Nowadays with everything cruel happening in the world, it may be difficult to find inspiration. To combat this, I try to find little spurts of inspiration throughout my day or within the things I read. Yes, sometimes inspiration comes in form of a book, just like the one I’m sharing with you today. I recently began reading again for pleasure because I read a book that sparked that desire inside me. I’m so glad I did because I now make it a priority to read – it fuels my creativity. Reading gets my creative juices flowing and motivates me to write more. Writing is what I adore doing because for me, there’s nothing more therapeutic than allowing my thoughts and my words to flow right onto this note app (where I’m writing this at the moment!).
There are times in our lives when we go over hurdles and we have to just sit in it and allow it to pass. That’s what I do anyway, I guess we are all different. What I’m trying to say is that books allow me to find or hold onto inspiration when I might be facing something difficult. Thinking about not having a steady income at the moment, issues with my oldest son, my not-so-good relationship with my mom… These all play a factor but with the inspiration I receive from the books I read, I make it through. They help to take me someplace far away which clears my mind. Reading reminds me that these obstacles are exactly that, hurdles, and if I allow my mind to be at peace, the rest will follow. It just makes sense to me.
The book that I read leading up to writing this (on a plane, I poured through all 104 pages of it) inspired something as simple as getting my behind up off this chair to use the airplane bathroom. As silly as that may sound, I have traveled to and from Puerto Rico but I have NEVER gotten up to use the bathroom! Why? Discomfort, fear, anxiety, nerves about the unknown… But just by reading these 104 pages in this book I felt so inspired, I gave it a go. Why the hell not? What could possibly happen, all the other passengers are doing it. So can I!!! On a much larger scale, this book made me realize that had I not been willing to reach for something greater using inspiration from somewhere better, I wouldn’t have taken this 5 hour and 44 minute flight to #WeAllGrow. Those who inspire me are far greater than I!
Using the restroom in the airplane was my itsy bitsy accomplishment and inspiring moment for you but it was worth so much more to me. Let me explain. These are my little spurts of inspiration that I mentioned before. These tiny accomplishments paired with inspirational reads enable me to see that nothing is too difficult. If someone else can get through something much more trying, the least I can do is give it a shot. Don’t you agree? I would say so. Grabbing some inspiration from a book that helped you achieve something you’ve been trying to overcome for most of your life definitely serves as inspiration to me and others as well.
I was so inspired by the book and by my actions after reading, I even shared the joy with the flight attendant- hell, why not?! I had to share, “I’m so proud of getting up and using the bathroom. I’ve traveled back and forth to Puerto Rico and I’ve never used it and I just felt so inspired.” We shared a chuckle together and I’m sure she felt my inspiration, my cheeks felt hot as hell from the pride and motivation.
Point being…. If you’re inspired by the words of another, share it. Take that inspiration to another level and build upon it. We’ve all been uninspired at some point in our lives. The lesson is we have to get re-inspired and push through it. It could be something as simple as a comment (like the one that my travel mate made when she saw me writing just a few minutes ago) or a compliment, a simple action, or words in a book. Take it and run with it and grow. Pass that inspiration along to someone else and keep going. In a nutshell, that’s what the book, “Reach” by Lorraine C. Ladish did for me. If you’re in search of your own inspiration, you just might find it in these pages.
Care to share: Have you read any titles lately that have been so deeply inspiring? Please share below.