Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Inspiring Others

Filed under: Motivation — by Glenda at 9:51 am on Thursday, October 2, 2008

Inspire:

  • to influence, move, or guide; 
  • to breathe or blow into or upon;
  • to be in spirit.

During my lifetime, the statement "You’re such an inspiration" has been uttered in my direction too many times to count. Feeling the weight and responsibility of such an honour, I have never known how to respond and often brushed it off with "I’m just me" or "No big deal" because I didn’t want others minimizing their struggles against mine; or, what are assumed to be my struggles.

Recently, and with the wisdom of a good friend, I have come to realize that "You’re an inspiration" isn’t about me, but rather about the giver. By dismissing their compliments, I am discounting something they valued; something they may have needed in that moment to them going, to keep them breathing.

My wise friend has helped me to see that when someone says, "You’re inspiring," he is saying, "You’ve motivated me not feel sorry for myself."

To all of you, I would like to say, "Thank you. I hear you and I appreciate your kind words."

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13 Comments »

Comment by Liz Strauss

October 2, 2008 @ 10:02 am

Always inspiring, since the day we met. Thank you for being my friend. :)

Comment by dena

October 2, 2008 @ 11:32 am

I just recently found your blog and enjoy it so much. Don’t ever quit being an inspiration.

Comment by Bryn Youngblut

October 2, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

I think it’s more of the fact that you help give some of us an insight into your life. I don’t know anything about or know any disabled people and it’s that type of ignorance that makes you feel like an inspiration to me.

I guess what I’m trying to say is people may judge you based on how bad your speech is but when we read your writing it’s amazing, it’s like a completely different person. Just goes to show don’t judge a book by it’s cover, or until you read it I guess for that matter. ;)

Comment by Virginia

October 2, 2008 @ 6:20 pm

You must get gallons of coffee. What a great blog, and site. I understand why you hear that comment so much. Inspiring others is what we all should aspire to. Cheers.

Comment by Suzie Cheel

October 2, 2008 @ 8:17 pm

Inspiring you are my friend, and even more so now I know your life history

I know you will continue to do so as well.

Love & hugs
Suzie

Comment by ...paul

October 3, 2008 @ 12:34 am

Your wise friend is indeed “wise”, and, in my particular case, spot on.

Comment by Joanna Young

October 3, 2008 @ 8:46 am

Glenda, that’s spot on. I know you’re not doing the things you do in order to be inspiring or tell other people how great you are… just to share some insight into your world. The very act of doing that, with such openness, humour and friendship is very inspiring to me.

I’m glad I can tell you so now without it making you feel awkward :-)

Comment by Still Life in Buenos Aires

October 4, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

I just found your blog today, Glenda, and I can’t wait to read more of your inspiring posts. I like your writer’s voice.

Keep on writing! :-)

Comment by Lew

October 5, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

Sometimes the things that we are capable of doing are the things that become an inspiration to others. I found your blog through Darren Rowse’s Problogger.net, and after reading his post and coming to your blog and reading a bit about you and what you have accomplished, your life can be nothing but inspirational.

I have linked to Darren’s post and to your blog, and I will be here often.

Lew

Comment by Karen Putz

July 29, 2012 @ 6:36 am

You’ve inspired me since the day we connected online. Keep on shining! I love you my friend. :)

Comment by Dennis Fletcher

July 29, 2012 @ 8:13 am

OK – how is this:
“Get over yourself – anyone could do what you do”
Does that work? :o )

I have a friend going through a particularly tough time in her life right now, and I have kept her in the loop on RockyWish through FB.

It has helped her a lot.

So suck it up Princess! You will just have to face the fact that you can help others just through being you.
D.

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