This post is about inspiring others.
Last night I went to a benefit concert hosted by San Diego GoGirls Music. It was a fundraiser for Casa Maria which provides shelter and assistance to homeless pregnant women in San Diego.
Several bands donated their time, effort and talent. And as I witnessed their performance, I wondered why they weren’t yet huge in the music scene. Their love of music and performance was truly inspiring.
Maybe they are not yet huge because they’re just getting started. After all, it takes a lot of hard work and time to produce ripe fruit. It can’t be for lack of passion because theirs is already blossoming.
Or maybe these folks are just having fun, and they don’t really think of getting huge… which is still a great achievement because you can’t get any bigger than when you’re inspiring others through the power of self-expression.
So how DO you inspire others?
Inspiration is a two-way street. Do what you love, and naturally your passion will have the intensity to set others aflame. It won’t matter if your talents or interests differ from those of everyone else. It is passion itself that is inspiring. It is similar to the old adage: “Lead by example.” In so doing, you would have already fulfilled your purpose. It is the responsibility of everyone else to learn to be inspired. And that may be the hardest part of all.
I’ll cover the part about learning to be inspired in my next few posts. In the meantime, let’s get back to the benefit concert…
I’d like to give a special shout out to Rhythm and the Method. Their show certainly was soul-giving, with intelligent song writing and a bonding energy between band members.
And finally, Laura Payne did a spectacular job as MC, performer, event organizer, and donation motivator. I could tell she was having a lot of fun up there. Her dedication shined.