I think of “inspiration” as positive energy or experience – finding something which can motivate one’s soul into action, creativity, sharing or meaningful encounters. Whether preparing a new recipe, writing a note on someone’s birthday card, participating in a meeting, or choosing a shirt to wear, I reach down into my heart every day hoping to find a little inspiration to fuel my routine. Doesn’t everyone?
But what happens when inspiration is hard to find? When the mystique of daily life seems hidden behind the clouds and a pall of terror hangs in the air? Or when the plight of many shakes us to the core as people – neighbors – endure violence and disaster, both natural and man-made? I don’t know about you, but my very worn, go-to black clothing speaks subliminal volumes as I muster a smile to disguise my perpetual mourning in a chaotic, often distressing world.
Solidarity. Prayer. Charity. I wonder if inspiration can be found in these natural human responses.
I think so. When we step out beyond ourselves, the chemistry of inspiration tends to flow wildly downriver, encouraging us and those around us.
Pope Francis used a phrase that I like – a revolution of tenderness. (Evangelii Gaudium 2013)
It is inspiring, isn’t it? Well, I suppose there can be all kinds of interpretations, but I view it as a call to transform our hearts – to think with our hearts, and love with our brains. Notice my more positive view of the noun “revolution.” Sure, the list of synonyms for revolution threatens any sense of peace but because revolution is paired here with tenderness, I think it’s a signal to stir a revolution in one’s own heart, accepting a challenge to find a little love and let it inspire you. Then, mystique returns.
Lynette Magnino As a free lance writer for almost 20 years and a communications professional within corporate and non-profit environments for the better part of 35 years, I put words to paper, tell stories and convey messages. Feature stories, press releases, brochures, newsletters, scripts, proposals, business plans and many other creative media represent the breadth of my "product" provided for healthcare services, educational systems, boards and associations, and faith/ministry organizations.