Inspiring People

October 10, 2011

I am back and running, after a few weeks of technical freeze and household chaos. Finally, I was able to set up my new computer, backup my data and get into the routine of taking my kids to school without too much drama! I thank you all for your patience during this time, and I promise to bring interesting and new inspiring postings for you every week, with no more interruptions!


I chose this weeks' theme, following the recent passing of Steve Jobs, this event got me thinking about inspiring people.

We often, mistakenly think that there are just a few fortunate individuals who can make it to the list of "inspiring people", but the truth is, even if I use the example of an incredibly successful man today, we can find inspiring people all around us, we can all be inspiring individuals, and that is why I chose the main picture of this posting, a BABY, yes, because you and I, and everybody else started off as a baby... the raw material of humanity!

If you think of it, when we start, we are all given our own unique potential, gifts, talents, etc. We are all born with a unique and beautiful soul. It is then up to the environment to nourish our greatest potential or to keep us "insipid" (so to speak), or even worse: bring us down and totally hide our potential from ourselves. The way we are programmed from birth, greatly shapes the way we see ourselves, and there lies the secret: it is all about how you see yourself and how much you are or aren't willing to look inward and become aware of who you really are, beyond all that programming.

Many inspiring inventors and discoverers of our history, like: Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci, Copernicus, etc. achieved their goals by following their hearts and standing up for their beliefs, sometimes against great opposition.

But, we can also talk about inspiring people right around us, we can find them in our own communities: people who overcome incredible challenges, people who follow their dreams even when they are called foolish and irresponsible, people who always find a silver lining in everyday struggles, people who can laugh about themselves and relax in the face of stress. All these people are just as inspiring as anybody, and YOU and I can also be inspiring to others, by living our truth, by following our hearts and trusting our intuition.

If you have not seen Jobs' 2005 Stanford speech, I encourage you to, there is a link to it below.
I would like to highlight two quotes of this speech that sum up the idea I want to share in this posting:

"Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

The problem is, most people don't even know what their heart's message is, most people have no clue as to how their intuition works, most people don't know what their true gifts are and how to live their lives at their best!

Again, this whole confusion stems from the fact that most of us have been "programmed" to think and act in a specific way and to fulfill the expectations of our parents, our partners, our society, our culture, etc...
We become slaves to an "established order" and little by little we loose our connection to ourselves and our inner guidance system. Luckily, not everything is lost! we can find ourselves again, but it takes awareness and dedication.

Don't let society or others' opinions stop you from doing what you believe is best. TRUST yourself.

Sometimes it's hard to trust ourselves when we are swamped with our own thoughts of fear, stress, uncertainty, inadequacy, that we can't even see what our true calling is. If this is the case, take ONE day at a time, ONE decision at a time, don't burden yourself thinking too much about the future or trying to "connect the dots" ahead of time, and most important, take a step back from the endless chatter of your thoughts: start meditating and listening to your intuition.
If you want to learn more about meditation and intuition, I suggest you take a look at too of my past issues:
- Meditation, an incredible tool
- Can we awaken our intuition?

Now, if you have a little more time and have not seeing this, I leave you to enjoy Steve's speech!


Have a great week!

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