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Being an Inspiration to Those Around You

By Ronda L. Hart, MSN APRN-BC CBN


A person who has triumphed over adversity can inspire everyone around them. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do for a living, or where you are in the course of your day – someone is watching you and judging your behavior. In this regard, like it or not, you are a role model, a term that generally means a person who is an example to others, and whose behavior is copied by others. We all need role models because they guide us in our decision making and paths throughout our lives.


For good or for bad, the lifestyle choices that we make do influence those around us, particularly our family and children.  You are on center stage every day with family and children. Instead of pressuring yourself to be that perfect “role model” for all those around you, give yourself credit for instead being an inspiration to those nearest you. Instead of allowing yourself to feel failure when you don’t have the best of days, know that you can and do inspire others with how you respond to adversity. Success is in starting anew and doing it better the next time around. Those around you not only learn by watching your actions, but also learn by watching your attitude to both success and failures.


I believe that the first step in becoming an “inspiration” is to become comfortable with who you are, and where you are in the process of self-change after surgery. Know your strengths, and know your weaknesses. Work to improve your weaknesses by making better choices. Admit your mistakes and simply work on trying not to repeat them. The first step to becoming an inspiration is to simply set a positive example.  Surround yourself with people who support you on both your good and bad days. Chances are these are the friends, family and children who will be inspired by you.


True inspiration comes from those who possess the qualities that we would like to have and those who have affected us in a way that makes us want to be better people. This does not mean being perfect.