Some individuals inspire millions through their life’s work. We can be inspired by artists, leaders, actors, authors, scientists, geniuses and athletes. Anyone who challenges the limits of human capacity can capture our attention and evoke wonderment in our imagination. They make us feel that the possibilities are endless, that the limits we have put upon ourselves can also be surmounted.
If you admire something in another, look for ways to be more of that yourself. The ego tells us, They’re a better human being than I am, but the voice of the heart whispers, You can be that. That is your greatness.
I admire people from all walks of life. Nelson Mandela, whose acceptance of reality helped him find internal freedom even in imprisonment. Michelle Bachelet, the president of Chile, who is a humanitarian before she is a politician, and whose commitment to the welfare of her people has weathered public disdain to garner her the highest approval ratings for a president in the last 20 years; like a mother, warm but firm, who knows her children will thank her later for insisting on doing the right thing. I admire Osho, whose relentless upheaval of the constraints and rigidity of a culture based in fear made him infamous in life and revered in death, and Mother Teresa, whose compassionate service spoke a language beyond the barriers of religion and touched the hearts of so many.
My grandmother was also a great source of inspiration in my life. Her courage and unconditional acceptance helped me trust myself and my ability. Today, I am inspired by all those who work to elevate the consciousness of humanity, and have the fortune of living and working with a group of individuals dedicated to exactly that.
Who inspires you in your life? And why? Let those heroes not be just an ideal that you look up to, but a reminder of your own potential. You don’t need to commit extraordinary feats to live an extraordinary life, and you don’t need to have the eyes of the world upon your actions to make them valuable. That value is set by you, through your own passion, your own commitment to growth and evolution as an individual. Let’s use our heroes to be more. To walk towards those ideals we admire so much.
Who are your heroes? Maybe some of the people I have mentioned, or maybe somebody else. What have they taught you about yourself and your own potential? I’d love to hear about it in the section for comments below.
Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness. Learn more at www.whywalkwhenyoucanfly.com.