Somewhere along the line of our development, “Inspiration” began to play an important, vital role in making sure that our progress was compatible with our goals, that we moved the mountains impeding us from reaching our goals and that we acquired and used the courage necessary to overcome challenges and obstacles along the path toward our goals.
There is no end to the effect inspiration has on human beings in forming their habits and shaping their lives. Here is one simplistic example of basic inspiration in action: “The ordinary human being is heartily inspired, strongly inspired even, to get to the nearest toilet when inner physical stimulus tells that person that “Going” is both important and imminent.” The rewards evident in paying attention to and acting on this particular inspiration should be obvious to anyone. Imagine what could happen (and often does) if the human being inspired in the foregoing manner refuses to act on the inspiration. The social and personal consequences could be quite unpleasant!
One personal inspiration that had a great effect on me, as I recall, was the time I watched a “Tarzan” movie and was thrilled with the scenes of Tarzan swinging freely, majestically and almost magically through the trees on some kind of vine. I was so inspired by this motion picture that I went home and made myself a loincloth and then went down to a local wooded area (Kind of a remote little-travelled place), found some wild grape vines hanging from trees and did my own graceful swinging through the trees. The reward from that inspiration was a sense of profound personal freedom, an increased sense of my own developing manhood and a feeling that there wasn’t anything at all that I could not accomplish if I set my mind to it.
People should always seek inspiration and never be cowed by it because it is the key that opens doors to experiences we never had and often to experiences we thought we might never achieve. An inspired person is a person who can overcome his or her own limitations, fears, doubts, inhibitions, uncertainties — and thereby change their mindset from apathy and indifference to the famous and oft-quoted, “Can-Do” attitude that frees people from poverty and creates the great new ideas driving the momentum of the modern world.
What Can We Do To Find Inspiration?
Here is a list of at least 25 things we can do to find inspiration ….
If you are in need of inspiration in your life, I would suggest you click on that link and read the article and see if you can find anything that appeals to you.
Danny Learns Not To Mess With Me
I had not yet graduated school when this event happened but the elements of the event serve to illuminate how inspiration can work:
It was a Summer day and I had gone to my friend, Tommy’s house to see if he could go adventuring with me. Tom and I were the best of friends.
Sometime during that day we had decided to cross a big field of somebody’s farm and go to a wooded area that we had seen from a road on the outskirts of our town. I was always interested in exploring woodlands and creeks and lakes and ponds and the like. Just standing by a fence row and looking across that field at a prominence of the earth that rose majestically like a cliff among the trees was inspiration enough to make the effort to cross the field. In this case, there was both inspiration from seeing the cliff and the trees across the field — it sparked our curiosity and challenged our youthful lust for daring adventure. There was both inspiration and desire ignited at one and the same time … the combination of desire and inspiration are definitely among the strongest motivational forces known to mankind.
So Tom and I crossed the field and got to a rise overlooking the creek below and directly in front of the “Cliff” that had drawn us in the first place.
Soon, however, we were accosted by a couple of other kids about our age all decked out in feathers and war paint, playing like they were some kind of savage warriors and they were armed with pellet rifles and wood axes and they “Captured” us and marched us down to their “Camp” on the creekbank at the base of the “Cliff.”
Not being in a mood to get shot with a pellet rifle, we played along for awhile but things soon got out of hand and became a little rough and we were forced to run up the creek with “Them” chasing and threatening us.”
We managed to outrun the ruffians and get back to our homes but the sting of being embarrassed in this manner became another kind of inspiration …. the inspiration to go back to their camp and wait until they left their tent to go swimming.
We went back to their camp, hid in some bushes, watched and waited until they finally decided to go skinny dipping in a pond in the creek.
While they were absent from their tent … and their pile of clothes, Tom and I took advantage of the situation by stealing their clothes and setting their tent on fire.
The memory of them cursing and screaming and trying to douse the tent fire without a stitch of their clothing to be had still remains in my mind as one of the greatest inspirational moments of my entire life and it has been more than 70 years ago now.
THE PRACTICAL SIDE OF INSPIRATION
On a more pragmatic side, inspiration can be a capital gain for those with a little intuitive foresight and courage to take a risk now and again. (I am not a financial counsellor so do not dare act on anything I might seem to suggest in this part of the post.) These are my personal experiences which I am sharing here, not financial advice. Let us have that understanding from the start!
Back in the day when Mutual Funds first took off in the money markets, it occurred to me that if all the stories being told by my friends were true, then it behooved me to have my Dad buy shares in mutual funds for me with money I was earning from my fledgling printing business. (I was an unusually motivated and adventurous teen aged boy.).
Dad agreed and then my Grandfather agreed to shift his money gifts to me that he had been investing in Building and Loan shares to mutual funds also. In a few short months during the beginning of the mutual fund boom, we were all astounded at the returns on our meagre investments. (It all eventually covered the house payments and a new car at the very least.) Our little adventure in investing paid for my entire education at a local business college and I came out of that institution with a bona fide credential as a Junior Accountant. Thank you, Wall Street!
The same thing happened, only on a bigger scale, when I was enthralled by what I was hearing about the performance of a publicly-traded stock in an instant-photography enterprise. There were a few “Splits” in that investment until the stock finally settled down and I was livid with appreciation to my parents for their cooperation.As I recall, it was because of that fiscal adventuring that allowed me to enjoy a two-week honeymoon at an upscale Miami Beach, Florida hotel when I got married to my childhood sweetheart.
This is the kind of thing that also allowed me to take my new wife on an airplane ride from Cincinnati, Ohio to Louisville, Kentucky in a private plane for no other reason than to go to the iconic art deco hotel, “Seelbach” in Louisville, Kentucky for no other reason than to enjoy one of their famous “Open Faced Beef Hotshot” sandwiches which I had first enjoyed while serving at Fort Knox during a 6 months training session while I was in the Ohio National Guard.
Later on, because of all my good fortune with these crazy ideas, I was able to take my entire family (My wife and myself and three children) along with our close friends’ entire family (Mom and Dad and 5 kids) to Kings Island Amusement park in Ohio where I paid for all the admissions and all the food and our own suite in the Kings Island Hotel plus handing out Twenty Dollar bills to each and every kid in the group so they could go throughout the park and do whatever they wanted to do.
During all these adventures, my inspiration came from the many stories, some by mouth and some by news articles flooding the printed news and the airwaves about how other people were doing with their own adventures into the growing fiscal world. It started small and grew but I suspected something back then that has more than proven itself since … If I got in and did good (and I did get in and do good) then I was better off to get out before it either all came crashing down or it levelled off to the point where it was just mediocre and not a surging opportunity anymore. I always got out at the very first sign that growth had slowed. That was very fortunate for me. I was not greedy. I never listened to the standard brokerage argument, “Oh just ride it out, John, it will bounce back soon.” I never ever believed that and even thought it did bounce back sometimes, there were more times when it never bounced back at all. Somebody was watching out for me.
I see no reason to share my experiences with “Bit Coin” but I will tell you that I was glad to have gotten out of it when I did. However I am sure that “Crypto-currency” will come back strong again someday because I believe it is the currency of the future. But I have no idea when the next big surge will come … if it ever does … so I am biding my time on this one. Right now I am not inspired to do a second round with it even though the first round was interesting indeed.
What Does Luck Have To Do With It?
I do not believe that luck has anything to do with inspiration. I do not believe that inspiration is dependent on luck and I do not believe that luck is dependent on inspiration. In fact, I don’t believe in luck at all because everything that is done in this life is done because of somebody taking some kind of action and taking action always has some kind of consequence. And with as many actions and consequences that people have taken over the years, there is no excuse for anyone contemplating an action to be ignorant of all the possible consequences. So in the end, we all make all our “Luck” either good or bad … and since this is the case, the idea of “Luck” is an easy cop out for people who are uncomfortable accepting responsibility for their actions.