The first gift I opened on Christmas Eve was a paperweight. I opened a lot of great gifts after that, but the paperweight was one of the best.
Inspiration is a funny thing. My uncle first told me the phrase on this paperweight when I was afraid of moving to New York. Back then, it was a paperweight on his desk, a constant reminder that he can do anything he puts his mind to, and he was simply passing along that advice to me.
I look over my To-Do list today at work — process invoices, file contracts, proofread and compile reports — and I know there’s no risk of failing. But now a paperweight, heavy with inspiration is at the bottom of that list.
What about the challeges, the things I could fail to accomplish? It asks. Why haven’t they been added to the list?
I knew about the paperweight. Its phrase is in my blog archives and on my Facebook profile. But having it right here, feeling the weight of its meaning, reminds me that I should add more to my to-do list.
- I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.