A Little Inspiration Found.

Sometimes the hardest time to write is when the most stuff is happening.  Right now, stuff is happening.  It’s good stuff and bad stuff, and the dust isn’t near settling yet.  But I’m hopeful. 

I was looking for a little inspiration tonight, and I found it in two places.

First, it occurred to me to revisit the very commandments I wrote for myself just over a month ago.  Here they are:

  1. Be you according to you.
  2. Forgive, even yourself.
  3. Have the hard conversations.
  4. Accumulate fewer things and more experiences.
  5. Seek simplicity.
  6. Slow down.
  7. Ask for what you need, and offer what you can.
  8. Trust your gut.
  9. Act only when certain.
  10. Expect better.
  11. Look forward and up.
  12. Choose love.

It amazes me that each one of these commandments applies to the things I’m dealing with right now.  Dare I believe that my Happiness Project was, at least in part, preparation for my life as it is today?

Second, I spent part of my evening watching The Voice, as I’ve done a bit of these last few months.  For those poor souls who don’t know, The Voice is a reality show/singing contest.  It started with the celebrity judges (Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton) picking performers to be members of their teams based on voices without being able to see the performers.  Then it moved to the judges pitting their team members against one another.  Then it moved to the winners of the “battle rounds” performing against members of other teams.  And tonight, we are in the final round of selecting the winner of The Voice.

My personal favorite of the competitors, Vicci Martinez, is a finalist.  I adore her.  I adore her voice and her manner and her spirit.  And tonight, Blake Shelton said something about her that inspired me.  He said, “You insist on being a big deal.  Every time you get on stage, you will not take no for an answer.”

I’m not one to insist on being a big deal.  I usually walk in quietly, do the best I can, and hope that I get the recognition I deserve.  Maybe it’s time to do some insisting. 

Be true to my commandments.  And do some insisting.  That’s what I’m going to do.

4 thoughts on “A Little Inspiration Found.

  1. Taline, I love it!! I love your blog and I love the new picture- beautiful! I wish I could see you and have a long Kerby Lane breakfast together! :)I hope the dust settles where you want it, but however it settles you will find your way out of it successfully! Let's talk soon. Hope you can make it to Colson's baptism. We'd love to see you!

  2. It always amazes me that women like you have no idea that you actually do show up big. You are an amazing woman – do your thing, use that inspiration, but never forget that people stop talking just to hear what you have to say. To me, you've always shown up big, just not loud. Here's to what's next for you and to dust settling. xoxo – Alexis

  3. What a beautiful post! This year I gave my advisees a "whisper jar" as a graduation present. It held 365 slips of paper with "whispers from Ms. Guice" (little bits of inspiration, advice, thoughts…for the year or years ahead as they head off to college) that were along the same lines as the list you posted here. It might be my turn to "steal" from you this time and include some of your thoughts for my next "whisper" jar. And you've given me much to think about in my own life…

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