Yesterday I gave you a preview of the new project I am working on. Here is the full story.

We always see these page-a-day calendars with cute pictures or inspirational quotes. In fact, I would be willing to guess that the calendar industry makes a big chunk of cash on these calendars. The one downside is that we read the quote, think to ourselves how inspiring it is, and then, when the next day comes, we throw the page away and move onto the next quote. It’s a vicious cycle that, in my opinion, begins to lessen the value of those quotes. After a few months, the calendar becomes less a source of inspiration and more a ritual of tear, read, throw away. Toward the end of the year, it simply becomes a way to remember what day it is. It may be because these are mass-produced and seem more generic and less specific to our individual lives, or it could be that a quote a day is simply too frequent to allow the significance of the quote to really resonate with us. This is where the project comes in.

The idea is to take a deck of playing cards, decorate them, and add a quote that you find inspiring. 52 cards, 52 weeks = 1 quote per week. Not only does this allow the quotes to be more personal, it also gives them time to settle with us, for us to find a way to understand just how that quote applies to our life at that moment. It’s a cool idea on its own, but what would happen if those quotes went out into the world? What would happen if your deck was made up of art and quotes made and discovered by other individuals? The world would suddenly feel smaller, much closer. We would feel more connected to those around us as we learn that even two very different people have a common need. We might even come to discover that, at the very core of our souls, we are all the same. Not something that can be bought at a mall kiosk.

To learn more about the project and find out how you can participate, visit this website.
Inspiration Deck Swap

P.S. If you have a quote you find especially inspiring, please leave it in the comments section. I currently have enough quotes for 20 cards and would love to hear what touches your soul.