inspire   verb  \in-ˈspī(-ə)r\

  1. to make (someone) want to do something : to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create
  2. to cause (something) to happen or be created
  3. to cause someone to have (a feeling or emotion)

Inspire comes from the Latin word inspirare, which means to “breathe into“.  The word was originally used to refer to a divine or supernatural being, one that imparted a truth or an idea to someone.

Whether you believe in divine beings or not, I’m sure that at one point or another we’ve thought of inspiration as coming from a source external from our own being. How many movies have you seen wherein the artist or writer struggles with accomplishing his or her work.

As a result, they decide to take a break and take a walk around the park or some other mundane or relaxing activity. While they’re out, then, that’s when they’re suddenly struck by an idea that has them racing back to their apartment for a pen and a piece of paper.

More than that, however, we are also inspired by others that have chosen to make use of their talents and gifts to place more value into our lives here on earth. Each of us has his or her own idols, after all, people that have moved us to take the same paths that they have.

Your aspirations, after all, became the object of your dreams because you found someone in that field to look up to, someone that blew your mind away and made you think, “Could I really do that for the rest of my life and live happily ever after?”

We hope we eventually become that source of inspiration for you, by paving the way for others to follow. So we hope that you will learn a lot from our mistakes and our experiences, and go out and make something of your life as well.

marianne williamson

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