Inspiration Meets Sandstone

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“Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another’s perfectly.” ~ Bhagavad Gita

This is a short, meaningful read.

Ra Paulette is an amazing confluence of passion, creativity, inspiration and living at choice. He is proof that people can follow their chosen path, as unique as it may be.

At 69, Ra demonstrates that even when we play, our efforts and contributions can stir the hearts and imaginations of others. To say the man has a vision might be an understatement.

For 25 years Ra has been axing, sanding, and forming exquisite sandstone caves in Taos County, not far from where I live in the New Mexico High Desert.

Following is a CBS video of Ra and some of his work. Or is it really work? If you enjoy being inspired and awed, sit back and enjoy this 5.5 minute story.

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If you’re looking for the intersection of your passion and how it might inspire others, consider these three actions:

 

  1. Change your story. We all tell ourselves about who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we believe we deserve. If you can dispel your self-limiting stories, you can begin to write new stories grounded in courage and action.
  2. Nurture the nudge. You have inspirations and opportunities coming at you every moment. Start to nurture these inspirations by following through on the insights.
  3. Embrace your natural abilities and use them in new ways to bring excitement into your days. Embrace your strengths by reflecting and acting on them.

Believe You Can

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ten years ago, Denise Cerreta opened the One World Café in Salt Lake City, Utah. She opened the café to provide meals to anyone who wanted to eat. There were no menus and no charge for the meals. Each day she cooked what she wanted and made it available. At the end of the short buffet sat a brown basket in which people could make a donation for the meal. It was an exciting new concept at the time.

Many wondered how this could work out while admiring her dedication to sharing the most basic of human needs, food. Not only has it worked out, the One World Everybody Eats Foundation has directly or indirectly helped launch 30 community cafes and is mentoring over 50 cafe groups in the planning stage worldwide.

Communities have embraced her inspiration and her profound trust and dedication. People volunteer to help, clean, and even cook. Cafes receive donations of equipment and other items that support Denise’s original purpose to remind us that we are one world.

Denise is living an inspired purpose. In her own relatively small way, she has changed the energy of the world in a profound way. Most importantly, she didn’t set out to do so. She followed inspiration without questioning it or doubting its purpose. She trusted what her heart told her about the importance of sharing and treating people as part of one community. She realized that if people are not fed, then life cannot be lived.

Three years into her vision, she was asked about the potential for expanding her purpose to a larger world. Her answer inspires even more. She said, “I’m not worried about it catching on because the idea is bigger than me. I just happened to be the person who didn’t talk myself out of it.” (Salt Lake Tribune, March 8, 2006)

You are being inspired right now and all the time. Like most of us you are probably talking yourself out of the direction or path your inspiration is directing you to take. Maybe it’s time to listen and act. Your inspiration can never lead you in the wrong direction, but your mind can. Take a cue from Denise Cerreta and what you know you want and are meant to do to make the world better.

Your inspiration will inspire us all.