“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.”
“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”
I had a moment of clarity this morning. My blog is about finding the inspiration in the chaos of the day to day life. I know that I share stories about how I find beauty in my messy life and I try to count my blessings daily, but I realized that I haven’t clearly stated what helps me find inspiration (other than my husband and children, of course). So today I thought I would share a little bit about what inspires me and give you a few ideas that might help you find inspiration. 🙂 🙂
Six years ago, I lost a dear friend of mine. I want to share with you a Facebook post that I wrote shortly after hearing the news. I think it is a good reminder that life is short and it is full of inspirational concepts.
I lost a dear friend earlier this week, this is where it led my thoughts…… Inspire. Be Inspired. Love. Let Go. Forgive. Tell that special someone that you love them. Enjoy your family, blood or otherwise. The ones that stick by you are the ones that matter. Be Bright. Be Joyful. Laugh. Dance. Play in the rain. FEEL the beauty that is around you. Feel the grass between your toes. Try to look directly into the sun, just like when you were a kid. Try to count the stars. Travel. Dream. Smile. Do a good deed for someone you don’t know. Do a good deed for someone that could NEVER pay you back. Run like you can fly. Scream like a crazy person. Love like there is no tomorrow. Bake something fattening and EAT it! Reconnect with old friends. Make new friends. Giggle. Create. Draw. Write. Read. Build. Believe. Hope. Pray. Give thanks. Believe in something you can’t see. Fight for something you believe in. Leave this world better than it was when you entered it. Leave NOTHING unsaid. Lots of love, my friends, lots of love coming your way.
All of that still rings true today, maybe even more so since I have two beautiful boys that I want to enjoy life with. In 2012, my MaMaw passed away and it rocked my world. I have written a few posts about her on this blog. We were very close and not a single day goes by that I don’t think of her. We found some handwritten notes that she had penned during some of her most difficult times. My MaMaw wasn’t perfect. She had her dark moments and battled with mental illness her entire life, but she was full of love and was so inspiring. I want to share a little of what we found. I think her words are profound and serve as a good reminder….that life is short and we need to find the inspiration and the beauty that is all around us.
Take time to enjoy the smell of rain (my favorite smell). Take time to listen to the birds’ sing, observe the wonders of a hummingbird. Be playful and mock a “Bob White.”
Take the time to clean at least one window, real good so the sunshine can beam through. Then, sit back…look at the streaks and laugh-remember we are never perfect.
Pray on your knees, at least once a day. It can really make you feel humble.
Ways I find inspiration…I pray they help you when you are in desperate need of some inspiration.
Go for a walk and lose track of time. Take a camera outside and takes pictures of anything that brings a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. Practice deep breathing while feeling the air on your cheeks. Do a search online. #Inspiration. Read blogs from your fellow bloggers. Find inspiration quotes online. Read your favorite book. Write a vulnerable and transparent blog post. It always makes me feel better when I hit publish. Try something new! Teach someone something! Write a bucket list. Create a vision board. Talk to people that you love. Talk to people that you don’t know. Ask them what they love about you. Ask them what they are grateful for. Listen to music. Spend time with your children, or grandchildren. Sing in the shower. Act like a kid again. Watch your favorite movies. Watch movies you loved as a kid. Breathe in your favorite smell. Have a dance party with your 4-year-old and 2-year-old. Listen to your kids’ play. Listen to them giggle. Make them giggle. Tickle Monster!! Roll your windows done and drive. Drink that extra cup of coffee. Drink pumpkin spice coffee year round! 🙂 🙂 Drink out of your favorite Christmas mug, no matter what time of year it is. Do what makes you smile. No matter how big or how small.