The Act of Inspiration

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. ” – Mother Teresa

I've been getting into personal development again lately. It's been inspiring watching videos, reading material and listening to people once they get bit by the bug of inspiration.

But getting bit isn't the beauty of inspiration. It's taking that fire and spreading it.

If there ever was a case of inspirational arson, the world could be....would be a better place.

It just takes one spark. Find your spark.

Perfect Solitude

"Solitude is the place of purification." - Martin Buber

I've always enjoyed the beauty of solitude. The state of being alone with ones thoughts as we retreat from the distractions of the everyday world.

It forces us to listen to the things that we normally wouldn't listen to. Solitude appoints oneself to step back and see the world from outside the box we're so used to living in. Solitude is defined as seclusion, as a remoteness from habitation. We need to believe that solitude can be seen as an expression of freedom and not as a punishment of isolation.

But why would one want to be alone? Why would we want to take ourselves away, even for just one fleeting moment?

Because it allows us to focus on the one thing that matters most.

Making ourselves better.

The Beauty of Simplicity

"Simplicity is a state of mind." - Charles Wagner
I thought about what it takes to live a simple life. I then remembered Leo Babauta's post on his Simple Living Manifesto:

1. Identify what's most important to you.
2. Eliminate everything else.

People associate living simple with being cheap. Consumer stereotypes in today's society define that the more money you have, the better off you are. We could all use more money, especially in this economic time.

Or maybe we could just not spend as much.

Is that too radical a thought?

I think that if we all choose to live simpler lives we would have more time for the things we really want to do, the places we really want to go, and most of all, more time for each other.