, as the title states, we need eachother. Enjoy! Many living things need each other to survive. If you have ever seen a Colorado aspen tree, you may have noticed that it does not grow alone. Aspens are found in clusters, or groves. The reason is that the aspen sends up new shoots from the roots. In a small grove, all of the trees may actually be connected by their roots! Giant California redwood trees may tower 300 feet into the sky. It would seem that they would require extremely deep roots to... (Read More ...)