How will you be inspired?

Recently I read an article in What’s Hot
magazine about a woman on her quest to lose weight and I thought, ‘if she can
do it, I can do it’. The next day I brought my running shoes to work and hit
the road, three weeks later I’m still at it, all because I needed a kick in the
pants and found the example of a person who didn’t weigh 100 pounds wet,
someone like me, with a busy life who had a goal and worked toward it.

Surprisingly, by me being inspired, I have
noticed that I have inspired others. Now a friend comes running with me and
others at work have begun to work out on their own; simply because they see
what I do. How wonderful is that?

This leads me to think of how important it is
to inspire others, to make a difference in other people’s lives and what an
amazing thing it is to be able to do so. Carpe Diem; seize the day!

The dictionary states the meaning of the word
inspire as “to spur on, impel, motivate”.

That’s one of the things that I find so great
about humanity, that we as individuals have the ability to do such a thing,
that we can change the world.

There are many famous people like Martin Luther
King, Mother Teresa and Stephen Hawking, who inspire us to be better people, to
fight the right fights, overcome adversity and to always think outside the box.
Their examples show us how we can make a difference despite overwhelming odds
and prejudice. Then there are others: teachers, coaches, parents and mentors
who inspire us without even trying. They show us by example how to be good
people, how to do the right thing, how to think for ourselves, how to care and
how to love; what an amazing gift that is.

Sometimes the best inspiration comes without
knowing; it sneaks up on you, like when you see a recipe and think ‘I can make
that’. Other times it’s learning that others have overcome struggles that you
might be facing and you realise ‘if they can do it, I can do it’.

My children inspire me a lot. On Sunday’s I
like to stay home and relax, read a book or watch TV, they want to go to the
beach, go snorkelling, play games. What follows is a compromise. I can read my
book at the beach, I can watch TV later, but sunshine and laughter awaits and children
are only young for so long, and the next thing I know the only time they will
want to spend with me is to take them places or buy them things. So I am
inspired to put down my book, find my mask, grab my camera and lather on the

 I can read
later, but sandcastles, like childhood, only last for so long.

changes too quickly, there are memories to be made today.

My favourite saying is ‘procrastinators unite tomorrow’
but who knows what will happen tomorrow? We need to make today count.

 So it’s
time to be inspired, and to inspire others, to make this day better than the
last, not just for yourself, but for others, because you can! One person can
change the world. That has been proven. One magazine article got me to lace up
my sneakers and hit the road to a healthier me and I am a better person because
of it.

So I ask you this, what will you be inspired to
do? How will you change the world or just your little part of it?

choice is yours, you can stay inside and read about the adventures of others,
or you can be inspired to go out and create your own. What will you do?    

Cathy Richardson   

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