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Inspire

  • Posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

I was asked to write a speech for an “Inspire Luncheon” this week, and I thought it might be nice to share it with the wider community. Enjoy!

We are blessed to have some interesting speakers keen to inspire us throughout this afternoon, and as this is the “Inspire Luncheon”, I thought we could begin by pondering the word “Inspire”.

I looked up Google’s primary definition of the verb “Inspire”, which explained it is to “fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”

And shortly thereafter I was inspired to do just that, to do something creative, in particular to present you with a short list of possible sources of inspiration, by working through the letters of the word INSPIRE itself.

  • I is for Innovation, the creation of something new. It is when we are using the fullness of our skills and creativity that we feel truly alive. It is in our desire to make the world a better place, to improve upon what we already have, that can fill us with the energy to take action.
  • N is for Nuances, the observing of things intently, to the point where we notice fine details that had eluded us before. For example you might contemplate the thought that each person in this room is attending the same event, hearing the same words and yet we each experience it from a unique perspective, even if the next person is only a few centimetres away from you, the angle from which they perceive the room is still slightly different.
  • S is for Suspending Judgement. When we pass judgement on something we are enforcing our views of the past onto that which we see in our present. When we judge something we expect it to stay the same, or be used the same as it always has been. Suspending Judgement allows us to see things from a new perspective and frees us up to repurpose or reinvisage new possibilities.
  • P is for Presence, as in the present moment. It is the opening of our heart and mind and allowing our awareness to expand to take in the many wonders that are around us continuously.
  • I is just that, I as in the ‘Me’ that is choosing to be inspired. It is a taking of responsibility to take action. It is the belief in our personal power to make change. It is the recognition that I am the creator of my life and I have the ability to invent new possibilities.
  • R is for Review, for in reviewing existing things and questioning if there is a better way, often new ideas come forth. As Isaac Newton famously said “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”.
  • E is for Exploration, visiting new places, meeting new people, learning new techniques, having new experiences. All of these are opportunities for inspiration to step in.

So now I will pass over to our next speaker, but before I do I would like to leave you with the thought that the word Inspire is in essence a verb. It is an action word. Some synonyms are stimulate, motivate, encourage and energize. All of these are action focused. They are about taking our ideas and implementing them. Not just thinking about and analyzing things, but actually taking steps to make manifest our unique creations. It reminds us how good it feels to be in that space of creation, to be putting our talents and skills on the line and making a difference.

So my advice is that if you are ever in a situation where you are looking for inspiration, simply take action, in any direction, in any way, and the momentum you generate will carry you forward to adventures and creations far beyond your current imaginings.

Thankyou.

The Present

  • Posted on August 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

Last weekend I played soccer, and after the game our opposition hosted us for drinks and nibblies. It was a beautiful day for outdoor sport, cool air but no wind, the sun popping in and out of the clouds, and a nice green grass pitch that was neither too hard nor too muddy. It was perfect. A gift. A present.

And yet, I wondered, did all my team allow themselves to receive that gift? Or did they allow their focus on the outcome diminish the gift of the experience?
Sure, we lost 3-1 despite having played really well. This can be one of the frustrations of soccer that the scoreboard doesn’t always reflect the domination of play.

Over pizza and cake, I got chatting with some of the girls from our opposition and one of the topics we got onto was the realisation of how fortunate we are to be able to play this sport. When I sit back to think about the multitude of things that need to be in alignment to allow events like this to occur, there is no other way to feel than truly blessed.

My gratitude thoughts went something like this:
– I am physically healthy and capable of running around and playing this game
– My family are physically healthy and supportive which allows me the time to enjoy recreation endeavours
– There are enough other girls happy to also play to make both a team and an opposition
– As a girl I am free in this country to make choices, one of which is to enjoy sport
– I have the means to physically transport myself to the ground where the game is played
– The city I live in provides wonderful outdoor spaces for us to enjoy for recreation
– What an awesome day to be outside, to be alive!

And then my thoughts returned to a book gifted to my husband by a friend, which I would like to share with you:

This book reminded me to stop looking to the future for the gift of life, and remember to notice all the wonders that are in my life right now.

The best part about having the physical book, is the reminder of its message simply by seeing the book on the shelf, or on my desk. Once read, the story stays with you and the message can be received just by a glance at the books cover.

Because that is all we really need. Just a prompt. A reminder to be present. To return to gratefulness in this very moment.

The mere fact that you are reading this article implies that you have access to elecricity, and a computer. I will assume you are probably inside a building in a comfortable temperature-controlled environment. There is probably food in your belly, clothes on your back, and you have learnt how to read.

All of these things are gifts. They are presents in the present moment. You are abundantly blessed, and so am I. Infinite Love & Gratitude.