Sources of Inspiration

So, Yesterday I was told by Simmone of All Tips and Tricks about the Group Project: Sources of Inspiration by Vivien and I have been trying very hard to find some quiet time with my laptop to be able to jot down my thoughts.

Vivien asks:

What do you turn to when you feel mundane? How do you lift your spirits when the work stresses you out? How do you get inspired when you feel passionless? What motivates you to strive for perfection?

Well, although generally I possess a pretty easy going and content disposition, I am not inspired a lot off late.. As a matter of fact, when recently I started thinking about blogging, I started a blog called and the title I gave it at the moment was ‘unmotivated and uninspired’ :=) What a coincidence you say now that in a month of starting this blog, I get to write about inspiration? I don’t’ believe there are any coincidences in this world… and ‘everything happens for a reason’ as they say. And seems like this was exactly why I was given the courage to participate in Darren’s project, to find Simmone’s blog and end up at Vivien’s to write about inspiration.

Oh, that site? At the time I started it, John Chow was running his ‘review me’ posts and he had said he will link to anyone who reviews his site :).
My first ever exposure to such a phenomenon and I jumped right into it, wrote about him – only to get lost in the vast ocean of blogs. And I got bored, didn’t want to continue.

I have been more of a reader of all the nice blogs for last few years but always wanted to be able to contribute more than just comments. The desire of ‘belonging’ to the community of writers continued to bug me .. and I started Interesting Observations. Although, I was feeling I didn’t have an audience and as if I was writing in a vacuum, I stayed because I have a thirst for learning new things from more knowledgeable people, share perspectives and grow. My attempt is to write about anything I find interesting, may it be a news article, or a gadget I am intrigued about or just my opinions on some issue I might be brewing about. I do love intelligent interactions and seems like this is the start to an enjoyable journey.

So, needless to say, I often draw inspiration from reading other people’s blogs about how they have achieved success or what they are doing to achieve it.

I often find it fascinating to watch and read about kids and families with special needs trying to cope with daily life and beating the odds.

In the top-5 post for problogger, I had posted a few videos and a couple of them were funny but there was one video of a lady without arms. The video shows how this woman has conquered her disability and is doing everything that any normal person would do – except that she does everything with her legs.. When I watched it, I knew I didn’t have anything to complain about.

Good music always lifts my spirits up. Playing a nice dance number in my car always changes my mood and brings smiles. This technique often helps as a short time solution and as soon as I am out of that stressful ‘low’, I am able to focus on the real issue.

I read the poem “IF” by Rudyard Kipling in 11th grade [eons ago] and the words have stayed with me forever. The poem has been my all time favorite for getting back on track. The poem says it all.

Here is the poem.


IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

This post is submitted for InspirationBit’s Group Writing Project – Sources of Inspiration.

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5 Responses to “ Sources of Inspiration ”

  1. Thank you very much for your moving and uplifting entry to my group writing project.

    I couldn’t find an About page on this blog. Could you please, contact me with your name, so I would add it to the final list of all entries. Thank you.

  2. Hey, this is very inspiring. That poem is one of my favorites. Thank you for reminding me of it. As of the feeling that nobody reads you, be aware that there’s no such thing as absolute vacuum. I’ll bookmark your blog and I’m looking forward to read more of it.

  3. Hi Vivien – thank YOU for letting me submit the post to your project and be a part of such an inspiring group of people..:)

  4. Hey Simonne – THANK YOU..:) really..its so true about there being no vacuum – I recently signed up with sitemeter and am amazed how many people have visited this blog – and that too from all over the world.. ofcourse problogger project and technorati have a lot to do with that traffic..

    and I have you as my favorits in technorati too.. :)

  5. I am just getting around to reading other’s Inspiration posts.
    It’s amazing what is being written on blogs around the world and it’s where I find some of my best inspiration.

    Glad you participated in the group project.

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