The key to life is not accumulation. It's contribution.
- Stephen Covey
Inspiration has been on my mind a great deal lately. How often are we inspired? What do we do to inspire ourselves—and others? Do we allow inspiration to change our thinking or direction?
This past Sunday I ran a half-marathon in Newport, Rhode Island. It was a glorious run, with lots of sea air and beautiful sights. But the most glorious thing was being in the presence of 5,000 people who were there to challenge themselves. Was a half-marathon on their bucket list? Were they running to raise money for a good cause? To get healthier? To encourage a friend or family member to accomplish his or her own goal?
Whatever the runners’ motivations, I found it inspiring to be among this group of athletes. Like the man who pushed his physically challenged brother in a wheelchair the entire way. Or the older gentleman whose T-shirt read, “1,000 Marathon Larry”—and who has, in fact, completed 1,000-plus marathons. I couldn’t help but give him a fist pump. The smile I received in response propelled me along, for sure.
I’m so grateful for my half-marathon training partners and friends, Kelly, Amy and Maryanne. Running with them is something I look forward to (even at the crack of dawn!). We support one another and learn about one another. Kelly has done so much to bring women together to run. I am not sure she quite realizes how many women’s lives she has enhanced through running and friendship-building. That inspires me.
Here are a few other recent inspirations in my life:
Guideposts provides me—and, I hope, you—inspiration in spades... through magazines and other publications, through this website, through Guideposts Outreach programs, through my grandfather Norman Vincent Peale’s book The Power of Positive Thinking. The Guideposts family is here to do whatever we can to bring inspiration to as many as possible.
We all need inspiration, no matter who we are or what we do. I’m sure that each of you offers inspiration to others. Thank you. You never know who might be touched by your actions.
Katheryn (Katie) Allen Berlandi is the seventh of Guideposts cofounders Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Ruth Stafford Peale’s eight grandchildren. She is a clinical social worker with a private practice focusing on children, adolescents and families, and a consultant for Guideposts and the Guideposts Foundation. Katie lives in a small town in Connecticut with her husband, two daughters and son.