Twitter Helping People Like Robin Roberts Find Strength in Weakness

Author: Laurie Borland
Published: September 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Today, on GMA, Good Morning America, the team announced that Robin Roberts, an anchor on the morning show, will be going through a bone marrow transplant this Thursday and that she will be checking her Twitter to pass time. She released a blog post about her condition feeling weak, yet her mind is strong. I Tweeted a quote in hopes that she find solace in it. My Tweeted quote was, "I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life." ~Charles Kettering*

I wanted to dig a little deeper. Who was Charles Kettering? Ohio born inventor, businessman and graduate of Ohio State University in electrical engineering, Charles Kettering was a man who believed in the future, because as he stated, "that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life."

Charles held 186 patents. He says, "A problem well stated, is a problem half solved." One can see that he must have been good at stating problems if he held 186 patents.

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a slue of problems? Have you ever found that you are constantly uncovering problems all the time? Well, this might be considered a character flaw in some, however, as Kettering says, you are half way there just by defining your problem.

Inspiration comes from so many places, especially if your eyes are open. Today, I wanted to lift someones spirits. Someone who I have never met, yet comes into my living room on a regular basis. I found the Kettering quote and thought it might help. I was so inspired by him, that I decided to write this post.

"Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it," says Kettering.  As I read this quote from him, I was wondering if the founders of StumbleUpon had ever happened upon this quote.

I continue to be inspired by inventors, scientists and futurists. They are what keep me going; keep me pushing; keep me stumbling. Life is like that. If you have your eyes open, you can see 1,000 times more things than those who are living nothing more than a mundane life completely content with the status quo. Now, don't get me wrong, there are good qualities about mundane actions.  We really can't avoid them, but not looking forward to the future and being content with your problems will never grow you; evolve you.

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Article Author: Laurie Borland

I love to write. I want to make a difference in our world and my voice can be a vehicle of change for our future. I am interested in connecting stories on the tech trail for startups, current events/politics, science and tech, entertainment, education, …

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