When I first dreamed Live Inspired, I knew it would be life changing for me. I envisioned it would connect me to others, it would inspire me, and it would allow for creativity, passion, and new ideas to flow.
Although I did not know how it would all unfold (still in part a mystery) or exactly what tools I would offer, I knew one thing for certain. I would follow the voice in my heart whether it was a subtle whisper or a lioness roar. And I would be open - open to receiving beauty and inspiration. In doing so, I had hoped I would inspire others to connect to that place within themselves. If I accomplished this, I would succeed beyond my wildest imagination.
Little did I know on the eve of launching the Live Inspired website, I would meet someone who not only left a memorable impression on me-I wrote about it in "A Boy Named Carl" but with whom an inspired connection was made.
When I met Michelle at Chapters book store, she shared with me the story of a young poet, Hannah Szenes who died after parachuting into Hungary during WW2 in an attempt to rescue the remaining jews. Hannah’s story is moving and her poetry searingly beautiful. When I left the bookstore that day, I was deeply touched not only by her story, but by my interaction with Michelle.
And I did not know that a few days after my business launched, I would receive an email that would bring tears to my eyes and warm my heart. Michelle’s message inspires and renews my early vision to remain open to the gift of inspiration. For it comes in many forms, one of which is human connection.
At such a bleak time in human history, one wise soul knew this.
In the fires of war, in the flame, in the flare,
In the eye-blinding, searing glare
My little lantern I carry high
To search, to search for true Man.
In the glare, the light of my lantern burns dim,
In the fire-glow my eye cannot see;
How to look, to see, to discover, to know
When he stands there facing me?
Set a sign, O Lord, set a sign on his brow
That in heat, fire and burning I may
Know the pure, the eternal spark
Of what I seek: true Man.
- Hannah Szenes
And yes, dear Hannah, the sign has been set.