Be Inspired by The Woman in the Mirror

March 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Articles | 1 Comment
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President Obama recently unveiled the statue of Rosa Parks, a woman who, by refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement and an inspiration to millions of people since.

Other inspirational women are not difficult to bring to mind.  Just think Malala Yousafzai, Jessica Ennis, Katie Piper …….. and you get the picture.

With International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day and Inspire 2013 around the corner, it is not surprising that we are turning our minds to women who inspire us.

Inspiration means literally “to breathe in and be filled with Divine Truth” although perhaps a more modern definition is more recognisable: “an action or influence that results in feeling stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”.

But you don’t have to be a political activist to be inspiring.

I am inspired on a daily basis by my clients – men and women –, who find the courage to ask for support.

I often speak to women particularly, who have put themselves second in service of their children and/or their marriage, only to wake up one day, look in the mirror and realise they’ve forgotten who they are.  They want to find out.  Their love of their family inspires me but even more than this, their courage and determination to do the work it takes to really get to know themselves is a privilege to witness.  To see them strive to be the best they can be and live life fulfilled is truly inspiring.

Be Inspired by Yourself

Be Inspired by Yourself

I look in the mirror often – not just to brush my teeth and put on my make-up!  When I’m not feeling particularly proud of something I’ve done or said, I take a long, hard look in the mirror to reconnect with who I really am.  Self-forgiveness is a key to moving on.  I then remind myself of my values, my strengths and what I feel proud of.  I fail, I make mistakes, but I also strive to be the best I can be, by endeavouring to get up from falling after failure or disappointment, and hopefully learning something new before I move on.

When did you last take a good look in the mirror and keep looking until you felt inspired by the person in front of you?  I hope it was not too long ago.

It may not be our role in this world to change the political landscape, to write a globally known children’s fantasy story or to become a global pop icon breaking the boundaries of fashion.  However, I truly believe we can all make a difference and inspire others on a daily basis by being the best we can be.  Smiling at the person in the street, thanking a fellow-driver for letting us pass, or forgiving a loved one for their outburst are all within our capabilities.  These actions can go a long way to inspire others to feel something positive.

In the words of another global pop icon “If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change”.

Juliette Smith

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