“The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”.
Inspiration is such a powerful word. You seemingly can’t have any great accomplishment, creative or not, without profound and clear inspiration and quite often, the most compelling concepts are learned directly from others. While I have been consistently focused on lifelong learning, the root of my inspiration and success comes from my Mother Elaine Ross.
On December 22nd, Elaine Ross was suddenly taken from the world and the last few weeks allowed me to reflect on this moment, our past and what she would want for me and all of us going forward. My Mother was profoundly supportive and loving, deeply loyal and optimistic, a great friend and hard worker, a great listener and compassionate soul. She loved music, art, food and conversation and was humble to the core. We could all deploy these traits and interests right now and the world would simply be better.
I spend a lot of my time thinking about what inspires people to do what they do and given what has happened over the last week, our brains are probably in overdrive trying to sort it all out. However, the purpose of my “Monday Thoughts” is not to tackle the world’s problems, but to share stories and anecdotes that help us build a community of people who understand the importance of investing in personal growth, while teaching them how to tap into their creative potential. A nugget here and there that makes you think differently about life.
As we all move through the complex challenges of today, think hard about what inspires you to be the best. What are you doing to escape the noise and grow? How are you stimulating your creative capacity? And how are you connecting and sharing your inspiration with others.
And, take a moment to acknowledge those in your present and past who have touched you along the way. This simple act re-roots your sensibility in the very essence of who you are as a person. I am who I am because of my Mom and I honor her deeply.