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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

September 12, 2023

The focus for today is:

I choose to celebrate the success of others.

Today's inspiration was written by Marie T. Russell:

We live in a culture that promotes competition and comparison, which can lead to feelings of inferiority, jealousy, envy, and resentment. In today's society, it can be challenging to be happy for someone else's success. 

However, the ancient philosopher Lao Tzu recognized the importance of rejoicing for others, whether they are our friends or our enemies. He believed that if we cannot practice being happy for the success of others, we will never truly be happy ourselves, no matter how long we live.

So, what does it mean to rejoice for others? Rejoicing means to feel genuine happiness and joy for someone else's success, without any negative thoughts or feelings. It means recognizing that their success does not diminish our own. It means we are happy to celebrate their accomplishments as if they were our own.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Why Practice Being Happy for the Success of Others?
     Written by Marie T. Russell.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of celebrating the success of others (today and every day)

Our focus for today: I choose to celebrate the success of others.

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About The Author

Marie T. Russell is the founder of InnerSelf Magazine (founded 1985). She also produced and hosted a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner Power, from 1992-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and reconnecting with our own inner source of joy and creativity.

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