Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Find Your Inspiration

Living with Multiple Myeloma since 2008 Pam inspires me with grace and courage!

Albert Einstein said “Life is like riding a bike. To maintain your balance you must keep moving.” This was brought to my attention by the young man who spoke at my sonʼs 8th grade graduation a few weeks ago. Yes, thatʼs right a 14 year old boy about to move forward into high school got me thinking. What exactly is it that keeps us in balance? Is it simply moving forward with our training wheels slightly above the ground? To truly experience the ride, sometimes you need to take off those training wheels and go flying down a hill even at the risk of a few bumps and bruises.

So what motivates us? For some, basic personal drive provides enough incentive to take chances. The simple will to succeed or experience something new is ample fuel to actually risk failure? For most of us however, I think we need a little something else, “Inspiration”. So where does inspiration come from? Where do you find yours?

  • Watching your children fearlessly glide from one year to the next? 
  • Holding the hand of your partner as she gives birth to your child? 
  • Watching someone dear to you fight an invisible killer to stay alive? 
  • Witnessing a man or woman accomplish physical feats you canʼt imagine?

Whatever it is, when it happens I believe in taking that fire, lit by another and running with it. I have been inspired by my children, my wife, friends and strangers. The thing is, I never know where itʼs going to come from. So I canʼt actually say I find inspiration, it finds me. When it does, I feel this insatiable appetite to take a chance. The need to get out there and do something that scares the hell out of me, knowing I could get hurt or even worse, FAIL.

Donʼt let fear of failure hold you back. Being balanced does not mean never falling down. Use the incredible actions of those around you to become the inspiration others will feed off of. 

Get inspired and pass it on. 

Peace E

7 comments:

  1. Eric. I'm so incredibly moved by today's post and that you included me in such a way. My life has been enriched more than words can say for having met you and your lovely family. I can't even remember how I found your blog or came to know you. It seems like it's always been. In the way that others inspire you........you inspire me. Inspire me to fight harder, take chances, live life to it's fullest. With tears of thankfulness falling from my eyes I TRUELY thank you for being my friend and such an inspiration.

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    1. Your strength and courage has inspired me for some time now Pam. Hope to see you in NYC in September:) Peace E

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  2. Well written post Eric. Nice to see you back on the blogosphere one in a while. Inspiration is a funny thing. Sometimes when you grab it, you can't hold on. Other times it can simply consume you. I take it whenever I can get it. Keep it real.

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    1. Thanks Will. My writing has not been flowing easily lately so focused on quality when it hits me:) Nice job in VT. You continue to rock it out there every time. Peace E

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  3. I really loved this post-- it's something so true, yet rarely thought of. I've found that when I'm hardcore trying to inspire myself, I'm left dull. But when I simply let be, I'm amazed by the simplicity and beauty of true inspiration.

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  4. Hi! I just got done checking out your blog and really enjoyed this post. I thought it was both very heartfelt and inspirting. I am involved in the cancer community and had a quick question for you. I was hoping you could email me back when you get the chance. Thanks! - emilywalsh688@gmail(dot)com.

    Emmy

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