Who Inspires You?

Who Inspires You?

Last Sunday for Father’s Day many people wrote heartfelt Facebook comments describing ways their fathers have inspired them and posting pictures in remembrance.  While this may or may not be the case for you, I suspect there are people in your life (present or past, fictional or real) who inspire you in ways both large and small.  Who are they?  Take just one or two minutes and remember things they said or did that have meaning for you.  Maybe it isn’t words or actions, but just their presence; who they are and how they live their lives. Following acts of terrorism or natural disaster, we see an outpouring of compassion and an awareness of community.  People take action on behalf of others; stories of heroic word and deeds go viral. …
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What to do when inspiration has gone AWOL . . .

What to do when inspiration has gone AWOL . . .

The path to inspiration begins where you are with who you are. --Jonathan Ellerby, PhD, author of Inspiration Deficit Disorder Ellerby describes Inspiration Deficit Disorder as “a loss of vitality and purpose. . . being disconnected and unaware of our own unique talents, needs and destiny. Forgetting connection to original source – love and potential.” Just what we need – another disorder. But here’s why living an inspired life is important enough for me to write and teach about it and try to live it.  In our families and in our workplaces and in our communities . . . if we are not inspired we are just going through the motions.  When we just go through the motions, it can lead to questions like “What’s the point?” or “Why am…
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What Inspires You?

What Inspires You?

  I’m dedicating the month of June to the topic of Inspiration. In the ebb & flow of life, I’m convinced that inspiration is a key player in maintaining mental health.  As my youngest child finishes elementary school this week, and the high school grads don their caps and gowns they’ll hear encouraging and inspiring words in (possibly) memorable commencement speeches that might include the following: “You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!”               ― Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss   Inspirational Quotes from Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest My Facebook friends share multiple flowery or philosophical inspirational quotes daily, and I usually enjoy reading and sometimes sharing them (unless it’s just one of those days.)  Pinterest boards are…
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Transitions

I recently watched a repeat of “The Princess Diaries” on the Disney Channel. You may know the story – A rather plain 15-year old girl named Mia suddenly discovers she is a princess; the sole heir to the kingdom of a small European country. She is immediately thrust into a world she doesn’t understand and undergoes an Eliza Doolittle-type transformation. Transitions. Like it or not, they are part of life. Your transition may not be as dramatic as Princess Mia’s. It can be deliberately chosen or a complete surprise, pleasant or unpleasant. Relationship changes, death or illness, jobs or retirement, having a new baby, pop culture terms like “empty nest,” “mid-life crisis”, “downsizing.” In his book Transitions, William Bridges discusses three phases of transition: Endings First we begin to disengage…
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The Power of Our Beliefs – The Seen and the Unseen

Spring Break at our house means watching movies – at the theater or at home, and this year was no exception. I saw two movies that inspired me to write about the power of our beliefs in ourselves and in others. In the not-exactly-critically acclaimed but visually stunning “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” the Kansas carnival magician/illusionist/con man (Oscar Diggs, or “Oz”) arrives in the Land of Oz via tornado to discover the people there are expecting a wizard. Upon spending time with the guy and seeing him for who he is, Glinda the Good tells him, “You may not be the wizard we expected, but perhaps you are the wizard we need.” She tells him the people must have someone to believe in or all is lost. As the…
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