As I reflect on my journey this past year, I am drawn again to something I heard four years ago:
“You are inspired by that which you already are.”
One way to center and grow is to think about who is inspiring and why, and then to realize those aspects are already a part of us.
That doesn’t mean we’re ready to use it, but it’s there. In the wisdom of Maya Angelou, courage is the one trait we need to exercise all other traits. But courage is like a muscle–you build it. You don’t start with a 100 lb weight; you start with a 5 lb weight. You start with small acts of courage.
As we build our courage, we can start to more consistently demonstrate those other “inspiring” qualities already within us.