My daughter and I were talking about this last night.
I am not "inspired" by athletes, I don't see the point in running marathons etc. If you want to play sports, swim the Channel or run extreme marathons I can admire your dedication but it doesn't inspire me.
I admire people who are talented, who can paint, sing or create beauty in some way. I wish I had their talent and dedication but it doesn't inspire me.
Maybe because I know I can't/wont ever do those things?
I am not inspired by drug addicts, gang members or alcoholics who "get clean" and find . .Christ in prison. I always wonder why the preachers hold them as "inspiration" for the rest of us?
I am inspired by and do admire people like my grandmother. She married very young, at age 15 in 1930. She had 6 children and was widowed when the youngest was 2 yrs.
She worked hard every day of her life, made sure her kids went to school and church, taught her children and grandchildren to be honest, hard working, Christ loving citizens. She cared for her family, her neighbors and her friends and community. She will be 98 tomorrow and is still going strong. Her sisters and brothers were just like her. She inspires to try and be my best, to live to her standards.
I am inspired by the person who cares for their disabled/ill/dying child, parent or friend. They sacrifice so much without giving it a thought Because it needs to be done and they can do it.
I am inspired by the people who get up and do what needs to be done without complaint, without crying, without asking "What's in it for me?" The foster parents, the volunteers, the neighbor who goes out of their way to help another neighbor.
One of the neatest things in my neighborhood is when it snows all of the able bodied folks get out the shovels, the snow blowers and the snow plows and clear not only their own driveways and sidewalks but will go up and down the street till every driveway and sidewalk is clear. My neighbors in their 80's never have to worry about it and all of us have benefitted. I've shoveled and cleared for others and then come home after a storm to a clear driveway!
What a wonderfully inspiring group of people.
| Pounds lost: 99.0