“Like the sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”**
At a recent brainstorming session with 3 incredibly talented, intuitive and remarkable ladies, there came the symbol of the hourglass. Usually when people think of this feminine timekeeper, they think about the passage of time. An hourglass is often used to show the milliseconds that slip away as the falling grains of sand cascade to the bottom of the glass – when the sand runs out, so does the time you are measuring.
As the ladies and I trotted along with our blossoming ideas in tow, we started rapping about inspiration. Dictionary.com defines “inspiration” as a noun meaning, “stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity.” Inspiration is a cause and effect type word. You inspire, I become inspired. And wonderful for all of us, the cycle continues on and on.
Suddenly, the hour glass began to take on a completely different meaning for me. I began to see how its shape and the sand actually represent a similar cause and effect definition of inspiration. When I inspire a person to try a new dish, create a new piece of art or take a leap of faith, it is like the sand pouring itself from one side to the other. I initiate action and intention and this is exactly what is received by the other person. Sand pours out from one side of the hour glass and fills the other side. What once was empty, now is full. Flip the hourglass over and the cycle continues on.
Now try to see this within the grander scheme of our everyday lives. Every single thought or grain of energy you put out inspires a reaction in another person. What I have to give of myself, is what shall be received. Too often we neglect the direct impact we have to inspire faith, love, hatred, joy, peace, anxiety, sadness, or happiness in ourselves and in each other. Isn’t it time to accept the responsibility of what we inspire in each other on a day to day basis?
**This quote is from the popular daytime soap-drama, “Days of Our Lives.”