Several years ago, a door opened for me as I attended an event at our local arts center. It was an anniversary celebration that featured a panel of local writers. As I listened to each one speak of how they got started in their book writing process, I began to feel a rush of excitement. I couldn’t help but think, If they can do it, so can I.
What stimulates your mind? What motivates you to take yourself to the next level? What lights a fire under you? Is there something or someone that makes you want to be stronger, kinder, more giving or want to do something more with your life?
Inspiration can mean getting pumped up while listening to a self-help audio book on your drive to work. It may be in something you overhear through idle chit chat in a crowded park. Or from seeing someone work tirelessly through word or deed to make others feel more comfortable in their life. It’s when someone ahead of you in line pays for your coffee, and you do the same to the person behind you.
I received an email the other day at work and in the signature was the following saying: “In addition, know your life, regardless of what you may think, is an inspiration to someone whom you have touched along your path”. It’s incredible to think that everyone inspires someone in some way.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Inside each one of us is a story waiting to be told. What is the story of you that is waiting to unfold? Is there something more you would like for your life? Perhaps, a dream waiting to be realized. If you have something lying dormant deep down inside you, don’t leave it there. Dr. Wayne Dyer said it best. “Don’t die with your music still in you”.
All you need is to be inspired by something or someone. When you surround yourself with like-minded people, it is highly motivating. Like a butterfly that emerges, you begin to realize your potential. You start to think “I CAN do this”. Being with others who share your same interests helps you to strengthen your own.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ― George Bernard Shaw
My best friend, Amy created her life by starting her business, Classic Amy Joanne, while working full-time. She recently told me she doesn’t even know how she was able to find the time, but because of her determination to make painting a part of her life, everything fell into place. She exudes confidence and is deeply passionate about what she does. So much so that after my uplifting talks with her, I walk away with a stronger faith in myself.
If there are things you want to do, places you would like to go, or people you would like to help, start mapping out a different route in your life. Speak to people who have done the things you want to do or have been to the places you would like to go. Put yourself in the position to help those you would like to help. There is no right or wrong way to go about it. Create yourself by experiencing new things. It’s challenging but so worth it. Soon the tables will turn, and you will be the one encouraging others.
“Inspiration is all around us. Don’t let the brain limit the mind.” – Author, Lisi Harrison
There is nothing like a child to inspire you to be a better person to those around you. They are innocent and everything they do is simple and pure. Watch them smile and embrace their laughter as they interact with one another.
Learn a new skill or craft or attend a conference or retreat. Don’t just hear the music but listen to the song lyrics and you might just get a new outlook on life. Ask people you know what they are grateful for and think about their answers.
Take a walk outside and observe nature in its purest form. Breathe in the fresh air, feel the gentle breeze and hear the rustling of leaves. Listen to the birds singing to one another. Dip your feet in a shallow creek and feel the softly running water trickle over you. Watch the squirrels and bunnies scurrying about and maybe catch sight of a deer or two. Nature gives us the food, air and water we need. Take it all in and notice how healing, eternal and always moving our world is.
As I spoke one-on-one with the writers that day at the art center, I began to immerse myself in their world. At one point in their journey they make have been just like me, wondering how they were going to achieve what they desired. I imagine they took one step at a time and reached deep inside themselves. I realized then that all I needed to create the life I want is within me. I just needed to open myself up to a new world of possibilities.