The road of life is not always covered with rose petals. All of us at some stage go through a period in our lives where we just can’t see the sense of things any more. A period where we doubt the reason for our own existence. Whenever a time like this hits me, I try to search for something that will inspire me, something that will let me understand the underlying sense of all things.
One of those things is to inspire me is to wake up early in the morning and see the dawn of a new day. To watch the silhouettes of the hills becoming visible gradually. To see the sun first touch the tops of the mountains before it starts shedding its light on the city. This somehow makes me realize how small our problems really are, how wonderful nature really is and how little difference the things we call problems will make to the dawn of the new day.
A sunset has a similar effect on me. When I watch the red sun drop into the ocean and see the sky turn into so many different colors, it makes me realize once again that I am watching a reality unfold that is far beyond my comprehension. It makes me proud to be part of something so huge and to understand that I might be small, but I do have a purpose in the universe.
Something else that has a profound affect one me, as it has on many other people, is to read a truly great poem. The words of a great poet have helped millions of people throughout the centuries to rise above their own feelings of inadequacy and to realize that it doesn’t take a hero to do one good deed.
When you watch someone giving himself without any reservations to his fellow human beings, it stirs the fires of greatness deep inside all of us. Just think of the millions of people all over the world that have been inspired by the love and dedication of people like Mother Theresa or Mahatma Gandhi. These gentle soles were the true heroes of our world, so much more than any military ‘hero’ could ever be.
To watch the innocence of a child is something else that is loaded with inspiration. To see how a child can trust, how he can live for every moment, teaches each one of us a lesson about life and about our own attitude towards it.
There are so much more than inspire me, but all these things have a common denominator: they make me believe in my own greatness, in my ability to make a difference to the world and its problems and to one day leave the world just a little bit better than I found it.
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