Thursday, December 20, 2007

My Inspiration

I recently read a blog, where people commented on what inspired them. There were a few good replies, but I was surprised by some of the things people got inspired by. Here's a few...
  • Handbags
  • Storefront displays
  • cute clothing
  • etc.

It really got me thinking this week about what inspires me. I find myself constantly turning my thoughts to this everywhere I go. I think I have it. I know what inspires me. Are you ready... this list could be long.

People who are better than me.

  • Like my mom. She is never idle. I have never met anyone who is so devoted to the service of others than this woman.
  • Like my mother-in-law, Connie. She always sees the good in others, even when they might not deserve it. She always tells me how wonderful I am - so much so, that she even has me believing it.
  • My friend Shilo. She is a loyal friend with an ear for listening. She puts up with me even when I get cocky and beat her in racquetball. (She is going to whip me one of these days).
  • Laurel, for her cheerful outlook on life and her desire to make this world a better place.
  • Angie, for her quiet service. She does so much behind the scenes, and never seeks attention for herself.
  • My father-in-law Dan inspires me. I love to tease him to death, but I admire how his boys look up to him, confide in him, and respect him. They love to tell stories of his grumpiness in their youth, but he did something right, because his kids look to him as a role model.
  • My sister Linnea. She is a fighter. She also is a good listener. She quietly presses on even when she might be struggling. You would never know. I really admire this because I share everything. I talk way to much about ME!
  • My brother Eldon and his wife Mindy. They try to live life to the fullest. I love their enthusiasm about every new thing they try. What fun parents they are.
  • All my sibling inspire me really. Each one has something unique and special that makes me want to be a better person.
  • Last but not least... my husband Jeff. God had a hand in it when I married this man. He inspires me in so many ways. He is slow to judge others. He always gives people the benefit of the doubt. He is a great father and friend to my children. He is more patient than I am. He stops and explains things to them, teaches them, and loves them. Nobody can get our family to lighten up more than him. I have fallen victim to many of his tickle torture raids on the kids. If you are lucky enough to be his friend, then you are lucky indeed. He is loyal to the end, and is sure to make you laugh with his quick wit. He truly inspires me.

Unselfishness, long suffering, cheerfulness, kindness, gratitude...etc. Anytime I witness these qualities in anyone, I am inspired. I am lucky in that I am surrounded by so many wonderful friends and family (even if you weren't listed above) that I witness these things everyday. I only hope that it will rub off on me a little more.


Eldon said...

Jeff is the man, but he didn't do so bad himself. Fun post. Love you

Laurel said...

Are you kidding? Ain't nobody better than you! And all those things you said? Right back at you!

And thank you. That was an amazing compliment, especially today when I am feeling less than sunshiny. That made my day!

Angie said...

You would make my list. The amount of energy you have is mind blowing. I wish I could do amazing things like you!! You are the best!!!

Laurie said...

Ummm...I think your computer accidentally cut off the part about me! Ha ha just kidding. I guess I would just inspire you to move away and then everyone would be mad at me, so I guess it's OK! Love ya! Cute post!

Lauren said...

What a nice post! Its nice to be surrounded by people who inspire you...Im sure that you do the same for them!!

Btw: im up and running again at fullhandsmom...

Shilo Richins said...

You inspire me too-and I'm not just talking about racquetball. Besides, you know I'm letting you win don't you? :)