The Captain and the kids have shared with me one of those nasty end-of-winter colds. So I thought I might be hallucinating from fever when it came to my attention today that I was chosen as a winner for my response about inspiration from a few days ago on one of my favourite blogs, the One Minute Writer.
What an honour! And now my blog gets to sport the One-Minute Writer winner button! I have bragging rights!
There were a lot of really great responses to that prompt, many from teachers like me. And it made me think that perhaps those of us who work in those "front line" kinds of jobs actually have a bit of an unfair advantage when it comes to being able to talk about inspiring others. Not that I'm apologizing for that. Teaching is a hard job, and we take our perks where we can get them!
However, I think this would be a good opportunity for me to recognize those who inspire me for things other than teaching.
Those Who Have Kids...: To those of you who are parents, adoptive parents or parents by birth; parents who go to work every day; parents who give up a job to stay home; single parents; married parents; parents who come home to their kids every night; parents who live or work in a situation that keeps them away from their kids; from brand-spankin' new parents to empty-nesters to grandparents, most of you will somehow make it through life without murdering your children. And for that, I salute you!
...And Those Who Don't: We sometimes look at people without children and assume they're selfish or physically unable. Of course, that isn't always the case. Over the years I've heard more than one person say that they simply can't live with the idea of bringing children into an unstable life. I know several people who didn't have kids because they had something else to offer the world. If you can fight off all that genetic, biological stuff that makes us want to keep our species going, and focus on doing something else to make this world a better place, then you, too, inspire me!
Those Who Share: This world can be an ugly place. There are a lot of people who would rather focus their attention on cutting people down than on doing something positive. And despite that, there are so many folks out there sharing their talents with us through websites, blogs, classes, books and all manner of services. You guys put yourselves out there every day and are vulnerable to all the nasty, negative nay-sayers. But you keep doing what you're doing and it makes the world that little bit nicer. Keep it up!
And there you have it. I started my day with a headache and a sore throat and a nose that didn't work properly, and I ended it a winner. Now, that's inspiring!