Monday, October 5, 2009

*** Aspire To Inspire Before You Expire ***


After discovering a gal who is a journalist, poet and artist I thought I might ask her if she would help critique and guide me in the right direction in submitting my art and poetry to viable publishers. After making contact with her I discovered there was more to the meeting than I had realized, a road I not often traveled opened wider for me today and now even more would like to continue on the journey of self discovering while inspiring others along the way. This message is for anyone who wants to do the best they could ever do while their time in this world.
Hope you enjoy it,keep it in your heart and that somehow I have inspired you today in some little way!

Dear Friend,

I am very grateful for your prompt reply. There is a Portuguese fellow who does come from time to time to visit my blog and comments on my poetry; I think he is a poet. If you ever do visit my blog and read some of my work you may find one of his comments.

I have never been so adamant before now in wanting to accomplish some striking work in the fields of literature and art. I am far from a wonderful writer or artist for I do realize there are so many out there that have unbelievable talent but all the same I would like to create some very, very good, actually if possible some noteworthy work, why, I have no idea just a strong desire in my heart, that’s as far as I can explain this driving force. But here is a little story to stir things up for you, for it did for me this morning.

For some time now I’ve been waiting for a MRI and on the 21st of September of the past month I had an appointment for one at 7p.m. at night believing it was in Ottawa’s east end “Orleans”, what I didn’t realize at the time was I had written the location wrong, it should have been in Kingston, a totally different city 2 ½ hours away in the opposite direction. Needless to say I missed my appointment of all things when I terribly needed it and ultimately now suffering more. I sure hope all this forgetfulness isn’t the beginnings of Alzheimer’s, just old age and pain creating the mix ups. I even lost my wallet at the grocery store the other day but I was lucky to retrieve it, on the other hand I lost my daughter’s green p.j. pants with the Grinch on them while doing laundry at the Laundromat (my Maytag doesn’t sing any more), unfortunately I never did find them and now need to find her another pair; they were hand made and a Christmas gift to her last year.
But on this particular evening something good came out of the wrong road taken for while I was looking for the clinic a church marquis caught my eye with a notable message written on it and I thought about the meaning it conveyed. To me it was easily comprehensible and something I wanted clearly to remember, but guess what I once again forgot the passage, at least one of its words.
Then after writing to you yesterday and asking for your help and in replying to your letter this morning the marquis message once again surfaced in my memory. So definitely after all this I realized I wanted to post this message up on my blog today for its valuable qualities for all who believe and have a kind heart. I think you may like this article, I know I did when I searched for the one missing word to the message that time again I had forgotten but if I had not forgotten the word I probably wouldn’t have discovered the writer to this well thought out explanation of the extract by googling the partial quote.
Please do make a little time in your day to take a peek and read this, very rewarding I promise.

Once again thank you.
I look forward to keeping in touch and sharing our thoughts on the arts.

Sincerely, Annabelle

And here is the excerpt of Doctor Carolyn Porter‘s assumption of the quote
“Aspire to Inspire Before You Expire”...

“Quite a mouthful isn’t it? Say it fast and you’ll trip over the words most likely. I saw this phrase on a church marquis as I was driving and it sparked my interest to the point that I thought about what it could mean. Here are my thoughts.
To aspire simply means to have a yearning or desire to do something and strive to do it. An aspiring individual is ambitious, hopeful and enthusiastic. This is the kind of person you’d want as a team player in your business for he would keep spirits up and the momentum flowing.
Inspire on the other hand refers to the spirit of encouragement as well as the ability to stimulate creative activity. It is that internal spark needed to make things happen – basically to get off the sofa and get into action. An inspiring individual is uplifting, stimulating, exciting and motivates. This person can light the fire needed to begin the action.
This is exactly what a coach does – lights a fire within their client to make changes. What is a coach? Simply a guide who ascertains a perspective outside the life “game” that the client is in the midst of. As a player in the middle of the game it is hard to see all perspectives since that person is concentrating on their position and viewpoint. An outsider can often see the greater picture and offer new thoughts while encouraging and stimulating the individual into action.
As individuals travel their life path they often find themselves in a place of feeling stuck. Perhaps they’ve been playing their life “game” for a while and are tired of the same playing field. Change is necessary but they can’t see the big picture because they’re still on the playing field. Or maybe they simply want to do something more rewarding and different. Perhaps you’ve been in this place; maybe you are there right now.
Inspiring someone to make changes and become “unstuck” so they can move in a new direction in their life is such a rewarding endeavor. Supporting an individual who needs to know someone cares can uplift both individuals to a place of inner satisfaction. As a wholeness coach, helping people see their potential and gain understanding that if they can imagine it they can do it is the most fulfilling aspect of my life. Watching an individual make positive changes in their life and see the smile spread across their face once they “get it,” does indeed make my heart soar.
But we can take inspiration a step further and reference a deeper meaning. Inspiration can also refer to divine guidance. In this context it means breathe into or draw into the lungs as the breath of life. Inspiration here is the flow of a divine energy that enters one’s thoughts and heart easily without any forethought or contemplation. My books come in this way and I’m sure most authors would attest to this kind of inspiration while writing their works. In fact, I am routinely influenced with divine wisdom every day of my life and cannot imagine life without this guidance. An inspired life such as this leaves the ego outside of the equation for the most part.
I believe that allowing yourself to become inspired and then sharing your thoughts, words and actions with others so that you inspire them in some way, is the ultimate fulfillment in this lifetime. We each came here with a gift to share and our responsibility is to uncover it with inspired guidance, allowing inspiration to help it unfold, and then taking inspired action to do it. Inspired living is spirit-driven whereas a usual lifestyle is ego-driven.
Perhaps you’ve been nudged to move forward in a new direction – change your vocation, write a book, take some training, open a new business – but you are hesitating because you doubt you have the time, resources or capabilities to do it, or you’re simply in a state of fear about moving in this new direction. You are most likely receiving divine inspiration and if you follow that guidance it will bring you amazing results that will include peacefulness and inner fulfillment. Maybe you’ve felt guided to help others in some way, to support, love, guide or encourage them on their journey.
There is no joy greater than knowing you inspired someone into action. Many leave this planet with their music still inside them, and what a tragedy that is. Maybe all they needed was someone to inspire and stimulate them, to believe in them and help them see their potential. What a gift that would be for that person to receive. And think how awesome it would be if you were the giver of that gift!
So in summing up the meaning of the phrase aspire to inspire before you expire, it simply says to have the desire to arouse and positively influence an individual into action so that they fulfill their innermost desires before they die and leave this planet. And it also applies to you – allowing inspiration to flow through you so that you too experience an inspired life. As always, the choice is yours! Be the inspiration!”

Carolyn Porter, D. Div., is an internationally known speaker, author of mutiple books and audios that include "The Realness of a Woman" and "Angel Love", spiritual wholeness coach, trainer and angel channel whose passion is helping individuals move beyond their limitations and help them see they can do and be what they can envision. She recently opened a healing center called Where Miracles Happen in Woodstock, GA, fulfilling a seven year dream. Their services include massage, hypnotherapy, life and health coaching, angel sessions, self-publishing coaching, reiki, reflexology, acutonics, classes, a gift shop, and much more. For more information or to order her books visit her website at


Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Wonderful. I think its wonderful ... your letter and the response. You can and do inspire. I see it here. (: xx Vicki

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Annabelle...you are such in inspiration yourself...All the very best to you, Dzintra♥x

murtagh said...

hey mom
cool halloween banner, instead of snow u should try to find bats lol then u've got the halloween theme down

Annabelle said...

Thanks for the encouragement Vicki and Dzintra, very much appreciated.
Emma your quite right, I need the bats! I asked Ty to help me make some animations this weekend and I could use your help! Oh and by the way driving home from school this morning I got a great idea for a story , of course I had Lady Gaga blaring….hehehe…but hey it was her who gave me the inspiration. Like I said inspiration surrounds us we only need to LOOK! Get busy on your writing or there will be no home studies this coming January and I mean business! Hehehe! Looking forward to reading your work and getting inspired and giving you inspiration as well! Luv you a whole bunch! Thanks for dropping by I luved it this morning; it was a big surprise, as you can see by the response….. You made my day!!!!

The White Bench said...

Annabelle, you are such an inspiration with this post! Actually, I've been reading another very good book about this subject, by Wayne Dyer, and I was astounded to find this post on your blog while I was popping in to say hello! Thank you.
By the way, your new banner is terrific! Love the bats ;))

Wren Cottage said...

WOW. I am sorry you missed your appointment Annabelle... I hope they are able to reschedule soon.
Talk about making the best of your detour though. I was enthralled reading the entire post and I'm sure I will be re-reading it.
I hope your dreams come true sweet one, you are so talented, I knew it as soon as I saw and read your poetry on flick'r. You have so much "song" within you. Thank you for sharing it with us!

BTW we have been watching Bewitched at Wren Cottage, been renting the DVD's and have been enjoying it so much!
And your banner is AMAZING!!!! LOVE it!! I've seen that image before and just LOVE what you did with it!!! CLEVER, CLEVER, CLEVER!!
Have a great day sweetie and hang in there~ lots of love to you ~ Madai XOX

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