Sunday, December 23, 2012

Inspiration big and small

On Friday, I attended a concert that was also a fundraiser for the Oakland Children's Hospital that was put on by the Peter Pan Foundation. The founder of the organization, Leslie Noel, was motivated to start it when one of the young actors that she mentored died in a car accident the week before he was going off to college. She talked a bit about helping kids reach their dreams and Stefan's parents talked about how thrilled he would be to know he had inspired such generosity among so many people.

I think it would be nice to be able to inspire that sort of change in the world, but I think most of us won't ever be in a position to do so. I know I've inspired people to do triathlons and take up running and some of them have found a new hobby while others have moved on to other pursuits but continue to stay active. That was, and continues to be, a goal of mine so it's very gratifying to see.

But sometimes you can inspire people when you aren't even trying. It seems that a young girl I've never met, whose mother I work with, liked the cake pops I baked so much that she decided to make her own. She's only ten and her mom doesn't bake so she did it all herself by watching videos on YouTube and getting her mom to buy her a cake pop maker.

It's a little thing, but it shows that people do watch us all the time and anything we can do can be inspiring even if we don't change the world on a grand scale. It's also something I think about whenever I'm about to indulge in less than optimal behavior, particularly bad eating habits, because I know my kids are watching even if it doesn't seem like they are.
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