For today’s prompt, think about and honor the people (personal friends, family members, writers, singers, artists, spiritual leaders, speakers) who inspire you in any way. Write a list of those people, and if you have time, add a few sentences about how each person inspires you. Happy journaling.
I’ve done this before. Or I do this routinely, would be more correct to say. In the blog Christmas advent calendar counting down to Christmas last year for instance, I showcased many people who inspire me. And I regularly write on the blog, about people that inspire me in some way, both people I know and those I just know of. So perhaps, a challenge for me, would be to try to write about people I haven’t written (much) about before? Or, perhaps, I’ll try to stay close to home instead…
My maternal grandmother, my Momo – So skilled with her hands, in many ways. Her paintings adorn my walls. She passed away many years ago, but thanks to her art, she’s with me in everyday life.
My niece Sara – Another artist. Yeah. There is something about artists that attract me, people able to create beauty with nothing more than a pen, paper and their own hands. But I can also have very deep conversations with Sara. I am inspired by her wisdom, and honored that she opens up to me, for us to have these conversations.
Malin, my bonus daughter – Curious on life, filled with questions, and often with a huge grin on her face. She is like liquid sunshine, able to light up a room with her mere presence.
My maternal grandfather Birger – never ”too old to learn”. I remember finding this dog during one of my #cleanse4expansion-sessions. He emailed that drawing to me few years before he died, or wait… No, he painted it using Paint on his computer, printed it and sent it via snail mail, that’s why it’s signed by him! Anyway, 80+ and eager to learn to use his new computer. That’s inspirational to me. And what a gifted story-teller he was! When he got started he had us all in raptures, eager to hear just one more story.
Then there’s Me – I inspire me. Huh. Go figure. Didn’t have that one pegged what I started this journaling session. But it’s true though. I do inspire myself, especially when I notice how far I’ve come towards unveiling the one deep within, the self of pure potential that is there, inside, shining through more and more often. When I see how differently I act Today, compared to Yesterday, it makes me very curious about Tomorrow!
Sitting here, listening to some music, hubby cooking dinner in the kitchen, reminiscing about my grandparents who have long since passed away, but also on the younger ones on this list. And then there is me. In the middle. A bit farther on the Journey we call Life than Malin and Sara, but with a long way to go before hitting old age. Aware of the links between us all, how I am connected to the past and the future, while being in the present.
I close my eyes. Exhale. And relax into gratitude. Gratitude for life, for awareness, for the sense of immense connection to all that is. Realize, there’s inspiration all around and within me. It’s abundant. I just have to look for it!
Ellen Langer talks about mindfulness as the act of noticing new things, and suggested looking at your spouse with the intent to find five things about them that you’ve forgotten about, that have faded into oblivion, into everyday ordinariness, in a way that makes you just not see it anymore. She suggested your spouse would come to life again in front of your eyes, rekindling a bit of the wonder you felt towards them once upon a time.
I just saw that inspiration is the same. As I sit here, I become aware that most people are inspiring to me. There’s always something inspirational. Just as I could probably find something really annoying about most people, I can find something about them that inspires me. *haha* Guess which one will make me feel better? I’ll choose the act of noticing things that inspire me any day, rather than going on a quest for annoyance.
What about you? Inspiration? Where? Who? What?
Do you actively look for and notice it in your life?