Recently my wonderful husband forwarded me a challenge, via email, to my work. It was going around his work environment and we decided to pick it up at SIRCH because it completely reflects our vision (to have a community where every member is healthy, happy, able to live up to his or her potential, contribute back to the community, and live and die with dignity) and philosophy – we focus on strengths, always looking for options and solutions that help everyone grow and thrive.
Before I launch into the information about this challenge, and please be prepared it is coming your way, I want to talk a little about inspiration. I don’t know about you but I find it in the oddest places, at the oddest times. We often don’t talk about it though, do we? After feeling the ‘goosies’ at moments of beauty in nature, after being inspired by what someone else says — the simple quiet moments (or not so quiet) oftentimes results in us keeping it to ourselves or sharing it quietly with a select few. Why do we do this? Is it because life gets in the way of those moments, causing us to forget them or put them aside as we rush through our daily lives? Are we a little ashamed to flaunt our joy in front of others who may not be experiencing it just then? Or are those moments just too good to be subjected to the sometimes inevitable cynicism people bestow on those who see the glass as half full?
It’s a shame isn’t it? We spend so much time focusing on so many other things in a day that we let those small joys and inspiring events drop from our radar in times of negativity or challenge. So here it is, a simple challenge where everyone wins — you and those around you – no risk. No additional time required.
Here is what Anita Roddick states in her ‘Passion Sells’ challenge “Within the next three weeks, or maybe three minutes, set a 2-day period as your days to actively inspire others. Two days where you’ll put blinders on to anything negative and be the one person who everyone else can count on for words and actions that inspire and encourage. Two days where you’re the light for other people – friends, family, colleagues the like. Here’s the rub- NO MATTER WHAT.”
“Allow nothing negative and focus only on your service to others. Once you set your two days, fully commit to the effort regardless of the inevitable challenges, regardless of the weather. Fall off the inspirational horse at 2:11 on the first day? Get back on at 2:12 – no excuses.”
Are you up for it? I’m in!