Legend has it that Robert the Bruce of Scotland was losing the battle and he barely escaped with his life. His soldiers have been hard pressed to keep up the fight as numerous have been wounded and dying. The Bruce, tired, dismayed and broken-hearted identified a hidden cave where he took refuge.
He threw down his sword and sat to rest a while. Gloomy thoughts filled his thoughts and he reflected on the insurmountability of the task he had attempted to achieve. Maybe Scotland would never ever be cost-free — at least not in his lifetime. Maybe he should abandon all efforts, give it up and lead an obscure life as a fugitive.
As these thoughts raced by means of his thoughts, out of the corner of his eye, he noticed a tiny spider trying to climb a strand of web that extended from the best of the cave almost to the floor. Up went the spider and just a couple of feet from the prime, it slipped and fell all the way down.
Over and over once again the spider repeated the process as the exhausted Bruce watched, fascinated by the perseverance of the small life form. After once more the spider climbed, this time nearly reaching the top. Again it slipped and fell to the floor of the cave. Now with rapt focus, Robert the Bruce watched to see its next move. A few much more tries and ultimately, with a single rapid dash, the spider reached the ceiling. The Bruce slowly got up, picked up his sword, cleared the depressing thoughts from his thoughts and went back into the battle, inspired by the strength, will and perseverance of such a tiny creature as a spider. The rest is history. The battle was won and the Bruce was, after more, the triumphant, gallant leader of his folks.
There are times when every thing in life appears dark and dreary. There are these occasions when we really feel we are completely unable to take the next step or to even move one inch. These are precisely the occasions when we most need inspiration.
Why inspiration? It assists recharge our power when all appears hopeless. It offers us encouragement when our “spiritual well has gone dry”.
The dictionary offers different meanings to the word, “inspiration”. But I think “inspiration” in fact implies divine messages from the Universe. There are a lot of sources of inspiration and I want to list a few of them beneath.
1) Nature — In the middle of the worst crisis, we could take a handful of minutes to clear our minds and appear up to the sky or the stars. A little walk in the park or in the woods will do wonders for the body, mind and spirit. Breathe in the fresh air, watch the ripples on a pond or river, get inspired by the sheer magnificence of Nature.
2) Music — Listen to some music you really like. The sound will take your mind to an additional spot and you’ll find that miracles can occur.
3) Books and tapes — Invest a tiny time absorbed in a good book. And I do not mean just self-help or spiritual books. It could be any book that engages your thoughts and thoughts. For instance, when things seem truly gloomy to me, I’d read one particular of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan tales. For me, that works. For you, it may well mean a totally distinct variety of book.
And audio tapes, CD’s, video tapes and DVD’s have been a wonderful present from technology. Just the other day I watched the movie, Richard Bach’s “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” on my video player. Shortly thereafter, I watched the western movie, “They Call Me Trinity” on my DVD player. Talk about being recharged! I was capable to face the seeming impossible and come out smiling.
4) Buddies — We are fortunate if we have a few very good buddies. Somebody when asked me if I told my buddies about some thing I was quite involved with. I smiled and answered, “Yes, I told them all — both of them.” Actual close friends are handful of and far in between, but they can be a tremendous help to you by just becoming there and listening.
There are other sources of inspiration and I am confident you can come up with your personal list that operates for you. For instance, take a lengthy drive, go fishing, bake some cookies, paint a picture or make some pottery. The point is easy. Use all the sources of inspiration offered to get you by way of your challenging instances — to support you, not only to overcome but to prosper. Keep in mind, the Universe is on your side. Just give it a likelihood to show its magnificence in your life. Happiness need to always be our most critical objective. All else is secondary. Lift up your eyes and appear beyond your troubles. Probably you are going to see a complete new, beautiful day dawning for you. It really is there. Go for it.