I’m seeing a trend with my answers to reverb- and that is that I put a lot of emphasis and value on the small stuff. The quiet moments, the everyday, the in between.
Inspiration is no different. Sure, I definitely get inspired by all this news coverage of the amazing man Nelson Mandela was, and am totally in awe of the video of a war hero who lost all of his limbs and then ran a marathon with unconditional love and support of his wife and dog. That type of inspiration is almost overwhelming to me. I can feel nearly paralyzed by the immense weight of how I want to change the world and be a better person when I experience the emotions these situations evoke.
But for something to be truly inspiring, I think it needs to be actionable. And for me, it has to be something a lot smaller and a little more personal.
I was inspired a month or so ago overhearing a phone conversation at my office end with “I love you, baby” when that person knows the whole floor can hear him. This is a person that is not entirely personable from the moment you meet him- some might actually think he is a jerk on first glance. But, hearing that made me feel a little differently about him. It made me ask him about his day and he opened up and told me that his wife was recovering from a serious health issue and had never been so scared in his life. And now, I want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt that there are hidden struggles in everyone’s lives and that I should be kind at all times, no matter what feeling I get from them.
I’ve been inspired recently by a friend of mine who has gone through a huge ordeal trying to get pregnant. She and her husband have suffered three disappointments with IVF, the last one resulting in an emergency surgery. I feel inspired by their love and support for one another, and their resiliency. No matter what happens on the baby front, they will move forward together as a unit and be stronger than ever. And now, I feel so grateful for the love and support in my own partnership, and give as much time and energy as I can to them to help them recover.
Inspiration in small doses spur on little actions that can make big differences.