I was thinking about the question in this post’s title and wanted to share a bit. Here’s the thing about “inspiration.” Not everyone thinks the same people are inspiring. What inspires you may not inspire me, and so forth. Hence why you won’t read and respond to every post here (though I encourage reading all of them, of course!).
When I think of the quality called “inspiration,” I think of someone who acts or speaks in ways that encourage other people to behave in creative ways. The creativity is encouraged by watching or listening to someone. Inspiration flows from one person to another and that bond can last a lifetime or just a brief few moments.
For example, Maya Angelou has inspired me for several years and, while she unfortunately has passed away, her written words and videos continue to give me ideas for my own work and ways to reach out to help others. It is important to note that I truly connected with her words after I went through a period of depression and was looking for guidance outside of my immediate circle of contacts. That detail has helped me realize that a person can become inspirational to another person after they go through a life-changing event. In other words, a person who did not previously inspire you can one day do just that.
As well, inspiration is not solely about creativity. It is an influence that comes when your senses, emotions and intellect are stimulated. This invigoration could come from a person’s words or from watching a person do something amazing. The result is you feel empowered and energized, able to take on something new or go further with an idea.
As for the ability to inspire someone else, that in itself can energize you and so it is a circle that reinforces in such a positive way. The inspiration can lead to new business ideas, advances in technologies, scoring in a sports game and so much more. The possibilities of the positive energies are endless!
Here are a few quotes about inspiration from some notable women:
(♥) “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~Helen Keller
(♥) “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~Maya Angelou
(♥) “What drives the creative person is that we see it all.” ~Wanda Sykes
(♥) “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank
What qualities do you think make a person inspiring?
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