Inspire: to fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
I recently read a post from a blogging friend of mine about what she finds inspirational. Of course, this got me thinking about my own life and what inspires me….to put one foot in front of the other, to keep on keepin’ on, to try new things, to do whatever it takes for my daughter to be happy, to believe in dreams.
I had to think, “Am I inspired by ideas such as hope, faith, peace, or love?” “Am I inspired by the ability to accumulate things, aka, money and tangibles?” “Am I inspired by beauty as in a gorgeous sky, the flowing manes of horses, ocean landscapes, or the changing colors of the leaves?”
As I pondered this question of inspiration over the last few weeks I realized that while all of these make me smile (yes, even a little cha-ching in my pocket), none of them INSPIRE me. Nope, I came to the conclusion that I am inspired by…
My daughter fighting through anxiety disorder at age 10 and making honor roll, my friends who selflessly help me muck 14 stalls in the dark so I can finish early and go home, my pastor who has endured illness and strife in her life yet persevered to help others, my mom who took care of my grandma for over 20 years with little appreciation shown, my sister who was determined to get a master’s degree despite potential obstacles, bloggers who expose their triumphs so I may empathize and learn, my boss who does what it takes to keep her employees satisfied and fulfilled, fathers posting pics of their family vacations on Facebook with joy in their eyes, my dad saying, “You are a wonderful mother.”
When I think of all the people who have come into my life over the years as well as the ones who’ve always been there, I find it’s them, it’s their stories, it’s their support, their ideas, their shared experiences, their encouragement, and their love that inspires me.
Above all else.
People have inspired me to…
Learn piano, make the drum line, return to school after a teenage pregnancy, graduate with honors, get a degree, believe in marriage, become a mom, survive divorce, buy a house, learn to ride horses, forgive, move forward, be an example to my daughter, seek God, accept change, pursue new goals, love with all of my heart and soul, not be afraid.
To name a few.
I’m grateful for these inspirations, as without them, without all of these people, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Now it’s your turn to share. After all, life is short, Readers. Seek inspiration, watch the evolution within yourself, oh, and give a chuckle along the way.