Christina Wells

What inspires you? What is your motivation to get up each day? Are you passionate about your work? You might be a world changer, a “righter” of wrongs, a doer of good deeds. Do you arise eager to greet your family? You may be a creative soul, exploring your interest in a variety of art forms. Is it your faith that moves you? Perhaps you are climbing a career ladder or trying to increase your earnings.

This space is not one for judgment. Whatever motivates or inspires you (unless it would bring harm or hardship to another human being) is yours, and it doesn’t need to be shouted from the mountaintops or proclaimed in a public forum. That inspiration is yours and yours alone. You can be inspired or motivated by many things or just one thing, big things or small things.

I pray that we all have that feeling within us. I picture it as a flame that is ignited when inspiration strikes, radiating light and warmth throughout your body. I think you can tell an inspired individual by a brightness in their eyes, a pep in their step. Your motivation does not have to be epic or life-altering. Anything can be inspirational!

Fall is inspirational to me as a season. I love everything about it — the cooler temperatures, the colors, the leaves, and, of course, the holidays. I will admit that I am completely uninspired in the summer when I just pray for days with a heat index below 100, hunker down in the air-conditioning, and move as little as possible (sort of a human summer slug). I feel more creative this time of the year, have more desire to accomplish long-awaited projects, and enjoy a contentment and happiness that just seems to bubble up in my soul.

I find a great deal of inspiration in words, both in writing and reading them. To that end, I wish you inspiration and motivation this holiday season and for the new year, and I leave you with these words about motivation on which to percolate and be inspired:

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” — Anonymous

“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” — Napoleon Hill

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou

“In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” — Jane Smiley

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” — Michael Jordan

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Ryun

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” — George Lorimer

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” — Wayne Dyer

“I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.” — Dean Koontz

Christina Wells lives in Halifax with her husband Bruce and their dog Sunny.

Christina Wells lives in Halifax with her husband Bruce and their dog Sunny.