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Written and Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

November 17-18-19, 2023

The focus for today is: 

I trust and love, no matter what I see in front of me.

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A hardwood tree in winter appears dead. There is no sign of life... no leaves, no buds, nothing that is vibrant to the eye. Yet inside the tree the process of life continues as it rests and prepares for the next round of Spring, Summer, and Autumn.

It is the same with we humans. You may look at someone and think they are hopeless, they will never change, never grow, yet you don't know what is going on inside of them. All sorts of transformations and changes are continually taking place, sometimes unbeknownst even to the person themselves.

We must not give up on others, or on ourselves. Change is continuous, and we are all, at some point, like trees in winter or as the seed of a greater potential. Transformation is on the way, and actually, already happening, whether we see it or not. Be patient. Trust and love, no matter what you see -- or don't see -- in front of you, or inside of you.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     A Tree in Winter is Still A Tree
     Written by Marie T. Russell,
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of trusting and loving (today and every day).

The focus for today is:  I trust and love, no matter what I see in front of me.

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cover art: The Life Navigator Deck byby Jane Delaford Taylor and Manoj Vijayan.Whether we are navigating tumultuous eddies or paddling in still water, this set of inspirational cards offers guidance and new perspectives for our day. The cards focus on empowering us, encouraging us to trust in our own innate abilities to handle life in a truly positive, creative and dynamic way. 

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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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