Steve Goodier writes wonderfully insightful inspirational pieces that he's included in many books. He also regularly emails some of his writings to subscribers. Here's a wonderful piece he sent out recently:
FIRE IN THE HEART
The teacher quizzed her class: "He drove straight to his goal. He looked neither to the right nor to the left, but pressed forward, moved by a definite purpose. Neither friend nor foe could delay him, nor turn him from his course. All who crossed his path did so at their own peril. What would you call such a man?"
A student replied, "A truck driver!"
If he is a truck driver, he is likely a successful truck driver, for anyone who pursues a vision with such passion is sure to be a success.
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel got it right when he said:
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference."
Nothing will kill a dream or douse the fire of a good idea more quickly than indifference. To whatever endeavor you commit yourself, be on guard primarily against that spirit-quenching attitude of apathy.
At what do you wish to succeed? A project? A job? A relationship? A
personal mission? A financial goal? A life purpose? "Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something," says Mary Lou Retton. "It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit."
In order to succeed greatly, one must care greatly. For indifference is no match against a well-attended fire in the heart.
This reading is found in Steve Goodier's popular book
A LIFE THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE: 60-Second Readings That Truly Matter
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