An Unusual Source Of Inspiration

Ever thought about the criteria you base yourself on when you label a person as your inspiration? In other words, what is the thing that makes you admire a person?

Usually, I would reply the level of education, achievements, inventions, talent, skills in a particular field, etc.

Usually, if you ask me to name people who inspire me, I would reply: Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Jared Leto, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Mother Teresa, Michael Jackson, Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, J. K. Rowling, Mahatma Gandhi, Beethoven, Stieg Larrson, Richard Feynman, Pope John Paul II, Jane Austen, and the list goes on and on…

These people are relatively well-known; indeed, they have their own Wikipedia pages, they have fans, they are famous, even if posthumously…

But then, you meet people, nobodies, poor people, old people, and you’re stricken. You know nothing about them, yet you admire them. What is their secret?

Last Thursday, my friends from university and I went to see the poor elderly people at the “Resto du Coeur”: it is a restaurant, held by the Franciscan Sisters, who prepare them free lunch once per week (on Tuesdays usually). I was reluctant at first, not knowing what to expect from this visit. But when we all entered the room where the elderly were gathered, they started cheering for us, singing us welcome songs, clapping and dancing. As we served them lunch and gave them Christmas gifts, they never stopped thanking us, wishing us well and giving us blessings…

And we all realized that these people might be poor and old, but they all have something priceless: they are young at heart, rich in spirit, and most of all, content. Their smiles never faded, their wishes never stopped… and their inner joy was contagious: we all worked very hard, yet I have not once heard any complaint. Everyone was extremely happy by the end of the day, grateful for the amazing experience we have lived together, thankful for the reminder that money isn’t everything, that Christmas presents aren’t necessarily materialistic…

So, forget everyone I’ve mentioned above. Ask me again who inspires me the most and I would say the poor elderly nobodies we have visited at the Resto du Coeur last Thursday.

-J.

3 thoughts on “An Unusual Source Of Inspiration

  1. ayman farhat (@aymanfarhat)says

    Actually many great people do inspire me too such as Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Linus Torvalds, Dennis Richie, Bill Gates, Dalai Lama and Ghandi, pretty much all those who were able to create change in the world and who were insanely passionate about what they do, they didn’t do their work just for the money they did it because they loved it.

    For example what Steve Jobs said once: “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me” is really inspirational.

    Apart from the great well known people, many humble people do inspire me. For example, I usually see foreign construction workers working under the rain or the sun all day long during vacations, weekends non-stop away from their families in order to save enough money for them. Hard working people are the greatest inspiration to me including hard working students and youth who have big dreams and work on achieving them.

    Last time I came across this picture, that’s a bit sad yet extremely inspirational to me. http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/317057_10150909243655204_661425203_21618917_1452626126_n.jpg This kid deserves all the respect.

    Other than people many things in life are of inspiration to me. Natural phenomenon, articles, objects, products and breakthroughs. This post got me inspired to start my own blog that I was thinking of starting a long while ago ^^

    Awesome post and a great topic, keep up the good work! 🙂

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    1. Jeaninesays

      I believe inspiration can come from very different and unexpected places. That picture with the boy, for example, is truly awe-worthy! What dedication 🙂

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and commenting, it means a lot to me! I’m so glad you’re set on starting a blog, I will be watching out for your posts which will be, without any doubt, very interesting! Readers like yourself inspire me to always be on the search for new topics to write about, so I am extremely grateful!!

      Happy new year! Wish you all the best!! 😀

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  2. Mohammad S. Moussallisays

    You have a good heart. Don’t ever lose it. Kind-hearted people like you inspires me.

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