Who Has Inspired You Lately?

October 1, 2011

I know – sounds like a high school essay question. But we’re never too old to encounter someone who inspires us and ultimately helps change the course of our lives. It can happen when you least expect it (in fact that’s when it usually does!). It happened to me recently while laying on a massage table with acupuncture needles in my body.

Rather than falling asleep, I found myself bombarded with creative ideas.

I was reflecting on a conversation I had just moments before with my naturopath, Dr. Gabrielle Francis. I’ve written about Dr. Francis before – how she inspired me to begin traveling. “After all, Barbara, you are a Sagittarius. What are you waiting for???) She’s one of the smartest, most caring women I know, without an ounce of superiority about her. For years I searched for a doctor who held the same holistic views I did, and serendipitously, she appeared in my life. In addition to practicing naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, oriental medicine, chiropractic and massage, Dr. Francis is also a rock star of sorts. That is, she’s a doctor to the rock stars. She provides holistic medical treatment to performers, production and crew while on tour, in her other practice known as Backstage Alternative. Seriously, how does she do it? And did I mention that she’s writing a book?

Just about every visit I’ve had with Dr. Francis leaves me feeling centered, whole and (you guessed it!) inspired. On this last visit I found myself teeming with ideas for what I’m going to do, who I’m going to become, and how I can help others along the way. I was also infused with a sense of fulfillment and gratitude for what I have already become. Let me add that I’ll be turning 59 this year. It’s never too late to discover what we were meant to do in this lifetime, and never underestimate our ability to be inspired or to inspire others – no matter what our age.  I believe that there is a chain reaction of sorts, and the force of inspiration is far-reaching. Dr. Francis has inspired me, helped to awaken my sleeping creativity, and I plan to pay it forward, as they say.

I don’t think there is a greater compliment than to have someone say you’ve inspired them. So, who has inspired you lately? I would love to hear from you!

With love,

  1. YOU, my dear!

  2. Thank you, Sheila! 🙂 I think all of us in our special little group inspire each other. We are truly blessed to have come together like we did. I am so grateful to know you and all the other women, as well.

  3. Wonderful newsletter Barbara! It helped me remember that we are both inspired BY others, and inspiring TO others. It made me think of my niece who is getting ready to tell her story in a play, on stage, in front of big audiences — it’s her own story of sexual abuse by a church youth pastor and I am so inspired by her courage and commitment to speak out and help other adolescents. I feel like such a chicken sometimes and when I think of her I am truly inspired to take action and to speak my own truth. Thanks so much for your personal inspiration!!

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