How To Inspire People

How To Inspire People

We inspire people with what we say and what we do.

Words. Actions.
Ours. Someone else's.

To inspire is to help others connect to something in a way that encourages them to respond ... better. Better is faster, sooner, now, with more. And better shows up later.

We act.
We're watched.
We're seen.

We share.
We're heard.
We're understood.

Our actions and words give us an opportunity to inspire the people around us and occasionally, even the people we may never meet.

The obvious...

Maya Angelou, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King, Teddy Roosevelt, Oprah Winfrey, John and Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Gandhi, Thomas Edison, Mother Teresa, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates ... we've never met them, but their work, their focus, and their resilience continue to inspire us. As do their words.

The less obvious

(but maybe even more important ordinary moments)...

A child's truth, enthusiasm, and wonder.
A spouse's warmth and compassion.
A parent's patience and encouragement.
A stranger's act of kindness.
A colleague's effort, care, and attention.
A friend's humility, gratitude, and forgiveness.

A book. A speech. A thought.
A song. A film. A clip.
A picture. A sight.

Each can inspire.

And it can happen in an instant ... if we'll let it.

We do better things ... we share better things ... we'll enjoy more of our day.

And, isn't that what we all really want with our time?

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about ... when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. - C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), Irish writer and scholar

Because if we all step up ... more often than not ... we'll certainly find ourselves in a better place.

Embrace simplicity. Stay inspiring.

© 2017

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