Inspiration Fountain

Inspirational guest interviews, quotes, fun things to do for a joyful journey, comfort and self-care.

A Time to Pause and Reflect

By Colette Lafia /

A few weeks ago, here in San Francisco, the headline read, “100 days of Sheltering In Place.”  It made me think of the annual “100 days of Kindergarten,” event we have at the elementary school where I work, a time to recognize all the hard work and learning that has…

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Being Grateful to Meet Solitude

By Colette Lafia /

How can this be a time of solitude and not just separation and isolation? Thomas Merton, the Christian monk, wrote that “Solitude is not separation,” and that we go into the desert not to escape other people but in order to find them in God. During this pandemic, we’re spending…

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Remembering to Water Seeds of Joy!

By Colette Lafia / Comments Off on Remembering to Water Seeds of Joy!

Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us to water the seeds of joy in ourselves, especially during times of suffering. He writes, “When you are suffering, look deeply at your situation and find the conditions for joy that are already there, already available. You have eyes that can see, lungs that can…

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Here’s a Book I’m Sure You’ll Enjoy!

By Colette Lafia / Comments Off on Here’s a Book I’m Sure You’ll Enjoy!

I’m reading Unteachable Lessons: Why Wisdom Can’t be Taught (And Why That’s Okay), by Carl McColman, a contemplative teacher and author. Check out his website here. The first thing that pulled me in when I began reading Unteachable Lessons was its willingness to be honest and searching. Through his warm…

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Inspiration Fountain: Love is Essential

By Colette Lafia / Comments Off on Inspiration Fountain: Love is Essential

‘To create is a way of loving. If I don’t love the work I do, it is meaningless, it is just a way of making money. And money doesn’t have anything to do with love.’ – Ole Jakob Nielsen Watch this and be inspired!

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Inspiration Fountain

By Colette Lafia /

My older sister was a very busy therapist before she retired last year. I remember she always told me that she tried to look at each person she saw in a day as ‘a child of God.’ Today, her words inspired me. As students came into the library with a…

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