Yes, even if we’re feeling discouraged about the politics in the U.S., now is a good time to get up in the morning with hope in our hearts. Why, because now is a wonderful opportunity to do something specific.
Instead of being discouraged, angry and bitter, look for someone or something that you feel is inspiring. These exist everywhere. Look for topics. Look for speakers. Look for actions – all of which are inspiring to you. All of these are happening. We can see them on the Internet, in society, on Youtube, on Facebook, and many other places.
The energy we feel when we look for inspiration is a recognition that our hope is a hope for very real results. Inspiration is the belief that there is a force of accomplishment in our planet which we can connect to and ride – like a surfer on a wave. This wave of inspiration raises us up. This energy of inspiration – of being inspired – of listening to someone or watching something that is inspiring – is a force that spreads – strengthening the heart of individuals all over the place. Then, in turn, helping us to act in whatever way we find is best.
When we seek inspiration, we find inspiration. There are people in the world that are inspiring. There are stories people share that inspire others. There are speakers that inspire people. When we join with these others, we feel the VERY REAL energy of being able to accomplish what we seek to accomplish.
Sure, we may get tired and weary, discouraged and feel despair sometimes. After all, we are human beings. But, we can also breath in strength, and as Og Mandino wrote in his book, “The Greatest Salesman in the World”, “He who is determined enough to succeed, will never fail.” Who among us is advocating ‘giving up’ on anything that we know is worthwhile to pursue?
As the inspiration grows within one’s own heart and mind, let it also be turned within, to inspire us to accept and forgive, be patient and let go of judgment. Let this inspiration also guide us inwardly to seek within our heart who to forgive and who to show mercy towards. Let this energy inspire us to have compassion. Let it inspire us to have fortitude to stay the course – to be patient – to have mercy towards others – to show charity when the need exists, and to seek out and learn wisdom. Let this inspiration motivate us to give of our time or money or cooperation or energy or muscle to help join with others wherever we find ourselves – to cooperate in lifting up humanity, or our nation, or our community or our small group, or our family and friends. Let this inspiration motivate us to show love to all the living beings around us – to give of our heart and mind.
Remember the Dr. Seuss cartoon story of the Who of Whoville? When the Grinch stole their Christmas decorations, Christmas still happened within the hearts and minds of all the people of Whoville. Did you feel good when you saw that part? Was it because inspiration (Christmas), courage, fortitude, persistence, dedication, joy, community, friendship, joining together – all of these still exist within our hearts and are not based on external events?
If any of us need inspiration, look at historical events which are devastating. Then look at how we respond to these devastating events. People come together to persevere, to show courage, to rebuild, to give inspiration for those who are discouraged or suffering – to help people stand back up in the face of adversity.
Let whatever words from others that help to lift you up be hung as your banner and flag. For me, I’ve always liked, “He or She, who is determined enough to succeed will never fail” and “Let God decide what is possible.” and “There will never be a day that we can stop hatred and violence in the world by opposing it using hatred and violence.” and many of the others in the Rainbow Cards. I think of that for all individuals. And when one person joins with another one person, and then another one person, and on and on, strength grows for us as a unified group.
If your counter-argument to what is above is that it’s hard to be inspired when one gets beat-up, spit upon, whipped, pushed around, kicked, and nailed up on a cross to die, then you’re absolutely right. And yet, with God, all things are possible – even resurrection.
“It is irrelevant whether we can or cannot do something. What matters is if we’re willing or not willing in our heart. It is the one who is not willing, who cannot. It is the one who is willing, who can.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2000-2016, Jodie Senkyrik)
“The greater issue is not whether we save the world from evil.
The greater issue is whether we become evil while we think we’re saving the world.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2016, Jodie Senkyrik)