What INSPIRES You?

taken in Lelystad - while driving around in Lelystad
Netherlands
September 20, 2007 5:57pm CST
Tell me please, or tell us what or who inspires you? Every inspiration counts in our life, and I would like to know what makes you tick? What inspires me most is people that go for their dreams, and don't let anyone or anything, or criticisms stop them! To be more precise, I admire those that try to make a difference, and change our perception of values and decency:) Because is not longer enough to be a good person. Is not longer enough to be and act as an individual and alone. Our world needs us to stand up together and to grow our human consciousness to a higher degree. This is what inspires me, and hope to get some good ideas from my MyLot friends too.
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
22 Sep 07
I think I admire most people who may have gone through holy hell in their lives, yet came out winners in life...perhaps in my mind one person I greatly admire is Oprah Winfrey--not only did she come from a poor background but was sexually abused by her own family members! Yet she never gave up on her goals and dreams, and she is one of the wealthiest people in the world today....and what is also great about her..she doesn't hoard her wealth either, but does a lot of good with her money to help others---she's a real demonstration of getting back what you give out to the world. As for my own inspirations? Since I've always been artistic, I've always had the creative muse to keep me going, and as far as my goals and dreams...I've been through my own setbacks, detours and living hells, but I've never lost sight of going after my dreams and goals and see them come into fruition--as far back as I can remember, I've always seen myself as a success...might take me awhile to get there, but I do plan to get there! :)
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Hiya Pyewacket, and thank you fro contributing in this discussion too my friend :) And you picked up a great role model, nd she is something really, and her story is so very inspirational :) If anyone should become a celebrity - it's you my friend, and keep going as I am sure you'll arrive there sooner than you think too, especially while using The Secret, the treasure maps, and visualizations ;) TheFortunes
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
22 Sep 07
Aww--thank you for those sweet words...yes,..I'm actually planning to do a new vision board..A nice big gigantic one that I can place by the wall near my computer! :)
@gwendovere (1283)
• United States
20 Sep 07
My family is my biggest inspiration.
• China
21 Sep 07
I agree with you.Family is the most important part in my life.It makes me live energeticly.
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thank you both for answering in this discussion and for letting us know what inspires you :)
@kishusia (1069)
• India
3 Oct 07
My mother had always inspired me. Even today, when she is not physically present, her words and actions inspire me. Other people who inspire me are those who have a positive attitude towards life, who love all and hate none.
• Netherlands
4 Oct 07
Thank you for your responce Kishusia, very much so! I adore my mother and she has inspired me with her goodness and doing so much for others and placing most before herself :) You were lucky with your mother and I am so glad for you ! TheFortunes
@Sharon38 (1916)
• Jamaica
3 Oct 07
My faith in God inspiresme to be all that I can be and gives me the courage and strenght to know that I can achieve anything I want as long as it is within His will. I have a deep desire to excel in everything and to show my child that with hard work and persistence she too can achieve whatever she wants. I think my child is one of my insopirations. The hardship that I faced working and studying I dont want her to go through it.
• Netherlands
4 Oct 07
Thank you Sharon for your contribution in here, and for telling us about your faith, and inspiration :) You are blessed with your daughter and with being a strong person, and I am sure you'll be able to make sure she will not know the hardships that you have known in your life :) You will make it my friend, and Gods speed! TheFortunes
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
21 Sep 07
God and reading my bible, My husband and my kids and grandkids. My grandma when I was young. Music by Yanni does too or Kitaro.
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thank you Celanith for your responce in this discussion too. My grandma was also a great source of inspiration for me too :) TheFortunes
@anuj291 (575)
• India
21 Sep 07
well i think my failures have inspired me,,when someone else does better than me that inspires me to do better,,when someone plays better guitar than me i play more,,when someone critizes me for my past failures that inspire me to do better for future i never cry on my failures,,cuz i believe once it is done u cant change it,,just try to improove it next time thanx keep postin/ratin/respondin
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thank you Anuj291 for a very interesting point made in thsi discussion :) TheFortunes
@DJules (55)
• United States
21 Sep 07
Spending time with my children, and seeing what cool people they are becoming inspires me. Having long, rambling talks with my husband inspires me. Hiking in the woods inspires me. Reading the blogs of other women inspires me. Looking at the arts and crafts other people have made with their own hands inspires me. Spending time with other creative people inspires me.
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thank you DJules for your responce in this discussion and for letting us know that the family, but also the smalles things counts as our daily inspiration for achieving greatness in our life TheFortunes
• Indonesia
21 Sep 07
Well, what inspires me -straightly speaking- is COFFEE... Evertime I drink a cup of coffee, is like a the moment of inspiration, more like a meditation. For example, in my city called Makassar, I started somekind of peace awareness movement, started from cafe to cafe. And the messages are regenerated it self, for months. Until one day morning in September 21st, 2003 (International Day of Peace) more than 5.000 people were gathered in a beach. They were local government, students, workers, professors, president of universities, businessmen, organizations, ngos, religion and ethnic leaders, artists, etc. The event was covered by main local media and 4 national tv networks. Ofcourse they didnt mentioned about it was started by drinking cups of coffee... And that was only started by me and my girlfriend, and ofcourse a cup of coffee. Some people in that city called us ?The Cafeist? :-) Thats how I came up to my ID here in MyLot, ?Kopitalisme? based on the words of ?Kopi? and ?Kental? means ?black coffee?. Funny thing, this month there was an article titled ?Kopitalisme? in one of a huge national newspaper called ?Republika?, clearly promoting ?Starbucks?... Ofcourse the local people of my city, was very upset about it. They were condemned ?Starbucks? as ?StarF*CK?... May fun be with you.
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thank you Kopitalisme for a great contribution in this discussion :) I am a coffee addict myself and couldn't live without it, and can imagine that for you it is a kind of the meditation trigger ;) Such a great thing has been brought forward because of it, good for you on your idea and the achievement! TheFortunes
@isaiah12 (418)
• United States
21 Sep 07
My grandmother (who passed away in 1977) inspired me. My daughters and my grandchildren inspire me with their love for life. My parents inspire me with their faithfulness. Most of all God inspires me. Just looking at His creations, Nature, animals, people, I stand in awe of all He has done.
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thank you Isaiah for your contribution in this discussion too :)
21 Sep 07
Hi there! What inspires me? My faith The mistakes I've done in the past My dream to soar beyond one's limitation The countless blessings God's given Who inspires me? My family My fiance Myself
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Hi Sophiefrance and thank you for yourt contribution in this discussion ;) Good inspiration models TheFortunes
@jcyap888 (721)
• Philippines
21 Sep 07
inspirng me to write here is i got a lot of friends here sharing some discussion, ideas, question. second i got ideas from my daily activities!
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thanks jcyap888 for responding in this discussion TheFortunes
• India
21 Sep 07
rickshaw - a mode of transport
Anything and everything can inspire me while when I am in one of my blackest moods, nothing inspires me really. I have heard of success stories but they have failed to actually inspire me coz I have seen that different people have different situations around them and separate ways of tackling such situations so what applied to one, may not necessarily apply to me. Instead I like to laud the efforts of underprivileged people who inspite of their disabilities come out and try to earn a decent living in a decent way. Two of them are two rickshaw-pullers in my locality one whose right leg is affected by polio and is reduced to a stick and the other has the left hand blown off from below the elbow. As you can see from the pix below, a rickshaw is similar to a tricycle and to pull it (alongwith passengers behind), with one leg or with one arm, is an achievement in itself which should be lauded. These men could have easily opted for begging but instead they chose to eke out a living the hard way. I would not really say that they inspire me as I am completely different to them and I have my own problems which I manage in my own way (I have to, there’s no way out), but this never-say-die of the human spirit does in a way reinforce my faith in myself.
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thank you Sudiptacallingu for your great contribution in thisd discussion. And you are right that people as the two guys described by you are worthy to be called inspiration for others :) They posses the strong human spirit that is bringing us far ahead of what we ever imagined possible! TheFortunes
• Malaysia
21 Sep 07
Sincerely SELF-INSPIRED. Learning on nature-nurture plus my academic learning to form "NE-PLUS-ULTRA". Thanks, thefortunes.
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thank you Michael for your contribution in this discussion too, very interesting what inspires you. And for rating and commenting the photo too :) TheFortunes
@rosie_123 (6118)
21 Sep 07
Hmm - what a interesting question. I guess what/who inspires me most are people who stand up for what they believe in and don't "go with the flow". Whether we are talking about political figures like Nelson Mandela, or more "evryday" figures who stand up against vandalism and petty hoolaganism in our streets - I guess they all inspire me. I respect people who "dare to be different", and go their own way despite family and environmental pressures - those who are gay and admit in within homophobic societies for example, people from strict religious backgrunds who "dare" to reject their parents' religion because they have read a lot and just don't believe it anymore, people who fight for animal rights and welfare, or perhaps some of the women in strict Muslim societies, who are fghting to get more educational chances and freedom of choice for other women in their midst. All those kind of people inspire me.
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thank you Rosie my friend for always great contributions in my discussions :) Everything that you mentioned is indeed inspiring for lots of us :) TheFortunes
@rina08 (68)
• Philippines
21 Sep 07
my family inspires me and also my boyfriend..
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thank you Rina08 for your responce in this discussion, and great for having a family and a boy friend that are so inspiring for you :) TheFortunes
• United Arab Emirates
21 Sep 07
Hi, When I am sad and unhappy, I get too upset with life sometimes. I like to stay along and I go thru all the magazines or other books and if I come across something or hear something that teaches the value of life and relationship, it inspires me and I start to think that life should not be wasted over small small things. We should take everything as a challenge and face it whether it is good or not good. We should be strong. There are many things that inspires me like a small child smiling etc.
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Hi Lavenderbloom, and thank you for responding in this discussion :) I loved what you wrote "life should not be wasted over small small things. We should take everything as a challenge and face it whether it is good or not good. We should be strong. There are many things that inspires me like a small child smiling etc..." and totally agree with your statement :) TheFortunes
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
21 Sep 07
I don't have any particular group or person that inspires me, this just depends on the day and happenings. The stories I read could inspire me, the movies I watch can too and those news I hear. But the best thing here is, I get inspired by those normal people who does good things. Either saving someone's life, helping their fellow men and also dedicating their lives for others. This I believe are the one's that gives me inspiration, to always do good everyday and share blessing with others..
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Hi Raijin, and thank you for your contribution ;) Nothing in particular has to be inspiring for you, even the small inspiration are worth it for our lives, and to make us do good things in our life, which you obviously do :) TheFortunes
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
21 Sep 07
I am inspired by other people who do great things for humanity. Someone who gives totally of himself/herself. An example would be Martin Luther King. On a lesser scale, I am inspired the ordinary person who gets out there in the community & does charity work.
• Netherlands
22 Sep 07
Thank you Jennybianca for your contribution in this one too :) And the things that inspire us both are almost the same which makes us kind of bonded ;) TheFortunes