You'd think you'd need to be someone great or at least do something wonderful to inspire others.
Yet, you're a source of inspiration. How do you inspire? It's remarkably simple —and here's a short piece on how you need to go about it.
I woke up this morning and I got a message from my brother and one of my friends in India had died.
And one of the reasons I'm telling you this is because she inspired me to get to New Zealand. It was just a random comment. It was just a meeting on the street, but it was her force at that moment that got me to go through with the whole immigration process, and eventually make this trip here. And this podcast is a very short one, but I think it's pertinent because we all have the capacity to be inspiring; to bring something to the world.
I remember a few months ago, I was not meditating anymore. I don't know what happened, but I got out of the habit. I went into what you would call a habit hibernation.
And then I saw a post in 5000 bc by one of the members, Catherine Oughtibridge, and she'd been writing about how she'd been meditating every day. And so that inspired me and I wrote to her and I said, “You know something? Because of your post.
I started meditating again. And she said, “That is so funny.” Apparently she had started meditating because she heard it on the podcast. And I could see the irony.
It was quite interesting how we can inspire people and as we go through life. We have all this politics and climate issues, and all of these day to day activities like paying the bills.
And we forget that we are sources of inspiration, that if we just step into someone's world and give them just that little nudge of inspiration, you don't know how it'll turn out. I never thought that buying groceries would end up with me in New Zealand, but there was Joan Shenoy and she inspired me to move here.
Often we don't have to do very much to inspire people. I've seen Renuka, my wife posting cartoons on Facebook and every time she does that, someone else gets inspired to keep drawing. Sometimes you don't even have to go and pat someone on the back. You don't have to say anything. You just have to be yourself and consistently be yourself.
And if you're going to be a grumpy person, well, continue to be a grumpy person because even grumpy people can inspire. So you don't even have to change yourself. You just have to be there and show up. And sometimes that is inspiration alone.