“Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
The right use of strength requires an understanding of the power of renewal. While the theme of renewal is typically considered in the springtime, the natural world is constantly renewing itself. The leaf that floats to the forest floor, the eddies in a mountain stream and the ionization of the air when the surf is up at the beach all give evidence of our blessed planet’s ability to cleanse, replenish and renew.
You cannot expect to inspire the heart of others if you refuse to renew your view of them in each and every moment. No one likes to be the target of prejudice or the recipient of discriminatory treatment. Prejudice is a repulsive quality and you cannot provide sustainable attractive leadership with an impure heart.
You likewise cannot stoke the passion to rise up in others without a well-developed ability to bring the flames of renewal to bear on any and every situation you face. A true leader sees every single opportunity as an aperture for renewal, no matter how trivial, menial, compulsory, irritating, taxing, vexing or worrisome. He says to himself “I can and shall move from glory unto glory in relation to this matter, regardless of how I feel or how it looks.”
Inspiration is the updraft caused by renewal. It is the promise the revitalizes the mind and comforts the heart, that convinces smallness to inch towards greatness. Each one has the ability to both be inspired and to inspire. You cannot be just one or the other, in fact, the pulsation of the two should be as rhythmic as breathing.
As soon as you possess an understanding of the spirit of renewal as well as the strength of will to let it flow in you and through you at all times, you possess the means to unshackle and carry up the world around you.