Empowerment

The Eight Elements of Inspiration – Empowerment

Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness–who dares ROUSE Them?

- Numbers 24:9, The New International Version

Although I was a successful student, I wasn’t great at everything. I remember the feeling of frustration and helplessness which threatened to overwhelm me as I struggled with my math homework. Once, during class, my frustration exploded as I burst into tears, rushing from the class after yelling at my teacher, only to return red-faced and ashamed a few minutes later. I remember sitting terrified in German class, watching the clock and praying that the teacher wouldn’t call on me, counting the seconds until I could escape without having to speak in front of the class – ironic, considering much of my time is now spent as an itinerant public speaker! These experiences epitomize everything I believe education should not be: disenfranchising, enfeebling, paralyzing. Education should be about empowerment – rousing we lions and lionesses into consciousness of our own capability and strength.

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Be INSPIRED – The Eight Elements of Inspiration

AROUSED, animated, or imbued with the spirit to do something, by or as if by supernatural or divine influence.

Definition of INSPIRED, Dictionary.com

Inspiration has a numinous quality to it. We know when it comes upon us – the feeling of cold air on the back of our throat as we take a sharp intake of breath, the way we raise our eyebrows and our eyes go wide, the enraptured smile and amazed laugh – all these are the outward signs of inspiration. But what does it truly mean to be inspired, inside? What does it take to inspire others?

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