At Toastmasters, I was recently responsible for the segment called "Inspiration". Curious about the development of the word, I turned to the etymology dictionary.
One source cited the Latin word "inspirare" - to inspire, to inflame or to blow into. These definitions all require oxygen and show movement. Not unlike inspiration. When we are inspired, we feel moved and we breathe easily - we have purpose and that gives our lives meaning.
Looking at the word "inflame" it wasn't too much of a stretch to think that when we're inspired it's as if we have a fire under our butt. Or, even a fire in our belly. We're motivated and ready to take action.
Robert Kennedy, a friendly neighbour on Twitter, finds a lot of inspiration and motivation in his family and his work. This is reflected in the positive and helpful nature of his tweets. (On Twitter, a "tweet" is a post under 140 characters.) He is able to use this to his advantage and accomplish what he needs to do in his life - a great stress transformation technique!
When someone is chronically stressed, finding inspiration can be an insurmountable task. The flood of physical and chemical changes leads to ever-increasing feelings of worthlessness, inability or lack of hope. Each bout of negative thinking and feeling opens the tap to more of the same. Your autonomic nervous system is out of balance and amongst other things, this leaves you feeling tired, worn-out and disinterested in life.
What is the solution when there is a flood? Turn off the tap! Learn techniques to arrest the side-effects created by those 1,400 chemical changes. When you do, you'll find that you're able to keep your head above water - just enough to get a breath and then, another breath. Soon, you'll dry out and be amazed to discover that you are taking more of interest in life.
What lights a fire under your butt? What are your passions? Do you jump out of bed looking forward to what the day may bring?
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