i’ve been thinking about inspiration a lot lately.
like who searches for it and who gets inspired. what you do with it. and why we need it. part of me thinks that inspiration is the inner voice that calls out to us to find our potential. it’s that little whisper that reminds you that you can do more. be more. i think the feeling we get when we read.hear.see.think about something motivating and inspiring is about that strong pull to be a part of something greater than yourself. it reminds us of our individual and collective possibilities of doing something wonderful for the world. i think inspiration is about finding that spark within yourself that is waiting to be lit. and i think another part of it is about hope, the little reminder that things can get better. that you can change. that things aren’t always as they seem. the burst of energy and feeling of fullness when you realize there is more to yourself than you may be able to acknowledge.
and then there is the part of inspiration that is about action.
i believe one of the most important parts about being inspired is what you do with it. how you decide to change your life because of it. there is a part of the world that you can touch, that you can leave your fingerprints on. where is it going to be and what are you going to do? and when will you start? sometimes it’s not about waiting for the perfect day or for all of the parts of your plan to line up, sometimes it’s about deciding to do something and seeing it through until the very end. it’s about struggling to get there, but always remembering that movement is movement.
i looked up “act” in the dictionary today. among other things, the verb form of the word means to produce an effect, to exert energy, to do something. and what i know is that the beginning is always now. if you get anything from this blog, i hope it is it the inspiration to do. and not just the motivation to do something, but the drive to follow through in accomplishing it. sit down and write out all of your personal short and long-term goals. explore who you are and who you want to be. develop a plan to get there. to reflect on how you can use your personal talents and attributes to touch the world in a way that only you are able to. and when you are done thinking about all of these things, i hope you start living it. i hope you invest all of your energy in utilizing your life in the best way that you can. take action towards something that gives you a sense of meaning, that serves a greater purpose.
and if you don’t know where to start, just start somewhere.
improve your self-esteem, live a healthier lifestyle, decide to change a part of yourself, try something new. mentor a child. adopt an animal. volunteer. donate. recycle. research. learn. brainstorm. hold yourself accountable. find your own mentor. turn the tv off, put your phone down. pick up a book. set goals. draw. write. reach out to a stranger. start a program. refine your career path. stay later, go in earlier. try harder.
the time is now.
and i just can’t stop thinking about the fact that we only get one chance to use our lives up in the best way possible. maybe it’s time to ask yourself if you are doing just that; and if you aren’t, maybe it’s time to start.