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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Finding Inspiration

Whenever I need a boost for the day, I always look at this poem I have posted within easy view. Again, I don’t know the source. It came by way of e-mail and has been an incredible source of inspiration for me. I’ll share it with you:


When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:

     There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
     or, you will be taught how to fly

© 1997 Patrick Overton
"Used by Permission from the Author"
Inspiration (in spirit) is within us always and never leaves us. It’s like the sun. There may be storms and clouds blocking our view but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s always there. We may not feel or see anything around us that would inspire us but it’s there just waiting for us to notice, a trigger to clue us in. Sometimes, when the distractions around us are so great and demanding we have to stop and choose to change our thoughts to something more inspirational instead of letting our minds go out of control on autopilot.

I remember when I worked in the corporate world, the days would pass so fast like a whirlwind and yet it seemed I accomplished very little. At the end of the day, I would shut down everything and run for my bus. On the way to my bus, I’d have to think, “Did I breathe today?” “I must have….I’m still here.” I know our lives get so hectic with putting out “fires” all day, you wonder how you got on this merry-go-round. You can’t find much inspirational in that day after day, but it’s there because you carry it around inside you and it's all around you. In these cases, this is where we stop and become aware of where we’re at and what we’re doing at that moment and make a conscious choice to change our thoughts and our focus. If you can’t do that at that moment, try at least to stop and become aware of your breathing and be thankful for that. You may be chasing so hard and your mind on overload, this may be a difficult task at first. But the more you work on it, the more you’ll notice being in tune and in flow. Try it and let me know how it works for you.

From the kitchen table - Pat
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