Inspiration, Inspire, Inspired, Inspiring

I love inspiration, being inspired, inspiring others and being an inspiration.

The word inspiration gets banded about quite a bit, so here is the definition:

  • Fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
  • Create a feeling, especially a positive one in a person.
  • (Inspire someone with) animate someone with a feeling.
  • Give rise to.
  • Breathe in (air); inhale.

Via en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/inspire

And I love the succinct definition my coach Karen gave me:

“Inspire is to breathe divine life into; to motivate action or a positive feeling in another person. Filling someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”

That is what I live for; to inspire myself first (not always the case and I still often forget) and then others.

Image credit: Emma Paillex

Where Dolphins Dance

Where Dolphins Dance

Again
The work starts
As soon as you open your eyes in the
Morning

Hopefully you got
Some good rest last night.

Why go into the city or the fields
Without first kissing
The Friend

Who always stands at your door?
It takes only a second.

Habits are human nature –
Why not create some that will mint
Gold?

Your arms are violin bows
Always moving.

I have become very conscious upon
Whom we all play.

Thus my eyes have filled with warm
Soft oceans of divine music

Where jeweled dolphins dance
Then leap into this
World.

– Hafiz

The gods wait to delight in you.

The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.