noun \ˌin(t)-spə-ˈrā-shən, -(ˌ)spi-\
: something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone
: a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something
: a good idea
(Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
We all have that ability to deliver a gift. A gift - you know - something given involuntarily without payment in return. Please, continue reading – there are so many ways to deliver a gift and I hope you will engage me in considering what gift you will distribute today, this week, this month and this year.
You are an inspiration! Yes, you! You have the ability to influence someone’s day, is that not empowering? Imagine, for a moment, our world, our people filled with gift-giving. It really IS that easy. The question is why do we not do it more often?
A gift is not necessarily a purchase of a commercial product to present to someone as a present. A gift may be in the form of a few choice words, wrapped with a figurative bow and transported to a deserving recipient. Think about it, when is the last time you conveyed a message to someone that was kind, supportive, uplifting, and maybe just the very sentence that warmed that person’s heart that day?
There’s a favorite quote of mine:
Battle may be very loosely defined and may differ not only from person to person, but from day to day. We are surrounded by those who are fighting for their lives from disease and it seems easier to step up the kindness at those times. However, what about the other battles? The mêlées of daily life that often knock us from the safety zone of comfort. Often times, the individuals wading through the muck of life are the most perfect recipients for an inspirational gift from you.
Humans, by default, seem to be keener on knocking each other down instead of lifting each other up. Newspaper headlines reflect such cruel behavior on daily basis. November elections clearly bring out the worst in people – when toxic verbiage spews from one political party to another and the mission shifts from rallying a favored candidate to being down-right, viciously malicious to another human being. Such behavior that has me asking why? Why do we publicly cast such irretrievable words at each other?
The efforts to convey kind words take exactly the same energy that it takes to emit vile verbosity; in fact, it may be less effort on the former. Are we that naïve? Are we so hard-wired to swing to the negative side of verbal engagements that it takes a conscious action to engage on the positive end of the spectrum? Are we seriously just pre-disposed to complaining (Seriously?) that it seems unnatural to focus on the positive of our discussions?
Circling back around, we all do have the ability to be an inspiration. YES, WE DO! Being an inspiration is not unattainable nor does it require exhaustive measures to achieve the end result. Embracing my best Uncle Sam, I am here to say, "I WANT YOU!"
Like many other facets in our lives, any action that is done regularly certainly becomes habit. Let us use our ability to inspire, to provide the gift of kind words to one another on a regular basis. Start by casting a smile at those you encounter on a daily basis. Expand those smiles into affirmative words. Instead of staring at the Dunkin Donuts menu while you wait your place in line, give the person next to you a warm smile. You will be surprised at their reaction and often times get a gift of a smile in return. (You may possibly be deemed crazy, but that is good fun as well). From that smile, perhaps you may compliment that person on their cute sweater or their hair-do. Stop laughing at the thought and do it. I promise you, it is so very worth-while. Your kind words may start that person’s day on a better note and you will feel so good about delivering such a gift; a gift that cost you absolutely nothing.
Toss the stone of kindness. Watch the ripples as your friends mimic your behavior. Be proud as your children exhibit compassion to their peers. Receive the benevolence as it comes back around to you.
Be an inspiration.