Updated: Apr 22
I started reading The 8th Habit, by Stephen Covey, yesterday. I still have 300+ pages to go, but after 3 chapters, a couple of the passages I encountered couldn't wait till the end and needed to be shared now.
First, this definition of the word inspire:
"Inspire (from the Latin inspirare) means to breathe life into another."
He goes on to say that as people are inspired, when we appeal to their nature holistically, and they find their voice, "latent human genius, creativity, passion, talent and motivation are unleashed."
I can't think of a better give to give another than the breath of life.
Second, I loved this quote that he shares from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world."
I had to stop and catch my breath after reading that the first time.
Then I read it 3 or 4 more times.
I want to be inspired like that, to see the world through that lens.
I'd imagine that's what most of us are looking for.
Maybe the way we find it is by breathing life into others in a way that helps them unleash the power of their voice.
Side note...I wish I could write sentences that possess that kind of power. Some day. I will, however, be forced to use the Oxford comma. Why some people don't is beyond me...but I digress.
Also, I hope I can figure out how to breath life into our dryer, tomorrow. I'm going to try out my handyman skills because it needs some inspiration. The cold air it's been blowing isn't cutting it. I'm counting on Google and YouTube to help me out. At least I'm not short on time these days.