The Roof- Live a Life Inspired by Purpose

These are some of my favorite passages from Marci Shimoff’s Happy for No Reason book.

“There are two great days in a person’s life- the day we are born and the day we discover why. – William Barclay, twentieth-century Scottish theologian

“When we learn to say a deep, passionate yes to the things that really matter, then peace begins to settle onto our lives like golden sunlight sifting to a forest floor.” -Thomas Kinkaide, artist

“The one thing they all had in common was that each and every one of them had achieved the five most important elements in their lives they felt were necessary for their own success and fulfillment.”

“As I sat watching Debra speak, I thought about the elements I felt were necessary to create my deal life- and realized that sharing transformational knowledge, in just the way Debra was doing, was what I wanted to do more than anything in the whole world. The realization was so intense, it was almost painful. I felt as if I were birthing a whole new life! Then, in the very next moment, I became aware of an incredible inner calm, followed by the most peaceful feeling of happiness I had ever experienced. It came from the core of my being as I connected with what really mattered to me. (p.224)

“As they gave me a standing ovation, excited about what they had discovered about themselves, tears welled up in my eyes. I thought of that little girl singing and dancing under the streetlight so many years ago, who had just wanted to touch people’s hearts. I was living that little girl’s dreams. The journey had brought me here to give the gift of love to these beautiful women, so much like my own mother.” (p.225) 

“So at age seventy-two, Dad took up needlepoint- and loved it. He became a master needlepoint artist, winning awards throughout California. I remember going home one day for a visit when he was about eighty-five. He’d just begun the biggest and most intricate needlepoint project I’ve ever seen, a detailed depiction of the Tree of Life.”

“Imagine, an eighty-five-year-old man beginning a four-year project, but his passion for expressing his artistry gave him a strong sense of purpose. And he did complete that project? You bet he did! It was his greatest work of all. Today, it hangs proudly on the wall of my mother’s living room in the same house that my parents shared for fifty-three years. My dad taught me that feeling a sense of purpose allows you to bring joy to whatever it is you’re doing.” (p.226)

“Following your inspiration doesn’t mean you do only the things that are easy. Inspiration gives you the courage and persistence to do whatever has to be done to fulfill your purpose- even if it’s challenging or scary. When you’re inspired, you act from a sense of inner purpose, not out of obligation or to get other’s approval.” (p.228)

“By the time I finished reading, I was a totally different person. It was like looking up and noticing the sun for the first time. I saw everything in a new light.” (p.229)

“I knew I’d stumbled onto the most valuable secret in the world: What you think, feel, say, and do, you attract to yourself. In truth, we all create our own reality!” (p.230)

“I felt stuck until I realized I was getting caught up in the how, trying to figure out the way my intention should unfold. I knew from the Law of Attraction that my job was to stay focused on the what I wanted to create: to feel the gratitude and joy that would come from my successful outcome, and to trust and have faith that the way would be shown. So I let go of all my worries and plans about the distribution. This left me totally in the dark, unable to see the path ahead of me. Still, I kept holding to my purpose and feeling the joy in my heart.” (p.230)

“Buckminster Fuller, the famous architect and visionary, used the term “precession” to describe this phenomenon of a series of small steps leading to an astonishing, unforeseen conclusion. 

I’ve experienced precession in my own life many times. If you had told me twenty years ago that I’d be a best-selling author, I would have thought you were crazy. I only wanted to be a speaker. I hated writing!” 

“Some folks hear the fanfare of trumpets where they have their Big Idea. Many don’t. You may feel you have a special and unique gift but haven’t quite tumbled on how to express it. Rest assured: if you keep your sights on the lighted road, the opportunity to bound to sneak up on you when you least expect it.” (p.233)

“Oprah Winfrey once said, I never went for the money, I just said, God use me. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.” 

“I’ve been fortunate to spend time, personally and professionally, with Lynne, and whenever I’m around her in everything she does. She’s often so full of gratitude that her eyes fill with tears. ” (p.235)

“Summer, my eight-year-old daughter, came over and put her arms around me and said, Mom, if you can help end world hunger, we don’t want you driving us to the orthodontist. Someone else can do that. She went on, “We have the coolest life and the most amazing people living with us. We’re so lucky and so proud of you.” (p.237)

“When we started the Hunger Project in 1977, 44,000 people a day were dying of hunger and starvation, most of them children under five years old- and those numbers were rising every year. Today, though the world’s population has grown by over 50 percentage, the number of deaths from hunger and starvation is 19,000 people a day, less than half of what it was in 1977. It’s still too many, but it’s a staggering accomplishment.” (p.238)

 

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