To describe happiness is to diminish it.

~ Stendhal ~

New Inspiration Required

July 14th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 42 secs

There's no telling what you can do when you choose to uplift others.

There’s no telling what you can do when you choose to uplift others.

What a wonderful thing inspiration is. You can be down in the dumps dragging your belly on the ground when, suddenly, someone or something gives you a new vision.

It seems to me, in my little neck of the woods tucked under a rock behind the shed, that inspiration is sorely lacking most everywhere. People get tired of hearing about others in public claiming they care when it’s perfectly obvious it’s rot.

No amount of pontificating or grandiose speeches are ever going to be enough to inspire us. For that, there needs to be vision, sincerity, and dedication – all of which seem in short supply.

What might have got you excited as a child isn’t going to go far now. So you can forget about getting hyped up. You need motivation: something that puts a spring in your step and gets you thinking above your usual struggles.  So where is it?

Personally, I find collecting the wisdom of heroes highly inspiring. Some are still living. But many, having made their mark,  passed away long ago. Yet their lives  continue to speak loudly still.

Heroic people all seem to have key features in common, like:

  • Fortitude to face their fears and keep persisting with what they know to be true
  • Kindness in unlikely times and respect for the most vulnerable in our society
  • A generosity that is almost shocking
  • Wisdom, not just with things, but with people
  • Vision to see what others can or will not.

The point about motivating and encouraging people is that it needs to be genuine. A show of bravado or attention seeking just doesn’t cut it (which, really, is just as well).

To my mind, it’s good to read and find out about heroes you can relate to. Their efforts will help . But there is something more to this process than merely gratifying ourselves. It’s that you and I have a part to play in inspiring others too. You have people surrounding you that  benefit immensely from your words and deeds, and really, nobody else can do them better.

So I encourage you now to consider the value of continuing to uplift others to find their best by discovering and bringing out more of your own. It isn’t easy. But it’s a great way to live and enjoy find your own satisfaction.

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