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.

Incredible Kites

There is a man named Ray Bethell in Vancouver, Canada, who flies kites with more skill than anyone I have ever seen. He is in his 80s, and his skin is old and weathered from spending so much time in the sun.  And when he flies his kites, it is as if a beautiful visual symphony is playing.

He reminds us that we are not limited in any way. We can soar in the skies. We can feel the joy of freedom and weightlessness lift us up. I have watched this at least a dozen times, and every time I feel inspired.

Watch this video and feel your heart soar with the kites. Feel your energy dance and fly.

Text Copyright © 2012 by Victoria Young

Uplifting Music

When one thinks of an orchestra, you think of many different instruments. Percussion, woodwinds, string instruments, horns, etc. There is a band local to me, called the Boulder Bassoon Band. Their music is true to their name. A bunch of people playing bass in rooms, and making beautiful music.

There is also a very interesting orchestra in Great Britain. They are the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain. It is astonishing how they are able to create full orchestral pieces using only ukuleles.

Ukuleles bring to mind Hawaiian music, hula dancers, and perhaps some casual music. Who knew they could be so orchestral? I put this video in to show the actual scope of what is possible with a tiny instrument that has only four strings. I hope you enjoy this video and become inspired by people who took a look at the ukulele and imagined all of its possibilities. We should do the same thing with every aspect of our lives. Look for the possibilities, even if they are not obvious.

Text copyright © 2012 by Victoria Young