One of my favorite Bible stories is about a group of experienced fishermen who went out on a lake to fish on an inky black night. Â As time wore on, it became depressingly apparent that no fish were going to be caught in the net that night. Â The prospect of dragging the water logged net […]
I’m reflecting on three random events that I’ve observed this past week. 1. Â This week I catch a matinee performance of the film Julia & Julia. Â Afterword, I’m consumed with an intense desire to cook something imaginative! Â Alas, my efforts don’t yield anything close to Julia Child’s culinary creations… 2. Â Tuning in to watch the […]
“Is she almost here?”
“When will they get here?”
“I can’t wait to see her.”
“This will be the best week yet!”
I can imagine the anticipation right before each and every trip Rocky makes to our friends in Kenya. Their hearts leap for joy, knowing that someone they love in the United States is coming to spend time with them.
I believe the greatest joy comes from the outpouring of love, time, and energy.
Sure, they love receiving the pencils & underwear. But it’s more than that. It’s the quality of time. I envision the time spent playing those hand clapping games together. I imagine sharing of laughs. Drawing pictures in the dirt ground. I really should visit with Rocky about this – but I like where my imagination goes 🙂
It reminds me of the simple things to remember with my children. When planning for the summer activities – I need to remember the time together is the most important thing. It’s not important to go here and there- always with a planned agenda – it’s the quiet moments together. It’s the window of opportunity provided for conversation. The availability. The stillness.
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Inspiring. I keep seeing this word creep up. What a compliment in the entirety to be called an inspiration to someone. I look at our own, Rocky, who is so inspiring to watch her devotion and passion to reach the girls in Kenya. While there, her sometimes simplistic tweets about things we take for granted on a daily basis make followers pause for a moment. She is making her dream happen. She is bringing the underwear. She is delivering the pencils. She is helping a child through illness and surgery. Spreading her love. The world that is so far away, Rocky brings so close to us – sharing with us about those she comes in contact with. I see numerous people mention how inspirational she is. Her passion is evident. Her intentions are pure. Her blessings are many.
Inspiring. Sarah Stanley just completed a 50-mile run (over 10 hours) while tweeting her progress with pictures. Why? It’s an easy answer for her, â€œI run 50 miles to inspire someone to run or walk 1 mile.” I got the opportunity to talk to Sarah, her passion was so clear – her intentions to help others just get off the couch radiated through the telephone. Her idea is to bring Healthy, Happy, and Fit together as one message. Just following her tweets for a day during that run had a positive influence over my future runs. And I wasn’t the only one. The conversation by so many that were affected by her life was uplifting. Allowing peeks into her life during a time of multiple emotions shows by example that you CAN do what you set your mind to. Follow Sarah’s blog and tweets to get your daily dose of inspiration.
There are so many others that can be used as examples of stellar inspirational people in the world we live. Find someone that has a similar interest to you – and learn by example. I know both Rocky & Sarah don’t bite, if you find someone you admire and want to learn more – reach out !
What is your message? What can you do to inspire others? As long as your intentions are pure – your passion and message can be whatever is closest to your heart. It might be to help the local shelters, support victims of domestic violence, volunteer your time, encourage entrepreneurs, the list is endless!
Inspiration is worldwide and incorporates many different venues of life. There are people inspiring others to read. There are mothers and fathers inspiring their children. There are teachers inspiring the students to get excited about education.
Inspire the Child. Inspire Each Other. Inspire Self.