Thursday, November 02, 2006


We often hear about people inspiring others. Some inspire us by the way they approach the struggles in their lives. Often we find art, music, or good writing inspirational. Bravery and selflessness, such as that demonstrated when people risk their own lives to save others, has the same effect.

But what does it mean to be inspired?

This question is on my mind a lot because, as anybody who has read my previous entries knows, I was just at the best concert of my life. It was....yup, here's the word...inspirational. I've been to some good concerts in my lifetime, but this was way above anything I've ever seen.

In fact, I'm not the only one saying that. Check out this blog from another fan who came to the same conclusion.

The evening was so memorable that I want to find a way to say "thanks" to Switchfoot. After reading more about them, I realized that they have a passion for making the world a better place. What better way to give back than to try to do the same thing?

I started a new thread at the message boards at The thread asked for ideas on how to give back to a band that has given us so much pleasure.

There weren't very many responses. I then suggested we find a way to make small differences. I wasn't talking about major efforts; I was just suggesting we do things like noticing who needs a kind word that day or other similar efforts. We could post what we do as a gift to Switchfoot. It would directly show Switchfoot the ways they impact others.

It surprised me how quickly that thread died.

What about you? What do you do when something moves you? Do you let it make a difference, or just enjoy the feeling of inspiration while it lasts?

Think about this: if enough people made a conscious effort to do something each week to make the world better, even something that seems small, the impact would be huge.

The next time you feel inspired by somebody, find a way to give back. You never know how you might change a life.

We were meant to live for so much more!


Jodi said...

I'm not all that surprised the thread died if you consider the average age of those who post on the message board. Teens are busy with infatuation, and few get the message behind the music. I'm not saying they are all like that but the majority for sure. Seems like theres a maturity level for most to get that overpowering sense of inspiration from their music. I see it as completely a God thing, like somethings going on, you aren't sure what, but God is doing something. I got this before I even saw them live. When I got Beautiful Letdown, I listened to it in the car and cried for no apparent reason for a week straight. Even went to the doctor to see if I needed medicated. I know now, God was working on me...hard to verbalize in a way that people would get it....they just think I'm a loon, but I know I'm not.

Proud Mom of Teen said...

You make a good point, Jodi. Sometimes I forget that some of the posters are teens. Having said that, though, there are several adults who post there. I wish I had heard from more of them.

Phil said...

Hey Janet, I revived your thread. I must've missed it cause of being busy.