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September 24, 2010

When you think of the word “inspiration” most of you will think of a word that could be defined as:

— Arousing to a particular emotion or action  —

You may think of people that are an inspiration for others.  You may think of those things that cause people to be motivated to do great things.

If we look a little more about “inspiration”, we do learn more about the word and more importantly perhaps what it really means.  Another definition of “inspiration” is the following:

— The act of drawing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs —

And, if look at the history of the word, we see that it comes from inspirare from in-“in” + spirare “to breathe”.  So, inpiration can mean “to breathe in”.  I learned this definition from my association’s monthly audio cd and it struck me as an important definition.

If we think of inspiration as the act of breathing in, I think that it helps us learn how to be inspired.  We just need to breathe in the world around us.  We need to be open to what’s around us.  If we’re not willing to breathe in what’s around us, then we are unlikely to be inspired.  I believe there is an important truth in this metaphor.

What do you think?  Do you breathe in?

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