Day 21 ~ February 20 ~ Inspiration
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You practice mindfulness, on the one hand, to be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, as you practice mindfulness and live a life of peace, you inspire hope for a future of peace.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
In a culture obsessed with measuring talent and ability, we often overlook the important role of inspiration. Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities. Inspiration has a major effect on important life outcomes. (Scott Barry Kaufman)
Today I pause to acknowledge all the people who have inspired me, those who have aroused and quickened my creativity and curiosity, my compassion and generosity, my hunger to learn and to grow.
Think of at least two people who exemplify the practice of nonviolence. Acknowledge what it is you admire about them, and what inspires you about them. See the potential that is also within you and choose to cultivate these nonviolent characteristics in your daily life.
Action for Teens
Think about somebody who inspires you to be a better person. What are some of the things they do? Think of ways that you can inspire others in your life. How can you lead by example and be an inspiration to others?
Action for Children
Draw a picture or write a story about someone you think is a hero, someone who inspires you.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~ William Arthur Ward
“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”
“Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change.”
~ Barbara Januszkiewicz
Erin Dapne Tiu, age 6, Philippines
Peace Pals International