Here’s an interesting question: Where do most people go to find their daily inspiration? I’m not 100% sure, but am pretty sure there are many different methods that work for just as many different types of people. From what I can tell, most passionate, motivated people tend to find what works for them and stick to it. For me, it’s never been too much of an issue; Hell, I was inspired this morning at 8:00 a.m. when I looked outside my window at the chilly but clear day in store for us, including an outgoing moon~! Actually, because I’ve always been so easily inspired, I used to think I was “luckier” than the next guy. It’s true: I had this vision that in some way, I was actually sort of “blessed” with some kind of “hyper-appreciation” gene that made me extra aware of the many small, simple things life has to offer, and therefore able to appreciate them more than most… I guess it’s better than the alternative “My life is shit” gene that many people seem to believe they are cursed with these days… but I digress…
I tend to find inspiration in small, routine things that may appear trite or invisible to the masses; things like seeing a parent take the time to encourage their small child to try something new, a heartfelt speech from someone who has overcome some form of adversity or watching success finally coming to someone who has worked long and hard to achieve a personal goal. Whenever I witness any acts of this kind, I can’t help but become emotional and inspired by what I see; even more importantly, these moments actually inspire me to put forth my very best efforts in my own life, and hold me accountable to do just that… does this make sense?
But truth be told, lately my outlook on the “lucky gene” theory is changing – maybe even evolving- and I’m starting to figure out that it might not even exist, which also means I’m not quite as special or unique as I thought I was…really? Say it ain’t so! Seriously, what I’ve noticed is not so much that I’m (or others like me) are hyper-sensitive to these kinds of things, but rather that, as Thoreau put it, that the mass of men are too busy rushing around, living lives of “quiet desperation” – or, put more simply: Most people don’t stop to “smell the roses” and therefore miss out on many of the awesome moments of inspiration that are around them every day. Do you ever find yourself guilty of this? I know that if I’m stressed out or in a constant hurry I definitely am; so in honor of “slowing down” and appreciating the simple things, I made a brief list of some of the things that inspired me this week.
On their own none of them are life changing or earth shattering, but each one made me feel a little more grateful about my life and helped nourish my spirit in one way or another. I hope you like them and that they inspire you, as they did for me, to put forth your best effort, in every thing you do. I’ll tell you one thing; I’m thankful I took the time to stop and pay attention to them and promise do to so more in the future. I hope they resinate with you as well~
1. The website www.lifetimenetworks.org which helps to create unique and important friendships in Victoria for those who really need them
2. A cancer survivor sharing her story with me about how she lets nothing get in her way anymore and travels more now than she ever did before getting sick
3. A news story about how anonymous donors raised enough money to send a sick girl to Disneyland when her parents backed out of the trip last minute
4. Watching a stranger buy a cup of coffee in Starbucks for the guy in front of him who was (unexpectedly) short of money
5. This video :
And as a bonus: This photo of T from our trip to New York last summer; because seriously, who wouldn’t be inspired by this guy?
What inspired you this week? Let me know in the comments below, and hey, go out and make it an inspirational day!