As I mentioned in the 8 aspects of the feminine, one of these core traits is inspiration.
Inspiration is a key aspect of femininity…both receiving it and providing it. So what happens if you’re not feeling particularly inspired?
There’s a well known quote about encouragement that comes to mind…Student says “I am very discouraged. What should I do?” Master says, “Encourage others”….and I think it works with inspiration too.
If you’re not feeling very inspired yourself, the quickest route back to feeling it is to inspire someone else.
There are so many ways that you can inspire people…some big, some small…but it doesn’t matter how large your gesture is…only that you light the spark of inspiration in another person.
Last weekend, a group of friends and I took to the streets of London to do just that…to inspire some happiness in the people we met.
The day began on a bus we had hired with a playlist of the most amazing ‘dance-inducing’ songs and a group of people whose enthusiasm for connecting with other people was only outshone by their smiles.
The bus began driving around the streets of London, and as we went we danced, we sang, we high fived total strangers…it was fantastic.
We made a stop at Big Ben just before midday and danced up the embankment, arms linked, singing Auld Lang Syne (or rather singing about the fact that we didn’t know the words) as the clock struck 12.
The faces of the people who saw us were a mixture of bemusement, curiosity and hilarity.
…our attempts to inspire others were working… 🙂
After a brief stop we jumped back on the bus and headed over to Buckingham Palace. When we got off the bus we created an impromptu dance party on Buckingham Palace Road before heading round to the front of one of the most famous buildings in the UK.
Not content with just dancing and singing here, we decided to do an unplanned flashmob. One of our party began by singing the beginning of the White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’…quickly joined by the rest of us and the next thing we know we had a huge group of people all jumping, clapping and singing along with us!
Scroll down to the end of this email to see a video of our Buckingham Palace flashmob!
Another quick dance party back on the bus and we were on our way again.
Next stop, Hyde Park for a group salsa lesson….
…an hour later and our whole party (most of whom had never danced a step of salsa in their lives…and some of whom were adamant that they were ‘unteachable’) had got our little routine down….and once again we had drawn a crowd. People wanted to know if we would be there teaching salsa on a regular basis and could they join in – brilliant!
After the delivery of a few hearty ‘free hugs’ and a little more dancing we were back on the bus and off to Leicester Square for another flashmob…the Seven Nation Army was in full force again!
People were dancing and singing…more importantly, they were smiling! As we drove around London, smiling, boogying and waving people couldn’t resist breaking into a smile themselves.
At one point when passing a group of teenagers, one of them stuck their fingers up at me…most likely because it was the ‘cool’ thing to do…but when I blew him a kiss back, he didn’t quite know what to make of it and before he knew it a smile had crept across his face too!
Our day ended with putting together a collection of bags each containing 2 pairs of socks, a blanket, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a sandwich, water, baby wipes, some fruit and a little sweet treat. We then went out in small groups on a very dark and rainy night and gave these bags to the homeless on the streets of London.
The response was truly heartwarming, such genuine and heartfelt gratitude that strangers would take time out of their evening to give a few small gifts to people who need them.
Seeing how the experience touched the members of our group, adults and children alike, and inspired them to do even more in the future was beautiful.
The great news is that you don’t need a large collection of people or to do anything big to inspire others…there are thousands of different ways to do it. You are only limited by the extent of your imagination!
The simplest, and easiest way?
Simply smile at someone and inspire them to smile too.
When you become the inspiration for someone else…no matter how big or small the gesture…it’s amazing how inspired you end up feeling.
So if you’re feeling uninspired…be the inspiration for others…and see how inspired you end up feeling.