Too often, people sit on the sidelines waiting for life to bring the answers to them. I am a big believer that if you need inspiration, go looking for it. I read books, movies, blogs, Facebook Memes, and every bit of information I can find to inspire and lift me. There is plenty to bring me down. I don’t need to look to find that. It is there smacking me in the face every day. Inspiration on the other hand requires me to look for it. Search it out. Look for the hidden meanings. Choose to be inspired.
Came across one blog that I would like to share.The Better Man Project by Evan Sanders. He shared his journey of improvement.
I enjoyed watching the Rocky movies. The going against all odds mentality is inspiring to me.
Enjoy Evan’s blog.
To contrast this, I am remembering a woman I saw for one or two meeting at a Christian Bible study on using the scriptures to cope with abuse. Second meeting we were at, she asked a question about feelings of anger towards those that hurt her. The person leading the presentation asked all of us to pause and we said a prayer for her. This was not what this woman wanted. She stormed out and never came back. Sadly, 2 weeks later we spent an entire evening studying scriptures on how to cope with anger. The woman was in the right place but since she didn’t get the answers she wanted right away she left emptier and angrier than when she arrived.
Along with inspiration a good dose of perseverance helps with coping. One of the things I admired about the Rocky movies that he kept working harder and harder. He didn’t allow difficulties stop him. He went for the top.
Zig Zigler is famous for his motivational speeches to get to the top. At one presentation he was criticized that motivation doesn’t last. His answer is now a famous quote. ‘Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.’ Persistently looking for motivation to inspire and encourage is a coping strategy. One of many that helped me cope. In high school, I had posters on my wall that I saw every day.
Life is a Journey Not a Destination
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
I had the posters all around my room. Daily inspiration, daily encouragement, daily motivation, persistently believing that something better was out there for me. I kept looking.