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A long deceased colleague who generously mentored me over a number of years to build my expertise.
Professionally, when I went from small town to corporate work, I had a boss who mentored me, she was so well mannered and gracious even under fire that I marveled at her ability. She shared not only her knowledge with me, she told me I could do anything and work anywhere. I have tried to pattern what I have learned from her to the younger people in my office. Forever grateful.
The humble mystics of old, who lived simply and who did not exploit their work for gain but worked among and for the sake of the poor and oppressed, inspire me in my work as an intern and soon-to-be minister.
Work used to be such an important priority for me. Then I discovered life.
Congratulations! Isn’t it grand?!
The list is endless…I have been blessed with inspirational coworkers, Manager, friends, family, acquaintances and strangers… When I think about my “work” and what has inspired me…it isn’t just the “text book” inspirations that have been meaningful and shaped my development…it was also the time when someone was courageous enough to be vulnerable and share their challenges and learnings…it was the person who modeled the importance of looking after your physical body…it was the woman who was passionate about meditation and introduced it to a skeptical group of coworkers …it was the innocence of my young children and later, the development of their passionate advocacy voices….and on and on… so very grateful
I had a music teacher that inspired me to study music in college. He loved it so much he made me love it.
Children always inspire me. They are so open, and so in the present. I love watching small children take delight in everything–all is new and fun!
I haven’t found that person yet.
I’m mostly self-motivated in the scientific work I do now in retirement. Publishing is always a struggle, with many rejections and objections that are sometimes even incorrect, as I discovered much later about one criticism/objection. Looking through a microscope with not a scientific thought in my head – that’s where the initial inspiration came from in 2007.
In the Years , I had been able to work in a Kindergarten, most time, the children inspired me. Their ability to be amazed of little things,to forget time and space, listen to an inner voice full of fantasy
So many people have inspired me in my work. I have had mentors, professional career coaches, co-workers, colleagues. The best inspiration is from those that are not intending to inspire but do so just by being who they are. I enjoy taking pieces of each of them and using it to become the best leader that I can be.
Shout out to Sdephen Trago of Down To Farm, (Strasburg, VA); ready and willing to experiment, to learn from mistakes, to take cues from the land, to work and maintain living soil for the joy in the moment regardless of future outcome, and for renewing my enthusiasm for green growing things by transferring his appreciation of plain ol’ dirt.
So many in fact. Often, the honesty of my fellow people and their deep wish to unfold in this world to their full beauty inspired to do my best to supporting them no matter the obstacles, related to for example to the guests in the pubs where I worked many years ago or people who ask for help nowadays. There were and are inspiring teachers also who I feel did and still do what they can to offer inspiration to the world through their gifts. Their love for what they deeply value shines through in all their gestures and this is just contagious then, inspiring me as well to pass on, whatever possible to me with a grateful heart.
All “teachers” old and new……quiet gems of life.
Work is a blessing. Am I inspired by someone? It took me a few minutes to see I am inspired by everyone. When I work, I am most often alone. I am farming or I am creating. But it is the picture of the world and people, sometimes joyful and sometimes suffering, that inspires my actions to lean the balance towards a better place, where we have compassion for others, heal the planet, add a smile.
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