1 (a): a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation; (b): the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions; (c): the act of influencing or suggesting opinions
2: the act of drawing in; specifically: the drawing of air into the lungs
Inspire (v.): mid-14th, enspiren, “the fill (the mind, heart, etc., with grace, etc.)”; also “to prompt or induce (someone to do something),” from Old French enspirer (13c.) from Latin inspirare “blow into, breathe upon,” figuratively “excite, inflame,” from in– “in” + spirare “to breathe” (related to spirit).
The Latin word was used as a loan-translation of Greek pnein in the Bible. General sense of “influence or animate with an idea or purpose” is from the late 14th century. Also sometimes used in a literal sense in Middle English.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
Maya Angelou (1928-2014, born Marguerite Johnson, one of the most renowned influential vices of our time; celebrated poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.)
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Socrates (470 BCE-399 BCE, Greek philosopher and main source of modern Western philosophy; what was known of him was recorded by his students that included Plato.)
“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960, considered one of the pre-eminent writers of the twentieth-century African-American literature; novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist; best known for her 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.)
“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
Langston Hughes (born James Mercer Langston Hughes in 1902 and died in 1967; poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist; was one of the earliest innovators of jazz poetry.)
“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890, one of the most well-known Dutch post-Impressionist painters, from whom color was his chief symbol of expression)
“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, artist, and considered one of the greatest German literary figures of the modern era)
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
Jane Goodall (b. 1934, Goodall, at the age of 26, traveled from England to Tanzania and entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with a notebook, a pair of binoculars, and her patience and optimism.)
“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
— Vincent van Gogh
There’s not a day that I am not inspired by some magnificent occurrence or act of beauty.
I remain in awe of the natural wonders of our world, especially the warm rays from the Sun. All I can do is open up my arms wide and receive the downloads of warmth and love. I am always mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the sky, the majesty of the trees, or by the art of so many perfectly designed animals.
I am on the lookout for the guidance of spiritual teachers, whether they are strangers, beloveds, or friends or enemies in disguised.
I also look for patterns, synchronistic messages letting me that I am onto something, whether they are numbers that mysteriously line up: 111, 11:11, 11:55, 888, 4444, etc.
The combinations of these awe-inspiring mystical events are endless.
For me, primarily the key is in venturing outside of my comfort zone, and sometimes that’s simply means stepping outside of my door, wandering around. I can never anticipate where life will lead.
Inspiration and Aspiration, the inhale and the exhale also happen while in repose, and that’s when that I am struck by lightning of thoughts — a call to action, like a whisper to call a friend. I now know to take none of my intuitive and instinctual messages for granted. All is of value, even those messages I fight hard to ignore.
Inspiration begins from where we are, what we love, and what we are drawn to.
I love art, music, learning new things, beauty, nature, film, books, spirituality, honesty, storytelling, etc., so I am seeking inspiration on every level in those forms. I am working from the knowledge of my signature strengths.
I’ve mentioned signature strengths surveys before. These surveys are important in learning and allowing inspiration to lead us to happiness and ultimately to our purpose.
There are a number of signature surveys on the internet, but one I have had good experiences with is by the VIA Institute on Character. Here’s the link: http://www.viacharacter.org/www/The-Survey.
So, take a leap and and see what your top five signature strengths are. You may be surprised with the outcomes, which may lead you to increasing opportunities to create your dreams!
Faithfully Yours, Tonya