The Light of an Inspired Life

What inspires you? It sounds like a simple question, but the answer can be complicated in ways that paint a tapestry. A fabric woven of who we are, where we’ve come from, those who have impacted our lives and the threads of hope for the future.

In the past few months I’ve lost two friends to two types of cancer. There are no two ways around it, cancer sucks. It takes mothers from children, lovers from beloved, extinguishes forever a unique light that made the darkness less. Yet through the haze of grief there is -ironically- a nugget of wisdom; There is a light that never goes out. For each light that fades in one vessel a flicker sparks in countless lives. That flicker is an opportunity for pause. A chance to stop in the chaos of our everyday, to ask ourselves if we have shared the inspiration that spilled upon us when we stood in that light. The opportunity to examine our place in the grand design and to ask of ourselves that we, in turn, pass the light of inspiration on to others.

No matter what you’ve chosen to do with the hours in your day, be inspired. Stoke the flames and keep the light alive. Find that one moment in every twenty-four hour cycle of the sun and moon to feed it with your dreams. Cliche though it may be, it is none the less true that life is short, our time together measured, and no excuse is powerful enough to justify not leading an inspired life.

Dawn and Susan, your light lives on.

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