Every morning, we wake ourselves up with a cup of coffee or latte. Its intoxicating aroma helps push us along in our daily tasks, even though we might not be quite awake yet. In the middle of the day, we might pick up a cup of tea to calm our nerves down and help us finish up our day. As we go through this daily routine and rely on those external stimulants to get us through our day, I imagine how much more our spirit might need encouragement to stay focused and get inspired each day. That is how I have come up with the concept of having two sayings each day for this book. One is to inspire us like coffee or latte in the morning, while another is like tea, giving us some wisdom to help us face our daily decisions with confidence. I give context and a short interpretation of each saying before wrapping it into a small package with a bow either called In-Flavor (Inspiration Flavor) or Wi-Flavor (Wisdom Flavor). Then I help mix that flavor and turn it into Inspiration Coffee or Wisdom Tea for you to enjoy each day.
Like our daily coffee and tea, I try to keep the two daily sayings and their reflections short and sweet. We do not have all day to read page after page on how we should make the right decisions or what we need to do to have a meaningful life. Another book would have to deal with that. This book is designed simply to give us a quick spiritual boost as we try to run from one task to another in our busy schedule.
Although the short-term goal of this book is to help us get through each day with joy and purpose, its long-term focus is to fine tune our characters and make us better people at home, at work, at worshipping place, in the neighborhood, and in other places. This world would be like Heaven if there were less fighting, arguing, and killing. We cannot get our cup of coffee, latte, or tea these days without worrying that a crazy lunatic will come in with a deadly weapon to gun us down like an animal or a bomb to blow us up. We certainly cannot enjoy anything in a world like that. This situation needs to be stopped, and it begins with us. We need to talk and act differently than what we see on the news or witness in our world every day. When we can do that, we help change the world one person at a time, and others hopefully will follow our example. This transformation will not only make our world a better place but also make us feel much better about ourselves.
Another reason for me to write this book is because I have observed that many decent people, who might not be quite religious, still have strong beliefs on certain values and want to share them with the world at every chance possible. The best way for them to do that is by putting one of those values in a short saying at the bottom of their signatures or under a logo of a company. Check that out for yourself! In fact, I have seen two recent television interviews in which people have quoted the sayings of inspiring figures who have changed their lives or helped them make important decisions. Furthermore, many of us enjoy reading a short message from a fortune cookie, which often makes us pause and think a little bit. That is what I hope this book will help us do each day: just to pause for a few minutes and think about those two daily sayings.
Finally, we have seen how national identity has been emphasized all over the world and turned people against one another. The truth is that we all belong to one human family, regardless of our races and religions. We need to learn to get along and help out one another. This book highlights that important point by collecting inspiring and wise sayings from the Bible, Koran (Muslim sacred book), Talmud (Jewish sacred book), and many human traditions. Some of the famous figures are Jesus, Confucius, Muhammad, Mahatma Gandhi, Aristotle, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, St. Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, and many more.
I have used five resources to select the two famous quotes for each day for the entire year and recorded each of them as following:
(Practical …) for taking from The Complete Book of Practical Proverbs and Wacky Wit.
(Quotations …) for taking from The Whole Book of Quotations: Wisdom from Women and Men around the Globe throughout the Centuries.
(Religious …) for taking from The Treasury of Religious & Spiritual Quotations: Words to Live By.
(Wise …) for taking from The Wise and Wacky Wit: A Potpourri of Proverbs from A to Z.
(Wit …) for taking from The Words of Wit and Wisdom: A Random Collection of Memorable Quotes.
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