For most of my life, the word “inspire” was almost a dirty word. Maybe not so much dirty as much as an often condescending word used to describe a person with a disability simply because they function in most ways like a “normal” person.
The truth is, the idea behind “inspire” is beautiful. Here is the dictionary definition:
Take a look at those synonyms! They could be both positive or negative; it’s all in how you approach it.
I’ve been told countless times that I’m “inspiring” and I’m finally starting to feel like it’s a positive thing. I want to understand the word more and take charge of how I inspire others to do better, to live better, and to simply be better. This is why I’ve chosen “inspire” as my “One Word” or “focus” word for 2017. It goes hand-in-hand with the One Word I’ve chosen for my business, which is “Empower.”
It all leads back to my life mission statement, which is to help people, especially women, better understand who they are and what that means for their life. I will actively seek out ways I can inspire people to think, to seek to understand, and to take action. The first tangible forms of this are to continue working towards better racial reconciliation and understanding; sharing about life with a chronic illness and creating a platform where others can do the same; and my work with women through various platforms including the Women’s Empowerment Initiative and possibly the Captivating Heart Women’s Retreat ministry.
What’s your One Word for 2017 and what does it mean for you?
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I used to tell my kids that “inspire” meant the opposite of “expire”. Had a long explanation for my reasoning, but basically,it was that if you don’t keep getting inspiration, you die. 😉
Here’s to a long life, Jamie! 😉