Where do you find inspiration? Do you search for it in books, speeches or feel-good movies? I do. I am also sometimes surprised by inspirational people who pop up in my life, seemingly by accident. Now I’m defining “inspirational” as someone who restores your faith in humankind and makes you want to take action of some sort…someone you can compare your life to and say “Wow, if she can do that, what’s stopping me?”
When life starts getting rough and doesn’t go according to plan, I admit I sometimes get discouraged and feel, well… uninspired. At that point I have a choice to wait it out, hoping inspiration comes my way; or I can choose to go looking for it.
Today there are so many inspirational stories at our fingertips whenever we want them. Just google the word “inspiration” and you’ll find thousands of blogs and youtube videos offering stories of hope and survival and breakthrough. Really great stuff that is getting circulated at lightning speed through social media.
There is another untapped source of inspiration that has surprised me – my own family and friends. Recently I have dug a little deeper into the lives of the people I thought I knew. I have asked them what they have struggled with and how they overcame in the end. I have volunteered to share stories about my life here in this blog and received amazing stories in return.
In other words, you don’t have to go far to find inspiration… or to provide it. And if you sense someone struggling for inspiration, why not volunteer a solidarity story to give them a lift?
Why not be the source?