What inspires you? What drives you? Motivates you? Where does your passion erupt? Motivational Mondays, or MoMondays for short, took off just over a year ago here and I spoke at the third one. Tonight was the one year anniversary of this event. Amateur and professional speakers are given 10 minutes to tell their story. It is an amazing and inspiring evening. Tonight we heard from a woman who headlines the career section of the local newspaper. She asked those of us who were passionate about our jobs to stand up. Only about 10% of the room rose. How sad is that?
Another man shared his story of how his severe stammering would limit his life choices according to teachers and others giving him advice. Given a job at a Vidal Sasson salon, an encounter with the famed stylist changed his life. He now is an internationally renowned motivational speaker.
A comedian began the evening after the music set. Another man talked about how his fears had limited him and how now he was trying to push past the limits and out of his comfort zone in the later part of his life. An artist had me chuckling about getting a “real job” when in fact, she had been an artist since she was 8 years old. She never wanted to be anything else. Now she published a book, has done a TED talk, and paints polar bears. How many of us would want her job? My hand is raised.
All this led me to wonder, what drives me to embrace my passions and what stops me in my tracks? Can I shake free of all that binds me and live completely what God has created me to be? How about you? Ready to embrace an amazing life?