I am just like you, taking one step at a time through life. Getting out of bed each morning, but sometimes unsure of why.
Many individuals have jobs or careers that motivate them to get up and go, with reasons to do what they do. They are motivated by the money and recognition they receive. Others are relying on them to be present. They not only desire, but need the income the job provides. Individuals are supporting their families and feel obligated to provide for them in this way. They are indifferent to what they must do to accomplish this goal of support.
There are other humans that do little, waiting for their lives to expire as nothing seems worth doing. These people have been let down in life, ridiculed for their attempts, verbally beaten down and now feel no reason to move forward.
But what if......
There were those who enjoyed life, couldn’t wait to get out of bed in the morning; work at making their bodies and minds stronger, go for the run that makes them feel great; purchase a cup of coffee, and with a smile, chat to the barista and other customers, engaging in uplifting conversation? They look for and find joy in most everything in life. They look forward to getting to work and doing something great. They not only think about things, they create things, and they do things. Helping others is an attribute they strive for.
These are the kind of persons that can annoy you when you are struggling through your day.
Unlike talking M&Ms, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, this kind of person DOES exist.
The difference? They are INSPIRED, not just motivated.
INSPIRATION: Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity; the condition of being so stimulated; an agency, as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or that prompts action or invention; something that is inspired, a sudden creative act or idea; Divine guidance or influence exerted directly upon the mind and soul of man**
Inspiration comes from within the soul and drives you to do things you want or must do. It is a mental process of creation, and feeling of hope. Motivation is an exterior force that pushes you to do the things that must be done.
I want to be inspired, not just motivated!
It is clear that the great inventors and artists were inspired to create their machines and masterpieces. Even the great leaders had life breathed into them to move forward with the goals they set for themselves and the world. We also have the ability to be inspired like those we have admired!
You now question how to find your inspiration!? Begin with pen and paper and write down all that makes you smile, things you enjoy doing, people you like spending time with. What were your dreams as a child growing up and planning for the future? What makes your heart leap when the thought comes to mind?
Write down what are you grateful for in this moment, and in past moments. What truly has made you happy? Think about how much you have now, not what you do not have. Set aside the negatives and begin seeing only the confident side of your life and your present circumstances. Breathe life into your soul by feeding it with positivity.
This exercise will bring about a creative thought process that will propel (not impel) you forward. Daily revisit this list and continue to add to it. This is the beginning of the creative process of INSPIRATION.
I too, am building my lists daily and being grateful for even the small things. I have been inspired to blog, creating articles that only I can write with my 'wit and humor.' (yes, I really have some) I have been inspired to heal others with my words, helping them to move forward to a happier, more fulfilled life. I have been inspired by others who came before me. I am inspired by those who are helping me now. I have been been propelled forward from inside, not impelled by the needs of today.
"When you warm other people's hearts, you remain warm yourself. When you seek to support, encourage and inspire others, then you discover support encouragement and inspiration in your own life as well" -author unknown
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Smile with me today, and every day of you life.
**Second College Edition, The American Heritage Dictionary and online dictionary sources - abbreiviated