Speech 10: Inspiration

It started with the picture.

A picture says a thousand words, as the saying goes, but the first time I saw it it was like reading those words in the form of Egyptian hieroglpyhs. It was a grainy rounded white shape on a black background and I didn’t know what it meant. My sister had sent the picture in a text message to me along with her husband’s brother and sister. I tapped on the image and flipped my phone into portrait mode to make it fill up the screen. Gradually it dawned on me that the image resembled an X-ray. I noticed my sister’s name in tiny white letters in the corner. I continued to stare at the picture for a few moments in shock and disbelief before it hit me. This was a sonogram and a new member of my family was coming into this world.

1. Look at the world with a fresh pair of eyes

2. Anything worth doing is worth doing well

3. Don’t assume that your intentions are clear – make sure

4. Treat the people who you care about with unconditional love

5. Life is short, times passes quickly, so treasure all the moments in between

This device

I sometimes feel like I rely on it way too much in the functioning of daily life. Whip it out frequently as a crutch to look and act busy. It’s so easy not to be bored or unoccupied anymore, but is that a good thing or have we permanently lost the ability to experience moments of introspection?


Stupidity: filling a bag of rice, having the bag being filled tip over because it is top heavy and spill rice grains all over the kitchen floor

Extra stupidity: picking up the grains by hand with the thought to somehow clean and preserve them for future use

Frustration: vacuuming the rice grains off the floor with the realization that this is the ultimate waste of time. Even leisure time has a purpose, this is simply making amends for utter rank stupidity. This is the sort of thing for which one could shed tears of frustration

The greatest love

I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone’s shadow
If I fail
If I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe

No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity

Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
Learning to love yourself
Is the greatest love of all