Be Inspired Intentionally
I thoroughly enjoy watching the Academy Awards and I’m always inspired by all the actors and actresses as they win an Oscar and give their speeches. A lot of them talk about all the people who inspired them to become who they are. There is so much to inspire us all if we take the time to look. Most people rush through life totally focused on making a living and never take time to be inspired to become greater than they ever imagined possible. As we go through life, let’s take time to be inspired and then in turn inspire our children to greatness beyond their imagination.
1. Be inspired at the wonder of family.
I must admit as much as I love children I did not enjoy delivering babies in Medical School, till the baby was actually out and crying loudly. I remember being so much in awe at the miracle of it all. How could this beautiful child just make its way into the world from the most unlikely place? I was inspired at the joy on the parent’s faces when after all the pain they finally held that wonderful breathing bundle of joy in their arms. There is so much in our families to inspire us. The love between parents and their children. The wonder of watching your child grow and say their first word or take their first step. Be inspired at the wonder of family and be the first inspiration in your children’s lives.
2. Be inspired by People you meet along the way
Who inspires you? I have been inspired by so many people. From my mom, to my fifth grade teacher who believed in me even when I wasn’t the brightest kid in town. I’ve been inspired immensely by people like Barack and Michelle Obama, who dared to believe and prove everything is possible if you believe it is and are willing to work hard to achieve it. Of course, Oprah Winfrey has been a great inspiration to me and so many people and she continues to inspire us in all she does. But I’ve also been inspired by the nineteen month old who could hold a conversation with me because her mom took the time to teach her. People who risk their lives to save others who have been involved in accidents or who go to different parts of the world as missionaries or doctors to witness and to heal others. I watched the movie Hidden Figures and was so inspired by the real life heroes, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, that I recommended the movie to all my friends. Don’t ever think you can’t inspire your children to greatness. Take time to look around and point out people in society who can inspire them, in addition to yourself.
3. Be inspired by Adverse Events
This is always a tough one. Who in the heat of the moment is actually inspired by adverse events? And yet as Napoleon Hill says “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” I know that in the midst of failure, job loss, or even a significant tragedy like loss of life new hope can be reborn. Take time to grieve any adverse events which may come your way but never give up. Always look up, have faith and take time to find a seed of opportunity or greatness. You yourself may become an inspiration to others because of how you carried yourself through your adversity. As tough as it may be, take time to find a seed of inspiration and by so doing inspire others along the way.
4. Be inspired by Unexpected Events.
Many parents love to plan their lives down to the last letter. Not only plan their own lives, but their children as well. After all, we know what is best for them don’t we? And then the unexpected happens. Sometimes opportunities you may not even have thought of just open up for your kids. Other times the unexpected may not look so positive. Take time to be inspired. Look at Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic Medalist. His mother did not plan for him to become this great Olympian. She put him in swimming to give him an outlet for his incredible energy. He was eventually diagnosed with ADHD. I’m sure his family never dreamed he will be a house hold name one day. The unexpected happened and created this genius swimmer we all know now. Take time and be inspired by the unexpected. Never give up on your children. They may not be the brightest or smartest in class. They may not ace all their exams but thank God for the unexpected and pray for direction for the greatness to one day could be theirs, if you dare to believe and be inspired.
As we go through life, let’s take time to be inspired. Look at the beauty you see around you every day. Take a minute to appreciate the wonder of your loving family. Take time to learn and be inspired by the people you meet along the way every day. Don’t give up in the face of adversity. Remember that much greatness is borne out of adversity. Learn to live one day at a time and inspire your children even when the unexpected happens.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams.