INSPIRE – 1.to breathe or blow into or upon ; to infuse (as life) by breathing.
Wow. That is awesome.
I was going to write today about my “platform”…what I write about…and honestly I don’t know WHAT I write about. It is pretty much whatever is on my heart or mind at that moment. But I do know one thing, whatever I write about, I want it to be an INSPIRATION – 1.a : a divine influence or action on a person held to qualify him 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
That sounds like a pretty big responsibility to relay something divine or sacred. DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: I DO NOT have all the answers. I don’t want to be accountable for telling anyone what is RIGHT or WRONG…but I will gladly relay scriptures, The Word, that might shed some light. Hopefully reading something that you might not see otherwise might make you think…or feel. And you know I am not afraid to tell you my opinion! And you don’t even have to agree. Promise.
So, YES! A big unequivocable YES!!! I want to be an inspirational writer. There are other blogs that can hold your hand and comfort you if you are going through a Divorce or dealing with the after-effects…but that is not me. Not anymore. I am going to write about the things NOW that bring me joy or a nod of the head or a smile…things that I want to think about…things that inspire me.
I have been giving you long quotes recently from a FABULOUS book…but I got a rather lengthy e-mail from my mother this morning (I think it might have been under 1200 words:) that praised me for my commitment to writing shorter blogs…but scolded me for not using more of my own words. Mom, I am not being lazy! I just happen to LOVE me some OG. But for you, and for others who think less is more or too much of a good thing is not a good thing, I hear you. I will lay off Og…for today…but here is another quote from another FABULOUS book to ponder on:
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, , whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen from me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9. This is true.
So where do I/ will I find my inspiration? Where do I find the things that are worthy to “think on”? EVERYWHERE! I will share them with you…some of them, anyway. There are loads of things daily that give me reason to pause…quotes I read, books, movies, songs, my family, my friends, nature…pretty much anywhere I look I can find something that makes me think of something…like the acorn:)
Of course not all things that come my way are actually true or right or pure or lovely or admirable or excellent or praiseworthy… but they might make me laugh… and I will share those things too(even if they are terribly inappriate…especially to come right after a Bible verse! But I think God has a really great sense of humor, so I am not going to worry about it too much! And it is REAL… And I treasure real. I am real). I am not a self-righteous can -do- no -wrong human. I am a playful child-woman who is searching for a balanced life…and that includes ALOT of laughter.
For example… this is who I am… a mom that is not much of a disciplinarian, but I think I EARN my children’s respect (as opposed to DEMANDING it). They are good children and treat people politely and they have sensitive souls…so I think I am doing alright. I do preach mini-sermons…often. But I also smack them with my lips, and hit them with hugs… no ruling with an iron fist for me.
I admit I laugh at juvenile things… unless I am MAXED out or the raucous behavior is Over-the Top. I have a hard time discouraging inappropriate jokes, because often they are funny…to me. One of my teenagers has been CONSTANTLY telling “anti-jokes” lately. I DARE you to look them up. They are TERRIBLE. PAINFUL. Did I mention terrible and painful? One anti-joke I have heard way too much is, “I like my coffee like I like my women…without a penis.” See, it makes me laugh just to write it. It is sooooo stupid. But funny…in a horrible way. Inspirational? eh, probably not. But sometimes a cheap laugh is all a person really needs!
So, forgive me when I sink to cheap laughs…but on occasion I will. In general though I will try to stay on topic, not be too crude or ridiculous and bring value to your day. My goal is to be “Inspirational”. Note that I did not say “motivational.” In my warped mind people who “motivate” are the bulldog faced coach with under-sized polyester shorts … or even worse, the Use-to Be highschool star, small-time college player who teaches only to reminisce to his captive audience about when HE was a player (think Uncle Rico on “Napoleon Dynamite”)… or there is the out-of-shape 1980 vintage gray sweat pants with frayed draw-string and distracting stains coach who when he isn’t blowing his really shrill whistle, is yelling and criticizing to “get your Loser lazy butts in SHAPE!”
Or “motivational” to some may be the peppy adorably cute aerobics instructor on her platform stage, surrounded by her wall of mirrors, in her 6 hour a day of intense exercise whittled body bouncing up and down on her tip toes, swaying from side to side with her hands clapping in the air cooing, “Come on girls! You’re lookin’ good!!!”
Or maybe “motivational” it is the VERY talented, brilliant and comedic speaker that your corporation has hired for the BIG BUCKS to speak. You and your co-workers …Everyone from the Grand Poo-Pahs to the mail and file clerks are all rounded up, filed in, sat down in a massive auditorium for an hour or two. The Board of Directors and CEO hope that by the end of the ” Talkin’ to” that every employee will KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that their company is THE BEST company on the face of the planet… and their job, no matter how menial is THE COG that keeps the machinery running. Everything each employee does is BEYOND meaningful…it is absolutely necessary… and EACH and EVERY employee is THE BEST!!!…so keep it up, only, while you are at it, keep it up faster and better and with a better attitude too. Thank you.
I am NOT against motivation! I am all for motivation. I like TO BE motivated… I can get motivated easily…I just find it hard to STAY motivated. And as far as my ability to motivate others… I can absolutely “lead the horse to water”… but I can only make him drink if he wants to drink…I KNOW the saying goes “but you can’t make him drink.” Correct. I don’t want to MAKE anybody do anything…I want to encourage people get the information they need to make an informed decision and then choose to do something. Force may get the end result for a little while, but without a transformation from within made by choice things really do not change.
Resentment, bitterness, anger, depression, apathy, feelings of lack of self worth…I think may have their roots in forcing others. People who do something half-hearted, or are not inclined, equipped or in love with “it” are doomed to fail. They are destined to be under-achievers. And then the “failure/ loser /procrastinator/ out of shape/ not straight A or top of the class or KING OF THE HILL or the WORLD will ask “WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??? Why an I so pathetic that I don’t do what they want… like they want me to? Why don’t I/ can’t I care like they want me to care?” Maybe there is nothing wrong with the person who is not self-motivated to lose weight or make straight A’s or be the star of the team or the king of the world. Maybe the problem is with us… With our inability to accept?
Lead a horse to water and then drink it yourself. INSPIRE also means to influence…to affect…to draw forth or bring out…to bring about.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Bring it about…inspire.
And if you laughed at the coffee joke, then “Cheers!”
If you didn’t laugh than forgive me:) But “Cheers!” to you too. Be true to you.