Inspire … To Breathe Life Into


Inspire … “To breathe life into” …

… That’s how one of my instructors defined it.

Now, I have a new respect for the word inspire.

I find myself asking, “how do I breath life into others?”

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  1. Motivation is so important in any endeavor.

    Therefore inspiration is priceless.

  2. JD,

    This reminds me of the biblical story of God breathing life into a valley of dry bones. I like this imagery – it goes with your point about giving life to those we encounter. Not easy, but worthwhile.

  3. What an interesting thought… Now I’m wondering how I breathe life into others (and do I?). Perhaps I need to think about this more, though I really do try to encourage others whenever I can…like, right now, I want to tell you what an awesome blog you have here and to keep inspiring me with your insights. Does that count as breathing life? 🙂

  4. Yep! So “inspired” is having the breath inside you, specifically the breath of a higher power if you are feeling enthusiastic (like Daphne’s comment above). Nice thought, thanks for sharing!

  5. I’ve actually been working on this technique while I work. I usually get too caught up in trying to accomplish instead of enjoying the process. I know I write about this topic, but I’m not perfect either 🙂

    To make sure I stay present I try to breathe into my work throughout the work day, as much as I can.

  6. Hi J.D.

    When we live an inspiring life. We will inspire others around us, just by our breathe.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Giovanna Garcia
    Imperfect Action is better than No Action

  7. @ Jarrod

    Priceless indeed!

    @ Fred

    I think the active element is exactly what I appreciate so much.

    @ Daphne

    I like the imagery of breathing life into bones.

    @ Positively Present

    It sure does and thank you. I would have to say you certainly do breathe life into others with your blog. You have a gift for sharing stories and insights.

    @ MoneyEnergy

    Enthusiasm is contagious!

    @ Karl

    That’s a good way to put it – breathe into your work.

    @ Louisa

    Thank you!

    @ Juliet

    The class was “Why Should Anyone Be Lead by You” … and I still need to write and share my notes.

    @ Giovanna

    I’m a fan of lifting others up.

    @ Vered

    It was such a subtle shift, but I definitely have a new appreciation for the word “inspire” now.

  8. As Vered, never disected the word “inspire.” Hope I can do it until I expire, assuming I am doing it now in some small capacity somewhere. Actually, I think I am with music for my daughter. She is very naturally musical and I love sitting with her for her piano practice. And if that kid really wants to pursue music, I will move to NY when she’s a teen so she can attend a Performing Arts school, if that is her dream.

  9. Hi JD,
    I love this thought – to breathe life into. What a great way to look at inspiration. And the more I think about it, the more I realize that we indeed do breathe life into others when we inspire them – as it leads them to possible new realizations, etc. Powerful thought!

  10. @ Jannie

    I think inspiration runs through your veins and your daughter sounds very lucky.

    @ Lance

    I think it’s a case where the mental imagery really does make it more evocative.

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