We are inspired by the actions and words of great leaders, such as Lincoln who said, “Don’t worry when you are not recognized but strive to be worthy of recognition”, Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world” and Churchill, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
Philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
They remind us of the potential that lies within every human being – a moral core that through positive, compassionate action can make the world a better place. We each have the potential – and responsibility – to live beyond our own self-interests.
Elite athletes stretch the limits of the human body. Musicians and artists express our creative potential. Scientists and inventors surprise us with new therapies and technology. They shape the future. They show us new possibilities.
But I have been most inspired by ordinary people who do extraordinary things.
In the face of adversity – personal loss, misfortune, abuse, poverty or disability, they have found the courage and strength to survive and thrive. When confronted with circumstances beyond their control and not what they had chosen, they recognize what they can control and choose to act positively.
I am inspired by those who have found within a wellspring of compassion. Living beyond self-interest, they see a need and they are moved to help.
On Saturday, November 17th, Century House in New Westminster will be celebrating Inspiration Day. Recharge your life with inspirational words, laughter yoga and live comedy. A $5 ticket covers refreshments and door prizes. I’ll be presenting the keynote, “Be Inspired . . . And Inspire Others: Achieving Our Positive Potential.” For more information, contact Century House at (604) 519-1066.
Who inspires you? Please send me your comments!