Inspiration comes in many forms and is uniquely personal. What stirs one person’s creative soul or moves another to action is purely subjective. Writers know this and most importantly, they know what works for them. They know what brings the words to the page and continually seek to reconnect to what ever it is that keeps them cultivating the next big idea. In a very real way, this hunger drives their passion.
I couldn’t help but think about the magnificent power of inspiration this week when witnessing the visit of Pope Francis and seeing the indelible mark he made on the hearts and minds of the millions who were drawn in and impacted by his presence. Here was one man; one very special human being who held a banner of kindness, modesty, and humility and quietly moved a nation, if only for a few minutes, hours, or days. His mere presence conveyed a powerful message and his actions and words, no doubt not only ignited inspiration, but most likely has changed lives.
Who would not be inspired by someone with humble beginnings who has risen to such stature? It is reported that the Holy Father was once a chemical technologist and even worked as a bouncer before he went into the seminary. He later became an Archbishop and soon after that was appointed cardinal by Pope John Paul II. His calling to become the 266th pope of the Catholic Church was a plan of divine design. What he gives to the world will be a legacy that brings awareness to global warming, the evils of consumerism, and reverence and support for family life. Not least of all, Pope Francis has been integral in restoring diplomacy between the U.S. and Cuba. Also he gives hugs, kisses babies, visits prisoners, feeds the hungry and asks for our prayers.
How hard do you have to look to find grace? Inspiration?
When you think about it, this is really not all that different than the shift in consciousness you experience when you witness that perfect sunset, or wake up with the idea for a perfect ending to a story that had been locked away in your mind for weeks, now fully formed and shinning in the light. It’s like a perfect song that pops up on your iPod when you plug in; it’s the phone call from an old friend out of the blue. It’s poetry. It stops you in your tracks because it is so stunning and simple and true.
This is Pope Francis. This is what he is and what he has done for us. He is a simple man with a simple message. This once ordinary man who has been called to do the most with the least of things — has manged to get our undivided attention and to stir our hearts and imaginations. The fact that anyone or anything can have this impact is inspiring. All we are called to do is to find the humility and truth within ourselves…and to pass it on.