A mind that is stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimension.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Quotes like that really inspire me.  I have been changed and/or motivated to be better as a result of some of the words that I’ve found along the way.  This two-part Be Unlimited lesson is about the ideas that erase the limits from what you can be, do or achieve.

I recently found a letter from a former student thanking me for “opening windows” for her.  I tried to remember some of the ideas I shared with this student, Ursula V., and her classmates, that particular school year.  There were many.  I’m not exactly sure which idea (or ideas) opened those windows for her, but I’m glad to know that she felt unlimited because of one.

You never know how or in what way you will have an influence on someone else’s life.  That’s not limited to teachers and students.  Every person has the potential to influence another through an action, an idea, or a thought.

Ursula V.’s letter inspired me to find more ways to inspire others.  Hopefully Ursula V. will continue to be inspired and open windows for the people she interacts with in life.  That’s what it’s all about, keeping the inspiration flowing from person to person and traveling from place to place.  Inspiration is best when it’s a mutual exchange.

What does it mean to be inspired?  The dictionary defines the word a few ways: 1) to move to action; to motivative; 2) to influence; to guide.  Thanks to Ursula V., I have a new way to define the word.  To be inspired is to see an open window where a wall once existed.

The next Be Unlimited will offer ideas on how to get inspired in your life.

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”  Victor Hugo

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