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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

January 8, 2024

The focus for today is:

My inner voice calms me down when I start to go ballistic.

Today's inspiration was written by Gary C. Cooper:

I didn’t just hit the wall, have an epiphany, and presto, everything got better. I was compelled to change my lifestyle. I quit chasing all those things “out there” that had been giving me temporary satisfaction and began exploring my inner world, where I often felt like a stranger in a strange land.

I still find myself chasing things, but I know better now. I listen to my inner voice, and I can actually hear it. We all know that voice; it’s the one that calms us down when someone cuts us off in traffic and we start to go ballistic.

That voice is always there; we’ve just drowned it out with cell phones, TV, work, soccer practice, and what I call our “busynesses.” The saying that idle hands do the devil’s work may be true enough, but busy hands can also keep us from fully becoming what God made us to be.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Finding Your Why and Your Life Purpose
     Written by Gary C. Cooper.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of listening to your jnner voice (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
 Whenever we are in a frenetic state of mind (anger, fear, stress, etc.), it can be difficult to hear the inner voice as it speaks softly, gently, and kindly. To hear it requires calm, quiet, and the willingness to listen. 

Our focus for today: My inner voice calms me down when I start to go ballistic.

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RELATED BOOK: The Success Paradox

The Success Paradox: How to Surrender & Win in Business and in Life
by Gary C. Cooper with Will T. Wilkinson.

bok cover: The Success Paradox by Gary C. Cooper.The Success Paradox is the improbable story of a life and business transformed, told in a warmly authentic style that says: “I hit rock bottom, I surrendered, I began doing the opposite of what I’d been doing before, miracles happened, and here’s what you can learn from my journey.”

With riveting personal details that illuminate his discoveries, Gary details how he defied the odds – not just to survive but to thrive - by implementing a series of paradoxical strategies, fundamentally opposite to anything he’d ever done before. The result is an inspiring book about what happened to him and a blueprint for readers to experience how to surrender and win in business and life.

Click here for more info and/or to order this hardback book. Also available as a Kindle edition and as an Audiobook.

About the Author

photo of GARY C. COOPERGARY C. COOPER was 28 when his father died suddenly, making him CEO of a South Carolina health care business with 500 employees, $25M in revenue, and ten partners much older than him. Two months after his father’s funeral the bank called all their loans, demanding $30M in 30 days. So began Gary’s roller coaster ride into workaholism, alcoholism, near bankruptcy, and family strife, culminating in a doctor’s grim diagnosis: “You have less than a month to live.”

But Gary turned everything around. Today he is sober, healthy, happy, his family is reunited, and his company, Palmetto Infusion Inc., is valued at $400M. How he did it reveals three astounding secrets that turn best business practices upside down.

For more info about Gary, visit For info on the non-profit organization he co-founded with Will Wilkinson, visit