“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:
- Ted Talks
- Graduation speeches
- The Food Network
- Yo-Yo Ma
- Hand-written letters
- Powerful women
- The University of Michigan