Finding Inspiration

Life is full of things to inspire us. Whether it is children making beautiful music with instruments made out of things thrown in the landfill, a man who makes art by balancing rocks, someone who can fly kites as if they were birds soaring together on the wind, or anything else that you find inspirational, pay attention to it and allow it to fill you with its energy.

Unfortunately, our news media bombards us with bad news. Stories about evil, violence, destruction, poverty, and death are much more prominent in the media than stories that uplift us. For that reason, we must each constantly seek our own source of inspiration.

Luckily, there is much to inspire us. I saw a story about a handicapped lion who has a dachshund for his best friend that inspired me. The  dachshund had sensed that the lion was handicapped, and spent time comforting it. And now the lion, who weighs about 500 pounds cuddles with the 8 pound dachshund.

There are stories about people who find someone’s wallet or purse, and return it without taking anything. My own grandmother, who was poor herself, kept the back door of her small house in a small Kansas town unlocked, so anyone who was hungry could get something to eat. Whatever she had she would share with others. She never had a lot – no steaks, no shrimp, no caviar, no fancy food at all. She might have a pot of beans, or perhaps some chicken and noodles, but whatever she had she would share with others.

Her compassion and kindness is an inspiration to me to this day. She passed in 1990, but I think of her every day. When she died, over 300 people attended her funeral. This was in a town of only about 1500 people.

I find stories of kindness, generosity, compassion, and sharing with others to be extremely inspirational and uplifting. Pay more attention to those kinds of stories then to the poisonous stories the news throws at you every night.

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