Actions and Inspiration

After such a strong long run yesterday I was not surprised to wake up to soreness this morning. I feel it mostly in my hamstrings and hips. Since today is my rest day and I am able to do yoga, I took advantage of a Slow Flow yoga class this evening. I had planned on going to Vinyasa Basics – which is considered “easy” Vinyasa. Knowing how sore I felt I knew it would not be very easy. The description for Slow Flow said the class is for those newer to yoga or for those with soreness. Bingo – I am in. The class was just what I needed today too – good stretching, slow movement, and a teacher who was down to earth by not “earthy”.

Recently I came across a quote that I liked and want to share:

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. – Frank Tibolt

This made me ponder – I frequently look for inspiration to do something. After thinking it over, I had to agree with Mr. Tibolt. Sure, I have periods when doing an activity is challenging, but my most helpful mantras came to me while I was doing the activity – not when I was looking for motivation to do it. I do think our actions can influence others to try a new activity. In a way that is also action first by one that leads to inspiration to act by another. But each person is responsible for their own journey. Waiting for inspiration is just another excuse for not getting it done.

One of my favorite movies clips is from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  where Jones comes to the cliff and his map shows a bridge, of which he can not see. He mutters that it is impossible, that it is a leap of faith. At the same time the scene cuts to his father, who is failing, and he is encouraging him on as if he can see him. He says “you must believe, boy.” Jones hesitates then puts his foot out only to come down on a bridge to take him to the other side. It was there all along, it just took his action to step out and see it. He had to believe it could be done. The inspiration that came to him to cross at that point was welling up within him. It took his action to step first. Waiting for inspiration in this case would have frozen him in his place.

Taking that first step, that leap of faith, is what it takes to find inspiration to go on. However imperfectly it is done. Something I hear frequently in yoga classes is that this is an individual practice. One is to focus on themselves, not anyone around them. It is about improving oneself. Taking that first step sometimes is the leap of faith needed to find that inspiration.

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  1. Really enjoyed this post and can’t agree more that you need action to get inspired. This reminded me of James 2:17 that states “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

  2. What a great post. I really love the jones quote of “you must believe, boy” as that really hits it for me. If you don’t have belief in yourself and what your doing, regardless of your motivation or actions, your setting yourself up for failure. I think I even recall this is one of your mantra’s – believe!

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