Last night Michelle Obama gave a remarkable speech. Her speech reminded me of how everyday I wake up and think....Who will I inspire today and what will inspire me?
The reason that so many people are attracted to Michelle and Barack, is because of their ability to inspire. It is not a surprise that Dr. King's I have a Dream speech still rings in the ears of people years after the speech was actually made. I now understand why so many kids from around the world still chant, "I wanna be like Mike", and hope that one day they too can be a champion. Inspiration in what saves at least one person a day from falling under the evil spells of this world.
We all have someone or something that inspires us to continue to go on everyday. Who or what inspires you? I wrote a short letter to the ones that inspire me, thanking them for the inspiration.
Dear Mom and Dad,
I want you to know that you are my inspiration. I have heard your stories and seen your victories. Dad, I am so happy that I have a father that has always been a provider and protector. You went from Doctor to Reverend, President of the School Board to State Representative, but it was not the titles that impressed me most. It was the passion and love that was put behind each and everything that you did. It was the nights that you tucked me in and together we would say the Lords prayer. It was the times when I would walk downstairs, and see a new person laying on the couch that you had taken in, because they had no where else to go. Maybe its the fact that, even after losing your wife, with little time to grieve, you went right into campaigning to help the city of Detroit. Your selfless acts have always been an inspiration to me.
Mom, words cannot express how much you have been an inspiration to me. When you passed away earlier this year, I realized that you were not only an inspiration to me, but to hundreds of other people that lined up at your funeral just to say thank you. Maybe it was the fact that you worked three jobs just to pay your way through college, while being a Science major. It might have been the fact that you went on to graduate to become a Doctor to help sick babies, but that was not enough for you. Then I guess it would have to be the fact that you worked hard everyday and became the First Black Woman to become President of the Wayne County Medical Association. People would probably argue that it was the fact that you set on the boards of so many different organizations that had missions to help the community.
For me it was the day that I was able to put my Alpha Kappa Alpha pin on you, and be able to call you my sister and my mom. It was the times I would just sit in my room and listen to you while you were singing a gospel song downstairs. It was the fact that you were so busy, but you still made time everyday to call me in the morning and the evening just to say hello. It was the fact that you stood so strong behind my father in everything that he did. I never understood how you could be such a power woman at work, be a supportive wife, and a loving mother, never missing a beat. It probably was when you came up to New York the week before you passed away, just to help me get settled in my new place. You were so busy with work, but that never stopped you from helping your daughters. When you were here, it was the lifting of the boxes over my gate, the waiting in long lines to send off my packages, and grocery shopping for me, that reminded me of how good of a mother you were. But I think it was the moment that I put my head on your lap in the cab ride home from a party in New York, and your ability to stay up to make sure I was okay from being drunk, despite getting straight on the plane from work to come see me, that reminded just one more time why you were an inspiration to me.
Mom and Dad you have made me into the person that I am today and I am truly blessed to have been able to experience your ability to inspire first hand. Because of you I wake up everyday asking myself, "Who will I inspire today?". Thank you for everything!
Who or what inspires you? What would you say to the person that inspired you? Write a short letter below under the comment section, thanking the person or thing that inspires you in front of us all. Who knows it might inspire someone else.
Readers I encourage you to wake up every morning and ask yourself, "Who will I inspire today". I have no doubt that you will do some good that day because of it. There are tiny eyes watching you, and cannot wait to be inspired by you.
Barack and Michelle Obama thanks for inspiring us all!