Life’s Inspirations

Some time ago I conducted a project during which I asked visitors to my site to tell me what inspires them—things they consider “natural highs.” As a result of this effort, I’ve collected more than two thousand statements, which I am happy to present here.

So as not to overwhelm you, I’ve configured this page to display several such statements at random. You can see a new set by reloading the page.

  • When my roommate’s cat started sleeping next to me.
  • Playing in the snow on christmas eve.
  • Finding a bill in an old jacket pocket.
  • Cooking breakfast on the porch of a hut high in the wilderness of the Tararua Ranges (NZ).
  • Having the car packed to perfection, just waiting for you to get behind the wheel and…go. Freedom!
  • The night before your first trip home since going away to college.
  • Eating a piece of pure chocolate.
  • Playing trombone at a hockey game and getting a song right, just as the arena is quiet.
  • Hearing your husband’s key in the door.
  • Getting flowers the day before Valentine’s Day.
  • Meeting my online love in person for the first time and finding out we’re in love in “real life”, too.
  • Seeing a comet for the first time.
  • Watching older couples holding hands and seeing a deep love they share.
  • Reading poetry that makes you cry.
  • Acting on an opportunity—there is nothing sadder than a missed one.

About the Author

Lenny Zeltser is a seasoned business and technology leader with extensive information security experience. He builds innovative endpoint defense solutions as VP of Products at Minerva Labs. He also trains incident response and digital forensics professionals at SANS Institute. Lenny frequently speaks at industry events, writes articles and has co-authored books. He has earned the prestigious GIAC Security Expert designation, has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Computer Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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