Inspirational People Feel the Fear But Do It Anyway
Who do you feel are inspirational people? Maybe the answer is not to be found in movies or books or tales of heroism but closer to home? Your mother, father, sister, brother, teacher, pastor, next door neighbor may be the person who inspired you to change your life. Perhaps you, yourself are an inspirational person who affects those around them in a positive way. I have lived many different lives from daughter to wife to mother and taken many journeys to find myself. Along the way I have met and learned from many inspirational people and sometimes had to face my own fears to learn.
My radio guest this week, Tony Edgell is author of a book called “The Hero Inside You” and he talks about accessing your inner hero on my show this week,
It made me think about all those inspirational people who have made a difference in my life- so I am sharing my thoughts on them with you this week.
Inspirational People No 1- Ordinary Heroes
There are many unsung heroes at holiday time; the nurses, doctors, fire officers, paramedics, police officers, soldiers, and others far from home keeping the peace and tending the sick. They are following their vocation and caring for those in need. They are inspirational people just doing their jobs 365 days of the year. So, if your family holiday time is less happy than you expected it to be, spare a thought for those away from their families saving lives and maybe putting themselves in danger as they do so.
What you call a hero, I call just doing my job.
Inspirational people No 2 – Deepak Chopra
“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”
Deepak Chopra has had a profound impact on my life and what I admire about him is how centered he remains, how real and accessible and practical. He is very clear on his path, but acknowledges doubt and continues to reach out to those around him. He is also one of the world’s most generous teachers and inspired me to continue on my own path as a teacher. I do believe that the practice of meditation helps us all to connect to our inner selves and find our own paths and I especially like Deepak’s own thoughts on meditation
Meditation uncovers the true self that lies at the core of every person.
I am also honored by Deepak’s own quote about me- “Lorane Gordon is a teacher of infinite possibilities”
Inspirational people No 3 – The late Wayne Dyer
My dear friend Wayne Dyer has inspired me for years and I truly mourn his passing. One of my favorite quotes from Dr Dyer is
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
When I have been in crisis, and believe me I have been there, I turn to my mentors teachings and reconnect with the person inside of me who knows she is following a true path. Doubt is part of life, the important thing is to understand that throughout life we face challenges that will strengthen us. These challenges are not “somebody else’s fault” or ” life kicking you in the teeth”. You really are master of your own destiny, however tough things may seem.
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Inspirational People No 4- Eckhart Tolle
Where Dr Dyer helped me to understand how my thoughts were shaping my life, Eckhart Tolle helps me to stay in the Present Moment. He is a transformational teacher who believes we all need to create a space within us to allow transformation to happen.
“As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.” Eckhart Tolle
By understanding that it is possible to stop struggling with your life and enjoy happiness now, in the present moment you can lift the burden of worrying about the future and feeling remorse about the past.
Inspirational people No 5. – The Dalai Lama
In a recent address The Dalai Lama talked about compassion and I believe this is a highly relevant topic at this time of year! Christmas traditionally is a time of giving but I fear the true nature of giving can get lost in the commercialism surrounding the holidays. We all strive for happiness and I have made it my life’s work to help bring happiness to those I teach. There is, however, a greater purpose for all of us; that of bringing happiness to the world. Now this may seem like a lofty ideal and perhaps beyond many of us in our ordinary lives, but it is not so. Each small act of kindness, each shift to happiness combines for greater effect.
“I believe that at every level of society – familial, tribal, national and international – the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities.” Dalai Lama
If we practice compassion, live in the present moment and watch our thoughts we can each have a positive impact on our own small part of the world. Think of how those impacts combine and see that you have the power to bring happiness to others as well as yourself.
There are many more inspirational people in the world; those giving their time to others, those teaching, those who care for the sick and the poor. There are inspirational people in business, the arts, in your neighborhood…share your thoughts of inspirational people in your life below in the comments section.