We all have them.
Moments in life where things look gloomy. Moments where the walls seem to be closing in and everything feels impossible.
Sometimes the moments feel like they are taking over. Like no matter what you do or say or feel, you start sinking into the quicksand of life (Or maybe that is just me?)…until….something snaps.
Maybe it is an internal snap or an external snap…..and at least in my case, it often takes multiple snaps.
Snaps of inspiration. Snaps of reality. Snaps that make you see what is really in front of you as opposed to what is in your head.
The question is….where do these snaps or moments of inspiration come from? While inspiration can come from anywhere, I thought I would share the sources of my inspiration.
Six moments of inspiration
I know…it sounds so cliche’ to say that you can find inspiration in a fortune cookie. After all, how many times have you opened fortune cookies with a large group only to have multiple people get the same fortune. As fabricated as they might be, opening a fortune cookie that reminds you that you are “heading in the right direction” after a week of trying to find your balance and mental focus….has a way of making you believe.
The Biggest Loser
Okay, yes…another contrived scenario that bares very little resemblance to reality. Men and women that live on a ranch with the help of trainers and nutritionists…that workout all day long. As far as the Biggest Loser reality is from the truth of day-to-day life, there is something to be said about listening to the journey…accepting your past- acknowledging it, and pushing through..which are core messages for many of the contestants on the Biggest Loser. I can attest to the fact that after running for the first time put me into a funk, turning on the Biggest Loser during my second attempt made me keep going. Watching the contestants deal with their pasts to remind them of their purpose was exactly what I needed to continue to put one foot in front of the other.
An adrenaline producing workout
As much as a run is usually what I need to clear my head, Pilates is another adrenaline producing workout–of the inner sort. The mind-body connection that you can find during Pilates, while focusing on your breathing and engaging your core is unique and if you let it- can be inspiring. Of course going back to class week after week, seeing yourself get stronger and finally be able to control your body is not a bad source of inspiration either.
I always wanted to be a mom. When I was undergoing my second round of chemotherapy and preparing for my bone marrow transplant, my biggest fear was not dying- it was the fear that I would not be able to be a mom. Having said that, parenting is not easy and I will be honest and admit that as my daughter has bloomed into an independent tween, her mood and strong-willed personality have become at times very difficult. But as frustrating as parenting can be at times….there is inspiration in the growth, in the journey, and in the fact that this being that are responsible for, is becoming their own person. And when that once tiny baby grows and learns how to channel their independence and strong will, they have the potential to do amazing things like impact the lives of other children around the world. For me, the biggest inspiration comes when I see pride in my daughter’s eyes…pride that turns into self-confidence. Pride that turns into action. Pride that has a way of washing over everything in its wake.
There is nothing quite like being taken aside by your parent, even as an adult, and being told the truth to be snapped back into reality. The truth, about your behavior, about the implications of your behavior…can be inspiring if you let. Granted, it is not always easy to hear the truth. Hearing, from someone who you know loves you (as opposed to someone that judges you), that you have let yourself go, or run yourself down to the point of exhaustion, or even that maybe you need external help….is scary. But it is also powerful. I say this admitting that I am the WORST about accepting help, wishing instead that I could control my own actions and behavior…except that I have tried all of those things- and in the end, they do not work. Sometimes you have to let people in–let people help.
Frozen the movie
Without giving anything away about the movie Frozen, I can say that the storyline and soundtrack of this new Disney movie, is inspiring. It is a story about family, love, trust, relationships…fear and strength. To be honest, I almost did not go see the movie, thinking that in the time that my parents took my daughter to see it, I could get some work done or maybe try to create some me time (aka down time to wallow). But my daughter asked me to go…kindly, thoughtfully…and very quickly as the movie started, I knew that I had done the right thing.
The lyrics of of a few of the songs from the Frozen soundtrack are hard to miss as far as sources of inspiration…
“For the first time in forever…nothing is in my way”
“Let it go, let it go….can’t hold it back anymore… I don’t care what they are going to say…”
“A bit of fixer upper…you can fix this fixer upper up with a little bit of love….”
In the past, I have found inspiration when I travel or when I have dreamed big to work towards a goal. I have found inspiration in music or in people who I have met whose stories and journeys have reminded me of the power of inner strength. I suppose that the in the end, you find inspiration where you need to, based on where you are in life. What is inspiring one day, may or may not have the same impact the next day…but what matters is finding your sources of inspiration when you most need them.
What about you? Where do you find inspiration?