Inspiration

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"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." ~ Robin Williams

 

Inspiration can come in many forms. Words, videos and actions by others can have a huge impact on your work or your life. This month I'm inspired to follow the lead of a colleague and friend who I admire for her leadership, values and conviction to education. For the month of May @sburyns blogged about something every day. 31 thoughtful and inspiring posts. There wasn't a day that went by that I wasn't inspired by her post. So for the month of June I am going to follow her lead and blog every day. You might read this and think I'm crazy to attempt this in possibly the busiest month of the school year for administrators, but I'm up for the challenge.

My only fear is where the posts are going to come from? I've got a couple already percolating but after that I'm not sure. I do know that I'm going to have to be more observant. I'm going to have to be present in every aspect of my life if I'm going to find the inspiration for a new post. That's not a bad thing. I'm used to meditating and practicing mindfulness so hopefully the inspiration will come.

Throughout the month I hope you join me in this journey as I blog about things that are important to me and inspire me. I'd love to hear your thoughts along the way. Tweet them out or comment directly on the post. I want my thinking to be challenged and hope you can push me.

So what inspires you? Is it a person? A blog? I'd love to hear what inspires you. Thanks Sue for the inspiration! 

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  • I have no doubt that you will have many travellers in your blogging journey this month. You have an incredible "following" already and I'm sure that they are anxiously awaiting to see what resonates with you and what you find inspiring enough to blog about. Many of us already look forward to your Tweets of the Week.
    The fear of not knowing what to write about is one that I experienced a couple of times last month. Just like you, I started the month with a number of skeleton ideas which needed a body and an accessory of poignant questions or controversy. At times I suffered from not writer's block but writer's barrage... Too many ideas and not enough patience to let them germinate into well developed posts. At other times, I suffered from watching the clock hit midnight and still having nothing in the "can" for the next morning. Thank goodness for my late night buddies who would engage me in a conversation which helped to solidify an idea. I also started my annual spring "let's get outside and walk" routine, but this year I added my iPhone as an accessory, instead of a water bottle. I found myself dictating ideas and sometimes almost completed posts, which just needed some tweaking and posting.
    You have hit the nail on the head when you said that now you have a reason to be more "present" and "observant". Just like your wonderfully trained photographer's eye, your writer's eye will constantly be on the lookout for the next post idea.
    I can't wait for my daily dose of Perspectives.

  • David

    Thanks for commenting Sue. I love your idea of using your iPhone to capture ideas and thoughts. Our mobile devices have become such a constant in our lives that sometimes we forget the little things that they can help with. I'm hoping that my "photographer's" eye will transform into my writer's eye to help me along my journey.

    Thanks again :)

  • Aaron Harris

    David, I wish you luck in your June blogging quest! Sue's idea of capturing thoughts while walking is a really good one. I suspect that you will encounter enough in this very busy month to reflect upon. Even in your post above there are possibilities for focused entries:

    1. The craziness that is June for educators
    2. A day in the life of a busy VP
    3. The impact of mindfulness
    4. The impact of meditation

    Have fun!

    Aaron

  • David

    Hi Aaron!

    Thanks for the suggestions, those will be great topics. I agree, taking some time to walk and think is a great way to capture thoughts!