I was recently asked to write a short piece about inspiration and who inspires me.
I started thinking about who I wanted to write about and found myself struggling to single out just one person. There are so many people both in the present day and those who have gone before us that have inspired us through selfless acts, scientific development, religion, philosophy and politics. There are giants who walk tall in our history books and have left us with lasting legacies and we in the world will always look up to them. On the very top of my list would be the names of Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, all three of them arguably the most important names of our time.
But that would be only the start of my list, which could indeed be very long, because, thankfully the world is full of very good people, though it’s easy to forget that at times. Especially now.
What always amazes me is that the greatest teachers we know focus or have focused, on lifting the hearts of those around them rather than extolling their own virtues. When an interviewer attempts to paint the Dalai Lama as something grand, a soul with a mighty preordained purpose, his response is typically, ‘I’m a monk, a simple monk.’ That made me think about all the people out there who quietly go about their business, whilst spreading some good feeling or intention to the world. The people who touch the hearts of others in small but significant ways.
And so I put my thoughts into this poem…
Who Inspires Me? The person who smiled When I was troubled And kindly looked my way, The selfless mother Who, though tired and afraid, Held her children tightly today. The angel at the food bank Who couldn’t sleep, Knowing others were hungry - She came with love And bread for them to eat. The doctor who cared And knew every person Waiting to be seen Deserved love and attention. The brave person who stood up to say ‘I’m different, but please look my way.’ The special one who said: ‘I know there are challenges we must all face But it’s going to be okay, I love you, All will be well today.’ Lmh I hope you will feel inspired by someone today - even better, maybe you will inspire someone, perhaps without even knowing it. How wonderful is the gift of a warm smile. Namaste