What Inspires You?

11031998504_2d248d353a_nSometimes it feels like our inspiration wanes. We get tired; we get frustrated; we feel like nothing we do makes a difference. Sometimes we feel like we are just running around in circles. How do we keep moving and keep our enthusiasm strong? The recent passing of Nelson Mandela has me thinking about the inspiration to keep going when everything seems to be in opposition to what you want to see happen.

Very few people will have to endure 27 years of prison as Mr. Mandela did. How he kept his focus for the goal of equality for all South Africans is remarkable. He is a truly remarkable man. When he was released from prison he was overwhelmed by the support he received by the masses. Crowds waited outside the prison just to get a glimpse of him. The crowds were inspired by him, and their support must have also inspired him to keep pressing forward in his purpose.

My journey of inspiration is far from grand, but I think all of us can garner inspiration from a few common areas. A few of the many ways, that come to mind:

  1. Family – Our family is our legacy. I want my children to grow to be people that make a difference to those they come in contact with. I have to set an example for them, and provide them with a model of what I want them to be.
  2. Meaningful work – As an educator, I know that what I do makes a difference. Like my family, I have a large group of stakeholders who depend on me to do what is best for them. They require me to be an advocate and inspire me to do the best job I can for their best interests.
  3. Seeing the good in others – I love Upworthy, and videos like this just make me happy  because of the great things that others do. They are truly inspirational –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1JnQq66F6g
  4. The support of others – One of the things I believe inspired Nelson Mandela was the support of millions of people who looked to him for inspiration. Those people who look up to us and follow us have to cause us to do our best to keep things moving forward even when we don’t feel up to the task.

I know there are many more things that inspire me, but this is what came to mind this morning. The Christmas Break is looming, and we all need time to get re energized, and keep moving forward. Sometimes the most inspiring thing is the thought that we are the inspiration for others.

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D Propp

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