Inspiration + action = living
Inspriation. It comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s from a view, or a piece of music, sometimes from a throw-away comment, or a gut feeling.
This week has been pretty action-packed. I have:
- overcome my fear of step ladders
- boarded half my mum’s loft (fairly sure I’ve never set foot in a non-converted loft before because of that fear)
- done the hardest bit of my packing (going through my scrapbooking stash to work out what I can reasonably take with me)
- sorted over 70 boxes (they’re not all mine) – by which I mean gone through and allocated homes to everything in them (charity, workshop, recycling, etc), or labelled them to be dealt with at a more sensible time and stowed them safely
- discovered that careful labelling of keys does not guarantee you’ll be able to find them in the future
- removed wasps’ nests (albeit dead ones – but we weren’t 100% sure until I’d actually picked the first one)
- cleared space in the workshop so that it can actually start to function as such soon
- played with power tools…
- …and fire
- witnessed the start of a new phase in someone else’s life, as well as in my own
Clearly, I haven’t done all this on my own. I had a lot of help, in the form of two people who inspire me enormously. Together, we took action to solve some of the problems stopping us moving on to things we wanted to be doing. We achieved far more this week than I’d have thought possible!
The thing about inspiration is that it demands action. It can be a ‘big’ action, or a ‘little’ action, but there has to be action. I spent years saying, “I want to work in Africa.” That was a dream. It wasn’t until someone inspired me want to stop being someone who talks about things and start being someone who actually does them that I started along my journey of making it happen. I was inspired to be the best I can be, to be fully me – rather than just dreaming about my life, actually living it.
So today I want to ask three things:
- who inspires you?
- who do you inspire?
- what are you going to do about it?