I’m a sucker for quotes.  I love to read funny or quirky or inspirational sayings from people far more insightful than I.  When a joined the Sierra Club a few years back, I was invited to sign up for the Daily Ray of Hope.  Being as curious as I am, I signed up.

The daily (or nearly daily) e-mails are a little sparkle of sunshine in my spam-filled, mundane and overflowing inbox.  Unlike a lot of e-mail that I have signed up to receive, I faithfully open this one.  No matter how busy I am, I am never to busy for a ray of hope.  Who could be?

Each one contains a beautiful photograph of a slice of nature paired with a quote.  Especially in the dead a winter, a picture of a desert flower, a tropical sunset, or a dew sprinkled forest brings life into my otherwise suffocating, recycled air dwelling.  The quotes are mostly from famous people and all worth the 10 seconds it takes to read.  Here are some of my favorites:

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
~EE Cummings

It’s actually a rare and precious thing to discover what it is you love to do, and I encourage you to remain unapologetically consumed by it. Be faithful to your gift and very confident in its value.
~Jonathan Ive

Then, there is one that I’ve taped next to my bed.  When I open my eyes in the morning it’s the first thing I see.

My future starts when I wake up every morning.  Every day I find something creative to do with my life.
~Miles Davis

As a writer and a performer, I let these sayings guide me through the day.  If you would like to add a little zippity-do-da to your day, check out Sierra Club’s Daily Ray of Hope sign up page.

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