Where do you find inspiration these days? There is plenty going on in the world to concern us, sadden us and frighten us. But what or who fills us or at least touches us with hope and inspiration? Actually there are many people and activities that can inspire us.
Young and old activists around the world inspire us daily with their courage and passion for sustainability and justice. Whether it is Green Peace activists risking their lives in the Artic or 350.org activists protesting the Keystone Pipeline, we are given tangible hope that we can make a difference and turn the tide toward a better world for all.
Pope Francis is certainly saying and doing some surprising, inspiring things, yes? He seems genuinely to be in support of the least, the lost and the last. He is calling out the global capitalist system for what it is – greedy, unjust and harmful to people and planet. He is calling for tolerance and understanding among different life style choices.
My colleagues inspire me with their commitment to sustainable human development, the work of the UN, the methods of the ICA, equality, justice, service to the poor, women's empowerment, teaching, political activism, care for the homeless, social artistry, group facilitation and spiritual awakening.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama continues to be a deep source of inspiration for many. His commitment to living a life of compassion and understanding seems boundless. He genuinely wants people to be happy and kind. His humility and good humor are inspiring for sure.
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders both inspire me a lot with their clarity and passion for equality and justice. Jean Houston inspires me with her belief in the possibility and practice of releasing human potential. Hazel Henderson inspires me with her work tracking green energy investments. Bill McKibben inspires me with his total devotion to awakening people concerning climate chaos mitigation.
President Obama continues to inspire many people. In the midst of huge problems at home and abroad, his authenticity, likeability and straight talk are refreshing. We are inspired by his persistent commitment to improving the lives of middle and low income citizens as he faces off with an extremely obstructionist Congress. Even when we don’t agree with some of his administration’s policies such as use of drones, there is something inspiring about his humanity.
After a 30 year stalemate, US-Iran negotiations are an encouraging sign of diplomatic not military solutions. The Affordable Care Act gives us hope that someday the US will have Medicare for all. Solar and wind generated power is growing everywhere which is very encouraging.
Even as he grows much older, the mystique and charisma of Nelson Mandela still touch the whole world. That he was released after over two decades of imprisonment without bitterness or hatred but with a positive vision for his country, still inspires people everywhere. Knowing of his wisdom and seeing his smiling face both warm our hearts. Here is a person who cares.
We are all inspired by people we know, among our family members and friends, who are daily caring for their children, their spouses, their parents, their coworkers and their work with integrity and love. Let’s continue to inspire each other with our efforts to create a better world, community by community, organization by organization.
OK, who or what inspires you?