the intangibles of inspiration
where does it come from? thought i’d give you my list of the 5 intangibles of inspiration and you could give me your thoughts of agreement, disagreement, hatred, or all of the above. Deal? I’d love to get your list of 5 as well.
i am inspired when i see excellence in motion. excellence is doing the best with what you have. excellence is evidence of dedication, discipline, and care. let’s not confuse talent for excellence. one can be incredibly talented but fail to be excellent when they are not giving their utmost, day-in and day-out. there is nothing inspiring about wasted or squandered talent. excellence on display inspires us to all be better, to work hard, to put forth our best effort and to kick some major @$$ in whatever we do!
I love seeing people who are in love with what they do. I think passion is underrated in today’s “just get the job done” mentality. I hope that if you do something, you would do it with so much passion that you get sweaty. My favorites are sweaty eaters. Passionate eaters are inspiring. Some of the time.
There’s a lady I know in Thailand who works with the poorest of the poor. A story goes that a group of investors from America came to visit her one day with well-meaning intent to fuel her work with financial backing. Her answer to their offer went something like this: “it’s great that you’re willing to give money to my projects but what about you? what are you going to do about your heart? Are you willing to be changed as a result of this?” Now, that’s freakin’ hard core. She wasn’t impressed by money or even good intent. It’s clear that her life is about one thing: transformation. I’m inspired by those who are zeroed in on what their life is about and know that all the other things around it are nothing but fluff.
i’ve come across some really humble people in my life and each time i walk away from such encounters with a renewed hope that I could one day walk as humbly as they do. these are people who have accomplished a ton, know many “important” people, and possess unique, other-worldy talents yet they would never let you know that they are a big deal. in fact, these people would be the first to offer help in a posture of serving me. Little ol’ me. Nothing is more inspiring to me than a bad-ass who keeps it real and keeps it low profile so as not to separate themselves from us “little people”.
1. Pure Love
when I see or hear of acts of pure love, I am inspired beyond all other things. this goes beyond “romantic” stories like that of a husband buying 10 dozen roses imported from ancient Rome for his wife on valentine’s day. pure love is demonstrated in sacrifice, selflessness, and reckless abandon. you can’t buy pure love, you can only hope to experience it and give it some day. we were all given the greatest example of pure love when Jesus gave up his life for us and that is the standard that remains today.
I was reminded of this heartwarming story when I thought of the word inspiration. I hope you are inspired to change the world like I am…