But I’ve made a terrible mistake. Last night when I was reading everyone’s Blog it Forward posts I realized I’d made a mistake in my own post. A big, huge, slap-my-forehead-in-the-middle-of-the-night mistake.
Of all of the things that inspire me, with perhaps the exception of my faith, nothing is more meaningful to me than the people I love. I am blessed with an incredible group of people in my life- family and friends from whom I’ve learned so much.
My father is generous and loves his family unconditionally. My mother is fearless and steadfast and selfless. My siblings are brave and loving. My cousins and uncle and aunts and grandmothers and nieces and nephews… I couldn’t love them more. And my friends…
“You do not know how much they mean to me, my friends, and how, how rare and strange it is, to find in a life composed so much of odds and ends… to find a friend who has these qualities, who has, and gives those qualities upon which friendship lives. How much it means that I say this to you -without these friendships – life, what cauchemar!”
My life would truly be a “cauchemar” (nightmare) if not for my friends. They are so incredible and important in my life, each in their own way. I watch them live their lives with grace and courage and humor and integrity and I am in awe. This list would also include those people who have come and gone but who’s influence and inspiration is undeniable. I wish I could tell you about each of them and the impression they’ve left on my heart. Maybe I will, but not today.
Who inspires you?