This is probably going to sound very corny to some but as corny as it is, I find inspiration from them.
My inspiration are the ladies of my church, old and young. We all have struggles and many of them have faced things unimaginable to others. The ladies in my church have seen it all and still are strong women in faith, love, and kindness. Many have lost parents, husbands, and some children, but still make time for others, graciously helping and at times just listening. Others have faced amazing odds medically and are still kicking! There are a few that are elderly and ill, but still manage to hang the clothes on the line everyday and cook meals for the loved ones that are left. They come into church in their Sunday best every week without fail, unless a hospitalization keeps them away. When it comes time to care for a family in need, make a meal for the community, or run a fundraiser, we all line upto assemble, cook, bake or create whatever is needed at the time. They work together like a well-oiled machine, but still gracefully accept the younger generations and teach patiently if the knowledge is not already present.
A few ladies in particular still have their own farms or gardens, working the land and canning the harvests as well as caring for families, the church, and finding time for friends. The inspiration is that no matter what has been placed in their paths or how badly it may have been for a time, they get up every day secure in their place in life and confident that the Lord will provide anything that may be needed for that day. They live day to day and, at times, moment to moment through wars, deaths, poverty, hardship, and a host of other things. I keep thinking of a mother and wife who helps me greatly, watching her care for her girls that are grown yet still secure in the knowledge that staying home caring for family is the greatest job she has ever had. I have never told her that she helps simply by being herself, strong in faith and full of self worth even though a stay at home mom.
To me inspiration is seeing a clothesline full of fresh and clean clothes billowing and snapping in the breeze.
Sorry for the corny moment!
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw
Pelvic adhesive disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, SI joint pain, 7 pelvic surgeries for pain, ovarian cysts, adhesions, and a kidney stone! Wait, future medial transcriptionist I must say ureteral calculus!