Everybody is inspired by something. Some are inspired by other people, those of us who are lucky enough are inspired by our jobs. Some people are inspired by a movie they see, or a television show, a book they read or a celebrity seen on TV or in the movies. Others of us who are really fortunate are inspired by our families, our mothers fathers brothers and sisters...
And those of us who ARE parents are very often inspired by our children.
Only recently Rosemary, (or Mum to me) sent me a valentine card that read, "I'm in awe of the woman you've become." So I'd like to think that I've inspired my Mum and will continue to do so. She certainly inspires me in many, many, ways.
I'm inspired by how strong minded and stead fast she is, how fair she is, how gently and kind when dealing with a sick patient for example.
Inspiration can come from many sources, but we have to be open to being inspired and when inspired, learn what do with that inspiration. We can also find inspiration in the most unexpected places.
A friend recently told me that when walking on her way to work she saw two homeless men sitting on a park bench. As she observed the two men, who were down on their luck, but seemed nice enough, lucid, just minding their own business, chatting to each other and not paying any mind to my friend, they began to chuckle. Not a raucous laugh, but an easy chuckle between two friends. My friend recounted to me that until then she'd been in a terrible mood. She didn't want to go to work, was having a bad week and then she saw these two men. She was totally transformed by the fact that despite their obvious plight the men still managed to see the lighter side of life.
Who would imagine one could be inspired by a homeless person? But they changed her way of looking at her hum drum work life.
Additionally inspiration doesn't have to come in any particular form, not even a positive one. Take, for example, Rosemary's mother, who has inspired her how NOT to be.
So when we're inspired what do we do with that inspiration? Do we sit on it and do nothing? Do we take an action? Do we intend to take action and then slowly forget about that fleeting moment that once seemed so powerful?
Because.Inspiration IS powerful
What are you inspired by and what are you inspired to do?
Here are some examples of things that inspire Rosemary, Samantha and those they know.
*Rosemary was inspired by her patient Bob, who though sick and dying, never complained and even went out of his way to help others. See more about Bob.
*Samantha is inspired by her mother and her writing, inspired enough to try and finish her own book.
*Rosemary was inspired by her father to believe that ANYTHING is possible.
*However, both Samantha and Rosemary are inspired by Rosemary's Mother and Samantha's grandmother how NOT to be.
*Samantha is inspired by Rosemary to take action and become more of a healer, or do good for those in need.
*Rosemary's 95 year old, yes, we said 95 year old neighbor is inspired by a warm Florida breeze and a nice sunny day to go out and tend to her garden.
*Everyone that knows Rosemary's 95 year old neighbor is inspired to be as able as she is at such a grand age.
*Samantha's husband, a photographer, is inspired by his idol, Helmut Newton.
This month's lesson is to write down what inspires you and what you have learned that you can do when being inspired.--What being inspired has meant to you in your life and how it's helped you.
What does inspiration do for you?
Does it trigger you to take action?
When does inspiration work?
*Make a list of five people who have inspired you and think about and write down the ways in which they have inspired you.
*Have you inspired anyone? Make a list of the times you feel you might have inspired someone to A) Become a better person. B) To follow their dreams. C) To become more like you.
*Name 3 negatives that have inspired you to take action in a positive direction
*Name three sources of inspiration that have changed you for the better and why
*Name as many times as you can when being inspired you have then taken an action.when have you acted upon an inspiration?
It's not enough to just be inspired you have to TAKE ACTION! Now we hope this lesson has inspired you to go and ACT ON your inspirations.
Talk with community members about your thoughts on this month's lesson, or write us an account of your progress. We'd love to post it in our spotlight section for everyone to read.
Good luck and be ready for next month's lesson...
For more lessons and insights check back next month and also see our "Weekly Actions," posted, every week here in Own Your Power. Try, too, Rosemary's book, "You Own the Power." for more lessons about owning your power. Get this book and other Books and tapes by Rosemary in our online store.
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