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.