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Inspirational quotes are popular because we see reflected in the wise words of great minds validation of who we feel we are and motivation for whom we want to become.

Each month Gary Blair, President and owner of i24 Call Management Solutions publishes a newsletter containing his favourite quotes – his ‘gems’. 

Your Inspirational Quotes for January Gary's Gems

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Welcome to January – the month of new beginnings!

This is the time of year most of us stop and take stock of our lives – a good practice to do more than once every twelve months.

This month’s Gems are dedicated to the way in which some folks view this age-old tradition.

I wish you a happy and healthy 2018 and hope you succeed in reaching all the good things you aspire to – whether new or ongoing.”

And the thought I’d like to leave you with this month is:

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives.

room by room,

drawing up a list of work to be done,

cracks to be patched.

Maybe this year, to balance the list,

we ought to walk through the room of our lives,

not looking for flaws,

but for potential.

– Ellen Goodman


About the Author:

Gary Blair is Owner and Chief Engagement Officer for i24 Call Management Solutions and Founder of the Art for Healing Foundation. He's passionate about creating connections between people through both his for-profit and not-for-profit activities. Communication is the name of the game.


  1. Ilene Feuer January 1, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Dear Gary,

    Your gems are always profound and meaningful. For me, January has the most significance…a new beginning.

    Hope you and Earl are healthy and enjoying the winter season. Alan and I miss your inlaws and your presence in Florida. Be happy and healthy and have an especially good 2018.


    • Gary January 4, 2018 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Ilene,

      How lovely to hear from you and thank you for those very kind words.

      We are both well, thanks, as I hope you and Alan are equally. We miss Miriam terribly and remember the days when everyone was alive and well and life was more care free, including our Florida trips.

      A very happy new year to you as well. Healthy, joyous and meaningful!



  2. David Simons January 1, 2018 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Well researched and curated list of quotes – as usual.

    • Gary Blair January 3, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you, David. Very much appreciated. Happy New Year.

  3. China Tse January 4, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Dearest Gary,

    Thank you for your friendship throughout 2017, especially during the passing of my Willy in April past. What would I do without Gems like you and Earl!

    All the best for 2018, my friends!


    • Gary January 4, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Hi China,

      Thank you for those very kind words and right back at you. Some friends come into your life and they make it hard to remember what the world was like without them. Kindred spirits! Happy New Year to you as well, may it be 365 days of joy and meaningfulness!


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