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    Staying open to inspiration

    I didn’t go looking for inspiration the other night as I was cruising through my Facebook news feed, but there it was. That’s the great thing about inspiration, it finds us even when we aren’t consciously searching for it, when our hearts and minds remain open to it.

    As I was reading postings from family members and friends, I became struck by the number of people who offered messages of hope, faith and love. It’s not a new phenomena on Facebook. Some people have made it their missions to post inspiring Scriptures or sage sayings everyday, which I have both enjoyed and given a fleeting glance. Some of the postings I had read before in other places. But the other night, several stirred me to think some more about how important it is that we both offer and receive frequent, even daily, doses of inspiration. We never know whose life we may touch at just the right time.

    The confluence of positive postings also comes as a new year is looming and as I am also mulling over how I can live better and be more proactive. Words of inspiration help me focus on what is good in my life and prompt me to move forward into new ways of being, thinking and doing. Sometimes, they get my creative juices flowing and take me on unplanned adventures. How often do you find inspiration in well-chosen words or even everyday occurrences, such as a baby’s laughter, a lively song or a beautiful sunset? 

    Yvonne and God on tilghman Island

    The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines  inspiration as: 1a: a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation, b: the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions,  c: the act of influencing or suggesting opinions
    2: the act of drawing in; specifically  the drawing of air into the lungs
    3a: the quality or state of being inspired

    Here is a short stack of Facebook postings that spoke to me and inspired me to share a little inspiration:

    • Learn to write your heart’s hurts  in sand and write your blessings in stone.
    • Look ahead to better things.
    • The quickest way to find love is to give love.
    • Focus energy on those things you can change and/or control. For everything else, just pray, have faith and let go.
    • Luxury is an attitude, not a price tag … treat yourself to a reward that has nothing to do with eating or spending.
    • Count your blessings, no matter how small.
    • A little love goes a mighty long way.
    • If we don’t let go of the old, we’ll never be able to embrace the new. Make the choice to press forward.
    • If God didn’t do another thing for you, would you still praise Him?

    And this one I read today, which was posted by my adopted niece, Heather, and written by a young man on his blog, “Until I Get Married: Inside the Mind of a Bachelor.”

    “The pressure of a new decade only comes along every ten years, and the pressure of a new year only comes along every 365 days, but the pressure of a new day comes along every 24 hours and every morning I wake up, it is right there staring me right in the eyes and asking, What are you going to do today?”

    Be inspired today to inspire someone else.

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