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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

March 11, 2024

The focus for today is:

I add love, caring, and compassion to my "recipe" for life on earth.

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

I think that "sweet and sour" is an apt description for life... some sweetness mixed in with some sour. Many of us would probably prefer to only have the sweet experiences of life. However, at this time, on this planet, that is not our reality. We have a bit of a smorgasbord of events and experiences -- some sweet, some not so sweet (and that's obviously an understatement). 

The key might be to discover the sweetness that is embedded even in the sour moments. A hurricane brings out the helpfulness in neighbors, an injury encourages people to empathize, a crying child brings out the desire to comfort and help, etc.

So, rather than focusing on the sour aspects of life, we can choose to search for the sweet moments and experiences that are hidden in the sour moments. And more than that, we can choose to add some love, caring and compassion to life's recipe, and thus increase the total amount of sweetness in the world.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     The Sweetness of Life: Dream Intently and Lighten the Darkness
     Written by Marie T. Russell.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of adding some sweetness to life (today and every day)

Our focus for today: I add love, caring, and compassion to my "recipe" for life on earth.

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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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