The online Merriam-Webster dictionary has the following definitions for the word inspire
- to make (someone) want to do something
- to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create
- to cause (something) to happen or be created
- to cause someone to have (a feeling or emotion)
Therefore, it follows that an inspiration is a person who inspires others. It seems based upon the definition that to be an inspiring person is a good thing. Someone who makes others want to do something, or create or even be moved by emotion.
Mel Finefrock, Editor, Poet, Lyricist and Freelance Writer and Disability.gov Guest Blogger decided to take on a very tough and controversial subject, whether to be or not to be an inspiration. In her November 10, 2014 guest blog on Disability.gov, Mel explains why she doesn’t mind being an inspiration.
Every perspective begins with a story shares Mel, so here’s mine: two years ago I experienced a domino effect of very unfortunate events which were ultimately life-changing. For whatever reason, it seemed like anytime I put my hope in anything or planned any course of action, the floor fell out from underneath me. I was in pain for a very long time, because I thought no matter what I did, I couldn’t be happy.
Additional Blogs by Mel Finerock
Santa Monica Play Explores Loss and Healing
Artist Sees Painting as a Way of Life