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Inspiration

This is a Eulogy to 3 classical but very influential figures in recent history that have made the biggest difference in the world and still inspire many people today. I have chosen to write about them and share their wisdom because they have always inspired me and they stand up for and embody many of my own values.

Mahatma (Great-Soul) Gandhi: Indian Political and Spiritual Leader
Stands for non-violence, truth and simplicity

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.”

“I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life.”

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”

Mother Teresa: “Angel of Mercy”, founder of the Missionaries of Charity, winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Peace

“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”

“God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.”

Martin Luther King Jr.: Clergyman, Activist and prominent leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Peace

Exerts from “I Have a Dream” Speech:

“…I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
… I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
… I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”
You can access the full speech at http://www.mlkonline.net/dream.html and you can also watch it on YouTube.

Have these quotes inspired you? Now think about who is your source of inspiration. What values do you share with them? Which of these values are you honouring in your life today and which do you need to see more of? 
Digging for values is a very important part of the coaching process because it helps you define who you are and start to understand your purpose in life.

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