“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try” –John F. Kennedy.
First of all, Thanksgiving was wonderful. Saturday’s Old Oaken Bucket game (Indiana University vs. Purdue University–sorry it’s a Midwest thing!) and enjoyed plenty of good company. Well tonight really sums up just what a fantastic time I had because I went with a girlfriend of mine to see “The Muppets Movie” 🙂
Over the past few days, I was reminded to Inspire. At Thanksgiving, just showing up and helping gather the food, people, and everything needed to make the show happen is the best way to be. No one like people who just show up for food than “peace out!” Simply playing games with the youngest members of the gathering can mean the whole world to them as a “big person” is paying them some attention. And hugs are priceless and irreplaceable.
I am a woman who can equally perform tasks as a single or together (thank you Ms. Piggy and Amy Adams for the reminder!), I am someone with a few small gifts to offer–as everyone has SOMETHING they can contribute (thank you Walter…), life is about figuring out who you are and what you are made of (thank you Kermit for helping me never lose hope in myself), and just when you think you can’t figure it out, there are friends who are all around to help you find your way!
The Muppets single-handedly reminded me of the third best thing in the world….laughter! What would we be without laughter? That’s right, a bunch of serious fuddy-duds. I said it. Fuddy-duds. What could be worse? Inspiration through laughter. What a novel idea! Something that has far been under appreciated for years…witty, smart, dry humor.
A dear friend of mine, RL taught me a little something about humor this weekend as well when we were on our way to the Old Oaken Bucket game. To be a stand up, you have to always be on your toes and keep your head about you. You cannot let people catch you off guard, but play off the opportunities given to you on stage. If you get a heckler, no need to bother. They aren’t worth your time. Keep the rest of the crowd engaged. Same could go in real life situations as well.
Tonight was a final reminder my desire and purpose is to inspire people. I am to encourage, help people discover what it is I see that they can’t see, and ultimately change people’s perceptions of themselves that they way they view their futures. Laughter, positive reinforcements and lots of love….that is the formula.
People are too quick to give up on themselves. They lose hope so easily! What is that all about??? We can never ever lose hope especially not in ourselves! For, if we do not believe we can do it, then surely no one else will. We must stand tall on our own two feet and chose to inspire ‘I’ first then let the inspiration radiate…
So how do you inspire? For me, it is humor and insight….but what is it for you dear friends??