Inform, Involve, Inspire

These three words have become the cornerstone of my work recently. So I wonder why I do not feel inspired. This has been something that  has been on my mind recently. What do I need to feel inspired in my work, why am I struggling to inform people how to…………… and how do I get them involved when I feel more detached than ever?  And then I realised. I am struggling because  this  subject is not my passion. How can I inspire people when I am not informing them from a place of passion.

Today I spoke with somebody who inspires me daily. I have told her that she inspires me but I am not sure that she really believes it. What is it about this person that I find inspirational? Well that is quite easy. She is living the life that she really believes is right for her and her children – despite how difficult some days are she gets up and gets on with it. She has a passion for plants, she has a passion for living a simple life and her passion is evident in every “conversation” I am party to with her.  She knows what she wants and she is doing everything in her power to make that happen.  You too can be inspired by this lady, just visit her blog here 

“Everything you want should be yours: the type of work you want; the relationships you need; the social, mental, and aesthetic stimulation that will make you happy and fulfilled; the money you require for the lifestyle that is appropriate to you; and any requirement that you may (or may not) have for achievement or service to others. If you don’t aim for it all, you’ll never get it all. To aim for it requires that you know what you want” ~ Richard Koch

Knowing what you want is one thing, aiming for it is quite another. The fears, the inhibitions and the worry of what others might think all come into play. So how do you overcome all of that?  

“You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” – Pursuit of Happyness 

My passion has always been travel. A thirst for knowledge about other countries, a need to learn the history of places. Well, anybody who collects holiday brochures and vintage postcards from the age of 9 has to be a bit interested in the World dont they? When I am lucky enough to be able to visit somewhere I need to know about the people that have gone before me. I want to understand the history of the place, the very fibre of its being. To be able to learn about a place and know all of its intimate secrets and then to be able to share that with others would be a dream come true. So many years ago I was told by my careers advisor that I couldn’t make a living like that and I believed them. I did not protect that dream, nor  did I ever let that dream fade. It is still there in my little box of “one day’s”. So is it time to lift the lid and take that out of the box. Who knows. Maybe Mark Twain sums it up best when he says:- 

“20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” ~ Mark Twain

So who or what inspires you to be the best that you can be, to take that leap of faith or to throw off those bowlines 

A couple of other inspirational blogs I visit can be found in my side bar but they change regularly. This one is a constant though along with the one that I highlighted. Again for all the reasons that I mentioned above.  If you visit either of the blogs, tell them I said HI! 

This post is linked to the weekly “On my Mind”  feature over at Down to Earth blog