What Inspires You?
We are inspired by stories we read or hear about - people, institutions, symbols, ideas, and concepts: all kinds of things provide us with inspiration.
What does the inspiration do for us? Is it a momentary spark or spurt that nudges us forward a little? Is it something that touches our hearts, or makes us cry with acknowledgment and identification with the central character or theme?
Does it make us laugh or reduce pressure from a tense situation? Does it lighten, intensify, and heighten us. Yes - to all and there is more.
Consider An Inspirational Story
This story comes to us via an email from a colleague. We checked the internet to determine its authenticity without success. It is re-printed here in its entirety: especially the often irritating "pass it along message".
My Name is Rose
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being...
She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?'” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze. “Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.
She jokingly replied, “I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids...”. “No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. “I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!” she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.
At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know”.
As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, '”We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.
There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.
We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.
If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
Anybody can grow older! That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets”.
She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose”.
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago.
One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.
When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they'll really enjoy it!
These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.
(REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Pass this message on to 7 people. You will receive a miracle tomorrow ( if you don't think so...look out your window when you wake in the morning and think about it )
If you choose not, then you refuse to bless someone else.
“Good friends are like stars.... ....You don't always see them, but you know they are always there”.)
How Does it Affect Us?
We get what we get from something, and it can and will be different for all of us: yet we get something out of it. Our inspiration can come from many places.
There is a whole industry designed to provide you with inspirational fuel for your soul: Books, movies and all kinds of things. We suggest you continue your efforts at consuming and participating in those things because we are sure they produce great results.
However, rather than gain the momentary affect from the latest adventure, why not put something to paper yourself that can continue to impact you. Why not spend a little time and create something that will help inspire you, whenever you need it – any time any day?
Many are present right here at Choice Awareness - so please take a look at some ideas that we designed...just for you!!!
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