Inspiration Corner: Opening Your Heart to Receive and Give Inspiration


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Opening Your Heart to Receive and Give Inspiration

Seek Out the Beauty in Life and Share it With Others

by Joanne Troppello


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

Inspiration. That’s a word that many of us need these days. Someone who inspired me to become a writer, was my sophomore English teacher, Mr. Johnson. I wrote a poem several years ago about how he inspired our class to seek excellence and how he encouraged us follow our dreams.


Our Inspiration

Seeking excellence


From Dickinson to Thoreau,

and back once again.

He helped us to grow

to be women and men.


We learned about Walden Pond,

and Plymouth Rock,

as our hearts he did bond

when he opened its lock.


The Play Our Town

opened our eyes to

the fact that we’d drown

if we didn’t realize

the preciousness of life,

through all its hardships

and suffering strife

and broken friendships.


In the midst of this teaching,

our dear teacher remained

one who was always reaching

for our excellence to be attained.


© Joanne Troppello


Focusing on the Light


“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle

Sometimes while going through our darkest moments, it is difficult to see the light. As a Christian, I trust in the Lord—knowing that He is my guiding light and will direct my path.


Yes, it is difficult at times to keep moving forward, but I know that God is with me.


“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)

Jesus doesn’t change. He is the same and His love is the same, never failing us. Even if God never answered another one of my prayers, I would continue to love, follow, and serve Him. God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to die on the cross for our sins. We can live with Him for eternity in Heaven—and not eternally in Hell—if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior.


That is huge! That is a wondrous gift of grace! We don’t always reflect on how much the Lord went through to save us.


“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:4-6 (NKJV)

He freely gave His life for us. He freely gave His life for me. Now, my life is His and I live for Him.


I hope that I can inspire others through my columns in this magazine, as I share from my heart. God bless!


Did you have a teacher who has inspired you? Has anyone else inspired you lately?

About the Author



Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


Connect with Joanne on Twitter and join in cultivating positivity in your life and sharing it with others by subscribing to the Living the Sunflower Life community.




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