We cannot hope to inspire others if we ourselves are not inspired or seeking inspiration…
How do we seek inspiration? It is an intentional investment in ourselves. Drawing connections between various facets of our world and knowledge. This does not happen in a sudden flash, but through a slow burning process that can take years.
There are four unique, yet similar definitions of the word inspire:
1. fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
2. create (a feeling, especially a positive one) in a person.
3. animate someone with (such a feeling).
4. give rise to.
We tend to focus on the first three, where we seek to inspire. Yet, how can we “fill” someone, “create” a feeling in someone, or “animate” someone; if we ourselves are not filled with the capacity of giving rise in eliciting such emotions. Simply, if inspiration does not exist in us how can we hope to pass on something we ourselves do not have.
We must make intentional efforts in filling our hearts and minds with those things that will serve as the kindling to ignite the inspiration we seek. Perhaps it is reading a book that now the summertime affords us. Maybe it is the hike into the wilderness with our family. Whatever it is, we must recharge the batteries of our minds and hearts.
To seek is to find; do not rush the process and above all — let us keep our fires of inspiration alive!