Can you name a few people from the top of your head who’s most inspiring in your present life? I certainly can. I’m not talking about those closest to your heart like your partner, parents or religious faith (although they are a constant source of inspiration to me personally). I’m talking about ordinary people we encounter throughout our lives. Each day we meet all sorts of characters; from our extended families, relatives, friends, colleagues, neighbours, acquaintances to strangers on the street. I believe that every single person we meet has a positive impact on our lives, some more so than others. Some people might leave a negative impact upon us too, which I see as God’s way of teaching us a few life’s lessons, of how this world is not a bed of roses with everything revolving around us alone. Back to those positive people; these days more often than not I’m most inspired by those who can still smile through hardships that befell them, those who can genuinely be happy when seeing others blessed with good fortunes, those who notice good in others at first instance, those who look for ways to cheer others, those who are not prejudiced or judgemental and those who are positive about life in general. This life is full of ups and downs, but being exposed to these sort of people inspires me to be happy and grateful, they give meaning to my life by motivating me towards goodness and positivity. And ever since I began blogging with WordPress 8 months ago, I’ve discovered more inspiring people in this world, and for this I feel truly blessed. Regardless of our backgrounds, I believe most people have a lot of good in them that can benefit others, knowingly or unknowingly.
The number of people who have motivated me in the past and present is endless, I do feel very fortunate indeed to have met many amazing characters both from the East and the West, throughout my 4 decades in this life. For this particular post however, I would like to mention my latest inspirations; two of whom are my neighbours I’ve befriended over the past year. One of them is over a decade younger than I am, but her character is so admirable I cannot help but look up to her. The other one is several years older than I am, and I’m constantly amazed at her simplicity, strength and natural goodness. I would also like to mention my newly found blogger friend Moon in South Florida, and another blogger friend Zuraidah in Malaysia, they both continue to inspire me each day with their warmth, boundless energy and a zest for life that is contagious. We all have our differences in our values and outlook on life, but at the end of the day, we are all the same too, in that we share similar feelings of joy and sadness. As long as we continue to inspire each other towards good, this world will be worth living, this world will keep spinning round for the better. Remember that someone is always looking up to you, and that you make a difference in someone’s else’s life, whether you realized it or not. A simple genuine smile straight from the heart is sufficient sometimes to stir someone’s heart; enough for them to feel appreciated, loved and cherished.