Friday, March 20, 2009

Being Inspired

Inspiration is not about speaking to what exists; negativity is often evident. It's about redefining situations and giving hope.

16 comments:

Brosreview said...

True!!! Very true!!!

judith ellis said...

I thought so.

CathM said...

I love the idea of ‘redefining situations and giving hope’... there’s something quite empowering about having the ability to ‘redefine’ one’s life or situations... seeing beyond the negativity... and hopelessness and reaching for the endless possibilities when we start to ‘redefine’ our understanding and/or truths on things... i.e. staying positive and keeping it real!

judith ellis said...

"…staying positive and keeping it real!"

For sure, CathM! Thank you for that.

It's not difficult to exaggerate a great many things in difficult times. For me, not exaggerating is keeping it real, getting my thoughts under control, as it were. This helps me to stay positive as well as remembering always that "this too shall pass."

This thought always gives me inspiration and allows me to redefine my situation and gives me great hope. Once my thoughts are altered positive actions follow. This thought for me is as collective as it is individual. Collectively, we can change our communities, our nation, and the world.

John O'Leary said...

Hi Judith. "Redefining situations and giving hope" sounds like the job description of leadership. It's all about reframing isn't it?

Don't know what to offer re our economic situation. I feel like there's still too much I don't know. Trying to absorb it all with beginner's mind. I've been teaching myself economics on the side (thanks to the Teaching Company's tapes). I guess most of the US - and perhaps much of the world - is in an Econ 101 crash course.

wmmbb said...

What about this proposition, if I can express it subject to appropriate qualification?

It is not faith in god that matters, but faith in those other person that warrant it.

judith ellis said...

Hi John - Yes indeed regarding reframing and we are all most certainly in a beginner's finance crash course," like it or not. Although, sometimes it feels like a serious extended course, especially when talking about these complicated financial instruments.

judith ellis said...

wmmbb - No disrespect for independent choice, but I could NOT rest in you or me alone. We are by far too fallible. Faith in people is very limiting indeed, although it is needed in order to improve our lot as humans in the world. Others most certainly inspire us. But my inspiration first comes from the love of God. Wishing you all the best, friend.

Cynthia said...

Walking in faith, not in sight.

dave wheeler said...

Judith,

I think you have written a perfect mission statement for a community advocate. It really is about redefining situations and giving hope! People feel powerless to change things...your words are the prescription for curing that misconception.

judith ellis said...

Indeed, Cynthia. Walking by faith and not be sight is most important in being inspired, for "faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen."

My brother Rob says "faith is the proof."

judith ellis said...

Dave - Community advocates do this daily; they embody these words every day. Just imagine. If we spoke to what exists, nothing would change in our homes, offices, communities or world. Inspiration is having faith. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen."

- A - C - said...

You may also say that it is about looking at the world as it really is, that is beyond he veil of perception which so often blind us to the many possibilities.

dave wheeler said...

"If we spoke to what exists, nothing would change in our homes, offices, communities or world."

This is so true...I work in a place where turnover is 78% and I am leading a project team for our sr. leaders to attack the probem. Our interviews with managers and frontliners alike convey the sense of resignation that nothing will change. Re-fining and giving hope is what we are doing to move forward.

Once again, thanks for the new knowledge Judith...

judith ellis said...

Yes, AC, that can most certainly be said. I see the world as the sum of people in it and the earth as that which is constant. The earth's beauty and possibilities are regenerative and endless. We are too with conscious will.

judith ellis said...

Dave - I wish you all the best in your efforts.