2012 – New Year, New Post

2012 is a new year but today is January 21 already so I obviously haven’t rushed to provide any insights or thoughts to boldly inspire anyone.  Frankly, inspiration is tough work, and often short lived. I have a done a few speeches for Toastmasters in which my goal was to be inspiring.  I was successful, or at least I was told that I was; but except for the general gist of those speeches; I can’t remember those speeches at all. The motto is not that I can’t be inspiring, or that you can’t either; more likely that words get forgotten. People and inspiring actions are more powerful and provoking.

I suspect that there is a little bit of “Calvin” in all of us. That is the genius of this comic strip. Calvin is boisterous, outspoken, and has a best friend who is a tiger. How cool is that?

Back to being “inspiring” ~ what is most inspiring is actions, not words. I suspect only a fraction know who Gandhi was, or where Mother Teresa lived (Calcutta); but most would identify them as “ inspiring”.

I am inspired regularly, and I admit it. Regular people inspire me. Hard working moms who balance home, marriage, meals, and a career while trying to hug and guide “budding adults”; the paper deliverer who delivers my paper into my mailbox every day ~ it is cold and dark out there! He is doing a great job, and it isn’t easy. Nurses inspire me; especially those who care for the aged with such patience. The patients I meet in hospitals are invariably inspiring to me also.

I don’t think it is just that I am inspired easily; I think it is that around me I see actions, and behaviors that are admirable and worth noting; worth appreciating; worth valuing.

Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
Charles Schulz

So here is the new year of 2012. I hope it will be a kind one to you; and me. I trust that I improve myself a little bit from last year; I hope I can inspire myself by my actions, by saying “yes” to opportunities; and by being positive.

I hope I can make some blog posts that I enjoy, and others do too. Some funny, some cute; and some thoughtful.  What the heck, I can always delete them, right !

To my family, and friends. Thanks for encouraging me to keep on.

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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