Monday, March 31, 2014

patterns and moments

I like this quote from Jenny Downham. It reminds me of the patterns we make in our life. It reminds me that somehow these patterns are interwoven at some points with the patterns of other people who cross our life. Sometimes the shared patterns are wide and strong, at other times they are short and flimsy. However, no matter how strong or flimsy those patterns are, we have shared precious moments and hopefully learned from them.

I coupled this quote with this photo of a tea kettle. Why, because tea kettles always remind me of shared warm and cozy moments.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Pray for others

Isn't it a beautiful feeling when you know that someone is praying for you? Do you feel that oneness with the universe when you send out a prayer for others? This quote from an unknown author says it all about the blessings we get as we pray for others.

The photo is a lily which I processed in photoshop to give it a softer effect.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

peace, joy and serenity

√čvery breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity." I just love this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh. It reminds me of the power of stillness and serenity in our life.

This photo is another early morning scene from my favorite island, Boracay. The morning is so still and the colors are muted and golden. The fishermen must be experiencing such a blissful morning.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

be joyful

This is my 365th post! I am celebrating the first anniversary of this blog! I am celebrating by using this verse from Thessalonians. It is about being joyful! This is because it has been a joy-filled, and inspiration-filled year for me. Every post always brings a smile on my face and joy in my heart. So let us celebrate people who inspire us through their various quotes!

As a celebration gift, I am allowing you free use of any of the photoquotes I have posted here. The only return I ask is for you to please acknowledge where you got it. If you use it in your website, please link back here. Thank you! Enjoy!
Happy 1st Anniversary to Get Inspired!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

out of the storm

Sometimes we need storms in our life because as what Haruki Murakami said in this quote, "you won't be the same person" when you come out of the storm.  Oftentimes, we come out of a storm stronger and better.

The photo is a stormy scene with coconut trees swaying in the wind.

Monday, March 24, 2014

worry, sorrow and strength

This quote from Corrie ten Boom is so true. Worry actually does not just empty today of its strength, but it also makes us forget about the beauty of today.

The photo is a person who is probably feeling pensive or is even worrying. It's just good that it's almost the end of the day, so tomorrow might bring her something to smile about.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hope and faith

The relationship between hope and faith is well explained in this quote by Rex Rouis. It's really true that "Hope keeps you alive" and that "Faith gives your life meaning...."

I took this photo of two kids who kept on helping each other as they clambered up one rock after another.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

wonders of the universe

Choosing what we focus on will really create our own surroundings and our own world. So as Rachel Carson said, "The more we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction." For how can we destroy something that is wonderful?

The photo I used here is an abstraction of an original photo. I created this new image in Photoshop by playing around with the distort mode.

Friday, March 21, 2014

beautiful souls

I like how Michel de Montaigne describes what a beautiful soul is. I find it so inspiring and empowering!

The photo is a purple mum that I processed in Photoshop using blends and gradient. If you want a card or large print and other products of this, you may check it out in:lensbaby/works/12102586-beautiful-souls

Thursday, March 20, 2014

peace within

This quote from William Hazlitt is another way of saying that we cannot have peace with others if we are not at peace with ourselves.

The photo is an early morning scene with everything so still and at peace. This is taken from my favorite island, Boracay, here in the Philippines.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

positive thinker

I like this quote from an anonymous author. I find it so inspiring and motivating. Positive thinking really helps us achieve many things.

The photo is a flower that I processed in photoshop using layers, blends and gradient.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

world full of magic

Indeed our world is full of "magic things" we just don't pay attention to the beauty and magic around us. However, it is never too late to start developing our senses. So let's begin!

The photo is an abstract of an original photo. This was created through photoshop. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

weave in faith

"Weave in faith and God will find the thread." I like the way this unknown author describes what faith is.

The photo is a woven piece of cloth displayed on the wall of a museum. I love the intricate and color design. It does seem that God is the one who put all the threads together.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

friends are like flowers

This unknown author knows the value of his/her friends for sure. Don't you agree?

The photo is a bi-colored Gerbera daisy.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

act of worship

I wholeheartedly agree with this quote from an unknown author about "giving God all of you" as an "act of worship." Giving God all that we are is truly the only way we can show how much we worship and appreciate our gift of life from God.

The photo is a sunset scene from Manila Bay here in the Philippines.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Commitment and character

This quote from an unknown author really tells us plainly the relationship between commitment and character.

The photo is a fern frond whose leaflets are standing out and firm. They kind of indicate commitment, don't they?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

miracles will happen

I like this message from Reginarosa. It not only reminds us of God's power in our lives but it also reminds us to "take time to be quiet" or we might not catch a miracle happening.

The photo is inside one of the churches that we passed during our pilgrimage to Regina Rica here in the Philippines.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

do good to others

This quote from Marcus Aurelius tells good is a natural thing, as natural as bees making honey of vines bearing grapes. So why don't we do good to others then?

The photo is a bee doing its rounds of flowers in my garden.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

face reality

This quote from Jack Welch is a good reminder for us. We really have to learn to face reality or we will not be able to move on.

The photo is a bud of the Dahlia flower.

Monday, March 10, 2014

friends and family

This quote from Jess C. Scott is so simple yet so profound. We indeed cannot choose our family, but we can choose our friends.

The photo is a group of mushrooms, each one different from each other, yet stay they together.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

everyone is like a butterfly

This quote from Drew Barrymore is simply perfect for this photo of a butterfly emerging from what remains of its pupa. I took this photo from a butterfly garden in Malaysia.

We can take heart from this quote as it makes us hopeful that we can indeed emerge as a beautiful butterfly.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

faith and belief

"Faith is to believe what you do not see...." This really is the essence of what faith is, and St. Augustine said is so well.

The photo is a sunset scene from my hometown here in the Philippines.

Friday, March 7, 2014

extraordinary spiritual grace

"Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears...." Wow! If this quote does not give us "hope", I don't know what will. 

The photo is a Hibiscus flower that has started to wither but still appears lovely!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

trust yourself

This quote from Golda Meir (former prime minister of Israel), is so inspiring. I like especially the words, "create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life." How can we be happy if we are not happy with ourselves? But we have it in our power to create someone we can be happy with! So let's go for it!

The photo is the flower of the red ginger torch lily. The bracts look like flames.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Change, healing and time

It's amazing how time is a factor in so many things in our life. Just as what Veronica Roth says here, "change like healing, takes time."
Sometimes we are so impatient that we try to circumvent time. We want instant changes, instant gratification. However, in the natural order of things, time is really of the essence. So we must learn to abide by it.

The photo is the fiddlehead of a fern frond that is taking time to unfold.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

moments that take our breath away

How many times have you had moments that take your breath away? I really like this quote from Maya Angelou. It about sums up what makes us alive.  

The photo is a misty morning scene from my favorite island, Boracay.
Here is the link to cards or posters of this photoquote.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Excellence is a prevailing attitude

This quote from Charles R. Swindoll is very similar to the quote from Aristotle which I posted a few months back.  Here is the link if you are interested: If Swindoll says excellence is a "prevailing attitude", Aristotle says it is "a habit."

The photo is a powder puff flower or Calliandra tergemina.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

gift of God

This verse from the Ephesians is a good reminder to us about the reason we are saved. It is not about our efforts or what we have done, it is by grace, a gift from God.

The photo is flower from a vine. I'm sorry I do not know its name.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

when I stand before God

I like what Erma Bombeck said in this quote. However, I would like to add that we should not only use everything that was given to us, but we should also multiply it several times so we can share with others more.

I don't know the name of this flower. It was given to me by a friend.