In the last month, I've been told quite a few times that "You inspire me."
I always am taken aback at that statement. Really? Me? I'm not a hero. I'm not important. I'm just me. I was slightly embarrassed.
Then I looked again at the context of those comments. And I realized something about myself and about our world. Inspiration is found every where, in every day. We just need to be aware of it.
First, I want to recognize the folks that everybody calls "Everyday Heroes". I can't imagine a world without our FireFighters, First Responders, Law Enforcement, Doctors, Nurses, Military, Teachers, Clergy and all the rest of dedicated people who make our world safe and care for us during times of crisis. Thank you for everything you do in the course of your day.
Those are the people that I have always considered to be everyday heroes. They have earned that status. But I've come to realize that there are people walking through our lives everyday who do heroic acts and we don't realize their efforts.
Let's talk about the compliments I received this month: "You inspire me."
The first time somebody said this to me was in regards to National Novel Writing Month. I've been pretty open about the fact that I'm participating and have been posting my word count frequently on Facebook. Several people shared that I have inspired them to dust off a manuscript or start writing the story that was in their heads.
The second person made the comment in a conversation about my children. She referred to how I had been a single mother, raising two children "all those years" and complimented me on the successes and achievements of my children. She was impressed with how I managed job, children. home, lawn, college, and all the rest of being a parent.
The third time I heard this comment this month, came on Thanksgiving Day. My niece didn't quite use the exact words, but the tone of her voice expressed her true feelings. I had contributed several dishes to the family dinner, one of which was potatoes. She wanted to know how I made them and when I told her that she could make them, too ... you could hear her conviction to try the recipe!
Now, I don't consider myself to be anybody special, but what I learned is that - other people admire my efforts. I have just done the things that need to be done and tried my best to provide for my children. I want to make good tasting and easy to prepare foods.
But I realize that what is par for the course in my consideration, is an achievement in other people's eyes.
There are people I admire, for their persistence or creativity. They have inspired me. They may not realize how their behavior impacted my life, but nevertheless, they did.
I said a few words of Thanks this month, directly to the people who gave me such a big compliment as, "You inspire me." I've said even more words of Thanks into the air, hoping that somehow, the sentiment will reach the people who were inspirational to me, no matter where they are now.
I shared the recipe with my niece, and here it is for your use also:
5 lb baking Potatoes (I prefer Russet or Red)
8 TB Butter, sliced into small pats
4 TB Spice Blend(I used Mrs. Dash)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash the potatoes and slice out any eyes. Slice the potatoes in quarter inch slices. Lie the sliced potatoes in a 9x13 baking dish. Places the pats of butter over top the potatoes. Sprinkle the spice blend on top. Cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 for one hour, or until potatoes are fork tender. Serve hot.
Take a moment and look around your life, I'm sure there are people who were everyday heroes. Take another look, I'm sure you have inspired somebody as well. Our words and actions are like the pebble tossed into the lake. We create a ripple that affects somebody, somewhere.
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