“The Value Of Inspiration”

March 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Every couple of weeks, I write for an online website called Her Campus. Here’s my most recent article:

The word “inspiration” floats through the universe as frequently as a cloud. Philosophers, authors, motivational speakers, business CEOs and many more people frequently use this four-syllable word.  What does it mean? This word can sometimes sound vague, cliché and downright confusing. However, its definition is quite simple. The Oxford Dictionary defines inspiration as “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.” In other words, inspiration is what keeps the mind active.

The importance of this word cannot be underestimated. Without inspiration, the mind leads a dull and stagnant life. Creations would be lost and relationships would be boring without an inspired mind. So where do we find inspiration? It seems like we’re often caught up in the repetitive nature of our everyday lives and the endless to-do lists to actually find time to be inspired. With graduation creeping closer and closer for many of us, the panic of what’s going to happen next is increasing. The unknown is scary, but finding things that inspire can help.

It seems that when we make important life decisions, about things like jobs, we often consider pay, location and how it sounds to others. But what about inspiration? If inspiration is what keeps the mind stimulated, shouldn’t we choose things in our everyday life and a path that inspires us? With an active mind, our lives can move forward. And any forward motion is progress.

Think about what inspires you and focus on those things. They can keep the present moment exciting and your mind happy and fulfilled.

Here’s a list of 50 inspiring things:

  1. Books
  2. Blogs
  3. Pinterest
  4. Flowers
  5. Babies
  6. Puppies
  7. Recipes
  8. Yoga
  9. Running
  10.  Kindness
  11. Walks
  12. Friends
  13. Family
  14. Fashion
  15. Sports
  16. Ted Talks
  17. Graduation speeches
  18. Technology
  19. Pictures
  20. Relationships
  21. Movies
  22. Beaches
  23. Sunlight
  24. Trees
  25. Chocolate
  26. Journals
  27. Writing
  28. Experiments
  29. Teaching
  30. The Food Network
  31. Travel
  32. Meditation
  33. Art
  34. Yo-Yo Ma
  35. Magazines
  36. Twitter
  37. Color
  38. Jewelry
  39. Beats
  40. Laughter
  41. Tears
  42. Games
  43. Conversations
  44. Music
  45. Class
  46. Goals
  47. Poems
  48. Hand-written letters
  49. Powerful women
  50. The University of Michigan
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