Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Getting Inspired

Who and what inspires you to go above and beyond what you normally do? For me the "who" is my father. He was an inspiration, not only to his family, but to all who met him. He radiated a light wherever he went and people were drawn to him. He never let anything disappointing get the best of him. In fact, we never even knew when things were tough in his life, because he never showed it. He started his day by saying "good morning" when he first saw us. If we were grumpy he expected us to put a huge smile on and respond with a happy "good morning." When I was a teenager I did not quite get it. I would get annoyed that he expected this and that he did not understand the woes of my teenage life. However, now that I am an adult I see that he "got it" more than anyone else did. Starting your day on a positive note will trickle a positive effect throughout the entire day. Sure, "crap" happens. But it is what we do with it that truly matters.

I got my blog rolling with the entry about wanting to find balance in my life so that I, too, can inspire my daughter and others the way my father did. It can be difficult at times with the crazy schedules and running around we all do. Trying not to let the "grumps" of the world get to us. It truly is an art. I have yet to learn it. But I am willing to try. I personally find inspiration in helping others and doing kind acts. I make it a point to do something for someone else each and every day. No, I am not a saint, but the conscientious act of helping another human being fills me up with the positive energy I need to get inspired and stay inspired.

I guess sometimes we all need to remind ourselves of what is truly important in our lives. Writing this blog entry has triggered a few ideas of things I can, need and should do. I am getting inspired just thinking about it!

8 comments:

  1. How wonderful! You are so lucky to have such a powerful force in your life and to have learned from it.

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  2. Thank you! I was truly blessed to have had such an amazing father. Now it is my turn to "pay it forward'.

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  3. I felt his presence as I read this, I smiled at my own memories and nodded in agreement about your description about this awesome gentleman

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  4. Thank you Cath! He was surely a very special man!

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  5. That is so great that you had such an amazing father. It is a gift to be treasured.

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  6. What a blessing! Family is everything! It is so important to let our loved ones know how much we love and care for them.

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  7. That is so great that you had a father that inspired you so much! I love your blog!

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  8. Like father like daughter. you also are inspiring many parents.

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