Abusing inspiration

Inspiration has become so cheap these days. Until a few years ago, the word had held a greater degree of importance. It was a way to appreciate the uncommon and the truly positive, moving, stimulating feeling that someone else’s work created within the core of our hearts.

I feel that since the whole TEDx concept took off so well, it’s become even more common to hear that someone/thing is ‘SO INSPIRING!’. While I have no issues with the TEDx platform–hey, I am a Curator too and I think they are incredible in what they have started and what they are continuing to do; I feel that it’s the rest of us who need to do some thinking.

Combine that with what Twitter has done to our social networks. While Twitter has transformed social media, it obviously has a residue. To get to the good stuff, you have to fight through a lot of pompous egos, self-proclaimed experts, sarcastic know-it-alls, spam, burnouts, angry people and more.

On one hand, you are constantly fed inspiring/super/genius ideas that people around you are busy with and to top it, if you really want to be part of the cool crowd, you’re forced to absorb so much nonsense that makes you feel that you are not smart enough. Probably the closest feeling to being a hamster in a wheel. And you wonder, is this really where you have to excel? If you were quietly doing great things, is that not good enough?

I was watching The Roux Legacy on TV tonight. For those who are not familiar with the Roux family, they are a French family who have changed the face of British cooking. Michel Roux Jr is also one of the judges of MasterChef Professional UK. Anyway.

When I watched the old Roux guys talk about food, they suddenly had a twinkle in their eye. Simple foods but that sheer passion and dedication. And these are very senior individuals who have dedicated their lives to simple, soulful cooking. THAT is inspiration. Spending years behind a passion. It’s been a while since I felt this warm feeling in my heart looking at other people’s work/passion.

Not everyone has to be part of a corporate life to excel. Not everyone has to work in a village to be good. Not everyone has to be an expert on everything. Not everyone has to be super geeky, sarcastic, good-looking and all that. 

It really is alright not to feel smart all the time!

Let us surround ourselves with people who have achieved in life: not just in their work but also earned the repute of being a great human. We’ve lost the value of a promise; lost the power in words. Inspiration is such a sacred word; yet it has been diluted, abused and it has lost its importance. Next time you are inspired, perhaps it would be a nice time to think about what/how that will change your life.

Inspiration is a majestic, lasting feeling, not a passing moment.

  1. baa said:

    Well said ! And I totally get that warm feeling in the heart from seeing people who are in love with what they do

  2. Sara said:

    This is exactly what I”ve been thinking these past 2 weeks. Twitter is starting to become like a public chat log where self-proclaimed experts are tweeting nonsense or chatting with their buddies. I have unfollowed these people immediately.And isn’t it truly amazing when you see someone absolutely in love with what they do? Doesn’t our world demand a balance of passions, from cooking to writing books, to teaching to selling the best variety of fish in Tokyo? Every passion must be respected and nurtured. The world is a beautiful canvas only because of its diverse colors and shades.

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