Along with many on this tiny planet….I was watching the Olympic competitions yesterday evening. I starting thinking about what inspired the athletes. What moment occurred to set the athlete up for the hard work and endurance that is required to make it to the Olympic field?
As I watched the Olympic skaters flow with beauty I understood why little children start leaping around the room after watching figure skaters on television. I understood why a little mind would be inspired to replicate the beauty of an athletes hard earned grace. I understood as I was once a tiny child “skating” around my family living room in my socks. It felt magical. I didn’t try to ice skate but other inspirations came along and I did try for much in this life I have led.
Some children will find their courage to chase their own inspiration from seeing dreams come true on the Olympic field. Think for a moment of the many tiny bodies all over the planet echoing what they observed as they found inspiration in the Olympic grace of ice skating. How many of those tiny souls will feel that they too will accomplish much as they watch other humans chasing an inspiration?
As the competition unfolded the athletes excelled, some fell down, some faced defeat and other achieved triumph. I felt as though all of humanity were part of their accomplishment or defeat for the few moments they graced the world stage. As they created beauty with their physical form I could merely watch spellbound and with complete connection to their every move.
Many things cause humans to take action for something greater than their individual moments. Greed, Fear, Jealousy, Love, Protection, Loss, or Desire are just a few things that motivate humans to action. Of the many feelings we have I would say that inspiration is very powerful. How can I not as I watch the Olympics? I thought of the journey through life that the young skater had taken. How many bruises from falls? How many sore muscles? How many early morning practices and falling into bed exhausted with no time to do simple young things. What had inspired that skater? What had inspired him so beautifully that his movements became inspiration for an entire world audience yesterday evening?
What exactly is inspiration? I feel it is the idea that catches our attention and inspires us to be different than we were before the idea. It is essential for the human condition to move forward. Some will inspire with art. Some will inspire with scientific discovery. Some will inspire with athletic excellence. Some will inspire with kindness and grace.
And so the obvious question followed…..What have I inspired or can inspire? I will take that question further? What are you inspiring in those around you? Is it light? Is it love? Does it move the human condition forward? It is truth that on this tiny planet we have choices and one choice is to be inspired or to remain empty. We can create inspiration or we can stay in the dark. What choices are you making that are from inspiration? What other choices even matter?
More on inspiration in this video – (You may want to watch it more than once…..)
The simple light that comes from complicated darkness is inspiration