We all need a little inspiration every once in a while.  Sometimes it comes to us as we’re carrying on with our day.  We may be inspired by someone’s personal story that we hear or by another person’s action that we witness.  Other times, we actively seek inspiration.  In these instances, we may reach out to someone who we find inspiring or we may even look to ourselves, our past or our inspiration book.

Personally, I find a lot of inspiration when I spend time with family.  Amidst the laughs and good food, there are always stories being told.  Many of these stories came before my time and relate to crucial events that helped build my family’s foundation.  I have a deep appreciation for the sacrifices that were made by my family members so I’m always moved by these stories and take them to heart.  As my grandpa always said, “if you don’t know where you’re coming from, you’ll never know where you’re going.”  I believe this is true so when I’m with family, I’m always soaking up opportunities to get back in touch with the basics and be newly energized and inspired.  This helps put things in perspective, my vision becomes more clear as I look forward and I gain a greater appreciation for the big picture.

As I’m spending time with family this week, I’m taking in my usual dose of inspiration – not only by hearing but also by seeing.  Here are some of the inspiring pieces I’ve found around the house that reinforce the lessons I’ve been taught at home over the years.

This is on the wall in one of the bedrooms as a friendly reminder that you’ll see as the first thing the morning and as the last thing at night.

This is on the wall in a guest bathroom. It is a reminder that it is possible to defy the odds.

 

This is also on the wall in the guest bathroom. This reminds us that it is ok to stumble, fall, and make mistakes as long as we get up and push onward.

The truth is that you never need to go far to find inspiration.  Pay attention to the small things.  Listen to stories of those around you.  Talk to your elders and find out what sacrifices they made for themselves and their family.  Look back to your aspirations from when you were a kid and didn’t understand the concept of limitations.  You may be surprised by the power of these seemingly simple things to move you in the moment and going forward.

Where do you get your inspiration from?  I would love to hear from you!

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