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. We witness courage and resilience. We find ourselves deeply and genuinely inspired by the human spirit.
Suggestions for this week:
- Make a deliberate effort to spend time in the presence of people who you find inspiring and uplifting.
- Read a biography or article about someone you find amazing or who has that certain something you would like to emulate.
- Pay attention to differences between admiration or charisma, and feeling inspired by someone.
P.S. What you find inspiring in another person . . .it’s in you, too and probably just waiting to be more fully expressed. But you already knew that, right?